Staff

Building Families StaffStaff March 2015

 

Michelle K. Walters, LMSW - Director

Michelle WaltersMichelle Walters is the Director of Building Families. She has an extensive work history in the social services field where she has worked with individuals, families, communities, and businesses to create change. In 2002 Michelle graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelors in Child and Family Services and in 2006 from University of Michigan with a Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in Management and a minor in Community Development and Gerontology. Michelle has worked in the Substance Abuse Prevention field for a majority of her career and has a deep passion for investing in children and families across the life-span.

Angela Wesselink - Parent Coordinator

Angela WesselinkAngela Wesselink is the Parent Coordinator for the Building Families Program in Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright Counties.   She serves families by providing group and in-home based parent education, service coordination and referral, preschool parent nights, and also facilitates a support group for parents who have children with a disability/Autism.  Angela previously worked as a Case Manager for Wright County Community Services/County Social Services.  During that time she worked with individuals on the Intellectual Disability Waiver and Brain Injury as well as individuals with mental illness; prior to that she was employed by Southfield Wellness Community as a Department Head/Social Worker.  Angela works with families each week to strengthen their parenting skills and help create their parenting techniques to provide limits and positive discipline while building their child’s self-esteem.  She also works to assist each parent in obtaining the support, resources and community support they need for their parenting journey.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Business Administration from Drury University in Springfield, MO in 2000.  She is married and has 3 sons.

Tiffany Larson - Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Coordinator

tiffanyTiffany Larson has served as the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Coordinator for the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families since 2008. She received her B.S. in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University in 2005. She has had experience working in the human services field providing individual and group skill building and case management for male juveniles while working at Rabiner Treatment Center, and was involved in shadowing in-home counselors while interning with the Youth and Family Center. Her current position allows her to work with existing programs, community and faith organizations, parents, school districts, businesses, and youth aged 13-18 in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties. She has been active in providing a variety of age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-based comprehensive services and supports to help reduce the rates of adolescent pregnancy, STDs, or additional pregnancies to teen parents.

Amy Shannon - Early Childhood Educational Advisor

Amy Shannon"Amy Shannon is the Early Childhood Educational Advisor for Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright Counties. She is an employee of the Family Resource Center in Carroll, Iowa and is funded through a grant offered by Building Families. She graduated from Buena Vista College in 1991 with a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She also has training in Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, SAFE Playground Model, Creative Curriculum and GOLD Assessment, Every Child Reads, Iowa Early Learning Standards, CLASS Observation Reliability, Environmental Rating Scales and fingerprinting.

Amy has been part of Building Families since 2005. Her position allows her to work with preschool teachers, child care center staff and home child care providers to improve the quality of care provided to young children. Amy also administers and monitors the preschool scholarship program funded through Building Families for children in 3 and 4 year old preschool programs.

 

Program Staff Funded by Building Families

Hamilton County HOPES

Lori Price, RN, HOPES Supervisor
Debbie Jordahl, Family Support Worker
Diane Bunkofske, Family Support Worker

Humboldt County HOPES

HU Co HOPES TeamMichelle Feaster, Public Health Administrator, HOPES Supervisor
Jeannie Stattleman, Family Support Worker
Deb Collins, Family Support Worker

Wright County HOPES

WT Co HOPES Staff 2012Alexis Morgan, LMSW, HOPES Supervisor
Darcy Sisson, Family Support Worker
Denise Schumacher, Family Support Worker
Gayleen Rutherford, RN HOPES Worker

Angela Halfwassen, ISMILE

The I-Smile TM program serves children 0-12 and helps get children to the dentist. Screenings, preventive fluoride varnish and education are also provided to families to help children have a health smile. Teeth are important for speaking and eating properly and to have a good self esteem. If you need help finding a dentist, please contact Angie Halfwassen, RDH, at the Webster County Health Department at 515.573.4107.

I-Smile Toothbrush Kati