Social Work Advisory Council

The Grand View Social Work Advisory Council consists of local practitioners, a non-departmental university administrator, and two admitted social work students, all of whom are voting members. Advisory council members provide feedback on the structure of the social work program, discuss gaps within the profession, identify field placement options, and suggest strategies for recruitment. Advisory council members have provided valuable feedback that has been integrated to strengthen the social work program. Council meetings are held approximately two times each semester.

Council Members

Members of the advisory council, in addition to the social work faculty and Dr. Paul Rider, Dean of the College of Social and Natural Sciences, include:

Gladys Alvarez

Gladys Alvarez

Gladys Noll Alvarez MSW, LISW, IMH-E ® is the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Project Coordinator at Orchard Place/ Child Guidance Center.  She has worked with children and families since 1976 when she was a counselor with the Upward Bound program at Coe College. She earned her BA at Luther College in Social Work and Psychology, her Masters in Social Work at the University of Iowa and has been engaged in two separate year-long learning collaborative activities through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). In June 2018 she received the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical and is the first Level IV IMH-E ® in Iowa. 

Ms. Alvarez was a member of the C.A.N. Prevention Council, chairs the Steering Committee for the Regional Child Protection Center, is a member of the Model Court Team in Polk County, was part of the Court Improvement Task Force in 2005/2006, is a member of the Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Team in Polk County, Charter Board Member of Shalom Zone Ministries from 1997-2005, a member of the Iowa Association of Infant & Young Children’s Mental Health, and an active member of her church focusing on children’s issues. 

She has provided clinical therapeutic services for children and families who have experience trauma for over 30 years. In her role as the TIC Project Coordinator, she coordinates the networking of the TIC Project Stakeholder’s group and provides trainings on trauma informed care throughout the state and nationally. Ms. Alvarez coordinates the annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice conference, bringing national speakers on trauma to educate professionals and promote systemic change.

Ms. Alvarez is the recipient of many awards: the AL Schulte Award in 2000 for professionalism, dedication and personal commitment to providing services for children and their families; the “Voice of the Children” award in 2008, presented by Orchard Place in recognition of exceptional commitment and service to the children of receiving services from that agency; and in 2011 she received the Michele A. Moore Award of Distinction for work in child advocacy.

Her passion is providing education and trainings which promote a trauma-informed care approach to interactions with children, families and in the work environment.

Sharaine Connor

Sharaine ConnorSharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC is currently working as a mental health and addictions therapist in private practice at Thriving Families Counseling Services and an adjunct instructor for the University of Iowa School of Social Work and Simpson College Sociology Department. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work with an emphasis in education at the University of Iowa, and received her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England. She is certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been in the field since 2010. She continues to work with all sort of diverse cultures and populations of individuals. She especially loves working on sexual health concerns, couples counseling, and addictions education and treatment.

Sharaine has also researched and developed several evidenced-based curriculums for adolescents and adults as well as provided trainings in the community on topics such as diversity, microaggressions, vicarious trauma, human sexuality, addiction, LGBTQIA+, and clinical aspects (i.e. assessment, evaluation, ASAMs, treatment planning) to other helping professionals. When she is not providing therapy services or training, she is volunteers as a member of the Iowa Board of Certification’s Training and Ethics Committees, the IT/ Webmaster and Board member for the Iowa Club of Des Moines, and member of the Iowa Chapter of NASW.

Amy Ostrander Croll

Amy Ostrander CrollAmy Ostrander Croll brings more than twenty years of experience working directly with youth and in youth development program and policy development. She has served as a trainer in best practices and organizational and program development for youth-serving professionals locally and nationally since 2001. Amy served as a field consultant for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality/Forum for Youth Investment, currently serves as a lead Iowa trainer for the Wyman Center’s Teen Outreach Program, and serves as a trainer and coach for the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Prevention. Amy’s style is grounded in experience, working as a youth worker and supervisor in child welfare/juvenile justice settings, developing community-based prevention programming, coordinating a state-level collaborative body that aligned state and local level policies and practices, and growing a non-profit from the ground up. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Luther College, a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Iowa, and is certified as a Certified Prevention Specialist and a Licensed Social Worker. Email Amy at amy @

Julie Fugenschuh

Julie FugenschuhJulie Fugenschuh, LMSW, is the Executive Director for Project IOWA and has served in this capacity since March 2011. Her educational background and experience is in guiding the work and research around employment and systematic barriers for marginalized populations. She has experience and knowledge about community-driven initiatives and collaborations. Julie has worked in the educational system and managed large community initiatives in the Des Moines area. She was also a primary founder of the Urbandale Food Pantry. Julie is the mother of seven children and has experience as a foster/adoptive mother. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa and is licensed in the State of Iowa.

Janee Harvey

Janee HarveyJanee C. Harvey was employed as a social worker in New York City for more than a decade before transplanting to Des Moines in 2015. She is a graduate of Hunter College with an MSW and is credentialed as an LCSW and LISW. She has worked with runaway and homeless teens, LGBTQ youth, and families, and children and youth involved with the child welfare system for the past 16 years. She currently serves as the Bureau Chief for Child Welfare and Community Services at the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Janice Lane

Janice LaneJanice Lane is the CEO of Children & Families of Iowa (CFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Iowa’s children and families that are system involved and families that have experienced life of trauma. She joined the CFI team in 1998 serving as the Program Director of the Ankeny Site for 10 years. In 2008, she was promoted to the role of Chief Operations Officer for eight years, where she managed five divisions within CFI, including Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence Services, Teen Programs and Family Support Services. In 2015, she was promoted to her current role as CEO.

She serves on several community committees throughout Iowa, including Iowa Children’s Justice Advisory Board, co-chair of the DHS: Cultural and Equity Alliance Committee, Grand View University Social Work Advisory Board, Des Moines Symphony Board of Trustees. Most recently, she was invited to serve as a member of the Iowa Team Results Count initiative through the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She received her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling from the University of Iowa. Her achievements include the YWCA Women of Achievement in 1998, University of Iowa Phi Alpha Honor Society in the School of Social Work in 2012.

Jeanie McCarville-Kerber

Jeanie McCarville-KerberI am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC) and a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). I love learning and am excited about education and social work. I currently am a professor in Human Services at Des Moines Area Community College. I began my career working with adolescents in 1993. I have experience working with juvenile court, residential treatment, outpatient services, substance abuse and mental health treatment, school social work, and medical social work. These experiences include individual and group counseling, case management, and assessment. Along with providing direct care, I also have managed staff and programs. I completed my Bachelors of Arts (Sociology) from Drake University, Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Iowa, Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Drake University, and rounded out my education with a Ph.D. in Education from Iowa State University. I continue to do what I can in the field by providing clinical supervision for clinicians who are working on obtaining their licensure and providing training to agencies. I am currently a member of the Johnston Community School District school board, and on the Polk County Early Childhood Board.

Jaime McClure

Jaime McClureJaime McClure is Executive Director and a therapist at LifeWorks, Inc., with offices in Ankeny and Des Moines. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker working primarily with adolescents and adults, specializing in divorce, co-parenting, substance abuse, adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders. Jaime is a proud Grand View alum, class of 1999.

Denise Rathman

Denise RathmanDenise Rathman, MSW, has been the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Iowa Chapter since December 2013. This position allows her to utilize the variety of skills she has obtained during her career such as workforce development; public policy, including lobbying and government relations; community and political organizing; and campaign and election compliance. Prior to working for NASW Iowa, she facilitated the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Partnership for Central Iowa Works, served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Innovation Gateway and was the project manager for the Siouxland Tri-State Regional Innovation Grant. Her campaign experience includes working on US Senator Tom Harkin’s 1990 re-election campaign, his 1992 presidential campaign and during the 1994 cycle for the national fundraising office of the Committee to Re-Elect Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

In 2000 Denise earned her Masters in Social Work from the National Catholic School of Social Service. Her undergraduate degree is from Drake University, where she majored in international relations. When considering a response to the question, Why social work? she explains, “I made a very conscious decision to earn an MSW because I wanted to do graduate level studies that somehow combined what I then described as ‘psychology and politics,’ now known as ‘human behavior in the social environment.’ My goal was to help create public and social policies that actually take into account the way that people behave. As a macro social worker, I can call upon all of my peers, colleagues, and NASW members to help inform social policy at the state and federal level.”

Karen Ruiz

Karen RuizI am a sophomore and a student representative on the Grand View Social Work Advisory Council. Being involved in the council is a great opportunity that will allow me to develop new skills, and improve my comprehensive understanding of the social work field. This will allow me to connect with community leaders, and become more involved with the social work program at Grand View.

Cassie Smith

Cassie SmithI am a junior and a student representative on the Social Work Advisory Council. I am excited to learn from skilled and experienced members we have with us. I hope to bring insight from a student perspective to the table. I hope to learn more about how to better connect to resources in our community. After attaining my BSW, I am looking to gain my master’s at the University of Iowa.

Jenn Stalder

Jennifer StalderJenn Stalder supervises the SUCCESS Program for Des Moines Public Schools. SUCCESS provides intensive case management support to high risk elementary and middle school students and their families and reengages high school students who have disengaged from school back into the appropriate educational pathway. The program’s goal is to have ALL students experience school success and graduate from high school.

Haley Stoll

Haley StollMy name is Haley Stoll, and I am an alumni representative on the advisory council. I am a Des Moines native who graduated from Grand View University in 2017 with my Bachelors in Social Work (BSW). My first career stop after graduation was working in Family, Safety, Risk, and Permanency (FSRP) services for Boys Town of Iowa, and I am transitioning into a different Boys Town position, with Des Moines Public Schools as an In-Home Family Consultant. My goal is to serve the next generation in our community and inspire other professionals in being the change in others’ lives.

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