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.
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 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.
Janee 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.
Denise Hotopp is the Vice President of Organizational Integrity for the combined organizations of Hospice of Central Iowa and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa (HCI VNS), an organization providing health and human services along a continuum of care from birth through end of life. Her previous work experiences include the Iowa Dept. of Human Services and several non-profits in Iowa and Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Environment and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling.
Janice 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.
I 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.
Denise 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.”
I 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.
I am a junior and a student representative on the Grand View Social Work Advisory Council. This is a great opportunity for me to learn more about how organizations contribute to our community. I also get to share the students’ point of view on how we can better serve our community, which allows me to practically apply what I have been learning in the classroom.
Jenn 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.
My 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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