Amy P.

Amy P., is a Substance Abuse Counselor at CFR’s Adult Residential facility located at 726 South 17th Street in Fort Dodge. She began her experience in the substance abuse field as a Treatment Specialist in 2012 and was awarded CFR’s Treatment Specialist of the Year in 2013. In 2014, Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with minors in Psychology and Sociology.

Amy provides a wide range of residential treatment services, including relapse prevention groups and continuing care; she utilizes cognitive-behavioral approaches including, but not limited to, the Matrix Model. Amy has experience helping individuals dealing with the following types of concerns: substance abuse, chronic mental health disorders, parenting, stress management, and anger.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and husband, exercising, gardening, and doing art projects with her children.

Connie H.

Connie H. is a Substance Abuse Counselor at CFR’s Adult Residential facility located at 726 South 17th Street in Fort Dodge. Connie began her journey with CFR in 2012 as an overnight Treatment Specialist at the STARS Adolescent Residential Treatment Program and worked for CFR until 2014, then returned to CFR in 2016. Prior to her current position at CFR, Connie worked at Friendship Haven as the activity person in the Alzheimer’s Unit. Connie completed her Bachelor degree in Human Services and Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Buena Vista University. She has a passion for people and loves what she does.

When Connie is not working she loves spending time with her 3 sons and 11 grandchildren. Connie loves attending as many of their events as possible. Connie also likes to work in her flower garden, sit on her porch and watch the hummingbirds.

Gerome M.

Gerome M. is CFR’s Recovery House Case Manager based in Fort Dodge. He was raised in Iowa and graduated from Iowa Central Community College with an Associate’s degree in Human Services. He is currently enrolled at Cappella University, working on his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Gerome has worked in the human services field for approximately 20 years, primarily working with adolescents and now working with adults. Gerome began his career at CFR in 2012 as an overnight Treatment Specialist at the STARS Adolescent Residential Treatment Program. In August 2014, Gerome transitioned into the role of the Recovery House Case Manager. He has found that he enjoys working directly with clients and helping them to reach their goals.

Outside of work, Gerome enjoys spending time with his family, going to sports events, and hanging out with his friends.

Jim K.

Jim K. is the Adult Residential Program Supervisor at CFR’s residential facility located at 726 South 17th Street in Fort Dodge. Jim began working in the substance abuse treatment field in 1983. He’s worked in a variety of capacities during his career in the substance abuse treatment field including prior experience as a Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director for two different hospital-based treatment programs in the State of Iowa. Jim has worked with both adults and adolescents during his career, which includes his having worked in inpatient treatment settings, an adult men’s halfway house, juvenile correctional facilities, a medium security prison, a medication assisted treatment program, and several different outpatient programs.

Jim was one of the first people in the State of Iowa to become certified in 1985 when Iowa began its initial certification process for substance abuse counselors. He served for a number of years on the Executive Committee for the Iowa Board of Substance Abuse Certification in the capacity of Vice-President for Quality Improvement in addition to serving on the Ethics and Appeals Committee and the Professional Development Committee during his time on the Board. Jim has formerly held leadership positions in a variety of other organizations including the Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs of Iowa, the Iowa Substance Abuse Program Director’s Association, and the Southwest Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Jim obtained his Certificate of Specialization in Chemical Dependency Counseling through Des Moines Area Community College in 1983, having completed the Powell 3 Counselor Training Program through Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He continued his education while working full-time, culminating in the completion of his Bachelor’s degree through Governor’s State University in 2005. Jim is currently certified as an International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC) through the Iowa Board of Certification.

Outside of work, Jim enjoys riding his motorcycle, going to car shows, attending sporting events, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. Jim is happily married, and has (2) grown sons, both of whom have served in the military, and (2) grandsons currently living in Virginia. Jim has a true passion for helping people and is excited to be working for CFR.

Tia P.

Tia P., CADC, has worked for Community and Family Resources as a Substance Abuse Counselor since 2013. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in criminology, with a minor in psychology, at Buena Vista University in Fort Dodge, IA. Tia has provided services on an outpatient basis to individuals involved in the criminal justice system and is currently providing substance use treatment services at CFR’s Fort Dodge Adult Residential facility.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, gardening, and working on projects at home.