Ben R.

Ben was born and raised in Webster City and began working with CFR as a Prevention Specialist in October 2017. He attended Iowa State University, where he majored in Exercise Science with a minor in Business. Ben currently lives in Webster City and enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and playing sports. He is also a coach for the Webster City High School varsity football team and an assistant 7th grade boy’s basketball coach.

Lana E.

Lana Emrys, BA, LMSW, IADC began her career at CFR in 2001 and has returned after a two year absent. Lana is an Outpatient Counselor in the Webster City office. She specializes in Motivational Interviewing and began her career in 1987 when she worked with domestic violence. In addition, she had 14 years working with mental health, crisis counseling and in home family counseling. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, she uses several evidence-based interventions such as Living in Balance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Matix. Lana has worked in the residential program, the Intensive Outpatient program and is now working in the Extended Outpatient program. During her career, she has facilitated groups in many areas such as relapse prevention, mental health, family programming, addiction basics, stress management, etc.

Lana lives with her boyfriend, two dogs and three cats. She enjoys reading books and watching movies (especially science fiction), playing on line games (especially trivia) and spending time with friends.

Mickie S.

Mickie S. began working at CFR in July 2013 as the SPF SIG (Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant) Coordinator and is now the Coordinator for the Webster

County Iowa Partnerships for Success (IPFS) grant. She has also been employed at The Dance Connection as a tumbling instructor since 2008.

Mickie was born and raised in Webster City. After working at Electrolux for one month shy of 12 years, she decided to make the most of the opportunity to go back to college.

Mickie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Buena Vista University in June 2013. She has bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Human Services, along with a minor in Psychology.

When not at work, Mickie loves spending time with her two daughters. She enjoys sharing the love of dance and tumbling with her girls.

Todd A.

Todd joined CFR in December 2018 as a Prevention Specialist. Todd received both his Bachelor of Science degree in English & Secondary Education and his Master of Arts degree in literature from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Todd looks forward to networking with Iowan residents and leaders to further improve the health of local communities.

Shelly Z.

Shelly Z. has worked for Community and Family Resources’ Prevention Department in a variety of roles; most recently supervising the Prevention Department. Shelly has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Buena Vista University, a Master of Public Health degree from Des Moines University, and maintains certification as a Certified Prevention Specialist. Shelly enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading in her free time.

Wayne J.

Wayne is a Prevention Specialist in our Webster City office. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Psychology and a second major in Political Science and then went on to get his M.S. also from Virginia Tech in Family and Child Development. In his social work career to date, Wayne has co-facilitated Batterer’s Education Programs, worked in child welfare as a provider, acted as legal guardian for incapacitated persons in a five county area in rural Virginia and provided remedial and behavioral health intervention services. In his spare time, Wayne likes to support live music and writes for Canadian-based music website The Spill.




Andi P.

Andi Pauley is a Prevention Specialist who works at our Webster City office.  Andi graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Education.  She previously worked in a child development center on Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam in Hawaii.  Andi also has experience working with youth at camp settings and other venues.
Andi is looking forward to applying the education she obtained from her degree with students in the classroom, where she will provide education to middle school and high school students on the values of saying “no” to drugs and alcohol. 

Vanessa K.

Vanessa Kowalski is a Prevention Specialist and is located at our Ames office.  She joins us from Waukesha, Wisconsin where she graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology.  Prior to beginning at CFR, Vanessa had the opportunity to work with University of Wisconsin Extension as a Health and Wellbeing Educator.  Vanessa also has experience as a Pharmacy Technician. 
Vanessa enjoys reaching out to folks in the community and developing relationships with key stakeholders.  She also likes partnering with schools and other agencies and educating the public about major health concerns.