Brittany R. joined CFR as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor in August 2017. She began her career in 2011 working as a direct line staff for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Over a four and a half year span she gained experience as a direct line staff, a program coordinator, and a supervisor of a group home. In 2016 she began work at the Hope Wellness Center, which houses a mental health crisis center and a jail diversion program. She worked directly with individuals in mental health crisis, with individuals struggling with addiction, and was a member of the mobile crisis team.
In 2011, Brittany began attending DMACC and in 2013 she gained an associate’s degree in liberal arts. She then transferred to Iowa State where she graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. She is currently working on obtaining a master’s in psychology through Capella University.
In her spare time Brittany enjoys spending time with her fiance, sisters, and nephews. She helps coach a Special Olympics team. She enjoys spending time outside, fishing, camping, and going for walks. When she can’t get outside she enjoys reading, drawing, and painting.
Claudia began working as a Prevention Specialist in Ames in October 2021. Claudia is originally from Hastings, Minnesota and attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Government and The Study of Women and Gender.
Outside of work, Claudia enjoys biking, reading, and scrapbooking.
Danielle joined CFR as a Mental Health Therapist in the Boone office in November of 2018. Danielle completed her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Services with a minor in Sociology through Upper Iowa University and then earned her Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University in 2017. Danielle is a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is a provisionally Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. Danielle has experience working with adolescents and adults in outpatient and residential settings with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, abuse, and bipolar disorder. Danielle enjoys working with adolescents and adults and welcomes LGBTQ clients. Danielle’s approach to therapy is to create an alliance with the client to form a plan that best suits their concerns and goals. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, reading, and writing.
Dr. Jack Dodd has been a psychiatrist since completing medical school at the University of Iowa in 1964 and residency at Ohio State in 1968. He spent part of that time training in Scotland at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. After serving two years in the Navy, Dr. Dodd moved to Tucson, AZ. During that time he took a one year sabbatical in New Zealand where he provided inpatient treatment services at a large institute near Auckland. After eight years, Dr. Dodd and his family moved back to Iowa where he joined McFarland Clinic, treating both adults and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Dodd also provided psychiatry services at the Story County Mental Health Clinic and at ISU’s Student Health Center. Dr. Dodd originally joined CFR as a consultant and has enjoyed working with the staff in assisting individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Dodd has served on the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners and is a past
Eli joined CFR as a Prevention Specialist at the Ames office in September 2021. Eli enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 2015 and went to Iowa State University in 2017. By May 2021, Eli graduated from ISU and has completed the following: Completed the ISU Army ROTC program, commissioned into the Iowa Army National Guard as an officer, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, and a Certificate in Leadership Studies. Eli is eager to support and serve his communities both for CFR and the National Guard alike.
Eli has been married to his wife, Aiyana, since 2019 and has a baby girl due in December 2021. His family also includes a dog (red lab) named Belle and a cat (orange stripe) named Heathcliff. Eli loves to spend time with his growing family and friends as much as possible. With his spare time, Eli pursues his passion for both music and storytelling (movies, shows, books). Eli and his family have also been involved with various ministry groups as they strive to serve their community where possible.
Maria M., LMSW is a mental health therapist at our Ames office. Maria received her undergraduate degree from The University of Iowa in 2005, majoring in Psychology and Spanish, and then earned her Master’s degree though the School of Social Work. In May 2011, Maria completed a year-long internship at Community and Family Resources and became employed as a full time therapist. Maria primarily works with adults and teens at CFR. She is an experienced group facilitator, co-facilitated a STEPPS group as an intern, and has facilitated the adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group at CFR. Maria has education, training, and experience in treating a wide array of issues including depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, trauma, emotional intensity, and relationship problems. Maria strives to create a compassionate, encouraging, and non-judgmental environment so that clients can feel comfortable and safe to truly open themselves to the therapeutic process.