Ashley H

Ashley is a tLMHC mental health therapist at our Ames and Boone office. Ashley received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University in 2019, majoring in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master's degree through South Dakota State University specializing in Clinical Mental Health. She graduated with her Master's in May 2022. In July 2022, Ashley become a full-time therapist with the agency. Ashley currently works with ages 6 and up with an emphasis on adolescents and adults. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), Solution Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, and Art Therapy.

When Ashley isn't at work, she enjoys outside hobbies such as hiking, swimming, and bike riding. Her indoor hobbies include reading, cooking, and taking naps with her two cats.

Ashley M.

Ashley is a Prevention Specialist working in Boone and Story counties and works in the community to help prevent substance use among youth and adults in the area. Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge about the special needs community, as well as a passion for helping underserved families and communities. She is working toward her bachelor’s degree in Family, Community and Social Support from the University of Iowa and will graduate in December.

When not at work, Ashley is a busy mom to 5 kids, loves to read, sew, and spend time with her animals.

Brittany R.

Brittany R. joined CFR as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor in August 2017 and is currently the Outpatient Addiction Program Supervisor for the Ames and Boone service area. 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 spouse, 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.

Dani O

Dani started her journey with Community and Family Resources in January of 2024. Dani is the Boone Outpatient Counselor. Dani started her behavioral health journey in 2015 at Clearview Recovery Inc. as a night technician and obtained a counseling position there in June of 2016. She worked as a full time residential inpatient counselor for women until December 2023. At CFR, Dani provides services that include evaluations, individual counseling sessions, group sessions, and referrals. Dani started college in 2014 for Graphic Technology at DMACC and graduated in 2015 with a Visual Communications Diploma. In 2017, Dani went on to achieve her associate degree through DMACC. In 2020, Dani started school at Buena Vista University and graduated in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in human services. Dani graduated Magna Cum Laude and is in the Psi Chi Honor Society. Dani achieved her CADC in 2019 and her IADC in 2022. Dani is certified through Parenting Inside Out as a parenting teacher.

In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, exercising, shopping, reading, gardening, cooking, and gaining more knowledge to grow and help others. She is passionate about recovery and dedicated to helping others to be able to achieve the greater things in life that active addiction subsides. “Addiction is the world’s greatest pandemic and needs as much help and support as possible.” Dani brings personal experience of addiction.

Dr. Dodd

Dr. 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.

Maria M., LMSW

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.

Morgan S., BS, CADC

Morgan started with CFR in April of 2022 as an outpatient addictions counselor and is currently one of the agency’s gambling champions for a 6 county territory. Morgan brings lived experience with addiction to his role, as well as a desire to provide cognitive behavioral and mindfulness alternatives to more traditional approaches to recovery. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from ISU in 2007 after a 15 year career as a computer programmer/systems analyst. In addition to his CADC Morgan is a certified SMART Recovery facilitator and believes in a holistic approach to recovery that includes physical health and a balanced lifestyle.

Shelby S

Shelby Sheehan, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), joined CFR in 2024.

She provides comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication checks, and individualized treatment planning to individuals age 6+. She is experienced in helping individuals with a wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, and bipolar disorder. Shelby previously worked as a PMHNP at a community mental health center and as an emergency room nurse.

Dr. Tasha W., LMFT, PhD

Tasha joined CFR as a Mental Health Therapist in March, 2020. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Tasha earned her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology at Northcentral University. Tasha has worked in the mental health field for 13 years and has worked with a diverse client population in multiple geographical regions. She has worked in residential, private practice, and community mental health settings. Tasha’s areas of specialty include: anxiety related difficulties, serious mental illness, co-occurring diagnosis, domestic violence treatment for victims and offenders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tasha offers services to clients ages 15 and older. She works with individuals, families, and couples. Tasha takes a collaborative approach to her work with clients in which a space is provided for clients to go through the process of making decisions about their future. The therapeutic approach that she uses helps to facilitate an environment in which clients can develop new strategies and skills to change behavior, and to cope with difficulties they may be experiencing.

In her spare time, Tasha enjoys spending time with family and traveling. She also enjoys conducting research to aide in the development of new knowledge within the field of psychology.

Theresa E

Theresa joined CFR in February 2021 as an MSW intern in mental health. She officially joined the team in September 2021 as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor. Prior to CFR, Theresa worked in health care as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 10 years and another 4 years with Medicaid waivers as part of an MCO.

Theresa has an associate degree from DMACC in Liberal Studies, a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in psychology from ISU, and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. She is currently working on her MSW licensure. She works primarily with adults and co-occurring disorders utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Theresa enjoys quilting, reading, baking, and recently started working on Bonsai. In the summer, she loves to hang out in her swimming pool and mow the yard.

Jesse K

Jesse joined CFR as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor in August 2023. Jesse previously served as a Mental Health and Substance Use intern at CFR. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Communication Studies. Jesse is currently obtaining a Masters degree in Social Work at the University of Iowa.

Jesse feels honored to join clients on their recovery journey. She focuses on a holistic approach to treatment – encouraging clients to examine mental, physical and social factors. Jesse utilizes a person-centered style, striving to help create a treatment plan that meets each client’s specific needs.

In her spare time, Jesse enjoys being outdoors gardening, hiking and fishing. In the cold Iowa winters, she enjoys doing puzzles and baking.