Andrea O.

In 2015, Andrea completed her AA in Human Services from Iowa Central Community College. Andrea completed her Bachelor of Art Degree in Human Services with minors in criminal justice/criminology, psychology, and sociology in 2018. She started at the STARS Adolescent Residential Treatment Program in 2014 as a Treatment Specialist, and later worked with both adolescents and adults as a Residential Substance Abuse Counselor. She is currently an Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor, working closely with the Webster County Drug Court Program. 

She enjoys spending time with family, traveling to different places, four wheeling, and working on her home and yard improvements in her free time.

Beth P.

Beth Pepples is an Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor at our Fort Dodge location. Beth obtained a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. Prior to starting at CFR, she spent sixteen years working as a Correctional Counselor with the Department of Corrections in Rockwell City, Iowa. Beth also has experience working with youth at Woodward Academy and the elderly as a Social Worker.

Beth really enjoys meeting clients and helping them to understand the basics behind their substance use as well as helping them to find a path to recovery.

Carrie C.

Carrie is the Outpatient Treatment Supervisor for our Northern service area, and is based out of our Fort Dodge location. She previously served as an Outpatient Addiction Treatment Counselor/Evaluator and specializes in working clients who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Carrie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Buena Vista University. She also holds the International Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification. She has experience working at a methadone clinic in Phoenix for two years with a team that provided medication assisted treatment and counseling to clients with substance use disorders.

Carrie is especially passionate about her work at CFR as she once experienced the devastation of alcohol and drugs. Carrie feels like she can relate to clients on a personal level because of this and is living proof that recovery can happen and you can be successful at whatever you decide to do.

Christel R., ARNP-BC

Christel’s professional goal is to enable others to maximize their potential and achieve life ambitions. She developed into her current role of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in steps, first obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bemidji State University. She quickly recognized a passion for mental health, which spurred her to return to school and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from North Dakota State University. After raising a young family, she went one step further and received her Master of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 2011.

She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and enjoys providing care for those age six to ninety-six. Christel is proud to call the Midwest home and is thankful for the opportunity to serve those in this region. In her time away from work, she enjoys watching football and rodeo, camping and other outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Daun K.

Daun K. is a therapist based at CFR’s Fort Dodge Outpatient office. She graduated from UNI with a major in social work and completed her graduate degree at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Her Social Work license was added to her credentials in 1991.

Daun's focus has always been to work with families, children, and individuals living challenging lives. Over the years, she taught many Social Work classes and worked in various mental health settings. Daun draws on her personal experiences as well as her work history with the Iowa Veterans Home, Rabiner Treatment Center, and Native Americans in Tama, IA.

Daun finds that each of her clients is able to teach her something valuable and that safe, unconditional love and acceptance is vital to all people. Her skill and joy is in being an active listener, a lover of stories, a guide helping others put the puzzle pieces of life together, a coach, a cheerleader, and a mentor. She finds that being allowed to walk beside another human being in this way is a sacred trust.

Heidi H.

Heidi H. is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2008 through Buena Vista University and her Associates of Science Degree in Human Services in 2006 from Iowa Central Community College. Heidi currently works as a Substance Abuse Counselor, primarily working with adolescents. She has worked at Community and Family Resources since August 2013 and it has proven to be a very rewarding career! Heidi has also gained significant experience working in the human services field over the last five years. First, for the Department of Human Services as a Family Team Facilitator, and then at Workforce Development as a Career Specialist. Heidi enjoys working with people and is grateful for the opportunity to meet new people and to be an integral part of their journey to recovery.

Jayde S.

Jayde S. is an Outpatient Substance Abuse Counselor at our Fort Dodge location. Jayde has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services with a minor in Sociology from Buena Vista University. She has past experience working with DHS as a Family Team Meeting Facilitator. Jayde is excited to be doing substance abuse counseling because she wants to help people find their reason for change and work through that recovery process with them.

Jayde has been with her husband going on 3 years, but has known him for 12 years. They have a beautiful little girl together. Jayde enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as knitting, reading, and spending time with her cat Einstein.

Katie T.

Katie Talbot, of Webster City, is now at Community and Family Resources as an Addiction Counselor serving our Wright County location. Talbot is working with the DCAT Program which is a program designed for middle and senior high school students who have been identified as At-Risk Juveniles or those who show signs of vulnerability to engage in substance use. Also, in the Clarion office, Talbot is currently able to provide substance abuse evaluations, including those needed for an OWI Offense, as well as individual and group sessions. Talbot is a 2005 graduate of Buena Vista University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in criminal justice. Talbot is a Certified Prevention Specialist, currently holds a Temporary license as Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Certified Prime for Life Instructor. She has worked periodically with CFR since 2007 as an addiction counselor as well as a prevention specialist.

Lori L.

Lori L., BA, CADC, has been employed at CFR since 2001. Lori is an Outpatient Counselor who works with clients individually and in a group setting. She facilitates a stress management group in Fort Dodge and also works in the outreach offices located in Pocahontas and Humboldt. Lori utilizes several evidence-based interventions such as Living in Balance, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness Skills, and Matrix. She has worked in many areas of the Substance Abuse field since 1991, including facilitating Big Book and 12 step groups, TASC, co-occurring, family counseling, and long-term residential treatment for adolescents.

Lori lives with her husband. She enjoys playing tennis, practicing and teaching yoga, and taking her German Shepherd on walks.

Mary Jo K.

Mary Jo is excited to be providing mental health therapy in the Fort Dodge community. Mary Jo has a passion for helping others and looks forward to working with individuals to utilize their strengths while developing a new direction in life. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista’s Fort Dodge campus and triple majored in Human Services, Psychology and Human Derivatives with a minor in Sociology. Mary Jo then obtained a Master’s degree from Walden University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Mary Jo has experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, personality disorders, trauma, and anxiety. She most recently spent time providing therapy for youth ages five to college-aged, and she also has experience working with individuals in a correctional setting. She says that she enjoys all aspects of working with clients but loves to see them take time to realize the important things in life.


Yvonne, an Outpatient Counselor at our Fort Dodge location, graduated from Iowa Central Community College in May 2013 with an Associate of Science degree. She then completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista University in August 2014, with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She previously worked for Electrolux for over 25 years; when the company left the U.S., she was able to attain her education in a field that was familiar and interesting to her.

Yvonne has been with her husband for 34 years; they have three beautiful grown children and six wonderful grandchildren. Her interests include spending time with her family, crocheting, and taking care of the many animals on their acreage.