IBC's Board of Directors
Approved minutes of the IBC Board of Directors' full board meetings are available for viewing in the IBC office.
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Our Board Members:
Angie Davis - President (At Large)
Angela Davis is a Human Service Administrator who has been involved in the helping professions for 15 years covering fields including nursing, therapy, education, and case management. Angela enhances the field by providing training services, leading collaborative strategies, and advocating for mindful and compassionate treatment services. She has worked in substance-specific services since 2005 and participated in administration for social services since 2009. Angela has been active on committees with the Iowa Board of Certification since 2013 and has served as an IBC Board member for nearly a year.
Malissa Sprenger - Vice-President (Represents IAADC)
Malissa Sprenger received her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1995. She holds an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification. For the past twenty-one years, she has worked with adolescent and adult patients presenting with multi-occurring conditions. Malissa serves on the Iowa Board of Certification Advisory Council and is a member of Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers of Iowa. Malissa is currently the Coordinator of Mercy Turning Point Treatment Center, including Medication Assisted Treatment Services, and is the Clinical Opioid Lead for Mercy Medical Center.
Michelle De La Riva – Secretary (At Large)
Michelle De La Riva is the director of Community and Family Resources located out of Fort Dodge. Michelle has been with CFR since 2005 and has served in numerous capacities while working at the agency. Prior to working at Community and Family Resources, Michelle worked at a Community Mental Health Center in Indiana, providing therapy as well as clinical oversight for an adolescent residential program. Michelle is licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified Substance abuse counselor and has participated on the Iowa Board of Certification Board since 2014. Michelle assists the board by serving on the Ethic committee hearing panels as a way to assist the industry with keeping with the standards of our field.
Dana Cheek - Treasurer (Represents CADC)
Dana Cheek is a Behavioral Care Manager at Iowa Lutheran Hospital with the Child/Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Units. She has been a licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) since 2005, and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) since 1997. She began her career as a family counselor at Powell Chemical Dependency Center about 20 years ago. Next, she moved into the position of Behavioral Care Manager for the Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Unit, and then started working with the Adult Mental Health Units. Her service on the Iowa Board of Certification began in October 2015 with the goal to help the mission of the Iowa Board of Certification to promote competency and ethical standards of prevention for substance abuse treatment professionals.
Denise Bridges (At Large)
Denise Bridges was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1998 from Dayton, Ohio, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist as ASAC for the past 15 years. She received the Prevention Specialist award for her work in the field at the Governor conference in 2006. Denise is actively involved in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including NAACP, IMSAAC, African American Family Resource Committee, Linn County Preventing Child Abuse, and many more. The most important aspect of her life is family (husband, daughter and grandson).
Belinda Creighton-Smith (At Large)
Belinda Creighton Smith is the senior pastor of Faith Temple American Baptist Church in Waterloo. Prior to becoming full time in pastorate, Belinda worked in the field of substance abuse and HIV prevention, developing culturally competent approaches to outreach, treatment and prevention while at what was formerly the Northeast Council on Substance Abuse Outreach Office in Waterloo. As a social activist she has worked on State-wide committees to address the over-representation of people of color in the criminal justice system and children of color being placed in special education, juvenile justice and the foster care systems. As an at large member of IBC, it is her intention to give voice to the diverse needs of people of color and other disparate populations impacted by the cycle of substance abuse and disenfranchisement, and to inform the practice of those who serve them. Belinda earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and Master in Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary. She is currently a doctoral candidate at UNI working on dissertation research that explores the potential linkage between internalized racial oppression and self-efficacy in African American Youth.
Kelly Grunhovd (At Large)
Kelly is in her first year of service on the Board. Kelly has been employed at Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in Mason City since 2005. She is currently the Prevention Program Manager. As a Certified Prevention Specialist Kelly has had the opportunity to be a certified trainer in Prime for Life, Reconnecting Youth, Strengthening Families Program 10-14, TiPS and the Nurtured Heart Approach. Kelly is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Buena Vista University. Kelly graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Psychology. Kelly is married with three children.
Joni Howland (Represents Academia)
Joni Howland joined Mount Mercy University in 1995, acting as Program Director since 2007. Prior to joining Mount Mercy, she spent the majority of her career working with adults with chronic illness, specifically in the areas of HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiac disease. Professor Howland has held several leadership positions in the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and developed and piloted a healthcare access program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has served on a number of state and local boards, and is currently the co-chair for the Linn County Community Services Board
Daniel Koch (At Large)
Dan Koch is a statewide sales representative for Burlington Labs – a toxicology laboratory that is focused on the needs of substance use disorders treatment. Prior to joining Burlington Labs in 2015, he worked as a counselor at Mercy 1st Step in Des Moines, where he was involved in the integration of the mental health partial hospitalization program and the substance abuse program into a dual diagnosis program. He is still a PRN counselor at the dual diagnosis center and regularly facilitates groups at the Mercy Weight Loss and Nutrition Center. Additionally, he coordinates the Children in the Middle program for Mercy in Des Moines. He lives in Waukee, is a native of Iowa, and is a 1988 graduate of Simpson College. As a psychology major he chose to pursue substance abuse counseling and became an Iowa Certified Addictions Counselor in 1990. He currently holds the IADC credential. He has had personal and family experiences with substance use disorders and mental health issues and eight years ago was privileged to serve as a volunteer to start a Celebrate Recovery group at his church. He continues to volunteer as a NAMI Iowa Board Member and as a guest lecturer at the Mercy College of Health Sciences, speaking on substance use disorders and dual diagnosis to psychology classes. Dan and his wife, Rhonda, have two adult children, Josh and Kelly, who keep them busy as they launch themselves into the world along with a very spoiled springer spaniel who rarely leaves Dan’s side when he is home.
Douglass Marberry (Attorney)
Graduated from the University of Iowa in 1976 and Drake University Law School in 1988; among other things, I served in the military for eight years between graduating from Iowa and Drake. Memberships: Iowa State Bar Association; Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Section Member and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member; American Bar Association; American Bar Association Family Law Section Member and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; Board Member/Attorney – Iowa Board of Certification. Historical: I was hand selected to be part of a small group of individuals to participate in the Polk County Pilot Mediation Program in April of 1996 and have been actively involved in mediation since that time. In 2004 I was one of thirteen individuals who were trained in collaborative law to establish a local practice group. I have also undergone basic and advanced training/certification in parenting coordination. Biographical: Outside of the office I love to spend time interacting with my grandchildren, working around my acreage, boating, skiing and traveling.
Kira Wolf (Represents IADC)
Kira Wolf is a qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC). She has been helping individuals in central Iowa with substance-related and mental health disorders since 2009. She has her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa. She has been a board member with the Iowa Board of Certification (IBC) since 2015 and is a former member of the Iowa Substance Abuse Supervisor's Association. Kira currently works at AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa as a Quality Management Supervisor.