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BHIS Specialists


Traci Rudolf-Hanrahan, LMSW

BHIS Supervisor/Mental Health Therapist

Traci is a Licensed Master of Social Work specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy, with extensive experience working with young children and adolescents. She has several years of experience working with youth with behavioral health needs and currently provides school based mental health services in rural community schools.

With over 20 years of experience working in social work and mental health in a variety of capacities, Traci specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on interactive, strength based, and solution-focused models.

Traci completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Dana College, and received her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Iowa.

License, Certifications & Awards:

License for Mental Health Counseling in the State of Iowa 

Certified Facilitator for Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

Certified in Mental Health First Aid

Certified Trainer for Common Sense Parenting

Professional Activities and Memberships:

Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Member of Iowa School Social Workers' Association


Karen Dew, BS

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


Over the past 11 years, Karen a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with emphasis on Juvenile Delinquency and has worked with children and adults, both male and female, in remedial and BHIS helping with decisions making, anger management, substance abuse, social skills, problem solving, trauma, parenting, criminal thinking/behavior, communication skills, self-esteem, trauma and abuse issues, family, Parent/child relationships, and peer relationship.  Karen is passionate about helping a child and their family to be successful and have healthy relationships.



Bachelor of Science from Missouri Western State University Major in Criminal Justice



Tyler Finders, BS

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

Tyler has been working with children and families for the last 7 years. He has worked in various settings including: before and after school STEM childcare programs, camp programming, and youth pastoring. He is currently attending Capella University to obtain his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His studies include: career counseling and guidance, cognitive processing, and decision-making. He is still in the beginning stages of his studies, but he has a passion for empowering individuals to live their best life.

Tyler focuses on developing a strong relationship with everyone he interacts. His goal is to know your story and build a program that is structured for the individual and their family. He also loves to have fun, play games, and enjoy the simple things in life.


Tyler has a BS degree in Christian Counseling. He is currently obtaining his MS through Capella University to obtain a Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.


Jenny March, BS

Behavior Health Intervention Specialist

"Often we live our life in chains, never realizing we hold the key"...unknown

"Our past does not define our future-we do"...unknown

Jenny has over 6 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings such as: residential/PMIC, schools in IEP and 504 planning, in home, and throughout the community. Jenny has experience working with Children's Mental Health Waivers, Intellectual Disability Waivers, and Brain Injury Waivers. She is currently working on her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Drake University with areas of interest including: strength-based practices, empowerment, positive psychology, trauma, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, approaches of teamwork and problem solving, and The Hero's Journey. Jenny strives to help others live and lead a healthy and happy life and states that "People are her passion".

Jenny brings her outlook in life and desire to assist others into her sessions with individuals and families she works with. She believes in the power of positivity, the power of choice, living an authentic life, embracing individuality, the importance of developing and chasing dreams, and that laughter is key. 


Jenny obtained her AA degree from DMACC and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University. She is currently in the Drake Mental Health Counseling Program with an anticipated graduation date of Winter 2019. 

Professional Activities/Memberships:

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Member

Mentor for Community Mental Health

Advocate in support of Mental Health Awareness in Des Moines Register

Derma Rivera-Aguirre, MS

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

 “Family is the hearts of our society”

Derma has worked in social services in the Des Moines community since 1998. Her work has contributed to lessening violence and human rights awareness in our community. Her experiences with diverse populations and backgrounds has instilled an understanding of the issues in culture, language barriers, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and the impact it has in children, their families and the community.

Derma is Spanish bilingual. She is creative and able to see opportunities for process improvement, a team-builder who communicates effectively interpersonally and within groups, and a highly motivated individual with strong analytical and research abilities.


Derma graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Science double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She completed a Master of Science degree at Drake University in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management.


Amanda Spoonhaltz, MS

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."  Dr. Seuss

Amanda brings her experience of 10 years within the field of service to us. She has worked with many youth and families assisting them with their needs, obtaining resources, setting goals, and achieving them. Some of her experience includes, FSRP, parenting, and BHIS. She thrives on being of service to others. Amanda enjoys helping children and families get from where they are to where they want to be.


 Amanda completed her Master's degree in 2016 in Criminal Justice Administration. She majored in Juvenile Justice.


Susan Tridle, BA

Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist

Mental Health Intern

“We can only see with open eyes, We can only listen with open ears, We can only thing with open minds”  (Author unknown)

Susan has had extensive experience over the past 22 years with individuals of all ages and genders in educational settings, home settings, and facility settings. She has worked with individuals having many diagnoses (singular or multiple) including but not limited to: Intellectual Disabilities, Behavior Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Angelman’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Behavior, Conduct Disorder, Anger Management, and Schizophrenia.  She is currently working toward completion of her Masters degree in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is her specialization along with skill building to replace maladaptive behaviors with socially acceptable behaviors, and using coping skills for anger management.


BA: Community Recreation, Emphasis: Aquatics, BA: Elementary Education, BA: Psychology

MA in Teaching: Special Education

Graduate Student in Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling, expected date of graduation: May, 2019

Professional Activities/Memberships:

Graduate Student Member of American Counseling Association

Autism Society of Iowa, member

National Education Association, member

Nodaway Valley Education Association, membership committee co-chairperson

Orient Women’s Club, President, Fundraiser chairperson

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