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Here you can find resources and support for kinship caregivers to help you be successful. If you need help finding anything, please don't hesitate to give us a call, contact us online or visit one of our locations.

Name: Lisa Jordan
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Lisa Jordan, our Kinship Specialist, started her journey at Families First Counseling Services in March 2019. She has been providing services for families in the Linn County area for the last five years. Lisa attended Carver Military Academy High School in Chicago, IL, where she was born and raised. Lisa moved to Cedar Rapids in 2011 and graduated from Mount Mercy University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice/Psychology. She enjoys helping others and spending time with her family.

Name: Frankline (Franky) Tshombe
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Franky's journey at Families First Counseling Services began as an intern during her senior year of college. She graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from Mount Mercy University in May 2020. She has experience working with the elderly population as a Certified Nurse's Aide as well as working with teens in middle school and high school. She enjoys learning new languages, spending time with loved ones, reading, writing and exploring new places.

Name: Angel Emanuel
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Angel graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Human Services with a specialization in Mental Health Administration and has over 15 years in child welfare service experience. Angel moved to Dubuque 10 years ago and loves it there! Her favorite things to do are spending time with her kids, traveling, photography, reading up on history, and baking.

Name: Hallee Wiersma
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Hallee graduated from UNI in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in family services. She has been with the agency for about three years and has experience in FSRP work, family support, and serving youth from all walks of life. When she's not working, she enjoys going on adventures with her dog, a coffee in hand, or tending to her plants. Hallee is honored to be a part of the Families First team and blessed to be living out her passion for serving others.

Name: Abby Glandon
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Abby lives in Sigourney, Iowa, and attended William Penn University where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Human Services. Since then, she has gained experience working as an FSRP worker for 5 years. Abby arrived at Families First in August 2020 as an FSS worker. In July 2021, she took on the role of Kinship Specialist. In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling!

Name: Karly Driscoll
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Karly Driscoll started her journey at Families First as a Family Support Specialist. She graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from Loras College in 2000. Her social work experience includes working with adults with disabilities and working as a co-director of a small non-profit organization. She has four children and doesn't have a lot of free time, but enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and writing.  Karly loves supporting others and looks forward to doing so as a Kinship Specialist with Families First. 

Name: Cari Anderson
Job Title: Kinship Specialist

Cari Anderson grew up in Renwick and has worked and lived in North Iowa her whole life. She received an A.A. and A.S. from Iowa Central Community College and a B.A. from Buena Vista University in Human Services. She enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies. Cari feels blessed to be a part of the Families First team and looks forward to helping others.

Name: Amber Busch
Job Title: B.A.: Kinship Navigator Supervisor

Amber has a BA Degree in Psychology from Ashford University. She has over 13 years of experience working with children and families in different capacities as a FSRP Care Coordinator, FTDM/YTDM Meeting Facilitator and now as a Kinship Navigation Supervisor. Amber also gives back to her community and serves on several boards and committees as a means to making a difference in her community and staying apprised to the local resources available to shose we serve. In addition, she is helping to coordinate efforts within the community to raise awareness of the need for Kinship families.

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