A world where youth are valued and empowered to stand strong.

Our Impact

  • 231 kids were paired with a mentor
  • 116 youth served in Residential Addiction Treatment
  • Treatment services provided 14,984 counseling sessions
  • 4,437 families served
*2018 Data

Our Mission

To create hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

Our Core Values

Commitment + Collaboration + Compassion + Innovation + Integrity + “Can Do” Spirit

 

Our Leadership

The YSS leadership team represents a diverse array of specialties and expertise, with an overarching commitment to our mission of creating hope and opportunity by putting kids first.

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Andrew Allen

CEO

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Amanda Briggs

Chief Financial Officer

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Belinda Meis

Chief Operating Officer

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Terri Johanson

Associate Vice President of Child Welfare & Transition Services

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David Hicks

YSS of Marshall
County Director

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Jane Adams

YSS of Hamilton
County Director

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Toby O’berry

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
& Transitional Services Director

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Shanda Hansen

Community Based Center Director

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Gerri Bugg

Community Youth & Family Development Director

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Amy Hutter

Director of Marketing
& Communications

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Anna Andrews

Human Resources Director

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Karen Utke

Information Technology
Director

Andrew Allen - President & Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Allen

President and
Chief Executive Officer

Amanda Briggs - Chief Financial Officer

Amanda Briggs

Chief Financial Officer

Belinda Meis - Associate Vice President of Strategy and Operation

Belinda Meis

Chief Operating Officer

Terri Johanson - Child Welfare & Transitional Services Division Director

Terri Johanson

Associate Vice President of Child Welfare & Transition Services

David Hicks - YSS of Marshall County Director

David Hicks

YSS of Marshall
County Director

Jane Adams - YSS of Hamilton County Director

Jane Adams

YSS of Hamilton
County Director

Toby O'Berry - Iowa Homeless Youth Centers & Transitional Services Director

Toby O’berry

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
& Transitional Services Director

Shanda Hansen - Community Based Center Director

Shanda Hansen

Community Based
Center Director

Gerri Bugg - Community Youth & Family Development Director

Gerri Bugg

Community Youth & Family Development Director

Amy Hutter - Director of Marketing & Communications

Amy Hutter

Director of Marketing
& Communications

Anna Andrews - Human Resources Director

Anna Andrews

Human Resources Director

KAREN UTKE - Information Technology Director

Karen Utke

Information Technology
Director

Our Boards

Judy Albritton

Boone Middle School

Nahla Atroon

Youth Representative

Jim Black

James R. Black & Associates

Gary Botine

Mary Greeley Medical Center

Jeff Brinkley

Mason City Police Department, Mason City Advisory Board Member

James Bucher

Todd and Sargent

Tim Day

Iowa State University

Martino Harmon

Iowa State University

Kim Houston

Burke Corporation

Patrick Kremer

Marshall/Hardin County Advisory Board

Randi Peters

VenuWorks

Mike Phillips

Greater Iowa Credit Union

Monica Porter

ISU Foundation (Retired)

Mary Sheka

Simpson College, IHYC Advisory Board Member

Suzy Shierholz

Story County Community Foundation (Retired)

Brian Torresi

Davis Brown Law Firm

Austin Woodin

Edward Jones

Connie Ingraham

Webster Custom Meats

Lindsey Long

Iowa State Athletics Development

Judy Albritton

Boone Middle School

Jim Baker

McDonald's Restaurants

Ron Birkestrand

Osweilers, Hamilton County Community Advisory Board

Rod Copple

Green Hills Community (Life Care Services)

 

Deb Fennelly

John Kinley

School Administrator (Retired)

Sophia Magill

ISU Federal Relations

Eileen Patterson

Nevada Middle/High School

Amy Pieper

ISU Extension of Marshall County

Dalton Robey

Youth Member

 

Doug Robey

Martin Marietta

John Russell

Bankers Trust

Charles Small

Iowa State University

Kaylee Howe

Youth Member

Keith Swanson

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

Robert Waggoner

Mary Wells

Principal (Retired)

Karen Wickert

Chemist (Retired)

Libby Zaletel

IHYC Community Advisory Board

Boone County

Judy Albritton

Deanna Anderson

Carolyn Finnestad

Lorraine Hamel

Sandi Johnson, Chair

Leone Junck

Marlene Moffitt*

Joyce Peterson

Joseph Russell

Gloria Stearns*

Geralyn Timm

Judy Tungesvik

Gregg Williams

*Emeritus

Hamilton County

Sonia Rodriquez, Chair

Marian Johnson

Doug Bailey

Kathy Birkestrand

Ron Birkestrand

Barb Franzen

Logan Welch

Connie Ingraham

Jean Kayser

Thomas McLaughlin

Gayle Olson

Francis Lauer

Youth Services

Raymond Beebe, Chair

Michael Davis

Shanda Hansen

Chief Jeff Brinkley

Heidi Venem

Jesse Waters

Jennifer White

Taylor Williams

Shannon Wooge

Tracy Wynn

Tracy Worley

Pat Tomson

Marshall County

Fred Lembke

Meri Edel

Michael Tupper

Kaylee Howe

Amy Pieper, Chair

Pat Kremer

Natasha Schultz

Chris Vaughn

Norma Meade

Madi Hardman

Ken Fox

Fauna Nord

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

Marcy Baker

Joseph Barrett

Steve Becker*

Judy Blank

Marguerite Boss*

Mark Brown

Katie Carlton

Gina Christian

Linda Cowger-Russel*

Sonny Fox*

Lois Ichelson*

Laura Jontz

Nathan Lentz

Mark Linder

Gene Loverink*

Cliff McClure

Michael Myszewski*

Lori Neely

Mary Oliver

Amy Oliver-Peters

David Repp*

Jack Segal

Mary Sheka, Chair

Sandra Suarez

Betty Torgerson

Dave Vaudt*

Patrick Willer

Libby Zaletel

*Emeritus

Careers

If you’re interested in helping children, youth and their families have a brighter future, you may be a good fit for YSS. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, or just getting started, there are many rewarding positions available across the state. View current openings, learn more about our benefits and apply today.

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A Brief History

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Locations

No matter where you are in Iowa, we’re here to help. Use the map below to find a YSS location near you.