Catholic Charities Staff
Tracy Morrison, M.S., L.M.H.C.
Tracy joined Catholic Charities in 2007 and has been the Executive Director since January 2009. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is licensed in Iowa and Illinois. She is a National Certified Counselor and has spent her entire career working for non-profits advocating for those in need. Prior to her work at Catholic Charities, Tracy was as a counselor working primarily with abused and neglected children and their families. Tracy’s passion for her work led her to opening Tyler’s Justice Center for Children, a non-profit children’s advocacy center in Stockton, Illinois that coordinates the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse cases. She served as the Executive Director of this organization for 5 1/2 years until she began her ministry with Catholic Charities.
Deacon Bill Hickson
Jail & Prison Ministry Coordinator
In his role as Jail & Prison Ministry Coordinator Bill trains, assigns, and coordinates the activities of over 200 volunteers involved in jail and prison visitation, mentoring, and circles of support and accountability. He is assigned to ministry at St. Anthony Parish in Dubuque. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loras College and a Master’s degree from Clarke University.
Community Outreach Director
Stacy joined the Catholic Charities team in October 2016 and oversees the Outreach team, including the Jail & Prison Ministry program and Volunteer Services and is also responsible for grant research and writing. For 3 years, Stacy served as the Executive Director of Project Concern, a non-profit social service agency that provided services for individuals and families in need. Stacy also has experience as a marketing coordinator for a senior living community. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
Deb began working at the Pastoral Center in 1998 and began at Catholic Charities in 2002. Her duties as Executive Assistant include providing assistance as needed to the executive director and preparation of program reports and minutes for board and committee meetings. Deb also oversees the administrative staff.
Lindsay joined Catholic Charities in November of 2018 as an Executive Assistant. With over twenty years of administrative experience, her duties include providing assistance to the Executive Director, as well as providing reports and minutes for Board and committee meetings. Lindsay has lived in Dubuque all of her life and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Angella M. Link, M.A., L.M.S.W.
Counselor/Adoption Search Coordinator
My name is Angella Link, and I am a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker. I have a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in social work. I have been at Catholic Charities since 1994. As a counselor it is my mission to empower people and provide hope and healing. I believe together we can find hope and healing for the tremendous difficulties you may be facing. I value the important role faith plays in our journey to wholeness and if desired, I incorporate spiritual concepts and principles to facilitate healing and recovery. I am skilled at helping people gain insight, learn how to make better decisions and utilize healthy coping skills. I am passionate about helping people learn how to embrace life with joy, and find authentic love and contentment in relationships. I have extensive experience working with individuals and couples dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma /abuse recovery, and relationship issues. I am trained in EMDR and have experience in cognitive behavioral therapy. I provide a compassionate, non judgmental, honest and professional approach. Please feel free to call me to schedule an appointment or discuss any questions or concerns you may have. I would consider it an honor and privilege to assist you. May God bless you on your journey.
Lynne Lutze, Ph.D., LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) for the State of Iowa. I received my Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I received my Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Theraplay, Breakthrough Parenting, and Gottman Level I and I. I have been practicing in the mental health industry for approximately 20 years. I have worked both in private and agency settings working with people of all age levels and backgrounds. As the Clinical Director for Catholic Charities, I supervise a professional staff of counselors and social workers. I have extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families, struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, grief/loss, trauma, divorce, and life circumstances. I often incorporate a holistic approach. I listen non-judgmentally and empower personal growth and change in your life and relationships. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you in your time of need.
I schedule clients Monday through Friday.
Amy G. Mahoney, M.S.W., L.I.S.W.
Amy has been working at Catholic Charities as a therapist since 2004. She enjoys providing counseling to individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief and relationship issues. Prior to working at Catholic Charities she was a mental health Counselor at Backbone Area Counseling Center in Manchester, Iowa. Amy has her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loras College and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Amy schedules clients on Mondays from 12:30 – 8:00 pm and Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (4:00 pm appointments upon request).
Sr. Rita Cameron, PBVM
Sister Rita has her Master’s degree in School Guidance and Counseling from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northern State University. Sr. Rita has worked in public school settings in South Dakota, Catholic Schools in Mason City and Dubuque, Iowa, and has also worked with college students as a member of the Campus Ministry staff at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Sister Rita enjoys working with people of all ages who are looking for ways to learn and grow as they work through difficulties in their lives.
Sr. Rita’s office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 8:00-4:00 and can be reached at 641-424-9683.
Todd Ostwinkle, L.M.H.C, I.A.D.C.
Todd joined Catholic Charities in March 2015. He has his Master’s degree in General Psychology from Loras College in Dubuque and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Iowa. Additionally, he is certified as an International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IADC). Todd works with individuals seeking improvement of their mental or emotional wellness. This includes anxiety, depression, grief, and other various issues. Prior to working at Catholic Charities, Todd worked as a counselor at Substance Abuse Services Center for six years. He then worked with Hillcrest Family Services as a crisis counselor and general therapist. Todd joined Catholic Charities eager to support wellness, change, and recovery.
Ry joined the Catholic Charities team in September 2018 and works as an immigration attorney. Ry is a native Dubuquer, and graduated from Clarke in 2003. Following college, Ry enlisted for a six-year active-duty Navy enlistment. After completing his service, Ry attended Vermont Law School before returning to Iowa to work for several years as an attorney in criminal prosecution, and now as an advocate for our immigrant population in the Dubuque Archdiocese.
Cristy began working for Catholic Charities in April of 2015 after serving as a medical transcriptionist for over 20 years. She provides administrative support to the Dubuque office staff as well as greeting clients and providing community resource information to those who call or visit the office. Cristy has a degree from Kirkwood Community College and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband and children. She has lived in Cascade for most of her life.
Cedar Rapids Office
Ellen began working for Catholic Charities in July 2013, after serving for 34 years as an office and customer service specialist for J.C. Penney Co. Ellen provides administrative support to the Cedar Rapids office staff as well as greeting and providing community resource information to those who call, or visit the office. Ellen has a degree from the University of Iowa in home economics and also works part time for Hancock Fabrics. She comes from a family of 9 with 7 sisters and one brother and has lived in Cedar Rapids for most of her life.
Immigration Legal Assistant
Catherine Clark joined the Immigration Legal services team in the Cedar Rapids office in August 2018. Catherine graduated from University of Iowa with a BA in Spanish and Psychology. Catherine has spent the past year on service trips for the Sister’s Water Project in Honduras and a 5 1/2 month trip to Venezuela. Catherine’s bilingual skills and service oriented disposition will fit very well with the Catholic Charities team.
Dee joined Catholic Charities in August 2018 as an Immigration Attorney and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Her previous employment as Assistant Hardin County Attorney in focused on prosecuting and strengthening services for victim-based crimes, with an emphasis on intimate partner violence and child sexual abuse. Prior to her work in Hardin County, Dee served as Assistant Floyd County Attorney and Law Clerk in the Third Judicial District of the State of Minnesota. Dee earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Religion from Smith College. During her studies, Dee had the privilege to work in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, and she was awarded a Certificate of Success from the René Cassin Foundation for her involvement in the 40th Annual Study Session on the Effectiveness of the International Protection of Social Rights at the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme in Strasbourg, France.
Claudia Rodriguez De Nenez
Immigration Legal Assistant
Claudia joined Catholic Charities in September 2018. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Claudia graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages and a degree in Spanish. For the last 5 years she has been working as an advocate for survivors and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. With her advocacy position Claudia has had the opportunity and experience with working with the immigrant communities here in the Cedar Valley. Claudia also enjoys going on mission trips around the world as well as volunteering for local non-profits.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Stacie joined the Catholic Charities team in February 2019 working out of the Cedar Rapids office as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Prior to working at Catholic Charities, Stacie worked for 10+ years in Youth and Family Ministries and Development and Faith Formation for Lutheran and Presbyterian congregations. She is a certified Grief Counselor for Hospice and is also trained as a ASIST suicide prevention counselor. Stacie volunteered for the Child Protection Center as a Safe Touch presenter, educating staff and children of all ages on sexual abuse prevention. Stacie is a published poet and a freelance writer for local publications. She loves teaching and has taught vocal privately for the last 12 years, as well as served as a speech coach and show choir judge.She has a BA in Religion from Coe College.
Director of Immigration Legal Services
Attorney Yer L. Vang first joined Catholic Charities in February 2016 as the Immigration Attorney but currently is the Director of Immigration Legal Services. Yer is a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Attorney Vang has worked with immigrant and refugee communities for over 16 years. After graduating from law school, Yer joined the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Immigrant Project of Wisconsin) and served as the immigration attorney. She provided legal technical assistance and training to domestic violence programs and advocated on matters relating to the intersection of immigration law and domestic violence. Additionally, while in private practice, Yer provided legal representation to immigrant/refugee survivors of violence on various immigration remedies, such as VAWA, U visas, family based visa petitions, asylum and deportation/removal defense. Yer provides overall management, planning and coordination for our immigration legal services including assisting in the exploration of emerging issues and parish engagement.
Lori Eastwood, L.I.S.W.
Lori has been a counselor with Catholic Charities since January 2005. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa. Lori provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families in the Decorah office. She also spends time between four local parochial schools providing clinical support to students and consultation to teachers and staff. Additionally, Lori is a certified trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach© and is a trained independent facilitator of ‘Becoming a Love and Logic Parent’ and facilitates multiple classes each year in three counties. Lori is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She works closely with other agencies in Decorah and attends local meetings that advocate for the needs of families from preventative services to providing aid for meeting basic needs.
Lori schedules clients on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and evenings, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings.
Mason City Office
Mary Foy, LMHC
Mary Foy joined Catholic Charities and the counseling team as a part-time Mental Health Counselor in January 2019. She has worked in the field for over 8 years counseling on a college campus, in a community mental health agency, as a middle school counselor and in private practice.
“Experience has taught me that many people seek counseling for the simple reason that they are ‘stuck’. They cannot figure out how to move past something in their lives i.e., unhealthy relationships, addictions, death, a traumatic childhood, divorce and other life changes.”
Mary and her husband were foster parents for six years and adopted two of their four children. “This experience forever changed our lives – for the better.” Mary has a passion for working with high school aged kids and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, self-harm, self-esteem, grief, attachment and ADHD issues.
Mary’s therapeutic method depends on the client’s needs, but she relies on a client-centered, cognitive behavioral approach, that includes mindfulness, play and art therapy when appropriate, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy).
Mary works with children and adults, ages eight and older. She is comfortable working with people from all denominations who desire a spiritual dimension to their healing process. “Providing a safe, warm and supportive environment to help facilitate change is my goal.”
Mary schedules clients on Wednesdays & Thursdays.
Miryam Antunez De Mayolo
Miryam was most recently was an attorney with Antunez De Mayolo Law Office in New York and of counsel with Frerichs Law Office in Waterloo. Miryam is bilingual in Spanish and graduated from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru and University of Iowa College of Law.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Teresa joined the Catholic Charities team in August 2018 as a Community Outreach Coordinator. She spends her days participating in community engagement activities, as well as recruitment, training and oversight of volunteers. Teresa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and has over ten years experience working in the area of social services in the Waterloo community.
Autumn joined the Catholic Charities team in January 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Autumn spends her days providing support to the Waterloo office. Autumn has has worked previously as a legal assistant, financial counselor, medical coder, and Spanish Interpreter. In her free time, Autumn enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Jail & Prison Ministry Assistant Coordinator
Jacob Shepard joined the Catholic Charities team in January 2019 as an Assistant Coordinator of Jail & Prison Ministry. Jacob has previously worked for Americorp, Parent Partners and most recently Ministry Director for Heartland Vineyard Church. Jacob is also a board member for Iowa Justice Action Network that is active in raising awareness for criminal justice reform.
Rachel Blough is a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with over 13 years of experience working with families, individuals, and youth. She received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Rachel has a genuine compassion for serving and responding in love to others. Rachel is a training professional for the Nurtured Heart Approach and is trained to use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). She has led family engagement trainings and sessions, and likes to use creative methods in her approach with clients such as sand play, art, and talk therapy. Rachel is thoughtful, genuine, and understanding with an array of tools to offer clients during counseling sessions.
Lisa Turner, L.M.F.T.
Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and PR from Biola University in La Mirada, California, where she also completed a minor in Bible. She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lisa is a Level I trained Gottman Method Couples Therapist. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Lisa counsels from a Biblical perspective, helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, interpersonal/relationship issues, divorce/separation, and grief. She also works with those living with chronic mental illness.
Lisa schedules clients on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Housing Office – Ecumenical Tower
Matthew has spent his entire 35-year career in affordable housing development and management. After initially managing a small portfolio for his church, he joined Holsten Development of Chicago, Illinois, in 1984. Matthew managed the day-day operations of the property management company, as well as the construction and construction management operations, while Holsten emerged as a national leader and visionary in the redevelopment of public housing in Chicago. Holsten became a leader in the creation of mixed-income communities combining limited income and special needs populations with high-end for-sale units. In 2008, Matthew and his wife of 32 years, Rebekah left the city and moved to rural Wisconsin where they raise goats, chickens, and sheep. Matthew enjoys managing Ecumenical Tower, as it takes him back to what he enjoys most, relationships with residents, and the hands-on activity of running a building.
Assistant Site Manager
Kayci has been with Catholic Charities since February of 2015, She has a background in both healthcare and real estate, making her a perfect fit in her position at Ecumenical Tower as Assistant Site Manager. Kayci was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and recently moved to Farley Iowa with husband and their two boys. Kayci enjoys her work at Catholic Charities as it aligns well with her own values of helping others in need.
Aaron has been working for Catholic Charities Affordable Housing doing maintenance and janitorial work for over 30 years. His primary functions include day-to-day maintenance and janitorial duties servicing buildings, grounds and individual tenants at all four housing projects including Kennedy Manor, Ecumenical Tower, Carter Plaza and Alabar Plaza.
Housing Office – Kennedy Park West
Pat has been working in maintenance for Catholic Charities Housing for over 30 years and now leads the maintenance team as Maintenance Supervisor. He is responsible for all day-to-day rental property needs, including scheduling maintenance staff, purchasing supplies, soliciting contractor bids, and tending to after-hours emergencies. Pat and his maintenance staff also volunteer at monthly events for the elderly and disabled residents at Ecumenical Tower.
Assistant Site Manager
Aaron works full-time at our family complex, Kennedy Park West. His primary duties are maintenance and janitorial, so he spends his days completing work orders, getting vacant apartments ready to rent, and making sure the buildings and the site are beautiful and orderly. Since he and his family live onsite, Aaron is able to respond quickly to calls to the answering service, and his family’s presence at Kennedy Park West contribute to the quality of life and sense of community.