Integrative Services Project - Biography
Barb Rindels -
Bill Downs -
Barb Rindels began her work as a domestic violence advocate in 1992,
providing client services such as advocacy in domestic violence, advocacy in
sexual assault, crisis counseling and legal advocacy to obtain no contact orders.
In addition, she participated in several trainings for volunteers and community
staff, recruited and supervised new volunteers, developed and coordinated
a court watch program, and facilitated domestic violence and sexual assault
groups. From 1997-2001, Barb was a project assistant on the National Institute
of Justice grant entitled "Alcohol Problems and Violence Against Women." From
2001-2005, she was the program manager for the Integrative Services Project at
UNI and she remains on the project as a domestic violence specialist and site
coordinator part-time. Barb is also currently working full time as an advocate
for Seeds of Hope in Waterloo, Iowa. She has the highest certification for
domestic violence and sexual assault.
William R. Downs is currently a professor in the Department of Social
Work at the University of Northern Iowa. He has 23 years of research
experience in the areas of women's experiences of violence and their
alcohol and drug problems. Over this time period, he has published 37
peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters. He has co-administered six
research and three program development grants in these areas, and has been
a Fulbright Research Scholar. Together with Barb Rindels, he co-founded the
Integrative Services Project in 1997. Since 1982 he has served on the boards
of three victim service agencies including Seeds of Hope in Iowa, and from
1992-1999 on the board of Pathways Behavioral Services.
Megan B. Jones has her bachelors and masters degree in Social Work. She has been in the
human service field since 1999, working primarily in the fields of domestic violence,
substance abuse and mental health. Megan is a licensed independent social worker (LISW)
and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC). Megan has worked for Integrative
Services Project as a research assistant and domestic violence consultant from 2001-2002,
returning as a part-time substance abuse specialist in 2005.