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Barb Rindels   -   Bill Downs   -   Megan Jones

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 agencies' 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.


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