Crisis Center Staff
"What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does, he should do with all his might."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
As Executive Director, Becci is responsible for the overall management of The Crisis Center of Johnson County, operating under the strategic direction established by the Board of Directors. She has 35 years of experience in nonprofit management, most recently at Common Ground, a crisis center in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Becci is originally from LaPorte City, Iowa and holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 109.
Fun fact: Becci's first day at the Crisis Center was June 23, 2008 which coincided with the peak of the Iowa City area floods that summer.
Food Bank Coordinator
William coordinates training and support for all volunteers in the Food Bank program and supervises day-to-day program operations. He joined The Crisis Center staff in October 2013 and previously held positions with Johnson County Public Health and the Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse.
William has a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Health Administration from Des Moines University and grew up on a farm outside of Bonaparte, Iowa. His email address is email@example.com and he can be reached weekdays at (319) 351-0128. William's after hours phone number is (319) 351-2726 ext. 120.
Fun fact: William prefers to go by the title "Sir" but has yet to get anyone to use it.
Crisis Chat Coordinator
Rachel manages our online counseling program and is responsible for recruitment, training and management of our Chat specialist volunteers. She became a Crisis Center staff member in October 2011 after serving as a Crisis Intervention volunteer for many years.
Rachel graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She hails from Rockford, Illinois. Rachel's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 111.
Fun fact: Just prior to joining our staff, Rachel spent 9 weeks teaching English and science to high school students in the country of Ghana.
Sarah Benson Witry
Food Bank & Emergency Assistance Director
Sarah supervises staff, volunteers, operations and purchasing for the Food Bank & Emergency Assistance programs. She had been a Crisis Center volunteer for almost six years prior to starting her position in October 2008.
Sarah completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Iowa in May 2009 and is a native of Ames, Iowa. Her email address is email@example.com and she can be reached weekdays at (319) 351-0128. Her after hours phone number is (319) 351-2726 ext. 118.
Fun fact: Despite growing up in Cyclone country, Sarah is a faithful Hawkeye fan.
Emergency Assistance Coordinator
Elizabeth oversees the efforts to provide emergency financial assistance to clients and also supports the Food Bank staff and volunteers with food distribution. She started her tenure at The Crisis Center as a volunteer, served as a tornado case advocate in April 2006 and assumed her current responsibilities in fall 2006.
Elizabeth's hometown is Grinnell, Iowa and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Macalester College. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and she can be reached weekdays at (319) 351-0128. Her after hours phone number is (319) 351-2726 ext. 117.
Fun fact: To maintain her sanity, Elizabeth volunteers once a week at the Macbride Raptor Project.
Angie is responsible for everything related to the operations of the Crisis Center. Bookkeeping and financial reports, purchasing, building maintenance, staff benefits and payroll (our favorite!) are just a few of her many areas of expertise.
Angie joined the Crisis Center in September 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from St. Ambrose University and is a native of Durant, Iowa. Her email address is email@example.com and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 107.
Fun fact: Angie and her daughter, Abby, share the same birthday.
Community Intervention Director
Keri manages the staff, volunteers and service delivery of the Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention and Disaster Response programs. She came to to the Crisis Center from the Partnership for Safe Families in February 2004 but had served as a 24-Hour Crisis Line volunteer for five years in the 1990's.
Keri hails from Louisville, Kentucky (go Cardinals!) and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 114.
Fun fact: Keri bears a strong resemblance to Xena, Warrior Princess.
Sandy manages the receipt of donations and conducts stewardship activities for our development program, as well as engaging the community in new giving opportunities. When she joined the staff in August 2012, Sandy brought a wealth of knowledge from her many years as the co-director of the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and as an advocate for United Way of Johnson County.
Sandy grew up in Indianola, Iowa and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and elementary education from Simpson College. Her email address is email@example.com and her phone number is 319) 351-2726 ext. 105.
Fun Fact: Not many people know that Sandy has a kennel license: she has six dogs and one cat.
Crisis Intervention Coordinator
Training, scheduling and supporting the volunteers who provide counseling services in person and on the 24-Hour Crisis Line are Beau's key responsibilities. He joined the Crisis Center staff in May 2012 after serving as a volunteer for more than 10 years and was employed as a Residential Coordinator at the Shelter House prior to his current position.
Beau is an Iowa City original and holds three degrees from the University of Iowa in Business Marketing, Business Management, and German. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and he can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 102.
Fun Fact: Beau is fluent in German, and can cuss in over six languages.
Beth Ritter Ruback
Communications & Development Director
Beth oversees public relations, marketing, fundraising and donor stewardship efforts for the Crisis Center. Prior to joining the staff in January 2009, she served as a state tobacco control advocate for seven years.
Beth is originally from Creston, Iowa and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. Her email address is email@example.com and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 108.
Fun fact: Beth tries to live by the motto "Life is short, eat dessert first."