Crisis Center Staff

"What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does, he should do with all his might."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Becci Reedus

Executive Director

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 becci.reedus@jccrisiscenter.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.

Rachel Beach

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 rachel.beach@jccrisiscenter.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 sarah.witry@jccrisiscenter.org 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.

Jay Capron

Communications Coordinator

Jay helps connect the community with the Crisis Center through traditional and digital media. He joined the organization in July 2015.  Jay is also the host of the 'The Jay Capron Morning Show' on AM-800 KXIC in Iowa City.

Jay grew up in Chicagoland and graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a B.A. in Communications.  He can be reached at jay.capron@jccrisiscenter.org or (319) 351-2726 ext. 106.

Fun fact:  Jay once aspired to become a zoologist and he is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox.

Michael Lawler

Emergency Assistance Coordinator

Michael oversees the efforts to provide emergency assistance to clients. This could be in the form of helping to pay past due rent or utility bills, as well as paying for identification or work-enabling items. He previously worked as a Residential Coordinator at Shelter House of Iowa City and interned with the PATH program.

Michael grew up in East Dubuque, IL and received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. His email is michael.lawler@jccrisiscenter.org and can be reached at (319)351-2726 ext. 117.

Fun fact: Although an avid fan of many different types of music, Michael has no discernible musical talent.

Angie Meiers

Office Manager

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 angie.meiers@jccrisiscenter.org and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 107.

Fun fact: Angie and her daughter, Abby, share the same birthday.

Jessica Morris

Food Bank Coordinator

Jessica oversees daily operations in the Food Bank, including managing more than 200 weekly volunteers. She started at The Crisis Center in April 2015 after working at a food bank program in New Mexico.

Jessica can be reached at jessica.morris@jccrisiscenter.org or (319) 351-2726 ext. 120.

Fun fact: Jessica is an avid cook and her favorite thing to make is traditional creole cuisine.

 

Keri Neblett

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 keri.neblett@jccrisiscenter.org and she can be reached at (319) 351-2726 ext. 114.

Fun fact: Keri bears a strong resemblance to Xena, Warrior Princess.

Beau Pinkham

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 beau.pinkham@jccrisiscenter.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 beth.ruback@jccrisiscenter.org 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."

Kaila Rome

Development Coordinator

Kaila coordinates The Crisis Center's fundraising efforts, including event planning and donor stewardship. She joined The Crisis Center staff in April 2014 as Food Bank coordinate before becoming development coordinator in April 2015. She previously volunteered on the 24-Hour Crisis Line.

Kaila is an Illinois native and earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Iowa. Kaila can be reached at kaila.rome@jccrisiscenter.org or (319) 351-2726 ext. 105.

Fun fact: Kaila was a dancer in high school, but now aspires to be an Olympic weightlifting competitor.