Leadership Team

Jay Hansen

Executive Director
Jay has worked for Prairie Ridge since 1974 and has served as the Executive Director since 1980. He is past President of ISPDA and was involved in the original NIATx project sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He currently serves on the Iowa Board of Health and has provided numerous trainings and presentations at the National, State and Local level.

Lorrie Young, LMSW, CADC

Associate Director
Lorrie specializes in solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and in working with patients with co-occurring disorders. She has worked to develop informative programming targeted at fighting the effects of stigma as it impacts patients with chronic mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Jeannie Giordano-Shanks, LISW

Clinical Director
Jeannie has been employed at Prairie Ridge since 2005. As the Clinical Director she is responsible for the oversight of therapy services and is a member of the business management team. Jeannie provides the licensing supervision for master level clinicians. She provides oversite of our Peer Facilitator program, which pairs patients who are doing well in recovery with clinicians conducting treatment groups, allowing for enhanced support and mentoring to patients. 

Larece Bartusek

Office Manager 
Larece Bartusek is the Director’s Assistant and Office Manager. She has been employed with Prairie Ridge since 1992 after graduating from Hamilton Business College. Larece was extensively involved in the NIATx Project and is a certified Change Leader.

Kelly Grunhovd, CPS

Prevention Manager
Kelly Grunhovd is the Prevention Program Manager/Program Director. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish. While studying at the University of Northern Iowa, she concentrated her class load in Psychology of Adjustment and Abnormal Psychology. She was also able to fine tune her Spanish skills by studying a semester in Spain. Ms. Grunhovd is a certified instructor for Strengthening Families Program, Reconnecting Youth and Prime for Life programs.

Mike Huisman, B.A.

Fiscal Officer
Graduated from Westmar College (1984)
Mike has served as the Prairie Ridge Fiscal Officer since 1989.

Jennifer Tarr, BA, ACADC

Clinical Supervisor
Jenny has been employed at Prairie Ridge since 2005. She specializes in providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills and the Matrix Model Relapse Prevention skills and has provided training throughout the state of Iowa. Jenny oversees the Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) Implementation for the agency and assists in outpatient program management, providing training and supervision to outpatient clinicians. 

Kate Weiner, lisw, cadc

 Clinical Supervisor
Kate has been employed with Prairie Ridge since 2008. She has experience in working with adults, adolescents, and families. Kate is a statewide trainer for Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT).   Kate assists in providing training and supervision to outpatient clinicians, along with assisting in outpatient program management. Kate also runs and supervises Prairie Ridge’s Internship program.

  Breanna Johnson, BA, CADC

Residential Program Manager
Breanna has been employed at Prairie Ridge since 2008. Previously, Breanna worked as a residential clinician specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the MATRX Model curriculums. Breanna currently is the Residential Program Manager, providing day-to-day management of the residential units and providing clinical supervision to the residential clinicians. Breanna is also a certified therapist and supervisor for Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MET/CBT). She is currently in the process of pursuing her MSW degree through Widener University.

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