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.

Jeannie Giordano-Shanks, LISW

Clinical Supervisor
Jeannie’s has been employed at Prairie Ridge since 2005. She provides supervision to licensed clinicians and outpatient staff. Jeannie assists in outpatient program management and has also worked to develop several programs/curriculums at Prairie Ridge which include an anxiety curriculum, a harm reduction curriculum, a tobacco treatment curriculum, and the development of a peer facilitator program.

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.

Larece Bartusek

Office Manager / Support Staff Supervisor
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.

Lorrie Young, LMSW, CADC

Clinical 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.

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 and Matrix Skills and has provided training throughout the state of Iowa on the Matrix Model curriculum. Jenny is currently a Clinical Supervisor, supervising outpatient clinicians, and oversees the Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) Implementation for the agency.

Breanna Johnson, BA, CADC

Residential Program Manager
Breanna has been employed at Prairie Ridge since 2008. She worked as a residential clinician in the past focusing on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and MATRIX curriculum. Breanna works on the day-to-day management of the residential program and provides supervision to the residential clinicians.


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