Leadership Team

Jay Hansen

Consultant/Quality Improvement
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 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 management team responsible for business operations. Additionally, Jeannie provides licensing supervision for master level clinicians and oversite of our Peer Facilitator program, which allows patients doing well in recovery the opportunity to provide mentoring.

Kelly Grunhovd, CPS

Director of Community Based Programming
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 
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.

Deb Groath

P3 Manager 

Lorrie Young, LMSW, CADC

Executive 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, MS, 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. 

Breanna Johnson, BA, CADC

Clinical Supervisor
Breanna has been employed at Prairie Ridge since 2008. Previously, Breanna worked as the Residential Program Manager providing day-to-day management of the residential program needs. Breanna currently works as a Clinical Supervisor providing clinical supervision to residential and outpatient therapists.  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.

Carrie Wagner

Residential Program Unit Coordinator
Carrie has been employed by Prairie Ridge since November 2011. She was first hired as a part-time residential clinical assistant and soon moved to a full-time position in our women’s residential program. This is where she had the opportunity share her story and motivation in recovery and also trained in the many areas including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills.  Carrie has also completed trainings in Motivational Interviewing, Feedback Informed Treatment, and The Nurtured Heart Approach. Recently, she received Recovery Coaching certification and is also a Recovery Coach Trainer. Carrie now oversees and provides the day-to-day management of the residential program needs that involves program scheduling, training, and supervision.



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