Trisha S. Wilkins – CCAP, NCRI, PHR, Chief Executive Officer

Chrishelle Stravers – CCAP, Chief Financial Officer

Karli SchmelzerCCAP, Operations & Development Director

Courtney Adam – Human Resources Director

Head Start & Early Head Start Programs

Sharon Burke – CCAP, Early Childhood Programs Director

Amy Moore – Center Manager

Nichole Leech – Center Manager

Lisa Milder – Center Manager

Kristy Wirkler – Center Manager

Kim Jasper – Education & Professional Development Specialist

Angie Leiran – Education & Professional Development Specialist

Kallie Moeller – RN, Health & Development Specialist

VACANT – Health & Development Specialist

Martin Ahrndt– Family & Community Partnership Specialist – Enrollment

Denise Tapscott – Family & Community Partnership Specialist

County General Assistance Program

Chickasaw, Fayette, Howard & Winneshiek Counties

Karen Henry – CCAP, NCRT, LIHEAP & General Relief Director

Child & Adult Food Program (CACFP)

Rebecca Phillips – CACFP Coordinator

EARL Transit – Region 1

Lori Egan – CCAP, CCTM, Transportation Director

Shannon Nagel – Operations Manager

Family Development & Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS)

Nichole Griese – FaDSS Coordinator

Family Services Program

Karli SchmelzerCCAP, Operations & Development Director


Julie Buddenberg – Housing Programs Coordinator

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Karen Henry – CCAP, NCRT, LIHEAP and General Relief Director

Weatherization Assistance Program

Scott Fischer – CCAP, Weatherization Director

Josh VanSkyhawk – Weatherization Specialist

Eric Wolff – Weatherization Specialist


Agency Appreciations

“Thank you for your fabulous work with the Decorah community & surrounding areas. All of you truly embody the spirit of hope & change people’s lives to not only help themselves but to encourage & help those around them. At a time when our country needs love & compassion, you & your staff deserve a well-deserved BRAVO.” 

Rachel Buresh

KD Rae Jewelry


Embrace Iowa

“Embrace Iowa helped our family be getting us a stove. The stove we had was hazardous. When we would cook on it, it would stink the whole house up. Also, it leaked underneath the stove. That stove was so small that my two year old son could see inside the pan without standing on anything. Now, with our new stove we can cook without smelling anything or without cleaning up a leaky mess. Thanks so much for our new stove. We really appreciated it.”

Fayette County Resident



“Cheryl & Denise. Happy CACFP Week. You both are: Courageous & Calm as a Cucumber. Astounding & Accessible & Able. Cheerful & Capable. Fascinating & we are Fortunate to have you !! Positive & Peppy. Thanks for All you do!!”