Meet the IACP Staff

Learn more about the IACP staff who work to support members. We relentlessly advocate for community providers. If you have a concern, please reach out to any of our staff members.

Chief Executive Officer
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Communications Coordinator
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Technical Assistance Coordinator
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Chief Operations Officer
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Outcomes Coordinator
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Training Director
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Brain Injury Contract Coordinator
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Shelly Chandler

SHELLY CHANDLERChief Executive Officer
Shelly brings a unique collection of relevant experience spanning 35+ years. She has been a juvenile detention counselor, community provider, CARF surveyor, board member, CEO of other organizations and is a registered lobbyist. This gives her a unique perspective of all aspects of the industry from legislative policy to daily provider operations. Shelly received her master’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and her undergraduate from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. Shelly resides in Johnston with her husband and has two grown children. She is an avid sports fan, with her favorite teams being the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. 


SUSAN SEEHASE, Chief Operations Officer

Susan has been in the industry for over 25 years and has held a variety of roles including job coach, community provider, Executive Director, advocate and board member of several organizations. This wide array of experience has allowed her to design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures for organizations while also advocating for Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens. Susan participated in master’s work at Drake University and received her undergraduate degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Susan resides in Sumner with her husband and has four children. When she isn’t a spectator at a sporting event, you can find her gardening or cooking. 

Ben Woodworth


BEN WOODWORTH, Training Director

Ben has over 25 years of experience in human service agencies and brings a diverse skill set to the Association. Prior to his start with IACP in 2009, Ben served as the Statewide Administrator for Iowa’s Brain Injury Service Program within the Iowa Department of Public Health and has served on a variety of boards and commissions. Ben also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Master of Social Work program at the University of Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA and Master of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Ben lives in Waukee and has three daughters. When he is not at one of their softball or volleyball games, you can find him riding his bike, grilling or road tripping with his girls. 


MADDIE VANKIRK, Communications Coordinator

Maddie has experience in pharmaceuticals, case coordination for motor vehicle accident patients and business development. This enables her to provide IACP with a diverse perspective on how to relentlessly advocate on behalf of Iowa’s community providers and those they serve. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Maddie resides in Granger with her husband and dog. They frequent the hiking and biking trails around the state.


KAT YOUNGBLUT, Outcomes Coordinator

Kat knows the power of data analytics and how to utilize the research to drive change. For over a decade, Kat has helped human services organizations with their records maintenance, electronic process development and continuous quality improvement. She has held various leadership positions within quality improvement and outcomes departments. Kat received her Bachelor of Science from University of Northern Iowa. She lives in Hudson with her husband and son and enjoys camping, photography and reading. 


MEGAN HARTWIG, Brain Injury Contract Coordinator

Megan brings 15+ years of experience within the human services industry. Her work is focused on training, system capacity and change in her role as IACP’s Brain Injury Contract Coordinator and previous work with the Iowa Department of Public Health Brain Injury and State Office of Rural Health programs. Megan received her Master of Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. She and her husband live in Des Moines with their Shetland Sheepdogs and enjoy biking, hiking and traveling to state capitols, national parks and monuments.

 Brita Nelson

BRITA NELSON, Technical Assistance Coordinator

Brita is a native Iowan who has spent her career working in human services. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Luther College in Decorah, IA, she worked for a residential services provider in NEIA for over a decade. Brita gathered experience as a Direct Service Professional, frontline supervisor and a service director. Brita’s work with IACP began in the DirectCourse programs, but she now serves as the Association’s Technical Assistance Coordinator. Brita resides in Decorah with her husband and dog.