Carol DeJong is currently employed at Above & Beyond Hospice Care as the Bereavement Coordinator. Carol has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Crisis Counseling with a minor in Christian Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Carol’s coursework included Caring for Kid’s Gods Way through Light University; a part of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Carol also worked as the children’s ministry coordinator for Orchard Hill Church in Grundy Center, Iowa from 2005-2008. Carol has studied writings from Alan Wolfelt Ph.D, Children’s Grief Education Association, National Alliance for Grieving Children, The Dougy Center (The National Center for Grieving Children & Families), National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and Grant Wood Area Education Agency in preparation for working with children who grieve the loss of a loved one. Carol is married and has three grown daughters, and one granddaughter. Carol is looking forward to exploring your child(ren)’s unique grief journey in order to help them understand what they are experiencing and give them hope for the future.
Johna Phillipson is currently employed by Above & Beyond Hospice as the Hospice Coordinator, Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator. Johna holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Johna is looking forward to helping children explore and express their grief in a safe, welcoming environment while also having an opportunity to laugh and forge new friendships with their peers. Johna resides in Monticello with her husband and three young children.
Andrea Urbain has been employed with College Community since 2012. She received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Iowa and her MA in School Counseling from University of Iowa. Mrs. Urbain has been a school counselor at Prairie Creek since starting her counseling career at College Community. Prior to being a school counselor, Mrs. Urbain worked as a social worker in the Cedar Rapids area for 6 years.
Also working with Mrs. Urbain at Creek is her 8 year old yellow labrador, Addie. Addie is a professional therapy dog, graduating from CARES program in summer 2014. Addie has been working at Creek since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Addie especially enjoys belly rubs, squeaky toys and roaming the hallways at Creek visiting her 5th and 6th grade friends. For more information about College Community’s Canine Assisted Learning program, please feel free to get in touch with Mrs. Urbain!
In her free time, Mrs. Urbain enjoys spending time with her family, working outdoors and following sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and Golden State Warriors!
Andrea Chapman is the Community Relations, Marketing and Advertising Manager at Above & Beyond. She graduated from Iowa State with BA in Communications Studies. She works with the social work and bereavement staff on specialty bereavement gifts for families. Andrea likes taking photos and spending time with her family. She has 2 boys – Blake, 4 years old, and Hudson, 2 years old. Andrea enjoys all the people she meets through working at Above & Beyond. She describes her job as: “I get to promote good people, doing good work taking care of others” Andrea’s goal is to help promote grief awareness. She believes there needs to be better communication about death and grief between adults and children.
Meghan Streck is a licensed social worker with a specialization in Gerontology. She obtained her bachelor and master’s degrees in social work at Aurora University. Meghan was born and raised in Illinois and worked in hospice for the past five years before moving to Monticello this past September. Meghan is passionate in her work and truly believes in the benefit of hospice with the difference in makes in our patient’s lives. She enjoys spending time with her family, experiencing new things, and creating different forms of artwork. Meghan loves being outside and finds peace in outdoor activities.
Jean Sullivan has been a pastor at the United Church in Monticello for 18 years. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School, affiliated with the University of Chicago. Her local authorization is with the Eastern Iowa Association of the United Church of Christ. She is currently working part-time as an AmeriCorps member with the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children in Jones County. She has spent the last several years conducting research and offering educational presentations on the long term physical and mental health effects of adverse childhood experiences. She has worked as a volunteer chaplain with the girls in residence at John McDonald Residential Treatment Center operated by Four Oaks for over 10 years. She cares deeply about the spiritual lives of children and the ways adults can best support them as they move through life’s challenges.