Executive Board Members:

President: Kimberly Feeney LISW, RPT-S

Kim has been an IAPT board member since August 2016. Currently serving as president, she has also held positions of Vice President and General Board Member. Kim currently chairs the elections committee. In the past, Kim has chaired the small conference and membership committees. Kim has also been involved with the Gold Branch, social media, and networking committees. She has hosted multiple networking events in the Quad Cities area. Kim received her BA in psychology and social work from the University of Iowa in 2001. She graduated with her MSW from Iowa in 2011. Kim provides therapy to children, adolescents, and families that are experiencing a variety of mental health issues. Her specialty is play therapy, utilizing different approaches including Adlerian, Theraplay, Synergetic Play Therapy, Sand Tray, and Child-Centered. She is also trained in attachment-based models and EMDR. She offers supervision for those working toward licensure and their RPT and is a certified consultant for the League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists. Kim has completed the APT leadership academy and currently serves on the APT ethics and university education committees. Kim has attended seven national conferences. Kim has a variety of interests outside of work. She enjoys movies, reading, and theatre. She is a huge sports fan- especially the Cubs and Hawkeyes. She is actively involved with her church, including being a member of the governing board and co-president of the women’s group.

Vice President: Rebecca Dickenson

Dr. Rebecca Dickinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.  She was trained in Adlerian play therapy by Dr. Terry Kottman and completed her dissertation on using group Adlerian play therapy for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties.  Rebecca owns a private practice in Cedar Falls.  She specializes in working with current and former foster children as well as children who were adopted through the child welfare system, and treating trauma more generally.  Rebecca is trained in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy by Rise VanFleet and offers canine-assisted play therapy with her five co-therapists:  Camden, Gryffindor, Nala Belle, Hermoine Hufflepuff (aka Puff), and Nimbus 2000.  She might also have a tendency to work Harry Potter into most conversations.

Treasurer: Katie Amos MA, LMFT, RPT

  Katie received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa in 2009. She returned to school several years later and earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University in 2016. As a marriage and family therapist, Katie is passionate about helping clients achieve emotional and physical wellness. Katie has several years of experience working with families and children; this has included community work, in-home work and clinical practice. Katie also has extensive experience working with individuals, families and children who have experienced abuse and trauma. She has worked with children on the autism spectrum for over four years. Katie has training and experience in marital and family therapy, play therapy, sandtray therapy, AutPlay, Applied Behavior Analysis and Theraplay. Katie loves animals and has recently decided to pursue credentialing in Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron, and 10-year-old corgi, Doc.

Secretary:  Kelli Switzer LISW, RPT-S

Kelli has been on the IAPT board since 2017.  Kelli received her Bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Wartburg College in 2005.  She then went onto receive her Master in Social Work from the University of St.Thomas/College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN in 2007.  Kelli has her LISW and her RPT-S.  Kelli owns her own private practice, Switzer Counseling Services  LLC, in Marengo, IA.  She provides therapy to children, adolescents, families, and adults ranging from a variety of different issues.  Kelli specifically enjoys providing play therapy and focusing on trauma related treatment.  In addition, Kelli provides supervision to therapists seeking both their clinical licensure and play therapy registration.  When Kelli isn’t helping others, she is at home spending quality time with her four children and husband.

General Board Members:

Lindsey Swales LISW, RPT-S

Lindsey Swales is a General Board Member, joining in 2021.  She serves as the chair of the Networking committee and is also on the Membership Committee.  Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa in 2007, and her Master’s degree in 2012 from St. Ambrose University. She began working at Tanager Place shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree and has served in a variety of positions and programs including the inpatient program, community based program, and outpatient clinic.  She currently serves in the role of Behavioral Health Clinic Program Manager, while continuing to provide therapy to a small caseload.  Lindsey is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor (RPT-S).  Lindsey has a deep passion for working with children and families who have experienced adverse experiences, and helping them to build resiliency. She has training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Adlerian Play Therapy, AutPlay, and EMDR.  Her desire to help others does not just lend to her direct work as a clinician, but also to the staff whom she supervises.  She naturally sees potential in others and loves to see them develop.  In her time outside of work, she enjoys working out and spending time with her family—husband, daughter, son, and golden-doodle, Oliver.

Jessica Pladsen LMFT, RPT

Jess Pladsen one of the new general board members of IAPT. Play therapy has always been a large area of interest and she credits this as a foundational piece in development of her skills and approach in providing therapy services. In 2017 she was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” award by IAPT and is honored to be taking on this role to support play therapy. Jess believes play therapy opens up new ways to communicate and connect, developing the possibility for relationships that can heal. In her time on the board Jess hopes to continue to increase education and the reach of play therapy in Iowa. It’s important for professionals to develop these skills and understanding in order to provide the best practices and services to those we treat. Jess is also excited to support within our professional community. It’s incredibly important to uplift and recognize those providing services that go above and beyond both as upcoming leaders to those that have had longstanding impact in the field. In alignment with these goals she will serve on the awards, exhibitor, and networking committees. 

In regards to background, Jess graduated in 2008 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. In 2012 she completed a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently she is working toward her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in neuroscience, from Mount Mercy University. Jess is not only passionate about play therapy but also providing supervision and education in the field.  She is currently an AAMFT approved supervisor and is working toward her RPT-S. She has worked in a variety of settings including PMIC, BHIS, agency, and private practice. Jessica has education and training in marital and family therapy, play therapy, Autplay, Theraplay, EMDR, and sandtray. She works from a strength-focused person-centered approach to support individuals and family systems to work toward health and wellness. Jessica is very excited and honored to be a member of this board. Jessica resides in Vinton with her husband and has three children. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors (when it’s warm), crafting, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Thea Bedell

Thea received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in 2009 and then her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2015. Thea has worked in the mental health field since 2009. This included experience in residential treatment, BHIS, and an extensive Autism program. As a play therapist, Thea’s passion is assisting children and their families in being able to process and heal through traumatic and difficult situations. She believes children are resilient and their main source of communication is through their play. Thea has had training in trauma and loss in children, Autplay, Theraplay and Adlerian Play Therapy. Thea also enjoys working with families, adults and women’s mental health. Thea is currently in private practice and works at Insight Therapy Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Outside of work, Thea enjoys spending time outdoors, working out, and being with her family and friends, especially her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Alicia Tannahill, LMHC

Alicia has been a board member of IAPT since 2021. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018 with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Since this time, Alicia has worked as an outpatient mental counselor at YSS Francis Lauer working with kids, teens, adults, and families. She has developed a passion for play therapy and is currently working towards becoming an RPT. Alicia also is trained in EMDR. Outside of work, Alicia enjoys being outside, running, playing golf, reading, crafting, and being with friends and family. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their three cats.

Kristen Meany-Walen