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Our Team

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you,  spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever."
~ Amy Pohler

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Amy Bonebrake  LMSW, CADC, SAP - Director/ CEO

grew up in Marshalltown Iowa.  After graduating, she attended Marshalltown Community College and Transferred to the University of Iowa where she graduated with a Degree in Psychology and became certified in Aging Studies. Although Amy's life had previously been dedicated to our older population,  their families, and those needing assistance navigating the aging network for the last 20+ years in the Long Term Care / Assisted Living/ Memory Care setting,  Case Management and heading an Elder Abuse and Neglect Program for an agency in Illinois, she has also been dedicated to helping those afflicted with addiction since 2008.   She has real-life experience in recovery.

Amy is also an instructor for OWI Courses and has been a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) since 2008.  Amy obtained her Master's in Social Work with a concentration on Trauma at the University of Northern Iowa.   Amy is also a  Certified SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) and conducts evaluations at the Federal DOT Level.
Some of the populations that Amy has worked with include those in the LGBTQ+ community, older adults, college students, professionals, and court-involved individuals who battle addiction. Recently, she has started working more with women in mid-life transitions and those who struggle with prenatal and postpartum drug use, working to empower women. Amy also has an office at the Univeristy of Northern Iowa and sees students exclusively on Wednesdays at the Student Counseling Center.

In 2017, Amy opened  Access Evaluations and Education Services (which is now Access Wellness and Recovery Center), a licensed substance use treatment agency in the Cedar Valley that offers personalized substance use counseling, evaluations, and education pertaining to alcohol and drugs.  Amy also has a location at UNI assisting students and will drive to jails to assist those who need access to residential treatment services.  Access is able to serve the entire State of Iowa through telehealth services.  

Rachel Storm BA

Rachel joined our team with lived experience in October 2023. She has lived  experience and is currently  working toward her CADC . She is deeply passionate about working with those in recovery. 

Rachel brings lived experience to the Access team. She has a bachelor's degree in Gerontology and worked for many years in memory care and with intellectually disabled adults. Rachel has a passion for helping others and believes in empathy, honesty, and that the road to recovery is personal, fluid, and unique to the individual. 

 

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen 

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David Hacker (MSW Intern)

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 David was born and raised in Waterloo. He went to Ellsworth Community College where he played football and graduated with an Associates in Criminal Justice. He then went on to Upper Iowa University where he graduated with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice in 2008. David has worked in corrections for over 15 years working both in a jail setting and in community -based corrections. In August of 2021 David began working on his Masters in Social Work through Capella University. He is  currently completing my practicum and internship working toward is LMSW. In his  free time he likes to spend time outdoors going hiking, biking, and camping with his  family and dogs. 

Gretchen Bradshaw Psy. M, tCADC (Dubuque Jail Location/ Remote)

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was born in Dubuque Iowa. In 1984, her parents moved our family to California. She grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Gretchen attended the University of La Verne, in California, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then moved their family here to Iowa and has lived in Dubuque since 2010. In 2015  Gretchen earned a master’s degree in psychology.

Gretchen's work experience includes working in school districts in various capacities. She became a mental health therapist and worked with families, teens, and adolescents on emotional control and coping skills and went on to become a school-based youth counselor. She went into the schools to assist with students who were emotionally irregulated. This allowed students to be seen by a therapist without having to leave the school. Gretchen then worked as a law enforcement Liaison where she worked with the Dubuque Sheriff's Department and assisted the deputies with crisis calls. She then provided resources, support, and connections to help de-escalate highly intense situations. Currently, she is employed as working as a social worker in the Dubuque County Jail providing resources for those who are incarcerated.  When she is not working at the jail, Gretchen is providing substance use evaluations as an employee of Access remotely.

Gretchen was married in 2000 to her amazing husband and became a step-mom to 2 amazing daughters. In 2009 her youngest was born and  she now has  2 granddaughters on the way. They also have 3 very large dogs.

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Kent  Ratekin - OWI Class Instructor

was born in Iowa City on July 4th in a tornado.  Both of his parents were outstanding educators. He finished his first college degree in Art Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 1977.  Kent moved to Bellingham in Washington State after graduation, became interested in alternative education, and took classes in Vancouver, B.C. in Waldorf Education, Washington.  He finished his Waldorf training with an MA from Mercy College of Detroit, a sponsor of the Waldorf Institute.  This led to the founding of the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School in Bellingham where he taught for many years. He currently is teaching the 12-Hour Prime for Life Drinking Drivers Course for Access.

Kent's teaching career also took him to California and Oregon, where he helped to start several Charter Schools.  I was also able to enjoy music, sports, and painting over the years, as well as hiking and camping throughout the northwest and Alaska.  He is currently married to a wonderful partner, Patricia, and has two daughters and two grandchildren in the Seattle area.

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