Reach Out and Read Iowa Advisory Board

Rizwan Shah, MD, Chair

Blank Children's Hospital, Past-president, IA AAP, Des Moines, IA

In retrospect, it was fortunate that when Rizwan Shah came to the United States from Pakistan in 1968, she found no openings in her medical specialty at the time--surgery. So she took a hiatus from medicine to stay home and raise a family with her husband. After a few years, she returned to medicine and switched fields to specialize in pediatrics. Nominated by Rep. Leonard L. Boswell (D-IA-3), Shah came to Des Moines in 1974 for a residency in pediatrics at the Blank Children's Hospital. Fortunately for the children of Des Moines, she stayed on, caring for them and becoming Medical Director of Blank's Regional Child Protection Center. While practicing in Iowa in 1981, she became aware of an epidemic sweeping the country at the time that was especially devastating to children but that few would acknowledge-crack cocaine. By 1989, she was devoting herself full-time to caring for abused children victimized by their parents' or caregiver's crack abuse. She has taught widely on the linkage between child abuse and drug abuse and was one of a group of physicians to receive the Award of Merit from the Iowa Medical Society in 1999 for helping to facilitate the establishment of children's health programs in Iowa. Shah teaches child abuse training programs both in Iowa and nationally, as well as clinical teaching in medical schools and hospitals. She has served as President of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Co-Chair of the Iowa Medical Society's Public Health Committee.

Amy Shriver, MD, Medical Director

Blank Children's Hospital, Pediatrician, Des Moines, Iowa

Juan Carlos Cadenillas, MS, MPH

Polk County Health Department, Des Moines, Iowa

Originally from Lima (Peru), Juan C. Cadenillas moved to Iowa 10 years ago. He obtained Master level degrees at Iowa State University and Des Moines University. His professional experience includes working in several communication projects, including private, non-profit, and government programs. He is currently working at the Polk County Health Department as a Public Health Planner coordinating the community engagement activities for a landmark study in children’s health and development called “National Children’s Study.” He is married to Mindy Euken Cadenillas and they live in Des Moines. Together are very active members in the community by serving and volunteering with various local community organizations.

Jamie Christophersen, MD

Pediatrician, Bettendorf, Iowa

Tina Gordinier

Senior Provider Advocate, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Iowa

Tina Gordinier has been with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan since July of 2011. She is responsible for marketing and outreach activities for the hawk-i program in Central Iowa.

Tina received her Bachelor's degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Finance and Insurance and a minor in Accounting from Simpson College. Prior to UnitedHealthcare Tina worked as a Relationship Manager for Miles Capital, a registered investment advisor. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. She is a volunteer and Advisory Board member for Reach Out and Read Iowa and a member of UnitedHealthcare’s Employee Action Committee.

Tina lives in Ankeny with her husband of 26 years. She enjoys baking for her son and son-in-law, shopping with her daughter and playing with her grandson, Brody.

Lindsay Grow, Ed. D.

Asst. Professor of Education, Grandview University, Des Moines, IA

Dr. Grow is an Assistant Professor of Education at Grand View University in Des Moines. She is passionate about literacy and helping kids learn to read from a young age. She has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa with endorsements in reading, English/language arts, and music. She did her Master’s and Doctorate work at the University of Kentucky in the field of literacy. Dr. Grow enjoys reading books with her two young kids, photography, cooking with her husband, traveling, and playing the violin at church.

Lana Herteen

Community Child Advocate, Blank Children's Hospital

Lana Herteen is employed as a Forensic Interviewer with the Regional Child Protection Center – Blank Children’s Hospital. Lana has been requested to provide expert witness testimony on child sexual abuse dynamics in multiple criminal cases. Lana is licensed as a mental health counselor with a BS in psychology from Iowa State University and a MA degree in psychology from Indiana State University. Lana has 16 years clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families focusing on child abuse and trauma response. She actively participates in case review as a member of Polk County’s Child Sexual Abuse Resource Coalition (CSARC) and is a resource to the community providing training to professionals and educational presentations to the public. Lana is a member of the Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative.

Carolyn Jons

Raising Readers, Rotary District 6000, Ames, Iowa

Carolyn Jons is a Sac City native and received degrees from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. She and her husband Chuck live in Ames. They have three married children and five grandchildren. Carolyn's education and community service reflect her interests in children and education. She is certified as a trainer by Baby TALK in Decatur, IL, and as a coach by the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She served 15 years on the Ames School Board and 22 years with Iowa Association of School Boards. Carolyn helped establish Raising Readers in Story County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase early language and literacy development in children between birth and 8 years of age and to nurture healthy parent-child relationships. In 2006 Raising Readers and McFarland Clinic Pediatrics established the first Reach Out and Read site in Story County. In October 2009 Story County received the Bookend Community Award from the Reach Out and Read National Center for having 100% of primary providers participating in ROR. Carolyn is a member of Ames Morning Rotary Club. She has chaired the Rotary District 6000 Literacy Committee and the Rotarians for Reach Out and Read campaign.

Susan Judkins Josten

Project Developer, KJWW Engineering Consultant

Julie Kabriel, MA

Psychologist, Clive, Iowa

Asha Madia, MD

Mercy Central Pediatrics, Des Moines, Iowa

Dr. Asha Madia is a pediatrician in Des Moines, Iowa and is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines. She received her medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College and has been in practice for 42 years. She is one of 18 doctors at Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines who specialize in Pediatrics.

Laura Michel, MS, CCC-SLP
Supervisor - Speech-Language Pathologist, Blank Children's Hospital

Jody Murph, MD, MS

Past-President, Iowa Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Assc. Prof. of Pediatrics, UI Children's Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Murph trained at the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed pediatric residency, fellowship in Ambulatory and Community Pediatrics, and Masters in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the UI Children's Hospital and the UI College of Public Health. She provides care to children in inpatient and outpatient settings & teaches students & resident physicians in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing & Public Health. Dr. Murph has been actively involved in the area of immunization research, teaching, and advocacy for many years. She is also past-president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and active in issues of child advocacy and the translation of health research into public health policy for children.

Susan O'Brien

United Healthcare Community Plan

Debra Storey Salowitz

Strategic Relocation Solutions/Educator, West Des Moines, Iowa

Debra Salowitz is founder and President of Strategic Relocation Solutions, LLC, which helps corporations enhance their recruitment and retention objectives by customizing the community connections and transition of newly hired executives and their families. She has a Master's Degree in Education and taught 4th and 5th grade in Connecticut. Her career includes management positions with Andrea Obston Marketing Communications (in Connecticut), Winefest Des Moines, and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. She was a founding member of the boards of Ballet Des Moines and the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus. She currently serves as Vice President of the StageWest Board of Directors and board member and Co-Chair of the Philanthropy Committee for the Chrysalis Foundation. She is a member of the Nexus Executive Women's Alliance, NAWBO, CISHRM, and the Women's Chamber Alliance.

Julie Thelen

Principal Financial, Des Moines, Iowa

Sue Woody

Des Moines Public Library