Meet our Staff

Linda Havelka, Associate Director


Contact Linda: linda@capsonline.us
Linda began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 1992. She has been the Executive Director since March of 2018. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

I work at CAPS because: “I love working with a group of people who have such a passion for helping others.”

The best part of my job is: “Meeting new families and having the opportunity to make a difference in their life.”
Nikki, Program Director & Marshall County Drug Endangered Children Alliance Coordinator


Contact Nikki: nikki@capsonline.us
Nikki began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2008. She is the program director for Crisis Child Care, Crisis Intervention, and is the coordinator for the Marshall County DEC Alliance. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2001. Prior to working at CAPS Nikki was employed by the Marshall County Dept. of Human Services for 7 years.

I work at CAPS because: “I enjoy working with children and families, and seeing how families can benefit from positive and supportive services.”

The best part of my job is: “Making a difference in someone’s life!”
Esmeralda (Esi), Program Manager, Bi-lingual


Contact Esi: esmeralda@capsonline.us
Esi began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2010. She currently serves as the program manager for Building Healthy Families, Refugee Health Connections, and Migrant Family services. She was previously a Child Development Specialist, certified through Parents As Teachers, and was employed as the Sexual Abuse Education Director for one year prior. Esi graduated Suma Cum Laude from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Criminal Justice. Esi speaks English and Spanish.

I work at CAPS because: “I enjoy helping families reach their fullest potential and helping parents realize the important role they play in their child’s life.”

The best part of my job is: “Feeling like I have made a difference in someone’s life.”
Elizabeth, Child Development Specialist, Bi-lingual


Contact Elizabeth: elizabeth@capsonline.us
Elizabeth began working at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2014. She is a Child Development Specialist, working with the Building Healthy Families and school readiness programs. Prior to coming to CAPS, she worked at a local bank and was a bilingual tutor at an elementary school. Elizabeth speaks English and Spanish.

I work at CAPS because: “I want to make a positive impact in our community.”

The best part of my job is: “Putting a smile on someone’s face!”
Chelsey, Child Development Specialist


Contact Chelsey: chelsey@capsonline.us
Chelsey began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2018. She is a Child Development Specialist for the Building Healthy Families program. Prior to working at CAPS, Chelsey helped with development in children with Autism

I work at CAPS because: CAPS allows me to impact children, families, and the community in the best way possible. Through CAPS, I can continue working in the field I am most passionate about

The best part of my job is: Seeing the growth in families and the impact I can make on them!
Eli, Child Development Specialist


Contact Eli: eli@capsonline.us
Eli graduated from Marshalltown High School in 2009.

I work at CAPS because: I enjoy helping people reach their goals and providing support for them along the way.

The best part of my job is: Working with people who have the same desire to help others.
Maria L, Child Development Specialist, Bi-lingual


Contact Maria L: marial@capsonline.us
I’ve lived and worked in Marshalltown for the past 8 years, and previously worked as an elementary teacher and a daycare provider. I have two young daughters who keep me active outside, on bike rides, traveling and exploring!

I work at CAPS because: I am excited to be a part of the CAPS family because I am passionate about helping families and children in our diverse and growing community.

The best part of my job is: meeting families who are excited to meet goals and become stronger & healthier
Hsawah, Community Health Worker


Contact Hsawah: hsawah@capsonline.us
Started working at CAPS in October of 2018. She graduated high school at Josephynum Academy in 2012, and is currently going to MCC to get her AA in Liberal Arts. Hsawah has worked as an interpreter for 3 years prior to beginning at CAPS and is fluent in Karen and Burmese.

I work at CAPS because:I have always admired the women in my life who helped me become the person I am today. They were amazing and an inspiration to me because they worked closely with families and children in their development.

The best part of my job is:Getting to see refugee families get the help that they need and helping them adjust to the new environment. I get to see the impact that I make in their lives, and how I became I a support to these individuals.
Maria, Child Development Specialist, Bi-lingual


Contact Maria: maria@capsonline.us
Maria began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2016. She is a Child Development Specialist for the Migrant Family Services Program. Maria graudated from Marshalltown Community College in 2011 with her AA degree. Maria speaks English and Spanish.

I work at CAPS because: “I want to help families be informed about their Child’s development and to make a difference in the families’ lives.”

The best part of my job is: “Giving families information about all of the resources available in the community that can better their lives.”
Jasmin, Child Development Specialist, Bi-lingual


Contact Jasmin: jasmin@capsonline.us
Jasmin began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2017 as a Family Support Worker for the Strong Foundations Program. She graduated from Buena Vista University in 2016 with a degree in Social Work. Jasmin was previously employed at Lutheran Services in Iowa as a Behavioral Health Social worker as well as a social worker for the Unaccompanied Minor Program.

I work at CAPS because: “I love working with a group of people who share the same passion for helping and serving others.”

The best part of my job is: “Seeing families and children thrive and helping them reach their goals.”
Lori, Sexual Abuse Prevention Educator


Contact Lori: lori@capsonline.us
Lori began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2011 and was promoted to Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Director in 2012. She received Accounting 1 & 2 certifications from DMACC and was the CAPS business manager during her first year of employment. Prior to Lori’s employment with CAPS she worked for 25 years in various positions at a financial institution.

I work at CAPS because: “It’s like getting the best of both worlds – you get paid, but you’re also playing your part, helping members of the community.”

The best part of my job is: “Working with and getting to know a lot very caring people in the community.”
Taylor, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Educator


Contact Taylor: taylor@capsonline.us
Taylor began her career at Child Abuse Prevention Services in 2017 as the Adolescent Sexual Health Educator. She graduated from Buena Vista University in 2016 with a degree in Human Services and Psychology. Taylor’s prior work entails being a lead teacher and coordinator for the summer program for school age kids at the YMCA Childcare in Newton for three years and a nanny throughout college. Taylor enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family.

I work at CAPS because: “I love working with families and adolescents and helping members of the community. I love how CAPS shows a lot of support for members of the community!”

The best part of my job is: “Walking into work or a school with a smile on my face every day because I know I am making an impact on someone’s life somehow, some way”
Emma M., Family Support Worker


Contact Emma M: emma@capsonline.us
Emma began her career at CAPS in 2014. She is a family support worker for Crisis Child Care and the Crisis Intervention Program. Received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and Family Studies from Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas. Emma’s prior work experience includes working as the Resident Assistant at the Quakerdale Van Orman House, a transitional living home for women and children, in Marshalltown.

I work at CAPS because: “I love working with young mom’s and families, helping them utilize their individual strengths to accomplish their goals. My goal for each family I work with is for them to accomplish their goals and feel secure, and that they would see the good things in themselves and be able to use those qualities to stand on their own, eventually helping others in return. ”

The best part of my job is: “knowing I can make a difference for a family even with the smallest things. ”
Emma C., Community Engagement Coordinator


Contact Emma C: emmac@capsonline.us
Emma started working at CAPS in 2016 as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Emma’s prior work experience includes retail and sales along with a stint at a community bank as a Customer Service Representative. Emma enjoys painting and crocheting when she’s not spending time with her family.

I work at CAPS because: “I love the family focused nature of CAPS, both for clients and employees. It is a place where people can find support and encouragement when they need it.

The best part of my job is: “Getting to use my God–given talents and hard earned degree for the betterment of the community.”

If you are interested in becoming a part of the CAPS Team, fill out our Employment Application and return it to Linda at linda@capsonline.us