Author Archives: Terri Speirs

Breakout workshop topics and presenters

Morning breakout option 1: Examination of male psychology through superhero representations

Presenter: Dr. Mark Poeppe, Psy.D. / Licensed Psychologist / Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Dr. Mark Poeppe, Psy.D., will be presenting on an examination of male psychology through an inspection of superhero representations in popular media.

Dr. Mark Poeppe

Mark Poeppe, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist. Mark received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Iowa and his Master’s of Science and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. Mark provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He has special interest in the treatment of depression, anxiety, other mood-related difficulties, life transitions, chronic pain or illness, OCD, high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, severe and persistent mental illness, and working with adolescents and young adults. Mark approaches treatment through a multitheoretical lens that primarily incorporates cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques. In addition to therapy, Mark provides psychological assessment for all ages and neuropsychological assessment for adolescents, adults, and older adults.

Morning breakout option 2: topic tba

Presenter: Ken L. Cheyne, M.D. / Pediatrician / Blank Children’s Adolescent Clinic

Dr. Ken Cheyne

Afternoon breakout option 1: Postpartum mental health issues as they pertain to men

Presenter: Christine Young, L.I.S.W. P.M.H.-C. / Outpatient Mental Health Therapist / Broadlawns Medical Center

Christine will be presenting on postpartum mental health issues as they pertain to men, both directly, and as partners to women who experience postpartum issues.

Christine Young, LISW, PMH-C

Christine Young, LISW, PMH-C earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Augustana College and a Masters of Social Work degree from Saint Ambrose University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Prior to joining Broadlawns she worked with adults at a Mental Health Clinic in Urbandale and with children/adolescents in an urban school setting.  She specializes in Eye Motion Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, OCD and Mindfulness.



Afternoon breakout option 2: Understanding pain as it relates to men’s mental and physical health

Presenter: Nick Maiers, P.T., D.P.T., CSMT, TPS 

Dr. Nick Maiers

Dr. Nick Maiers is Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Des Moines University.

Royce White bio and photo

Royce White

Royce White is an humanitarian, author, creator, entrepreneur and professional athlete. He is currently the founder and CEO of Vitruvian, Inc. A science, technology and engineering company. White says Vitruvian’s initial focus is healthcare, food and water. Current projects include Anxious Minds, Inc. and Vardas Solutions, Inc. The goal of these two subsidiaries is advancing mental health care access and efficiency. White is also the founder of WING, Inc. A media and electronics company. It’s subsidiaries include The Last Renaissance & Just Another Talk Show.

Royce White was born in the Twin Cities, MN. He was an All-American athlete in both high school and college basketball before being drafted 16th overall in the 2012 NBA draft. Ahead of being drafted he spoke openly about being diagnosed with anxiety disorder or (GAD) as a teenager.

After being drafted, White publicly voiced concerns about the NBA having no concrete mental health policy. He advocated for a mental health reform within the NBA, all sports and the greater society. Since then he has not been on an NBA roster, even though he was likened to players such as Charles Barkley and LeBron James. Despite his absence from the NBA, it is clear that his advocacy has caused movement in the way the league is handling mental health. Recently NBA spokesperson Kathy Behrens stated that the NBA has great respect for White sharing his struggles and says that the league has a “growing understanding of the importance of the mental health subject.”

In May 2018, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) hired its first mental health director. Dr. William D. Parham credited White, amongst other players, as having been instrumental in moving the needle forward.

White says the need for sensible conversation and scientific problem solving is more paramount than any other time in known human history. White believes the human psychology must be the anchor of social progression.

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Conference schedule

7 a.m. – Optional breakfast

8 a.m. – Registration

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. – Plenary session I – ISU research presentation

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – morning break

10:30 -11:45 – Breakout sessions I

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 a.m. – Lunch on your own (cafeteria will be open)

12:45 – 2 p.m. Breakout sessions II

2 – 2:15 p.m. – afternoon break

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Plenary session II – ISU research presentation  

3:30 – 4 p.m. – Plenary III – analysis – psychologists from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

4 p.m. end

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Keynote bios and headshots

David Vogel, Ph.D.

Dr. David Vogel, Iowa State University

David L. Vogel is a professor in the department of psychology at Iowa State University (ISU), a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and a licensed psychologist in the State of Iowa. He is the Director of the ISU Interdisciplinary Communication Studies program. He has published 120 journal articles and book chapters and has given over 100 national conference presentations. His professional interests focus on areas that are important for the study of men and masculinities including the emotional stereotyping of men, the stereotyping of gay men and individuals of color, help-seeking stigma, communication patterns in interpersonal relationships, and the consequences of conforming or not conforming to masculine roles.


Patrick Heath, M.S.

Patrick Heath, M.S., Iowa State University

Patrick Heath is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Iowa State University. His research focuses on men’s psychological help-seeking behavior, and social and cultural factors that contribute to some men’s reluctance to seek psychological help. This work predominantly focuses on masculine gender role socialization and mental health stigma. He has also recently begun to assess the potential for self-compassion to reduce stigma and promote help-seeking behavior.

Patrick has been awarded the 2019 Zaffarano Prize for Graduate Student Research.



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Thank you to our 2018 donors!

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We gratefully acknowledge and thank all who so kindly contributed to the Center in 2018. This generosity brings hope and healing to children, teens and adults in need of high quality mental health services.

CHAMPIONS ($20,000+)
Fred Maytag Family Foundation
Polk County Board of Supervisors

VISIONARIES ($10,000 – 19,999)
American Enterprise Group
Mary and Doug Bruce
Sandra and C. Dean Carlson
Delta Dental of Iowa
Douglas A. Fick
Sammons Financial Group

PATRONS ($5,000 – $9,999)
Robert Burnett
BWA Foundation
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Prairie Meadows
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West Bancorporation Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo
Connie Wimer and Frank Fogarty
Sally T. Wood

HEALERS ($2,500 – $4,999)
Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
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The IMT Group
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Windsor Presbyterian Church

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Bank of America
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HONOR GIFTS – Gifts were given in honor of:
Eleanor Bricker
Mary Bruce
Janet Carl
Eva Christiansen
Beth Coonan
Connie Wimer
Ellery Duke
Paula Duncan
Dena Goplerud
Mary Gottschalk and Kent Zimmerman
Hal Higgs
Diane McClanahan and Suzanne Stout
Karla and Mark Minear
Kathy Reardon
Andrea Severson
Diane McClanahan and Suzanne Stout
Connie Wimer

MEMORIAL GIFTS – Gift were given in memory of:
Joy Corning
Lizanne Dillon
Walt Githens
Winnie Hayes
Ray Speas

Gifts in Kind
Boxwoods Fine Furnishings
Business Publications Corporation
Connie Wilson Design
Des Moines Radio Group
Iowa Retail Packaging
La Mie Bakery
Susan Koehler
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our donor list and gifts received between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. If we have made an error please contact Terri Speirs, Director of Development and Marketing at 515-271-6670 or

2019 Women Helping Women Sponsors and Leadership Donors – Thank you!

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000
American Enterprise Group, Inc.
Mary and Doug Bruce

Leadership Sponsor – $5,000
Angela Connolly, Polk County Board of Supervisors
The Grainger Foundation
Susan and Bill Knapp
Wells Fargo

Supporting Sponsor – $2,500
Aureon HR
Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
Foster Group
IMT Insurance
Trudy Holman-Hurd
Prairie Meadows
Susan and Carl Voss
West Bank
Whitfield & Eddy Law Family Law Group
Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman

Contributing Sponsor – $1,500
B&G Foods
Bank of America
Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation
Des Moines University
Gateway Market
The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center
Iowa Radiology
Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
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Silver Fox
Marti Wade
Sally Wood
Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

Media Sponsor
Business Publications Corportaion

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Connie Boesen
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Michelle Book
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Phyllis Cacciatore
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Randi Stern
Mary Stuart
Gail Stubbs
Cheryl Sypal
Joyce and Harold Templeman
Karen Unrau
Sara Van Wyngarden
Amalia Valdes
Lisa Veach
Charlene Vukovich
Dr. Teri Wahlig
Linda Weidmaier
Michele Whitty
Malinda Wiesner
Deb Wiley and John Schmidt
Jean M. Williams
Emily Williams-Bouska
Carey Wimer
Dr. Judy Winkelpeck
Kyrie Wong
Roberta Yoder

Young Leader – $125
Morgan Baumert
Rachel Bruns
Rachel Dahlen
Abbe Davidson
Rachel Eubank
Sarah Frieberg
Alexandra K. Hubbell
Tessa Isaacson
Brooke Johnson
Onnalee Kelley
Emily Kessinger
Jenna Knox, in honor of Annie Brandt
Ali Makris
Leigh Nelson
Laura Palmer
Anne Roth
Erica Shannon Stueve
Amanda Speirs
Jane Thebo
Ann-Charlotte Wade
Whitney Warne
Emily Webb
Andrea Woodard

Table Sponsor 
Carol Bodensteiner
Central Presbyterian Church
Davis Brown Law Firm
Ann Flood
Fredrickson & Byron P.A.
Mary Gottschalk
The Graham Group
LaDonna Matthes
Nexus Executive Women’s Alliance
Robyn Mills
L.U.N.A. (Latinas United for a New Dawn), sponsored by Sharon Goldford
Judy McCoy Davis
Kelle Rolfes, In Memory of Bennett Rolfes
West Bank
Willis Auto Campus
Kathryn Wheeler
Sally Wood

Corporate Friends – $250 – $1,000
Casey’s General Stores
Meredith Corporation
University Dental Group – Dr. Kathy Elsner and Dr. Katie Spellman

In-Kind Support
Bella Flora Event Design
Connie Wilson Design
Integrity Printing
XO-LP // Laura Palmer


For more event information:

Media Release

2019 Women Helping Women speaker, Gina Skinner-Thebo, and honoree, Susan Voss inspired a crowd of more than 600 people. Click photo to link to full photo album. Credit: Whitney Warne, Ivory House Photography

For Immediate Release


For more information contact: 

Terri Speirs, Director of Development and Marketing, 515-251-6670 or email


Women Helping Women event raises $210,000 to provide mental health services for women and girls in need

May 20, 2019, Des Moines, IA – More than 600 people attended the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 21st annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on May 17th which raised $210,000 to provide mental health counseling and education to underserved women and girls, helping to address the acute mental health issues in Central Iowa and beyond. This is the most money raised in the event’s history with the proceeds used to increase access to vitally important mental health services.

Young professional and keynote speaker, Gina Skinner-Thebo spoke poignantly of her personal experience with suicide, prompting her to transform her grief into positive action related to awareness and prevention of suicide. Gina founded the Atwood Center for Women, an organization to empower and connect women and help end isolation and self-doubt. The Atwood Center is best known for its Incredible Women Parties held throughout the metro area on a quarterly basis.

Community leader and mental health advocate, Susan Voss, was this year’s event honoree. Susan has given more than ten years of service to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center as both a Board member and Board President and is passionate about ensuring access and quality mental health care is available to all persons in need.

“This remarkable outpouring of generosity from the community will help provide critically important counseling sessions for vulnerable women and girls who would otherwise lack access to services,” said Terri Speirs, the Center’s director of development and marketing. “We are tremendously grateful to our sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers who gave so much to make the event beautiful and meaningful.” 

Since 1998 the Center’s Women Helping Women luncheon has raised more than $1.2 million, providing access and care to thousands of women and girls – a population who experience poverty, crime and abuse at disproportionately high levels.

Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. The Center served more than 5,000 persons in 2018 including nearly 700 children and adolescents.


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