Alex Chase Jones
Alex Chase Jones works at the Life Connections Anamosa office as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) provider. Alex works with children and their families to harness their inherent strengths to achieve their behavioral goals while using a wide variety of skill building tools, play, role-playing and a lot of laughter.
Alex graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in psychology. She has spent the past25-plus years working with families and children in various formats. Alex most recently worked for Four Oaks, providing Functional Family Therapy for teens on probation and their families within the First and Sixth Judicial Districts. She also spent several years working for Four Oaks JMRT, a residential facility for at-risk girls and spent a summer working at the STOP program. Alex served as a board member for the Iowa Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and on the State Mental Health Access Planning Commission in Des Moines and has organized and facilitated recovery groups, including an after-school young women’s empowerment group through the Monticello (Iowa) High School, and ACOA workshop featuring John Friel, and an ongoing Women’s Empowerment and Spirituality workshop and group.
As a certified Trauma Informed Care trainer and a certified Psychological First Aid provider, Alex has a strong understanding of the impact of even the smallest trauma on the lives it touches. Using a solid, strength-based curriculum including Stop and Think, 7 C’s of Resilience, 15 Cognitive Distortions, and other skill sets, paired with a lifetime of experience and awareness, Alex seeks to empower all those with whom she works to discover and honor their own brilliance, strength and value.
Brooke Mullin is a Behavioral Health Intervention Services provider in the Cedar Rapids/Anamosa offices. Brooke also serves as the Quality Assurance Clinical Documentation Specialist for the company. She has been with the Life Connections team for 5 years.
Brooke has experience working with youth in many different capacities. Brooke has been a Case Worker for a new program at a local non-profit, a responder for in-home emergency calls, has worked at a detention facility, and in a classroom.
Brooke feels BHIS allows her to build professional relationships with her clients and she feels she is really able to see the improvement families make in services. She feels this is really the best part of the job! Brooke shared that families using the support that is given to make a difference in their lives is what her job is all about.
Emily Krapfl started with Life Connections in March of 2020 as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services Provider located in the Anamosa office and provides services in Jones, Linn, and Delaware counties. Emily graduated from Iowa State University where she received a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services with an emphasis on youth and adult/families. Emily has experience working in the Child Welfare Emergency System by working with youth in a shelter setting who were involved with DHS, the Juvenile Court Systems, and/or who have experienced trauma. Emily also has experience working with individuals with disabilities, including the Autism spectrum, through providing respite and SCL services to families with a loved one with a disability. As a BHIS provider, Emily helps families and children reach goals related to behavior disorders, anger management, conflict resolution, etc. Emily also helps families to strengthen their connection to each other through positive communication skills. Emily utilizes strength based curriculum including 7 C’s of Resilience, Stop and Think, Bridges Out of Poverty, etc. Emily enjoys seeing families and children strive and reach their potential through various life skills.
Jamiee Lasack, CNA
Jamiee Lasack began working at Life Connections in December of 2019 as a Family and Community Services (FCS) provider in the Anamosa office. Jamiee grew up in Jones County and attended Midland Community Schools. After graduating highschool in 2012, Jamiee worked at Cedar Manor Nursing home while attending Kirkwood Community College to obtain her CNA License. From 2012 to 2019 Jamiee worked as a CNA at Cedar Manor, and thoroughly enjoyed the work she did caring for people. Jamiee also worked part-time as a substitute para educator at Midland Elementary School, which sparked her interest in working with children and guided her decision to pursue a career at Life Connections as an FCS Provider. Jamiee is looking forward to bringing her fun and adventurous style into her relationships with children and families.
Mackinsey Taggart, B.S.
Mackinsey Taggart’s career with Life Connections began in November 2016. Mackinsey provides Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) to children and families in Jackson, Clinton, and Jones counties. She is also Life Connections’ Executive Administrative Assistant. Mackinsey attended Kaplan University, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 2015.
Mackinsey utilizes strengths-based curriculums including Stop and Think, 7 C’s of Resilience, 15 Cognitive Distortions and more through her work as a BHIS provider. She enjoys building authentic relationships with her clients and helping them master the skills necessary to overcome behavioral and emotional concerns. Mackinsey is especially interested in working with anger, anxiety, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, problem solving, and oppositional defiance.