AC2020 Laity Session


Mental Health Panelist's Bios

Gladys Noll Alvarez

Gladys Alvarez, MSW, LISW, IMH-E ® is the Trauma Informed Care Project Coordinator at Orchard Place/ Child Guidance Center.   

Alvarez has provided clinical therapeutic services for children and families who have experience trauma for over 30 years. In her role as the TIC Project Coordinator, she coordinates the networking of the TIC Project Stakeholder’s group and provides trainings on trauma informed care throughout the state and nationally. 

Her passion is providing education and trainings which promote a trauma-informed care approach to interactions with children, families and in the work environment. She earned her BA at Luther College and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Iowa.

Andrea Severson

Andrea Severson, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, spiritual director and a lead therapist at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center**.  She is also an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served churches in Iowa prior to her work at the Center. 

Severson loves engaging her interests in faith, spirituality and mental health to support health and wholeness. In her spare time, she likes reading historical fiction, listening to music and camping with her family.

She is a graduate of Simpson College, Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University , and holds an additional master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Drake University.

**The Center, one of the largest providers of counseling services in Iowa, serves individuals, families, children and churches. 

Kim B. Wadding

Kim B. Wadding is a retired Chief of Police from the City of Dubuque after serving 30 plus years in law enforcement. Wadding currently serves as the Chairperson and Board member for the Partnership for a Health Iowa and as a member of the Iowa United Methodist Conference's Mental Health Task Force.

While serving with the city of Newton, Iowa, Wadding was Board President and a member of the board for 10 years for Capstone, a local mental health service provider.

He was also a board member to Hillcreast Family Services in Dubuque and while serving as Chief of Police in Dubuque, was the founding member and chair for the Dubuque County Jail Diversion Program, designed to support holistic law enforcement, community engagement and mediation.

He is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and the National Academy for Police Executives. Wadding is married to Judy Wadding, a retired pastor for the United Methodist Church and together they have three children and six grandchildren.

Tricia Williams

Tricia Ingram Williams (she/her) is the Training Specialist at EyesOpenIowa. In this position, she trains educators, other professionals, parents and caregivers, and advocates of all ages on a wide variety of sexual health topics and curricula.

Prior to her work at EOI, Williams was a sexual assault and advocate and sexual violence prevention trainer. Outside of training rooms, she is an activist for transformative justice and trauma-informed yoga.

She is a sociology graduate of Simpson College and earned a Masters in Humanities degree at Duke University.