Elley (Gould) Mohling and Cody Howell joined the Division of Student Life (DSL) on Nov. 8 as student care coordinators.
In her position, Mohling will provide oversight and response to mental health concerns and manage follow-up care in partnership with community and campus resources, including students who utilize the University of Iowa Support and Crisis Line and request additional follow up and support. This position is funded by the UI Department of Public Safety (UIDPS) and embedded in Student Care and Assistance (SCA).
“I am thrilled to be joining the team with UIDPS and SCA at the University of Iowa. We know the transition into higher education can have quite an impact on students’ mental wellness, and these new roles will be crucial in easing that burden and becoming a part of the solution to best meet students where they’re at,” said Mohling. “I am so excited to bring new, out-of-the-box ideas along with me, to have the greatest impact on the students both in their times of need and as we work toward preventative measures.”
Mohling previously served as the jail alternatives administrator for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. In this role, she provided oversight to all aspects of the program, including establishing the program procedures and protocol, providing crisis intervention, and working toward jail diversion for people with mental illnesses. She also has worked for Reach for Your Potential, Washington County 911 Dispatch, and as a domestic violence advocate.
Howell will focus on providing assistance to students who need additional support for mental health concerns and may engage with services provided by GuideLink, the Crisis Stablization Unit at UI Hospitals & Clinics, or CommUnity Crisis Services.
Howell spent the last five years working as a violence prevention specialist at the Women’s Resource and Action Center. His work has included oversight of the Men’s Anti-Violence Council and developing and implementing an array of programs, workshops, and trainings to address gender and sexual violence prevention and gender equity. Prior to his time at Iowa, Howell was the education and outreach coordinator at ASPEN: Abuse Support & Prevention Education Network in Montana.
“The mental health issues faced by our students require a community-wide approach,” said Howell. “Together we are building a coalition that can support student success, well-being, and holistic development. Now is the time to bring us all to the table as collaborators to make change for our students.”
Steph Beecher joined the the Student Care and Assistance team on June 1 as a basic needs coordinator.
In her role, Beecher will support student basic needs, including helping raise awareness, create partnership, and increase access and support for the food pantry, Clothing Closet, and other campus and community resources.
Beecher has worked at the University of Iowa for nearly ten years on a variety of student wellness programs, including alcohol education programs, sexual health workshops, and consultations around stress. She joined the UI community as a student in higher education and student affairs and developed a passion for providing support and assistance to students who face challenges during their collegiate careers.