Meet the caring team of professionals who are dedicated to providing you with a safe and therapeutic environment for your recovery journey. In addition to our leadership team, our clinical and professional staff includes: Physicians, Licensed Nurses, Certified Substance Abuse Counselors, Recovery Assistants, Licensed Social Workers, Prevention Specialists, Licenses Mental Health Counselor, Professional Support Staff

Ron Berg

Chief Executive Officer

Ron Berg is a well-respected and highly accomplished behavioral healthcare professional with more than 30 years employment with Prelude. Ron began his involvement as a graduate student intern…

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Ron Berg is a well-respected and highly accomplished behavioral healthcare professional with more than 30 years employment with Prelude. Ron began his involvement as a graduate student intern which grew into a full time counselor position. Ron was named Associate Director in 1985, promoted to Vice President of Clinical Operations in 2002 and was named CEO in 2010. During his tenure with Prelude, he has led the organization in becoming one of the most comprehensive non-profit behavioral health agencies in Iowa, providing best in class service while turning no one away.

Throughout his career with Prelude, Ron has been instrumental in developing programs to benefit those seeking help with addiction and mental health issues, including initiating Synchrony’s Employee Assistance Program. He has also lent his expertise through participation on the Empowerment Board, Decat Committee and System of Care organizations. Most recently, he served as president of the Iowa Behavioral Health Association (IBHA).

Ron is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned his Master’s in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Iowa.

Chris Russell

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Russell oversees accounting, payroll, and revenue cycle operations. Her background in finance and internal auditing provides her with extensive knowledge and experience related to the…

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Chris Russell oversees accounting, payroll, and revenue cycle operations. Her background in finance and internal auditing provides her with extensive knowledge and experience related to the financial challenges and opportunities facing the behavioral health industry.

Chris earned her Bachelor of General Studies degree with an emphasis in Business Administration and Psychology in 1991 from the University of Iowa. She also received a Bank Operations diploma from the American Bankers Association. She began her career with Prelude in 1993 as an Accounting Technician and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Chris also serves as Treasurer for the Bicyclists of Iowa City.

April Knudsen

Vice President, Clinical Operations

April Knudsen joined Prelude Behavioral Services in 2015 and brought more than thirteen years of community involvement, operational leadership, and behavioral…

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April Knudsen joined Prelude in 2015 and brought more than thirteen years of community involvement, operational leadership, and behavioral healthcare development and oversight. As Prelude’s Vice President, April Adams-Knudsen is responsible for the oversight and direction of our clinical departments, focusing on prevention, treatment, and operational services. April is passionate about the opportunity Prelude offers individuals and families seeking treatment and ensures that the clinical staff is prepared to meet their needs. Working closely with all members of leadership, April ensures that best care practices are available for patients and their families.

April received a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Health Sciences from Stephens College and earned dual Master degrees in Healthcare Administration and Public Health from Des Moines University. Prior to joining Prelude, April served as Administrator for three local community healthcare organizations including a community mental health center in Des Moines.

Sandy Durbala

Development Director

Sandy Durbala joined the Prelude team in 2009 to help further philanthropic support for the benefit of our patients and their families. Managing the marketing and fundraising efforts, she is responsible for…

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Sandy Durbala joined the Prelude team in 2009 to help further philanthropic support for the benefit of our patients and their families. Managing the marketing and fundraising efforts, she is responsible for increasing awareness and advocacy while building relationships and connecting donors to the institutional needs. Previous to her tenure at Prelude, Sandy served as Associate Director of Planned Giving at a 4-year private liberal arts college and was employed in the banking industry.

Sandy is a graduate of the American Institute of Business. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served as a member and past president of the Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council. Sandy is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Program, Class of 2013.

Fonda Frazier

Clinical Director

Fonda Frazier began her career at Prelude in 1984 as a counselor and was promoted to Clinical Director in 1988. With 30 years of experience working with substance abuse and mental health disorders…

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Fonda Frazier began her career at Prelude in 1984 as a counselor and was promoted to Clinical Director in 1988. With 30 years of experience working with substance abuse and mental health disorders, she is responsible for the design and implementation of all treatment services offered by Prelude. Aiming to provide the highest sophistication in treatment, Fonda is regularly revamping services to best fit the needs of the individuals seeking recovery.

Fonda holds a Master of Counseling and Human Development from the University of Iowa, certification as an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (IAADC), and status as a Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (M.I.N.T). She has also achieved certification as a Multidimensional Family Therapist. As such, she works closely with youth and their families as they pursue recovery from their addiction and work toward healing the family unit.

Fonda holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment with the University of Iowa Vocational and Rehabilitation Counseling Program. She has been teaching at the University for over 15 years to undergraduate and graduate students, including Motivational Interviewing courses for the past 9 years. She has also presented at the University of Iowa IHELP workshop, formerly known as the Annual Summer School for Helping Professionals. Fonda has been a former board member of the Rape Victims Advocacy Program in Iowa City and the Mental Health Institute Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program, Independence, Iowa. She assisted with curriculum development for the Professional Addiction Counselor Training program (P.A.C.T.) and presented workshops statewide to participants on tools and techniques in working with persons diagnosed with substance use disorders. Ms. Frazier conducts workshops statewide on Motivational Interviewing as well as, topics specific to substance use and mental health disorders. Most recently, Fonda holds an appointment on the Iowa Certification Board.

Mike Rouse

IT Director

Mike Rouse spent sixteen years in the social work field before joining the Prelude team in 1999.  He joined the Prevention department in 1999.  He moved to Information Technology Department in 2000.  Mike specialized…

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Mike Rouse spent sixteen years in the social work field before joining the Prelude team in 1999.  He joined the Prevention department in 1999.  He moved to Information Technology Department in 2000.  Mike specialized in staff training, management and operational reporting and coordination of Prelude’s electronic health record. As Information Technology Director, Mike is responsible for the oversight of the technology infrastructure to insure effective daily operations of technology services for the other Prelude staff as well as the protection of patient confidentiality.  Mike brings his years of experience as a social worker and expertise with electronic health records to inform the decisions about technology priorities at Prelude.  Mike provides leadership and management to a team of information technology specialists. Mike earned a bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in 1983 with a double major in Psychology and Social Work.

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Jason Vermeer

Central Iowa Regional Director

Jason Vermeer comes to Prelude with over 25 years of experience in mental health and chemical dependency counseling. He is a Licensed Mental . . .

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Jason Vermeer comes to Prelude with over 25 years of experience in mental health and chemical dependency counseling. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Iowa. Jason is a noted expert on dual diagnosis patients and has taught several courses at two local universities in Des Moines on effective counseling techniques, chemical dependency and crisis intervention. He also has extensive experience in the managed care industry and has a strong background in intensive case management, market analysis, program design and development, business strategy and the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare. Just prior to joining Prelude, Jason completed the program design and successful implementation of Integrated Health Homes in the states of Florida and Georgia.

Melinda Pollmeier

Human Resources Director

Melinda Pollmeier joined the Prelude team in 2017 and brings over 10 years of HR experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies. She is responsible for all functions of HR including . . .

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Melinda Pollmeier joined the Prelude team in 2017 and brings over 10 years of HR experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies. She is responsible all functions of HR including employee relations, benefit administration, recruiting and training. Melinda recognizes that one of the organization’s most valuable assets are the employees. She is passionate about helping Prelude optimize their human capital to best support the organization’s mission and provide excellent patient care. Melinda received a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University and a MBA from Upper Iowa University. In addition, she holds both the SHRM-CP and PHR certifications.

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