Linda Phillips, Executive Director

Linda Phillips has worked in the area of substance abuse prevention and mobilization for 23 years.  She has served as the Executive Director of Siouxland CARES about Substance Abuse since 1990.   

Linda currently serves as community liaison to the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission.  She serves on the Boards of the Siouxland Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, Comprehensive Strategy Council, Jackson Recovery Centers, National Council on Youth Leadership-Siouxland Chapter, Mercy’s Reality Education Alcohol Program, and the Siouxland Community Health Foundation.  She is past Treasurer of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sioux City and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Sioux City. 

Ms. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, and previously taught at a private business college in Anaheim, California.  From 1989-90, Linda served as the coordinator of the Siouxland Recognition Committee, which was formed to bring together on the anniversary date of the crash, the survivors and families of the victims of United Airlines Flight 232. 

Linda has three married children, twin sons, age 33, a daughter, age 30, three granddaughters, and a grandson. 

Ashley Hobbs , Teen Court Coordinator

Ashley coordinates the Dakota County Teen Court Program.  She is responsible for conducting intakes for Teen Court defendants, case management, and also volunteer coordination for the 60 Teen Court volunteers.  She is a part time employee with Siouxland CARES.  She lives in Mitchell, SD, and is married to Kyle and has a one-year old daughter, Nora.  

Administrative Assistant

Mary Koster has worked in a part time capacity during the evenings and weekends for Siouxland CARES for the past eight years.  Mary is responsible for communication with the members of the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission, as well as many other office duties.  Mary is married to husband, Tom, and has three children and three grandchildren.