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 31, a daughter, age 29, and two granddaughters.
Missy O’Connell-Ackerman, Teen Court Coordinator
Missy has worked at Siouxland CARES for 13 years. As a part-time staff person, Missy coordinates the Dakota County Teen Court Program. She is reponsible for conducting intakes for Teen Court defendants, case management, and also volunteer coordination for the 60 Teen Court volunteers.
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.
Gay Larson has been a member of the Siouxland CARES’ team for five years as a part-time office assistant. She coordinates the monthly newsletter, annual Parent Guide, grant reporting, data collection, and many other administrative tasks.