Tammy Schnepel has been elected to serve as the interim board president of Life Connections Peer Recovery Services, a peer-run mental health nonprofit organization based in DeWitt.  

Schnepel, a longtime DeWitt resident, worked as a college professor, counselor, and social worker for many years and is currently employed as a substance abuse prevention specialist for the Area Substance Abuse Council in Jackson County. She earned a master’s degree in criminal justice and then went on to receive her doctorate in psychology. She has served on the board since 2018.

Life Connections also announced that Doors to Wellbeing, a federally funded National Consumer Technical Assistance Center, signed a memo of understanding with Life Connections to provide technical assistance and strategic planning services. Doors to Wellbeing will work closely with Schnepel and the board to help the organization achieve financial and organizational sustainability.

In early April, Life Connections temporarily closed its Wellness Center in downtown DeWitt and temporarily shut down Rhonda’s House, Iowa’s only peer-run respite house. The organization’s peer specialists began providing digital peer support groups and wellness services via Zoom and offering one-on-one peer support services on a 24/7 basis via a peer respite support line. The agency now is providing restricted services and continues to conduct its digital and 24/7 telephone-based services.

Life Connections will be conducting town hall meetings in the DeWitt region and across Iowa in the summer and fall of 2020. The purpose of the town hall meetings is to inform community constituents, elected officials, service providers, and people who are in recovery from life disrupting challenges about Life Connections’ peer support, recovery, and wellness services.