Polk County Decategorization


Teresa Burke, Polk County Decategorization Coordinator

Teresa is responsible for the oversight of the Polk County Decategorization Cluster.  Teresa’s background ranges widely, from Social Worker, Benefits Administration Account Manager, DOL National Emergency Grant Service Area Coordinator and Director of the Central Iowa Re-engagement Center. She is a Certified Job Developer and has experience with providing assistance to the jobless and those without a High School diploma in the central Iowa area. As the Decategorization Project Coordinator, she has oversight of all Decat monies and initiatives, including all contracts and the Community Partnership for the Protection of Children. Teresa is also certified as a Family Team Meeting Facilitator and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University.

Jaime Stevens, Polk County Decategorization Project & CPPC Coordinator

As the Project & CPPC Coordinator for Polk County Decategorization, Jaime is responsible for efforts to engage & involve stakeholders from throughout Polk County in our Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) and for the management of a variety of projects. Jaime has her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Iowa State University and has over 20 years of experience coordinating various programs with Polk County. 

Jay Hansen, Polk County Decategorization Pre-Arrest Diversion Case Manager

As the Pre-Arrest Diversion Case Manager, Jay is responsible for overseeing and providing direct service for youth and families participating in the Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) Second Chance Program. Providing Case Management for youth who commit delinquent acts, ages 10-17, utilizing a research-based approach and providing these youth who commit simple and/ or some suits misdemeanor level offense with the opportunity to participate in evidence and prevention-based programming. Creating and utilizing community partnerships to help strengthen the community and implement Restorative Justice practices for youth, families, and community. Jay's background includes nine years working with youth with mental health or involvement with Juvenile Court Services (JCS). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Grand View University.

Lisa Cort, Polk County Decategrorization Administrative Assistant 

As the Administrative Assistant, at Polk County Decatorization, Lisa is responsible for resource fulfillment, record keeping for Polk County DCAT and grant-funded projects that address child welfare/juvenile justice issues; provides maintenance of website, and assists Decat Coordinator in administrative and clerical Decat activities. Lisa holds an Associates degree in Accounting from Des Moines Area Community College.