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.

Darryle Bohanna, Ph.D. RJCE Coordinator

Dr. Darryle Bohanna is a native of Chicago, Illinois. However, he has lived in Iowa since he began his educational journey in 1998 at Iowa State University. He has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and Performing Arts, a Masters in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University. Dr. Bohanna has assisted in obtaining grants totaling over $2 million in funding for several Iowa State University initiatives. He currently is a member of the STEM council at Des Moines Area Community College. Dr. Bohanna has worked in education since 2008 assisting at-risk youth and first generation college students. He is passionate about helping people reach their ultimate potential and has successfully done so through the promotion of education and self-sufficiency activities.

Kerry Williams, Project and CPPC Coordinator

Kerry Williams is the Project and CPPC Coordinator at Polk County Decategorization .  She assists the Decategorization Coordinator with the coordination of activities, events and implementation of the 4 CPPC strategies to address community child welfare/juvenile justice issues.   Kerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling.  Prior to joining Polk County Decategorization, she worked with students and families in Des Moines Public Schools.

Ellen Overton, Polk County Decategrorization Administrative Assistant

Ellen Overton is an Administrative Assistant at Polk County Decategorization, where she assists with 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. She graduated from Notre Dame College of Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in Graphic Communication in 2003 and finished coursework in Sociocultural Studies from Younsei University Graduate School of Public Administration in 2012. She immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea in 2015. Before she joined Decat, she served various roles in Korea and Thailand – English teacher, event organizer, and project coordinator in both governmental and private sector.