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.

Jordan Kauffman, Polk County Decategorization Project & CPPC Coordinator

As the Project & CPPC Coordinator for Polk County Decategorization, Jordan 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. Jordan's background includes community organizing, AmeriCorps National Service, and work with a number of local non-profit organizations & community organizations. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell College, and a Master of Science in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.

Diamond Denney, Polk County Decategorization Restorative Justice & Equity Coordinator

As the Restorative Justice and Equity Coordinator, at Polk County Decategorization, Diamond is responsible for establishing rapport with stakeholders in the community  and promoting collaboration to address issues of disproportionality among minorities in Polk County. Diamond not only addresses issues of disproportionality by initiating and coordinating a variety of projects at the Department of Human Services (DHS), but she coordinates Restorative Justice projects at Juvenile Court Services (JCS) as well. Diamond’s background includes growing up in Sioux City, Iowa and attending college at the University of Iowa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and will soon complete her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa.

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.