Meet Our Team

Coalition Staff 

Kristie Oliver, Executive Director 

Kristie Oliver, Executive Director

Kristie Oliver has served as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Family & Children's Services in Iowa since March of 2009.  As Executive Director, she serves as the chief executive of the Coalition with administrative and executive responsibility for all the Coalition's affairs, activities, and programs.  Kristie has worked in the health care field (senior living to child and family services) for much of her professional career.  As a licensed attorney, Kristie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University. 

Her professional career includes serving as government relations liaison, lobbyist and staff attorney with the Iowa Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (now Leading Age Iowa), Compliance Coordinator for Life Care Services and Assistant State's Attorney fro Rock Island County, IL.  

Kristie is a native Iowan who enjoys meeting new people, reading, the Iowa seasons, the Iowa Hawkeyes and spending time with family, especially her husband and two dogs.  

Kelli Soyer, MSW, LMSW, Associate Director

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Kelli Soyer joined the Coalition for Family & Children's Services in Iowa in September 2018.  Kelli has spent the majority of her career working for non-profit organizations in Central Iowa and maintains a passion for child advocacy.  She earned her B. A. in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa.  Kelli is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) in Iowa.  

As a Policy Associate for the Child & Family Policy Center, Kelli engaged in legislative advocacy and policy administration.  For a number of years, she served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter, providing administrative oversight, advocacy, and management of the association.  Kelli has also engaged in electoral advocacy with Every Child Matters and fund development for the Iowa State University Foundation.  

Kelli is a native Iowan who enjoys spending time with family, including her husband and daughter, taking her dog on a walk, camping and finding new ways to keep busy.  

Katie Henry, Training Academy Associate

Katie Henry joined the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa and the Child Welfare Provider Training Academy in November 2020. Katie spent almost 10 years as an FSRP In-Home Counselor and FSRP In-Home Counseling Supervisor at Children & Families of Iowa. While there, Katie supervised visits, attended court hearings, helped advocate for the families she served, and supervised a number of staff. Katie has a passion for social work and helping to reunite families. Katie has a B.A. in Family Services from the University of Northern Iowa.

Katie was born and raised in southern Iowa. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family and her cat, Harley, and has a passion for celebrating each and every holiday!

Other Members of the Team 

Cope Murphy + Co.

  • Tom Cope
  • Jon Murphy

Lobbying and Governmental Relations 

Ryun, Givens & Co 

Financial Services:  Accounting & Bookkeeping 

Denman & Company, LLP 

  • Jay Horn
  •  Natasha Goecke


RBC Wealth Management 

  • Mark Atkinson

Financial Advisory:  Investment Account