Creating a Community Free of Violence

Riverview Center provides sexual assault services in a 14 county Northeast Region of Iowa, as well as sexual or domestic violence services in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties in Illinois. Our services are free regardless of biological sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, English proficiency, race and/or ethnicity, incarceration status, disability or background. Riverview Center is a safe space.

Our History

In 1992, Vickie Gratton, the Galena Police Department Nurse, and Faye Clarke, a mental health therapist, witnessed gaps in the services available to sexual assault survivors in Jo Daviess County, resulting in a lack in prosecution and blatant disrespect. To provide better options for those in need, Vickie and Faye founded the basis for what was to become Riverview Center.

In June of 1992, a board of directors was formed with the guidance of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA). The board voted to provide services in Jo Daviess County as Riverview Center. Between 1996 and 2005, Riverview Center’s services were expanded into Carroll County, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Delaware and Buchanan Counties to provide these crucial services for sexual assault survivors.

In 2010, Riverview Center was approached by CHOICES, the domestic violence services provider for Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, to merge the two agencies’ operations. Riverview Center’s and CHOICES’ staff worked together as one agency to ensure continuity of services for domestic violence survivors in Northwest Illinois.

As of July 1, 2013, the state of Iowa shifted to a six-region model for the provision of sexual assault prevention and intervention services. Riverview Center was chosen to serve 11 additional counties in Northeast Iowa, including Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek Counties.

As an agency, Riverview Center is unique in that we are the only agency in the 14 county Northeast Region of Iowa providing sexual assault services, and we are the only agency providing either sexual or domestic violence services in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties in Illinois.

Our services are free regardless of biological sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, English proficiency, race and/or ethnicity, incarceration status, disability or background. Riverview Center is a safe space. Our services are available to anyone affected by these crimes and their non-offending family members.

Our Locations and Staff

Administration

Gwen, Director of Development/Public Relations

Gwen, Executive Director
gwen@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2017

Coral, Grants & Publications Director

Coral, Director of Grants & Publications
coral@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2010

Renee Dieschbourg (2)

Renee, Clinical Director
reneed@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2016

Larsen, Amy

Amy, Human Resources Director
amyl@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Stacy K

Stacy, Fiscal Director
stacy@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2020

Melody Kosobucki

Melody, Iowa Program Director
melody@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2021

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  Heidi, Director of Development & Public Relations
heidiz@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Buckley, Amie

Amie, Iowa Associate Program Director
amie@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Blatt, Sam

  Sam, Director of Development & Public Relations
sam@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

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Illinois Program Director
Serving Riverview Center

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  Sarah W, SART Coordinator
sarahw@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2019

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          Nora, Rural Services Coordinator
nora@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2019

Goodwin, Elizabeth

Elizabeth, Office Coordinator
elizabethg@riverviewcenter.org
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Cedar Rapids

118 3rd Ave SE, Suite 500
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319-540-0080
Serving Linn, Benton and Jones Counties

Daoud, Mariam Mimi

Mariam “Mimi” D., Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Gutzeit, Maddie

Maddie G., Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Maddie Hinz

Maddi, Rural Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2022

Hakima Afzaly

Hakima, Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Decorah

1014 South Mill St, Unit #3
Decorah, Iowa 52101
563-380-3332
Serving Allamakee, Chickasaw, North Clayton, Howard, North Fayette and Winneshiek Counties
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Lupita, Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2018

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Mindy, Sexual Assault Therapist
Serving Riverview Center since 2019

Green, Shiloh

Shiloh G., Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center 2023

Dubuque

1789 Elm Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
563-557-0310
Serving Dubuque, Delaware and South Clayton Counties

Curry, Macy

Macy C., Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

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Mason, Sexual Assault Advocate

Serving Riverview Center since 2022

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Elyse A., Sexual Assault Therapist
Serving Riverview Center since 2020

Waterloo

100 East Park Ave, Suite 250
Waterloo, IA  50703
319-939-9599
Serving Black Hawk, Buchanan, Bremer and Fayette Counties

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Desirae, Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2019

Michelle Ayard

Michelle A., Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2021

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Hakima Afzaly

Hakima,  Sexual Assault Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2023

Galena

11358 Industrial Park Drive Suite 2
Galena, IL 61036
815-777-8167
Serving Jo Daviess County

Megan F., Sexual Assault Therapist

Megan, Sexual Assault Therapist
Serving Riverview Center since 2016

Perry, Indy

Indy, Crisis Services Coordinator
Serving Riverview Center since 2024

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Arianna, Preventionist
Serving Riverview Center since 2019

Kriesel, K

K. Kriesel, Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Advocate

Serving Riverview Center 2023

Houseman-Eddings, Skylar

Skylar, Domestic Violence Counselor
Serving Riverview Center since 2022

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Elyse, Sexual Assault Therapist & Domestic Violence Counselor
Serving Riverview Center since 2020

Mount Carroll

855 S Mill St., Suite 200
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
815-244-7704
Serving Carroll County

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Sarah E.  Sexual Assault Therapist
Serving Riverview Center since 2020

Liz Betzer

Liz B, Domestic Violence Counselor
Serving Riverview Center since 2022

Morgan Pannell

Morgan, Preventionist
Serving Riverview Center since 2022

Zahl, Sarah

Sarah Z.  Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Advocate
Serving Riverview Center since 2022

The Board

Elaina Kempin – President
Fairfax State Savings Bank

Carissa Froyum – Vice President
University of Northern Iowa

Sarah Netolicky – Treasurer
Bankers Trust

Bridget Goldbeck – Secretary
Hughes & Tranel P.C.

Eric Langston
Langston Legal

Kelly Wenzelman 
Cottingham & Butler

Mel Nanke
Ledford Engineering

Angie Brunssen
Century 21 Signature Real Estate

Jennifer Pickett
Gabby’s Gifts

Shannon Weaklen
First Interstate Bank

Community Partners

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Join Our Team

Interested in joining the staff here at Riverview Center? To volunteer, follow this link to fill out the volunteer application.  To see our current employment opportunities, visit the Employment Opportunities Tab under Support Us!