Counseling Staff: Ankeny Campus

 Sheila Aukes

Sheila Aukes, M.S.W., LISW

515-964-6294
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Education/certifications: Master of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Clinical experience & special skills: Treatment of depression and anxiety, family and relationship conflict, parenting, self-esteem, grief & loss issues and time management. Certified to administer career and personality assessments.

Communities:   Veterans, adoptive and blended families.


 George Clark

George Clark, M.A., LMHC

515-964-6268
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Education/certifications:  Master of Arts in School Counseling, University of Northern Iowa, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Clinical experience & special skills:  Stress/Time management, Diversity, Loneliness, Relationships/Authenticity, Anxiety, Spiritual health; Bystander Intervention (Sexual Assault), Upward Bound (Pre-college program)

Communities:  First-generation college students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ


 Mary McClure

Mary McClure, M.S., LMSW

515-964-6436
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​Education/certifications: Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Clinical experience & special skills: Treatment of depression and anxiety, family and relationship conflict, parenting, self-esteem, managing transitions.

Communities:  Custody, co-parenting, and learning disabilities.


 Landi Smith

Landi Smith, M.S.W., LISW

515-964-6442
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Education/certifications:  Master of Social Work, Arizona State University, Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW); Lifeforce Yoga Practitioner, Level I; Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Clinical experience & special skills:  Depression, trauma, relationships, self-esteem, boundaries, life transitions including college, pregnancy, birth, and migration/immigration, grief and loss, intercultural challenges. Proficient in oral and written Spanish. Holistic practices for positive mental health.

Communities:  New parents, international and ELL students, refugees, LGBTQ+.


 Thomas Tweedy

Thomas Tweedy, M.Ed.

515-964-6846
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Education/certifications:  Master of Education, School Counseling, Abilene Christian University.

Clinical experience & special skills: Anxiety & Stress Management, Procrastination & Time Management, Career Counseling/Coaching, Career Development testing, and Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory. 

Communities:  Major/Career undecided students


 Michelle Vaccaro

Michelle Vaccaro, M.S.Ed.

515-965-7153
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​Education/certifications:​ Master of Education, School Counseling, College of St. Rose, Albany NY;  National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Clinical experience & special skills:  Relationship issues, developmental crises, depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, and career indecision.  Proficient in American Sign Language, career and personality assessments. 

Communities:  ESL, International, and Deaf/hard-of-hearing.