Chief Executive Officer
Okpara Rice joined Tanager Place as executive director in July, 2013, and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer July, 2015. Prior to his arrival, Okpara served as executive director of Starr Columbus (Columbus, Ohio), which is a child and family services organization. As executive director of Starr Columbus, Rice ensured all foster care, residential and in-home counseling programs maintained a high standard of excellence, as well as the integrity of all clinical programming and treatment modalities. Rice also brings leadership experience from his work at the Jewish Child Care Association in Pleasantville, New York, the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago, and the Youth Campus in Park Ridge, Ill.
He is active in the field and in the community and currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Children’s Residential Centers. He is a member of the Marion Cares Board, NAMI of Linn County Board of Directors, a member of the Cedar Rapids School Board Diversity Committee and a member of the Linn County Juvenile Detention and Diversion Advisory Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Loyola University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He also holds an Executive Management certification from Georgetown University.
Okpara lives in Marion, Iowa with his wife Julie and two sons Malcolm and Dylan.
Senior Vice President of Programming
Mike Hines has worked at Tanager Place since 1986. Before becoming a full time caseworker for the sexual abuse program, he worked in the PMIC unit for two years. He soon became supervisor for the Community Based programs. Mike has been part of the Executive Administration team since 2010 and was named Senior Vice President of Programming in 2015. He is also involved with many projects throughout Tanager Place, YouthPort, the Cedar Rapids School District, Mental Health Resource Committee, United Way Reading into Success, and other community organizations.
Vice President of Finance
Brad Thatcher joined Tanager Place in January 2016. Prior to starting at Tanager Place, Brad served for 4 years as the Controller for Four Oaks Family and Children’s Services, a year as the Controller for the University of Iowa Foundation, and 8 years as an auditor of not-for-profit and governmental organizations at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. Brad graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master’s of Accounting degree in 2003 and became a licensed CPA in 2005. Brad was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and is committed to helping Tanager Place successfully navigate financially.
Vice President Integrated Services & Strategy
Kim Venner joined Tanager Place in 2013 as the Pediatric Integrated Health Administrator. Previously, she worked with various populations including pregnant and parenting teens, developmentally disabled children, delinquent adolescents, and preschool children. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation for nine years, and has administrative experience in quality improvement; regulatory, accreditation, and technology management. Kim holds a MSW from The University of Iowa and a BSW from Mount Mercy University.
Inpatient Services Administrator
Andy Manternach joined Tanager Place in 2001 as a recreation intern. For the past 14 years, Andy has served in a variety of positions in the inpatient and community based programs. Andy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s of Social Work from St. Ambrose University. Andy started his professional career at Tanager Place and now serves as the Inpatient Services Administrator. Andy has been married to his wife Rachel for 7 years and has 2 boys, Jack and Sam.
Director of Advancement
Joan Hackbarth has been an active member of the team at Tanager Place since 1991. Working initially as a volunteer Joan helped to grow the annual Tanager Place Summer Fest. She was hired in the Department of Advancement in 2003. Born in Iowa City, and a graduate from Iowa State University, Joan has lived in Iowa all her life. She works hard for the mission of Tanager Place and leads the Department of Advancement to meet its goals in building awareness, advocacy and fundraising.