Roger Goedken, Executive Director
Executive Director for Successful Living since 2011, Roger has worked in the human services field for over 25 years. Having worked in many differing roles with many varied populations, each with unique challenges and rewards, Roger and Successful Living focus their mission and passion on improving the lives of adults having a chronic mental illness (CMI), many who have co-occurring disorders. People like you and me, just with the added barrier of having a mental illness.
Roger has served on served on a number of Boards including Chair of the Johnson County Case Management Advisory Board; SEATS Para-transit Advisory Committee; Johnson County Mental Health and Disability Services Planning Council and the Sixth Judicial District Community Accountability Board to name a few. Hobbies include spending quality time with his wife, one dog and five cats; riding motorcycles and tackling light handyman jobs.
Deb Watson, Human Resources and Quality Assurance Director
Deb has worked in the human service profession for more than 30 years, including crisis management; and worked with families and children, including teaching parenting groups in the community. Deb has been with Successful Living since 2003.
Pat Meyer, Housing Director
Pat Meyer has worked collaboratively in the community for more than 30 years in areas such as crisis intervention, violence against women, and issues affecting low income and immigrant families. She has been with Successful Living since 2009.
Marielle Cramer, Outreach Coordinator
Marielle started as an Supportive Community Living Counselor in April of 2016 and moved into the role of an Outreach Coordinator in March of 2017. Prior to coming to Successful Living, she worked with adolescent girls as a Peer Support Group Facilitator for three years, and has completed two years with AmeriCorps both in Iowa and Washington State.
Molly Mosley, Outreach Coordinator
Molly started working at Successful Living in the spring of 2014. She comes with a Masters of Divinity and concentrated her studies in counseling ministries. Molly’s been interested in mental health issues and advocating for those with a serious mental illness since college.
Susan Nicol, Outreach Program Director
Susan holds a Master of Science in Community Counseling, is a Certified Professional Coach, and has extensive training in mediation and conflict resolution. She has many years of experience working in the mental health milieu, drawing upon all three disciplines. Susan joined Successful Living in 2014.
Steve Nachazel, Intake Coordinator
Steve joined the Successful Living team in April of 2018. Steve has worked in the Iowa mental health system for 35 years, in a variety of jobs and settings across the spectrum of mental health care. Steve is well-known to those in the Iowa City area who have struggled with mental health diagnoses and symptoms. Steve lives in Iowa City with his wife and one small dog. Steve received his degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1982. In his free time, Steve enjoys traveling with his wife, reading, political websites, and relaxing at home.
Chioma Onuigbo, Day Habilitation Program Director
Chioma has been with Successful Living since January 2016, starting as a volunteer for our front office and working in Day Hab as a counselor before moving on to the position of Day Hab Director. Chioma earned degrees in Psychology plus Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2018. She enjoys getting to interact with clients and helping them reach the goals they’ve set for themselves.
Carla Phelps, Development Director
Carla joined Successful Living in April 2014. She has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Iowa; a Graduate Diploma in Counseling and Psychotherapy from JNI in Sydney, Australia; and a Master of Applied Psychotherapy from UTS, also in Sydney, Australia. She has many years of experience, in healthcare and business.
Ashley Gillette, Finance Director
Ashley started working for Successful Living in 2014 as an Outreach Counselor and became the Medication Administrator less than a year later. Her love for numbers and her past accounting experience encouraged her to take on the role of the Accountant/Financial Manager for the agency in 2016.