Tim Nichols
Tim Nichols

July 25, 2017

Many people join volunteer groups to give back to the community, if they fit into their schedules. For the new chief executive officer of Family Resource Center, he’s centered his life and career on giving to others in need.

Tim Nichols, an Iowa native, has worked all over the country in states such as Florida, Missouri, Arkansas and Colorado. Now, he has returned to his Midwest roots to “champion” for those who need a champion he said. Nichols, attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where he earned a degree in public administration with an emphasis in public law. He began his master’s in public policy, but needed a break from school, so he picked up and moved to Florida. This, he explained was where his passion for helping others sparked. He began working as a chid abuse investigator where he saw the impact he could have on the lives of others.

After leaving Florida, Nichols worked for many different organizations, but all had the goal of people helping people, he said. Most recently, he worked in Pueblo, Colorado, at El Pueblo Treatment Facility for adolescent youth, but Nichols and his two daughters missed the Midwest. He saw the posting for Family Resource Center and was touched by its mission. “The mission is to strengthen families and communities so that children and dependent adults will live free of abuse. Professionally and personally, that was just something that really touched me,” he said.

In January, Family Resource Center’s current director, Lou Ann Mowrey, will be retiring. Nichols described her as the “architect” of the company who will forever be an icon. When she retires, Nichols will be Family Resource Center’s lone director. Jeanie Running retired this summer as Mowrey’s longtime co-director.

Since moving to Carroll a few weeks ago, he has been settling in and getting to know his staff on a personal level as well as the community. Nichols loves to golf and ride his bike down the trails in Carroll. He described the town of Carroll as “unbelievably welcoming,” saying that during their first few days in town neighbors came over to meet him and his two daughters; one even brought them a cake.

As he tries to settle into his new position at Family Resource Center he has set up a few immediate goals for himself. His main goals are to get to know his staff, work with the board of directors to set some long-term goals for the organization and gather the information needed to meet with local and federal legislators regarding Medicaid.

Family Resource Center serves 22 counties, providing Supported Community Living (SCL), Respite, Consumer Directed Attendant Care (CDAC), Home-Based Habilitation and Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment for its patients. These services rely primarily on Medicaid for funding and without them, many individuals at the Family Resource Center would not be able to remain in the community with their friends and family.

“The clients that we serve here, they need champions. I am going to go out, and I am going to champion their cause and needs to make sure they are able to stay in their communities with their family and their friends,” Nichols said.