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Melissa Holder hired as new LSI mental health provider in Spencer

Spencer, Iowa— Melissa Holder has been hired as the new mental health provider in Lutheran Services in Iowa’s (LSI) Spencer office.

Melissa, a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA), is now available to work with children and families to create solutions and strategies for a range of mental health concerns.

“I’m so excited to continue getting to know the families and kids with LSI,” Melissa says. “I have a lot of experience working with young kids and families, and that’s where my passion is. I don’t just focus on mental health but instead, my passion is on working with the whole family and improving the way they function together.”

Melissa began working with LSI two months ago. Prior to LSI, she worked as an Early Childhood Counselor for Greater Minnesota Family Services. She holds a degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in Minnesota.

“We are thrilled to have Melissa in this role,” says Scott Caldwell, LSI’s Director of Mental Health Services. “Her well-rounded experience working in both public and private human services arenas will be beneficial to so many families in Northwest Iowa.”

In her new position, Melissa says she hopes to make LSI the first choice for parents looking for more family-based resources in the community.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her two kids, going shopping, and relaxing on family trips to the lake.

LSI is one of Iowa's largest human services agencies and impacts tens of thousands of Iowans annually through child abuse prevention, services for families and youth in crisis, services for people with disabilities, refugee services and disaster response. LSI is nationally accredited and serves people of all ages, genders, nationalities, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations. To learn more, visit Join us on Facebook at

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