Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC is currently working as a therapist and addictions counselor in private practice at Thriving Families Counseling Services and an adjunct instructor for the University of Iowa School of Social Work. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work with an emphasis in education at the University of Iowa, and received her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England. She has been a certified alcohol and drug counselor since 2012 but has been working in the field for long before that point. Sharaine has also researched and developed several evidenced-based curriculum for adolescents and adults as well as provided training in the community on topics such as diversity, human sexuality, addiction, LGBTQIA+, and clinical aspects (i.e. assessment, evaluation, ASAMs, treatment planning) as well as provided other editorials and interviews. She is also a member of Iowa Board of Certification's Training and Ethics Committees, the Iowa Club of Des Moines, and the Iowa Chapter of NASW.