N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW received his Bachelor of Arts from Simpson College and his Master of Social Work and Aging Studies Certificate from the University of Iowa School of Social Work in Iowa City. While at the University he was awarded the American Cancer Society Training Grant in Clinical Oncology and this is where he began his therapy work with cancer patients.

Joel was a social worker with Hospice of Central Iowa in West Des Moines, Iowa from June of 1999 until October 2001. He provided a wide range of services to patients and families including grief and loss counseling and emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. In October of 2001 Joel was named the Metro Team Director for Hospice of Central Iowa, and joined the leadership team. As the director he supervised nearly 30 clinicians and provided leadership for a team with an average daily census of nearly 100 patients. Joel served as the Metro Team Director until May of 2006. Taking his compassion for the highest quality end of life care, Joel joined Weatherbee Resources in April of 2006. He continues to serve on Weatherbee’s team of consultants where he provides a wide range of consultative services and education regarding hospice and palliative care topics.

In November of 2005 Joel and his wife Heather founded Team Restoration Ministries. He is the President of Team Restoration Ministries; a ministry designed to strengthen marriages in Central and Southern Iowa. Team Restoration Ministries partners with local churches to provide therapy services, conferences, and teaching on marriage and family related topics.

Joel lectures throughout the United States on a variety of end of life and marriage topics. Joel is part-time faculty at Simpson College, where he teaches a variety of social science courses. He is also adjunct faculty at The University of Iowa School of Social Work where he teaches in the end of life curriculum to graduate students. Joel was elected in 2010 to the Iowa House of Representatives from Iowa’s 95th district. He is serving his first term in the Iowa legislature and feels blessed to represent the people of Iowa.