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2019 MARRCH Annual Conference | Speakers

October 28-30, 2019 | Saint Paul RiverCentre | 175 W Kellogg Blvd


Bharati Acharya


About the presenter: Bharati's life's work has centered around the effects of trauma, loss and displacement among marginalized peoples. She has spent the last 20 years working in a variety of community mental health settings, using Narrative philosophies and practices to support the individuals she has worked with. Having formally studied Narrative Therapy at the Dulwich Centre with Michael White and David Epston, she frames her work with clients  in Narrative terms, (-œ the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem"). She finds rich self-care sustenance in the very ideas and practices she uses with the people she works with. Bharati has remained firmly rooted in the conviction that conversations about mental health and addiction cannot take place without deep consideration of interpersonal, social and political ecologies. She has been a presenter at a number of venues, including: the Minnesota Community Mental Health Conference ( 2011, 2012), the Minnesota Social Work Conference, (2011) and The International Narrative Therapy Conference, (Ireland,2014), Beyond Boxes, MNLGBTQ Therapists Conference, (2016) and The University of Minnesota's Transnational Summit of Women in Healing, (2018). She has published work in the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community work, Women in Aid, The Aerogram and Argot.  

Randy Anderson

Bold North Recovery and Consulting

Randy is a person in long term recovery, what that means to him is he hasn't had to use drugs, alcohol, or any mood-altering substance since January 9, 2005. Randy worked as a full-time addiction counselor for 2 years at RS EDEN/Eden House Recovery Services - the same treatment facility where he was once a client. An advocate for recovery and justice reform and serves as a member of the MN Second Chance Coalition Board of Directors.

Deirdre Armstrong

The Retreat

Coordinator of the 55 Plus Program at The Retreat (Wayzata MN). MA in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Counseling. MS in Social Work from Columbia University. 18 Plus years in recovery.

Grady Arth

Beauterre Recovery Institute

Grady Arth, LPCC, is a mental health therapists at Beauterre Recovery Institute, a residential program for co-occurring mental health and chemical addiction treatment. She runs psychoeducation groups on DBT skills and meets with patients for individual therapy. Insight-focused and passionate about education, Grady talks about the benefits of DBT a lot. Just ask her friends, family or Mike Swenson.

Lindsay Battuello


Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 7 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. She is trained in Advanced Resolution Therapy to treat PTSD. Ms. Battuello is passionate about the continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships in development of the RISE (Recovering In Supportive Environments) Model of care in Minnesota. Ms. Battuello holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.    

Dan Becker

Saint Cloud District 742 Schools

Dan Becker worked in high schools for 28 years with the primary focus on prevention. He continues to conduct classroom lectures at multiple central MN high schools such as Albany and Sartell. He conducts a monthly court ordered 8 Hour DUI Class at the Mille Lacs Convention Center (Grand Casino) for all of upper central MN. Participants that have had DUI's currently come from areas around Brainerd, Aitken, Duluth, Foley and Cambridge.

Mark Bliven

Minnesota Department of Corrections

Mark Bliven is Director of Risk Assessment / Community Notification for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. In that role he is responsible for assuring that Minnesota uses best practices to achieve the mission of the Department of Corrections. That mission is to reduce recidivism by promoting offender change through proven strategies during safe and secure incarceration and effective community supervision.  Mark is an East Grand Forks native. He comes from more than a century of Minnesota and North Dakota law enforcement service. His great-grandfather served as Captain on the Grand Forks police department and that service continues today with his nephew serving as a Minnesota deputy sheriff. Mark himself was rules coordinator and pre-service education coordinator for the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. He worked in the legislature and for the last thirteen years has focused on sex offender issues for the Department of Corrections. He has provided training on these issues to state, national and international groups.

Andria Botzet

Synergy eTherapy and University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry

Andria holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in marriage and family therapy from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.  She has over 20 years of experience working at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Psychiatry, assisting adolescents and families who struggle with substance abuse and other addiction issues, as well as anxiety, depression, and other stressful life circumstances. Andria is also collaborating with the Center for Disease Control as a subject matter expert in the development of positive parenting techniques. She understands that sometimes life can feel difficult or overwhelming, and she admires people's courage to seek assistance with these inevitable challenges in life. Andria loves working with individuals, couples, and families to help bring about changes to make life and relationships more satisfying. She works collaboratively with her clients using various therapeutic approaches, including a blend of narrative, solution-focused, and experiential theories. Andria's warm, compassionate, and thoughtful nature balances her ability to encourage and challenge people to make change in their lives.

Meghan Bown


Meghan is a Licensed Social Worker with 10 years of experience in organizing around policy, systems and environmental change. Working within CentraCare since July 2016, Meghan has brought together internal groups to integrate tobacco treatment as a part of the healthcare delivery line. With her help their substance use disorder treatment center now offers a comprehensive tobacco treatment program which focuses on medications and counseling.

Mary Brooks

Mn Department of Corrections - Shakopee

Mary Brooks is Correctional Program Director for Substance Use Disorder services at Minnesota Correctional Facility Shakopee and serves as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has extensive experience working with crisis management and other difficult concerns. Mary has years of experience working with diverse and often underserved populations including those within the criminal justice system, members of LGBTQ community, and survivors of trauma and abuse. She has previous work history with those dealing with mental health crisis, law enforcement, and the homelessness. Through years of experience as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor she is considered a highly effective clinical supervisor, trainer, and mentor for other professionals. She also has extensive experience working with families overcoming addiction. Mary holds a Master of Arts Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota and a Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Portland State University.

Amy Carrison

Autism Society of Minnesota

Dr. Carrison is completing a postdoctoral fellowship with AuSM. She completed her doctorate of psychology at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2016. Dr. Carrison uses cognitive behavioral strategies in therapy to help clients change problematic behavior patterns. She has experience in psychological assessment and testing with the goal of providing individuals with targeted interventions to overcome areas of need

David Chastain

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

Dr. Chastain has worked in the field of addiction treatment for over 30 years. He has held leadership positions in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment programs working with both adolescents and adults. Dr. Chastain has held the Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor credential from the state of Wisconsin since 1994. Dr. Chastain holds a Master's Degree in Addiction Studies, with a thesis on the importance of highly individualized treatment and recovery plans, and a PhD in Counseling with a dissertation addressing the experience of solitude for people in recovery from addiction.  Dr Chastain is an Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, where he teaches Ethics; Group Theory and Process; Families and Systems; and Grief, Loss and Death.

Mark Collins

Vinland Center

Mark Collins is a Mental Health Therapist in supervision at Vinland National Center at their residential location, in Loretto, Minnesota, specializing in working with clients that suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. In 2014, Mark implemented a Music Class in to help assist some of the clients at Vinland who struggled with group attendance, anger outbursts and emotional dysregulation. Vinland found the ability to utilize music in their work with clients to be very successful, resulting in an improved quality of life and overall well-being for many. It has since been implemented for all of Vinland's clients. Mark has been researching the effects of music in helping with dysregulated clients for 7 years, and possesses a passion for utilizing music to help connect and improve the lives of others.  In addition, Mark has been playing professionally as a drummer for 30 years and has a degree in Percussion and Music Theory and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

Brian Collins

Minnesota Department of Corrections

Brit Culp

Hennepin Healthcare

Brit Culp, ADC-T, CPP currently works as a Chemical Health Counselor at Hennepin Healthcare in the Positive Care Center, and is also part of Southside Harm Reduction Services: a Mobile syringe access, naloxone distribution, and testing strips for drug checking. Brit has been working as a substance use counselor and assessor since June 2017, working in Harm Reduction since 2012, and has a work history including being a street outreach worker. She has spent years working with individuals living with co-occurring mental health diagnoses, brain injuries, justice involvement, and varying other acuities. It is her belief that engaging individuals in any positive change and or recovery processes is a collaborative effort, and it integral to the engagement and recovery process for people to have access to any available resources - including naloxone and safer use supplies.

Judith Davis

retired from Mayo Clinic, Addictions Program; currently volunteer at MNTC Rochester, MN

Bachelors degree, UMD in Interdisciplinary Studies-Chemical Dependency, Counseling and Administration. 40 years experience as Addictions/Chemical Dependency counselor in MN and WI; AODA Counselor, AODA Clinical Supervisor, MN LADC; Experience in most areas of care; Specializing with women, Native Americans, Relapse Prevention and Co-occurring Disorders.

Michael DeSanctis

Positive Sleep Journeys, PLLC  PO Box 46492 Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Dr. Michael DeSanctis, is a licensed Psychologist in the states of MN and WI. He  has enjoyed a nearly 40-year career encompassing clinical practice,  consultation, teaching, advising, mentoring and supervision.  He retired  in 2015 from outpatient private practice, but remains active as a disability  consultant, published author and lecturer, and is on the faculty of the Normandale  Community College Integrated Health Program. He is listed in the  National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and is a Diplomate in  Counseling issued by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He  was certified in Behavior Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of  Sleep Medicine and was awarded the Diplomate of the Board of Behavioral Sleep  Medicine.

Stephanie Devich

Valhalla Place

local, State, National COD Treatment, Harm Reduction Treatment, and Recovery Practitioner / Trainer

Carter Diers

Minnesota Corrections Association

Carter Diers has worked in corrections since 1996 and is currently employed as a Master Agent for Wright County Court Services.  He he's had the opportunity to work in everything from juvenile to adult, group reporting to intensive probation.  He is a trainer in a number of Evidence Based Practices.  He earned his undergraduate degree at the Minnesota State University, Mankato and graduate degree at Concordia University, St. Paul.  Diers also served in the Minnesota National Guard for 10 years and ended his career as a staff sergeant.  He is also the President of the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO).

Princess Drake

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Dr. Princess Drake is a Mental Health Practitioner at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Dr. Drake completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) at Argosy University in 2018. Dr. Drake completed her pre-doctoral internship at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, MN and is currently completing her post-doctoral hours for licensure. Dr. Drake earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from FSPP in 2015 and M.S. in professional counseling at Lipscomb University in 2012. She currently serves as a committee member for The Trust Student and Early Career Psychologist advisory committee. Her primary interests include co-occurring disorders, trauma, psychosis, diversity/identity issues, and personality disorders. Dr. Drake is dedicated to working with diverse populations and obtaining additional experience through leadership, mentoring, and academic training. She has previously served as the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) Board of Directors Student Representative and FPA Graduate Students (FPAGS) President, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Campus Representative, and FSPP Student Psychological Association Mentor Coordinator.

John Dyben

Origins Behavioral Healthcare

Dr. John Dyben serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Origins Behavioral Healthcare. In this capacity he provides both academic and clinical supervisory support to all of Origins' programs. John's academic background includes degrees in Psychology (BS), Conflict (MA), Management (MS), and a Doctor of Health Science, with his doctoral practicum having focused on the dynamics, epidemiology, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction in older adults. John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both a Master Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.

Fred Dyer

Hope Recovery Center

Fred Dyer PhD. is a trainer, speaker, consultant, author and Founder of Executive Director of Hope Recovery Center in Minneapolis Minnesota. Fred attend and graduated Carver college in Atlanta GA with a bachelor's degree. He has worked with adolescents and adults in multiple settings. Fred Graduated from Grant Hospital Clinical Training Program for Addiction Counselors in 1994 as well as the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a Certificate in Mental Health Counseling in 1995 along with a Master's in Psychology/Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology obtained in 1997. Fred attended Adler School of Professional Psychology from 1999-2002 PsyD Program and then went on to graduate from Richardson University in 2005 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. Fred has trained throughout the United States as well as consulted and trained at numerous substance use treatment conferences and several alcohol and drug studies schools, juvenile justice/criminal justice symposiums, child and adolescents mental health conferences. Fred has consulted and trained for the Department of Drug Control in Bermuda from 2006 to Present. Fred has published several workbooks and has written over 100 articles on adolescent substance use and emerging adults and persons with co-occurring disorders.

Karen Edens

Edens Group Training Center

KAREN EDENS, President and Director of Training - Edens Group, Past President of MARRCH, has almost 50 years of professional experience in the design and delivery of training, professional development, technical assistance and consultation.  Karen delivers ongoing training to a wide range of human service professionals, offers a variety of other professional development seminars; consults with various human service providers and community groups; and provides highly acclaimed services related to creating and maintaining healthy workplaces

Amy Evans

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

Amy Evans, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor for the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, teaching master's level counselors-in-training to provide evidence-based integrated care for substance and mental health disorders. She is licensed in Minnesota (LPCC) and Wisconsin (LPC).

LynAnne Evenson

M Health Fairview

LynAnne is a passionate defender of human rights.  She has pioneered programs focused on access for refugee patients and regularly presents on topics related to diversity and cultural informed care.  She is currently a licensed psychotherapist in the intensive outpatient program at M Health Fairveiw

Melissa Evers

NuWay House, Inc. (NUWAY)

Alysia Lajune (CPRS in May 2019) is Director of Education & Public Engagement for Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC), where she oversees Recovery Coach Academy, Peer Recovery workforce development, and public education and engagement. A proud Woman of Color in recovery, Alysia has facilitated a secular AA group in Minneapolis, and served as a sponsor. Prior to MRC, Alysia enjoyed a 15-year career in college student affairs. Most recently, she was coordinator of Student Life & Leadership Development at Metropolitan State University, where she co-founded Minnesota's first collegiate chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI On Campus) and was instrumental in the establishment of Metro Students for Recovery. Before Metro, Alysia worked for the U of M and founded its Black Faculty & Staff Association in 2012. Alysia is a Social Justice advocate deeply dedicated to empowering disadvantaged and marginalized populations. She has served homeless communities as a shelter advocate for St. Anne's Place in Minneapolis, and Stepping Stone Emergency Housing in Anoka. Alysia holds a M.A. in Human Services Counseling from Regent University, and a B.A. in Communication from Denison University.

Jessie Everts

Wayside Recovery Center

Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT is the Senior Director of Research and Innovation for Wayside Recovery Center, a women's and family recovery organization with five locations across the Twin Cities. Dr. Everts received her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Everts specializes in co-occurring disorders, strength-based supervision, mindfulness/meditation, trauma-informed care, family systems models, and integrating research and practice.

Carmen Finn

Recovering Hope

Carmen Finn, -œFinn-, is the Clinical Director at Recovering Hope in Mora, Minnesota. She has over seventeen years of experience providing services to families and individuals in the field of behavioral health. Finn is licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor in the State of Minnesota. She obtained her Master's from Argosy University in Marriage and Family Therapy, and received her bachelor degree from Eastern Michigan University in Women's Studies.  Additionally, Finn is a Community Faculty member at Metropolitan State University and teaches in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program. Finn is also currently a member and co-chair of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) Ethics Committee. Her interests include gender, ethics, research, LGBTQ issues, and addiction and the family. 

Rashida Fisher

Adler Graduate School

Rashida Fisher, MS, LPCC, LADC is Program Chair and core faculty member at Adler Graduate School. Rashida is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI). Rashida is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and committee member of the Behavioral Health and Wellness Committee of the Mpls chaper of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Rashida's professional experience is in addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment delivery, supervision, and program development. Rashida specializes in culturally responsive care and Trauma informed service delivery. The foundation of Rashida's work is a passion for social justice. Rashida provides consultation services for staff and program development.

Nicole Frass

RS Eden

Master's in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Graduate School Experience in Lino Lakes TRIAD program and Hazelden family program RS Eden Women's Program for 8 years, Clinical Supervisor and RS Eden representative for Hennepin County Drug Court team Certified Moral Reconation Therapy facilitator

Teri Fritsma Mogen

Minnesota Department of Health

Teri Fritsma Mogen is the lead health care workforce analyst at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is responsible for leading research on 17 different licensed professions in the state, but has a special interest in mental and behavioral health professionals. Before coming to MDH, she was a labor market analyst for the Department of Employment and Economic Development. She has master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Iowa.

Marina Fuhrman

MN Department of Corrections

Marina Fuhrman, MA, LPCC: In 1989 graduated from St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia with a Master's Degree in Psychology; has been working in substance abuse field since 2000, working with adults and adolescents in outpatient, residential and in-jail programs. Since 2011 has been working for the MN DOC as a Substance Abuse Program Director at Stillwater Correctional Facility, and beginning in February 2019 as an Associate Director of Behavioral Health overseeing substance abuse treatment services in the Minnesota state prison system.

Larisa Garski

Empowered Therapy

Larisa A. Garski, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist and supervisor the Clinical Director at Empowered Therapy in Chicago, IL. She specializes in working with women, individuals, families, and young adults who identify as outside the mainstream-”such as those in the geek and LGBTQIA communities. She regularly appears at pop culture conventions, speaking on panels related to mental health and geek wellness. Her work as a clinical writer and researcher has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of pop psychology and video game psychology books including but not limited to: Using Superheroes and Villains in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled, Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights, Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know, and The Psychology of Zelda. Larisa is also the co-host the podcast Starship Therapise.

Tamarah Gehlen

StepUP at Augsburg University

Tamarah Gehlen is the Director of the StepUP Program at Augsburg University and is an author, national-level speaker, and graduate level professor of addictions and mental health at Adler Graduate School and St. Mary's Univeristy.

Michelle Gerrard

Wilder Research

Michelle has worked for over 25 years as an evaluator for Wilder Research.  She conducts evaluations for dozens of programs, with a particular focus on services for high-risk children and families.  From 2011-2016, Michelle co-directed the evaluation for the Women's Recovery Services evaluation through the DHS Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Previously, from 2000-2007, Michelle was the lead evaluator for the Ramsey County Mothers First Intervention Program. Besides Women's Recovery Services and Mother's First, Michelle has provided management, technical assistance, training and evaluation related services to several grants funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division including: Center City Housing's New San Marco and River Crest evaluation for persons experiencing homelessness and alcoholism, People Inc. Project Recovery evaluation of a drop-in program for persons experiencing homelessness and chemical dependency, the ATOD Prevention Programs (from 2006-2011, Michelle managed the component of the evaluation related to the Regional Prevention Coordinators RPCs and the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center), the Ramsey County Chemical Dependency/Treatment Support Case Management Program, the Ramsey County Mothers First Aftercare Nurse project, and Carver C.A.R.E.S. (a substance abuse prevention project at secondary schools in Carver County).   Michelle also is the director of a team that coordinates a one-night statewide snapshot of Minnesota's homeless population every three years.  As part of this work, Michelle has conducted an analysis of substance use among homeless teens and presented the results to the Substance Abuse Research Forum sponsored by Hazelden's Butler Center for Research. Previously, Michelle worked as a risk and prevention counselor and wraparound facilitator for emotionally disturbed and other at-risk youth. Michelle has a master's degree in Education, with a focus on risk and prevention, from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Tim Gregory

Progress Valley III

Tim received his BA in Cognitive Psychology and in International Relations from the University of Minnesota at Morris. He went on to complete his Masters in Clinical Pscyhology from Argosy University. Tim completed his internship and started his career with Meridian at Cedar Ridge in 2014 and joined the Progress Valley team in 2016. Tim co-founded Building Bridges in 2018 with his former classmate hoping to bridge the divides created by chemical and mental health. 

Nicole Groschen

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

MSW LICSW (Master of Social Work, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)  Nicole Groschen is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of MN. Nicole completed her undergraduate degree at the University of MN and her graduate degree from the University of Southern California where she focused on clinical social work with a concentration in military social work.  Nicole currently is working as a Mental Health Professional at Hazelden Betty Ford in Center City, MN. Nicole has worked in a variety of treatment settings with a wide range of challenges related to substance use and mental health.  Nicole is a trained EMDR therapist and has primarily focused on integrating trauma informed approaches in co-occurring settings. Nicole is an Air Force Veteran and is currently serving as the Mental health representative for Chisago Lakes Beyond the Yellow Ribbon supporting military service members, veterans and their families.  

Mark Groves

Minnesota Corrections Association

Immediate Past President, Minnesota Corrections Association. 2008-2012 Facilities Reentry Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Corrections. 2012-2016 Corrections Division Director, Volunteers of America. Certified Corrections Executive (CCE) -“ Commission on Correctional Certification and American Corrections Association. Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC). Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). National Institute of Corrections Offender Workforce Development Facilitator (OWDS) Master Trainer. Developed Interagency Agreement between DOC and DEED to provide workforce development programs in the Minnesota Correctional Facilities. Motivational Interviewing Master Trainer. Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Scale (MITI) -“ trained. Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) trained.

Bret Haake


Bret Haake, MD, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Regions Hospital.  He is also a neurologist.   Dr. Haake is from Minnesota and did his undergraduate work, medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is also an Associate Professor of Neurology.  Aside from his medical training, Dr. Haake completed his MBA in health care from the University of St. Thomas.   In neurosciences, he has been a leader in programs in stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, pain, and spine care. He most recently has been a working to improve pain care and decrease the use of opioids in our communities.

Cathy Harvieux

ADAP Consulting/Care Crossings

Cathy brings over 38 years of providing substance abuse services. Past MARRCH Vice President and board member 2003-2008.  She has worked directly with a variety of specific populations. In her consulting practice she has designed and licensed over a dozen treatment programs as well as designing and delivering  many  trainings.  Her extensive experience in the design, licensing and delivery of  treatment for specific populations, brought her to NBC TV in 2005, as an expert in Adolescent female addiction.       She continues to develop, train and provide clinical services in MN and AZ, as well as recently in Jan 2019, designing and overseeing the opening of Care Crossings in Burnsville, a comprehensive Substance Abuse Agency.   

J Heinz

JustUs Health

J Heinz is a Community Educator with Just Us Health. They are passionate about LGBTQ+ equity and have been educating professionals and clients in settings including treatment centers, prisons, and mental and behavioral health clinics since 2015. They also have experience in direct service work with HIV+ and LGBTQ+ communities, and identify as transgender. J believes that providing education about competent work with trans and gender nonconforming people is fundamental to creating a safer world for LGBTQ+ people and those with other marginalized identities.

Tim Hernandez

Entira Family Clinics

Tim Hernandez is a family physician who practices the full scope of family practice including obstetrics in West St. Paul, MN. He also prescribes buprenorphine for OUD. He is a graduate of Carleton College, Mayo Medical School and an adjunct Associate Professor in Family Practice & Community  Health at the University of Minnesota.

Sadie Hosley

Recovering Hope

Sadie leads the charge in connecting Recovering Hope's program and services with professionals, caregivers, and clients seeking specialized care. Sadie has extensive experience in connecting the community with resources that meet the needs of those seeking help. Sadie is currently the Treatment Director at Recovering Hope Treatment Center overseeing the structure and development for creating a safe environment for women, women and children and pregnant women. Sadie has worked in the field as an addiction and mental health provider at various settings, admissions, intensive outpatient services, utilization review, residential treatment settings and behavioral psychiatric hospitals for the past nine years. Sadie's passion is to help those in need find services which meet their individualized needs and access the level of care they require. Her energy for life exemplifies one of our themes at Recovering Hope, -œThe Spirit to Live.-

Monica Idzelis Rothe

Wilder Research

Monica Idzelis Rothe is a Research Manager with Wilder Research. Monica has conducted research and evaluation for Wilder Research since 2005, with a special focus on programs serving vulnerable children and families. She has managed numerous evaluation projects on a range of topics, including substance abuse and recovery, child welfare, children's mental health, parenting and child development, housing and homelessness, and domestic violence. Monica has experience implementing experimental and quasi-experimental studies, conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and providing leadership in study design, implementation, and reporting.  Monica has experience working directly with recovery services as the co-lead evaluator of the Women's Recovery Services initiative (2011-2016) as well as the lead evaluator for the Tubman Effecting Positive Change program (2007-2011), which offered enhanced treatment support and recovery maintenance services to pregnant or parenting substance abusing women and their children. As their evaluator for these projects, she has been responsible for designing the evaluation, developing data collection tools, analyzing data, and preparing reports.   Monica has provided leadership on several other large-scale, multi-year studies including: the evaluation of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), a federal Promise Neighborhood grantee aimed at promoting a culture of achievement in North Minneapolis, a community with one of the most pronounced achievement gaps in the country; and an evaluation of a statewide alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention grant.    Monica has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University, and a B.A. in Psychology and English from St. Olaf College.

Tony Klein

Rochester Regional Health, Unity Chemical Dependency in Brighton, NY.

Tony Klein, MPA, NCACII has over 30 years of administrative, clinical, and training experience. He is known for his work as an advocate for addressing tobacco in addiction services and the development of a recovery-oriented tobacco intervention model that utilizes evidence-based practice guidelines anchored in 12-Step teachings and therapeutic community principles.  Mr. Klein served as a member of the New York State Partnership for the Treatment and Prevention of Tobacco Dependence, the workgroup that consulted NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services on drafting state regulations requiring NYS certified substance abuse providers to develop tobacco-free services. He provides consultation, training and technical assistance to community providers, municipalities and state agencies.  Past and current positions include coordinator of a Mental Health Tobacco Disparities Project, funded by NYS DOH Tobacco Control Program to establish a continuum of tobacco interventions linking inpatient and outpatient treatment; principal investigator of the Rochester Recovery Group Home Project, a 3-year NYS DOH funded study to evaluate a systems approach for tobacco-free residential services; instructor for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence -“ Rochester Area; consultant and instructor, Outreach Training Institute, Queens, NY; the Professional Development Program, State University of New York at Albany; and the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.  Since 2016, he has served as policy consultant and clinical trainer for the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services to assist with advancing the Tobacco Recovery and Wellness Initiative (TRWI), a collaborative effort of DBHIDS Community Behavioral Health, the University of Pennsylvania Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, and Philadelphia Department of Public Health. TRWI provides consultation, training and technical assistance to help DBHIDS network providers to create tobacco free settings, integrate evidenced based tobacco interventions into existing programming, and further expand a recovery-oriented culture of hope, wellness, resilience, and self-determination.  Mr. Klein is Manager of Outpatient Services, Rochester Regional Health, Unity Chemical Dependency in Brighton, NY.

Rick Krueger

Vinland National Center

Rick Krueger has been with Vinland National Center for 15 years; with the last 5 as the Clinical Director.  He currently leads 23 clinicians/case managers for Vinland, while helping to guide programming that is up to date, r and relevant .   Vinland is one of the only substance use disorder treatment centers in the country that specializes in working with adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) and other, neurobehavioral disorders (including acquired brain injury, Asperger's Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Effect, and Serious and Persistent Mental Illness).  They have a strong national reputation for providing services that meet the complex needs of these individuals, and due to this, Rick and his team are often called upon as experts within the field, teaching other clinicians, nationally and internationally, how to best identify, counsel, and successfully work with this specialized population

Alisha Lacina

Minnesota Department of Corrections

Facilities Reentry Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Provide oversight to all reentry program elements in Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities; provide support and coordination to varied agencies and community resources involved in offender transitions; provide program direction and supervision of facility-based transition coordinators; plan, implement and manage reentry programs and initiatives at all DOC correctional facilities; provide direction to correctional facilities in establishing an environment that has offender reentry as a continuing theme throughout the offender's confinement experience; serve as an information agent and access point to DOC facility operations for private citizens, community organizations, and government agencies involved in offender reentry; develop and administer state and federal reentry programming grant funds and contract funds that pertain to facilities; develop and coordinate transition coalition; link community services, caseworkers and transition agents together; evaluate and implement new and innovative reentry service approaches.

Barry Lehman

Mayo Clinic Addictions Services

Working in the field since 1993 in residential and primary and extended outpatient programming. He is a retired pastor. He is a current member and former chair of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and co-author of the MARRCH Ethical Decision Making manual. His interests include the disease model and it's implications in expanding treatment modalities, gender-related issues, and spirituality in treatment.

Nway Linn

Amherst H Wilder

Nway Linn is the Treatment Director of Wilder Recovery Services (WRS) since May 2017. Her passion to share knowledge and support clinicians who are interested in serving Southeast Asian populations with co-occurring disorders. She strives to bridge the gap between indigenous healing and western clinical services to effectively and respectfully support Southeast Asian community members and their families to heal from trauma and respond to their addictions.

Kyle Lipinski

Kyle Lipinski is an organizer and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who is attempting cultivate a more equitable recovery environment in the state of Minnesota. She currently serves a volunteer assessor who provides pro-bono assessments for the Binger Center for New Americans and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. She firmly believes professionals across disciplines are only as good as their shared resources. 

Jonathan Lofgren

Minneapolis College

Local, State, National, International COD Treatment and Recovery Practitioner / Educator / Trainer

Alyson Lopez

MN Adult and Teen Challenge

Alyson Lopez is a Master's Level Mental Health Practitioner who recently completed her Clinical Counseling Certification through Adler University. She is employed with Mn Adult and Teen Challenge where she works with adult men experiencing co-occurring disorders. Having a Masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling, much of Alyson's previous work experience has been in the educational and school counseling settings. She is a gifted therapist who has experience with children, adolescents, and adults. When not working, she enjoys reading, walking, hiking, and spending time with her two adult sons.

Justine Mastin

Blue Box Counseling and Wellness

Justine Mastin, MA, LMFT, LADC is the owner/founder of Blue Box Counseling, a private practice in Minneapolis. Justine specializes in working with clients who self-identify as being outside the mainstream-” -“ such as those in the geek, secular, and LGBTQIA+ communities. In addition to her work in the office, Justine appears at pop culture conventions around the country where she speaks on geek wellness topics. Justine has contributed chapters to a number of pop culture and psychology texts including: Using Superheroes and Villains in Counseling and Play Therapy: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled, Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know, Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights, and The Psychology of Zelda. Justine is also the co-host the podcast Starship Therapise.

Melissa McCann

Minnesota Corrections Association

Melissa McCann is a Corrections Security Caseworker Career at the MN Department of Corrections. She has worked for the Department of Corrections in Red Wing since 2004. She graduated from Hamline University in 2003 with BA degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology. She returned to college to  attend Metropolitan State University for alcohol and drug counseling and been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy since 2008. She is a member of the Minnesota Corrections Association and serves on the board as the chair of the Student Services Committee. Melissa was the MN Juvenile Detention Association-MCF-Red Wing Juvenile Detention Worker of the Year in 2006. Her passion and involvement in corrections has been with the juvenile population, substance abuse and working with chemically dependent youth, training, and staff wellness. This has led her to be involved in many projects; including curriculum development, compliance and audits, training facilitator, recruitment coordinator, and working with juveniles for nearly 15 years.  Melissa and her husband both work at the MN Correctional Facility -Red Wing and reside in the Red Wing area.

Cindy Meyer

Northern Cities Therapy

Cindy Meyer, MA, LMFT, LADC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a MN Board & AAMFT Approved Supervisor for LMFT, LADC, LPC/LPCC.  Cindy has a wide variety of experience working with individuals, families and couples for over 10 years with mental and chemical health struggles.  Cindy currently sees clients at her private practice, Northern Cities Therapy in addition to providing supervision and teaching graduate courses.

Rick Moldenhauer


Rick Moldenhauer, MS, LADC, ICADC, LPCC is a Human Services Program Consultant/State Opioid Treatment Authority representative, at the Behavioral Health Division, DHS. Rick has 35 years of experience in a wealth of settings involving substance use disorder treatment. He is on a variety of State and Federal initiatives involving best practices and committees for various purposes, has received both State and National awards for his work. He is an author, frequent speaker and technical assistant in quality delivery of chemical dependency services.

Megan Mueller

JustUs Health

Megan Mueller is the Community Education Supervisor at JustUs Health (formerly the Minnesota AIDS Project, Rainbow Health Initiative, and Training to Serve). She teaches many courses related to HIV, Hepatitis C, STI's, LGBTQ+ health equity (including older adults), chemical health, and much more. Megan has her Master's in Public Health and is passionate about educating to empower people to make their own changes.

Julia Murtha

Planting Seeds Recovery

Julia Murtha, MA, LADC, MHP, graduated from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2008 and began her career as a counselor on the Lilly Unit. She later attended Adler Graduate School to complete the requirements for the LPCC. Julia has worked in a wide array of treatment programs in Minnesota including extended care, traditional inpatient, IOP, aftercare and education based DWI programs. She has spent her career developing a model of therapy that incorporates Attachment Theory, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy along with elements from trauma expert Bessel Van der Kolk and Gabor Mate as well as shame expert Brene Brown.   While working in the addiction field over the last decade, Julia saw a need for long-term, addiction informed mental health options. In response to this need, she opened Planting Seeds Recovery, located in Richfield where she provides individual and group psychotherapy. She also works with addiction professionals on their journey to improve their mental health and gain support in navigating the intensity of addiction counseling. You can additional information about her practice at and Planting Seeds Recovery business page on Facebook.

Dana Nelson

State of Minnesota

Dana NELSON currently works for the state of Minnesota doing peer support policy work.

Peter Oesterreich

Silver Sobriety

Peter holds a BBA in Sales/Marketing, a Master's degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Prior to co-founding Silver Sobrietyâ„¢, Peter served as Treatment Director and Counselor of Senior Recovery Center in St. Paul. Peter has 24+ years of sobriety and is active in the recovery community.

Laura Oliven

Minnesota Department of Health

Laura Oliven is the Tobacco Control Manager for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She serves as the tobacco control spokesperson and leads the MDH Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and directs tobacco control state and local level policy change strategy, grant making, cessation promotion, and health equity work. Prior to living in Minnesota, Laura helped lead the Tobacco Free Providence campaign, passing pioneering tobacco control policy change.  Laura is passionate about building health communities and has been active in tobacco control and health promotion for over two decades.  Laura has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and a Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Marsha Partington

Club Recovery, LLC

Ms. Partington is no stranger to advocacy work for the LGBTQ population beginning with the AIDS epidemic in our country in the 80's.  Marsha has been specifically trained as a culturally competent counselor for the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming community through the Family Project. During her tenure as an LADC at Pride Institute, she created specific programming to address gender identity and ran a weekly Transgender support group.  Marsha lectures frequently around the country at conferences, treatment centers, sober houses, agencies and school districts educating stakeholders regarding safe and nurturing environments and providing respectful clinical care. Ms. Partington also represents PFLAG, Transforming Families and Outfront Minnesota at community events.  When not working as an LADC for Club Recovery, she is usually involved in activities with her dogs, writing, kayaking or volunteering.

Annettee Pearson

Nystrom and Associates

Annette has over 20 years of experience working in the SUD with specialties in TBI and other population specific experiences.

Lane Pederson


Dr. Lane Pederson is the author of three DBT books including DBT Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Programs and the best-selling DBT Deck for Clients and Therapists, and he co-owns MHS, one of the largest DBT-specialized clinical practices in the United States (  He has trained over 13,000 professionals in DBT in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Pederson has conducted DBT trainings in mental health, hospitalization, and chemical dependency treatment settings as well as for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the US Navy, the Canadian Department of Defense, and the Omid Foundation. 

Nergis Peterson

South Metro Therapy

Nergis is a licensed therapist currently in private practice. She enjoys providing  clinical supervision to therapists and  specializes in mindfulness skills, positive therapy, strength based and stress reduction skills. She additonally works with individuals in addiction recovery facilitating emotional health groups and healthy relationship topics. She truly enjoys leading groups, presentations and facilitating workshops and seminars for professionals. She is excited to work with people that are looking to improve their emotional health and well being. She encourages healthy communication skills with compassion, collaboration, while highlighting self-care awareness and techniques. Outside of work, Nergis teaches yoga and fitness classes, travels, attends live music concerts, and supports her adult kids in their activities and interests. 

Antwan Player

Adler Graduate School

Dr. Antwan Player, Ed.D., L.M.H.C. is a core faculty member at Adler Graduate School. Dr. Player has earned his doctoral degree from Argosy University-Sarasota campus in counselor education and supervision in the year of 2017. Dr. Player is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and Florida Counseling Association (FCA). Dr. Player clinically specializes in working with children and adolescents, especially at-risk children. In addition, Dr. Player's holistic approach incorporates parenting enhancement training and family therapy.

Rebecca Ramsey

Minnesota Department of Corrections

Rebecca Ramsey, LADC is currently employed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections as a Clinical Program Therapist, working with clients with Substance Use Disorders. Areas of expertise includes developing person-centered plans for offenders exiting a State Correctional Facility to ensure access to recovery resources. Rebecca primarily works at the Correctional Facility in Faribault, MN as part of the New Dimensions Treatment Program, and has been employed with the State of MN for 15 years. Outside of the treatment and release planning role, Rebecca is also a facilitator for rehabilitating men with domestic violence history.

Tammy Reiff

Department of Veterans Affairs

Tammy Reiff is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the State of Iowa.  Ms. Reiff is also an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II).  She has worked in the field of Social Work for over 21 years.  Ms. Reiff works for The Department of Veterans Affairs.  She has provided a variety of Social Work services to Veterans for more than 8 years.  Ms. Reiff currently provides Mental Health and Addiction Treatment to Veterans within the Primary Care Setting.  Ms. Reiff has provided gambling education at Local, State and National venues.  Most recently she presented at the National Gambling Conference in 2018.

Tyler Reitzner

Thriver Institute


Rebecca Revier

Mn Adult and Teen Challenge

Rebecca Revier is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker whose work has focused on marginalized populations including those with co-occurring disorders. She is the Treatment Director of the Northland MN Adult and Teen Challenge campus where she routinely treats men/women with a  history of suicidality. Ms. Revier is certified in Suicide PAIR (prevention, assessment, intervention, and recovery.) When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Kenneth Roberts


Kenneth L. Roberts is the Chief Clinical Officer for the NUWAY non-profit program in Minneapolis, MN. He has worked for over 10 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and administrator in various levels of co-occurring care treating substance use and mental health disorders. He is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for treatment of PTSD.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in Professional Studies (Co-Occurring Disorders) he serves as an adjunct faculty member to both the University of Minnesota and Metro State University. Mr. Roberts works in his current role synthesizing a R.I.S.E. (Recovery In Supportive Environments) Model of care with community based resources to support improved clinical outcomes.

Sally Sales

Mental Health Resources

Sally Sales, MA, has worked in the community mental health field for over twenty-five years.  Her work has offered many opportunities to support teams and services that promote recovery and wellness for people living with mental illness, including tobacco cessation, healthy eating and physical activity.  She is currently the Health & Wellness Department Manager at Mental Health Resources, with an educational background in Psychology, Liberal Studies, wellness coaching and Public Health. 

Justin Scharr

Roots Recovery/Minnesota CarePartner

Justin Scharr has worked in the SUD treatment industry for 10 years as both a clinician and an administrator. He is currently the Program Director for Roots Recovery, an intensive outpatient program for adults, adolescents and families operated by Minnesota CarePartner. Prior to that, he spent time as a primary counselor, clinical supervisor, and/or treatment director for various adult and adolescent treatment programs across the metro area. Justin is also the founder of DaVinci Solutions, a consulting firm that provides a full suite of services to addiction treatment businesses and private practice clinicians in Minnesota, including 245G business and program development, marketing, licensing application and compliance consulting, and provider enrollment support.

Ann Schissel

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Dr. Schissel is a licensed psychologist and senior clinician at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF) -“ Center City, working with patients in the residential and day treatment levels of care.  Her interest in suicide and suicide prevention began in college, where she spent a significant amount of time engaged in peer counseling and crisis intervention services for other students.  After moving to Minnesota, she spent hundreds of hours working with callers to the area's suicidal prevention hotline.  These formative experiences shaped her approach, understanding, and empathy for those experiencing hopelessness and suicidality, as well as motivating her to pursue higher education within psychology.  Dr. Schissel then earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota's Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program (CSPR).  Dr. Schissel has been with HBFF for over 5 years, initially as a predoctoral intern and postdoctoral resident prior to being hired as staff in the Center City Mental Health Clinic.  In addition to suicide, other clinical areas of interest include the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness for mood and anxiety disorders, psychological assessment, and exploring developmental influences on psychopathology and personality.  Additional areas of interest include education and training.  She is an active member of the APA accredited doctoral training program in Center City, supervising predoctoral interns and postdoctoral residents.  Moreover, Dr. Schissel is also an adjunct associate professor in the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies (HBFGSAS).  She has previously taught extensively at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine's University.  

Dr. Lois Schlutter


Jane Schmid

Brown County Probation

Charles Schutt

Building Bridges

Works as an outpatient Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has a Master of the Arts in Clinical Psychology, is a NAMA certified Anger Management Specialist, and is qualified as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) pending a national exam. Charles is passionate about neuroscience and how it pertains to addiction and mental health disorders. He has an interest in sharing his knowledge with those living with such ailments and their loved ones in order to help rebuild and strengthen supportive bonds. Charles also has an interest in treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Health Realization, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Motivational Interviewing. Charles seeks to help others build insight into their specific cognitive, emotional, and behavioral difficulties to find an attainable way to live their highest quality of life.

Saul Selby

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Saul Selby MA LADC has worked in the field of addition since 1981.  He is currently the Vice President of Clinical Services at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge and was previously the Clinical Director at Hazelden.  He has trained MH and Addition Professionals nationally.  He is the creator of  the puppet Slick "the voice of addiction", that is used internationally in addiction treatment video's and has been referenced twice in interviews on CBS Sixty Minutes.  He has authored five publications including Twelve Step Christianity, A Look at Cross Addiction and Chemical Dependency an Acceptable Disease.

Robert Speeter

Speeter & Johnson Attorneys at Law

Robert "Bob" M. Speeter has over 34 years of experience as a thoughtful attorney practicing in a variety of areas and concentrating on criminal defense law, medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death.  Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota as an accounting major in 1981. He earned his law degree at Hamline University School of Law in 1984. At Hamline, Bob was selected to the Hamline Law Review based on his writing skills, published an article in the Hamline Law Review, and was elected and served as Operations Editor of theHamline Law Review.  Bob was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1984. He is also admitted in the United States District Court for Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal Court of Claims. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.  Subsequent to passing the Minnesota Bar Exam, Bob also passed the Minnesota CPA exam in 1986 and obtained his state certificate as a Certified Public Accountant. Although Bob chose not to undertake a two-year internship to become a licensed CPA, his knowledge of financial matters gives him a distinct advantage in cases where financial matters are at issue.  Within a few years, Bob's practice evolved into a primary concentration upon criminal defense, serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Bob believes strongly in seeing the best in all people and handling cases in a manner that communicates that vision to the opposition, jury and judge. 

Ben Stapp

Mn Adult and Teen Challenge

Ben Stapp has over 15 years of experience training and educating others in instruction and learning.  He has a Master's degree in Instruction from Saint Mary's University along with an LADC.  Ben works as a counselor and a Psychoeducation Trainer at MN Adult and Teen Challenge in Minneapolis.  He also serves as the MARRCH Education Committee co-chair.

John Stillman

Caspersen Therapy and Training Center

John Stillman is a co-founder and clinical social worker at Caspersen Therapy and Training Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he practices narrative therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. As Director of Caspersen Training Center, he provides narrative therapy training to professionals from multiple disciplines. In 2002, he was a member of the first diplomate program taught by Michael White at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and is an international narrative therapy trainer. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons, and dog, and raises chickens and keeps bees.

Kristi Strang

DHS Licensing Division


Jessica Sundberg

Minnesota Department of Corrections

Jessica Sundberg is a CD Release Planner who works with adolescents and young adults incarcerated at MN Correctional Facility-Red Wing. She served as a Clinical Program Therapist in both juvenile and adult correctional facilities for the past eight years. She has experience working as an adjunct instructor for MN State College Southeast in their Criminal Justice Program, along with working in a community-based corrections residential program. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Alcohol and Drug Studies and Corrections, and a Master of Science Degree in Human Services Planning and Administration. 

John Sutherland

Allina Health

Dr. Sutherland began his professional career in Mental Health and Addiction Services as a staff psychologist at St. Joseph's hospital where he specialized in the treatment of co-morbid Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Addiction.  He also was the Director of Training for St. Joseph's Doctoral Psychology Internship and Practicum Program from 2010-2015.  Dr. Sutherland is a national trainer and supervisor in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD earned through the Center of Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sutherland was the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Care at North Memorial Health from October 2015-April, 2017.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Integrated Behavioral Health program at the University of Minnesota where he teaches a trauma and anxiety disorders course, Prolonged Exposure for PTSD and advanced groups course. Currently, Dr. Sutherland is the Director of Addiction Services at Allina Health where he oversee operations, program development and clinical dissemination of evidenced based co-morbid mental health and chemical dependency practices.  

Cindy Swan-Henderlite

MN DHS Behavioral Health Division

Cindy is an LADC who has worked in the SUD field since 1981. She provided SUD counseling and staff supervision in a large hospital-based inpatient program and non-residential settings, intervention and recovery support services with lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and Dentists Concerned for Dentists, and worked on advocacy and national policy efforts at the Johnson Institute Foundation. Cindy has worked at the MN Dept. of Human Services Behavioral Health Division since 2001, working in the areas of prevention and SUD treatment policy.

Mike Swenson

Beauterre Recovery Institute

Mike Swenson, LADC, is a primary counselor at Beauterre Recovery Institute. He facilitates several hours of group therapy each week, teaches psychoeducation groups on CBT, meets with patients for individual therapy sessions, and conducts the family education program. Mike has a BS from the U of MN in Biopsychology and political science, a graduate certificate from the U of MN in addiction studies, and is a Borine Award winner in psychology while at the U of MN. Mike is also a former US Marine Corps. Infantryman, and a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike combines his combat leadership experience with his academics to create unique perspectives on psychoeducation, group facilitation, and teaching complicated topics in graspable ways.

Justin Thomas

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

Justin Thomas is a Master's candidate in addiction counseling at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies from Canada. His counselor identity is inspired by the Latin phrase Per Aspera, Ad Astra, which means "through hardships, to the stars", embracing a core belief about life. A second chance at life is worth enduring its temporary discomforts in order to live, learn, and grow towards the dreams that were once broken. He currently lives and works as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Minnesota.

Tami Thon

MN Department of Corrections

Tami Thon has been working with the MN DOC since 2007.

Angela Vatalaro

MN Department of Corrections

Angela Vatalaro has been working with the MN DOC since 2005.  Prior to this she has community experience with the Center for Alcohol and Drug treatment in Duluth.  She has worked in the Challenge Incarceration Program and in the Moose Lake Medium custody level facility.  She has served on a variety of committees with the DOC to develop effective programming and continuity of care for incarcerated men.  She has also recently been involved with providing content for the AND curriculum revision and expansion.

Linda Vukelich

Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation

Linda Vukelich is a collaborator with nearly 30 years of experience with nonprofit organizations. As the Minnesota Psychiatric Society executive director and the Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation executive director, Linda has worked with a myriad of professionals from psychiatry, general medicine, law, education, and policy. She is grateful to put her natural networking skills to work with her curiosity and creativity to see possibilities and work with others to make them happen. Fast-Tracker is her passion and she is dedicated to expanding its reach to help our stretched mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to be as efficient as possible.

Tim Walsh

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Tim Walsh is the Vice President of Long Term Recovery and Mental Health Services  at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. He became an ordained minister in February of 2017.  He completed his doctorate in public administration at Hamline University in 2012. He received his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from St. Thomas University in 1993. Tim earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and Social Sciences/Psychology from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. He has been licensed as a psychologist since 1998.  He has been an executive leader in the fields of chemical dependency, mental health, human services and corrections for over 30 years. Tim has been an independent strategic and organizational consultant for 20 years and is a frequent conference speaker and trainer in Minnesota and nationally. He has been a professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College and Hamline University.  He currently teaches for the University of Northwestern, St. Paul at the graduate and bachelor levels in Human Services and Psychology.

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Christian Wilton

Scott County Judge

Graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and William Mitchell College of Law.  10 years as a state prosecutor with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office (Child abuse and Gang Crimes) and 10 years as a federal prosecutor in the District of Minnesota (Narcotics, Work on Red Lake, White Collar Crime).  Appointed to the Bench in Scott County in 2012.  Began a drug treatment court in 2016 and now beginning a Veteran's Court.

Ray Wolf

Riverplace Counseling Center

Raymond (Ray) Wolf has worked as an LADC for ten years and has served thousands of clients in recovery during his time as an addiction counselor. Drawing from his own personal experience as an individual in recovery, Ray has a passion for teaching his clients practical skills and tools that they can use to sustain lasting sobriety for themselves. Ray hopes to have the opportunity to present at MAARCH once again this year, in order to share some of the knowledge that he has obtained in his own journey as a counselor with other professionals in the field of chemical dependency.

Jim Wynne

Rs Eden

Jim Wynne has been working in the addiction field since 1989. His experiences include detox, homeless shelters, corrections settings, and adolescent and adult treatment. He's currently the Division Director of Recovery Services for RS Eden.

Nicki Zeidner

Melrose Center

Nicki Zeidner, MEd, RDN, LD has been the Business Development and Community Relations Specialist at Melrose Center since 2009 and supports Melrose specialty programs including the Eating Disorder and Substance Use Disorder Program. Nicki is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Colorado State University and a Masters of Education in Health Promotion and Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Her passion for the EDSUD work at Melrose stems from her career launching role as a consulting dietitian for chemical dependency treatment centers 30 years ago.


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