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2019 MARRCH Annual Conference | Speakers
October 28-30, 2019 | Saint Paul RiverCentre | 175 W Kellogg Blvd
Featured Speaker: Chuck Ingoglia
As president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, Chuck Ingoglia leads the national charge to ensure people living with mental illness and addictions have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. To accomplish this, he harnesses the voices and support of the more than 3,000 National Council members who serve over 10 million individuals nationwide.
Featured Speaker: Justin Luke Riley
Justin Luke Riley serves as President & CEO of Young People in Recovery (YPR). YPR envisions a world where everyone can access the necessary tools to recover from substance use disorder and associated high-risk behaviors. Riley began his long-term recovery at 19. He graduated cum laude from the Honors & Leadership Program at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2013 and recently completed his Executive MBA at the University of Colorado. He is a former organizational development consultant and a youth and community engagement pastor in Denver; former secretary of the board of Faces & Voices of Recovery in Washington, DC; and past president of the board of Advocates for Recovery in Denver. He is also a White House Champion of Change award recipient. Most recently, Riley was featured as 1 of the 4 Social Entrepreneurs Advancing The Nationwide Recovery Movement in Forbes. He also sits on the National Advisory Council for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration and the Executive Committee for the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose.
Featured Speaker: Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands.
Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni.
Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30 year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.
Featured Speaker: Robert Weiss
Robert Weiss PhD, LCSW is Chief Clinical Officer of Seeking Integrity LLC. Seeking Integrity (@Seek_Integrity) operates multiple online and real-world healing communities for compulsive sexual behavior and drug abuse. Dr. Rob, working with Dr. David Fawcett, directed the development and implementation of Seeking Integrity’s residential treatment programming and is an integral part of the treatment team. He is the author of ten books on sex, intimacy, and relationships, including Sex Addiction 101, Out of the Doghouse, and Prodependence. His Sex, Love, and Addiction Podcast is a Top 10 Addiction Podcast. He also hosts a no-cost weekly Sex and Intimacy Q&A on the Seeking Integrity sponsored website, SexandRelationshipHealing.com (@SexandHealing). The Sex and Relationship Healing website provides free information for addicts, partners of addicts, and therapists dealing with sex addiction, porn addiction, and substance abuse issues. Dr. Rob can be contacted via Seeking Integrity.com and SexandRelationshipHealing.com. You can follow him on Twitter (@RobWeissMSW), LinkedIn (Robert Weiss LCSW), and Facebook (Rob Weiss MSW).
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.
Licensed Social Worker from Ohio, now in their second year of practice with JustUs Health. Started their Career working on the Minnesota AIDSline as a member of the Care Linkage Team assessing and assisting people living with HIV, in person and over the phone to connect them with care, resources and information.
Recently took on their new role as Community Health Coordinator, J now manage a small team of community advocates to do outreach for HIV prevention, testing and education throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to their outreach work, they also manage Mainline, The Syringe Services Program housed at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in downtown Minneapolis.Throughout the year, J also teaching a 2 day training on The Intersections of Chemical Health and HIV.
Range Mental Health Center
Janis Allen is the CEO of Range Mental Health Center with a Master’s in social work as an LICSW. Range Mental Health Center (RMHC) is a 250-employee agency that serves 7,000 patients annually across 6,800 square miles and five counties in rural Minnesota. Ms. Allen faced a challenge as big as the geographic area her business serves: Reducing the many no-shows and cancellations of mental health outpatient therapy appointments caused by transportation issues, from inclement weather to the patient being too tired to commute the long distance. Additionally, the severity of some patients’ chronic mental health conditions also often cause no-shows and cancellations. Together, these resulted in significant financial losses for RMHC. Ms. Allen also has clinical specialty areas in crisis, trauma and EMDR.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Key to accomplishing that goal is to make sure that the community understands that risk assessment and community notification are tools to assist in directing a higher level of services and assistance to those most at risk for re-offense. In presentations to local, state, national, and international groups a higher level of understanding of our correctional mission is critical to successful reintegration of those subject to correctional authority and supervision.
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 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.
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.
University of Minnesota - Fairview
Susan Campion is a State of Minnesota Gambling Treatment Provider, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor II, and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has been providing supportive services to individuals and families for over thirty years. For the past ten years she has worked in a variety of problem gambling treatment environments, including inpatient, outpatient, and in private practice. Currently she works as an outpatient Gambling Treatment Provider at University of Minnesota Fairview, where she completes gambling intake evaluations, leads Gambling Groups, gives presentations and lectures at schools, other hospitals, etc. She is also part of the DHS Problem Gambling Advisory Board. Susan would be very interested in speaking with counselors who wish to become a certified gambling counselor.
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
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 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.
Challenge Incarceration Program, Minnesota Dept of Corrections
Brian Collins is the Associate Warden of Operations for the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP). The CIP is an intensive, highly-structured early release program designed to prepare people for successful reintegration into society. The hallmarks of the program include chemical dependency treatment, cognitive-behavioral intervention, restorative justice work crews, and community transition services. Brian oversees CIP programming in Willow River, Togo, and Shakopee.
Brian’s prior experience includes the Associate Warden of Administration at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud, field services district supervisor where he managed probation and parole activities in four counties, program director for the community notification program, special investigator with the Office of Special Investigations, probation and parole agent, and security counselor at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.
Brian holds a master’s degree in management and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He makes his home in Moose Lake with his bride, Jordan, and their children, Jack and Eli.
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.
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.
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.
local, State, National COD Treatment, Harm Reduction Treatment, and Recovery Practitioner / Trainer
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
NuWay House, Inc. (NUWAY)
Melissa Evers, is the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY out-patient treatment center. Melissa studied at University of MN-Duluth campus where she studied Psychology and Sociology. When Melissa entered recovery she began by volunteering for Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC), where she was encouraged to take part in the Recovery Coach Academy. Working with MRC, AVIVO, and Recovery Corps helped her shape and identify her true purpose. Melissa earned the distinction, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS), and has since upgraded that certification to CPRS-Reciprocal. Melissa also works with Recovree, as a new business consultant, private coach, and holds the Presidential chair for the Peer Service Alliance.
Empower Mental Health
Jessie Everts, PhD LMFT is the Owner and Founder of Empower Mental Health, an inclusive and empowering health organization offering therapy, training, supervision, and consultation with the goal of empowering all toward better mental health. 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, -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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Gehlen Counseling and Consulting
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
DHS Licensing Division
Ms. Halverson joined DHS Licensing in January of 2014 and became the unit manager in April 2016 of the mental health, substance use disorder and children’s residential facilities. Ms. Halverson is responsible for overseeing the regulatory standards under the Human Services Licensing Act 245A, Children’s Residential Facilities Rule 2960, Substance Use Disorder MN Statute 245G, Detoxification Centers Rule 32, Adult Residential Treatment programs Rule 9520.0500 and Intensive Residential Treatment Services Variance for Adults, Independent Living Assistance for Youth, Rule 29 certification for Mental Health Centers/Clinics. Ms. Halverson’s experience includes working with others on legislative proposals, collaborating with other state departments on state policy, conducting stakeholder meetings and providing technical assistance to provider organizations and agencies on understanding regulatory language.
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.
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 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 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.
Minnesota Recovery Connection
Tiffany Irvin, CPRS is a mother of five in long term recovery originally from Des Moines, IA. After
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.
Zumbro Valley Health Center
Beth Krehbiel is CEO of Zumbro Valley Health Center. As CEO, Ms. Krehbiel is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Zumbro Valley Health Center. She has more than 35 years of health care experience, including 25 years in a leadership capacity. Before joining the organization, she served in multiple leadership positions such as President of Fairview Ridges Hospital and Chief Operating Officer of Fairview Red Wing Health Services. Beth has broad operational experience in diverse health care environments including hospital and clinics, homecare, hospice, community and behavioral health, start-up, program development and consulting in both urban and rural settings. Beth has a Master's Degree in business administration from St. Thomas University, is a registered nurse with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing from Jamestown University and is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.
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
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.
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 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.
Local, State, National, International COD Treatment and Recovery Practitioner / Educator / Trainer
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.
Chris Lorenz is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (#304674). Over the years, I have worked in various positions within the chemical health field, including: Chemical Dependency Technician, MICD Residential Admissions Coordinator, MICD Residence Manager, Chemical Health Assessor, and Chemical Health Case Manager. Regardless of my position, I have always been most passionate about helping individuals who are experiencing active addiction.
I work from a client-centered perspective that highlights your experiences and values. By doing this, we can find your strengths and prioritize these within your plan of care. I specialize in working with the LGBTQIAA2S community and people who are living with HIV, specifically around the intersections of chemical dependency, mental health issues, and homelessness in their lives.
When we work together, I want you to feel safe from judgment so we can develop a relationship based on your experiences, your truths, and your goals. I will always strive to help you find hope and a way to live life with purpose, meaning, and connection with others.
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.
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.
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.
Melissa Mikkonen, LPCC, Senior Program Manager, People Incorporated. Melissa is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over fourteen years of community mental health experience. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hamline University, and then her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Melissa believes strongly in the mind-body connection, and in one’s own power to find solutions to life’s problems. She believes that wellness is a collaborative process and honors each individuals journey. Melissa utilizes the contexts of trauma informed care and person centered therapy, along with cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness strategies. Melissa’s clinical interests and experience include healing from trauma, addiction and relationship issues, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. Melissa is a Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy approved supervisor for LPC and LPCC licensure.
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.
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 www.plantingseedsrecovery.com and Planting Seeds Recovery business page on Facebook.
State of Minnesota
Dana NELSON currently works for the state of Minnesota doing peer support policy work.
Washburn Center for Children
Lauren W. Nietz, MSW, LICSW is the Training Institute Director at Washburn Center for Children. She has over 15 years of experience providing therapy to adults, children, groups, and families who are struggling with the effects of trauma as an in-home family therapist and day treatment supervisor. Lauren provides training and consultation to clinicians and allied professionals working with young children and their caregivers utilizing Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn. At the core of Developmental Repair is the assumption that all children learn about the world through their primary relationships. Lauren describes ways adults can partner with children to repair social and emotional learning and increase developmental capacities. She has presented at local, statewide, and national conferences on treating childhood trauma. Lauren has a certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the Institute of Child Development and is a member of the School of Social Work Community Faculty at the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.
Jin Lee (Jinny) Palen is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP). In this role, and outside, she is active in health equity work in Minnesota through several coalitions and projects. Previously, Jinny worked for the Minnesota Department of Health in the Health Economics Program, Tobacco Prevention and Control, and the Legislative Affairs Office. Prior to that she interned for MN Governor Mark Dayton. She holds a master’s in public health (MPH) degree from the University of Minnesota.
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.
Nystrom and Associates
Annette Pearson MS, LADC, CBIS is a SUD program manager at Nystroms and Associates. She has 22 years of experience working with different levels of care and a variety of populations within SUD. She is involved in several workgroups and committees around SUD, disabilities and cognitive challenges. She is a nationally known educator and speaker at colleges, facilities, state and national conferences.
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 (www.mhs-dbt.com). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northwestern Mental Health Center
Shauna Reitmeier serves as the CEO of the Northwestern Mental Health Center for a six rural and frontier county Community Mental Health Center in NW Minnesota. With over 20 years of administrative and clinical experience, she worked in Medicaid Managed Care in Michigan, with the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare and is currently transforming coordinated care through the CCBHC service delivery and payment model demonstration project through
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Brown County Probation
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.Â CharlesÂ 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.Â CharlesÂ 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.Â CharlesÂ 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.
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.
Minnesota Corrections Association
Ron Solheid served as Deputy Commissioner of the Community Services Division at the Minnesota Department of Corrections from 2012 to 2019. In this role he managed community supervision by state corrections agents and approval of county community corrections act plans statewide. In his 34 years in corrections he created and implemented community-based programming, managed the departments Reentry, Hearings and Release, Inspections, Grants, Risk Assessment and Community Notification units and oversaw early release programs including state work release and the community phases of the Challenge Incarceration Program. In addition to serving on many internal and external committees and advisory boards throughout his career, Ron was President (2009) and Vice President (2007) of the Minnesota Corrections Association (MCA), received the MCA Presidents Award in 2003, and served as the Regional Representative and Board Member for the American Probation and Parole Association in 2015 -2019.He has a BA in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and completed training at the U of M Carlson School of Management - Six Sigma Black Belt Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership and Quality.
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.
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.
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.
DHS Licensing Division
Ms. Strang joined DHS Licensing in August of 2004 as a maltreatment investigator specializing in investigations in Children’s residential facilities. In 2007, she moved to the licensing unit and began conducting licensing reviews under the Human Services Licensing Act 245A, Children’s Residential Facilities Rule 2960, Substance Use Disorder MN Statute 245G, Detoxification Centers Rule 32, Adult Residential Treatment programs Rule 9520.0500 and Intensive Residential Treatment Services Variance for Adults, Independent Living Assistance for Youth, Rule 29 certification for Mental Health Centers/Clinics. In 2016 Ms. Strang became the unit supervisor over the substance use disorder unit, supervising the team of licensors regulating Minnesota Statutes, 245F, 245G, and Rule 32. Ms. Strang’s experience includes working with others on legislative proposals, collaborating with other state departments on state policy, conducting stakeholder meetings and providing technical assistance to providers and agencies on understanding regulatory language.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Department of Health
Christina Thill is the State Tobacco Policy Planner with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and oversees state-level tobacco control policy initiatives in collaboration with state and local partners. Christina has over twenty-five years of tobacco control policy and program experience at the state and local level. She provides expertise in developing statewide tobacco control initiatives in public housing, multi-housing and behavioral health. In her role, she coordinates and collaborates with internal and external programs and partners to effectively facilitate and achieve the goals in Minnesota’s Comprehensive Tobacco Control Framework. Christina has presented at national and state conferences on developing and implementing effective tobacco control policy programs among partners and across multiple sectors. She serves as the Policy Chair for the Tobacco Control Network Executive Committee and a member of the Statewide Policy Partners Team for the Minnesota Leadership Academy Collaborative on Tobacco and Behavioral Health.
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.
MN Department of Corrections
Tami specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy with justice involved clients, she served as a content expert in the revision of A New Direction curriculum. Tami has worked within TRIAD, A residential substance abuse program for incarcerated males both a clinician and supervisor for the past thirteen years. She focuses on using a person centered approach in conjunction with CBT to establish a therapeutic community where the change process can effectively occur. Tami has been active in the field for twenty years, previous clinical experience includes the full continuum of care including prevention classes, detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient day treatment, outpatient treatment, halfway house and aftercare with both adolescent and adult populations.
Kerry has a long history within the recovery community. At the age of 13 she developed her first Ala-teen meeting at the local hospital. She began to be involved with International Doctors of Alcoholics Anonymous with the Ala-teen program and ALA-20’s program.
People Incorporated Training Institute
Russ Turner, MA, MS, is the Director of the People Incorporated Training Institute. During his 13 year tenure he has developed and taught a curriculum of training classes and workshops in a wide variety of subjects related to behavioral health from crisis de-escalation to motivational interviewing. His audience includes mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, addiction professionals, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and organizational leaders. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on numerous mental health related training projects. He has worked as a teacher or trainer for over 25 years in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.
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.
Northern Pines Mental Health Center
Laura began her career with Northern Pines Mental Health Center as a Clinical Trainee. She has grown in leadership responsibilities as a Co-Director of the Children and Families Division, Director of Operations and as of February 2017, Executive Director. Additionally she is a Clinical Lecturer for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Laura is an active member of the International Association for Counselling and presented at the 2016 IAC Conference in Qawra, Malta. Laura is exceedingly grateful for the collaboration and comradery she has experienced with the other MN Certified Community Behavioral Health Center leaders; working together to develop and practice an innovative, comprehensive model of mental health care.
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.
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.
Jill Wiedemann-West joined People Incorporated as its first Chief Operating Officer in 2010. Prior to coming to People Incorporated she was the Chief Operations Officer at Hazelden Foundation. Promoted to CEO in 2014. Ms. Wiedemann-West’s professional background and experience is in healthcare operations, management and service development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Human Behavior from National University in San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
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.
Genesis Chemical Health Services
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 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.
Amherst H Wilder Foundation
Pahoua Yang is Vice President, Community Mental Health and Wellness at Amherst H Wilder Foundation. Pahoua is a graduate of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-Health Resources Services Administration (SAMHSA-HRSA) joint initiative on Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program, serves on the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council, and was named 2014 Professional of the Year from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota.
Pahoua holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate in educational psychology (counseling) from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and her Kindle.
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.