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Our Staff

Administrative

Katy Armendariz, (She/Her/Hers)
CEO
Katy began her social work career by working in post adoption services, reuniting birth parents and their adopted children. This work was personal and incredibly rewarding due to her own separation from her birth mother and trans-racial adoption. Katy obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2006 and completed her MSW as a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Her professional experience has been in ARMHS services, Case Management, therapist in private practice, Program Director of CTSS and ARMHS, and later as founder and CEO of Minnesota CarePartner in 2013. Her life commitment is centered around advocacy for racial justice and the liberation of Black and Brown people, and actively working to dismantle systems of oppression through collective protest.
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Stephanie Calloway (She/Her/Hers)
Billing Manager
Stephanie Calloway is a Minnesota transplant originally from the Magnolia state of Mississippi. She has worked in Revenue Cycle Management for over 15 years with the last 6 years primarily focusing on Mental Health and Substance Abuse here in the Twin Cities. Her experience spans far beyond the billing office as she is a member of various focus groups specifically centered around the impact of MH and Addiction in communities of color. Stephanie is passionate about ensuring that individuals needing services have access without the common barriers of insurance and funding.  When not working, Stephanie enjoys hanging out with family, attending live MN Lynx games, traveling, shopping or just spending time reading a go.od book“I am so grateful to be apart of the Leadership team here at MN CarePartner. We are an organization striving daily to walk the walk in regard to our mission. Our staff care deeply about the BIPOC community and make it our business to create change and provide the needed services to help individuals and families live holistic lives by identifying and building upon inherent cultural strengths and addressing social barriers.”
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Stephanie Delacruz
Office, Intake & Administrative Manager
Stephanie is originally from Wisconsin and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She is passionate about helping others and loves working in an environment that fosters equality and understanding. In her free times, Stephanie enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, and spending summer days on the lake.
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Jasmine Wachter
Administrative Assistant
Hi, I'm Jasmine and I'm currently working as the Administrative Assistant at MNCP. I grew up mainly in Minnesota. I've volunteered doing Administrative assistant work in schools. I love to dance and laugh. I was a dance coach for 10 years. I love being the first face our clients get to see when entering our safe space. I'm dedicated to being a good teammate and helping clients and staff in the best way possible. I'm passionate about creating a safe and loving environment for all. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, dogs, Dancing, photography, paddle boarding and eating at food trucks.
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Janie Yang
Human Resources Manager
Janie is originally from central Wisconsin. She has a (BBA) Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been in the human resource field for over a year. Janie is passionate about equity within the workplace and community. She uses her compassion for people to create a positive and inviting HR department to better serve employees. Janie continues to further her knowledge of social justice advocacy and racial disparities in income and other outcomes.
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Community Support

Demetria McGrone, LSW
Targeted Case Manager
Demetria is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and holds the professional license of LSW. She hopes to start graduate school soon to obtain an MSW to be a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Her calling is empowering youth through their journey. Demetria believes that children, youth, and their families all have strengths, resources, and the ability to recover from adversities. Demetria utilizes a strength-based approach that allows one to learn, grow, transform, see opportunities, hope, and solutions. Demetria focuses on strengths, goals, desires, interests, aspirations, talents, knowledge, and resiliency. Demetria believes it is essential to collaborate between different community care providers embracing mutuality and partnership. Demetria focuses on viewing communities as an oasis of potential resources instead of an obstacle. Demetria is passionate about promoting social justice, advocating for marginalized groups, dismantling systemic racial oppression, and raising awareness of the importance of mental health. Demetria enjoys traveling, gardening, baking, reading, and crocheting in her free time.
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Trista Miest
Digital Navigator
My name is Trista Miest and I was born in Mason City, Iowa. I moved quite a bit as a child, but I mostly grew up in Minnesota. I completed college in Mankato, MN where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.  I am passionate about human services and I have worked in the field for over 10 years. My most recent experience has been in case management in the Twin Cities. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family/friends, hiking, and photography.  
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Marea Perry
Parent Mentor
A devoted Mother, Community Activist and Social Justice Reformer; Pastor Marea Perry is committed to community change through the love of Christ ,healing and advocacy. Marea was called to the ministry at the age of 12; however, it would take her another 30 years to respond to that call. As a teen, she discovered her passion for working with youth and creating safe spaces for young people affected by adverse childhood experiences in underserved communities. This led her to join the fight for social justice ,equity and mental health advocacy resources for youth and their families. Pastor Perry continued to blossom as a powerful leader in her community as a criminal, racial and social justice activist; Pastor Perry began to realize that the scales of justice were greatly unbalanced. It became quite clear that the justice system was not just when it came to people of color. It was this realization that drove Pastor Perry to fight aggressively for equality and social justice as a community liaison for Black lives. Pastor Perry worked closely with the Department of Labor, Unions, Subcontractors, and OSHA to ensure fair hiring practices for minorities and women. Her partnership with local law enforcement, churches,community centers and city councils created a foundation to ensure diversion and intervention opportunities to fight systematic oppression. One of her many roles include serving as an ambassador of Metropolitan Community Technical College as part of the criminal justice team working to improve sentencing for drug related offenses and prison reform. After the loss of her eldest son to gun violence, Marea continued to be a pillar of strength to her community and other families with similar experiences. She continues to fight through advocacy and action against school to prison pipeline that disproportionately affects Black and Brown children, working to restore the right of citizens to vote upon returning to the community after incarceration and is the owner of Secrets2Truths an organization that emphasizes turning pain into power. Her organization creates space for a variety of wellness services rooted in teaching communities of color healthy lifestyle choices through mindfulness, yoga,meditation and all things mind , body and soul. Her work is rooted in the idea that it takes a village of positive, supportive adults to equip young people with the tools and skills needed to uplift their voice and walk in the world. Pastor Perry lives by the motto “A second chance doesn’t always mean a happy ending ; It is a chance to end things right!”
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Julia Rodriguez
Parenting Coach/Advocate
Julia was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 4 years old. She has completed a B.A in Psychology from Winona State University, and is currently enrolled as an MSW student at Augsburg University. Julia is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has worked with the hispanic and other minority communities across several internship and employment opportunities since 2016. She is motivated and passionate in working with youth and adults, and helping them work through mental health issues through a strengths-based lens. When she is not working, Julia is usually studying for her Masters and enjoying hobbies in photography, playing the guitar, and finding new local shops in her area.
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Koya Siebie
Doula
Koya Siebie is a biologist from Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her degree from Georgia State University and relocated to Minnesota in 2019 to further her healthcare career. Her transition into birth work began in 2019 with the birth of her god daughter and she has since completed training with Enlightened Mama. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health at Saint Mary’s University, and Evidence Based Childbirth education certification with Holistic Continuum. Koya’s passion for birth work and accessibility for all led to the creation of Birthin’ Black LLC; a collective of birth workers who emphasize fighting disparities in minority groups. Birthin’ Black services persons of all races, abilities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds. I aim to provide my clients with adequate education, advocacy and preparation for their birthing experience.
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Veronica Swen
Parenting Coach/Advocate
Hello! My name is Veronica Swen and I am currently working as a Parenting Coach in Families Forward position with MNCP. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminology and a Minor in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. I have participated in many groups and community services through which I have come to understand the importance and excitement for helping people. Also, gained other experiences and knowledge from working with people who are mentally impair. Also gained experiences from working with people from different racial groups. I am passionate about helping people and building a meaningful, respectful, and impactful community where people will feel safe and equal without them being judged on the color of their skills, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, nationality, and so forth. Also passionate about helping people find solutions to their problem. Another fun fact about me is, I am a certified CPR and a Sexual Assault Advocate.
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Pader Yang
Targeted Children's Mental Health Case Manager
Pader (she/her/hers) identifies as a Hmong American female, who was born and raised in Minnesota. Pader is a Child Welfare Scholar and received her Bachelor of Social Work and minor in Child Psychology from Metropolitan State University in December 2020. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at Augsburg University and will anticipate graduating in August 2024. Pader has been working with children and families for over 3 years from a teacher assistant at KinderCare to an adoption social worker at Ramsey County. She is diligent in her career work and passionate about social justice, dismantling systematic oppression, and advocating for marginalize communities. Pader is bilingual in Hmong and English.
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Leann Barten
Parent Mentor
Leann was born and raised in Eastern Iowa, in a very small town. She as been in the twin cities for over 4 years. Leann has served families and helped educate young minds since 2014. Leann brings different perspectives, new strategies, with joy and excitement in helping clients to reach their goals in their growth and development. Leann continues to educate and grow her own knowledge and abilities to help serve people and organizations. Fun fact about Leann is that she loves insects and enjoys having them as pets when able.
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Roots Recovery

Rashad Hameed, MA LADC
Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Rashad is a native of Harlem, New York and a recovering heroin addict with over 30 years of sobriety. He has served the twin cities and surrounding areas for more than 30 years through his work as a Licensed Alcohol & Drug counselor/manager in a community based culturally-specific treatment organization and as a Supervisor in Adult & Juvenile Probation in Dakota and Ramsey Counties respectively. Rashad holds the professional license of LADC, which he uses to support individuals, couples, families and communities with Substance Use Disorder services. In all capacities of his work Rashad brings a culturally specific perspectives and clarity of vision that empower clients to reach new milestones in their growth and development. Rashad is passionate about social justice and repairing the harm that institutional racism has created in the communities he serves and lives in.
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Susie Pierce, BS, CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Susie is from Superior, Wisconsin, but has now been in the cities for more years than she lived in her hometown. Susie received a BS degree in Business Administration and Psychology, from the University of WI-Superior. She worked for over 25 years in Retirement Services before making a career change in 2016. After attending IOP programming herself, she discovered her true calling was in helping others in recovery. She went through Peer Support Training in 2017 and received her certification. She worked as a Peer Support Specialist, meeting with peers, facilitating peer groups and co-facilitating a family group at her last job. Susie has several years experience working with peers with co-occurring disorders. Susie loves working with Peers and helping them find their own pathway to recovery. She shares her own lived experience, providing emotional support and helping connect peers to recovery resources. She meets with clients and can accompany them to support groups as well as other activities that may arise. In her off time Susie loves reading, movies and swimming. She loves all animals, with a special fondness for cats. While she has three cats of her own she is adamant that this does not mean she is a "crazy cat lady".
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J Gold, LADC
Substance Use Disorder Counselor
J (they/them) grew up in the Chicago area. They have worked in chemical health and community education in the twin cities since 2016, and are pursuing their MSW and LADC at Augsburg University. J brings an intersectional feminist and community strengths-based approach to working with individuals, families, and groups. J believes that social oppression and historical trauma impact our mental health and relationships, the stories we tell shape our lives and relationships. When J is not working they enjoy crafting, gardening, and spending time with their cats, Dount and Xan, and their dog, Paul.
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Mental Health Practitioners

Ava Gondeck
Mental Health Practitioner
Ava grew up in Minnesota and is eager to support the community. She is pursuing her masters in integrative behavioral health and is working towards LADC and LPCC licensure. Ava is passionate about mental health and the intersection of substance use, and how pre-existing structures perpetuate mental health concerns among marginalized communities. Ava aspires to help people through a strengths-based focus with the overall goal to support people's well-being. Ava loves to spend her free time baking and even made her best friend's wedding cake!
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Nicole Kjoberg
ARMHS Worker
Nicole is a native of Minnesota. Nicole has been working on the mental health field for over15 years. Nicole works with adults and provides supportive services focused on increasing independence and self confidence for all.
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Benjamin Knutson
Mental Health Practitioner
Benjamin is a native to Brooklyn Park, MN. He currently resides in rural Pine City where he provides both individual/family CTSS services to surrounding communities within a 50 mile radius for the last 12yrs. During this time he's established himself within the tri County area (Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec ) as the preferred Practitioner. Benjamin also contributes his time, resources, and energy into developing social skills groups within the communities he serves.
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Ravaughn Perry
Mental Health Practitioner
Ravaughn is a native of Minneapolis Minnesota. He has served within the twin cities and surrounding areas for the Minnesota National Guard for six years. Ravaughn has a bachelor's in psychology and is currently enrolled to receive his master's in clinical counseling. Which he'll use to continue to provide mental health services to marginalized communities. Ravaughn is passionate about improving access to mental health care with cultural competency while breaking the stigma against mental health
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Courtney Pokela (She/Her/Hers)
Mental Health Practitioner
Courtney has been working with Minnesota CarePartner for three years as a Mental Health Practitioner providing home- and community-based services to clients with mental illness. Along with this experience, she has an extensive background in delivering quality care to clients in the home health/group home setting as a Direct Support Professional. The types of clientele that would receive her care had a wide variety of health issues which include both mental and physical needs. Courtney continues to find reward in assisting her clients at Minnesota CarePartner. She will continue to gain knowledge in the field of mental health and offer her professional services throughout the north metro/metro areas. Language or Cultural Specialty: English
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Abbi Rawls, LSW
ARMHS & CTSS Practitioner
Abbi was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. From a very young age, she had the desire to be a Social Worker. She has held her LSW for two years now, and has been working as a Mental Health Practitioner and ARMHS Worker at MN CarePartner for the last 7 months. Prior to that, she was an ILS worker and ARMHS worker at a different company. Abbi is passionate about social justice and police reform, and volunteers her extra time helping those who are unsheltered in our community.
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Autumn Wilson, B.A.
Mental Health Practitioner
Autumn was born and raised in the small town of Dalbo, Minnesota with a large family of six brothers and two sisters. She still resides in the area with her four horses and three cats. After graduating from Concordia University in 2018 Autumn began working with Minnesota CarePartner as a mental health practitioner. She travels the north metro area providing children's therapeutic services and supports. Autumn is continuing her education through Saint Mary's University with the goal of becoming a licensed professional clinical counselor. Once she is licensed Autumn hopes to begin practicing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
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Therapists

Katy Armendariz, (She/Her/Hers)
CEO
Katy began her social work career by working in post adoption services, reuniting birth parents and their adopted children. This work was personal and incredibly rewarding due to her own separation from her birth mother and trans-racial adoption. Katy obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2006 and completed her MSW as a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Her professional experience has been in ARMHS services, Case Management, therapist in private practice, Program Director of CTSS and ARMHS, and later as founder and CEO of Minnesota CarePartner in 2013. Her life commitment is centered around advocacy for racial justice and the liberation of Black and Brown people, and actively working to dismantle systems of oppression through collective protest.
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Maria Hipkins, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor
Maria Hipkins, MSW, LICSW I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at The College of St. Scholastic in 2010. Following my undergraduate degree, I entered the Graduate Social Work program through the University of Minnesota, where I graduated and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2012. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Minnesota. I am also approved to provide clinical supervision to those under the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. I have been working in the Mental Health field for over 20 years with both adults and youth. I am a 1st generation college graduate and I hold a strong value in inclusive and fairly represented educational opportunities. I am a Child Welfare Scholar and I practice with a trauma informed lens. I believe in the power of connection and providing a safe space to be curious and explore what healing looks like for each client. I strive to work through an anti-racist and social justice model.
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Kahmiyah Anderson
CTSS Supervisor
Kahmiyah is currently working towards receiving her MA from Saint Marys University and is expected to graduate in Spring 2021. She utilizes a humanistic approach that includes aspects of CBT, strengths-based, and person-centered approaches. Kahmiyah believes it is important for clients to feel empowered in their therapeutic journey and towards reaching their full potential. Kahmiyah is passionate about working with children and families in underserved communities. As well as actively working towards closing the accessibility gap in mental health services and the disparity gap in education in these communities. Kahmiyah enjoys collecting and growing house plants, as well as learning more about plant/nature-based therapy. She is striving towards being able to merge her passion for children and mental health with plants/nature.
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Kainani Carlson, MSW, LICSW
Mental Health Professional
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Ahmisa Cuadros, MSW Student
Clinical Therapy Intern
Ahmisa is a graduate social work student at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Throughout her academic and professional experiences, she has notably valued working with young folx, diverse and intersectional communities, women's mental health, and grief and loss. She has a profound appreciation for learning about the unique and intersectional events that have shaped each person's life. Although continually building her repertoire, Ahmisa has a multifaceted, client-centered, and strengths-based approach -- pulling from several modalities depending on an individual's needs. Her goal is to collaborate with and empower each individual she works with to make life-long, sustainable, and fulfilling adjustments in their lives. When Ahmisa is not working, she enjoys arts- and culturally-based events, watching teen dramas with her daughter, spinning cotton candy, and being out in nature with her pups and family.
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Elise 지애 Gooi (she/her)
Clinical Social Work Intern
Elise 지애/Gi-Ae Gooi (she/her) is a Korean-American cis woman and a proud first generation college graduate completing her final year at UMN’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. With the belief that our personal and collective histories matter and oppression is real, she uses an intersectional and intergenerational lens with a strengths-based and healing-centered stance that honors the depth and breadth of who we are (becoming). Elise/지애/Gi-Ae builds her relationship-based practice upon 15 years of partnering with individuals (children, teens, and adults), families, and communities of a wide range of backgrounds and orientations as an educator, coach, trainer and leader. Among many things, she enjoys connecting with loved ones (over delicious food!), being in nature, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks exploring what it means to be human.
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Jimmy Quach, LADC
LADC / Clinical Trainee
Jimmy is a Colorado native who has been living in Minnesota for the past 8 years. He attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, recently graduating with his Master's degree in Integrated Behavioral Health. He has been in the mental health and treatment field for the past four years and has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor since 2018. Jimmy is currently working on his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor track. He utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based framework to support individuals (adults and children) of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. Jimmy has areas of interests including healing from trauma, perfectionism, and addressing mental health/substance use through a holistic approach. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys science fiction, video games, and spending time outside hiking, running, and camping.
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Pa Xiong, BSW
Clinical Social Work Intern
Pa was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Pa has spent the last six years working in early childhood education. In the last year, she transitioned to a case management position where she helps people access services, resources, and the community. Pa enjoys creating, collaborating and celebrating with all the people that she works with. When Pa is not working, she enjoys going on hikes, spending time with family and taking naps.
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Katherine Wald, LSW (she/her)
Clinical Social Work Intern
Katherine (she/her) is in her final year of her Masters of Social Work program at Augsburg University. She grew up in St. Paul Minnesota and moved back after earning a Bachelors degree in social work from St. Olaf College. Her experiences include children’s mental health services and time with the Minnesota House of Representatives. Most notably, she has spent the last several years working in the child welfare sphere with teens who have experienced a termination of parental rights by the courts to find permanency, and with relative/kin and other families who would like to be a permanency resource for youth in foster care. As a transracial, transnational adoptee herself, Katherine values belonging, connection, & community. She brings these values into session in addition to a trauma informed lens that is intersectional and client centered. She believes in partnering with clients to create both brave and safe spaces where people can feel comfortable bringing all aspects of their multifaceted identities and explore what healing looks like for them. She is committed to practicing through racial and social justice frameworks. When not working or in school, you can catch Katherine cooking or baking and grabbing Boba tea from her favorite local spots. She also loves to hang her hammock in various MN parks and catch up on a good book or with friends.
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Family Based Recovery

Maria Hipkins, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor
Maria Hipkins, MSW, LICSW I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at The College of St. Scholastic in 2010. Following my undergraduate degree, I entered the Graduate Social Work program through the University of Minnesota, where I graduated and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2012. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Minnesota. I am also approved to provide clinical supervision to those under the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. I have been working in the Mental Health field for over 20 years with both adults and youth. I am a 1st generation college graduate and I hold a strong value in inclusive and fairly represented educational opportunities. I am a Child Welfare Scholar and I practice with a trauma informed lens. I believe in the power of connection and providing a safe space to be curious and explore what healing looks like for each client. I strive to work through an anti-racist and social justice model.
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Vickie Crisler
IHRP Therapist
Vickie is a native of Minneapolis, MN. She has a master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with emphasis in marriage and family therapy and clinical counseling in addition to being a licensed substance use disorder counselor. Since 2009 she has held positions in the fields of substance use disorder counseling and mental health therapy. Previous positions include mental health practitioner, family intervention specialist, substance use counselor (co-occurring), ARMHS mental health practitioner, functional family therapist, and independent contract therapist. Vickie sees herself as a relational therapist whose therapeutic style is practical, compassionate, and insight oriented. Utilizing solution-focused, narrative, cognitive, Adlerian, and choice theory concepts she works collaboratively with clients to assist them with realizing their resilience and innate strengths. Vickie is passionate about positively affirming others so that they come to understand their life experiences. Vickie’s hobbies include reading, writing, researching, making beaded jewelry, knitting, sewing, and music (playing, creating, and performing).
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Mureithi Gakuo
Clinical Therapist Trainee
Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Mureithi has been living in Minnesota since 2002. He has worked for more than 15 years in social services and education. He is accomplished in areas of research. Mureithi takes a person-centered approach- trying to understand clients within their family, community and cultural contexts- with a particular interest on how intersectional identities influence a person's self identity. Mureithi has a BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University, an MA in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from University of Saint Thomas (December 2022).
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Mariah Mirbel Nelson
Family Support Specialist
Mariah Mirbel Nelson is a Family Support Specialist in the Family Based Recovery program. Mariah received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a minor in Social Justice from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. During her time at Northwestern, Mariah received the 2020 President's Student Leadership award from Minnesota Campus Compact, led student organizations and advocated for racial justice. Mariah has served on the board for St. Louis Park Family Services Collaborative and was inducted into the Governor and Lt. Governor's Young Women's Initiative in 2022. Mariah has been working with children and families for over 4 years from childcare teacher to family services case management. Due to her personal story, Mariah is passionate about family preservation and pursuing social justice and reform within the child welfare system. Mariah brings her values of dignity, excellence and justice to her culturally responsive work with families. On the weekends, you will find Mariah spending time with her dog, Nala Obama, exploring the cities trying to find something sweet to eat or reading a good book. A fun fact about Mariah is that her and her fraternal twin were born in Haiti.
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Vanessa Shuck, MSW, LGSW
Family Based Recovery Therapist
Vanessa Shuck is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but they have called Minneapolis home for the last 9 years. They enjoy spending time caring for their many plants and their two cats and find joy in coloring, crafting, gardening, and spending time with friends. They graduated in 2022 from St. Catherine University with a dual Masters degree in Social Work and Holistic Health Studies. In their studies, they focused on early childhood development, attachment repair, play therapy, gender studies, domestic violence, and family based therapy models. Some influential voices toward their practice have included adrienne maree brown, bell hooks, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Prentiss Hemphill, Christine Caldwell, Richard Schwartz, and Peter Levine. They are passionate about intergenerational wisdom and resilience, and somatic resources for healing from trauma, specifically in the face of systemic barriers that inhibit families from thriving. They hope to continue building advocacy and therapeutic skills alongside families and kiddos to promote social justice, reparative practice, community connectivity, and healing from both individual and collective traumas.
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Betty Yang
Family Support Specialist
Betty is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Frogtown. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, majoring in sociology. She is pursuing her Master's degree in clinical social work at St. Kate's to serve her community more efficiently as a future social worker. She hopes to work with families and children and help them improve their social skills in their community. Betty has had various jobs that helped mold her and her expertise around working with the BIPOC and Asian American community. She hopes to bring her experiences to better use as a family support specialist and Minnesota CarePartner.
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