Our Staff Our staff is made up of highly skilled professionals with many years of experience.

Most of our professional level staff hold advanced degrees in addictions, counseling, divinity,
psychology, social work, management and other disciplines. We have two doctoral level
psychologists and nurses who specialize in co-occurring substance use and mental health
disorders.

Executive Leadership

Monique Bourgeois

MPNA, LADC
Chief Community Relations Officer

Monique Bourgeois

MPNA, LADC
Chief Community Relations Officer

Monique Bourgeois has worked in the addiction-recovery field for 20+ years in a variety of capacities including: adolescent substance use disorder treatment, public school chemical health specialist, Executive Director of the Association of Recovery Schools and as the Director of Volunteers & Training at Minnesota Recovery Connection. Ms. Bourgeois has trained hundreds of members of the recovery community in peer-based support, has developed and implemented peer-based support programs and been a member of multiple leadership teams. Currently, in her role as NUWAY's Community Relations Director, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY's programs. Ms. Bourgeois holds a Master’s in Public and Non-profit Administration and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is a graduate of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s Leadership Institute, published in the 2007 Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery (JGAR) and In My Own Words…Celebrating Students’ Stories of Recovery… (2009). Additionally, Ms. Bourgeois has been a peer reviewer for JGAR and in 2012, Ms. Bourgeois was selected as a faculty for the Betty Ford Institute’s Consensus Conference on identifying and disseminating successful Recovery Support Services strategies. She is on the St. Cloud State University Recovery Community Advisory Council, and a member of Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery Chemical Health (MARRCH) and the Citizens Advisory Council on Chemical Health in Ramsey County.

John Marston, nuway CFO

John Marston

Chief Financial Officer

John Marston, nuway CFO

John Marston

Chief Financial Officer

John Marston comes to us from NuWay’s Board of Trustees where he served as the Treasurer for the past two years. Previously, he was interim Finance Director. His experience includes various roles in manufacturing, staffing, banking, and healthcare. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of a bank where he is a member of the IT and Audit committees.

Tom Meier, NuWay CAO

Dr. Tom Meier

Chief Administrative Officer

Tom Meier, NuWay CAO

Dr. Tom Meier

Chief Administrative Officer

Tom served on the NUWAY Board of Trustees for five years before joining the staff as CAO in 2016. He has twenty years’ experience in healthcare, business, and nonprofit management. He earned master's and doctoral degrees from Metropolitan State University. His undergraduate work was completed at UC Santa Barbara.

Kenneth L. Roberts, Director - Outpatient Services

Kenneth L. Roberts

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Chief Clinical Officer

Kenneth L. Roberts, Director - Outpatient Services

Kenneth L. Roberts

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Chief Clinical Officer

Kenneth L. Roberts is NUWAY’s Chief Clinical Officer. 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.

David J. Vennes, NuWay Executive Director/CEO

David J. Vennes

MPNA
Executive Director/CEO

David J. Vennes, NuWay Executive Director/CEO

David J. Vennes

MPNA
Executive Director/CEO

David is a doctoral student in public administration at Hamline University School of Business and holds a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University. David's undergraduate studies include a Bachelor of Arts (individualized in addictions) from Metropolitan State University and Certificate in Chemical Dependency Family Treatment from St. Mary's Junior College. David has developed and restructured more than a dozen programs locally and nationally. David started his career with NuWay in 2006 as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, becoming the Clinical Director then Executive Director in 2008.

Leadership

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director II

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director II

Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Cloud State University and her Master's in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. In addition to addiction counseling, she provides mental health services and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Current interests include trauma work through the use of Prolonged Exposure, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

Dan Asleson

Director of Technology Services

Dan Asleson

Director of Technology Services

Dan joined NUWAY leadership in 2019 to oversee the delivery of technology and telecommunications. He began as a contractor to NUWAY in 2011, and has over 15 years’ experience in technology and business. Dan studied electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota, physics at Gustavus Adolphus College. He started and sold a property management firm before becoming an IT professional. Dan's team works diligently behind the scenes to ensure that NUWAY's direct care staff are able to remain focused on providing a superior client experience.

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Ryan Clukey

MBA
Human Resources Director

Ryan Clukey

MBA
Human Resources Director

Ryan joined the NUWAY leadership team in 2019 to develop and oversee Human Resources programs and functions. Ryan completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia College Minnesota before going on to complete his Masters of Business Administration specialized in Human Resources Management at Ashford University. Ryan prides himself on creating and fostering a work environment that is hyper-focused on the employee experience. Ryan works to directly optimize organizational performance by positively impacting NUWAY employees through Human Resources operations.

Amy Dellwo

BS, MA
Vice President, Public Policy

Amy Dellwo

BS, MA
Vice President, Public Policy

Amy Dellwo is the Public Policy Director for NUWAY. Dellwo is responsible for NUWAY’s short- and long-term goals related to public policy and collaborates with NUWAY partners across both the public and private sectors. A majority of Dellwo’s career prior to NUWAY was spent at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) where she worked for 20 years. She was appointed chief of staff in June 2018. As chief of staff, Dellwo oversaw agency wide functions, including Human Resources; the Office for Equity, Performance and Development and the Office of Compliance. DHS is the state’s largest agency, serving well over 1 million people with an annual budget of $11 billion and more than 6,500 employees throughout the state. The department provides or administers a broad range of services, including health care, economic assistance, child welfare services, and services for the elderly and people with disabilities. Dellwo also served as the legislative director for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) since 2010. In this role she managed and directed state and federal legislative programs for DHS. She prepared information for lawmakers, budget recommendations and position statements, as well as monitoring, tracking and analyzing legislative proposals. Dellwo also planned and directed organizational studies and analyses to ensure an agency-wide legislation program is developed to support DHS and its positions and proposals. Dellwo became legislative director after working as a disability waiver health care manager in the disability services division. She previously was director of government and external relations for DHS’ Continuing Care Administration, and also was Senior LinkAge Line coordinator for the Minnesota Board on Aging and a consumer support grant consultant with DHS. Currently, she is a member of Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery Chemical Health (MARRCH). Dellwo has a bachelor’s degree in community health education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management and her Master Degree in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. She has experience working in a halfway house, intensive residential and outpatient treatment settings. Her areas of interest include individuals with trauma, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She has experience working with women, men, adolescents and adults using a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family and group therapy sessions.

Peter Green

LADC
Diversity Director

Peter Green

LADC
Diversity Director

Peter has over 20 years of experience working in the field of chemical dependency. His positions have included providing direct contact services, managing culturally specific programs for African American Family Services and consulting services at a number of Treatment Center Programs in the twin cities area. Prior to joining NuWay, Peter was with the Park Avenue Treatment Center in Minneapolis for ten plus years, most recently as the Program Director for their co-occurring culturally specific program.

Angela Hansen

MA, LADC, CHC
Quality, Training & Compliance Director

Angela Hansen

MA, LADC, CHC
Quality, Training & Compliance Director

Angela has been in the behavioral health field since 2009, working in addiction and eating disorder treatment organizations. She is Certified in Health Care Compliance and serves in the role of Quality, Training and Compliance Director at NUWAY. Angela has a passion for training and supporting quality client care. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Morgan Kluender, Revenue Cycle Manager

Morgan Kluender

BA
Director of Financial Operations

Morgan Kluender, Revenue Cycle Manager

Morgan Kluender

BA
Director of Financial Operations

As NUWAY'S Revenue Cycle Manager, Morgan is responsible for overseeing the administrative and clinical functions that contribute to the capture, management, and collections of client services revenue. She has over 15 years’ experience in revenue cycle production and billing. Currently pursuing her MBA, Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the U of MN, Twin Cities. While she might not be involved directly with clients on a day-to-day basis, she is committed to ensuring clients are able to get the treatment they need. Morgan is a die-hard Backstreet Boys fan and enjoys that NUWAY is a short walk from Glam Dolls Donuts.

Dr. Tiffany Laschkewitsch

PSY D, LP, LADC
Practicum Director

Dr. Tiffany Laschkewitsch

PSY D, LP, LADC
Practicum Director

Tiffany is a licensed psychologist and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She has worked as a program director and mental health services director/training director in substance use and co-occurring disorder outpatient treatment. Tiffany completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University-Twin Cities. Tiffany’s training experiences included working in community mental health, sex offender assessment, college counseling, and co-occurring disorders treatment. Tiffany enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and all things related to cooking.

Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga and her family came to the United States from Poland in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. Aga has experience working in residential and intensive outpatient settings. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and families.

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John E. Miller

Vice President, Strategic Growth

Sam Woolery

Recovery Residence Resource Director

Sam Woolery

Recovery Residence Resource Director

Sam Woolery’s experience in the field of addiction-recovery includes 4+ years managing a network of supportive sober living programs in Saint Paul as well as 2 years managing alumni relations and volunteers for Hazelden Betty Ford’s Chaska, Maple Grove, and Saint Paul locations. Sam currently serves on the board of the PEASE Community Foundation, which helps support PEASE Academy, a recovery high school in Minneapolis.

Management

Karina Link, addiction counselor

Karina Bogie

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Karina Link, addiction counselor

Karina Bogie

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Karina obtained her Master's degree in Social Work at Augsburg University. She is currently an LADC and LGSW in supervision working toward her LICSW. Karina has experience in both outpatient and residential settings. Current professional interests are integration of mental health and chemical dependency services along with trauma informed and person-centered care. In her free time, Karina enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the gym and going to craft shows.

Stephen Brennan

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephen Brennan

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephen graduated with his Master’s in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. He currently holds a LADC and is under supervision towards his LPCC. He has previous experience working as a program director at a group residential home for men in St. Paul. His primary areas of clinical focus are substance use disorders and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a certified clinician in Prolonged Exposure therapy and has experience facilitating trauma skills psychoeducation groups. Outside of counseling Stephen has a passion for percussion, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Crystal Caruso


Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso


Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso has worked in the addiction recovery field for the past 6 years in a variety of capacities including: Utilization Review, Director of Admissions, and as the Director of Business Development. Prior to the behavioral health field Crystal has worked in hospital and clinic settings as a LPN. Currently, in her role as NUWAY 3RS Community Relations Manager, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs.

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Program Manager

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Program Manager

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and continued her education by completing the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Chemical Dependency Program. Angela began her career as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and later became a Clinical Supervisor. Other than working within the Substance Use Disorder field, Angela has an extensive history of working as an advocate for Domestic Violence survivors. Angela loves to learn and is looking forward to continuing her education in the future

Katie Hochsprung

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Katie Hochsprung

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 2013 and her Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota in 2017. She provides mental health services and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Her clinical interests include family systems, trauma, grief and loss, mental health and substance use counseling. During her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, reading, outdoor activities, and attending concerts and sporting events.

Sammi Horstman

MA, LADC, LMFT
Program Manager

Sammi Horstman

MA, LADC, LMFT
Program Manager

Sammi obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Current interests include behavioral addictions, shame and vulnerability, family systems, dual diagnoses, and treating trauma through the use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Sammi’s training and experience include working with mental health, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of levels of care and settings.

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. He began his career in the field of addiction-recovery in 2009 being a student in and helping facilitate a collegiate recovery program at The College of Saint Scholastica. His first professional job out of school was in sales but his personal journey in recovery pulled Jake back to the field opening doors for him to work at treatment programs in the Twin Cities. Jake’s passion of building and maintaining relationships serves him well as a Community Relations Manger at NUWAY. Jake currently serves as co-board chair on the MARRCH Communication Committee. In his spare time Jake enjoys swimming, running, spending time with his family and trying to keep up with his two boys.

Carrie Madson

BS, LADC-S
Program Manager

Carrie Madson

BS, LADC-S
Program Manager

Carrie obtained her Associate’s in Addiction Counseling from MCTC and continued her education also obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Capella University. Prior to joining NUWAY, Carrie had 10 years of experience in behavioral health including providing direct client care and case management as a counselor as well as overseeing clinicians as a clinical supervisor. Current professional interests include the integration of mental and chemical health and supporting quality, client centered services.

Stephanie Mankowski

MA, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephanie Mankowski

MA, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at St. Thomas University in 2012 and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University in 2016. She has experience at Pride Institute, NUWAY II Residential Men’s program and admissions. Her interests consist of gender and sexuality, trauma, person-centered care and addiction. She currently works as a dually licensed counselor.

Candice Peterson

MA, LADC, LAMFT
Program Manager

Candice Peterson

MA, LADC, LAMFT
Program Manager

Candice obtained her Bachelor of Science in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Candice has experience working in residential extended care and outpatient settings with an emphasis on providing relational services for couples and families affected by co-occurring disorders.

Roxanne Prince

MA, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Roxanne Prince

MA, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Roxanne graduated from Argosy University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and is licensed as a mental health and substance use disorder counselor. She combines solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered therapy to help clients develop practical skills to address immediate concerns as well as providing the opportunity to explore the deeper, underlying issues that affect our day-to-day lives. Roxanne has experience working with adults and adolescents in individual therapy, group counseling, and family therapy to address challenges related to substance use and/or mental health.

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her experience working with diverse populations, delivering trauma informed and person centered care, enables her to hold a safe place for clients to do the hard work necessary to begin their recovery journey. Lisa advocates strongly for the recovery community, is an LGBTQ ally and is passionate about erasing the stigma associated with addiction.

Emily Schmidt, addiction counselor

Emily Schmidt

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Emily Schmidt, addiction counselor

Emily Schmidt

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Emily obtained her diploma in addiction counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College Addiction Counseling program and her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Metropolitan State University. She is currently in process of earning her Master’s in Social Work through Augsburg University, with a focus on multicultural clinical practice. Current clinical interests include individualized care, trauma informed care, socioeconomic influence on addiction, and working with populations impacted by co-occurring disorders. Emily enjoys learning about other cultures, traveling, cooking, spending time with her family, dogs, and art.

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina has a BA in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master's of Art in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Additionally, she has an LADC and is working towards earning her LPCC. Clinically, Sabrina is interested in working with populations that are impacted my co-occurring disorders. She enjoys traveling and coming across new adventures.

Marian Spiess

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Marian Spiess

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Marian obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from St. Ambrose University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Marian obtained her LADC in 2018 and her LPCC in 2020 and enjoys providing person-centered care to diverse populations. Marian was previously a counselor at NUWAY 3R’s Counseling Center and has been the Program Manager at NUWAY I since May 2019. Marian's clinical interests include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma-focused therapy, and providing education and training to interns and staff.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Julie Timm

BA, LADC
Quality, Training & Compliance Manager

Julie Timm

BA, LADC
Quality, Training & Compliance Manager

Julie has been working in non-profit organizations since 1999 when she started working with family and at risk youth with her Bachelor's of Science degree. She returned to school in 2011 to work on her license for Drug and Alcohol Counseling and has been licensed as a LADC since 2013. Since then, Julie has worked in the field of addiction studies working with health care professionals, opiate dependent patients, men, women, and adolescents. Julie is detail oriented and task driven.

3R’s

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.
Karina Link, addiction counselor

Karina Bogie

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Karina Link, addiction counselor

Karina Bogie

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Karina obtained her Master's degree in Social Work at Augsburg University. She is currently an LADC and LGSW in supervision working toward her LICSW. Karina has experience in both outpatient and residential settings. Current professional interests are integration of mental health and chemical dependency services along with trauma informed and person-centered care. In her free time, Karina enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the gym and going to craft shows.

Stephen Brennan

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephen Brennan

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephen graduated with his Master’s in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. He currently holds a LADC and is under supervision towards his LPCC. He has previous experience working as a program director at a group residential home for men in St. Paul. His primary areas of clinical focus are substance use disorders and co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a certified clinician in Prolonged Exposure therapy and has experience facilitating trauma skills psychoeducation groups. Outside of counseling Stephen has a passion for percussion, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

BA, LADC
Counselor

Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

BA, LADC
Counselor

Robert received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Addiction Counseling program at Century College. He has been with NUWAY since August 2019 in various roles: intern, clinical support, and licensed counselor. Robert employs a client-centered approach to treatment and promotes the healing power of human connection as a critical component of the recovery process. Prior to joining NUWAY, Robert spent over 20 years working in corporate positions, primarily in finance and administration. In his free time Robert enjoys family, Fenders, and fly fishing.

Crystal Caruso


Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso


Community Relations Manager

Crystal Caruso has worked in the addiction recovery field for the past 6 years in a variety of capacities including: Utilization Review, Director of Admissions, and as the Director of Business Development. Prior to the behavioral health field Crystal has worked in hospital and clinic settings as a LPN. Currently, in her role as NUWAY 3RS Community Relations Manager, she educates individuals and organizations about the extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs.

Patti Choate

MS, LADC
Counselor

Patti Choate

MS, LADC
Counselor

Patti comes to NUWAY with 10 years experience in the field of addiction. After completing a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology and graduate certification in Addiction Studies, University of Minnesota, she worked in inpatient services at Hazelden Foundation in Center City as a clinical counselor and as a Family Program professional with families and patients. In 2015, she traveled overseas to St. Helier, Jersey, UK to help Silkworth Lodge treatment center start a family program that would serve the island population. She served as counselor supervisor with Meridian Behavioral Health before joining NUWAY 3R’s staff as counselor. A lover of nature and the outdoors, she enjoys hiking, canoeing the Boundary Waters, or walking the paths around Minneapolis’ beautiful lakes.

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn began service in Americorps as a Recovery Corps navigator, and after completing two terms at 3R’S NUWAY Counseling Center, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and was hired fulltime at NUWAY. She is a recovery coach academy graduate and is dedicated to continuing her education and supplying resources for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Taryn is providing that support to clients as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Lindsey Ellis

BA, LADC
Counselor

Lindsey Ellis

BA, LADC
Counselor

Lindsey has her Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management and studied Addiction Counseling at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Lindsey has been licensed through Minnesota BBHT since 2015 and has worked in a variety of outpatient programs as an addiction counselor prior to joining the NUWAY team. Lindsey is passionate about recovery and the beauty that recovery brings to communities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, animals, and traveling.

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY, 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. Currently Melissa currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to attain her Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS. Melissa really enjoys fishing and being at the cabin with her family in the summers!

Soji Fatokun

BS, LADC
Counselor

Soji Fatokun

BS, LADC
Counselor

Prior to coming to NUWAY, Soji received his BS degree from Rasmussen College and LADC from Century College. Soji provides counseling for those who struggle with addiction and assists in providing an individualized treatment that meets the needs of each client. Currently, Soji is expanding his educational career with the overall goal of providing treatment for people who have mental health issues. In his free time, he plays soccer and enjoys watching basketball.

Miranda Hanson

MA, LADC
Counselor

Miranda Hanson

MA, LADC
Counselor

Miranda received her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018 and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, again at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2020. She has experience working as a CTSS skills worker and experience working for the Department of Corrections. Miranda’s interests consist of trauma, sex therapy, and personality disorders. In her free time, she enjoys being around bodies of water, watching movies, and socializing with family and friends.

Galen Himrich

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Galen Himrich

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Galen received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from The College of Saint Benedict in 2013. She attended the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2014 and graduated with a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies with Advanced Practice in Co-Occurring Disorders. Galen has been practicing as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor LADC since 2015 and is currently working towards completing clinical hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She has experience in residential and outpatient treatment facilities and has worked with adolescents and adults. In her free time Galen enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Chris Hirdler

BS, LADC
Counselor

Chris Hirdler

BS, LADC
Counselor

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2008. He has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor since 2009 and has worked for various outpatient facilities and as a Chemical Health Specialist. He joined NUWAY in November 2017. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, relaxing on the lake and being with family.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Jordan Horniak

BS, LADC
Counselor

Jordan Horniak

BS, LADC
Counselor

Jordan obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications/Film, with a second major in Psychology from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) in 2006. Jordan finished the LADC Licensure Track from Metropolitan State University in 2019. Prior to working in the addiction field, Jordan became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Jordan also holds certifications in Corrective Exercise and Fitness Nutrition. Jordan began his career in the field of addiction by working at the Greenhouse Recovery Center as an Evening Resident Manager in 2014. Jordan has also volunteered many hours at Mission Detox in Plymouth, MN and at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis, MN, where Jordan gave a weekly lecture on “Understanding Addiction.”

Kjirsten Lipa

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kjirsten Lipa

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kjirsten completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology. This led her to completing her master’s degree at Saint Mary’s University with a focus on mental health and chemical counseling. She believes that counseling should help conquer the difficult, while creating space for humor, joy and connection. In effort to help individuals recover, she believes there is necessity in building self-regard and handling one’s self with kindness. “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” -Fred Rogers
Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga Longtine, treatment center manager

Aga Longtine

BS, LADC
Program Director

Aga and her family came to the United States from Poland in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. Aga has experience working in residential and intensive outpatient settings. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and families.

Bridget McGuinness

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Bridget McGuinness

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Bridget has been working in the substance use and mental health field since 2011. Bridget graduated with a Master’s from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program and is under supervision for mental health licensure (LPCC). Currently licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her work experience includes adult co-occurring populations, such as Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), inpatient and intensive outpatient settings. Bridget embodies a humanistic perspective, encouraging clients to discover their own strengths to evoke change. She supports clients by utilizing various Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions with an emphasis on mindfulness. Outside of work she enjoys practicing yoga, vintage treasure hunting, being active in nature and listening to podcasts.

Lynn Mykytyn

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Lynn Mykytyn

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Lynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Iowa State University, Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of MN, and Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from the University of Minnesota CCAPS. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 10 years of experience working in social service and mental health fields. Her clinical approach is holistic and person-centered with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions.

Sara Najm

BA, LADC
Counselor

Sara Najm

BA, LADC
Counselor

Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and her Master’s in Youth Development and Leadership from the University of Minnesota. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is a current student in the Integrated Behavioral Health program at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, Sara will work toward mental health licensure to become a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Sara is a firm believer in the power of relationships, to both hurt and heal. In her work with clients, she lets the idea of “harms inflicted through relationships must be healed through relationships” guide her approach. In her free time, Sara enjoys gardening, reading fiction, and trying new restaurants with her family.

Alexandra Newman

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Alexandra Newman

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Alex graduated with a Masters in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota, she also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is currently licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and is under supervision for mental health licensure (LPCC). Alex specializes in working with trauma and is certified as a Prolonged Exposure clinician. Her work experience includes adult co-occurring populations in outpatient and hospital inpatient settings. Alex is a combat veteran, she has experience and passion working with other military veterans. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, cars, kayaking, and traveling.

Katie Petroff

BA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Katie Petroff

BA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Katie obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hamline University. Katie is obtaining her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Co-Occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. She currently holds LADC licensure through Minnesota BBHT. Katie’s clinical interests include attachment theory, grief and loss, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. In her free time Katie enjoys spending time at the lake, reading, baking, and being with her family.

Lance Petschl

BS, LADC
Counselor

Lance Petschl

BS, LADC
Counselor

Lance graduated Inver Hills Community college with his A.S. and A.A. with a contemporary business degree. He then went on to Metropolitan State University where he obtained his B.A. and LADC licensure. Lance is currently pursuing his masters degree in Co-Occurring Disorders and am going for his LPCC. He enjoys riding his Harley, traveling, hiking, playing slow pitch softball, and enjoying the outdoors.
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Nikki Pierce

Clinical Support

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Nikki Pierce

Clinical Support

Kristin graduated from Metropolitan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She is an advocate for erasing the shame and stigma that accompanies substance use and mental health disorders. Kristin believes that each client deserves to be listened to by a counselor that truly cares about their wellbeing. She strives to empower each person and meets them where they are in their journey. Kristin is honored and feels it is privilege to be a part of each individuals road to recovery.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

Nicole Salzl

MA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Nicole Salzl

MA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Nicole completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology at The College of Saint Benedict and received her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services along with the Addiction Studies Certificate through Saint Mary’s University. Nicole has worked in the human services field for the last 5 years. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), while working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She has experience working a diverse population including, children with autism and special needs, dual-diagnosis populations, and clients completing Neuropsychological testing. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, and MN summers.

Lauren Schlatter

MACL, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Lauren Schlatter

MACL, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Lauren obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Lauren is receiving her clinical supervision for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Her clinical interests include family systems, trauma, mental health and chemical dependency counseling. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa Schmid

BA, LADC
Program Manager

Lisa received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her experience working with diverse populations, delivering trauma informed and person centered care, enables her to hold a safe place for clients to do the hard work necessary to begin their recovery journey. Lisa advocates strongly for the recovery community, is an LGBTQ ally and is passionate about erasing the stigma associated with addiction.
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Sheila Schuster

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

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Sheila Schuster

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Sheila obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Co-Occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. Sheila is currently licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and will be working toward mental health licensure (LPCC). Sheila has mental health experience working with individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) as well as physical health experience working as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and wellness coach. She employs a holistic, humanistic approach to elicit healthy change. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, exercising, and reading.

Brendan Sheehan

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Brendan Sheehan

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Brendan attended Saint John’s University for his undergraduate degree and Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, where in 2013 he received his Master’s in Addiction Studies. Brendan has worked with men and women in a residential setting as well as his work here at NUWAY at the outpatient program in St. Paul. Brendan works from a psycho-dynamic, CBT, and 12 step facilitation theoretical frameworks. Brendan’s interests include mindfulness based stress reduction, meditation, physical and mental health concerns. Brendan will be completing his LPCC in 2018.

Hanna Smith

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Admissions Supervisor

Hanna Smith

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Admissions Supervisor

Hanna recently received her Master’s degree in Integrated Behavioral Health at the University of Minnesota. She has been working in the human services field for 5 years and has worked with a variety of populations, including children with autism and special needs, and adults with substance abuse and/or mental health concerns. Her primary goals for counseling and therapy are to develop a positive, trusting, authentic therapeutic alliance, help clients identify areas of their life in which they desire change, resolve ambivalence, and help clients develop skills and practice strategies to promote healthy change.
Kaila Velarde

Kaila Velarde

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Kaila Velarde

Kaila Velarde

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Kaila received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She later attended Argosy University, Twin Cities where she received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2015. Kaila is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, in addition to a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Kaila also works at a private practice where she does individual therapy for adolescents and adults. Kaila has experience teaching DBT skills training for dual-disorder clients in both an individual and group setting. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, spending time with her family, and walking her dogs.

Rebecca Velline

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Rebecca Velline

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Rebecca completed her Bachelors Degree in alcohol and drug counseling at Metropolitan State University. She is continuing to pursue her Masters at Metropolitan State University for Public and Nonprofit Administration with an interest in policy change and advocacy work. She is expected to complete her Masters in 2021. Rebecca gained experience working in the family system with her prior experience working at Wayside. Working with women and children is a passion of Rebecca’s. Rebecca enjoys traveling, spending time with her dogs, and family.

Kellan Vencil

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kellan Vencil

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kellan has been working in the field of mental health for over four years and joined NUWAY in March of 2019. Kellan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his training for Addictions Counseling at the Training for Addictions Professionals program in Lincoln, Nebraska and received his Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. Kellan is receiving clinical supervision for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and currently holds LADC licensure through Minnesota BBHT. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, cooking, sports and English Bulldogs.

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. She has a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Counseling Education and Supervision Program through Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 10 years at various levels including clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a co-chair of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid

Brian Wilton

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Brian Wilton

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Augsburg College and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies -Integrated Behavioral Health program at the University of Minnesota and is continuing his education by working towards obtaining mental health licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). He works through a client-centered perceptive and has experience with both adolescent and adult populations. During his free time, Brian enjoys cooking, reading, fishing, and playing slow-pitch softball.

Emily Zwirlein

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Emily Zwirlein

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Emily obtained both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Maser of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and working toward obtaining her License in Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC). Her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, sexual health, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, playing volleyball, and traveling.

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Dietrich Anderson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Dietrich Anderson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Dietrich obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in addiction studies from Metropolitan State University. He has worked for NuWay for the past 4 years in various positions before working as an LADC. Dietrich believes that the opposite of addiction is human connection, community, and hope. He has worked extensively with the LGBTQA recovery community for the past 6 years and has served on the “Out and Sober Minnesota” board for 4 years by providing social, educational and informational events monthly with helping the LGBTQA community build healthy clean and sober networks. Dietrich is continuing his education in the fall of 2017 at Metropolitan State University by earning his masters of science degree in their Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling/LPCC licensure program.

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director II

Heather Anderson

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Program Director II

Heather obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Cloud State University and her Master's in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. In addition to addiction counseling, she provides mental health services and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Current interests include trauma work through the use of Prolonged Exposure, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

Karen Anderson

MA, LICSW, LADC
Mental Health Professional

Karen Anderson

MA, LICSW, LADC
Mental Health Professional

Karen has worked as a therapist, clinical supervisor and administrator for 25+ years. Much of this work has been in dual diagnosis programs. She sees a close connection between chemical abuse and mental health issues. Her therapy style is client-centered, systems-based and solution-focused. Karen is licensed as an LICSW and works with anyone ages 9-90.

Dr. Jim Ayers

PHD, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Jim Ayers

PHD, LP
Psychologist

Jim obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1976. He has worked in various settings addressing problems of mental illness, sexual misconduct, and co-occurring disorders. His clinical experience has focused on public service, underserved populations, and professional development. His twenty-five years as Clinic Director of the Walk-In Counseling Center and background in filmmaking has focused his research and clinical practice on face-to-face interaction and developing methods and technologies to foster human understanding and effective relationships. He loves woodcarving, backpacking, and helping people discover their voice and talents to get busy living.

Dan Baird

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Dan Baird

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Dan is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, and relocated to Minnesota in 2010. He graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School with a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies, Advanced Practice, and joined NUWAY in November 2017 as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). He is currently working towards his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential. His previous experience includes working with men and women in a residential treatment setting, and working with men in an intensive outpatient setting. His approach to treatment is person-centered, and focused on helping clients develop interpersonal skills to establish connection with others.

Marét Banks

BS, LADC
Counselor

Marét Banks

BS, LADC
Counselor

Maret graduated with a Master's in Counseling & Psychology, as well as an Addiction Studies Certificate from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, while working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She has experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, as well as working with trauma and underserved populations. Maret focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness in practice and believes in Person-Centered therapeutic approaches. She spends time outside of work creating multi-media art, and studies traditional healing practices within their indigenous community.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Cassidy Bay

MS, LADC, LPCC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Cassidy Bay

MS, LADC, LPCC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Cassidy graduated with a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation and Addictions Counseling from St. Cloud State University. Cassidy has experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, as well as working with a diverse treatment population including both adolescents and adults with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns. She currently holds both a LPCC, and LADC in the state of Minnesota. Cassidy focuses on strengths based techniques in her practices and encourages clients to uncover their unique capabilities to develop a recovery program that fits their individualized needs. Her clinical interests include trauma, relational psychotherapy, and treating clients from a holistic lens. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, keeping up with her cat and 2 dogs, and engaging in community development projects.

Katie Beedle

MA, LADC, LPCC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Katie Beedle

MA, LADC, LPCC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Katie obtained her Masters in Psychotherapy and Co-occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. She has experience working as an addiction counselor in an intensive outpatient setting with men and women. Katie worked with Park Avenue Center for five years prior to joining NUWAY. She has also worked with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in a group home setting. She obtained her LPCC license and uses her knowledge and experience to help clients understand their struggles in addiction in connection to their mental health. She loves creating a positive therapeutic relationship with clients and is passionate about the work she does. She enjoys helping others by setting a positive example and exploring the client’s strengths. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and off-roading with her Jeep.

Shirley Benson-Rogers

BS, LADC
Counselor

Shirley Benson-Rogers

BS, LADC
Counselor

Shirley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service from Metropolitan State University and currently holds a LADC licensure. Additionally, she earned her MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling from Metropolitan State University. She is currently in supervision for her LPCC Licensure. Shirley has gained experience working with the homeless populations and family systems with her prior experience at Catholic Charites and YWCA Transitional Housing Programs. Her areas of interest include co-occurring disorders, trauma and family systems. Shirley enjoys engaging with diverse populations, spending time with family and traveling.

Emily Coughlin

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Emily Coughlin

MPS, LADC, LPCC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Emily has a Master’s in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. She currently holds both an LADC and LPCC. Emily has experience working in schools, homes, and outpatient chemical dependency and eating disorder settings, providing individual, group, and family therapy. Emily focuses on building upon clients’ strengths, emphasizing their ability to solve their own problems and access resources. She is particularly excited to work with individuals with complex trauma and leads DBT Skills group.
Norm Cox, alcohol & drug counselor

Norm Cox

BS, LADC
Counselor

Norm Cox, alcohol & drug counselor

Norm Cox

BS, LADC
Counselor

Norm earned his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University. He enjoys helping others and entered the field of addiction because he wants to make a difference in people’s lives. He has worked with adults in both residential and outpatient settings. In his free time, Norm enjoys spending time with his family and friends, coin collecting, reading, playing the guitar and ukulele.

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn began service in Americorps as a Recovery Corps navigator, and after completing two terms at 3R’S NUWAY Counseling Center, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and was hired fulltime at NUWAY. She is a recovery coach academy graduate and is dedicated to continuing her education and supplying resources for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Taryn is providing that support to clients as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY, 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. Currently Melissa currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to attain her Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS. Melissa really enjoys fishing and being at the cabin with her family in the summers!

Anne Ferguson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Anne Ferguson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Anne received her Bachelors of Science degree in Addiction Counseling at Metropolitan State University. She has worked in the addictions field since 2007 in all levels of the recovery process to include inpatient, residential and outpatient services. Anne empowers clients with a non-judgmental, warm, and empathic engagement style placing emphasis on creating a strong therapeutic relationship. Anne brings a distinct interest of Integral Recovery to help empower those in the recovery process while on the path of personal growth and development. She utilizes cognitive behavior techniques, meditation practices and stress management skills to guide clients into learning how to find their true Authentic Self.

Alexandra Flatley

BS, LADC
Counselor

Hans Hagge

LADC
Counselor

Jenny Harris

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Jenny Harris

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Jenny earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She earned her LADC in 2016 and her LPCC in 2020. Jenny has worked with adolescents, men, and women in medium and high intensity outpatient settings. Jenny works from an energetic, compassionate, person centered, trauma-focused therapeutic approach. She believes working though significant life events and practicing skills to manage mental health will sustain long-term recovery. Jenny is trained in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) as modalities of processing trauma.
Mary Helget, addiction counselor

Mary Helget

BA, LADC
Counselor

Mary Helget, addiction counselor

Mary Helget

BA, LADC
Counselor

Mary has over 25 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency counseling. Prior to joining NuWay, she was with Park Avenue Center, most recently as Senior Clinical Supervisor. Mary earned her BA in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Sammi Horstman

MA, LADC, LMFT
Program Manager

Sammi Horstman

MA, LADC, LMFT
Program Manager

Sammi obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Current interests include behavioral addictions, shame and vulnerability, family systems, dual diagnoses, and treating trauma through the use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Sammi’s training and experience include working with mental health, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of levels of care and settings.
Debbie Huizenga, admissions coordinator

Debbie Huizenga

BA
Admissions Supervisor

Debbie Huizenga, admissions coordinator

Debbie Huizenga

BA
Admissions Supervisor

Debbie has worked in the field of recovery since 2004. Prior to coming to NuWay, she was the Admissions Coordinator at The Retreat. Debbie is passionate about working with those seeking recovery and sharing the gift of hope. She is grateful for the opportunity to align her vocation with her passion. Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys gourmet cooking, reading and going to the theater.

Jackson Hutchins

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Jackson Hutchins

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Jackson obtained his B.S in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2018. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Co-Occurring Disorders. Jackson believes the opposite of addiction is connection, as well as in the strength of support systems and communities. He is involved with various harm reduction organizations. Jackson is also the Vice President of the Minnesota Chapter of NAADAC. In his spare time, Jackson enjoys spending time with his family and training in mixed martial arts.
Karen A. Johnson, substance abuse counselor

Karen A. Johnson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Karen A. Johnson, substance abuse counselor

Karen A. Johnson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Karen earned her Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency from MCTC and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. Prior to joining the NuWay team, Karen worked at Park Avenue Center for 5 years. She enjoys working with a diverse population, is passionate about recovery and believes that anyone can recover if they are committed to necessary changes. Karen will return to Saint Mary’s to complete her master’s degree in clinical counseling to obtain LPCC licensure. She is interested in specializing in art and animal assisted therapy.

Terry Katusky

LADC
Counselor

Terry Katusky

LADC
Counselor

Terry earned her degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2002. She has 20 years of experience in the chemical dependency field and enjoys helping others. She entered the field of addiction because she wants to make a difference in people’s lives. She has worked with adults in both residential and outpatient settings beginning her career at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Terry has held multiple clinical positions over the past two decades including case management, substance use disorder counseling, clinical supervisor and administration. When not at work, Terry enjoys spending time with family, reading, being outdoors and traveling.

Amira Khalil

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Amira Khalil

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Amira attended the University of Minnesota, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and her Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health in 2020. Amira provides counseling for individuals who struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns, and is currently working towards an LPCC licensure. Her clinical interests include trauma, attachment, and treating anxiety disorders. With clients, Amira emphasizes personal responsibility and encourages individuals to consciously create a healthier version of themselves. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature and volunteering for animal rescue organizations.

Christopher Larson

ADC-T
Counselor

Christopher Larson

ADC-T
Counselor

Christopher, whose pronouns are: He/Him/His, obtained his Associates of Science degree in Addiction Counseling through Minneapolis College (formally MCTC), he is currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to complete his Bachelors in Addiction Counseling, with an emphasis on Gender and Human Sexuality; he is planning on pursuing a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy once he has completed his Bachelors. Christopher believes that recovery is a process specific to the individual needs of the clients he serves and believes in the power of an individual’s story. Christopher worked extensively in the Collegiate Recovery Program at Minneapolis College, was part of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Leadership Academy, through which he has self-published a book consisting of a collection of recovery narratives specific to students and alumni of Minneapolis College. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading & writing, cooking, and spending time with his pets and plants.

Alice Liu Xia

MS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Alice Liu Xia

MS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Alice graduated with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Currently she is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, while working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Alice has experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, as well as working with a diverse client population. Alice focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her practices, and believes in Person-Centered therapeutic approaches. Outside of the work setting, Alice enjoys cooking and exploring new foods, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Andrew Moe BA, LADC Counselor

Andrew Moe

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Andrew Moe BA, LADC Counselor

Andrew Moe

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Having completed his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in the Integrated Behavioral Health program, Andrew is continuing his education as a doctoral student at the University of St. Thomas. Currently, Andrew works as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, as well as a mental health practitioner. Andrew approaches addiction and mental health through the diathesis-stress model, a theory that highlights the importance of genetic vulnerabilities and stress from life experiences. He advocates for the use of evidence-based practices and person-centered care.

Julie Ann Moylan

MA, LPCC-S, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Julie Ann Moylan

MA, LPCC-S, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Julie has over 30 years of experience working with adults, families and children in a wide variety of human services agencies. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling-Advanced Practice. Her undergraduate work (Bachelor of Science) was in social work with a minor in counseling special populations. She believes in focusing on what works rather than what does not in our lives. Julie is a Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for LPCC’s. She has been practicing yoga for 25 years and enjoys distance bike riding without snow.

Kaitlyn Orzechowski

BA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kaitlyn Orzechowski

BA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kaitlyn is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN. After graduating with a BA, Kaitlyn attended the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies to receive her Masters degree in Addiction Counseling Advanced Practice. Her practicums were completed at the residential, day treatment, and outpatient levels of care working with both men and women. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor to apply a co-occurring foundation in her practice that addresses mental health and chemical dependency. Kaitlyn likes to provide person-centered care to meet the individual needs of clients. She enjoys spending time with family and pets.

Candice Peterson

MA, LADC, LAMFT
Program Manager

Candice Peterson

MA, LADC, LAMFT
Program Manager

Candice obtained her Bachelor of Science in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Candice has experience working in residential extended care and outpatient settings with an emphasis on providing relational services for couples and families affected by co-occurring disorders.

Eva Pickeral

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Eva Pickeral

BS, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Eva began her career in the addiction field in 2012, working as Admissions Supervisor at The Retreat. Eva graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Eva completed her internship at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and holds a certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist. Prior to joining NUWAY, Eva served as Program Director at St. Paul Sober Living for 4 years. Every person in recovery has individual needs and Eva works hard to advocate for her clients in any way possible. Outside of work, she loves to play with her dog, Maggie and often times babysits several other dogs as well.
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Elizabeth Rasmussen

BA
Clinical Support

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Elizabeth Rasmussen

BA
Clinical Support

Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Augsburg University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Psychology as well as an Addiction Studies Certificate at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her goal is to obtain dual licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Coming from a person-centered approach, Elizabeth has several years of experience working in social services and mental health with underserved youth and adult populations. Her clinical interests include co-occurring disorders, trauma, and attachment theory.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

David Saxon

ADC-T
Counselor

David Saxon

ADC-T
Counselor

David is currently working toward completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at Augsburg University. He is a recent graduate of the Addiction Counseling Program at Minneapolis College. His interests include gender and sexuality, addiction, and trauma. David currently works as an on-call counselor at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center.

Sydney Stallings

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Sydney Stallings

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Sydney received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sydney enrolled in the Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program at the U of M. She obtained her LADC part way through her Masters program after completing her internship at NUWAY. She currently works as a part-time/on-call LADC while completing her Masters degree. Sydney will then work toward completing her clinical hours to obtain her Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. During her free time, Sydney enjoys traveling, enjoying time with friends, and spending time with her pets.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.
Dr. David Swarthout, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. David Swarthout

PSY D, LICSW
Psychologist

Dr. David Swarthout, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. David Swarthout

PSY D, LICSW
Psychologist

David obtained his Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to his private practice, he also works as a clinical supervisor of Emergency Behavioral Medicine at North Memorial Hospital. Dr. Swarthout has worked for nearly 30 years in chemical dependency and is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Billy Watson

BA, LADC
Counselor, 2118

Billy Watson

BA, LADC
Counselor, 2118

Billy received his Bachelor of Arts at Winona State University with a degree in Mass Communication and a minor Communication Studies. Prior to NUWAY, Billy worked as a Mental Health Support Specialist at People Incorporated, obtained his LADC licensure, and is currently working towards his Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He firmly believes that once we realize that there is something within all of us that can be improved upon, we will finally be able to recognize our similarities instead of our differences.

Jari Welle

MA, LMFT
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Jari Welle

MA, LMFT
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Jari has been a Marriage and Family therapist for 20 years and she works with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction and other mental health disorders. Jari enjoys doing body/mind work using yoga, mindfulness and meditation.

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. She has a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Counseling Education and Supervision Program through Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 10 years at various levels including clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a co-chair of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid

Jacob Zimmerman

MS, LPCC, LADC
Mental Health Professional

Jacob Zimmerman

MS, LPCC, LADC
Mental Health Professional

Jacob is licensed to address both mental health and substance abuse concerns and enjoys working with adults, adolescents and families to better their lives. He received his Bachelor's in applied science from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and his Master of Science from St. Cloud State University. He is currently in private practice where he works primarily with client's struggling to address co-occurring issues, and teaches in nearby university settings in counselor training programs. Jacob relies on the use of cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral approaches to aid his clients. He has experience working in various capacities in the mental health and chemical health world.

St. Paul

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn began service in Americorps as a Recovery Corps navigator, and after completing two terms at 3R’S NUWAY Counseling Center, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and was hired fulltime at NUWAY. She is a recovery coach academy graduate and is dedicated to continuing her education and supplying resources for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Taryn is providing that support to clients as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY, 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. Currently Melissa currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to attain her Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS. Melissa really enjoys fishing and being at the cabin with her family in the summers!

Stephanie Mankowski

MA, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephanie Mankowski

MA, LADC, LPCC
Program Manager

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at St. Thomas University in 2012 and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University in 2016. She has experience at Pride Institute, NUWAY II Residential Men’s program and admissions. Her interests consist of gender and sexuality, trauma, person-centered care and addiction. She currently works as a dually licensed counselor.

University

Aaryn Anderson

Clinical Support

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Heather Baumann

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Heather Baumann

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Heather has been working in the field as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 2017. Heather earned her Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Her work experience includes both adult and adolescent co-occurring populations in outpatient and residential settings. Her primary goal for therapy is to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel their story matters. Heather utilizes a humanistic approach when working with clients; incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. During her free time, Heather enjoys being in nature, reading, spending time with her dog, and teaching ballet to high school students.

Rob Biglow

MCP, LADC
Clinical Support

Rob Biglow

MCP, LADC
Clinical Support

Rob obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and completed his Master’s in Clinical Psychology degree at Crown College in St. Bonifacius Minnesota. Rob is interested in advocating for clients who struggle with chemical dependency and mental health concerns. He completed his internship at NUWAY and accepted a counseling position. Currently, Rob obtained his LADC and is planning to gain an LPCC upon completing the requirements. Outside of the psychology profession, Rob enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, fishing and hiking.
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Abigail Brown

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

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Abigail Brown

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Prior to coming to NUWAY, Abby received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hamline University and her Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She has experience working in culturally-responsive substance use and mental health tribal behavioral health programs. Abby’s interests include person-centered and non-traditional approaches to recovery, gender and sexuality, social justice, co-occurring disorders, and harm reduction. In her free time, Abby enjoys crafting and spending time with her cat.

Dawn Carter

BS, LADC
Counselor

Dawn Carter

BS, LADC
Counselor

Dawn obtained her bachelors of science in physiology from Texas A & M with a focus in trauma, and received her LADC for alcohol and drug studies at Minneapolis Community Technical College. Dawn has experience working in residential care and outpatient therapeutic settings. During her free time, Dawn enjoys writing and gardening, traveling, enjoying time with friends, and spending time with her pets.

Jessica Clingerman

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Jessica Clingerman

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Jess received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Metropolitan State University and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her experience working with diverse populations allows her to provide an environment that is safe and free of judgement, which in turn enables her to meet clients where they are at in their recovery journey. Jess advocates strongly for the recovery community, is a member of the LGBTQ community and is passionate about eliminating the stigma associated with addiction, mental health and medication assisted treatment.

Misty Coonan

MA, LADC
Counselor

Misty Coonan

MA, LADC
Counselor

Misty received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph, MN in Psychology and her Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services and graduate certificate in Addiction Studies and graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Misty completed her internship with NUWAY at the Intensive Outpatient Program in St. Paul; upon completion she was able to join the team as a staff member. She is currently in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Misty’s passion in counseling is Posttraumatic Growth, not sure what that is just ask and she will tell you all about it.

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn began service in Americorps as a Recovery Corps navigator, and after completing two terms at 3R’S NUWAY Counseling Center, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and was hired fulltime at NUWAY. She is a recovery coach academy graduate and is dedicated to continuing her education and supplying resources for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Taryn is providing that support to clients as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Amelia Dela O-Peterson

MS, LADC
Clinical Assessor

Amelia Dela O-Peterson

MS, LADC
Clinical Assessor

Amelia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. In addition to providing addiction counseling, Amelia is in the process of receiving clinical supervision for licensure to become a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Amelia has experience working with a wide variety of clients including children, adolescents, and adults with both substance use and severe and persistent mental illness. During her free time, Amelia enjoys reading, spending time with family, and attending concerts.
Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela DePauw, mental health & substance abuse counselor

Angela DePauw

MA, LADC
Program Director

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management and her Master Degree in Addiction Studies from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. She has experience working in a halfway house, intensive residential and outpatient treatment settings. Her areas of interest include individuals with trauma, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She has experience working with women, men, adolescents and adults using a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family and group therapy sessions.

Rachel Dionne

MA, LADC
Counselor

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY, 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. Currently Melissa currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to attain her Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS. Melissa really enjoys fishing and being at the cabin with her family in the summers!

Kris Hays

MA, LAMFT, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kris Hays

MA, LAMFT, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Kris obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University, as well as her graduate certificate in Addictions Studies. Kris is also working towards her licensure as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) with an expectation to complete in 2020. Kris works from a person centered, family systems approach and her interests include working with individuals, couples, and families, as well as dual diagnoses, shame and vulnerability, and relationships. Outside of work, Kris enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Courtney Hoelmer

BA, LADC
Counselor

Courtney Hoelmer

BA, LADC
Counselor

Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict and is obtaining her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She completed her 880 hours of mental health and substance use internship at the St Paul NUWAY Counseling Center and was hired on upon completion. Her training and experience include working with mental health, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders with adults and adolescents in a variety of levels of care and settings. Courtney's interests are exploring identity, relationships, cross addiction, and trauma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, reading, and cooking.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Jesson Hunt

BA, LADC
Counselor

Jesson Hunt

BA, LADC
Counselor

Jesson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin and taught public school first in rural Louisiana as a Teach For America corps member, then in the Houston Independent School District. He is currently enrolled as a Masters student in the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program. He approaches his group and individual counseling sessions from a client-centered perspective. Providing culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and engaging care for clients are the heart of his practice. In his free time, Jesson enjoys playing volleyball, creating art, and riding his motorcycle.

Tayler Kahlow

MA, LADC
Clinical Liaison

Tayler Kahlow

MA, LADC
Clinical Liaison

Tayler graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Corrections and Psychology from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and her Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Tayler is an LADC, and is currently being supervised for licensure to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Through NUWAY, Tayler is working with the Ramsey County Drug Treatment Courts as the Clinical Liaison. Her professional interests include working with individuals with trauma and co-occurring disorders, and those involved in the justice system. During her free time, Tayler enjoys to travel, experience and learn new things, play volleyball, and spend time with family and friends.

Kris Kampf

BS, LADC
Counselor

Kris Kampf

BS, LADC
Counselor

Kris graduated from Evergreen State College, in Olympia, WA, with a BA. He completed the CDFT (Chemical Dependency and Family Therapy) certificate program at the College of St. Catherine in 1995. Kris worked extensively with adolescent and young adult males in Washington State. The program was a 5-month secondary level of care facility with sober housing available after completion. The program was CARF accredited, client centered and best practices oriented. The program supported on going academic activities as well as featuring wilderness therapy. He has also worked with adults. He is currently a float counselor at NUWAY-University Counseling Center. His idea of a good time is seeing the country from the seat of motorcycle.

Vanessa Kissinger

MA, LADC
Counselor

Vanessa Kissinger

MA, LADC
Counselor

Vanessa comes to NUWAY with 7+ years of experience working in the recovery community. Vanessa is a person in long term recovery and has an advocates heart for those struggling with addiction. Vanessa graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in 2014. After a few years of working as an LADC she realized there is a need for more awareness for those struggling with addiction and completed her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership in 2018 at Metropolitan State University. Vanessa is passionate about advocating for clients and enjoys the process of watching clients identify strengths from within. In her spare time, Vanessa can be found at the gym training for a triathlon, getting lost in a book while sipping an iced coffee at a local coffee shop or planning a spur of the moment vacation.

Andrea Lane

LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Andrea Lane

LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Andrea received a Master of Arts from Alder Graduate School in Adlerian Counseling and Psychology. Andrea has an LADC and is currently working towards obtaining supervision hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Andrea’s training has focused on co-occurring disorders and coordination of care through a treatment team. Outside work, Andrea enjoys camping, cooking, and travel.
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Nikki Larsen

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

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Nikki Larsen

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Nikki received her BA in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict and her MA in Addiction Studies: Advanced Practice from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Nikki’s previous experience includes working at Hazelden Betty Ford as an addiction counselor in an outpatient setting, and front end admissions and continuing care positions in the residential setting. Currently, Nikki is working toward LPCC licensure through supervision. Nikki’s experience has centered around those who struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, specifically with men in recovery. Nikki has completed courses related to motivational interviewing and eating disorders, and also has interest in working with those dealing with trauma. In her free time, Nikki enjoys reading, playing with her cats and spending time with family.
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Sami Lazor

BA
Clinical Support

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Sami Lazor

BA
Clinical Support

Sami graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University and is currently in a master’s program for Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She will be graduating and licensed with her LADC in August 2020. From there, Sami will be working towards mental health licensure as an LPCC. She has experience working in residential and IOP treatment settings, as well as inpatient mental health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outside, and attending concerts.

Hannah Lenertz

LADC
Counselor

Hannah Lenertz

LADC
Counselor

Hannah obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. After completing her LADC internship through NUWAY, Hannah started in an on-call counselor role. She is currently working on her Master's in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. She expects to complete this program in December 2020. Hannah's training and work experience have focused on severe and persistent mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, painting, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis

BA
Community Relations Manager

Jake Lewis graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior. He began his career in the field of addiction-recovery in 2009 being a student in and helping facilitate a collegiate recovery program at The College of Saint Scholastica. His first professional job out of school was in sales but his personal journey in recovery pulled Jake back to the field opening doors for him to work at treatment programs in the Twin Cities. Jake’s passion of building and maintaining relationships serves him well as a Community Relations Manger at NUWAY. Jake currently serves as co-board chair on the MARRCH Communication Committee. In his spare time Jake enjoys swimming, running, spending time with his family and trying to keep up with his two boys.

Kelsey Martin-Larmouth

MA, LADC
Counselor

Kelsey Martin-Larmouth

MA, LADC
Counselor

Kelsey obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winona State University and her Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University. After working in the mental health field for about 10 years, Kelsey decided to return to Winona State University to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counseling. Kelsey is passionate about working with individuals diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders as well as women and children.
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Sarah McVicar

BA, LADC
Counselor

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Sarah McVicar

BA, LADC
Counselor

Prior to coming to NUWAY, Sarah received her BA from Whitman College and her MBA with a focus on sustainability from Antioch University. She is currently completing her MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling at Metropolitan State University, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and ability to provide evidence-based, person-centered treatment for clients with co-occurring disorders. She completed her two co-occurring internships with NUWAY and has previously served as a Recovery Navigator in Minnesota’s first Recovery Corps and been certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys reading and creative writing, being in nature, listening to too many podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.

Taylor Miller

MS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Taylor Miller

MS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Taylor graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Taylor has worked in the human services field for the past 4 years. She is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), while working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Taylor has experience working with dual-diagnosis disorders, as well as working with a diverse client population. Taylor focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her practices and believes in Person-Centered therapeutic approaches. Outside of the work setting, Taylor enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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Kaleb Mua

MA, LMFT, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

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Kaleb Mua

MA, LMFT, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Kaleb earned his Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College, PA and was a high school English teacher before entering the mental health field. Kaleb has also earned his MA, LMFT and LADC licenses from St. Mary’s University of MN and has over 15 years of experience working in the human services field, which includes Case Management, ARMHS, CTSS, counseling, residential and intensive outpatient settings. Kaleb has experience working with diverse populations, dual-diagnosis disorders, SPMI, as well as with adults, adolescents, children and families.

Alyssa Nelson

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Alyssa Nelson

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Alyssa graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus on Addiction Studies, Family Social Science, and Family Violence Prevention. As a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Addiction and Drug Counselor (LADC), her primary goal is to meet clients where they are at to build a strong therapeutic alliance and guide them in harnessing their strengths. Prior to NUWAY, Alyssa worked as a counselor in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence; her interests include attachment and systems theory, and how these relate to a person’s current behavior.

Michael O’Brien

ADC-T
Clinical Support

Michael O’Brien

ADC-T
Clinical Support

Michael obtained his Associate of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and is currently attending Metropolitan State University to finish his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Michael has a passion for working with clients with substance use disorders and mental health concerns. He completed his internship at NUWAY and accepted a counseling position afterwards. Michael received an ADC-T credential and will obtain an LADC upon completion of the requirements. He plans to obtain a master’s degree in social work in the future. Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing and watching sports, spending time with friends, and hiking.

Janel Oberg

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Janel Oberg

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Janel has a BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. Janel worked in various human service positions serving those with mental illnesses and disabilities prior to becoming an LADC. Janel obtained a Certificate in Chemical Dependency from Century College. Janel has worked in co-occurring outpatient, residential and medication assisted treatment services with a variety of client populations. Wanting to further her education, Janel earned an MA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Counseling and Psychological Services. She is also trained in EMDR therapy. Her professional interests include trauma and trauma therapies, adverse childhood and life experiences, cognitive and existential therapies and co-occurring disorders. In her free time, Janel enjoys practicing meditation, reading, traveling, enjoying art and spending time in nature.

Taylor Olson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Taylor Olson

BS, LADC
Counselor

Taylor received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2013. After graduating Taylor crossed over into Minnesota and now enjoys being a MN transplant. After working as a Behavioral Therapist she returned to school, attending Century College to pursue her LADC Certificate. Taylor was able to gain experience in her internship with NUWAy exploring both the Intensive Outpatient Program and Residential sites; upon completion she was able to join the team as a staff member. She enjoys spending time outside, exploring new areas, hiking and kayaking.

Jennifer Peterson

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Jennifer Peterson

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Master's in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Co-Occurring Disorders through Argosy University. In addition to addiction counseling, she provides mental health services and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Jennifer’s experience include working with teens and adults with mental health challenges using DBT therapeutic approaches in a group setting. She has experience working in a variety of setting from psychiatric hospital, group homes, and outpatient. Jennifer enjoys traveling, biking, spending time with her family, and dog.

Carolynne Sandbakken

ADC-T
Counselor

Carolynne Sandbakken

ADC-T
Counselor

Carolynne completed her A.S. degree in Addiction Counseling from Century College and is currently pursuing her B.S. degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Metropolitan State University. Carolynne is passionate about continuing her education in the field in order to support youth, families and adults who struggle with co-occurring related issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and being out in nature.
Emily Schmidt, addiction counselor

Emily Schmidt

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Emily Schmidt, addiction counselor

Emily Schmidt

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Program Manager

Emily obtained her diploma in addiction counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College Addiction Counseling program and her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Metropolitan State University. She is currently in process of earning her Master’s in Social Work through Augsburg University, with a focus on multicultural clinical practice. Current clinical interests include individualized care, trauma informed care, socioeconomic influence on addiction, and working with populations impacted by co-occurring disorders. Emily enjoys learning about other cultures, traveling, cooking, spending time with her family, dogs, and art.

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina Segelstrom

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Sabrina has a BA in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master's of Art in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Additionally, she has an LADC and is working towards earning her LPCC. Clinically, Sabrina is interested in working with populations that are impacted my co-occurring disorders. She enjoys traveling and coming across new adventures.

Carrie Sorenson

MPS, LADC, LPC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Carrie Sorenson

MPS, LADC, LPC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Carrie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters of Professional Studies degree in Integrated Behavioral Health. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and practical counselor her goals are to meet clients where they are at and provide them with individualized recovery and therapy skills. Prior to working for NUWAY Carrie was a counselor at a medicated assisted therapy facility (MAT) and a case manager. Her interests are cognitive behavioral therapy skills and working with families, specifically women in recovery and their relationship with their children.

Shelly Stangl

BA, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Shelly Stangl

BA, LADC
Admissions Supervisor

Shelly graduated with honors from Metropolitan State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. It was in 2008 while working with men and women in recovery at The Retreat that Shelly found inspiration to make a career out of working with those struggling with addiction. While studying for her degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Shelly gained experience in the field by working as a tech and intern at Pride Institute's residential and intensive outpatient programs. Prior to joining NUWAY, she worked for 3 years as a counselor at St. Paul Sober Living and continues to be motivated by the miracles she gets to be a part of everyday.

Abby Stordahl

MA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Abby Stordahl

MA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Abby has a BS in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Masters in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She is working towards earning her LPCC license. Clinically, Abby has a passion for working in the admissions role and helping clients that are first getting to a new treatment facility. Abby is a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and enjoys travelling and having new adventures.

Jamie Stubler

BS, LADC
Counselor

Jamie Stubler

BS, LADC
Counselor

Jamie has been working in the behavioral health field for over 3 years as an intern, clinical support specialist, and sober house technician. Jamie completed her bachelor’s degree in communications at Kent State University. She is currently in the process of completing her master’s degree in Addiction Studies at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School with an emphasis in the advanced practice program that focuses on treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders. She has completed classes and acquired skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation, and treating eating disorders. Jamie has also worked throughout the continuum of care at recovery residences and interned at inpatient, outpatient, and an opioid specific program setting. During her free time, Jamie enjoys skiing, kayaking, playing softball, listening to live music, and reading.

Evan Tharaldson

BA, LADC
Counselor

Evan Tharaldson

BA, LADC
Counselor

Evan has been working in the behavioral health field for over 3 years as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Evan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where he also completed a certificate program in Addiction Studies to obtain his LADC. He has worked extensively with the recovery community, with a focus on treating trauma, as well as other various co-occurring disorders. He has also worked with and led seminars for interning counselors to help them develop their therapeutic approach. His passion for education, holistic and trauma-responsive care has led him to this field, and he hopes to continue to grow that passion while working with fellow recovering people. Outside of work, Evan enjoys biking, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Matthew Walfoort

BA, LADC
Counselor

Matthew Walfoort

BA, LADC
Counselor

Matt was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Paul and achieved his Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University Mankato. His areas of interest include working with the LGBTQ community and substance use disorders as well as relapse prevention. He has experience working exclusively working with the LGBTQ community as well as other sexual orientations and gender identities. Although he has not started, Matt has interest in pursuing dual licensure and is considering pursuing an LPCC licensure.

Erica Warffuel

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Erica Warffuel

BA, LADC
Admissions Counselor

Erica obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Psychology, with a minor in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Erica is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) who is enrolled in the Master of Counseling Psychology, with a focus on addiction studies at Crown College. Erica currently works as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY and she completed her practicums at 2118 NUWAY Counseling Center. She has plans to continue her education by working towards earning a mental health licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Erica likes to use a client-centered approach and has experience working with adult populations. Erica enjoys painting, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in her leisure time.

Kevin Yingling

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Kevin Yingling

MPS, LADC
Counselor

Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. After spending time as an intern at NUWAY, he onboard as a counselor at NUWAY- University. He has recently completed his Masters in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota. Kevin’s training has focused on co-occurring disorders and integrating care through a treatment team and he has experience working with youth, adolescents, and adults. In his free time, Kevin enjoys cooking, skateboarding, and creative endeavors.

NUWAY I

Margie Bauer

RN
Nurse

Margie Bauer

RN
Nurse

Margie has worked as an RN since June of 2018, previously working at a Skilled Nursing Facility and then managed as the RN Supervisor at an Assisted Living. She received her degree from Rasmussen College. Her goal at NUWAY is to assist clients with their medical and health needs to support clients in their independence and to better care for their physical health.

Tricia Briscoe

BA, LADC
Counselor

Tricia Briscoe

BA, LADC
Counselor

Tricia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in interpersonal communication and family services from Metropolitan State University and later returned to obtain her LADC licensure. While studying for her licensure, she gained experience working in the substance use field through her work as a substance use technician. Tricia’s approach to providing care is person-centered and places a high importance on the therapeutic alliance between a client and provider. Tricia’s clinical interest include teaching healthy living skills, challenging shame-based beliefs, and acceptance of one’s self.

Betsey Degree

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Betsey Degree

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Betsey received her Bachelor of Science degree in addiction studies at Metropolitan State University. She is passionate about reducing shame and stigma surrounding addiction and recovery and loves being a counselor. She believes recovery is possible for everyone and that treatment works. Betsey is planning on returning to school for her Masters degree in either professional clinical counseling or marriage and family therapy.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.
David Joubert, addiction counselor

David Joubert

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Supervisor

David Joubert, addiction counselor

David Joubert

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Supervisor

David began his journey working in the field of addiction in 2011. He began gaining experience in his role as Sober Housing Manager and Admissions Coordinator while working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State University. Upon LADC licensure, David worked as a counselor for 2 years in a High Intensity Residential Program. David came to NUWAY with clinical experience working in multiple ASAM levels of care. David has made it full circle back to Admissions where he has the opportunity every day to live out his passion of removing barriers and offering opportunity to heal for those stuck in the cycle of addiction.

Dr. Luther Philaya

MD
Medical Doctor

Dr. Luther Philaya

MD
Medical Doctor

Luther Philaya MD (Dr Luther) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is board certified in family medicine. He has over 22 years of practice experience is currently working towards a board certification in addiction medicine. His own personal journey through addiction and recovery combined with his medical knowledge have given him a passion to help those struggling with substance use disorder. Luther enjoys working with patients no matter where they are on their recovery journey and brings his relational style of practice to NUWAY’s clients. He has an ongoing commitment to fighting the stigma against substance use disorder both in and outside of the medical profession. His goal with each patient is to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental clinical environment. Outside of clinical medicine Luther enjoys spending time with his wife and sharing many of their similar interests including kayaking, skiing, biking and time with their children and grandson. He is also an avid musician and photographer.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

Brittany Sampson

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Brittany Sampson

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Brittany graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Bachelor of Science in Family Social Sciences. She began working in the field of Early Childhood Education, including teaching preschool at a homeless shelter with a trauma-informed focus. Curious to learn more about the impacts of trauma, Brittany returned to school to obtain her Master of Arts in Counseling & Psychological Services and Master’s Certificate in Addiction Studies from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Along with her LADC, Brittany is also receiving clinical supervision to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Prior to her internship and employment at NUWAY, Brittany worked as Mental Health Practitioner in Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS). Brittany has a passion for working with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds to address their co-occurring needs and connect them to appropriate resources. Brittany works from a person-centered and strengths-based approach, encouraging clients to elicit positive change on their own terms, and to feel heard in the intersecting worlds of mental, chemical, and physical health.
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Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

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Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to her role as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY, Katie provided counseling services in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Katie is currently working towards becoming a dually licensed clinician to better serve the needs of clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Marian Spiess

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Marian Spiess

MA, LADC
Program Manager

Marian obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from St. Ambrose University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology at Argosy University. Marian obtained her LADC in 2018 and her LPCC in 2020 and enjoys providing person-centered care to diverse populations. Marian was previously a counselor at NUWAY 3R’s Counseling Center and has been the Program Manager at NUWAY I since May 2019. Marian's clinical interests include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders, trauma-focused therapy, and providing education and training to interns and staff.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.
Dr. David Swarthout, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. David Swarthout

PSY D, LICSW
Psychologist

Dr. David Swarthout, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. David Swarthout

PSY D, LICSW
Psychologist

David obtained his Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to his private practice, he also works as a clinical supervisor of Emergency Behavioral Medicine at North Memorial Hospital. Dr. Swarthout has worked for nearly 30 years in chemical dependency and is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Andrew Waters

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Andrew Waters

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Andrew is originally from Toronto, Canada and moved to the Twin Cities with his wife and children to attend graduate school. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Judaic Law from Ohr Somayach College in Monsey, New York and completed his Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School Of Addiction Studies. Andrew has experience working with adolescents in recovery at Hazelden, Plymouth for 3.5 years. He is proficient in 12-Step facilitation and other cognitive behavioral approaches. He places a strong emphasis on spiritual development and co-occurring mental health concerns.

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. She has a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Counseling Education and Supervision Program through Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 10 years at various levels including clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a co-chair of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid

NUWAY II

Tracey Baker

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Tracey Baker

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Tracey earned her Bachelor of Arts in organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her Master of Arts in Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Tracey is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC) who joined NUWAY as an intern at St Paul NUWAY Counseling Center's intensive outpatient program. Upon completing her training, she joined the residential team as a staff member. She is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). She believes in a person-centered care and often utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach when working with clients with co-occurring mental health challenges and substance use disorders. Tracey is a movie buff that also enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with her family.

Margie Bauer

RN
Nurse

Margie Bauer

RN
Nurse

Margie has worked as an RN since June of 2018, previously working at a Skilled Nursing Facility and then managed as the RN Supervisor at an Assisted Living. She received her degree from Rasmussen College. Her goal at NUWAY is to assist clients with their medical and health needs to support clients in their independence and to better care for their physical health.

Betsey Degree

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Betsey Degree

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Betsey received her Bachelor of Science degree in addiction studies at Metropolitan State University. She is passionate about reducing shame and stigma surrounding addiction and recovery and loves being a counselor. She believes recovery is possible for everyone and that treatment works. Betsey is planning on returning to school for her Masters degree in either professional clinical counseling or marriage and family therapy.

Samantha Floersch

BS, LADC
Counselor

Katie Hochsprung

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Katie Hochsprung

MPS, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 2013 and her Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota in 2017. She provides mental health services and is in the process of obtaining her supervision hours for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Her clinical interests include family systems, trauma, grief and loss, mental health and substance use counseling. During her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, reading, outdoor activities, and attending concerts and sporting events.

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Sue Hoisington

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Hoisington is a leader in the field of treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders with over 30 years of experience in the field. She has her masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed as a Psychologist in Minnesota and a Certified Co-occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate. She is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In addition to consulting she has a private practice, is an Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas and a trainer for Minnesota Recovery Connection.

Tom Jay

BS, LADC
Counselor

Tom Jay

BS, LADC
Counselor

Tom has worked in the addiction field since 1997 in a support staff role. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University in 2007 in Addiction Counseling, shortly after he obtained his LADC. He has spent much of his time in the addiction field working in a co-occurring mental health/chemical health environment and he is very interested in trauma informed care. He is currently working toward a master’s in counseling psychology at St Mary’s University in Minneapolis pursuing his LPCC licensure.
David Joubert, addiction counselor

David Joubert

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Supervisor

David Joubert, addiction counselor

David Joubert

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Supervisor

David began his journey working in the field of addiction in 2011. He began gaining experience in his role as Sober Housing Manager and Admissions Coordinator while working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State University. Upon LADC licensure, David worked as a counselor for 2 years in a High Intensity Residential Program. David came to NUWAY with clinical experience working in multiple ASAM levels of care. David has made it full circle back to Admissions where he has the opportunity every day to live out his passion of removing barriers and offering opportunity to heal for those stuck in the cycle of addiction.

Dr. Luther Philaya

MD
Medical Doctor

Dr. Luther Philaya

MD
Medical Doctor

Luther Philaya MD (Dr Luther) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is board certified in family medicine. He has over 22 years of practice experience is currently working towards a board certification in addiction medicine. His own personal journey through addiction and recovery combined with his medical knowledge have given him a passion to help those struggling with substance use disorder. Luther enjoys working with patients no matter where they are on their recovery journey and brings his relational style of practice to NUWAY’s clients. He has an ongoing commitment to fighting the stigma against substance use disorder both in and outside of the medical profession. His goal with each patient is to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental clinical environment. Outside of clinical medicine Luther enjoys spending time with his wife and sharing many of their similar interests including kayaking, skiing, biking and time with their children and grandson. He is also an avid musician and photographer.
Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Gregg Riley, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. Gregg Riley

PSY D, LP
Psychologist

Dr. Riley has over 30 years of experience working with people who have had problems with substance use and other compulsive behaviors. He is licensed as a psychologist in Minnesota with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He completed the two-year training program with the Twin Cities Gestalt Institute. In addition to his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). He has strong interests in expanding use of trauma informed approaches to substance use problems particularly for those with co-occurring disorders. He has studied and practiced Zen meditation since 2006.

Amy Simmer

LPN
Nurse

Amy Simmer

LPN
Nurse

Amy has been an LPN for 5 years and enjoys helping people achieve better health through nursing. Her goal at NUWAY is to enrich client's lives through compassionate care.
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Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie SmithHeadshot

Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to her role as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY, Katie provided counseling services in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Katie is currently working towards becoming a dually licensed clinician to better serve the needs of clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.
Dr. David Swarthout, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. David Swarthout

PSY D, LICSW
Psychologist

Dr. David Swarthout, Psychologist/Mental Health Professional

Dr. David Swarthout

PSY D, LICSW
Psychologist

David obtained his Doctorate of Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to his private practice, he also works as a clinical supervisor of Emergency Behavioral Medicine at North Memorial Hospital. Dr. Swarthout has worked for nearly 30 years in chemical dependency and is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin Williams

MA, LPCC, LADC
Practicum Supervisor

Kristin has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology. She has a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from St Cloud State and is currently a doctoral candidate for the Counseling Education and Supervision Program through Capella University. Kristin has worked in the co-occurring disorders field for over 10 years at various levels including clinician, supervisor, trainer, director, and faculty member. She is a co-chair of the MARRCH Ethics Committee and is on the advisory board for Minneapolis College Collegiate Recovery Program. She has presented at multiple state-wide conferences on co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity, and supervision. She is also a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and a Trainer for Mental Health First Aid

NUWAY III

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Allison Albert

BA
Clinical Support

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Allison Albert

BA
Clinical Support

Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Dance at Millikin University. Allison is in school to earn her Addiction Studies Diploma through MCTC to become a licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC). Allison first started at NUWAY as an intern at NUWAY III, and later joined the NUWAY III residential staff team as Clinical Support. Allison’s clinical interests include harm reduction and art/music/dance therapy. In her spare time, Allison likes to taker her dog to the park, complete crossword puzzles and hang out with friends and family.
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Kristin Baker

BS, ADC-T
Counselor

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Kristin Baker

BS, ADC-T
Counselor

Kristin graduated from Metropolitan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She is an advocate for erasing the shame and stigma that accompanies substance use and mental health disorders. Kristin believes that each client deserves to be listened to by a counselor that truly cares about their wellbeing. She strives to empower each person and meets them where they are in their journey. Kristin is honored and feels it is privilege to be a part of each individuals road to recovery.

Sarah Bergstrand

LPN
Nurse

Betsey Degree

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Betsey Degree

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Betsey received her Bachelor of Science degree in addiction studies at Metropolitan State University. She is passionate about reducing shame and stigma surrounding addiction and recovery and loves being a counselor. She believes recovery is possible for everyone and that treatment works. Betsey is planning on returning to school for her Masters degree in either professional clinical counseling or marriage and family therapy.
David Joubert, addiction counselor

David Joubert

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Supervisor

David Joubert, addiction counselor

David Joubert

BS, LADC
Residential Admissions Supervisor

David began his journey working in the field of addiction in 2011. He began gaining experience in his role as Sober Housing Manager and Admissions Coordinator while working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State University. Upon LADC licensure, David worked as a counselor for 2 years in a High Intensity Residential Program. David came to NUWAY with clinical experience working in multiple ASAM levels of care. David has made it full circle back to Admissions where he has the opportunity every day to live out his passion of removing barriers and offering opportunity to heal for those stuck in the cycle of addiction.

Dr. Luther Philaya

MD
Medical Doctor

Dr. Luther Philaya

MD
Medical Doctor

Luther Philaya MD (Dr Luther) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is board certified in family medicine. He has over 22 years of practice experience is currently working towards a board certification in addiction medicine. His own personal journey through addiction and recovery combined with his medical knowledge have given him a passion to help those struggling with substance use disorder. Luther enjoys working with patients no matter where they are on their recovery journey and brings his relational style of practice to NUWAY’s clients. He has an ongoing commitment to fighting the stigma against substance use disorder both in and outside of the medical profession. His goal with each patient is to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental clinical environment. Outside of clinical medicine Luther enjoys spending time with his wife and sharing many of their similar interests including kayaking, skiing, biking and time with their children and grandson. He is also an avid musician and photographer.

Roxanne Prince

MA, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Roxanne Prince

MA, LPCC, LADC
Program Manager

Roxanne graduated from Argosy University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and is licensed as a mental health and substance use disorder counselor. She combines solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and person-centered therapy to help clients develop practical skills to address immediate concerns as well as providing the opportunity to explore the deeper, underlying issues that affect our day-to-day lives. Roxanne has experience working with adults and adolescents in individual therapy, group counseling, and family therapy to address challenges related to substance use and/or mental health.
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Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

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Katie Smith

MA, LADC
Residential Admissions Counselor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to her role as an Admissions Counselor at NUWAY, Katie provided counseling services in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Katie is currently working towards becoming a dually licensed clinician to better serve the needs of clients struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy Stephan

BA
Community Relations Manager

Amy joined NUWAY after working in the behavioral health field for two years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing for a practice that focused on promoting long term change for families and individuals experiencing chemical health, mental health and relational issues by providing trauma-responsive clinical and educational services. With previous roles in global marketing, sales and non-profit leadership, her talent and proficiency at building relationships, balancing multiple projects and creative execution shine through. She is excited to share the message of extended care services provided through NUWAY’s programs. Amy is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Communications major. She is a board member with The Sandwich Project of MN and is a regular volunteer within the recovery community.

Jennifer Twa

BA, LADC
Counselor

Jennifer Twa

BA, LADC
Counselor

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and French at Minnesota State University, Mankato and her Juris Doctorate at William Mitchell College of Law. Jennifer earned her Addiction Studies Certificate through Century College and is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC). Jennifer first started at NUWAY as a CD Tech at 2118 NUWAY and later joined the NUWAY III residential staff team as a primary counselor. Jennifer’s clinical interests include harm reduction, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and substance use counseling. Jennifer is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Co-Occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling at Metropolitan State University.

Erin Walters

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor - Supervision

Erin Walters

MA, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor - Supervision

Erin graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology. Her first position in the field begun as a Mental Health Practitioner working with adults with mental health disorders and teaching them the skills to become integrated into the community from hospital or group home settings. She noticed a pattern of addiction being co-occurring with mental health symptoms. Erin returned to school in 2018 to later obtain her Master of Arts in Counseling & Psychological Services and Master’s Certificate in Addiction Studies from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to further her understanding of co-occurring disorders. Along with her LADC, Erin is also receiving clinical supervision to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Her clinical interests are trauma, relationships and mental health and substance use disorders. Erin combines strength-based, cognitive-behavioral and person-centered therapy to assisting with clients with regaining the self-esteem and confidence to rebuild a happy life and healthy relationships. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, camping, cooking and hanging out with her family.

Rochester

Erin Bachman

LSW, LADC
Counselor

Erin Bachman

LSW, LADC
Counselor

Erin obtained her Associate in Applied Science in Practical Nursing through Northland Community and Technical College. She then went on to obtain her Associate in Science in the 2+2 Social Work: Alcohol and Drug Counseling through Rochester Community and Technical College. Erin has since completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree through Winona State University. She is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor as well as a Licensed Social Worker. Prior to Erin joining NUWAY she worked with high-risk high needs populations with significant criminal justice involvement.
Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn began service in Americorps as a Recovery Corps navigator, and after completing two terms at 3R’S NUWAY Counseling Center, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and was hired fulltime at NUWAY. She is a recovery coach academy graduate and is dedicated to continuing her education and supplying resources for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Taryn is providing that support to clients as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY, 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. Currently Melissa currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to attain her Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS. Melissa really enjoys fishing and being at the cabin with her family in the summers!

Joyce Koerner

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Joyce Koerner

MPS, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Joyce received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Lawrence University and completed in her Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health through the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is an LADC and under supervision working toward her LPCC. Joyce has experience in women’s inpatient treatment, men’s outpatient treatment, and individual mental health services. Her professional interests include cultural competency, trauma responsive care, substance use disorders, and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. Joyce currently works as a Co-Occurring Counselor at the Rochester location.

Carrie Madson

BS, LADC-S
Program Manager

Carrie Madson

BS, LADC-S
Program Manager

Carrie obtained her Associate’s in Addiction Counseling from MCTC and continued her education also obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Capella University. Prior to joining NUWAY, Carrie had 10 years of experience in behavioral health including providing direct client care and case management as a counselor as well as overseeing clinicians as a clinical supervisor. Current professional interests include the integration of mental and chemical health and supporting quality, client centered services.
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Dana Sanderson

BA, LADC
Counselor

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Dana Sanderson

BA, LADC
Counselor

Dana received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Metropolitan State University in 2013. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, IBH program. She has experience working in the addiction field. Her current interests are trauma, DBT, Person-Centered Care, and addiction treatment.

Callie Schmidt

BA, LADC
Counselor

Callie Schmidt

BA, LADC
Counselor

Callie obtained her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining NUWAY, Callie worked with a diverse population, including at risk youth and individuals with criminogenic needs. She has special interest in assisting individuals in overcoming trauma, codependency, making healthy lifestyle choices, and coping with marital issues. She enjoys interacting with nature in her free time.

Duluth

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello, Treatment Program Director

Lindsay Battuello

MA, LPCC, LADC
Vice President, Outpatient Services

Lindsay Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 6+ years as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment. Ms. Battuello obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and BBHT approved LPCC/LPC supervisor. Currently, in her role as NUWAY’s Vice President of Outpatient Services, she aims for continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships to support the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care. Ms. Battuello is passionate about addressing individual trauma and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy as a Master ART Practitioner.

Shelley Campbell-Rorvick

MA, LMFT
Mental Health Professional

Shelley Campbell-Rorvick

MA, LMFT
Mental Health Professional

Shelley, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is a Mental Health Professional at NUWAY-Duluth Counseling Center. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2012 and has a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. More recently in 2016, she completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Shelley has experience in chemical dependency treatment both from Fairview-University Medical Center and Pride Institute. Her focus is on trauma and how that relates to addiction, as well as gender and sexuality. Shelley has lived in Ecuador throughout the years and is fluent in Spanish. Additionally, she volunteers with the Arrowhead Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team.

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn Curtis

CPRS
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Taryn began service in Americorps as a Recovery Corps navigator, and after completing two terms at 3R’S NUWAY Counseling Center, she became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and was hired fulltime at NUWAY. She is a recovery coach academy graduate and is dedicated to continuing her education and supplying resources for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Currently, Taryn is providing that support to clients as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys long walks and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers

CPRSR
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal

Melissa Evers is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal for NUWAY, 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. Currently Melissa currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University to attain her Alcohol and Drug Counseling BS. Melissa really enjoys fishing and being at the cabin with her family in the summers!

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Program Manager

Angela Gilbertson

BAS, LADC, CS
Program Manager

Angela obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and continued her education by completing the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Chemical Dependency Program. Angela began her career as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and later became a Clinical Supervisor. Other than working within the Substance Use Disorder field, Angela has an extensive history of working as an advocate for Domestic Violence survivors. Angela loves to learn and is looking forward to continuing her education in the future

Laura Larsen

MSW, LADC, LICSW
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Laura Larsen

MSW, LADC, LICSW
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Laura is a dually licensed co-occurring counselor at NUWA- Duluth. She is currently credentialed as both a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She has worked in the human services field for 14 years in many capacities and brings a unique blend of knowledge to her practice. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the Social Work program at the University of Superior-Wisconsin. She then continued her education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth to obtain her Master of Social Work degree. Later she attended Mesabi Range College in Virginia, MN to earn a certificate in Chemical Dependency. Since completing school, she has worked in a variety of settings including; community mental health centers, a hospital behavioral health unit, and at both in- and out-patient treatment centers. Laura is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and brings trauma-informed care to her clients. She utilizes other interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, grief counseling, and motivational interviewing. As part of self-care, Laura enjoys kayaking, rollerblading, and camping. Pretty much anything outdoors is a go! She also recharges by spending time with her loved ones and listening to music.

Jordan Lowe

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Jordan Lowe

MSW, LGSW, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Supervision

Jordan received her Bachelors of Science in Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency from St. Cloud State University in 2016. She attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Jordan has been practicing as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2016 and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Generalist Social Worker (LGSW). She has experience in residential, outpatient, and MAT treatment facilities and has worked with both men and women adults in these settings. In her free time Jordan enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and playing with her cats and dogs.

Sherrie Steele

BA, BS, LADC
Counselor

Sherrie Steele

BA, BS, LADC
Counselor

Sherrie is a graduate of Bemidji State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor or Science in Applied Psychology, and Chemical Dependency Certificate. Sherrie received her BBHT Approved Supervisor Status in 2018. She has been working as a substance use disorder counselor for over 10 years in co-occurring residential and outpatient programs, and a medication-assisted treatment clinic. Sherrie developed a passion for working with family members of those in treatment during the six years she facilitated a family education support group. Prior to becoming a substance use disorder counselor, Sherrie worked in the mental health field as a mental health practitioner. This experience is what led her to pursue licensure in the substance use disorder field as it became evident there was a tremendous need for greater understanding of addiction and evidence-based treatment.

Zoe Torgersen

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Zoe Torgersen

MA, LPCC, LADC
Co-Occurring Counselor – Licensed

Zoe received her Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Peace and Legal Studies minor from The University of Wisconsin Superior in 2014 and her Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addictions Studies in 2017. Zoe is dually licensed as an LADC and LPCC with six years’ experience prior to licensures as a counselor assistant in inpatient treatment centers treating adult substance use disorders. Zoe enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music, cooking, reading, learning, and especially outdoor activities including: mountain biking, canoeing, camping, hiking, and most recently winter fat biking and cross country skiing.