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Lisa Becking 

Lisa has been a DOC inspector for the past 10 years. She has been with the MN DOC for the past 22 years and has experience as a juvenile probation agent, adult probation agent and foster parent.

Aaron Bradford

Aaron is a Unit Supervisor on a mental health unit at Woodland Hills/Cambria Hills

Lisa Becking 

Lisa has been a DOC inspector for the past 9 years. She has been with the MN DOC for the past 21 years and has experience as a juvenile probation agent, adult probation agent and foster parent.

Tom Biley

Tom is a Unit Supervisor on a mental health unit at Woodland Hills/Cambria Hills

Dr. Chris Bray, PhD, LP

Dr. Bray is the Co-Director for Ambit Network and Administrative Director of the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health, University of Minnesota. Chris’s work at Ambit focuses on the implementation and dissemination of trauma-informed practices.  The focus of her clinical work is delivering evidence-based trauma treatment interventions to juvenile delinquents.  She is trained in two trauma treatment interventions.  Prior to coming to the UMN, Chris retired as the Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) after a career in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and family court at the state and local level. She collaborated on many statewide initiatives and co-chaired the Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Initiative for the DOC and MN DHS.

Deveny Brolsma

Deveny is a senior counselor at Gerard Academy. She has worked in in residential treatment for fourteen years and is a trainer for multi-behavior management systems.  She was a presenter at the MCCCA conference in 2011.

Karlie Castle

Karlie has been working for 11 years with Juveniles that are involved in the Juvenile Justice System.  She started volunteering, became an intern, began working at the Hennepin County Home School, and has been working at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center for the last 8.5 years.  Her primary domain is working with the female population and trauma exposed youth.  She has spent the last year training Trauma Informed Care in Hennepin County and participates in Girls’ Collaborative Meetings with other agencies in the state.

Nate Cannon

Nate is the author of the memoir Running on a Mind Rewired, which is being used in college and high school classes, treatment centers and hospitals to teach about chemical dependency and mental illness. Carrying with him 11 years of sobriety, Nate has completed 7 marathons since 2009 despite the onset of a progressive neurological disorder. Nate speaks regularly on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to audiences of educators, providers and consumers regarding his experiences being transgender and in recovery, living with both mental illness and a physical disability. He is currently finishing a memoir of his transition while pursuing his MFA from Hamline University.

Denise Dallas, BSW

Denise has a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.  She has been working at Mille Lacs Academy, a part of the Nexus family, for over fifteen years in various positions such as case manager, senior case manager, unit coordinator and is most currently the training coordinator working with training and mentoring staff on how to work clinically with youth who have problematic sexual behaviors.

Dr. Jennifer Dynes

Dr. Dynes graduated in 1998 with her PsyD in Clinical Psychological from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology  (currently Argosy University). Since that time, she has provided direct care and program management to residential, day treatment, outpatient and county programming. She has also provided numerous trainings, conferences, and consultations to professionals working in juvenile justice, mental health, and social service environments. She is currently employed as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Hennepin County Mental Health Center providing parenting evaluations, psychological evaluations, and outpatient therapy.

Dr. Dean Grace

Dr. Grace is the Director of Training and Development for Northwood Children’s Services.  He has 40 years of experience serving at-risk youth and their families.  In 2008 Dr. Grace developed and tested the first strength-based treatment model for seriously emotionally disturbed youth.  He is a published author and also serves as an adjunct professor with the College of St. Scholastica’s School of Social Work.

Kari Gustafson, MS

Kari graduated from St. Cloud State University, MN with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. She has worked both juvenile and adult institutions as well as juvenile field services. Kari has worked for Anoka County since 2009 as both a Correctional Officer and Probation Officer. In December of 2014, Kari was promoted to program coordinator at the Anoka County Secure Juvenile Center. She has received certification in the Advanced Gang Specialist Program, Advanced Gang Identification, Gang Profile Analysis and Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists. She is a trainer for the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago as well as conducts trainings for enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Linda Hansen

Linda received her Master’s degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at Antioch University in 1985.  As a licensed Psychologist, she has worked in the field of mental health over the past 30 years, the past thirteen years with Dakota County Corrections.  In addition to providing direct services, she provides consultation with the juvenile division’s programs to provide support in meeting clients’ mental health needs. Over the past two years, Linda has been trained in TF-CBT and TGCTA, two trauma specific treatments.  She is now providing these services with Juvenile Justice involved youth. 

Rick Heitke, LPCC

Rick  is a Therapist in Virginia MN.  Rick has worked with adolescents in trouble for over 33 years in residential and outpatient settings.  He has had experience with a wide range of populations including delinquent clients, clients with developmental disabilities, clients with sexual behavior problems and clients with trauma histories.

Jeanne Ketola, MA, LPCC

Jeanne is a therapist and FASD specialist at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development.  She is an adoptive parent of a child with an FASD. She has conducted research on Equine Assisted Therapy for children with an FASD; is certified as a Families Moving Forward therapist, which is a scientifically based intervention for parents of children with an FASD; received the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification from the University of Minnesota, and is currently assessing the improvement of adaptive functioning in children with an FASD who receive a multidimensional therapeutic approach.

Dr. Doug Latuseck

Dr. Latuseck currently manages both clinical programs and security for the Minnesota Department of Corrections at the MCF-Red Wing. He is a Licensed Psychologist and has more than a decade of experience teaching undergraduate Psychology and Sociology courses in addition to his clinical work. Dr. Latuseck has a broad range of experience including assessment and therapy services for individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan.

Andrea Lee

Andrea  is the Director of Youth Programming for NAMI Minnesota and a parent of two young adults with serious mental illnesses. She works with the University of Minnesota’s First Episode Psychosis Program and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota to provide resources and support to people who have experienced psychosis and their families, and has written a booklet and curriculum about psychosis. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis.

Paula Minske, MS, LMFT

Paula  is currently a Clinical Director at Mille Lacs Academy, a Nexus program that works with youth with problematic sexual behaviors. Paula has worked over 17 years in residential settings for youth but has also worked as a therapeutic foster care social worker and an adult mental health supervisor.

Blythe Navarro

Blythe is a nationally certified senior counselor at Gerard Academy. He has been working in residential care for three years and is a trainer and mentor to new staff.

Scott Nyegaard

Scott is the Residential Treatment Program Director with NMJC, a MN DOC licensed facility that serves 12-19year old clients.  He has served in this role since 1998.Typical responsibilities include oversight and management of a 25+ bed residential treatment wing.  Treatment plan development and implementation occurs with the 30 plus staff he supervises and trains in effective case management.  This also includes three counselors, and four coordinators in the following areas; community service, recreation, independent living skills, and American Indian cultural as there is a high level of non-Caucasian clients in placement.  His treatment philosophy centers on CBT while also using Choice Theory, Behavior Modification, and Motivational Interviewing.  He has trained in Motivational Interviewing since 2008 and continues to educate himself in Evidence Based Practices as they fit his institution and current position.  He has partnered with NIC multiple times, first in getting his facility trained through technical assistance grants and now as an independent contractor.  He finds the training process very rewarding and specifically has enjoyed the teaching process.  Mr. Nyegaard holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Psychology and a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Tonya Palmer

Tonya is the manager of the Hennepin County Diversity and Inclusion Division, prior to her promotion she was a Senior Human Resources Consultant for Hennepin County Human Resources Learning and Development, training since 2006. She earned an Adult Teaching certificate from St. Thomas University and became more involved with Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership management since 2004. She is a leadership coach to managers and supervisors, helping departments with strategic plans for inclusion. She is often sought after to consult on "difficult subjects", because of her ability to give clear and objective feedback and identify obstacles quickly.

Cindy Powell, MSW, LICSW

Cindy is currently the Mental Health Professional/Clinical Care Coordinator for Olmsted County Juvenile Corrections in Rochester, MN.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a Senior Juvenile Probation officer within DFO Community Corrections and as an Adult Community Probation Officer. Ms. Powell has worked with youth and adults within the criminal justice/juvenile justice system for the past 25-years.  During this time, Ms. Powell is credited by her colleagues for expanding their awareness of and insight into the clear connection between juvenile justice and unmet mental health and trauma related needs. Ms. Powell is currently participating in the TF-CBT learning collaborative and is a trainer for the Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA) curriculum as well as the Think Trauma Toolkit Training.  Ms. Powell received her MSW from the University of Minnesota.

Tamber Sherman

Tamber is the mother of 4 kids, 2 of which were adopted into her family as infants; one of which was exposed to cocaine, alcohol (likely) and trauma before his premature birth. She has spent the last 13 years navigating the challenging systems to find the support that her son and family required. She is passionate about sharing her story in an effort to increase awareness and compassion and decrease stigma and assumptions around children with mental health disabilities and their families. Tamber and Jessi together facilitate a support group for parents/caregivers of children in Out-of-Home placements.

Julie Syder

Julie has been a DOC inspector for the past 21 years. Prior to that she was a Juvenile probation agent for 14 years.

Shawn Sorrell

Shawn works in the Hennepin County Diversity and Inclusion Division. He was a trainer for Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. He also served as a Youth Rehabilitation Counselor and Adult Correction Trade Instructor for the State of Delaware Department of Corrections. He formally studied sociology and psychology at the University of Delaware and is a native of Baltimore, MD. He spent several years working with community groups and religious organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware cultivating violence prevention programs and mentoring youth from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Sarah Super, MA

Sarah trains and develops organizations in practices of inclusion, compassion, and mindfulness. She currently serves as a Learning & Development Consultant at Hennepin County, designing and facilitating curricula for countywide training initiatives. Sarah has experience in training, consulting, and program coordination in mission-based programs, including the YWCA, Top 20 Training, the Human Rights Center, the Advocates for Human Rights, and the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. She was awarded the Human Rights Fellowship through the Human Rights Center in 2013 and studied the relationship of human rights and trauma-sensitive yoga.  Sarah has been a yoga instructor since 2009 and is currently the only Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga certified instructor in Minnesota. Sarah received her Masters in Human Resource Development and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in Sociology and American Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Dana Hurley Swayze, MSW

Dana is a Juvenile Justice Analyst in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs, where she has worked since 2006. Prior to her employment with the state, Dana worked at the county level in a secure juvenile facility and as a juvenile probation officer. Her experience providing direct services to youth includes community supervision, cognitive-behavioral treatment, truancy intervention, community-based group facilitation, and youth program development and implementation. In her current position, Dana compiles and disseminates data related to youth in the Minnesota juvenile justice system for federal reports, legislative initiatives and public consumption. Areas of professional interest include addressing the overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system, best-practices in serving justice system involved youth, and researching the availability and quality of services for high-risk youth in the state. Dana possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Social Science from the University of St. Thomas (1997), and a Master of Social Work in Community Practice from the University of Minnesota (2007).     

Timothy Swedberg

Now 23, Tim reports that he grew up with “an intense fascination for video games.” At one point, he played for 60+ hours a week, which led to him leaving college. Tim returned to school and graduated in the Spring with his Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology. He developed this presentation for a class and then the Evergreen 2015 Annual Conference, combining significant research with his personal experiences as a gamer. Working as a full-time Youth Counselor at the Evergreen Crisis Shelter, Tim formerly worked as a camp counselor and also was the Men’s Head Resident Assistant at Oak Hills College.

Vincent Vaugn

Vincent is a Corrections Supervisor who has been working in the field for 15 years. He has been a Residential Youth Worker and a Juvenile Corrections Officer. He has been involved in training since 2001. He helped develop the Juvenile Detention Centers Gender Specific Program and Trauma Informed Care Program.

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