Our mission is to empower people to improve their lives

In addition to our fabulous facilities and outstanding programming, our staff truly separates us from other providers. Our culturally diverse multidisciplinary team is made up of Ph.D. and Psy.D Licensed Psychologists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Social Workers. Under the supervision of several doctoral-level Licensed Psychologists, our mental health team is made up of numerous psychology pre-doctoral interns and master’s-level psychology practicum students. Pre-doctoral interns and practicum students meet individually with clients in our Co Occurring Disorders Programs to assess needs, establish treatment planning goals, and provide individual therapy throughout treatment and aftercare. Our Social Workers help clients secure stable housing, medical assistance, and help in obtaining additional needed resources. The level of professionalism, education, and experience of our staff truly sets us apart from other providers.

Leadership Team

Mark Casagrande, MA, LADC

Mark Casagrande, MA, LADC

Executive Director

Mark is the Owner and Executive Director of Park Avenue Center. Having been in recovery since 1986, Mark is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who attended the addiction program at Minneapolis Community College (now MCTC), earned a BS in Marketing from St. Cloud State University, and earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Starting with Park in 1994, Mark has had many roles including Counselor, Program Coordinator, Program Director, and eventually purchased Park in January of 2009. Mark is very active in the field of substance abuse and serves on the board of Minnesota’s largest substance abuse trade organization MARRCH where he has also served as President. He has also served on additional non-profit boards including EAGALA and Berkshire Horse Works. Mark regularly lobbies and educates state legislators in addition to working with MN DHS advocating for both clients and providers while implementing many evidence-based strategies. Mark’s passion is leading Park Avenue Center to continue to be “the solution to the broken system”.

Linda Casagrande, BA

Linda Casagrande, BA

CFO

Linda is responsible for the financial management of the company.  She began her career with Park Avenue Center by spending three years in the billing office where she was responsible for implementing the current financial management software. She then returned to her prior career in retail management where she served as a district manager for a major retailer before rejoining Park Avenue Center in January 2009 as the CFO.  She attended school at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Metropolitan State University where she studied retail management and accounting.

Jennifer Hayes, LADC

Jennifer Hayes, LADC

Clinical Director, Women’s Program

Jennifer has been a licensed alcohol and drug counselor since 2004. She started her career at Park Avenue Center as a counselor in the women’s program. She then transitioned to a counseling role at We Care Counseling Center in St. Paul. During her time at We Care Counseling, Jennifer assisted in implementing the electronic charting system and developed a four-volume agency training manual.  Jennifer returned to Park Avenue Center in 2013 as the Women’s Program Clinical Supervisor before assuming her current role as the Women’s Clinical Director. Jennifer grew up in South Minneapolis and feels her contributions make a difference within her community.

Christine Pearson, MS, LPCC, LADC

Christine Pearson, MS, LPCC, LADC

Clinical Director, Men’s Program

Christine (Chris) earned her Master’s in Community Counseling and Chemical Dependency from St. Cloud State University. She began her career after accepting a Float Counselor role in 2011 following her internship at Park Avenue Center. Chris then transitioned to a Co-occurring Counselor in the Women’s Program, and then to a Clinical Supervisor role in the Men’s Program before assuming her current position. Chris is inspired to work in this field to help clients believe in themselves so they can reach their goals.

Michelle Ruesink, BS, PHR

Michelle Ruesink, BS, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Michelle has over 15 years of experience working in Human Resources.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato and obtained her Professional in Human Resources certification in 2011.  Michelle joined Park Avenue Center in 2017 after working in the home health care field for several years. Michelle is passionate about working for an organization whose mission is to help others improve their lives.  When she isn’t working, Michelle enjoys watching sporting events and spending time on one of Minnesota’s many lakes.

Jen Stella, BS

Jen Stella, BS

Director of Operations

Jen received her Associates Degree in Supervisory Management from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Capella University. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2016, Jen spent over 17 years focusing on process and people management at Polaris Industries. She is experienced in implementing the principles of lean and change management, and helping to achieve strategic business objectives.  Jen’s passion for efficient processes and continuous improvement allow for an effective focus on client care.

Joshua Weiler, PsyD, LP

Joshua Weiler, PsyD, LP

Director of Mental Health Services

Dr. Josh is a Licensed Psychologist and serves as the Director of Mental Health Services responsible for our training programs as well as the mental health clinic. Prior to his current role, Dr. Josh was the Clinical Director of our Men’s Programs.  Dr. Josh obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his Psychology Doctorate from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. His professional training includes College Counseling Centers, Psychological Assessment, and Co-Occurring Disorders. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Weiler enjoys working to find solutions in complex systems, conducting training seminars, and supervising staff.

Managers

Eric Benson

Eric Benson

Maintenance Manager

Eric began his career at Park Avenue Center in 2004. Prior to Park he served in the United States Navy as an airplane captain. Eric chooses to do this work because each day brings something different.  His love for Park and the staff keeps him coming back year after year. Eric strives to ensure the maintenance needs of the company are met in a timely manner and values the work Park is doing to help clients reach their goals.  In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling and fishing.

Stephanie Calloway, AAS

Stephanie Calloway, AAS

Billing Manager

Stephanie obtained her Associates Degree in Healthcare Administration from Minnesota School of Business.  She joined Park Avenue Center in 2016 as a Billing Specialist before moving into her current role as the Billing Manager.  Stephanie has worked in social service organizations since 2004 and prior to joining Park, held the Director of Billing position at Minnesota Teen Challenge.  She is experienced in financial analytics, organizational leadership, and ensuring the organization is reimbursed fairly for services rendered.  Stephanie is passionate about making a difference in the lives of clients while working alongside a great team of staff.  In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, live music, sports and being active in her church.

Holli Ellering, BS, BA, LADC

Holli Ellering, BS, BA, LADC

Chemical Health Assessor Supervisor

Holli earned her Bachelor of Arts in Addiction Studies and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University. Holli has been in the addiction field completing assessments since 2011 and joined Park Avenue Center in 2017. Her previous experience includes five years at RCCS and 15 years working with HealthPartners. Holli enjoys being the first point of contact with clients as they begin their recovery journey.

Birgitte Eppel MA, LMFT, LADC

Birgitte Eppel MA, LMFT, LADC

Addiction and Co-Occurring Internship Supervisor, Couples and Family Therapy Services Supervisor

Birgitte earned her Bachelor’s degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In addition to her responsibilities as Park Avenue Center, she is also an adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota teaching in the Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate Program.  Birgitte’s prior experience includes working as a LADC for adolescents at On-Belay House, interning at Hazelden Center for Youth and Families, and interning at Central Freedom School, a sober high school in Mankato, MN. She joined Park Avenue Center in 2013 and in her current role runs the Addiction and Co-Occurring Internship Program and supervises the couples and family programming while also providing therapy from a systemic perspective for couples, families, and individuals. Birgitte is passionate about mentoring interns and developing professionals in the field of mental health, marriage and family therapy, and chemical dependency counseling.

Morgan Liebenow, BS, LSW, LADC

Morgan Liebenow, BS, LSW, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Men’s Program

Morgan earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and attended Metropolitan State University to pursue her LADC. She worked as a Program Assistant at Meridian Behavioral Health and a Resource Counselor at Kenneidigh KCQ – Dakota Outreach before joining Park Avenue Center in 2015. Morgan started her career as an Intake Counselor then transitioned to a Co-occurring Opioid Counselor. Another opportunity for growth arose and Morgan became a counselor in the Complex Co-occurring Program before landing her current position as a Clinical Supervisor. In the future, she plans to return to graduate school to earn her LPCC. Morgan is passionate about providing quality client care and encouraging self-advocacy and personal growth amongst staff and clients.

Sarah Lundgren, BS, LSW

Sarah Lundgren, BS, LSW

Social Work Supervisor

Sarah Lundgren obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Metropolitan State University. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in the social work field and has worked with clients who have co-occurring disorders, developmental disabilities, and the elderly population.  For four years, she was a Long-Term Care Social Worker at Providence Place prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2012. Sarah was the first social worker hired at Park Avenue Center and was integral in developing the Social Work Department and Social Work Internship program we have today.

Amber Marko, BA, LADC

Amber Marko, BA, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Women’s Program

Amber received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2015 as a Counselor, Amber worked at Youth Service Bureau and metro-area ISD 622.   She has experience in educating youth and communities on various topics involving chemical health.  Seeing people flourish physically and emotionally through sobriety inspires Amber to work in this field.

Rob Marshall, Psy D

Rob Marshall, Psy D

Clinical Supervisor, Intake Team

Rob received his doctorate of psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and is currently pursuing licensure as a psychologist. Rob began his pre-doctoral internship at Park Avenue Center in 2014, before transitioning to his current role in August 2015. Before moving to Minnesota, Rob worked in several treatment facilities in Georgia including Stonewall Psychological Associates, Banyan Tree Center, Ridgeview Institute and Dekalb Medical Center. Rob is particularly invested in supporting the empowerment, independence, and safety needs of clients facing discrimination due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, economic class, spiritual beliefs, and/or national origin. Rob remains inspired to do this work through continuously witnessing the resilience of people facing insurmountable obstacles. Rob’s outside hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, photography, and writing music.

Jennifer Metzger, MA, LADC

Jennifer Metzger, MA, LADC

Interim Addiction Intern Program Supervisor

Jennifer began her career at Park Avenue Center as a Counselor in the Women’s Program before going back to school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from St. Mary’s University.  Jennifer completed her practicum at Park with the Mental Health Team and then was hired as a Mental Health Float Counselor before landing in her current role.  Prior to Park Avenue Center, Jennifer worked in outpatient treatment as a Program Counselor and Team Lead at River Ridge, Minnetonka.  Jennifer is currently pursuing her LPCC licensure and has chosen to work for Park Avenue Center because it is at the forefront in MICD programming and for its passion of prioritizing the clients above anything else.

Joan Najbar, MSW, LICSW

Joan Najbar, MSW, LICSW

Mental Health Services Supervisor

Joan is a board approved supervisor for professionals seeking LPCC and LICSW licensure. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Masters of Social Work and completed training at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health in Chemical Dependency Counseling. Joan’s experience includes being a Clinical Supervisor on an ACT Team, Crisis Therapist, and Military Family Life Counselor. She enjoys working with clients in recovery at PAC and using strengths-based, creative approaches such as poetry.

Chet Russell, AT

Chet Russell, AT

Information Technology Manager

Chet started at Park Avenue Center in 2015 as the IT Manager.  He has two Associates Degrees from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) in networking and web & software development. Chet is a Cisco certified networking technician and an advisory committee member of WITC’s Information Technology Council.  Chet’s passion lies in in allowing technology to deliver the reliable tools necessary to our clients and staff so they can focus on delivering top client care.

Jon Seaburg, MA, LPCC, LADC

Jon Seaburg, MA, LPCC, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Men’s Program

Jon graduated with his Masters in Clinical Psychology and Addiction Counseling from Argosy University. Jon has been working in the chemical dependency field since 2012 when he began his internship with Park Avenue Center.  In 2013 he joined the team full time as a counselor and in 2017 he transitioned to his current role of Clinical Supervisor.  Jon leads different efforts at Park Avenue Center including the DWI One Day Program.

Kelley Sehman, Psy D, LADC

Kelley Sehman, Psy D, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Women’s Program

Kelley earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has her LADC and is currently pursuing her LP. Kelley began her career at Park Avenue Center as an Intake Counselor, before transitioning to Complex Co-Occurring Counselor.  She then entered a leadership position as an Assistant Clinical Supervisor before assuming her current position as a Clinical Supervisor in the Women’s program. Kelley was instrumental in developing the Complex Co-Occurring program’s curriculum and is passionate about working with under-served clients in the community. In her free time, Kelley enjoys fishing and camping with family and friends.

Tina Schreur, RN

Tina Schreur, RN

Supervising Registered Nurse

Tina joined Park Avenue Center in 2017 after working at On-Belay House – Anthony Louis Center, an adolescent residential treatment center. Tina obtained her nursing license in 2008 and is currently pursuing her certification in Addictions Nursing.  Tina chose to work in this field because of her passion for helping those overcome addiction by offering resources, tools, and belief that they can maintain sobriety. In her free time, Tina enjoys volunteering at The Bridge for Youth which helps youth in crisis.

Angel Walker

Angel Walker

Operations Supervisor

Angel has been with Park Avenue Center since 2012.  She started in the role of Driver before being promoted to Lead Driver, then Driving Supervisor.  In 2017 she was named Park Avenue Center’s Operations Supervisor overseeing the Driving and Reception departments.  Angel previously worked as an Office Manager with Just in Case and a Mortgage Auditor at U.S. Bank.  She works at Park Avenue Center for the clients and to give back to the community.  Angel enjoys spending time with family, reading, and cooking when she is not working. She also volunteers at Big Brothers/Big Sisters in serving as a positive role model for youth.

Joanne Weber, BS

Joanne Weber, BS

Admissions Director

Joanne has worked at Park Avenue Center since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Minnesota and worked at Minneapolis Public Schools and Northwestern Bell before joining the team. Joanne grew the admissions department from one person to a team of four. She is focused on developing and maintaining positive relationships with the community and committed to helping clients begin treatment to pursue their journey towards recovery.

William Westberry, BS, LADC

William Westberry, BS, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Culturally Specific Programs

William has over 20 years of experience in the chemical dependency treatment field. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies from Metro State University. William’s previous experience includes working at House of Charity and HCMC. He worked at Park Avenue Center as a Counselor for five years before transitioned to Vallhalla Place Inc. where he started the outpatient program. William returned to Park Avenue Center in 2014 as a Clinical Supervisor leading the Culturally Specific Program and is involved with the Hennepin County Drug and DWI courts

Professional Staff

Helen Adams, BA, LADC

Helen Adams, BA, LADC

Intake Counselor

Helen obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metro State University. She began her career at Park Avenue Center in 2014 as an Intake Counselor. Helen plans to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling. She attends church regularly and in her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at People Serving People. Helen loves being an Intake Counselor and is dedicated to helping people live successful lives.

 

 

Pure Alaearth, ADC-T

Pure Alaearth, ADC-T

Intake Counselor

Pure is currently pursuing her degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She began her career in 2005 serving clients affected by addiction in home and group home settings.  Prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2017, Pure contracted as a Recovery Coach with Minnesota Recovery Connection, working with participants in Hennepin County Drug Court.  Pure plans on furthering her education in social work to become a Clinical Licensed Social Worker with an emphasis on drug addiction studies.   Pure chooses to work at Park Avenue Center because of its practices that address clients’ needs and for its support of college students who join the team as interns.

Katie Beedle, MA, LADC

Katie Beedle, MA, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

Katie obtained her Masters in Psychotherapy and Co-occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. Katie worked as a Mental Health Counselor at South Metro Human Services for two years prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2015. She began as an intern and then moved into the role of an Intake Counselor, before assuming her current position. Katie is currently seeking supervision towards her LPCC. She is rewarded by working with clients, setting positive examples, and seeing clients reach their goals.

Paige Blasing, MA, LADC

Paige Blasing, MA, LADC

Complex Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Paige attended the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies to obtain her Master’s in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders.  Paige completed her internships at Park Avenue and Wayside House before joining Park Avenue Center in her current role in 2017.  Paige is passionate about the work she does and chose to work in this field because she feels compelled to help others.  Paige enjoys cooking, spending time with her pup and seeing live music in her free time.

Chet Dixon, MA, LPCC, LADC

Chet Dixon, MA, LPCC, LADC

Complex Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Chet obtained his Masters in Clinical Psychology and Addictions Counseling from Argosy University. He began his career at Park Avenue Center in 2013 as an intern.  Upon completion of his internship he was hired as an Intake Counselor before eventually moving to his current position as a Counselor in the Men’s Complex Co-occurring Program. Chet has experience working with co-occurring clients with a full range of mental health conditions including personality disorders. Chet finds his job rewarding because he has the opportunity to assist others in their journey to recovery.

Brandyce Edson, MA, LADC

Brandyce Edson, MA, LADC

Complex Co-occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

Brandyce earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and is currently seeking supervision to obtain her LPCC. Brandyce completed her practicums at Ramsey County Mental Health Center, Rum River Counseling Center, as well as Park Avenue Center. She then accepted a role as an Intake Counselor at Park Avenue Center in 2016 before transitioning to her current role as a Complex Co-occurring Counselor at the Women’s Program

James Faust, BS, LADC

James Faust, BS, LADC

Intake Counselor

After a 25-year career in commercial photography and design with Dayton Hudson, Jim switched gears and found his true calling in substance abuse counseling.  Jim says that is, “the ability to use my best attributes, which are written and verbal communication skills, to their fullest in serving Park Avenue Center clients in a positive, supportive and caring environment”.  Following completion of his degree and internships, Jim was offered a position at Park Avenue Center, in January of 2017.  He felt that Park Avenue Center was an ideal professional setting to begin and grow his counseling experience.  When Jim is not working, he divides his time between the study of politics, history, psychology, being a fan of alternative pop music, and an aficionado of all things Mid-Century Modern.  He is also an avid supporter of events associated with National Recovery Month along with MCTC as an alumnus.

Kaitlin Fear, BS, ADC-T

Kaitlin Fear, BS, ADC-T

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Kaitlin obtained her Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to joining Park, Kaitlin interned at Cedar Ridge – Meridian Behavioral Health and worked at Wellcome Manor Family Services. Kaitlin began working at Park Avenue Center in 2017 as an Intake Counselor before transitioning to her current role as a Counselor in the Men’s program.  Kaitlin was inspired to work in the field after witnessing family members and friends fight addiction. She has compassion for her clients and desires to give every client a chance to change their lifestyle and succeed in achieving their sobriety goals.  In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix, and playing with her two dogs and cat.

Kaity Giefer, MA, LADC

Kaity Giefer, MA, LADC

Chemical Health Assessor

Kaity earned her Masters from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in Addictions Counseling.  Before joining Park Avenue Center, Kaity interned at Hazelden, working with adolescents with co-occurring disorders.  Kaity chose to work in this field after witnessing how each integral member of a treatment team worked together to provide treatment to a family member.  Kaity wants to help in making treatment more accessible to those in need. She someday plans to continue her education to become an LPCC or LICSW.

Krystle Hansen, ADC-T

Krystle Hansen, ADC-T

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Krystle is currently pursuing her degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. Krystle began working at Park Avenue Center in 2017 in her current role.  Prior to Park Avenue Center, Krystle worked with the youth population as a Counselor at On Belay. Krystle was inspired to work in the field because she loves helping others and is passionate about working with those in high-risk populations. Outside of work, Krystle enjoys traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

Kayla Hicks, MA, LADC

Kayla Hicks, MA, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

Kayla obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.  Prior to joining Park Avenue Center as an intern, she completed an internship with Safe Haven Domestic Violence Shelter.  Kayla plans to work toward her LPCC while she begins her career as an LADC.  Kayla is passionate about working with underserved populations and enjoys integrating her interest in the criminal justice system into her work.  In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with friends and family and cheering on all Minnesota sports teams.

Jessica Hinck, MS, LADC

Jessica Hinck, MS, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Jessica began working in the chemical dependency treatment field in 2012 before joining Park in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with AODA Concentration from University of Wisconsin – Stout.  She has worked in a variety of roles prior to joining Park as a Counselor, with the most recent being a Behavior Intervention Specialist.   She has plans of becoming a dual-diagnosis clinician working with the male population and has goals of pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Education to become a Clinical Director. Jessica works in this field because she wants to prove that there’s more to life than meets the eye.   In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to the zoo, meal prepping, and spending time with family and friends.

Thomas Hoffman, BS, LADC

Thomas Hoffman, BS, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and his Diploma in Addiction Counseling from MCTC. Tom has been in the field since 2014, beginning as a Youth Counselor at St. Cloud Children’s home providing trauma-informed care to clients. He then transitioned to be a CD Tech at Anthony Louis Center prior to beginning his internship at Park Avenue Center. Tom joined the Park Avenue Center team in 2016 as a Clinical Support Specialist before assuming his current role as a Counselor. Tom is passionate about empowering clients to improve their lives.

Amber Jamelske, BS, LADC

Amber Jamelske, BS, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Amber obtained her Associates degree in Addictions Counseling from MCTC in 2016 and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2010. Amber previously worked for four years at Eau Claire Academy learning creative and effective skills to work with adolescents in crisis situations. She interned at Park Avenue Center in 2015 and joined the team as a counselor in 2016. Amber chose to continue her career at Park Avenue Center because she believes in the work we do with our clients.

Kim Johnson, BA, LADC

Kim Johnson, BA, LADC

Chemical Health Assessor

Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. Before Park Avenue Center, Kim worked with adolescents and young adults as an Addiction Counselor as well as a Clinical Case Manager at Hazelden. Kim has worked in the field of addiction recovery since 2012 and finds it rewarding to know that she helps to change people’s life circumstances in a positive way.  She understands the importance of working with each individual and his or her unique situation, in a non-judgmental manner.

Rina Langlie, BA, LADC, CBIS

Rina Langlie, BA, LADC, CBIS

Chemical Health Assessor

Rina earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist as well as an LADC.  Before joining Park Avenue Center, Rina worked as an LADC at Valhalla Place and an Assessor/Intake Counselor at Vinland National Center.  Rina was drawn to this field for the opportunity to help others after a history of addiction herself and within her family. Rina plans to begin the MSW program in the Fall of 2018 to become an LICSW.  In her free time, Rina enjoys swimming, snowboarding and attending free events around the Twin Cities.

Gina Meier, ADC-T

Gina Meier, ADC-T

Evening Outpatient Counselor, Men’s Program

Gina graduated from the addictions counseling program at MCTC and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling at Metropolitan State University.  Gina joined the Park Avenue Center team in 2015 and is passionate about helping others make a positive difference in their lives. She enjoys helping clients navigate through obstacles in their path to recovery.

Melissa Mrozek, MA, LADC

Melissa Mrozek, MA, LADC

Float Counselor, Women’s Program

Melissa obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University. Prior to her current role, Melissa was an intern at Park Avenue Center and a member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Team.   Melissa is inspired to work in this field because she recognizes how important relationships matter and their influence on the individual in recovery.  In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her German Shepherds and figure skating.  In 2007, she won the title of International Competitive Figure Skating Champion, with Team USA.

Kris Ness, MA

Kris Ness, MA

Float Counselor, Men’s Program

Kris began working in the field in 2010.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Catherine’s University, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University and is currently pursuing her graduate certificate in Addictions Studies. Kris excels in systemic and relational therapy and support for individuals, couples, and families.  She chose to work in this field to help others see their potential and create a positive change.  In her free time, Kris enjoys writing, traveling and spending time outdoors.

John Norwood, BS, LADC

John Norwood, BS, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

John obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Crown College. John is currently in grad school at Capella University pursuing his masters in marriage and family therapy counseling. John completed his practicums at Park Avenue Center and Recovery Plus giving him exposure to adolescent and adult client populations. After his internship at Recovery Plus, John joined the Park Avenue Center team in 2016 to continue his passion in empowering clients, encouraging families, and seeing client growth. 

Andrea Perla, BS, LSW

Andrea Perla, BS, LSW

Social Worker, Men’s Program

Andrea obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from St. Catherine University. After completing a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, she obtained her License in Social Work. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2015, Andrea worked as an Employment Counselor assisting families on the Minnesota Family Invest Program with workplace skills, education, childcare, and navigating life challenges. She currently works with clients who have faced homelessness obtain sober housing and other basic needs. Andrea believes she can help individuals and families manage life challenges, as well as focus on their strengths and goal setting. In her free time, she volunteers as a Big Sister and spends time with family and friends

Becky Pierce, MA, LADC

Becky Pierce, MA, LADC

Evening Outpatient Counselor, Men’s Program

Becky has over 20 years of experience in the chemical dependency treatment field. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Metro State University and later earned her Master’s in Human Development from St. Mary’s University.  She started her career at Hazelden working in a variety of roles with the most recent being a Primary Unit Supervisor before transitioning to the Program Director at Maple Lake Recover Center for two years. Becky then made a career change working at Heartfelt Homes Inc. as the HR & Training Manager for eight years before coming to Park Avenue Center in 2011. Becky promotes a holistic view of wellness with clients. Becky has a busy life filled with dancing, singing, cooking, reading, and maintaining her entrepreneurial spirit with two small businesses.

Sahcareion Rollins, MA, LADC

Sahcareion Rollins, MA, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Culturally Specific, Women’s Program

Sahcareion went to Saint Mary’s University where she received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing her LPCC. Sahcareion began her career working with children with autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder for Intermediate School District 917 as a paraprofessional before transitioning to Park Avenue Center in the role of Culturally Specific Counselor. Sahcareion is passionate about working with underserved African American clients in the community and loves seeing them becoming empowered and taking their lives back. Sahcareion spends her free time attending music concerts.

Traci Scholtz, BS

Traci Scholtz, BS

Specialty Programs Coordinator

Traci obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Baker College.  She began at Park Avenue Center in 2009 as an Admissions Coordinator, before becoming Park’s Specialty Programs Coordinator.  In 2015, Traci received an award from The National Society of Collegiate Scholars for her commitment to leadership and service. Traci has spent much of her time volunteering at different organizations such as Turning Point, Bolton Refuge House and Dorothy Day Center.  Traci works in this field because she is passionate about helping others to realize they are capable of more than they believe.  Outside of volunteering in her free time, Traci enjoys spending time with family, scrap booking, watching the Red Wings, and playing board games.

Cheryl Smith, BS, ADC-T

Cheryl Smith, BS, ADC-T

Co-Occurring Counselor, Culturally Specific, Men’s Program

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State University and an Associate of Science in Chemical Dependency from Century College. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center in 2014, Cheryl worked at Transformation House, Meridian Behavioral Health, Emma Norton’s Residence, and Health East Assisted Living. Cheryl is planning to become a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and looking forward to continuing her education towards an LMFT. Cheryl enjoys working with clients in the Men’s Culturally Specific Program as well as working in a teaching facility where she learns something new every day.

Aleda Snow, BA, LADC

Aleda Snow, BA, LADC

Counselor, Culturally Specific Men’s Program

Aleda has over 20 years of experience in the chemical dependency treatment field. She obtained a certification in Chemical Dependency Family Treatment from St. Catherine University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Counseling from Metro State University. Aleda’s previous experience includes working at RS Eden and African American Family Services.  In 2007, Aleda was recognized as the MAARCH Counselor of the Year. Aleda’s personal experiences are an important contribution to Park Avenue Center because she is an alumnus of its treatment program and can attest to clients that treatment does in fact work!

Kayla Stigen, BA, LADC

Kayla Stigen, BA, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

Kayla received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and completed the LADC certificate program at Century College. Kayla completed her internships at RRC and Park Avenue Center. She joined the team in 2016 as an Intake Counselor before moving to her current position. Kayla enjoys helping clients and seeing the progress they make in their lives.

Natalie Thoresen, BA, LSW

Natalie Thoresen, BA, LSW

Social Worker, Men’s Program

Natalie went to the University of St. Thomas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and attained her LSW. Natalie began at Park Avenue as a social work intern during her last year of undergraduate school. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience as an intern especially the opportunity to help clients and learn about the chemical dependency field. When she was offered a job after graduation, it was an easy “yes”! Natalie is passionate about helping clients access resources and advocating for affordable housing and health care for those in need of the services. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys playing piano, reading, and spending time with friends and family

Amy Troxel, BS, LSW

Amy Troxel, BS, LSW

Social Worker, Women’s Program

Amy has worked in the field since 2012 and joined Park Avenue Center in 2015 in the Men’s Program before recently making the move to the Women’s Program.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Moorhead State University and a certificate in Massage Therapy from Northwestern School of Healing Arts.  Prior to Park Avenue Center Amy worked at Prairie Care.  Amy volunteers at Tubman offering trauma informed bodywork and would like to further integrate bodywork into the social services field.  In her free time, Amy enjoys photography and a variety of physical activities, including windsurfing and swing dancing.

Ashley Warhol, AS, ADC-T

Ashley Warhol, AS, ADC-T

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Ashley obtained her Associates of Science in Addiction Counseling from MCTC. Ashley began working at Park Avenue Center in 2015 as an intern where she transitioned to a Group Facilitator prior to her most recent role as a Counselor. Ashley was inspired to work in the field after being in recovery herself. She has compassion towards clients and displays this in her client first mentality helping others change their lives.

Diane Wellcome, BA, LADC

Diane Wellcome, BA, LADC

Intake Counselor

Diane joined the team in 2016 after obtaining her Diploma in Addiction Counseling at MCTC and Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Communication from the University of Minnesota. Diane chose to make a career change into this field due to her passion for helping others struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. She feels it is essential to offer the best possible client experience as she is the first person the client interacts with at Park Avenue Center. Diane also enjoys volunteering with Help at your Door, a social services organization for homebound seniors.

Leah Wheeler, BA, LADC

Leah Wheeler, BA, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Leah received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Chemical Dependency from Metro State University. She began her career at Park Avenue Center in 2010 in the billing department, then moved to Intake Counselor before assuming her current role. Leah has worked in both the men’s and women’s co-occurring disorder programs. Leah likes to help people overcome their addiction and improve their quality of life for themselves and their families

Danielle Zabel, BA, LADC

Danielle Zabel, BA, LADC

Co-Occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She began her career in 2012 interning at the men’s and women’s programming buildings before accepting her role as a counselor in 2013. Danielle is currently a Counselor in the Women’s Program and leads multiple aftercare groups for clients.