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.
Mark Casagrande, MA, LADCExecutive Director
Linda Casagrande, BACFO
Jennifer Hayes, LADCClinical Director, Women’s Program
Christine Caron, MS, LPCC, LADCClinical Director, Men’s Program
Michelle Ruesink, BS, PHRDirector of Human Resources
Joshua Weiler, PsyD, LPDirector of Treatment and Training
Mark Casagrande, MA, LADC
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 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 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 Caron, MS, LPCC, LADC
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 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.
Joshua Weiler, PsyD, LP
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.
Chet Dixon, MA, LPCC, LADCClinical Supervisor, Women’s Program
Thomas Hoffman, BS, LADCClinical Supervisor, Men’s Program
Michelle Jones, LICSW, LADCMental Health Supervisor
Sarah Lundgren, BS, LSWSocial Work Supervisor
Mary RaceBilling Manager
John Norwood, BS, LADCClinical Supervisor
Chet Russell, BSInformation Technology Manager
Jon Seaburg, MA, LPCC, LADCClinical Supervisor-Mental Health Services
Kelley Sehman, PsyD, LP, LADCMental Health Supervisor
Haley Skillings, RNSupervising RN
Morgan Thelen, BS, LSW, LADCClinical Supervisor, Men’s Program
Mike Veldhuis, MA, LPCC, LADCClinical Supervisor, Mental Health Services
Lonnie WaldronMaintenance Manager
Joanne Weber, BSAdmissions Director
William Westberry, BS, LADCClinical Supervisor, Culturally Specific Programs
Jennifer Woods, BS, LADCChemical Health Assessor Supervisor
Chet Dixon, MA, LPCC, LADC
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 then moved to a Lead Counselor role in the Men’s Complex Co-occurring Program before landing in his current position as Clinical Supervisor. 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.
Thomas Hoffman, BS, LADC
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Cloud State University and his Diploma in Addiction Counseling from MCTC. Tom joined the Park Avenue Center team in 2016 as a Clinical Support Specialist before assuming the role of counselor. Tom stepped into the role of Lead Counselor in 2018 before transitioning to his current role of Clinical Supervisor in 2021. Tom is passionate about empowering clients to improve their lives.
Michelle Jones, LICSW, LADC
Michelle began working in the mental health field in 2001, obtained her Child Psychology degree in 2005, and earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Minnesota in 2010. She has worked for the past 9 years as a Social Worker and Mental Health Professional with North Memorial Health. Michelle considers her greatest strengths to be her strong knowledge base, ability to work with different populations, communication, and teaching. Her professional goals are to continue to strive toward a balance between providing therapy to clients, supervision and consultation to Social Work students, and to maintain a healthy work-life environment. Michelle was inspired to work in the field when a very close friend was diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness. She is passionate about learning, teaching, and giving back. She believes that providing supervision and training to students is an important obligation for social workers to give back to the field and community. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with family and friends, relaxing, and traveling.
Sarah Lundgren, BS, LSW
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.
Mary worked previously as a Medicare Billing Specialist with Healtheast and joined Park Avenue’s Billing Team in 2017. With nearly a decade of experience working with clients struggling with homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health, Mary is passionate about making sure clients are able to get the best possible care in order to secure their future. She enjoys helping others and is proud that she can make a difference through her work. She prides herself on her open-door policy and her willingness to pitch in wherever she is needed throughout the company. In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with family, fishing, baking, and going to comedy shows.
John Norwood, BS, LADC
John obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling from Crown College 2016. He began his first internship at Park Avenue Center in 2016 and completed 440 hours here before leaving to complete the remainder of his internship in St. Cloud at Recovery Plus, working with adolescents. John returned to Park Avenue Center as a full-time staff in August 2016 as an intake float counselor, transitioned to a counselor position, a lead counselor position, and then a clinical supervisor for the intake team. John left Park Avenue Center in 2020 to work as a chemical health support specialist, however returned to park to complete his second internship with us as a Marriage and Family Therapy student. He obtained a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella in 2021, and returned to Park Avenue Center in 2022 as a clinical supervisor.
Chet Russell, BS
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 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 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, PsyD, LP, LADC
Kelley earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and has completed licensures for both LP and LADC. Kelley began her career at Park Avenue Center as an Intake Counselor, before transitioning as a Complex Co-Occurring Counselor. She then entered a leadership position as an Assistant Clinical Supervisor, before becoming a Clinical Supervisor in the Women’s program. Most recently, Kelley has transitioned to Mental Health Services as a Clinical Supervisor. 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
Haley Skillings, RN
Haley attended Anoka Ransey Community College where she earned her ASN degree and obtained her RN license. She is currently finishing up her BSN degree at Bemidji State. Prior to Park Avenue Center, Haley worked as the RN Nurse Manager at Meridian Behavioral Health. Haley has a passion for working with the MICD population and has seen many people find happiness and success in sobriety. She has applied for her CARN (Certified Addiction Registered Nurse) certification and was inspired to work in the addiction field as an RN because she saw that patients with substance use disorders are often overlooked in hospitals and clinics. She wants to ensure that every patient receives the same level of quality care.
Morgan Thelen, BS, LSW, LADC
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.
Mike Veldhuis, MA, LPCC, LADC
Mike attended the University of St. Thomas where he obtained his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. His professional goals are to earn his LPCC licensure and gain experience with a large and diverse client population. Prior to joining Park, he worked as a Psychiatric Associate with Fairview and as a Youth Care Professional with Nexus Glen Lake. Mike considers some of his greatest strengths/skills to be his experience providing Existential, Narrative, and Psychodynamic therapies. He chose to work in this field because he is passionate about promoting self-awareness and change for people searching for ways to improve their lives. In his free time, Mike enjoys playing and watching baseball and football, reading books on world history, and creative writing.
Lonnie joined Park Avenue Center with over 25 years of experience working in the maintenance field. He most recently worked as a Maintenance Manager with the Mora Housing Authority. He chose to work in the maintenance field because he is passionate about helping others and loves to do something different every day. As a manager, his goal is to grow his team and their skillset and to organize and maintain all of Park Avenue’s properties. In his free time, Lonnie enjoys fishing, traveling, and building projects.
Joanne Weber, BS
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 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
Jennifer Woods, BS, LADC
Jennifer Woods is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metro State University. She’s been in the field since 2006 and has spent the bulk of her career in the hospital system with Allina Health working within her strengths of intake and assessments. Jennifer is passionate about working in treatment and helping clients get the help that they deserve the way that it was done for her.
Jill Berray, BS, LSWSocial Worker
Suzannah Boysen, MA, LADCComplex Co-occurring Counselor, Women’s Program
Michele Bratt, BA, LADCIntake Float Counselor
Angie Caicedo, RN, BSN, PHNRegistered Nurse
Kelsey DiBias, BA, LSWLead Social Worker
Abigail Dickens, MSN, RN, PHNRegistered Nurse
Allison Du Lac-Johnson, MPS, LADCComplex Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program
James Faust, BS, LADCCo-occurring Float Counselor
Rachael Gardner, MA, LADCChemical Health Assessor
Susan Gjersvik, RN, BSN, PHNRegistered Nurse
Lillian HanzekMarketing and Business Development Specialist
Shannon Haynes, AS, ADC-TChemical Health Assessor
Katrina Jackson, BS, LADCCo-occurring Counselor, Culturally Specific, Women’s Program
Patrick Johnson, MS, RDN, LDRegistered Dietitian
Stephanie Jones, BS, LADCFloat Counselor-Men’s Program
Klarissa Smith, BS, LADCCo-occurring Counselor
Katty Kropf, ADC-TCo-occurring Counselor-Men’s Program
Vanessa Mahoney, LSWSocial Worker-Women’s Program
Courtney Mensink, MA, LADCCo-occurring Counselor, Women’s Program
Kelly Piazza, MS, RDN, LDRegistered Dietitian
Becky Pierce, MA, LADCEvening Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program
Katie Pilquist, BS, LADCLead Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program
Colleen Raymond, BSN, RN, PHNInterim Supervising RN
Kylie Ryan, MS, RD, LDRegistered Dietitian
Cheryl Smith, BS, LADCCo-occurring Counselor, Culturally Specific, Men’s Program
Prince Smith, BA, ADC-TGroup Facilitator
Michael Snodgrass, AS, ADC-TCo-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program
Ashley Snoke, RDN, LDRegistered Dietitian
Aleda Snow, BA, LADCCo-occurring Counselor, Culturally Specific, Men’s Program
Megan Sullivan, BS, LADCChemical Health Assessor
Ashley Warhol, BA, LADCCo-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program
Mohamed Warsame, BS, ADC-TCo-occurring Counselor
Jasmine Webb, ADC-TChemical Health Assessor
Sefinesh Zenebe, BS, ADC-TCo-occurring Counselor, Women’s Program
Jill Berray, BS, LSW
Jill graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Catherine University where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Chemical Dependency. Jill completed her internship with Park Avenue Center and was offered a position with our social work team upon graduation. She considers her greatest skills to be her deep empathy, caring, and ability to see the good in others. She was inspired to work in this field because she cares about the wellbeing of others and wants to help people meet their definition of success in life. She is passionate about helping clients make progress on their road to recovery and creating a safe and inviting environment for them. In her free time, Jill enjoys hanging out with her cats and walking around the lakes.
Suzannah Boysen, MA, LADC
Suzannah attended Argosy University where she earned her MA in Clinical Psychology. She completed an internship at Park Avenue Center and worked here as a Complex Co-occurring Counselor before leaving to gain further experience with Beauterre Recovery Institute. Suzy has returned to Park Avenue in her current role and we are thrilled to have her back! She has worked in the field in many capacities from CD Tech to Counselor since 2012 and considers her greatest strength to be her unconditional compassion. She was inspired to work in this field because of her curiosity regarding the human mind and its capacity for healing and transformation. Her career goal is to increase awareness of mental illness and reduce the stigma related to mental illness and addiction. In her free time she enjoys being with family and nature. She is passionate about soccer and spends much of her time on the sideline of a soccer field.
Michele Bratt, BA, LADC
Michele received her BA degree from San Diego University and completed her Addiction Studies coursework at Metro State to obtain her LADC license. After completing her internship at Nuway, Michele most recently worked as a Residential Counselor with River Ridge. She has chosen to work in this field, and with Park Avenue Center, due to a passion for helping others take steps towards a better life. Michele has had a life-long interest in the mental health field and plans to continue graduate school to earn her masters in Family Therapy. In her free time, Michele enjoys motorcycle riding, crocheting, reading, and watching motorcycle and Formula 1 racing.
Angie Caicedo, RN, BSN, PHN
Angie earned her Bachelors’ degree in nursing at Western Governor’s University. She’s worked as a nurse since 2015 and in the direct care field since 2005. Most recently, Angie provided in-home nursing services to individuals with physical and mental health conditions. She considers her greatest strength to be her ability to connect with clients and understand their needs. She was inspired to work at Park Avenue Center because she wants to help clients struggling with alcohol and drug addiction recover and meet their goals physically and emotionally. Angie is passionate about being a part of the solution for substance abuse and overdose deaths. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family and listening to music.
Kelsey DiBias, BA, LSW
Kelsey received her BA is Social Work from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to graduating, she completed an internship with Indian Education Programs in the Minneapolis Public Schools and Park Avenue Center, where she worked with both the Men’s and Women’s programs. She was honored as National Association of Social Workers-MN BSW Social Work Student of the Year in 2019. Upon graduation and receipt of her LSW, Kelsey returned to work with Park Avenue Center in our Social Work department. She chose to work in this field and at Park Avenue Center because she is passionate about advocating for clients who are under-served. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
Abigail Dickens, MSN, RN, PHN
Abby completed her MSN degree from St. Catherine University. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center, she worked as a Cardiac RN and Charge RN/Preceptor at North Memorial Hospital and was a 2018 Daisy Award Nominee-an International award for honoring exceptional nursing faculty and students. Abby has experience working with clients with SPMI, substance abuse disorders, and acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions. She feels that those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse are often under-represented and misunderstood and is passionate about helping people holistically improve their physical and mental health. Her professional goal is to continue her education and become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In her free time, Abby enjoys endurance sports, Pilates, and spending time with her family.
Allison Du Lac-Johnson, MPS, LADC
Allison attended the University of Minnesota where she earned a BA degree and her Master’s in Integrated Behavioral Health. She completed her internship at Park Avenue Center and joined our Intake Team. Allison comes to us with 13 years of experience working as a program supervisor with individuals with mental, chemical, and behavioral health concerns. She was inspired to work in this field after seeing the lack of adequate services for individuals in her care and is striving towards being part of the solution. Her professional goal is to continue her education and become licensed as an LPCC. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time with her partner and pets, reading a good book filled with mystery and suspense, and discovering new experiences through travel.
James Faust, BS, LADC
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.
Rachael Gardner, MA, LADC
Rachael attended St. Mary’s University where she obtained her Addiction Certificate and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to starting at Park Avenue Center, Rachael completed an internship at Northstar Regional and served as a Jail Case Coordinator with MN Adult and Teen Challenge. She considers her greatest strengths to be her compassion and understanding. She was inspired to work in the field because she wants to help others move forward and start their journey to a healthier and happier life. In her free time, Rachael enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family and two puppies.
Susan Gjersvik, RN, BSN, PHN
Susan received her BSN from Augustana University and has worked in the field since 1995. She comes to Park Avenue with a wealth of experience including working as a Heart Transplant Coordinator at Abbott Northwestern and as an RN in the HCMC medical system and Catholic Charities. Susan’s professional goal is to expand her knowledge in mental health and addiction medicine and to become a certified Addictions RN. She chose to work in this field as she is passionate about Park Avenue Center’s Core Values and assisting clients in meeting their goals. In her free time, Susan volunteers with Loaves and Fishes and howls with her hound dog and cuddles with her kitty.
Lillian graduated from St. Cloud State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Human Relations and Race. She started with Park Avenue Center as an Admissions Coordinator in 2020 and was promoted to her current position as Marketing and Business Development Specialist. Lillian prides herself on her forward thinking, compassion for others, and communication skills. She is passionate about helping others become the best possible versions of themselves. In her free time, Lillian loves baking, going to concerts with friends, and hanging out at home with her cat.
Shannon Haynes, AS, ADC-T
Shannon obtained her Associate of Science in Addiction Counseling from MCTC. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center as an Intake Float Counselor, Shannon worked with RS Eden as a Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has also previously worked with adolescents at the Anthony Louis Center. Shannon’s future plans include receiving her Bachelor’s degree and learning and growing within the field. She was inspired to work in this field as addiction had touched her own family. She considers her greatest strength to be her resilience and is passionate about working to help individuals make a total change in their lifestyle and have a second chance at life. When Shannon is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Katrina Jackson, BS, LADC
Katrina obtained her Bachelors’ degree from Metropolitan State University and is currently an ADC-T working towards full-licensure as an LADC. She came to Park Avenue Center from Transformation where she worked as a counselor for the past 5 years and previously completed her internship with Catholic Charities.
Patrick Johnson, MS, RDN, LD
Patrick attended the University of Minnesota where he earned his MS degree and became licensed as a Registered Dietitian. Prior to coming to Park Avenue, Patrick most recently worked for Open Door Health Center as a Diabetes Educator. While working with Type 1 and 2 diabetics and underserved populations in rural MN, it became clear to him that society has created barriers to good health. He is determined to work with clients to break down those barriers and help them better understand and take control of their physical health. He’s passionate about the role that health and wellness play in recovery from substance abuse and works to help the clients achieve their own version of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. His is currently working to complete a Masters of Social Work degree so he can better assist clients in the future.
Stephanie Jones, BS, LADC
Stephanie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BS in Addiction Studies. Stephanie began her career in drug and alcohol treatment 10 years ago, obtaining her certification- CADC-II in California in 2010. She has worn many different hats in her career- working as a case manager, client care coordinator, and leading an experiential outdoor adventure program. Stephanie was inspired to work in this field to show clients that recovery is possible. She is passionate about being part of their journey to cultivate the life that they deserve. Stephanie enjoys working at Park Avenue Center because of the values that they stand for and live every day. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys local restaurants and spending time with friends and family.
Klarissa Smith, BS, LADC
Klarissa attended Grand Canyon University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Addiction Studies. Prior to starting at Park Avenue Center, Klarissa worked as a Co-occurring Counselor at Wayside Recovery Center. Klarissa’s professional goals are to one day earn a Ph. D and open her own facility. She was inspired to work in this field because “Friends and loved one’s addictions have caused chaos and detriment at every turn in my life, and I would like to take from addiction what it has taken from me.” She chose to work at Park Avenue because the mission aligns with her person values of treating people with dignity and respect, serving as a role model, embracing the future, and always learning and growing.
Katty Kropf, ADC-T
Katty obtained her certificate in Addiction Studies from the University of Minnesota and continues to pursue her B.S. in Psychology. Prior to joining the Park Avenue team as a Co-occurring Counselor, Katty worked as a sexual assault crisis advocate at The Aurora Center and as an intern at NUWAY. Fascinated by the intersection between chemical dependency and mental illness, she hopes to further her education both in the classroom and in the counseling field. Her professional interests include the connections between addiction and interpersonal relationships, cultural influence, and neurobiology. Katty states she is passionate about this field because she is inspired by the insight and resilience demonstrated by those in recovery.
Vanessa Mahoney, LSW
Vanessa attended Minnesota State University where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work. She has worked in the field since 2013, most recently as a Family Advocate with Solid Ground and as a Resource Counselor with Wellcome Manor Family Services. Her professional goal is to continue to work towards her Master’s degree. She considers her greatest strengths to be her ability to collaborate with other agencies and resources to build networks for her clients, to value the individual’s choice in their care, and to think creatively when resources are scarce to fill the gap. Vanessa is passionate about working in the chemical dependency/mental health field because she finds it inspiring to watch the resiliency of individuals working towards recovery and reconnecting to who they are and who they want to become. In her free time, she enjoys doing a variety of crafts/projects, cooking, and playing with her dog Gryffindor.
Courtney Mensink, MA, LADC
Courtney earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and completed her MA at Adler Graduate School. After completing her MICD internship with Park Avenue Center, Courtney was offered the position of Intake Float Counselor. Prior to coming to Park Avenue, Courtney worked at Rescare as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. Her professional goal is to obtain her LPCC license and work as a therapist with the MICD population. She has a passion for helping clients work through their mental health and chemical dependency issues simultaneously and improve their quality of life and discover who they are.
Kelly Piazza, MS, RDN, LD
Kelly attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she completed her Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Foods. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center, Kelly worked as a Dietitian with Anoka County and completed her Dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota. She chose to work in this field because she is passionate about helping underserved individuals and teaching other about how nutrition is affected by substance abuse. In her free time, Kelly enjoys running, reading, camping, and traveling.
Becky Pierce, MA, LADC
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.
Katie Pilquist, BS, LADC
Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a Bachelor of Science. After an internship at Park Avenue Center, Katie obtained her LADC license and was hired to work as a full-time counselor. Katie was inspired to work in this field because of the variety of individuals she gets to meet and a passion for being able to see people change their lives. She chose to work at Park due to the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences the clients have. She considers her strengths to be her open-mindedness and client-centered focus.
Colleen Raymond, BSN, RN, PHN
Colleen received her ADN at Anoka Ramsey Community College and attended the College of St. Scholastica where she earned her BSN in Nursing. She is currently enrolled at the University of MN where she is pursuing an advanced nursing degree to become an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center, Colleen worked as an RN Case Manager with Allina Health. Colleen feels that patients with mental health and substance use disorders are often overlooked in healthcare, especially in primary care settings, and wants to be able to make a difference in the lives of those individuals. She is passionate about helping individuals in underserved communities have access to much needed healthcare service and educating patients about their health and wellness. In her free time, Colleen enjoys spending time outside in the summer, reading, and traveling.
Kylie Ryan, MS, RD, LD
Kylie attended school at California University of Pennsylvania where she earned her MS in Exercise Science. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center, Kylie worked as an in-store Registered Dietitian at Hyvee to educate customers on nutrition and healthy eating. She takes pride in her ability to build rapport through compassion and empathy and is passionate about empowering our clients to improve their health, both physically and mentally. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes and going out with friends to try new foods, traveling, and talking about her love of Star Wars and her cat.
Cheryl Smith, BS, LADC
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.
Prince Smith, BA, ADC-T
Prince obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Metropolitan University and completed his internship with Park Avenue Center. Upon completing his internship, Prince came to work for Park Avenue as a Group Facilitator and has been promoted to a full-time position working hands-on with the clients. Prince considers his greatest strength to be his ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals from all backgrounds, communities, and cultures. He is passionate about helping people grow and recognize that everyone is special with special gifts to contribute. In his spare time, he operates Prince Catering and has volunteered with the food-shelf to offer food support to other students in need. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening/landscaping, and viewing documentaries.
Michael Snodgrass, AS, ADC-T
Michael completed his associate’s degree in Addiction Counseling at MCTC and joined Park Avenue Center’s Intake Department. He brings with him previous experience working with individuals with TBI. He was inspired to work in the field after meeting others who enjoyed the work and found it very rewarding. His future professional goal is to complete school and immerse himself in the field and build his skills. He most enjoys hearing the clients’ stories and experiences and getting them started on their journey to recovery. In his free time, Michael enjoys fishing.
Ashley Snoke, RDN, LD
Ashley received her Bachelors degree from Arizona State University and Masters degree from Texas Tech University, both in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked in the nutrition field for over 6 years and most recently worked as a Program Dietitian with the Emily Program assisting adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders. Ashley chose to work at Park Avenue Center because she is passionate about mental health and helping individuals make long lasting changes to improve their lives. She has seen first-hand individuals suffering with substance use and the positive role that treatment team members have in helping someone recover. In her free time, Ashley enjoys biking around the lakes in Minnesota, reading, and taking her dog on walks.
Aleda Snow, BA, LADC
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!
Megan Sullivan, BS, LADC
Megan is a graduate of Metropolitan State University where she earned her BS in Human Services. Megan considers her greatest strengths to be her empathy, non-judgmental attitude, and her compassionate and caring nature. While in school, she was VP for Students Against Homelessness and Hunger and worked to raise visibility and led food and clothing drives. Megan most recently worked with Metro Social Services, leading an After-School Program, before joining Park Avenue’s team as a Chemical Health Assessor. Prior to that, Megan worked for several years as a counselor with a MAT Clinic. She has experience working with very diverse populations, including those with extensive trauma and people with disabilities. Megan’s mission at Park Avenue is to assist the clients in getting the help they need so they can live a happier, healthier, and safer life. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends, family, and her dogs.
Ashley Warhol, BA, LADC
Ashley obtained her Associates of Science in Addiction Counseling from MCTC and her BA from Metro State University. She 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.
Mohamed Warsame, BS, ADC-T
Mohamed attended school at Anoka Ramsey and Anoka Technical College where he earned his AA degree in Community Health and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Metro State University. Mohamed completed his internship at Park Avenue Center and was offered a position as a Group Facilitator upon graduation. He was then promoted to the role of Co-occurring Counselor in the Men’s Program. Prior to starting at Park Avenue Center, Mohamed worked in the healthcare field as Community Outreach with Midwest Quality Home Care where he assisted in communicating information between patients and healthcare professionals. He is passionate about working with MICD clients and it is his goal to provide an integrated approach that can be effective mentally, physically, and spiritually. In his free time, he likes to re-charge by working out and spending time outdoors with his children.
Jasmine Webb, ADC-T
Jasmine obtained her Associate’s degree in Behavioral Science from the Minneapolis Community College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jasmine most recently worked at AICDC Withdrawal Management and Hennepin County ACF prior to starting as a Chemical Health Assessor at Park Avenue Center. Jasmine considers her greatest strengths to be her motivation, caring, respect, and open-mindedness. She is passionate about working with diverse populations and helping clients progress within their lives. Jasmine enjoys spending her free time with her children and family.
Sefinesh Zenebe, BS, ADC-T
Sefinesh attended Metropolitan State where she earned her BS in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She became interested in the field while working in the ER at a local hospital. She met many patients with substance abuse issues and sought a way to help them. She is passionate about meeting clients where they are at, keeping a positive attitude, and getting people the help they need. Her professional goal is to continue her education and work towards becoming licensed as an LPCC.