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.
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.
Jim joins Park Avenue as the Clinical Supervisor for our Intake Team. Jim has been working in the field since 1989 and has previously served in supervisory roles with other treatment centers and the MN-DOC. He was inspired to work in this field due to his commitment to recovery and his personal experiences. He is passionate about working with those that are disenfranchised and institutionalized and has extensive experience working with adolescents, the homeless, and both men and women in corrections. He brings with him to Park Avenue a dedication to providing a high level of client care, customer service and clinical leadership.
Caroline has been actively involved within the health care field for several years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bemidji State University where she acquired her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with an emphasis on public health and nursing leadership. She developed a love for mental health while attending nursing school and completed a preceptorship program at the biggest mental health institute in the neighboring state of Iowa. She has previous experience working with individuals who have chemical dependency, substance abuse and mental health concerns within the Ramsey County Social Services network. She has a passion for working with individuals who are under privileged and as a result are often neglected by the health care system. Caroline values ethical standards in the work place and has been a member of Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), an affiliation of National Nurses United (NNA), where she has had the opportunity to advocate for quality patient care and higher standards of ethical practices within the health care system. Her greatest passion is helping others and giving back to the community. She is active within her own community to bring awareness to wellness, mental health and substance abuse. Originally coming from East Africa, she is also involved with various organizations that are tailored at bringing educational resources to her native country Kenya, and other surrounding countries in Africa.
Nicky attended Metropolitan State University where she earned a BS degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. She has been active in the chemical dependency field since 2014 and her previous experience, prior to accepting the position at Park Avenue, includes working as a Counselor with Wayside Recovery Center and the Anthony Louis Care Center. Nicky considers her dedication in advocating for her clients to be her biggest strength and is passionate about empowering her clients to change their lives. In her free time, she enjoys travel and reading.
Shira graduated with her BSN-RN degree from the University of Rochester and has been active in the field since 2001. She has previous experience working with substance abuse, mental health, foster care, and both geriatric and pediatric patients. She has most recently worked as the Director of Nursing for Options Residential and as a Case Manager for Brightstar Care. She considers her greatest strength to be her dedication, as a nurse, to caring about the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each person she works with. She was inspired to work in this field because she has witnessed the effects of drugs and alcohol on friends and family and wants to help in making a difference in the lives of others.
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.
Shilpa completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She has returned to work with Park Avenue Center as a Mental Health Supervisor to support our clinicians’ growth and help them develop an understanding of self as a therapist and expand their clinical knowledge. She is passionate about the value and training process of our young professionals in the field, as well as working with our clients to assist and support them in overcoming challenges and painful obstacles in life. Shilpa has specialized in working with at-risk children, adolescents, and their families. One of her previous positions was providing services as a psychotherapist at Project Pathfinder where she provided therapy for adolescents in an outpatient and correctional setting and children facing sexual and physical victimization issues. She considers her strengths to be compassion and the belief in our work and the ability to make a difference, no matter how small or large.
Jeremy came to us with a wealth of experience in the insurance/healthcare field having previously worked with Medica, Healthpartners, and AllinaHealth. He has worked closely with the homeless LGBTQ community, educating individuals on resources available, as well as those struggling with substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, and poverty. He considers his greatest strengths to be his compassion, positivity, and great work ethic. His professional goals include continuing his career at PAC, always putting clients first, and helping in his local community. He is also currently practicing Park Avenue’s value of “Get Better” by attending Minneapolis College to obtain a Business Management degree. In his free time, Jeremy has volunteered with the Animal Humane Society, NAMI, and Common Hope and enjoys running the lakes in Minneapolis, working in his garden, and relaxing with his husband and dogs and cats.
Linda attended California Lutheran University where she obtained her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Linda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in the field since 2004 with a variety of populations including children, adolescents, couples, and families/foster families. In 2005, Linda was the recipient of the Ventura County District Attorney Crime Victim’s Appreciation award. She considers her greatest strengths and skills to be her compassion, support, caring and teamwork. Prior to joining Park Avenue Center, Linda has most recently served as an Adjunct Practicum Instructor at St. Mary’s University, specialized in trauma work in the Gender Specific Program for Dakota County’s Juvenile Services program, and spent 9 years as a Clinical Supervisor for FACTS. As an MFT supervisor, Linda’s professional goals are to continue providing supervision to students and licensure candidates, teaching, and to continue developing her expertise in trauma and working with youth. She was inspired to work in the field because, “It just made sense. I belong in a healing profession and I hope that things can always get better.”