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.”
Michael started as the Maintenance Manager at Park Avenue Center in March of 2018. He has a degree in Sales and Marketing from Mankato Technical College and most recently worked as the Director of Engineering at the Westin Edina Galleria. He has worked in the maintenance field since 1996 and considers his greatest strengths to be organization, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. He believes taking good care of the centers and homes has a direct influence on our clients’ well-being and he and the organization are willing to do what it takes to get it done. In his free-time he enjoys classic cars, motorcycles, and spending time with his sons and grandsons.
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
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.