Jenelle earned her MA at Adler Graduate School and is actively working towards mental health licensure while serving as a Counselor in Park Avenue Center’s Women’s Program. She most recently worked for Sanford Health where she gained experience working with women in recovery, LGBTQ issues and the Native American population. Jenelle is passionate about people and is motivated to work with underserved populations. She has been involved in foster care for over a decade and is committed to community service, having served as a board member for several organizations. She was inspired to join this field due to her personal experience with trauma, multicultural family backgrounds, and the impact of generational trauma for Native America families and communities. Through this work, she feels she is better able to serve her community in a way that would make a difference and bring healing, hope and empowerment to others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Abigail graduated from Bethel University where she earned her Bachelors’ Degree and attained her LSW. Prior to joining Park Avenue, Abigail interned with United Hospital where she gained experience working with individuals moving into transitional care and Eastside Neighborhood Services where she worked alongside clients experiencing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Abigail chose to work at Park Avenue because she is passionate about seeing the good in people who cannot always see the good in themselves and helping them find stability and success in their lives. Her future professional goal is to complete her MSW degree and continue growing within her field. In her free time, Abigail enjoys organizing and cleaning and has a love for fashion and interior decorating.
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.
Ashley attended St. Mary’s University where she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services and Addiction Studies. Ashley first came to Park Avenue as an intern and joined our team as a Co-occurring Counselor upon earning her LADC. Prior to Park Avenue, Ashley worked in the Social Services field for over 15 years and has experience working with refuge and asylee populations, provided mental health crisis stabilization, and was a case manager and educator for survivors of human trafficking. She was awarded “Street Person of the Year’ by the St. Paul Coalition for the Homeless in 2012 for her efforts. Ashley was inspired to work in the field because of her professional and personal experience working with mental health and addiction issues and is passionate about working with individuals to process and support them through their struggles.
Kayla is a Registered Nurse overseeing the Chemical Dependency Tech / Medication Observation team. She obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and went on to attend American Sentinel University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Before coming to Park Avenue Center, Kayla worked in the substance abuse field as the Nursing Supervisor of an outpatient treatment center. She enjoys being a support and resource for individuals in all stages of recovery, as they regain hope for the future and feel empowered to improve their quality of life. In addition, Kayla is passionate about ongoing personal and professional development, which she leverages into her role to become an approachable, trusting, and effective leader for her team. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending summer days on the lake with her family, baking tasty treats, and challenging herself with high-intensity interval training workouts.
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.