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.

Joshua Weiler, PsyD, LP

Joshua Weiler, PsyD, LP

Director of Treatment and Training

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

Chet Dixon, MA, LPCC, LADC

Chet Dixon, MA, LPCC, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Women’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 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.

Birgitte Eppel MA, LMFT, LADC

Birgitte Eppel MA, LMFT, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health Services

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.

Michelle Jones, LICSW, LADC

Michelle Jones, LICSW, LADC

Mental Health Supervisor

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, 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.

Bryanna Lindahl, RN

Bryanna Lindahl, RN

Supervising RN

Bryanna obtained her ADN degree from Pine Technical and Community College and received her BSN at Bethel University, where she is currently continuing her education.  Prior to joining Park Avenue Center, Bryanna worked in the addiction medicine field with Recovering Hope and gained acute care experience working in rural Minnesota with First Light Healthcare.  She was inspired to work in this field because she admires the perseverance our clients show.  She is passionate about helping people to lead a healthy lifestyle and hopes she can make a small difference in our clients’ lives.  In her free time, Bryanna enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing.

Mary Race

Mary Race

Billing Manager

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.

Chet Russell, BS

Chet Russell, BS

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 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, PsyD, LP, LADC

Kelley Sehman, PsyD, LP, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health Services

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 Thelen, BS, LSW, LADC

Morgan Thelen, 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.

Mike Veldhuis, MA, LPCC, LADC

Mike Veldhuis, MA, LPCC, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health Services

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 Waldron

Lonnie Waldron

Maintenance Manager

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.

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

Jennifer Woods, BS, LADC

Jennifer Woods, BS, LADC

Chemical Health Assessor Supervisor

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.

James Wynne, LADC

James Wynne, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Intake

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.

Professional Team

Helen Adams, BA, LADC

Helen Adams, BA, LADC

Intake Float 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.

 

 

Ashlee Alberts, RD, LD, LMFT

Ashlee Alberts, RD, LD, LMFT

Registered Dietitian

Ashlee Alberts is a Registered Dietitian for both the Men’s and Women’s Programs. Ashlee attended St. Olaf College and St. Mary’s University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy, respectively. She had a previous career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 5 years before deciding to go back to school at the University of Minnesota for her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Ashlee completed her dietetic internship at the VA Medical Center and worked at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and United Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian before transitioning to Park Avenue Center. Ashlee is passionate about nutrition education and making sure clients receive accurate, evidence-based research information on nutrition. She hopes to someday be an expert in clinical nutrition and become a Board-Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition or a Certified Diabetes Educator. Ashlee spends her free time doing Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, yoga, and loves to cook and bake for her family and friends.

Suzannah Boysen, MA, LADC

Suzannah Boysen, MA, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

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 Bratt, BA, LADC

Intake Float Counselor

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.    

Kelsey DiBias, BA, LSW

Kelsey DiBias, BA, LSW

Social Worker

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

Abigail Dickens, MSN, RN, PHN

Registered Nurse

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 Du Lac-Johnson, MPS, LADC

Intake Float Counselor

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.

Anna Ellis, MA, LADC

Anna Ellis, MA, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Anna is an LADC currently attending the University of St. Thomas where she is working towards her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in co-occurring disorders.  Her goal is to obtain her LPCC. Anna started her career at Park Avenue as an intern, moved into the role of paid-intern, and was then promoted to Intake Float Counselor before assuming her current position as Co-Occurring Counselor. Anna was inspired to work in this field, and at Park specifically, because she is passionate about helping under-served clients overcome barriers and strive for positive change. Anna enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors. 

Matt Ellis, BA, LADC

Matt Ellis, BA, LADC

Chemical Health Assessor

Matt graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and obtained an Addiction Counseling diploma from Minneapolis Community Technical College. Matt began his career with Park Avenue Center as an intern with the Chemical Health Assessor department and, upon finishing his internship, officially joined the team. Matt developed a passion for the chemical dependency field while working with individuals in active alcoholic housing. Many of these clients were chronically homeless and underserved in the community and he sought a way to help them. In his role as a Chemical Health Assessor, Matt provides support and finds proper treatment opportunities for clients based on their individual needs. Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing the ukulele, watching Alabama football, going to music concerts, and traveling.

James Faust, BS, LADC

James Faust, BS, LADC

Co-occurring Float 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.

Jessica Hinck, MS, LPCC, LADC, CCTP

Jessica Hinck, MS, LPCC, LADC, CCTP

Lead Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Jessica began working in the Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment field in 2012. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an AODA Concentration from UW – Stout. Jessica joined Park in 2017, as a Primary Co-Occurring Counselor in the Men’s program. During the fall of 2018, Jessica took the opportunity to transition to Park’s Women’s building to fill in for a co-worker and gained experience working with the Hennepin County Drug Court Team. Upon her return back to the Men’s Program, Jessica accepted the role of Lead Complex Counselor. In February 2021, she continued her training and became a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She has the goal of becoming a Clinical Supervisor and working with other clinicians in-training. In her free time, Jessica enjoys meal prepping, supporting the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with family and friends.

Thomas Hoffman, BS, LADC

Thomas Hoffman, BS, LADC

Lead 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.

Katrina Jackson, BS, LADC

Katrina Jackson, BS, LADC

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

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 Johnson, MS, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian

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 Jones, BS, LADC

Evening Outpatient Counselor

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.

Katty Kropf, ADC-T

Katty Kropf, ADC-T

Co-occurring Counselor-Men’s Program

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.

Gina Meier, BS, LADC

Gina Meier, BS, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Gina earned her Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State University and her Diploma in Addiction Counseling from MCTC. She joined the Park Avenue Center team in 2015 and is passionate about helping others make a positive difference in their lives. Gina volunteers in the community and enjoys helping clients navigate through obstacles in their path to recovery.

Courtney Mensink, MA, LADC

Courtney Mensink, MA, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

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.

Becky Pierce, MA, LADC

Becky Pierce, MA, LADC

Evening Co-occurring 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.

Katie Pilquist, BS, LADC

Katie Pilquist, BS, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

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 Raymond, BSN, RN, PHN

Registered Nurse

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.

Anne Rollins, BA, LADC

Anne Rollins, BA, LADC

Complex Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Anne earned her BA in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa and received her LADC license in 2018. She most recently worked at Valhalla Place as a Counselor/LADC/HIOP Facilitator and has experience working with addiction, MAT, and Residential Mental Health. She believes everyone deserves a good, healthy life and hopes to empower her clients to reach their goals. Her professional goal is to earn her Master’s in Social Work or Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, cooking/baking, and exercising.

Kylie Ryan, MS, RD, LD

Kylie Ryan, MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

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.

Christina Schneberger, BS, LADC

Christina Schneberger, BS, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

Christina attended Inver Hills Community College where she received her Associate’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to attend the University of Cincinnati, Ohio where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling. Christina has been working in the Substance Abuse field since 2016, when she began her career working at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as an Addiction Technician and an Admissions Coordinator working with Youth and Adolescents. Christina started her internship at Park Avenue Center in August 2018 and worked with both the Men’s and Women’s Program before being offered a position as Co-occurring Counselor with our Men’s program. Christina plans to work toward her LPCC while she furthers her career as an LADC. Christina is passionate about the work she does and enjoys working with underserved populations. In her free time, Christina enjoys traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.

Cheryl Smith, BS, LADC

Cheryl Smith, BS, LADC

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.

Michael Snodgrass, AS, ADC-T

Michael Snodgrass, AS, ADC-T

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

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.

Aleda Snow, BA, LADC

Aleda Snow, BA, LADC

Co-occurring 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!

Megan Sullivan, BS, LADC

Megan Sullivan, BS, LADC

Chemical Health Assessor

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 Warhol, BA, LADC

Co-occurring Counselor, Men’s Program

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.

Jasmine Webb, ADC-T

Jasmine Webb, ADC-T

Chemical Health Assessor

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 Zenebe, BS, ADC-T

Co-occurring Counselor, Women’s Program

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.