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Our 2018 School Supply Drive is on!

Help us stock 200+ backpacks to disperse to kids in need throughout the Twin Cities – and help them feel confident and ready for their school year. 

You can donate via Amazon, or drop off wish list items at our Richfield or Golden Valley locations.

All donations are greatly appreciated and truly help kids start the school year off right! 

Testimonials

"My staff (at Sioux Trail Elementary) have been sharing about Headway's training sessions. Teachers come back from the trainings excited to try new strategies and they have new understanding regarding mental health issues. This is making a difference in their classrooms and helping them relate to students when they are struggling."

-Shannon McParland, Principal, Sioux Trail Elementary

Jennifer Gustafson, MA, LMFT

Jen Gustafson 3.19

Supervisor, Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Management, Truancy and Diversion Services

Phone: 612-798-8167
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: jen.gustafson@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Jennifer has held various positions since joining Headway in 2000. She became a licensed therapist in 2006, and now works to keep our services accessible to youth through community partnerships, and helps youth who are at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system make better decisions for their future. “I feel privileged to support our amazing staff and to help build community relationships that make our services more accessible through schools and our communities,” she says.

Melanie Wigen, MSW, LICSW

Mealnie Wigen

Supervisor, Case Management

Phone: 763-227-6173
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: melanie.wigen@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Melanie has worked in the human services field since 2010 and joined Headway in April, 2014. She received her BSW and MSW from Augsburg College, and has experience working with a variety of demographics and ages ranging from early childhood to age 21.  Melanie has worked at Headway as a Children's Mental Health Case Manager as well as a school-based therapist.  She accepted the role of Supervisor, Case Management in 2018.  Melanie demonstrates a well-rounded, positive, integrated approach in her work.  In her role as supervisor, she enjoys the ability to use her previous experience in the field to develop and guide case managers in balance, accountability, change, and professionalism.

Outside of work, Melanie enjoys playing sports, traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with her two dogs, Nina and Dexter.

Katie Gomez Heil, BA, BS

Katie Gomez Heil

Coordinator, Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Management

Phone: 612-876-7087
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: katie.gomez-heil@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Katie has worked in the human services field since 2006, and joined Headway in 2012. For her first several years at Headway, Katie worked as a case coordinator at an alternative high school, and in July, 2014 transitioned into the children’s mental health targeted case management role. She specializes in Immigration/Deportation and the juvenile justice system, and enjoys building supportive relationships with her clients and their families so that everyone can work together to meet the needs of the client. “I am a strong advocate for my clients,” she says. “When they see how much I believe in them, they start to believe a little more in themselves and become their own advocate.”

In her time off, Katie enjoys travel, especially abroad; and spending time with her family.

Michelle Stiles, BS

Michelle Stiles 4.17

Coordinator, Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Management

Phone: 612-423-5461
Fax: 952-938-4708
Email: michelle.stiles@headway.org
1001 Highway 7
Suite 309
Hopkins, MN 55305 

Michelle joined Headway in July, 2014 and has worked in the human services field since 2009. She has experience working with clients who have a history of sexual trauma and abuse in the household, attachment disorders, developmental delays, long term medical issues, and children on the Autism Spectrum. She has a conversational skill level in American/English Sign Language and specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, Play Therapy, Early Start Denver Model and more. “I’m excited to step into a family’s life and transform their daily stressors into manageable goals to get their child on the right track and create some peace in the home,” she says.

In her free time, Michelle loves to go camping, hiking bicycling and enjoys exploring the arts and music scene around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Emily Hansen, BSW

Emily Hansen

Lead Case Manager

Phone: 763-227-6276
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: emily.hansen@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Emily joined Headway in April, 2014 and has worked in the human services field since 2003. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from St. Catherine’s University. Her professional experience has allowed her to work with children who have been identified as EBD, FASD, SLD and those who are on the autism spectrum. “I work with families to empower them to make changes by using their strengths and community resources,” she says.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling, bowling and reading.

Silvia Yaurincela, BS 

Silvia Yaurincela 4.17

Lead Case Manager

Phone: 612-203-0216
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: silvia.yaurincela@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Silvia has been in the human services field since graduating from college in 2009. At Headway she works as an advocate connecting families to community resources that help them overcome barriers and become more self-sufficient. “My favorite aspect is meeting with families face-to-face and seeing their relief when stressful situations are resolved,” she says.

In her spare time, Silvia enjoys practicing yoga, dancing, playing soccer, running and as well as shopping at antique shops.

Tiana Hardy, BS

Tiana Hardy

Lead Case Manager

Phone: 952-686-4922
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: tiana.hardy@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Tiana has worked in the human services field since 2010 and joined Headway in April, 2014. Her professional experience includes working with youth who have been chronically homeless as well as working with those who have been exposed to domestic violence either personally or within their families. She specializes in MFIP/TANF requirements and can answer many questions regarding its policies, procedures and documentation. “I enjoy being able to meet with clients and their families where they are comfortable,” she says. “I help families to know the value of the family as a unit and provide support to strengthen that unit and also provide resources for known barriers that affect the family’s self-sufficiency.”

Outside of work, Tiana enjoys singing, music, sewing, dancing and reading.

Abby Fleeter, BA

Abby Fleeter

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-226-3771
Fax: 612-861-3446
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Abby has been with Headway since June, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2015. As a case manager, she works to support children, teens, and their families by connecting them to resources that best match their needs and circumstances. She advocates for her clients as they navigate certain systems that can sometimes feel overwhelming, like school and healthcare. "My biggest hope in my role is that I help my clients realize that they're not alone," she says. 

In her spare time, Abby enjoys reading thriller novels, walking to the lake, and making homemade hummus.

Alyssa Mason, BS

Alyssa Mason 4.17

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-636-3214
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: alyssa.mason@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Alyssa has worked in the human services field since 2011 and joined Headway in October, 2016.  She specializes in child development and enjoys working with children of all ages.  In her previous experiences, she worked with families from multiple socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities, gaining knowledge and insight into working with many different types of people.  "I am excited to connect my clients and their families to needed services to help them live positive and productive lives," she says.  

When Alyssa is not at work, she likes to travel, read, and learn new things like glass fusing, painting and polymer clay creation.  She also plays volleyball in two separate leagues.  

Ashley Perry, BS

Ashley Perry

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-227-0829
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: ashley.perry@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Ashley has been with Headway since May, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2016.  She works with children, teens, and families to provide a variety of resources in the community that support stability and unity within their families.  She specializes in crisis intervention, de-escalation, and the developmental repair model in her work.  "I create a strong, trusting relationship with my clients and their families to promote positive changes within themselves so they can prevail over adversity," she says.

In her free time, Ashley likes to cook, dance, sing, write spoken-word poetry, travel, and volunteer with youth at her church.

Brooke Hornseth

Brooke Hornseth 4.17

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-483-4437
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: brooke.hornseth@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Brooke joined Headway in February, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2013.  Prior to working at Headway, she provided crisis response services and client support to those in need in the St. Cloud area.  She finds working in the mental health field to be an extremely rewarding position, saying, "There are new challenges in this field that are presented every day and my role is to assist my clients and address their needs and concerns.  By helping connect my clients to the services and resources that they need, I can effect positive changes in their lives."

Outside of work, Brooke is an outdoorsy person and enjoys fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.  

Chaarissa Romero, BA

Chaarissa Romero 4.17

Bilingual Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-226-4924
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: chaarissa.romero@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Chaarissa joined Headway in April, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2014.  She has previous experience working with adolescents in a Residential Treatment Center where she focused on teaching various distress tolerance and emotion regulation skills.  She is looking forward to to helping connect Spanish-speaking children and their families to much needed resources in the community.  "I hope to ease any anxiety or worries the families that I will be working with may have regarding locating resources," she says.  

In her free time, Chaarissa enjoys playing soccer.  She also takes her dog Oso on a daily walk or to the dog park.  

Evan Hanson, BA

Evan Hanson 3.19

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-644-4634
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: evan.hanson@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Evan joined Headway in August, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2013. He has previous experience working with special education students and worked as a Special Education Assistant at a charter school in West St. Paul prior to joining Headway. “I enjoy helping clients find the resources they need,” he says.

Outside of work, Evan enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and meditation.

Gabriela Klein, BS, LSW

Gabriela Klein

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 763-227-3934
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: gabriela.klein@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Gabriela has been with Headway since May, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2015.  She has past experience working with clients aged 65+, families, families experiencing homelessness, and low-income individuals. As a case manager, she helps families set up and maintain mental health services for their children. "I provide culturally aware and bilingual support and resources for families and their children," she says.

In her free time, Gabriela enjoys reading fiction, camping with her husband and dogs, cooking and baking, watching movies and listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. 

Gisella Arias-Olson, BA

Gisella Arias Olson 8.25

Bilingual Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 651-206-5006
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: gisella.arias-olson@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Gisella has worked in human services for more than 20 years and joined Headway in January, 2016.  She works with individuals and families needing additional help and guidance to develop strong support systems.  She has previous experience working with infants, children, teens and their families and specializes in child development, family counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  "I plan to assist in the creation of a sustainable network that will provide the required basic household, medical and educational resources that will create a sustainable and safe environment for my clients," she says.

When Gisella is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching soccer and movies, traveling, doing community volunteer work and boxing.

Hamdi Jama, LSW

Hamdi Jama

Trilingual Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-876-7302
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: hamdi.jama@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Hamdi joined Headway in July, 2014 and has worked in the human services field since 2012, most recently as a Behavior Therapist/Mental Health Practitioner with Autism Spectrum Disorder children. She speaks fluently in English, Somali and Amharic and has worked as a Somali and Amharic medical interpreter. She has experience working with a variety of different age groups and especially enjoys working with teenagers. “I help connect families and children with mental health disabilities to resources that will help them reach their goals,” she says.

When Hamdi is not at work, she likes to spend time with her family.

Hannah Penz, BA

Hannah Penz

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 952-200-3182
Fax: 952-938-4708
Email: hannah.penz@headway.org
1001 Highway 7, Suite 309
Hopkins, MN 55305

Hannah has been with Headway since May, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2016. She has past experience working as a school-age coordinator at an elementary school and as an office manager at an adult rehabilitative agency. As a case manager, she is responsible for understanding the strengths and needs of the children and adolescents with whom she works, serving as their advocate and coordinating their services to ensure they receive the highest quality care. She believes that transformation is possible for each individual, and works to establish a foundation of trust with each client as they work together towards health and positive change.

When she is not working, Hannah enjoys going on walks with her husband and catching up with friends. She also likes to exercise, journal, and check out different restaurants.

Hannah Schmitz, BA

Hannah Schmitz 3.19

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-644-4922
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: hannah.schmitz@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Hannah joined Headway in September, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2008.  She has experience working with a variety of populations including children, adolescents and families in crisis, low income families, families with diverse backgrounds, and children and adults with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.  She specializes in crisis de-escalization, working with domestic violence victims, parent educaiton and social security disability determinations.  "I'm excited to ensure that children are recieving the most comprehensive care possible," she says.

In her free time, Hannah enjoys gardening, playing with animals, going to the cabin and being outdoors, yoga, reading, fishing, listening to music, watching Netflix and shopping. 

Jaclyn Simondet, BS

Jaclyn Simondet

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-203-1914
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: jaclyn.simondet@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Jaclyn has been with Headway since April, 2018 and has worked in human services and early education since 2011.  As a case manager, she connects with families to help them learn to help themselves.  "I want to help people see that they are not alone," she says.  "We all need support, and I want to be a part of that support system for people all over my community."

In her spare time, Jaclyn enjoys hiking, Mexican food, and spending time with her two dogs.

Jenna Braun, BA

Jenna Braun 3.19

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager


Fax: 763-746-2401
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Jenna joined Headway in September, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2016.  She recently graduated from St. Cloud State University and has a background in Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy.  She is excited to be working with children and their families and helping provide them with resources to help them thrive in school, in their communities, and at home.  "Everyone needs an advocate, someone to listen to their concerns and their needs," she says.  "I want my clients to feel that I hear them and that I am here to help them succeed."

In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time at her family's cabin on the lake, going to concerts, and collecting books and records.  She also loves to spend time with her husband and group of friends and does just about everything with them.  

Jonah Venegas, BA

Jonah Venegas 8.25

Bilingual Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-222-2861
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: jonah.venegas@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Jonah joined Headway in May, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2016.  He has previous experience working with students at a charter school in St. Paul and also working with the college-aged LGBTQ population and the intersecting populations of religious LGBTQ people.  He is excited to work with the Latino/Spanish speaking population and help children and families make connections to needed resources in the community.  "I hope to form relationships with the clients that I serve in order to help both the children and their families be the best possible version of themselves that they can be so that they can be empowered to succeed in every area of their lives," he says.

In Jonah's spare time, he enjoys doing many things including exploring Minnesota searching for new coffee shops to try, writing in his blog or working on his YA novel.  He also enjoys playing piano, practicing photography, and traveling. 

Kaylee Babineau, BA

Kaylee Babineau

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-423-9062
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: kaylee.babineau@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Kaylee has been with Headway since September, 2018 and has worked in the human services field since 2015. She has past experience working with children and adolescents in a school setting, and adults in a group home setting. As a case manager, she assists her clients and their families with setting up and maintaining mental health services. She believes that helping others is the greatest purpose that there is and is passionate about social services, so she is excited to have the opportunity to build supportive relationships with clients and help them connect with services and resources that they might need in order to realize their strengths and potential so that they are able to live happy and fulfilling lives. "By building a solid foundation of trust with each individual, advocating for my clients, and ensuring that they will receive the best care possible for connecting them with community resources to help them overcome any obstacles they may face, I help to ensure that they live successful, healthy lives," she says.

Outside of work, Kaylee plays in a sand volleyball league during spring, summer, and fall. She also enjoys painting and drawing, camping, and hanging out with friends and family.

Kelly Stocke, BA

Kelly Stocke

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 763-222-6664
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: kelly.stocke@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Kelly has been with Headway since June, 2018 and has worked in human services for over 20 years. She has experience working with a wide range of people, including seniors, children, adults with mental illness experiencing homelessness, and individuals with chemical dependency. As a case manager, she helps her clients to navigate the mental health field, and most enjoys watching her clients succeed in a task they didn't think was possible, or that they thought they couldn't do. "I show them that even in the darkest of times, there is hope, and hope will make things better", she says.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys fishing, traveling, reading, walking her dog, cooking, and baking.

Kjirsten Lipa, BA

Kjirsten Lipa

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-203-4368
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: kjirsten.lipa@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Kjirsten joined Headway in October, 2017 and has a background working in early childhood education.  She is currently enrolled at St. Mary's University and is working toward earning dual licensure for an LPCC and LADC.  She works with children and their families to help connect them with resources to help them overcome transitions and life obstacles.  "I want to build strong connections with families so that they know they have a resource they can trust and rely on," she says.

In her free time, Kjirsten loves to travel with her husband.  They like to explore and try new things together whether it is local or across the ocean.  They also have two cats and a dog that keep them busy and active.  

Kristina Browman

Kristy Browman 3.19

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-226-3448
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: kristina.browman@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Kristina joined Headway in October, 2017.  She has previous experience in the mental health field working with Partners in Excellence Autism Therapy Center and at RockRidge Canyon in British Columbia, Canada.  She is excited to be working with children and families and helping connect them to resources in their community.  She plans to be an advocate for all her clients and will focus on creating a lasting and impactful relationship that will help meet the individual needs of each of her clients.  "I strongly believe in putting the client first and serving them based on their own individual needs and aspirations," she says.

When she is not at work, Kristina loves doing DIY and crafting projects.  She loves to build and paint wooden pieces and canvases with calligraphy and also enjoys knitting and crocheting. 

MacKenzie Dornbier, BA

Mackenzie Dornbier 4.17

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-226-4064
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: mackenzie.dornbier@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

MacKenzie joined Headway in March, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2014.  She works with children, adolescents and families to help guide them and obtain resources to enable them to have both personal growth and family growth and development.  "It is a great honor for me to help others," she says.

In her free time, MacKenzie loves the outdoors; hiking, biking and backpacking are some of her favorite things. 

Mariah LaVold, BSW, LSW

Mariah Lavold

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-876-0332
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: mariah.lavold@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Mariah has been with Headway since April, 2018. She has past experience working with at-risk adolescents and homeless individuals. As a case manager, she works with children and families to assess their needs and coordinate necessary services. She makes sure that her clients are the experts in their experiences; "I think this is key to building rapport with clients and the beginning stages of a trusting relationship," she says.

In her spare time, Mariah enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her pets, as well as golfing.

Melissa Odland, BA

Melissa Odland 4.17

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 763-245-2380
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: melissa.odland@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Melissa joined Headway in September, 2016 and has worked in human services fields since 2011.  She has previous experience working with children and young adolescents with a variety of  special needs and mental health issues, but specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum.  She loves being an advocate for those who are unable to do so on their own by helping coordinate community resources for families.  "I hope to build trust through honesty, attentiveness, and unending advocacy for my clients," she says.  "I want to enable my clients to overcome obstacles and live positive and fulfilling lives."

Some of Melissa's favorite things to do outside of work include cooking, hiking, yoga, traveling, creating pottery, painting, reading, live music, and refinishing old furniture. 

Michael Casale, BA

Michael Casale .17

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-222-2681
Fax: 612-861-1675
Email: michael.casale@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Michael joined Headway in November, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2012.  Prior to working at Headway, he worked for three years in a group home that houses adolescents aged 12 to 18 who had mental health issues or legal stipulations and also spent one year providing adult case management for adults who were on house monitoring due to legal stipulations.  He will work with children, adolescents and families and help connect them to resources and tools to help them reach their goals and achieve success.  "I plan to transform lives and strengthen communities by using my experience, passion, charisma and drive to guide individuals toward success and positive thinking," he says.

In his free time, Michael likes listening to and playing music - including playing guitar.  He also likes to exercise and spend time at the gym, go fishing, and draw.   

Nasra Suleiman, BSW, LSW

Nasra Suleiman 3.19

Trilingual Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-806-1280
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: nasra.suleiman@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Nasra joined Headway in November, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2014.  Prior to joining Headway, she worked as a Somali and Arabic Interpreter and has also worked as a preschool teacher in a daycare.  She is excited to support the children and families in our communities and help her clients to become strong and healthy individuals.  "Helping individuals and families is something I live for and that I take as my mission in life," she says.

In her free time, Nasra likes to spend time with her family, volunteer, and read books.

Natalie Jones, BSW, LSW

Natalie Jones

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-227-0735
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: natalie.jones@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Natalie joined Headway in January, 2018 and has worked in the human services field since 2012.  She has previous experience working with a diverse range of populations in the children's mental health and adult mental health fields and is looking forward to getting to know the children and families that she will be working with at Headway.  "I am excited to help my clients discover their many strengths and help them to reach their goals and maintain mental health stability," she says.

In her free time, Natalie enjoys doing many things, including painting and drawing, canoeing, camping, watching sports, volunteering, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Rachel Amundson, LSW

Rachel Amundson

Children\'s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-532-9215
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: rachel.amundson@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Rachel has been with Headway since September, 2018 and has worked in the human services field since 2015. She has past experience working with youth aged four to 18, and has also worked with families. As a case manager, she helps children and their guardians navigate through resources and provide them with the tools necessary for empowerment by developing genuine, trustworthy relationships with each client. She uses strengths-based and harm-reduction approaches as two of her guiding social work principles. \"I am passionate about the empowerment of our youth,\" she says. \"I believe in a comprehensive approach toward helping clients reach their full potential. Children are resilient and powerful beyond even their own understanding; it is my hope that I can help children identify and develop their strengths over time.\"

When she is not working, Rachel is a diehard Minnesota Lynx fan. She enjoys watching and playing sports, specifically basketball and soccer. She has recently developed a love of cooking and baking, and loves to knit. She loves to spend time with her family, keep up with social justice issues, and be actively involved in our democracy.

Samantha Weber, BS

Sam Weber

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone:  612-227-9179
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: samantha.weber@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Samantha has been with Headway since June, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2017. She has past experience working with women living with mental illness and addiction who have been involved in the criminal justice system, as well as individuals and families who have been affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. As a case manager, she works directly with children and families while having the opportunity to help those populations improve their quality of life through education, advocacy, and empowerment. She advocates for her clients and community individuals affected by mental illness with the goal of eliminating stigma and increasing resources for individuals and families.

Outside of work, Samantha enjoys spending time outside, hiking, and camping, traveling, and listening to live music.

Shamsa Mahmud, BA

Shamsa Gaal 8.25

Bilingual Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-205-9907
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: shamsa.mahmud@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Shamsa joined Headway in February, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2013.  She has experience working with low-income families experiencing cultural, linguistic, social, financial, and other barriers to self-sufficiency, thus providing her with a wealth of knowledge to help coordinate, arrange and facilitate services for children and families in the Twin Cities.  She is fluent in both English and Somali and has worked previously for Muslim Housing Services in Seattle, Washington, and African Community Services in Minneapolis.  "I want to help children and their families improve their lives by connecting them with resources to help them overcome obstacles and have better, healthier futures," she says.   

In her free time, Shamsa enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, practicing photography, traveling, and volunteering.  

Sharhonda Mingo, BS

Sharhonda Mingo (2)

Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 952-212-4452
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: sharhonda.mingo@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Sharhonda joined Headway in April, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2011.  She is currently working toward earning her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has previous experience working mostly with as-risk adolescents who were truant, runaways, and victims of sexual trafficking.  Using a strength-based approach, she assists clients with setting and obtaining goals that will help them to live a more fulfilling life.  "I enjoy working with diverse populations," she says.  "It gives me a chance to learn so much about different groups and cultures."

In her free time, Sharhonda enjoys spending time with her daughters, walking her beloved pugs, dancing, cooking and traveling.

Stephanie Molencamp, BS

Stephanie Molencamp

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 612-598-0979
Fax: 952-938-4708
Email: stephanie.molencamp@headway.org
1001 Highway 7
Suite 309
Hopkins, MN 55305 

Stephanie joined Headway in January, 2016 and has been working in the human services field since 2013.  She establishes trusting relationships and maintains effective communication with the individuals, families and community team members that she works with in her role as a case manager.  "I love working with children and families because you get to see so much progress and the relationships that you make are so special," she says.

When Stephanie is not at work, she enjoys playing with her dog, traveling, working on house projects and going to the cabin.

Yazmin Daleo, BA

Yazmin Daleo

Children\'s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

Phone: 763-283-6601
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: yazmin.daleo@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Yazmin has been with Headway since May, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2015. As a case manager, she helps her clients and their families navigate social services. She helps to ease the anxiety of the families with whom she works, and helps them to receive the services they need. \"I like to be able to make a difference in a child\'s life,\" she says.

Outside of work, Yazmin traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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