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Testimonials

“Three things in my life saved me from going down a path of misery and depression:  my mother, God, and the staff (at Headway)…With each struggle I face now, I am filled with the courage and skills to take a healthy approach to fixing whatever it is that is I am having trouble with.”

- Headway Client

Brienne LaHaye, MA, LMFT

Brienne LaHaye

Supervisor, School-Based Therapy
District 191

Phone: 763-221-9915
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: brienne.lahaye@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Brienne joined Headway in August, 2013 and has been working in the human services field for over 13 years, specializing in providing services to children and families within educational settings. She has experience and expertise in school-based mental health and is passionate about the positive impact created by collaborating with schools to meet the mental health needs of students. She believes that strong relationships between school communities and mental health providers creates integrated services and powerful healing for students and their families. She hopes that her team can not only bring direct therapeutic services to students in the district, but also work alongside school staff to support each school community in promoting mental wellness for all students. "It is my honor and privilege to support such a dedicated and highly skilled group of therapists in providing therapy services to students and support to each of their school communities in District 191," she says.

When Brienne is not working, she enjoys playing hockey, singing in a band, going to the family cabin, and spending time with family and friends.

Heather Gunderson, MSW, LICSW

Heather Gunderson 2

Coordinator, School-Based Therapy
District 191 

Phone: 952-200-6090
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: heather.gunderson@headway.org
6425 Nicolet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Heather joined Headway in August, 2014 and has worked in the human services field since 2004. She provides mental health and therapeutic supports to children and teens within the school system. Working within the school provides her the opportunity to be more creative with the therapeutic process. She specializes in using strengths-based and experiential approaches to therapy. “I love that every day is a new experience and that I get the chance to watch children grow physically and emotionally,” she says.

In Heather’s free time, she enjoys yoga, knitting and crocheting, spending time at the lake, and being the world’s best Auntie.

Alex Ballinger, MA

Alex Ballinger 8.25

Mental Health Therapist
District 191 

Phone: 952-217-3316
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: alex.ballinger@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Alex has worked in the human services filed since 2011 and has been with Headway since 2016. During the 2016-2017 school year, she completed an internship with Headway’s Day Treatment program as an Intern Therapist. She has worked with Kindergarten through 6th grade students for several years as an activities assistant, and has mentored and provided therapy services for students in grades 7-12. She is thrilled to be bringing her passion for healing and support to the students and families in her school. “I want to see the students and families that I work with feel empowered, confident, and hopeful in all aspects of their life,” she says.

In her free time, Alex loves to spend time with her husband, both relaxing at home and binge watching tv or out on an adventure. She also loves to go to concerts and hear live music, and sing karaoke.

Bobbi Jo Krieg, MSW, LICSW

Bobbi Jo Krieg

Mental Health Therapist
District 191 

Phone: 952-200-9085
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: bobbijo.krieg@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Bobbi Jo has been in the human services field since 2005 and has worked with youth and families since 2009. She joined Headway in 2011 and provides traditional outpatient mental health services within a school setting.  The convenience of meeting with students and families within the school and also the ability to improve academic functioning through school collaboration has proven to be successful for the families she works with.  “My background as a master's level social worker has led me to see mental health as interconnected to all aspects of one's life; therefore I address family, individual, school, community and other concerns in sessions," she says.  "I also recognize the connection between mental health and self-care, focusing strongly on developing healthy lifestyle patterns to promote mental health."

In Bobbi Jo's spare time, she enjoys leading a Girl Scout group, being active outdoors, traveling, gardening, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Carissa Kaufman, MA, LAMFT

Carissa Kaufman

Bilingual Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-501-0456
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: carissa.kaufman@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Carissa has worked in the human services field since 2006 and joined Headway in August, 2016.  As a school-based therapist, she has the unique opportunity to work directly with adolescents in a school and be present with them. They meet with her to discuss the many different kinds of situations that they encounter.  She supports her clients in learning skills that can help them navigate their lives and gain positive emotional health and wellness.  She specializes in strength-based, humanistic, and experiential therapeutic approaches.  "Everyone has a story and it's a real honor to hear the stories of students and families.  I work with them so that when they look back on things, they realize they have experienced more comedy than tragedy, more hope than despair, and ultimately, that they have crafted a life that they can look back on and be proud of."

Carissa has a great number of interests and hobbies outside of work. Some of them include walking, dancing, swimming, watching movies, and traveling.  She travels fairly often, as she has family in Mexico, but also greatly enjoyed a trip to explore Southeast Asia in 2016. 

Corinne Anderson, MS

Corinne Anderson 3.19

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-636-5481
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: corinne.anderson@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Corinne joined Headway in October, 2017.  She was formerly a teacher for 10 years and has now been working in the human services and mental health field since 2015.  As a school-based therapist, she will be working with children and their families providing therapeutic support to promote success in school, within the family, and in the community.  "I love the enthusiasm that children have," she says.  "I am excited to apply my knowledge and skills to help children and families reach their therapy goals."

In her free time, Corinne is passionate about running, traveling, walking with dogs, spending time with her nephews, and reading.

Deidre' Clark, MA, LAMFT

Diedre Clark

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-861-1675
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: deidre.clark@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Deidre' has been with Headway since March 2018 and has worked in human services for over 30 years.  As a school-based therapist, Deidre' has the opportunity to help her clients heal as well as collaborating with school staff to address the mental health concerns of children and adolescents within their school environment.  She uses play therapy, structural therapy, and solution-focused therapy in her work. "I help my clients by helping in the healing process, being there to help create interventions for children in a therapeutic setting that promotes healing, empowering people through providing psychoeducation and knowledge on mental health diagnoses, issues, and symptoms, and being there as a resource and support for families in the community," she says.

Emma Martin, MA

Emma Martin

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-212-6461
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: emma.martin@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Emma joined Headway in August, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2011. She has previous experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in multiple different education venues including The Annica Program, the Minnesota Autism Center and the Anova Center for Education. As a school-based therapist, she will collaborate with families and school administration to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for her clients to learn, heal, and grow. “I believe that a compassionate therapeutic relationship is the foundation of successful mental health interventions and that children thrive when offered genuine trust and the opportunity to explore their identities within the world,” she says.

When she is not at work, Emma loves to kayak and bike when she is outside, and cook and bake when she is inside. She also dances with the St. Paul Czech and Slovak Folk Dancers and also likes to relax at the North Shore and share laughter-filled meals with her family and friends.

Jessie Martinez, MSW, LGSW

Jessie Martinez 3.19

Bilingual Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-986-9306
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: jessie.martinez@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Jessie has been working in the human services field for more than 10 years and joined Headway in January, 2018.  She has previous experience working with a variety of populations, including children aged 6 weeks to 10 years, at-risk female youth of color, low-income housing clients, and Spanish-speakers and members of the Latino community.  She has numerous specialty areas, including play therapy, trauma-informed practice, couples and family therapy, culturally-sensitive practice, and Spanish bilingual/bi-cultural therapy.  "I hope to build strong, meaningful relationships with students, families, school staff, and community members," she says.

In her free time, Jessie likes to write, draw, paint, craft, go thrift shopping, bike, dance, drink tea, and find fun new ways to be active with her family and friends. 

Karin Muldowney, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Karin Muldowney 3.19

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 763-222-7658
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: karin.muldowney@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423 

Karin joined Headway in October, 2017 and has been working in the human services field for more than 20 years.  She has a background working with children and families and has worked both as a Clinical Social Worker and in Special Education and is eager to pull both skill sets together and provide services to help children and their families to be able to function better both in and out of school.  She has a strong belief in family work and uses many different techniques to provide the services that are best for each individual child and their family.  "I love working with children," she says.  "They are so full of energy, optimism, and certainty.  They teach me as much as I teach them."

Karin is married with two daughters aged 16 and 12, and her life outside of work is surrounded by their activities, including viola, orchestra, diving, archery, school activities and more.  She also loves to read, work out, and be outdoors.  

Lacie Kummer, MA, LMFT

Lacie Kummer

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 763-222-6099
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: lacie.kummer@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Lacie has worked in the human services field since 2013 and joined Headway's school-based team in August, 2016.  Her experience working with children and youth ranges from working as a school age teacher at Kindercare and caring for children at a YMCA to providing CTSS in-home work teaching skills and providing therapy to children, teens and families.  She has also provided mental health services to young adults in a transitional school.  She specializes in working with children who have behavioral challenges and also in using a Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach.  "I will provide support and guidance to help children and families find their inner strengths to overcome and manage life's challenges," she says.

Outside of work, Lacie likes to travel, spend time with her friends and family, try new restaurants and also has a great love for all things Disney.  

Lauren Gavin, MSW, LGSW

Lauren Gavin 8.25

Mental Health Therapist 
District 191

Phone: 612-203-4085
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: lauren.gavin@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Lauren joined Headway in August, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2013. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas – St. Catherine University. She has experience working with children and families in early childhood education, pre-K special education and also with children K-5 in a day treatment setting. “I want to empower students to discover their individual strengths and help them to implement new ways of coping that can be utilized across home, school, and community settings,” she says.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys being active outdoors, taking her dog for a walk, attending hot yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

Lauren Vieaux, MA

Lauren Vieaux 4.17

Mental Health Therapist 
District 191

Phone: 612-876-0335
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: lauren.vieaux@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Lauren joined Headway in November, 2016 and has provided services in outpatient, residential, and day treatment settings since 2010. She has previous experience working with populations across almost all stages of development, from children to older adults (ages 5-85) but has had the most experience working with children and adolescents. She specializes in play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and loves being able to meet her clients where they are and walk alongside them in their journey. “I love to help people see things from a different perspective or make connections between different experiences in their life,” she says. “Helping my clients overcome hardships is unbelievably rewarding.”

In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to and discovering new music, frequenting coffee shops, and reading. She also loves to travel, hike, and explore new places.

Liz Banovetz, MA, LMFT

Liz Banovetz 3.19

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-201-8230
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: elizabeth.steele@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Liz has provided mental health services to a wide spectrum of clients; from preschool-aged kids and at-risk teenagers to adults with serious and persistent mental illness. She joined Headway’s school-based team in March, 2014 to support children, teens, and their families. “For me,” she says, “It’s meaningful to engage with kids across the education continuum. I’m honored to help students learn new coping skills, find strength within themselves and build their self-confidence.”

Outside of work, Liz loves obtaining new stamps on her passport, cooking and baking, snowboarding, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maddie Kuplic, BA

Maddie Kuplic 8.25

Mental Health Therapist Intern
District 191

Phone: 612-707-1354
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: madeline.kuplic@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Maddie joined Headway in August, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2015. She is currently attending Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and working toward earning her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services. She has previous experience working with children ages 2-14 from working at Ready to Grow, Ready to Learn. “I am excited give children the opportunity to freely express themselves and be who they are in an environment that is positive, nurturing, and focused on their needs and desires,” she says.

When Maddie is not working, she likes to travel, do puzzles, go hiking, read books, and spend time with her family and friends.

Michelle Justen, MSW, LICSW

Michelle Justen 8.25

Mental Health Therapist 
District 191

Phone: 952-686-4904
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: michelle.justen@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Michelle joined Headway as an intern in August. 2013 and after receiving her license in May, 2014, she joined Headway as a team member.  She has been working in the human services field since 2012. She studied at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University.  Through her work as a school-based therapist, she has been witness to the positive impact that support and therapeutic relationships can have on children's mental health.  “I hope to offer all the students that enter my office hope; even when their family struggles, school burdens, and relationship issues seem to be overbearing for them,” she says.

In her spare time, Michelle loves to spend time with her family and friends—especially her young nephew. She also enjoys being outdoors, running, boating, traveling, cooking, and going to concerts and movies.

Olivia Erickson, BA

Olivia Erickson

Mental Health Therapist Intern
District 191 

Phone: 612-987-5232
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: olivia.erickson@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Olivia joined Headway in September, 2017 and has worked in the human services field since 2014. She is currently attending the University of St. Thomas and St. Kate’s University and working toward earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She has previous experience working with adults, teens, and children, including an internship at FAIR school downtown as a school social worker. “I want to provide adolescents with hope and support while creating therapeutic relationships,” she says. “I hope to empower students in identifying their strengths and abilities as a way to cope.”

Outside of Headway, Olivia will be coaching high school dance team for the third year in a row for Holy Family Catholic School in the fall, and for Eden Prairie High School in the winter. In her free time, she loves to go up to the cabin with her family, spend time with her new baby niece, play board games, bake, and go to Twins games.

Rachel Formantes, MSW, LGSW

Rachel Formantes

Mental Health Therapist
District 191 

Phone: 612-203-1569
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: rachel.formantes@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Rachel joined Headway in January 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2011. She has worked previously with a variety of populations, including survivors of domestic violence, children who have experienced trauma, and elementary school-aged children with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.  She also has experience working with coordination of services from working with Headway's case management program for seven months.  "I love being able to support children and families and to help them identify and utilize their strengths to overcome obstacles and work towards mental and emotional health" she says.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, running, going for bike rides, hiking, spending time with family, and baking.

Rebecca Venier, MSW, LGSW

Rebecca Germanetti 4.17

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-217-8386
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: rebecca.venier@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Rebecca has been with Headway since September, 2016 and has worked in the human services field since 2013. During the 2016-2017 school year, she was an intern therapist at our Day Treatment program, and over the summer worked briefly in the partial hospitalization program at Prairie-Care as a clinical social worker. She also has experience providing school social work services at MNIC Charter High School and also worked as a case manager at the Bridge for Youth for three years. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques including CBT, DBT, and trauma therapy. She is also proficient in Spanish and has experience working with immigrant Latino populations. “I hope to be an advocate and partner to families and the school community in regard to children’s mental health,” she says. “I strive to give a voice to children who are often unheard, and teach them skills to have more power and control over their own safety, happiness, and wellbeing.”

Rebecca was recently married and she enjoys doing outdoor activities with her husband including camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding, and cross country skiing. She also likes to travel and visit both new places and her family, who live all over the United States.

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