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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

Brienne LaHaye, MA, LMFT

Brienne LaHaye

Managing Supervisor

Phone: 763-221-9915
Fax: 763-569-5201
Email: brienne.lahaye@headway.org
5910 Shingle Creek Parkway
Suite 150
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

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," 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.

Emma Martin LaPlant, MA, LAMFT

Emma Martin

Supervisor, District 191 School-Based

Phone: 952-212-6461
Fax: 763-569-5201
Email: emma.martin-laplant@headway.org
 5910 Shingle Creek Parkway
Suite 150
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

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 education venues including The Annica Program, the Minnesota Autism Center and the Anova Center for Education. She believes in the power of creating a community of support around children to help them grow and thrive, and is energized by partnering with school staff. She says, "I am honored to support a team of compassionate and competent therapists who are committed to nurturing the emotional health of their clients and school communities. I look forward to continuing to build and develop the relationships with the schools and communities we serve."

When she is not at work, Emma loves to explore cities near and far on her bicycle and cozy up with a good book at a local coffee shop. She also likes to relax at the North Shore and share laughter-filled meals with family and friends.

Abi Lingwall, MSW, LGSW

Abigail Lingwall

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-994-7290
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: abi.lingwall@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Abi has been with Headway since September, 2018 and has worked in human services since 2015. She has past experience working in a mental health day treatment program. As a Mental Health Therapist, she provides school-based mental health services in the form of psychotherapy for middle-school-aged clients and their families, as well as supporting school staff in order to be the best support person that she can be, and promote healthy and effective learning within the school for all students. "I hope to be a supportive and safe person for clients, and to help students as well as staff promote a healthy and inclusive learning environment," she says. "I hope to be involved with all school staff in order to provide support to any students who may be experiencing mental health concerns of any kind."

Outside of work, Abi enjoys yoga, and anything outside, including biking, hiking, swimming, running, and taking her dog to new places. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Alex Ballinger, MA

Alex Ballinger 8.23

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 spare 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.

Alyssa Radichel, MSW, LGSW

Alyssa Radichel 8.24

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-200-4942
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: alyssa.radichel@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Alyssa joined Headway in August, 2019, and has worked in the human services field since 2013. She has previous experience in school-based and social work internships in school settings in the Twin Cities. As a mental health therapist in a school setting, she works with children, adolescents, and families providing therapeutic and support services to middle school-aged students. "By creating lasting relationships with clients and their families, I strive to serve as a safe person for clients through good times and rough times," she says.

When she is not working, Alyssa enjoys taking her dog to the dog park, reading fantasy novels, and spending time with her family.

Audra Vann, MA, LICSW

Audra Vann

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-492-1009
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: audra.vann@headway.org
6425 Nicollet Avenue South
Richfield, MN 55423

Audra has been with Headway since October, 2018 and has worked in the human services field since 2008. She uses trauma-informed CBT, mindfulness-based practices, sexual abuse treatment, domestic violence treatment, and play therapy in her practice. As a Mental Health Therapist, she provides therapeutic services for students and their families, and works to empower and provide hope and healing to teens and their families as an integrated member of the school community. "I help to support clients and their families within the larger school community, which both reduces barriers to receiving services and increases the natural supports surrounding health and growth," she says. 

When she is not working, Audra enjoys reading, cooking, being outside, and spending time with her family and friends.

Christine David, MA

Christine David 3.8

Mental Health Therapist

Phone: 612-203-1569
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: christine.david@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Christine joined Headway in December, 2018 and has worked in health and human services related fields since 2008. She has past experience working in an outpatient traditional mental health care clinic and in in-home therapy, and has worked with child, adolescent, and adult clients, as well as couples and families. As a school-based mental health therapist, she is grateful to be able to work in a school-based setting that allows her to collaborate with families, teachers, and school staff in order to ensure the best environment for learning and growth for each student. "I believe that an effective therapeutic relationship begins with building trust, and continues by instilling hope and offering encouragement," she says. "I hope to help create an environment where children can thrive, and I acknowledge the strong connection between mental wellness and healthy lifestyle habits."

Outside of work, Christine enjoys being active outdoors, cooking, traveling, learning new things, and spending time with her spouse and two children.

Elaine Gregg, MA

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-217-3451
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: elaine.gregg@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Elaine joined Headway in October, 2019 and has worked in human services since 2016. She has past experience in a child day treatment with children aged two to seven, outpatient therapy with children and teens, and family therapy, including in-home. As a school-based therapist, she works in a school setting collaborating with families, teachers, and school staff to best meet the mental health needs of the students. She often uses developmental repair, play therapy, CBT, and person-centered therapy models. "I hope to build strong, meaningful relationships with my students and their families in order to help empower and support them in overcoming the challenges they may face," she says. "I also want to educate school staff and help them become better able to identify mental health needs in students."

When she is not working, Elaine enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, playing on a summer volleyball league, watching sports, and spending time with her husband, friends, and puppy.

Elisabeth Ammerman, BA

Elisabeth Ammerman 8.23

Intern, Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-200-5130
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: elisabeth.ammerman@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Elisabeth joined Headway in August, 2019, and has worked in the human services field for over 15 years. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of St Thomas. She has past experience as a school-aged child care coordinator and middle school teacher in Twin Cities school districts. As an intern within our school-based therapy program, she is eager to apply coursework to real-world situations with children and families. She provides face to face therapy to youth and families in a school setting who are facing challenges in their lives at school, at home, and in the community.

When she is not working, Elisabeth likes to spend time with her family in the outdoors, tailgating, and attending Golden Gopher football games. She also volunteers at Bundles of Love sewing and crocheting essential baby items for local families in need.

Emily Klehr, MA

Emily Klehr 8.25

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-994-7369
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: emily.klehr@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427 

Emily joined Headway in August, 2017. She has previous experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in schools, outpatient, and home settings, and is fond of using Cognitive Behavior Therapy, play therapy, and person-centered therapy models. “Children’s mental health is a huge passion of mine,” she says. “I’m excited to be working in this field and working with children.”

Emily grew up on a dairy farm, which has instilled in her a great love of the outdoors. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking and camping at different state parks. She also loves watching sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Emily Stengel, BSW

Intern, Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-200-5674
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: emily.stengel@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Emily joined Headway in August, 2019. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work from Saint Catherine University, and has previous experience working with vulnerable adults and children as an intern at other mental health organizations in the Twin Cities. As an Intern, Mental Health Therapist, she works with teen clients in a school setting. "I help teens see themselves in a positive way, and feel in control of themselves and their lives," she says.

When she is not working, Emily likes to be outside hiking, fishing, and paddleboarding. She loves to play sports and coach.

Heather Gunderson, MSW, LICSW

Heather Gunderson 2

Mental Health Therapist
District 191 

Phone: 952-200-6090
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: heather.gunderson@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

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

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.  

Karissa Neff, BA

Karissa Neff 8.23

Intern, Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-200-3285
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: karissa.neff@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Karissa joined Headway in August, 2019, and has worked in human services since 2014. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work degree at the University of St. Thomas. As an intern therapist within our school-based programs, she is honing her skills in mental health therapy with middle schoolers. She listens to her clients and tries to be relationally available to them. "I am a student of my clients, realizing that they are the experts on the subjects of themselves. With this in mind, I will empower them to fight for who they are created to be," she says.

When she is not working, Karissa enjoys hanging out with friends, exploring new cities, doing anything outside, and spending time with her husband.

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.  

Liz Banovetz, MA, LMFT

Liz Banovetz 3.8

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-201-8230
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: liz.banovetz@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, MA

Maddie Kuplic 8.25

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 612-707-1354
Fax: 612-861-3446
Email: maddie.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 has experience working in a residential treatment facility and doing school-based therapy with children aged five to 14. As a Mental Health Therapist, she works with children and their families within a school setting. “I am excited to provide children and their families a space where they are supported, nurtured, and free to express themselves,” 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.

Matthew Barsness, BA

Intern, Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-200-5037
Fax: 763-746-2401
Email: matthew.barsness@headway.org
701 Decatur Avenue North
Suite 109
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Matthew joined Headway in August, 2019, and has worked in human services since 2015. He is currently pursuing a gradate degree at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. As an intern within our school-based therapy program, he works with adolescent clients in a school setting; he is excited to work with the diverse population that we serve, and see a number of different perspectives when working with clients with a broad range of different experiences. "I want to provide clients with the opportunity to share their experiences with a safe adult, and to be able to learn that their past doesn't define their future," he says.

When he is not working, Matthew enjoys hiking with his dog, listening to music, playing video games, and trying new coffee shops.

Rebecca Venier, MSW, LGSW

Rebecca Venier 3.19

Mental Health Therapist
District 191

Phone: 952-217-7386
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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