Our Staff

Chemical Health Specialists

 

Meghan Heffner, M.S.W., LISW

Meghan is joining Youth Service Bureau as a Chemical Health Specialist for the middle schools in District 833. Meghan comes to us with a Master’s Degree in School Work and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Meghan’s career started in adoption, where she spent nine years working to find and support permanent families for teens in foster care. She then spent three years working as a Licensed School Social Worker before coming to YSB. Substance abuse has always been an area of interest for Meghan, and she plans to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the near future.

When Meghan is not working, she is usually at home with her husband and two kids. They spend much of their time just being home together, but they also enjoy going on day trips exploring the outdoors, playing at parks, or visiting friends and family. Someone might be surprised to know that if she could have a hidden talent, she wishes that she could rap. Her backup dream job would be a hair stylist. To de-stress, Meghan enjoys going on walks and grabbing coffee with friends.

Favorite Quote: “Healing happens within the context of relationships.” -Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D

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You can contact Meghan at meghan.heffner@ysb.net

Matt McCune, M.A., LADC

Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2012 and his Master’s in addiction studies from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School in 2019. Matt is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and is working towards being licensed as a professional clinical counselor as well. Matt has experience working in treatment settings and is passionate about being of service to those with substance use and mental health challenges. He is deeply excited to be a part of the Youth Service Bureau and the work the organization does. In his time away from work, Matt loves to spend time with his friends and family, he enjoys hiking and being in the outdoors, and always likes watching a good movie.

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You can contact Matt at matt.mccune@ysb.net

Nikki Stuhr, B.S., LADC

Nikki joins YSB with a Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Minnesota State- Mankato. She has held a LADC license (Alcohol and Drug Counselor) for 7 years. Before joining the Chemical Health Team at YSB, she worked as a primary counselor and assessor in an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Nikki also has experience working in a public-school setting as a chemical health counselor as well as a residential treatment setting

“Having worked in the substance abuse field for the past 7 years, I have seen what can happen to youth in their adulthood if they do not receive the support and prevention early regarding chemical health. I am beyond excited to immerse myself in the school setting to be that support and help with early prevention.”

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You can contact Nikki at nikki.bussert@ysb.net

Taila Ward, B.S., LADC

Taila joins YSB with a Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Counseling from St. Cloud State University and has been licensed since 2017. She completed her internships at two adolescent residential treatment centers. Taila has spent the last four years working with teens and their families in outpatient settings. These have included both chemical health and chemical/mental health day programs. She is currently in graduate school at St. Thomas University to further her education in Clinical Social Work. Taila will be working in District 622 to provide chemical health services to North and Tartan High Schools as well as Skyview Middle School.

Taila is incredibly excited to start with YSB and work in the schools. She believes there is immense opportunity for growth to happen in the school setting. She hopes to help students achieve success and maintain positive change. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, live music, bike rides, kayaking, and time with friends and family. Her biggest passion is traveling, and she hopes to have traveled to 30 countries in the next few years. She is currently at 25.

Favorite Quote: You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time. – Angela Davi

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You can contact Taila at taila.ward@ysb.net

Youth and Family Therapists  

Lacey Thompson, Behavioral Health Program Director, MSW, LICSW

Lacey joined our therapy team in 2021.  She holds an MSW in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (MN License #28739).  Lacey is our Behavioral Health Program Director overseeing all services, and she provides direct therapy services in our Woodbury and Stillwater locations.

Lacey received her Bachelor of Social Work from Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota.  She then attended Washington University in St. Louis where she obtained her Master of Social Work degree. Lacey has been in the Social Work field since 2011.  Lacey has many years of clinical experience working with children and adolescents, while having delivered services in a wide variety of settings including schools, in-home, in-office and at other organizations.

Lacey is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and has a passion for advocating for indigenous and other at-risk populations. Prior to clinical work, Lacey spent her time conducting research and policy work, presenting at conferences around the United States on behalf of indigenous populations.  Prior to working at YSB, Lacey served as a Clinical Supervisor for a residential treatment facility for adolescents. Lacey is very passionate about her work with adolescents and families as she takes a holistic approach to therapy.

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

You can contact Lacey at lacey.thompson@ysb.net

Kay Schwebach, M.A., LMFT

Kay joined our therapy team in 2011. She holds a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License #1904). Kay is the primary therapist in our Woodbury location and provides therapy to youth and their families.

Kay is also the Teen Health Fund Coordinator for South Washington County, a member of the Suicide Prevention Collaborative and a member of the Crisis Response Team for local school districts. Prior to working at YSB, Kay provided in-home therapy services to children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the metro area.

“I continue to be passionate about working with children, adolescents and their families at YSB. I continue be amazed at the hard work, resiliency, and growth clients demonstrate. I consider it an honor to work alongside my clients to assist them in making better choices and building stronger, healthier relationships.”

You can contact Kay at kay.schwebach@ysb.net

Rebekah Windschitl, M.A., LPCC

Rebekah Windschitl joined Youth Service Bureau in October of 2017. She earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, her Master degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a certificate in Co-Occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. She has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor since January of 2016. Rebekah provides individual and family therapy services in the Stillwater and Woodbury offices. She also works in school districts 834 and 622 on a variety of projects, and she is the Program Director of the Military Family Program.

Rebekah has experience working in a variety of settings. She has worked in an inpatient unit, intensive outpatient, outpatient, in-home, in-school, and in day treatment. Her focus is working with children and their families surrounding issues such as trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, suicide, self-harm, bipolar disorder, grief and loss, attachment issues, military life/deployment issues, and parenting psychoeducation. Rebekah is also trained in providing Acceleration Resolution Therapy. 

“Having worked in many settings where mental health issues are more severe, I enjoy working with clients on the other end of the spectrum, focusing on early intervention and prevention. I believe that catching issues early and helping families build resiliency to prevent issues from occurring is where I am passionate. I enjoy helping children and their families build the skills and connections that they need to be happy and healthy in their family together. “

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You can contact Rebekah at rebekah.windschitl@ysb.net

Chaunté Teehan, M.A., LPCC

Chaunté Teehan joined Youth Service Bureau in July of 2019. She double majored in Psychology and Communication Studies with a minor in Family Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Chaunté earned her Master’s degree at St. Mary’s University and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of MN. Having grown up in a military family and lived all around the U.S., she is a great resource to families coping with change. She has over ten years of experience working with children, women and families as a Life Skills Coach, Parenting Coach, Family Services Counselor Supervisor and now a Youth and Family Therapist.

Chaunté’s favorite part of working at YSB are her clients. “I am so gracious that they allow me to walk along with them through their journey and appreciate the growth and determination they have to better themselves and their relationships with friends and family.” In her free time, Chaunté enjoys gardening, nature, reading but most of all spending time with her family.

Everything you need is already inside you. Don’t wait for others to light your fire. You have your own matches.” – Darren Hardy

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You can contact Chaunte at chaunte.teehan@ysb.net

Youth Diversion Specialist

Ravi Roelfs, Diversion Specialist

ysb-20161019-web-20Ravi holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. Ravi’s previous work history includes working with Adults and Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System, while working as an Adult and Juvenile Probation Agent in Pine County Minnesota doing the duties of Adult Intake, Juvenile Diversion and Restorative Justice. Other work history includes working in Balsam Lake Wisconsin, Polk County, WI, running a Restorative Justice and Community Service Program for adult and juvenile offenders, and being involved with a Drug Court Program.

“The Youth Service Bureau, Inc. has an excellent reputation for helping youth and families. Everyday is a second chance to do better, and improve lives. Telling your story and holding juveniles accountable for their actions is important step in this process. Youth today are the future of tomorrow and it is our job to prepare them to be the best they can be. I look forward to serving Washington County, and helping improve YSB’s reputation and working with its clientele and staff.”

You can contact Ravi at ravi.roelfs@ysb.net

Youth and Family Education

Merri Guggisberg, Youth and Family Education Coordinator

Merri Guggisberg joined Youth Service Bureau (YSB) in February 2017 after 10 years in youth ministry. She enjoys building relationships while bringing education and hope to parents, caregivers and youth. Merri has an education degree in Family & Consumer Science and a Hotel & Restaurant Management degree. Both degrees are helpful when working with YSB audiences, ranging from school staff, parents, faith community members, fellow agencies and all focused on youth development. Merri enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and Golden doodle exploring the many trails in our area, supporting her church community, or relaxing with a good book.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou

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You can contact Merri at merri.guggisberg@ysb.net

Administrative Staff

Michael Huntley, Executive Director, M.A., LP

ysb-20161019-web-14Mike has been with Youth Service Bureau since 1989. He holds an M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services, and he is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota (License #LP0420). Mike has held a variety of roles at YSB over the years and is now our Executive Director.

Mike has a robust history participating in many community groups involved with teen health. He has chaired the Washington County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative. He has been a member of the Community Health Action Team at Lakeview Hospital.  He was a member of the Youth Drug and Alcohol Project group in the Stillwater area. He participated in the local Suicide Prevention Collaborative. He has been involved with CONNECT – a Chemical Health/Mental Health action collaborative in Washington County.  Mike has consulted with local ECFE departments in ISD 833 and 834.  He is a leader in District 834’s Community Conversations around mental health needs for youth.  Mike coordinates our crisis-response services to assist schools when needed.  Mike provides public speaking on various topics including youth depression, stress and anxiety, parent-child communication, brain development, and discipline.

“I believe in the concept and power of early intervention and supporting families.  This has been the YSB philosophy since its inception – I joined YSB years ago, and have remained for that very reason. It makes me proud to help keep this strong tradition going with our outstanding staff – and seeing us produce genuine outcomes that show we make a real difference.”

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You can contact Mike at mike.huntley@ysb.net

Barbara Ohs, Senior Administrative Assistant

ysb-20161019-web-10Barbara is the Senior Administrative Assistant at our Stillwater location. She holds a B.A. in Social Welfare with a Specialization Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies. Barbara has 25 years of experience in fund development, database management and other administrative duties.

“I am passionate about YSB’s mission for helping kids deal with life. It’s about helping them make better decisions, learning strategies to make positive changes, and learning how to deal with life’s ups and downs. Helping them realize their best potential for their lives is what it’s all about.”

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You can contact Barb at barbara.ohs@ysb.net

Janet Carpenter, Administrative Assistant

Janet is the Administrative Assistant at our Cottage Grove location.  Janet brings with her many years of Administrative Assistant experience, assisting multiple executives and departments throughout her career.

“I am very excited to join this team of highly experienced and dedicated people and to assist them in their goals to help the youths of today and into the future, to be the best they can be.  I am proud to be a part of the team at Youth Service Bureau.”

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You can contact Janet at janet.carpenter@ysb.net

Madison Bonniwell, Administrative Assistant

Madison is the Administrative Assistant at our Woodbury location.  Madison is grateful for this opportunity to grow her career. She is a proud member of the Minnesota Air National Guard for the past 6 years. She is also a student at Century College working towards a degree in communications and marketing.

Something that is really important to Madison is family and friends. Her family taught her, when life gets tough, remember “in the midst of difficulty never lose hope. The bigger the storm the brighter the rainbow.”

Her favorite candy is Sourpatch Kids, color is pink and dream vacation is to visit Hawaii

You can contact Madison at madison.bonniwell@ysb.net