Chemical Health Specialists
Nikki Bussert, 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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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.
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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Gina Johnson, B.S., Prevention Specialist
Gina holds a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with an emphasis in Public Health. As YSB’s Chemical Health Prevention Specialist for South Washington School District (ISD 833) her focus will be to prevent and reduce youth chemical use by supporting and strengthening the health and wellness of individuals, families, and the greater school community.
Prior to YSB, Gina worked for four years in tobacco control for Goodhue County educating the public on secondhand smoke, electronic cigarettes, and the harms tobacco can cause. She worked on tobacco policy changes on a statewide and local level. Prior to that work Gina was a General Health Intern at UWRF where she helped pass a tobacco free campus, organized health fairs, and educated the students.
As Program Supervisor she provides guidance and support to 3 additional Chemical Health Specialists serving across the East Metro area.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with youth in the schools. My passion is to educate and work with youth and the community, so I am excited to work with YSB, a great organization that does so many important things in our community.”
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Youth and Family Therapists
Michael Huntley, Interim Executive Director, M.A., LP
Mike has been with Youth Service Bureau for over thirty years. He holds an M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services and he is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota (License #LP0420). Mike is our Senior Youth & Family Therapist, and he provides family counseling services full-time. In addition, he is our HIPAA Compliance Officer and also oversees YSB’s information technology systems. In 2020 he is now providing services from our Woodbury and Cottage Grove office sites.
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. Mike coordinates our crisis-response services to assist schools when needed. He is a leader in District 834’s Community Conversations around mental health needs for youth. 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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Kay Schwebach, M.A., LMFT
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.”
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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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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Amy Riedel, M.A.
Amy Riedel joined Youth Service Bureau in November of 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Amy is a former First Wave scholar through the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The First Wave scholarship brings together artists and scholars nationally and internationally to promote arts, academics, and activism. Amy spoke at the National Boys and Girls Keystone Conference in 2016 on student leadership and inclusive excellence, as well as the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on campus climate and student safety. She also served as the Family Resources Coordinator at UW Madison and developed a program with the dean of students for pregnant and parenting students to increase undergraduate and graduate student retention rates. Amy earned her master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling from Adler Graduate School. Amy provides individual and family therapy services in the Cottage Grove office.
Amy has experience working in a variety of settings. She has worked as in outpatient, school-based, and community mental health. She uses a blend of evidence-based practices including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Psychoeducation to support youth and families in reaching their goals and living a full and meaningful life. She believes in using strength-based approaches to support her clients in developing a sense of self-compassion, empathy, and curiosity.
Her interest areas include self-esteem and self-compassion, emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, foster care and adoption, life adjustments, adolescent issues, communication and conflict resolution, attachment/parent-child relationships, family and relationship issues, impulse control, mindfulness, stress management, and trauma.
“I believe that everyone holds an inner strength to live a full and meaningful life, and this strength can be cultivated through the power of trusted relationships. I am dedicated to developing strong relationships with youth and families. I am constantly amazed by the resiliency and commitment I see from the youth and families I work with, and I am truly honored to be a part of their journey.”
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Youth Diversion Specialist
Ravi Roelfs, Diversion Specialist
“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.”
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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Barbara Ohs, Senior Administrative Assistant
Barbara 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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Elise Langenfeld, Administrative Assistant
Elise is the Administrative Assistant at our Woodbury location. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to joining YSB, Elise worked as a Psychiatric Associate at an inpatient substance use treatment facility for adolescents and as a Mental Health Practitioner for adults with serious and persistent mental health illnesses.
“It’s such a great feeling to be part of a team that is making a direct positive impact on our kids, our community and our future.”
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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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Jamie Prettner, Finance Manager
Jamie Prettner joined Youth Service Bureau in October of 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and has over 10 years of financial experience. Jamie was previously employed at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) as a State Program Administrator Principal. She also successfully completed MnDOT’s Leadership Development Program. Prior to MnDOT, she was the Accounting Manager at an outpatient mental health clinic in St. Cloud.
“I am so honored to be a part of this amazing team! I am very passionate about helping youth and families, and I look forward to working diligently to achieve the YSB mission.”
Paul DeGeest, Director of Development and Communications
Paul joined the YSB team in February of 2019 as Director of Development and Communications. His professional fundraising career began in 1993 with leadership roles for national, regional, and local nonprofits including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Navy League of the United States, the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Paul earned his Master of Arts in Philanthropy & Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota after a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
“I love working with caring people and institutions that want to invest in meaningful work to help children and families. That’s why I am so excited to be part of the Youth Service Bureau family.”
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