Our Staff

Chemical Health Specialists

 

Almarely Guerrero Sanchez, B.S.

Almarely is an incoming New Chemical Health Specialist working in the ISD 833 High School District (South Washington County).

Almarely has her B.S. in Public Health with concentrations in Public Policy & Health Education. She aspires to continue learning and achieving a higher education in her future to come. She is passionate about preventative health advocacy and education and sharing her knowledge to make a change in the community.

When she is not working to make a change, Almarely enjoys watching movies and listening to music, painting and being creative, and taking pictures while making memories, but most of all she enjoys the view of a beautiful afternoon sunset. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends along with her pets.

You can contact Almarely at Almarely.Guerrero.Sanchez@ysb.net

Maria Hayes, B.A.

Hi! My name is Maria and I am a current Chemical Health Specialist at YSB. I received my B.A. In Psychology and Family Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN in 2019. Currently, I am working on a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University. I have two years of experience working as a level two MHP implementing ABA therapy, with a focus on ASD and ADHD in children. I will be working in District 833 to provide chemical health services to Oltman Middle School, Lake Middle School. Woodbury Middle School, and Cottage Grove Middle School.

I believe strongly in the efficiency of early intervention, especially in a school setting. I think there is immense capacity for growth in children who are both empowered and assisted in their journeys through adolescence. I hope to help students achieve healthy goals and to bring positive action to the school community. For leisure, I enjoy exercise, yoga, playing guitar and ukulele, traveling, and BJJ.

Words to live by: “I believe the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your own signature strengths.” -Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness

You can contact Maria at maria.hayes@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

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Taila!

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

Alyssa Wukawitz, B.S.

My name is Aly, and I’m the chemical health specialist at SAHS. I’m currently getting my degree at metropolitan state university, and graduating here in the spring. I have also enrolled to get a masters in LADC as well. I love working with the students. They make each day so much easier for me to love my job. I have a huge family. 12 siblings and 17 nieces and nephews. I love to spoil them and they know it.

You can contact Aly at alyssa.wukawitz@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. “

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Rebekah!

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

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Chaunte!

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

Youth Diversion Specialist

Alexis Charles, M.A. Diversion Specialist

Alexis joins us as the new Youth Diversion Specialist in January of 2022. Alexis received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University. Alexis recently completed her Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The University of Missouri- St. Louis.

Alexis has a background in crisis intervention and has worked directly with juveniles in a secured facility setting as an Assistant Probation Officer. Alexis values making strong connections with community resources to provide the best service possible to clients. Alexis is excited to begin working with clients and believes the diversion program is such a critical service that allows youth to not only have a second chance but also be equipped with the proper tools to be successful at making better choices.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin

You can contact Alexis at alexis.charles@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

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Merri!

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.”

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Mike!

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.”

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Barb!

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.”

Visit our Videos and Webinars to learn more about Janet!

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