Community Support/Homeless Program Staff

 

Name Position

Rebecca Anderson


Community Mental Health Specialist

Timothy Denney, M.S.

Training & Workability Director

Kelly Doda, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Janelle Doyle, MSW, LGSW

Community Mental Health Specialist

Sarah Floan, BSW

Community Mental Health Specialist

Denise Gudvangen, M.A., LP

Denise Gudvangen is the Adult Community Services Director in charge of the Community Support Services Unit at Northwestern Mental Health Center and a licensed psychologist.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Moorhead State University and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She started working at the Northwestern Mental Health Center in 1993 as a Professional Home Based Therapist in the Children and Family Services Division.  In 1998 she became licensed as a Psychologist and began doing clinical supervision in both children and adult divisions.  In 2001, she became a clinical supervisor in the Adult Services Program full time.  In 2004 she became the Adult Services Coordinator with the Adult Services Program.

Denise Hammer, MSW, LICSW

Intensive Community Rehabilitative MH Specialist; Denise completed her master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota in August, 2007. She did her master’s field placement with Altru Hospice and Grief Center. Her bachelor’s degree is in social work from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN. She has been a social worker in Crookston for 27 ½ years. She has worked with adult consumers with mental illness for 17 years, both as a Polk County Case Manager and in residential services at Northwestern Apartments. Denise became employed at NWMHC as a Community Mental Health Specialist/Corrections Coordination Facilitator in Sept. 2007. She is primarily based in Polk County.

Veronica A. Knoll, LSW

Community Mental Health Specialist; Veronica Knoll is a licensed social worker who received her Bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN.  She has past social work experience in Norman and Marshall county social services.  She lives in Argyle, MN and works primarily in Marshall County as a Community Mental Health Specialist.  Veronica has been with the agency since May 1989.

Trevis Knutson


Community Mental Health Specialist and NW Minnesota TXT4Life Regional Coordinator

Kerri-Lynn Larimer, LSW

Adult Services Intake Coordinator/Community Mental Health Specialist; Kerri-Lynn Larimer graduated from Bemidji State University in 1997 with a bachelor of science in Social Work.  She has worked at the agency for 9 years as a Community Mental Health Specialist.  She currently provides individual and group services to adult clients in Polk County.

Lacy Lindahl, AAS

Community Mental Health Specialist

Annie Olson, MSW, LICSW

Community Mental Health Specialist

Erika Rustad, LICSW

Community Mental Health Specialist

Sheril Schluchter, B.A.

Community Housing Specialist II; Sheril began outreach with the Disaster Response Network after the flood of "97.  In 2000 she began outreach with the Homeless Intervention Programs.  Sheril earned her BS in Criminal Justice and BA in Psychology at the University of North Dakota.  She works as a Community Housing Specialist in Polk and Marshall Counties working with homeless individuals who have either chemical or mental health issues.

Carrie Serna, M.A., LPCC

Technical Supervisor/Community Mental Health Specialist; Carrie comes to us after completing her Masters degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota in May 2003.  She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota in December 2000.  Her experience working with adult consumers with mental illnesses spans back almost 15 years.  She has worked in residential, hospital, and university settings.  Carrie serves Polk County clients both individually and in group work.  Besides her duties as a community mental health professional, Carrie leads the flex funds committee, manages food bank orders and sits on the Vulnerable Adult Committee.  Lastly, Carrie serves as a Technical Supervisor within Adult Services.food bank orders.

Suzanne Staver, M.A.

Community Mental Health Specialist; Suzanne came to us after completing her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 2006. Her bachelor’s degree is in psychology is from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN. She has experience with cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies which makes her an ideal candidate for providing group-based treatment within the Adult Services Program and she has taken a leadership role in developing some new group offerings for our clients.  She is based in Polk County.

Nancy Vigum


Angela Walsh

Angela earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Dakota. She earned a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and human services and exercise science from the University of North Dakota. She experienced working with individuals in domestic violence relationships during her internship at the Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks, ND. Angela comes to the Northwestern Mental Health Center with additional experience working in the field of mental health and working with developmental disabilities. Angela's primary coverage area will be Polk County.


Gail Williams, M.A., LPCC

Intensive Community Rehabilitation Services (ICRS) Team Leader; Gail has a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Moorhead State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor as well as a National Certified Counselor. Gail began her career at Northwestern Mental Health Center working at Northwestern Apartments which provides residential supports for people with serious and persistent mental illness.  She joined the Community Support Services (CSS) in 1998 where she started by providing case management and skills building to clients with a serious & persistent mental illness. In later years she was involved in managing referrals, organizing Quality Assurance, staff training, and providing direct service to clients.  Currently, she provides leadership and direct service to clients through the Intensive Community Rehabilitation Services which is a pilot program for the Minnesota.