Children and Families Support Staff


Name Position

Amy Bartz, MSW, LICSW

School-Based Mental Health Professional

Carolyn Berg, MSW, LICSW

Professional MH Therapist/Clinical Supervisor

Travis Gaddie, MSW, LGSW

Database Coordinator

Angie Carlson, MSW, LGSW

Early Childhood and Family Ties

Chris Green, MSW, LICSW

Chris Green is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been employed with Northwestern Mental Health Center since 2007. He obtained both his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Chris provides psychotherapy services at the Center’s Crookston site. He enjoys working with adolescence, families, adults and couples. Chris has special interest in trauma, grief and loss issues, and the role of spirituality in the healing process.

Tricia Hellerud, MSW, LICSW

Children & Family Services Program Specialist

Kimberly Hemberger, M.S.

Early Childhood Grant Coordinator/Early Childhood Specialist/ Wrap Around Facilitator

Erin Johnson, MA, LMFT

Early Childhood Specialist, In-Home Family Therapist

Nellie Kerr

In-Home Family Therapist

Brenda Mack, MSW, LICSW

Brenda Mack is the Director of the Children and Family Services Division at Northwestern Mental Health Center. She also serves as the Polk County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative Coordinator. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of North Dakota.  She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Mental Health Professional in the state of MN. Brenda has been working for Northwestern Mental Health Center since 1996.

Brenda provides leadership and program management for in-home family therapy services, school-based mental health services, care coordination, fidelity wraparound, family group decision making, functional family therapy, Photovoice and mobile crisis services.  She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners and provides consultation to partner agencies regarding children’s mental health assessment and intervention.  Aside from her administrative responsibilities she provides individual and family therapy services.  She is trained in Functional Family Therapy and in the American Association for Suicidology’s “Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians."

Brenda has specialized knowledge and proven experience in Rural/Frontier Mental Health models, practices and efficacies; building and maintaining relationships with consumers and key stakeholders in helping children and adults with behavioral health issues thrive in the region; healthcare reform integrating behavioral and primary health care services; children’s behavioral health social marketing and de-stigmatization strategies; implementing children’s mental health evidenced-based practices  in a sparsely populated region.  She has presented at local, state and national conferences.

Brenda has specialized training and experience in budget management and completed the Behavioral Health Middle Management Academy training.  Brenda serves as a member of the Northwestern Mental Health Center’s grant writing team and has authored or co-authored over twenty federal and state proposals which have been awarded to the Center or partner agencies benefitting children with behavioral health issues and their families.  Brenda serves as a member of both Northwestern Mental Health Center’s management and mobile crisis teams.

Colleen MacRae

Polk County Collaborative Coordinator

Tara Miller, MSW, LICSW

Family Services Specialist

Richard Mosher, MSW, LICSW

North Star Summer Program Coordinator, Youth Involvement Specialist, In-Home Family Mental Health Practitioner

Jessica Shockman, MSW, LSW

School-Based Mental Health Services Coordinator/Mental Health Practitioner

Cheri Skavlem, MSW, LICSW

In-Home Family Therapist

Heather Taylor, M.A., LPCC

Children's Mental Health Therapist/Mental Health Professional

Brianne Thompson, M.A.

In-Home Family Therapist, Mental Health Practitioner