Management Team


Name Position

Shauna Reitmeier, MSW

Ms. Reitmeier Is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc.  She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.She began her career at the Northwestern Mental Health Center from 1999 to 2002, after which she pursued a graduate degree in Social Work in Ann Arbor.

After completion of her graduate work, she was employed in a number of administrative and leadership capacities with the Washtenaw Community Health Organization focused on mental health service delivery. Most recently she worked with the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare in Washington D.C., providing project support for a special National Council, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) partnership for demonstrating the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare in 62 community behavioral healthcare organizations across the nation.

Tammy Hickel- Zola

Tammy Hickel Zola serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Northwestern Mental Health.  She joined NWMHC in 2015.                                                                       

Janet Denison, LICSW, LADC

Janet Denison, Outpatient Director, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She obtained a B.S.W. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a M.S.W from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. She currently holds dual licensure as an Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Janet has worked within the field of mental/chemical health for over 20 years and has worked at the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. since 2008. She enjoys working with teens, adults, and couples with a variety of concerns. Janet’s focus is primarily strength orientated. She views physical, emotional mental and chemical health issues in a holistic manner and has a special interest in the role of Spirituality in the healing process.

Janet is an Advisory Board Member for the Department of Human Services (Alcohol and Drug Division), Clinical Director of the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Pilot Project, founding board member of the Recovery Church in Crookston, and a Steering Committee member of the Polk/Red Lake DWI Courts. Janet has clinic hours in Crookston at the Northwestern Mental Health Center and at the Essentia Clinic in Ada, MN. She is married and has an adult son and daughter. In her spare time, Janet enjoys kayaking, biking, traveling and being involved in her families’ and community activities.

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.

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.                                         

Sheri Solheim, M.A., LPCC

Community Health Manager; Sheri comes to us after working as the Kairos House Group Home Coordinator through Lutheran Social Services for several years. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colorado.

In addition to her general job responsibilities as a Licensed Mental Health Professional, she serves as the Youth Transition Coordination Facilitator. This position is geared towards helping young clients establish meaningful adult roles and involves special collaboration with programs that would be beneficial to clients in this age range (e.g., schools, universities, employers). Her position in Adult Services coordinates well with the System of Care grant in Children’s Services which also addresses services for transition age youth.  Sheri also serves as a Technical Supervisor within the Adult Services Program. Lastly, she provides supervision to Adult Services staff who cover Mahnomen County.