College of Education and Human Development

School of Social Work

Community Faculty

Sue Abderholden Sue Abderholden

The Executive Director at NAMI Minnesota since 2001, Sue has held leadership positions at Arc of Minnesota, Minnesota office of US Senator Paul Wellstone, and PACER Center.


Molly Cooney Molly Cooney

Molly teaches at Minneapolis College (MCTC). She is a queer writer, and mama who spends as much time as possible outdoors.

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Camille Cyprian Camille Cyprian

Camille Cyprian's life and heart's work is supporting change makers, change making organizations, and organizations working to change themselves, envision, embody, and engage in transformative healing praxis.

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Malaika Eban Malaika Eban

Malaika works at the Legal Rights Center, a non-profit public defense firm in Minneapolis. In her role as Director of Community Strategy, she leads community engagement related to legal system transformation.

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Rob Edwards Rob Edwards

Rob is Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Lee Carlson Center of Mental Health and Wellbeing. He has been serving the non-profit human-services sector for more than 20 years, including 15 years as Lee Carlson Center's CEO.

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Katie Erickson Katie Erickson

Katie is a child protection investigator at Hennepin County and a community trainer/curriculum developer with the Training Academy through CASCW/Dept. of Human Services.

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Jessie Everts Jessie Everts

Jessie wears many hats: She practices as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Wild Tree Psychotherapy in St.

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Maima Fant Maima Fant

Maima is the owner of Hatch Life Mental Health Services, and is a perinatal mental health therapist. Her interests include perinatal mental health, culturally responsive social work practice, yoga, travel, Black women's mental health and wellness.

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Elizabeth Franklin Elizabeth Franklin

I love working with kids and families, and figuring out how to make clinical services meaningful and engaging for people our systems generally don't serve well due to language, culture, neurodiversity, and other aspects of identity.

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Margretta Getaweh Margretta Getaweh

Margretta is a diversity, equity and inclusion program consultant with the University of Minnesota Foundation. In her free time, she loves watching soccer, cooking and exploring new places with her family.

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Danielle Hegseth Danielle Hegseth

Danielle works for Child Trends as a Research Scientist. She works with states and the federal government to conduct research and evaluation on policies and programs impacting the early childhood education field.

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Angie Hirsch Angie Hirsch

Angie is currently splitting her time between the Department of Human Services, and the Governor's Office. At the DHS, she works in the Behavioral Health Division as the American Indian Mental Health Clinical Coordinator.

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Courtney Lezanic Courtney Lezanic

Courtney currently works at Mental Health System as a group and individual therapist, the Teen Program Coordinator and to offer supervision to staff and interns.

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Anna Lifson Anna Lifson

Anna Lifson, LICSW (she/they) currently serves as the Women's Center Assistant Director in UMN's Office for Equity and Diversity, and engages students, staff/faculty, alums and community partners in intersectional gender equity work.

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John Marboe John Marboe

John Marboe is the pastor of a small, vibrant church in the Midway area of St. Paul, Zion Lutheran Church. He's a proud dad of an amazing 17-year-old young woman, and married to an (also amazing) person he's known since high school.

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Kelsey McCarston Kelsey McCarston

Kelsey McCarston is the Therapy Lead at The Luminous Mind, a mental health clinic focusing on using a decolonized lens to support clients. She is queer, extroverted, and constantly striving to be a regulated parent and human.


Basanti Miller Basanti Miller

Basanti is CELS Program Manager at the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her interests include Art, travel, dogs, and spending time with friends/family.

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Dan Neumann Dan Neumann

As an LICSW, Dan operates a solo private practice called Halcyon Island, specializing in helping adults with OCD and Anxiety to regain their lives.

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Jessi Oliver-Tebben Jessi Oliver-Tebben

Family Services Director at Ampersand Families Jessi is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator and human services professional with over 24 years of combined experience in training and education, equity and inclusion, sexual health education, positive…

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Katie Pape Katie Pape

Katie Pape has been with Canvas Health since 2005. She currently serves as the Director of Child and Family & Adult Intensive Services at the agency, which focuses on program development, grant writing, and building collaborative relationships with…


Eliza Rasheed Eliza Rasheed

Eliza is a theatre teacher and arts integration specialist at Global Arts Plus: Saint Paul Public Schools. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time catching up on sleep (co-parenting a toddler who is 2 going on 16).

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Joan Riebel Joan Riebel

Joan has worked as a social worker since 1966, in a variety of public and private settings. She ended her direct service career in 2017, following 34 years as executive director of a non-profit agency.

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Julie Rohovit Julie Rohovit

  • Director of the Center for Practice Transformation; SSW Community Faculty

Julie is one of the founders of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work's Center for Practice Transformation.

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Jenna Sethi Jenna Sethi

Everyone has a story. Stories are data. Data informs change. Jenna's experience as a youthworker, educator, and qualitative research scientist has led to the new adventure of independent consulting.

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Abbie Shain Abbie Shain

Abbie is the founder and principal at Aviva Therapy and Healing, providing capacity building and consulting for social service and social justice organizations.

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Jennifer Skuza Jennifer Skuza

Jennifer is Associate Dean of the UMN Extension Center for Youth Development. She enjoys long distance running, Nordic skiing, and traveling.

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Amy Syvertsen Amy Syvertsen

Amy is the Senior Director of Research at Search Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes positive youth development and advances equity through research and practical solutions.

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Natalie Taber Natalie Taber

Academically and personally Natalie has spent time working to understand the fabric of the western dominant culture and how it impacts the people in it.

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Julie Tilsen Julie Tilsen

Private practice therapy & consultant to youth-serving agencies; core faculty for Fairfield University’s certificate program in counseling queer and trans people Julie Tilsen, Ph.D.

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Kenny Turck Kenny Turck

Kenny serves as Executive Director with DIRT GROUP Global, and is a psychotherapist with Behavioral Health Advocacy Services He enjoys nature, music, art, growing food, cooking, preserving, reading, writing, singing/guitar, photography, DOGS, and did…

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Michael Van Wert Michael Van Wert

Center for Practice Transformation - Clinical Trainer and Research Associate Michael joined the Center for Practice Transformation at the SSW in 2022 after working for the previous 12 years in community psychiatry programs in Baltimore and Boston…

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Jennifer Wiseman Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer serves as Research Associate and Clinical Trainer with the Center for Practice Transformation, School of Social Work (University of Minnesota).

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