Board & Leadership


Vickie Pitney

Board Chairman

Occupation: Retired Administrator for Special Education
Anoka-Hennepin School District
Years on the Board: 4

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Vickie joined the board in 2014, after retiring from working in the field of special education for over 34 years.  She brings an understanding of organizational change, strategic planning, program development and use of data to make informed decisions.

"I have a great deal of respect for children, adolescents and families dealing with mental health challenges.  We need to understand the unique needs of each individual and family we serve and work in a collaborative manner with other agencies in order to provide quality mental health services in our community.  It is critical staff continue to receive support, information and training on best practices in the field of mental health to be able to expand programs and services to meet the changing needs of the community.

I am honored to be on the board for Lee Carlson Center because they provide affordable mental health services to individuals and community based programs to help adults, youth and families to advocate for themselves, build healthy relationships, and develop skills to lead a meaningful and productive life."

Maurice Holloman


Occupation: Executive Vice President
Years on the Board: 8

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“Mental health issues are so prevalent in our communities. I believe it is critical that we improve access for all individuals and families who are in need of mental health services.”

Lenny Austin

Board Member

Occupation: Chief of Police
Columbia Heights Police Department
Years on the Board: 6 months

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Chief Austin has been in law enforcement for 28 years, 22 of which has been with the Columbia Heights Police Department.

Over the last several years, Chief Austin has been involved in many of the police community initiatives with Columbia Heights which has been a key factor in the Columbia Heights crime rate at a 40 year low. The Columbia Heights Police Department has been recognized for its Community Policing initiatives to include the 2012 IACP Community Policing Award, 2015 IACP Community Policing Award Finalist, the DOJ COPS Office L. Anthony Sutin Award for Community Engagement, and others.

Chief Austin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University, St. Paul, and a Master’s Degree in Police Leadership from the University of Minnesota.

“Lee Carlson Center does incredible work in Columbia Heights and surrounding communities, and I look forward to serving on the board and being part of this important work.”

Steve Helseth

Board Member

Occupation: Estate Planning and Probate Attorney
Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm
Years on the Board: 4

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"I have always been interested in, and passionate about, mental health. With a degree in psychology, I can't help but notice how much mental health and mental illness affect my life.

Awareness of mental health issues is critically important to my law practice; whether I'm working with a family after the loss of a loved one, helping clients develop an estate plan, or working with parents of a child with special needs.

My goal is to be understanding and compassionate when it comes to mental illness. I want to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and open-up the conversation regarding mental illnes in our community."

Sue Butler

Board Member

Occupation:Retired Director of Special Education
Anoka Hennepin School District
Year joined board: 2017

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Sue joined our Board in October 2018.  She has over 30 years of experience as Director of Special Education in the Anoka Hennepin School District, the largest school district in MN.

Sue worked closely with agency founder, Lee Carlson for many years and was inspired by her compassion for underserved families from Anoka County.

Sue believes there is hope and healing for all who experience emotional health issues and is passionate and energized by her role as a Board Member.

Kevin Rohe

Board Member

Occupation: Internal Audit Group
Fairview Health Systems
Year joined board: 2018

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Kevin joined our board in June 2018.  He has over 15 years working in the healthcare field.

Kevin has worked for Medica and other insurance companies throughout his career.
He has volunteered the past seven years on various not-for-profit Boards including, SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), Bolder Options, and Touchstone Mental Health.

Kevin believes strongly that everyone needs access to behavioral health services and recognizes the need to reduce the stigma and other barriers for individuals living with mental illness to achieve wellness.

Julie Tschida

Board Member

Occupation: Learning and Organization Development Consultant
Metropolitan Council
Joined Board: 2018

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Thirty years’ experience in Human Resources as a leader, practitioner, educator, and consultant. Currently a Learning and Organization Development Consultant at Metropolitan Council, designing and implement leadership development curriculum and coaching leaders. Owned and operated a consulting business, Right4 Your Business, specializing in providing HR solutions for small to mid-sized businesses. In an HR Leadership role at Land O’Lakes, Inc., led the Corporate HR function and aspects of a $341 million merger, successfully integrating two businesses and achieving objectives. Provided executive, manager, and individual coaching and designed and delivered leadership development curriculum. Was full-time faculty for five years and has taught in the Human Resources Management Program at Concordia St. Paul for the past 12 years. Holds a Doctor of Management Degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine’s, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Metropolitan State University.


Rob Edwards, MSW, LGSW, PACC

Executive Director

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Rob has been working professionally in the Non-Profit Human Services Sector for the past 19 years and has a background in program development, quality improvement and leadership spanning areas of mental health, child welfare and family services.

He received his Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota where he was a Child Welfare Scholar and Minnesota Department of Human Services Fellow. Rob holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Permanency and Adoption Competency (PACC) and served as a committee member on the Minnesota Statewide Foster Care Workgroup.

In 2012, Rob was awarded the Early Career Excellence Award from NASW-MN and is currently the President of the National Association of Social Workers Minnesota Chapter. He also serves on the Board of Directors for AspireMN (formerly the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies). Rob is also a member of the community faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and lectures and trains across the state, nationally and internationally on topics ranging from leadership to ethics and program innovation.

Susan Fullerton, MS, RPT-S & LPCC

Director of Operations

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Susan provides operations and clinical oversight for all agency programs at Lee Carlson Center. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Susan brings to her work a 30+ year background in program innovation, project management, School linked mental health, In-home therapeutic services, Play therapy, and crisis care treatment. She is currently a member of the American Counselors Association, the Association of Play Therapy, and is active with the child and family services association AspireMN of which Lee Carlson Center is a member.

Patty Halvorson, BA, Marketing & Communications

Development Director

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Patty leads efforts to raise dollars and awareness for the agency through special events, marketing/fundraising activity, and public relations. She also manages community, donor and foundation relationships for the agency. She is a board member of Compassion Action Network of Anoka County and The Northwest Community Health Council. Prior to joining the center, she was a Marketing/Promotions Director for International Dairy Queen and managed their cause partnership with Children’s Miracle Network.

Rebecca Osterman, BS, Managerial Accounting

Director of Finance & Administration

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Beckie oversees all financial and administrative operations including: accounting, finance, human resources, and administrative support. She received her Bachelors of Science in Managerial Accounting and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Southern Oregon University. She volunteered with multiple nonprofits including the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Kimberley Zack, MA

Director of Quality & Innovation

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Kim provides leadership in our agency’s program innovation. Kim has extensive experience working with preschool children on the autism spectrum and their families. She has worked in day treatment and outpatient settings and is particularly interested in early intervention and the use of play therapy. She offers leadership with the school linked program.