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."

Rosey Glynn

Vice Chairman

Occupation: Human Resources
United Health Group
Years on the Board: 2

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"Mental Health is an area in which I've been involved for a number of years. I love what Lee Carlson Center is doing for this community and the new holistic initiatives they employ to enhance wellbeing. This organization understands the need for not only meeting mental health needs in our community, but developing society's understanding in this area."

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.


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 18 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 has presented and trained 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.

Andrew Fink, Psy D, MA

Managing Therapist

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Clinical Approach
For his clinical approach, Andrew tends to utilize a cognitive behavioral therapy approach. This style is congruent in his belief in therapy; which is that everyone can use a soundboard to enhance their decision-making and judgement.

Clinical Interests
Andrew has experience in executive coaching and leadership development. He is nationally certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and is a board approved Clinical Supervisor.
As a licensed Psychologist, Andrew does formal psychological testing for diagnostic clarity and more intensive family-based intervention to address neurobehavioral concerns related to acquired or developmental disorders. The types of problems may involve Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dementia, Neurodegenerative disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Outside of work Andrew plays guitar, and likes to go on family trips with his wife and their three daughters.

Kari Griffin, MSW, LICSW

Manager, Integrative Mental Health

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Kari provides leadership and supervision within our school linked mental health program. She currently provides therapeutic services to students. Kari obtained her certificate in Holistic Health from St. Catherine’s University and is a registered yoga instructor. Her other areas of specialization include mind/body connection, holistic health, nutrition and yoga.

Jennifer Chasco, MSW, LICSW

Manager, School Linked Mental Health

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Jennifer has experience at group homes for individuals with mental health and developmental needs, preschool settings, county work, and crisis centers and has been working in a clinical setting since 2010. She also see clients with the school linked program.

Julie Smith, MA, LPCC

Manager, Adult Programming

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Julie supervises the team at Bridgeview and provides managerial oversight for the 570+ Bridgeview members. She also supervises the CSP Housing program for adults with SPMI/SMI living in Anoka County. She provides counseling and psychotherapy for individuals and groups. She has experience working with adolescents and adults, and has a primary focus on working with adults living with serious and persistent mental illness. Her experience covers a wide range of areas including trauma, anger management, symptom management and mood disorders. She has experience with crisis evaluations in a hospital setting. She has been with Lee Carlson Center for over 14 years and has worked as a clinician for 10+ years.

Kimberley Zack, MA

Manager of Program 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.

Stefanie Wallace, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

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Stefanie provides leadership, supervision and program development with our Coon Rapids clinic and partnership with North Metro Pediatric Clinic.  Stefanie also sees clients at the Coon Rapids location. Stefanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Mark Wilde, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

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Clinical Approach
Mark believes everyone has the capacity to change. By learning insight into our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors clients can gain skill to be more mindful and grow.

Clinical Interests
Mark is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), as well as play therapy and sand therapy.

Mark enjoys meditating and going to church.

Alyssa Larson, MA, LPC

Lead Therapist

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Clinical Approach
Alyssa is a lead therapist for Lee Carlson Center. She believes in the uniqueness of each individual and is passionate about working with teenagers and their families. Pulling from their strengths and values, she enjoys helping individuals realize their full potentials.

Clinical Interests
Alyssa has worked at Columbia Heights High School for three years as well as partnered with other schools in Anoka County. Alyssa has experience supporting teenagers through anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment difficulties and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also has experience working with adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and is trained in DBT.

Alyssa enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, cooking, and skiing.