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: 7

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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: 0

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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: 8

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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."

Elaine Johnson

Board Member

Occupation: Director of Kids Ministry
Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids (and Owner of Sounds of Praise)
Years on the Board: 3

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She has always worked with kids and families including 15 years as a Pediatric Intensive Care and Transport Nurse at Mayo Clinic.

"My desire is to have Mental Health be recognized as an integral part of the whole person, relationships and community and that tools to improve, treat and maintain are available to all. My interest involves linking the faith community to the mental health community to create holistic well-being for kids, adults and families."


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 16 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 Elect of the Minnesota Chapter of NASW. 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.

Karen Anderson, MScSA, LICSW

Clinical Director

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Karen has been in leadership roles in the mental health field for 25+ years. She has been the Director of Dual Diagnosis Programs, Team Lead for the Homeless ACT Team, and Program Director of Day Treatment, ARMHS, CTSS and Clinics. At Lee Carlson Center, she oversees the therapy team at the Fridley clinic and provides oversight for psychiatry, the domestic abuse program and Bridgeview, our drop-in center for adults living with serious and persistent mental illness. She also manages a client caseload. She is an active member on the Missions Committee at her church whose primary focus is working with the homeless community.

Susan Fullerton, MS, RPT-S & LPCC

Director of Operations

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Susan provides oversight and direction for all agency programs at Lee Carlson Center as well as the school-based mental health program which includes 25+ team members who direct activity or work within the school setting. She also provides leadership for the Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program, our Coon Rapids clinic and our Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS) program. Susan has experience with program innovation, project management, School linked mental health, CTSS, 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 AspireMN.

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.

Kari Griffin, MSW, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

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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.

Stefanie Wallace, MA, LMFT

Supervising Therapist

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Stefanie provides leadership, supervision and program development with our Coon Rapids clinic and sees clients at that location. Stefanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Jennifer Chasco, MSW, LICSW

Supervising Therapist

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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

Bridgeview Supervisor

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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.

Alyssa Larson, MA

Lead Therapist I

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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.