Announcement of Leadership Transition at Lee Carlson Center

Rob Edwards, CEO of Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Wellbeing, announced that after more than seven years of leading the organization, he will be leaving the role to pursue new opportunities. “We are grateful for Rob’s leadership in growing Lee Carlson Center’s mental health services for the community, including expanding the School Based Mental Health program into 65 schools, and championing the Intensive Treatment in Foster Care program. We wish him well in his new endeavors,” remarked Board Chair Steve Helseth.

Susan Fullerton, Chief Operating Officer, was chosen by the board of Lee Carlson Center to assume the CEO role immediately. “Susan has played a pivotal role in the growth of the agency and brings not only a great understanding of the organization, but years of experience as a clinical therapist and business leader to the position,” said Helseth.

Susan and Rob worked closely together over the past seven years to propel the organization from serving 1000 clients in Anoka County to more than 7000 clients across the North Metro Twin Cities and beyond. “The work and mission of Lee Carlson Center remains more important now than ever, and the agency is well-positioned to serve the growing needs of the communities we work in,” said Susan, “I am looking forward to leading the talented and committed staff and working with our community partners and supporters.”

Susan Fullerton is originally from Chicago and began her career as a Director at the University of North Park. She holds a master’s in counseling and her work as a therapist has included: In-home, outpatient hospital work, school-based mental health provider, a clinical supervisor and trained as a registered play therapist and play therapist supervisor. In 2020 she earned the Executive Strategic Leadership Certificate from Cornell.

Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being is a nonprofit mental health organization that operates four outpatient clinics, a drop-in center for adults, community based mental health care as well as services across 65 metro area schools and serves clients ages 2-92. For more information or to refer or to make a self-referral you can visit the agency’s website online at or call the agency’s central intake phone line at 763-780-3036.