PRESIDENT: Jeff Bradley
President for Thrive Behavioral Network, LLC., which owns and operates 27 mental health and substance abuse programs across the state of Minnesota. Mr. Bradley and Thrive were part of the original group of providers that formed the Mental Health Providers Association of Minnesota (MHPAM) in 2008. Mr. Bradley has served on the MHPAM Board of Directors since 2011.
VICE PRESIDENT: Ashley Trepp, MSW, LICSW
Director of Mental Health Services for Tasks Unlimited, an organization that provides supported housing and supported employment to individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. As the Director of Mental Health Services, she oversees Tasks Unlimited’s Targeted Case Management, Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services, Intensive Residential Treatment Services, Job Training Program and Fairweather Lodge Program. Prior to becoming a Director, Ashley gained experience working directly as a case manager and an ARMHS provider as well as working in both in-patient and out-patient hospital settings. Ashley currently services as the MHPAM Vice-President.
TREASURER: Hugh Aylward, MA, LP
Current President of Kelly-Norton Programs, which provides mental health services at two IRTS facilities (Oasis Program and Bill Kelly House), and board and lodge services at Stevens House. Employed by Kelly-Norton Programs since 1985, Hugh became part of the ownership group in 2007. He was involved in the MAMHRF trade organization, 1995-2010. He has served on the MHPAM Board of Directors since 2011 and is the current Treasurer. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota (1988), and a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University (1992). Hugh became a Licensed Psychologist in 1995.
SECRETARY: Brooke Schultz, MSW, LICSW
Brooke Schultz is Associate Director of Clinical Services for RADIAS Health, formerly known as South Metro Human Services. She oversees Community Foundations (IRTS), sixteen homes licensed under 245D, PATH-funded homeless outreach services, an ARMHS Community Treatment Team, and multiple programs related to helping people with mental illness obtain and maintain housing. She also conducts trainings related to various clinical topics, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment. Brooke started her career with RADIAS Health in 1994, went on to do case management and supported housing services for Guild, Incorporated, and later worked for Washington County as a case manager. Brooke returned to RADIAS in 2004. Brooke has always had a special interest in serving people with serious and persistent mental illness, and is passionate about helping people with mental illness work toward recovery and a life worth living. Brooke is also interested in clinical supervision and helping professionals new to the field develop empathy, compassion, and skills to best serve people with mental illness.
DIRECTOR: Julie Bolgenheim
Owner and CEO of Safe Transitions which provides adult foster care, ARMHS, ILS, and other community services for adults with mental illness throughout northeastern MN. They created Safe Transitions in 1996 during the closures of several of the MN State Hospitals. She was previously involved with MAMHRF and the Rule 36 program, Grindstone Lodge, in Hinckley, MN. She also has an adoptive older sister with chronic paranoid schizophrenia, who is a lifelong consumer of mental health services in Duluth, MN. She received her Psychology and Business degree at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.
DIRECTOR: Ellie Skelton, MA
Current CEO of Touchstone Mental Health, an organization of excellence creating innovative, person-centered care with individuals whose lives are affected by mental illness. Touchstone operates a variety of programs including a Behavioral Health Home, Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS), Crisis Stabilization, a Fitness Center, community based Housing Innovation & Intentional Communities, Case Management, Care Coordination and permanent supportive housing in Assisted Living Apartments. Ellie is an energetic mental health leader with over 25 years of experience in the sector. She has worked in a variety of behavioral health care settings including mental health, substance abuse and eating disorder treatment programs with nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities, MN.
DIRECTOR: Connie Vandergon, MS, LP
Associate Director of Clinical Services at South Metro Human Services. She oversees four Assertive Community Treatment Teams, three Targeted Case Management Teams, the UCare Care Coordination program, the Outpatient Clinic, and the DBT program. Connie has been with South Metro Human Services since 2005. Prior to that, she worked as Associate Director of Clinical Services for YouthLink, worked in private practice for a decade and worked in a rule 29 clinic for four years. She received her master’s degree in Community Counseling in 1988, became a licensed psychologist in 1993 and received her Master’s degree in Management in 2003. Connie also served as a contracted consultant to the Minnesota Department of Human Services for several years assisting with the implementation of the Evidence-Based Practices project.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR: Kia Cashman, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Director at Livingston Intensive Residential Treatment Service (IRTS), a program of ResCare in the Brooklyn Center, MN division. She is also a clinical therapist in the field of social work and license applicant supervisor, practicing in West Saint Paul, MN as well as a writer and musician. She is an advocate for a thoughtful, proactive, and creative approach to meeting human service needs as well as intelligent effective legislation and funding.