Community faculty

Sue Abderholden

Sue Abderholden
  • Courses taught: SW 8806: Health and Mental Health Policy
  • Education: BA in Political Science, Macalester College; Master’s in Public Health Administration University of Minnesota
  • Email: abder003@umn.edu
  • The Executive Director at NAMI Minnesota since 2001, Sue has held leadership positions at Arc of Minnesota, Minnesota office of US Senator Paul Wellstone, and PACER Center. For over 40 years she's developed and advocated for public policies to improve the lives of people with disabilities or mental illnesses and their families. Her family had a foster care license for many years, providing respite care for families of children with disabilities and youth aging out of foster care. She has served on several boards, (such as Goodwill Easter Seal, Hearth Connection and the MN Rural Health Association) and a number of state advisory committees and task forces.

    She has received awards for her advocacy work, including the 2020 Esther Wattenberg Policy Award, being named one of the 100 most influential health care leaders by MN Physician, the 2018 Rona and Ken Purdy Award to End Discrimination from National NAMI, Excellence in Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Award from the International African Mental Health Providers, 2013 Gaylord Anderson Leadership Award from the U of M School of Public Health, the National Council for Behavioral Health 2013 Advocacy Leadership Award, Distinguished Community Partner Award from the U of M School of Social Work, Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies, Systems Advocacy Award from Arc of Minnesota, NASW Citizen of the Year, Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award from the Minnesota Psychiatric Society, Heroes for Children Award from the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, and many others.

Molly Cooney

Molly Cooney
  • Courses taught: YOST 1366: Stories of Resistance and Change
  • Education: MFA, University of Arizona
  • Email: mcooney@umn.edu
  • Molly teaches at Minneapolis College (MCTC). She is a queer writer, and mama who spends as much time as possible outdoors. She's been an educator for 25 years, most of which have been spent in the hallways of higher education, previously at the University of Arizona. She's also taught youth in various contexts, including remote Arctic tundra, desert canyonlands, and high-altitude mountain ranges. As a writer, she primarily writes creative nonfiction essays and memoir about leading wilderness expeditions, navigating life with a trans-partner, parenting a neurodiverse, nonbinary child, and trying to raise socially engaged, anti-racist kids. Some of her writing can be found in The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses Anthology. She lives with her spouse, two young kids, a cat and dog, and an ambitious crew of carpenter ants in a 108-year-old house in South Minneapolis. Whether she's in the garden coaxing her grandmother’s raspberry bushes back to life or teaching her kids to kayak on the Mississippi, she chooses outdoor adventures every day that she possibly can. Turns out, a toddler in snowshoes is actually the cutest thing on the planet.

Camille Cyprian

CamilLe Cyprian
  • Courses taught: SW 2501W: Introduction to Social Justice
  • Education: MBA, Hamline University; PhD, B,S,, University of Minnesota
  • Email: cypr0002@umn.edu

Camille Cyprian's life and heart's work is supporting change makers, change making organizations, and organizations working to change themselves, envision, embody, and engage in transformative healing praxis. A long-time community organizer and justice activist, Camille's current place in the movement ecosystem is holding space for change makers to incorporate intersectional healing justice into the every-day work of social change, and specifically racial healing justice. Camille is currently a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, with research interests in healing justice, African Indigenous knowledge, and organizational development. She earned an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University, and a Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies: Social Justice and Community Organizing from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Camille is also a certified community healing justice coach and mind-body medicine facilitator. Camille currently serves as a co-chair of the governing board of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, and is a Firekeeper of Maji ya Chai Land Sanctuary. They are also the founder of Centered Spaces LLC.

Mark Costello

Mark Costello
  • Courses taught: SW 3701: Into to Child Maltreatment
  • Education: I have an MSW from the University St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine (back in the day when they were a combined MSW program)
  • Email: mcostell@umn.edu

Mark is currently a supervisor in Child Protection case management in Ramsey County Social Services.

Mark likes to workout, bike ride/walk around the lakes (near the Lake of the Isles), watch his kids play soccer, watch the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Twins play, hit up the local breweries and new restaurants, and go to karaoke bars in NE Minneapolis.

Bao Diep

Bao Diep
  • Courses taught: SW 8010/ 8030: Practicum Seminar
  • Education: BA, University of Minnesota; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: diepx004@umn.edu

Bao is a Senior Social Worker with Hennepin County, in the capacity of: Adult Protection Social Worker. Bao enjoys tennis, cooking, and traveling.

Malaika Eban

Malaika Eban
  • Courses taught: SW 8153: Social Work Practice Methods: Macro Practice, and SW 8551: Community Assessment and Intervention
  • Education: B.S., Biology Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; SW and MPP, University of Minnesota
  • Email: hanki035@umn.edu

Malaika works at the Legal Rights Center, a non-profit public defense firm in Minneapolis. In her role as Director of Community Strategy, she leads community engagement related to legal system transformation. She works with with youth, families, and community members to bring to life a new vision for Minnesota's justice system, through policy advocacy, restorative practices programming, and community legal education.

Her general interests are in working towards justice in our communities, as well as cat motherhood and plant/star magic.

Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards
  • Courses taught: SW 8842–Advanced Social Work Practice Evaluation
  • Education: BA, Saint Mary's University; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: eduar003@umn.edu

Rob is Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Lee Carlson Center of Mental Health and Wellbeing. He has been serving the non-profit human-services sector for more than 20 years, including 15 years as Lee Carlson Center's CEO. He also serves as a member of the Board of Regents at Saint Mary's University.

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 is on the Board of Directors for AspireMN (formerly the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies) and on the Executive Committee of the Anoka County Children and Family Council (ACCFC). He also served as a committee member on the Minnesota Statewide Foster Care Workgroup.

His interests include distance running, renovations and construction.

Katie Erickson

Katie Erickson
  • Courses taught: SW 8030: MSW Practicum Seminar; SW 3701: Intro to Child Maltreatment
  • Education: BSW, Minnesota State University Moorhead; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: eric1791@umn.edu

Katie is a child protection investigator at Hennepin County and a community trainer/curriculum developer with the Training Academy through CASCW/Dept. of Human Services.

Katie likes to read, watch/attend sporting events (especially Gopher football!), travel, do pilates, and spend time with friends.

Jessie Everts

Jessie Everts
  • Courses taught: SW 5051–Human Behavior and the Social Environment; SW 8842: Advanced Social Work Evaluation
  • Education: PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
  • Email: ever0128@umn.edu

Jessie wears many hats: She practices as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Wild Tree Psychotherapy in St. Paul, is a Clinical Consultant with Happify Health; has her own consulting/training and coaching agency (Empower Mental Health), and has authored the book Brave New Mom: A survival guide to mindfully navigating postpartum motherhood.

Jessie's interests include reading, writing, running, traveling, and getting her kids outside!

Maima Fant

Maima Fant
  • Courses taught: SW 8452– Core Clinical Concepts in Social Work Practices
  • Education: DSW, University of St. Thomas; MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Email: mfant@umn.edu

Maima is the owner of Hatch Life Mental Health Services, and is a perinatal mental health therapist. Her interests include perinatal mental health, culturally responsive social work practice, yoga, travel, Black women's mental health and wellness

Elizabeth Franklin

Elizabeth Franklin
  • Courses taught: SW 8462–Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents
  • Education: BAs in American Studies and Spanish, University of Kansas; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: frank404@umn.edu

Liz is Associate Director of Behavioral Health, Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES).

She loves working with kids and families, and figuring out how to make clinical services meaningful and engaging for people our systems generally don't serve well due to language, culture, neurodiversity, and other aspects of identity.

Kai Gunty

Kai Gunty
  • Courses taught: SW 8841–Research Methods
  • Education: BA Psychology, University of Minnesota; MA, Psychology, University of Minnesota; PhD candidate, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
  • Email: gunty004@umn.edu

Dr. Gunty is a child and family therapist who maintains the private practice, Dandelion Spirit Psychotherapy. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his puppy, mountain biking, swimming, and doing anything outside.

Danielle Hegseth

Danielle Hegseth
  • Courses taught: SW 8153–Social Work Practice Methods: Macro Practice; SW 8843: Social Work Program Evaluation
  • Education: MSW and MPP, University of Minnesota
  • Email: diett001@umn.edu

Danielle works for Child Trends as a Research Scientist. She works with states and the federal government to conduct research and evaluation on policies and programs impacting the early childhood education field.

She loves to travel to places where she can hike in the mountains, to watch movies, tend to her plants, and eat.

Angie Hirsch

Angie Hirsch
  • Courses taught: SW 8806: Health and Mental Health Policy
  • Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: strat015@umn.edu

Angie is currently splitting her time between the Department of Human Services, and the Governor's Office. At the DHS, she works in the Behavioral Health Division as the American Indian Mental Health Clinical Coordinator. At the Governor's Office, Angie is helping to coordinate the tribal COVID-19 response.

In her down time, Angie enjoys hanging out with her four children, and long distance running.

Bryan Karban

Bryan Karban
  • Courses taught: YOST 4201: Facilitating Outdoor Experiences, and YOST 4202: Facilitating Outdoor Experiences - Winter
  • Education: BA, History, University of Minnesota; MEd, HR Development, University of Minnesota
  • Email: bkarban@umn.edu

Bryan is the Program Manager for the University of Minnesota Outdoor Program. He has also served in a volunteer capacity on the Board of Directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education as well as the Minnesota Climbers Association

He has a passion for all forms of human-powered outdoor recreation with an emphasis on rock and ice climbing and distance running, but also: canoeing, skiing, hiking, bird watching, and anything that gets him closer to nature. He has a deep interest in the narratives and stories we create around outdoor recreation, who is and is not included in these stories, and finding ways to embrace different understandings of what outdoor recreation means.

Mary Lennick

Mary Lennick
  • Courses taught: HBSE, and Child Welfare Policy
  • Education: BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota; MSW, Augsburg University
  • Email: lenn0074@umn.edu

Mary is the Executive Director at Family Alternatives (a private, child foster care agency located in Minneapolis).

She LOVES sports. She is a huge Minnesota sports fan - the Lynx, Wolves and Vikings are her favorite teams. Mary is also obsessed with her dog, Vincent, whom most of her students will "meet" either remotely or via lots of pictures! :)

Anna Lifson

Anna Lifson
  • Courses taught: SW 8251 - Advanced Social Work Practice with Health, Disability and Aging; SW 8821 - Social Work Practice and Difference, Diversity and Privilege; SW 5051: Human Behavior in the Social Environment; SW 8821: Social Work Practice and Difference, Diversity and Privilege
  • Education: BA, Macalester College; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: alifson@umn.edu

Anna Lifson, LICSW (she/they) currently serves as the Women's Center Assistant Director in UMN's Office for Equity and Diversity, and engages students, staff/faculty, alums and community partners in intersectional gender equity work. Anna's past professional experience includes work as a therapist, case manager, educator, advocate, community organizer, volunteer coordinator, program director, and wedding officiant. Anna has also been a graduate research assistant and admissions ambassador at SSW, and served on CEHD's Alumni Society Board from 2017-2020. Anna welcomes your feedback, accountability, connection and collaboration as we collectively strive for justice, healing and liberation.

Anna enjoys swimming, cycling, learning acupressure points, jamming out to 80s/90s pop songs, reading novels & short stories, laughing at memes & puns, and snuggling with the world's bestest doggo.

John Marboe

John Marboe
  • Courses taught: YOST 4401–Young People and Spirituality
  • Education: MDiv, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; PhD, Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute (near Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Email: jcmarboe@umn.edu

John Marboe is the pastor of a small, vibrant church in the Midway area of St. Paul, Zion Lutheran Church.

He's a proud dad of an amazing 17-year-old young woman, and married to an (also amazing) person he's known since high school, He loves philosophy, psychology and mythology, great books, and writing. He's a motorcycle enthusiast who loves tennis and golf, likes to cook, has been known to make o.k. beer, AND: from 2011 to 2018 worked as a trash hauler in this city. At first, he did it because he needed the work and money. Later it became an unusual form of "spiritual practice." If you are curious, here is his blog, Reverend Doctor Garbageman.

Basanti Miller

Basanti Miller
  • Courses taught: YOST 4316–Media and Youth: Learning, Teaching, and Doing
  • Education: BA, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Email: basantim@umn.edu

Basanti is CELS Program Manager at the Center for Community-Engaged Learning at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Her interests include Art, travel, dogs, and spending time with friends/family.

Becky Montgomery

Becky Montgomery
  • Courses taught: SW 8010, 8020 and 8030: Practicum Seminar classes
  • Education: MSW, Washington University; Fellowship program, Georgetown University.
  • Email: bmontgom@umn.edu

In addition to teaching two practicum seminar classes this semester, Becky is an off-site practicum instructor to two MSW students, volunteers at the Walk In Counseling Center and other places. She gardens, and has started traveling again. She enjoys spending time with her two year old granddaughter. Becky is involved in racial justice/equity work with the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC) and its annual Overcoming Racism Conference, which will be held November 11 and 12 this year, at Metro State University.

She enjoys gardening and traveling, both domestic and international. She is interested in cooking and baking, and trying new recipes.

Ed Morales

Ed Morales
  • Courses taught: SW 8152–Social Work Practice Methods with Families and Groups; co-facilitated an SW 8010 seminar
  • Education: MSW and MPP, University of Minnesota
  • Email: moral149@umn.edu

Ed believes that love wins. Outside of the School of Social Work, Ed wears many hats. Ed is a Curriculum Supervisor with Hennepin County Child Protection; a Certified Trainer and Consultant with Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital; a social worker with Children's Minnesota; a Board Member with Foster Advocates; and provide training, clinical supervision and professional development through my LLC, Socorro Consulting. Ed is a transplant from Seattle, a mixed kid of Puerto Rican and German heritage, and a transracially adoptive parent. When not working, Ed loves to explore hard-to-get-to places as a scuba diver and pilot. Ed lives in North Minneapolis with a daughter and cat.

Jessi Oliver-Tebben

Jessi Oliver-Tebben
  • Courses taught: YOST 4196: Youth Work Internship; YOST 4322 /5322: Work with Youth - Families; YOST 4301/5301: Communicating with Adolescents about Sexuality; YOST 3101: Youth Work- Orientations and Approaches
  • Education: from University of Minnesota: Masters of Education - Youth Development Leadership - 2007 B.S. - Youth Studies, Ed. Psych., & Child Psych. - 1999
  • Email: tebb0004@umn.edu

Family Services Director at Ampersand Families

Jessi is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator and human services professional with over 24 years of combined experience in training and education, equity and inclusion, sexual health education, positive youth development, and community organizing. She has four teen/young adult children, and lives with her wife, children, three dogs and a cat in Maplewood, MN.

Joan Riebel

Joan Riebel
  • Courses taught: SW 5051–Human Behavior and the Social Environment; SW 8804–Child Welfare Policy
  • Education: BA, College of St. Benedict; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: riebe016@umn.edu

Joan has worked as a social worker since 1966, in a variety of public and private settings. She ended her direct service career in 2017, following 34 years as executive director of a non-profit agency. Her career has been primarily focused on child welfare.

Joan is single, lives in St. Paul, and has two sons and two grandchildren. She loves gardening, reading and traveling.

Artika Roller

Artika Roller
  • Courses taught: SW 8361–Identification and Assessment of Family Violence
  • Education: MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: rolle048@umn.edu

Artika serves as Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

She is interested in interior design, and enjoys creating spaces that promote joy, well-being, and community connections.

Jenna Sethi

Jenna Sethi
  • Courses taught: YOST 1001– Seeing Youth, Thinking Youth: Media, Popular Media, and Scholarship
  • Education: M.Ed., University of Minnesota; PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Minnesota
  • Email: sethi007@umn.edu

Everyone has a story. Stories are data. Data informs change. Jenna's experience as a youthworker, educator, and qualitative research scientist has led to the new adventure of independent consulting. She named her organization: Informed Change because she believes powerful change is rooted in learning from and understanding young people and their communities. Young people are the experts of their experiences.

Jenna has an awesome partner and two amazing kids who like to play cards and go on walks together. She loves reading and playing her cello. Also, she loves Prince.

Jennifer Skuza

Jennifer Skuza
  • Courses taught: YOST 5956: Organizational Approaches to Youth Development
  • Education: PhD, University of Minnesota, Work, Community and Family Education and International Education, minor
  • Email: skuza@umn.edu

Jennifer is Associate Dean of the UMN Extension Center for Youth Development.

She enjoys long distance running, Nordic skiing, and traveling.

Amy Syvertsen

Amy Syvertsen
  • Courses taught: YOST 4325– Improving Everyday Youth Work: Practical Program Evaluation
  • Education: BS, North Dakota State; MEd, Penn State, Youth and Family Education; PhD, Penn State, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Email: syvert@umn.edu

Amy is the Senior Director of Research at Search Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes positive youth development and advances equity through research and practical solutions. She also serves as a research board member of the National Resource Mentoring Center where she provides technical assistance and evaluation support.

Amy cares deeply about making research accessible and actionable, and has built an active program of applied research focused on youth civic engagement. Outside of work, she coaches "Girls on the Run," and can be found most evenings cheering on her children and their teammates from the sidelines and bleachers.

Natalie Taber

Natalie Taber
  • Courses taught: SW 8452: Core Clinical Concepts in Social Work Practice
  • Education: BA, Philosophy. Religion, Hendrix College; MA. University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee; MSW, University of Minnesota
  • Email: taber019@umn.edu
  • Academically and personally Natalie has spent time working to understand the fabric of the western dominant culture and how it impacts the people in it. She is currently a psychotherapist at Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic with a gender/sexuality and multicultural diversity focus. She has also worked as a researcher for UROC at the University of Minnesota on projects investigating the systems of power and demand that fuel markets and conditions for sex trafficking and sex work and how those systems amplify intersectional violence.

    When she's not teaching or practicing therapy, Natalie loves spending time outdoors. She likes to cook, bake, and travel and has secret skills of the pastry variety. She sees her work as active critical engagement with systems of power, resistance in persistence, and healing through relationships.

Julie Tilsen

Julie Tilsen
  • Courses taught: YOST 4321/5321: Work with Youth - Individual, and YOST 4196: Youthwork Internship
  • Education: PhD In Social Construction, Queer Studies emphasis from Tilburg University
  • Email: jbtilsen@umn.edu

Private practice therapy & consultant to youth-serving agencies; core faculty for Fairfield University’s certificate program in counseling queer and trans people

Julie Tilsen, Ph.D. is the author of Queering Your Therapy Practice: Queer Theory, Narrative Therapy, and Imagining New Identities (2021, Routledge); Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills for a Critical Practice (2018, Routledge), and Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity & Constructing Preferred Identities (2013, Rowman & Littlefield) as well as a variety of professional articles and book chapters on narrative practice and the application of queer theory, and cultural studies methodologies. She is an associate of the Taos Institute and recipient of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service Award. Her work is featured in several counselor training videos produced by Alexander Street Press and Sage/UPG Media. Julie is a hard-core fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers Women’s Hockey team and likes drinking cold press. She has a greyhound named Feet and a cat Presto, who actually is a wizard, not a cat. The sorting hat has decidedly placed Julie in the House of Ravenclaw.

Kenny Turck

Kenny Turck
  • Courses taught: YOST 3001: Intro to History & Philosophy of Youthwork
  • Education:MSW, St. Cloud State University
  • Email: turck022@umn.edu

Kenny serves as Executive Director with DIRT GROUP Global, and is a psychotherapist with Behavioral Health Advocacy Services

He enjoys nature, music, art, growing food, cooking, preserving, reading, writing, singing/guitar, photography, DOGS, and did he mention DOGS!??!!

Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer Wiseman
  • Courses taught: SW 5903: Substance Use and Social Work
  • Education: MPS, Integrated Behavioral Health, University of Minnesota; BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • Email: wisem017@umn.edu

Jennifer serves as Research Associate and Clinical Trainer with the Center for Practice Transformation, School of Social Work (University of Minnesota). She is dedicated to furthering innovation in the research, assessment, and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. At home, she spends time with her 12-year old daughter and pets. They love cooking together and listening to music.

Michael Van Wert

Michael Van Wert
  • Courses taught: SW 8452: Core Concepts in Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Education: MSW, Boston University; MPH, Johns Hopkins University; BA, Cornell University
  • Email: vanwe027@umn.edu

Center for Practice Transformation - Clinical Trainer and Research Associate

Michael joined the Center for Practice Transformation at the SSW in 2022 after working for the previous 12 years in community psychiatry programs in Baltimore and Boston (using group and individual therapy rooted heavily in cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior orientations: helping adults cope with and heal from acute mental health challenges). Michael has been involved in mixed methods research and quality improvement initiatives to study the prevention and treatment of psychological trauma, stabilization of acute behavioral health symptoms (e.g., suicide, self-harm, substance abuse), integration of routine measurement-based care into mental health practice, human cognition, the use of technology in mental health care, and the impact of health disasters on psychological well-being. As an educator, he has trained mental health clinicians and students in effective therapeutic techniques, and public health practitioners in program evaluation and research methods. Hobbies: Dopamine/serotonin. Michael loves to eat (primarily chocolate) and make/listen to a cacophony of sounds (sometimes musical)