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Laura Birnbaum
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
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Lindsay Brekke
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
 
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Coleman, Richard
Richard Coleman
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
Office: Inver Hills Campus
Phone: (651) 403-8631
 
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Donner, Cynthia
Cindy Donner
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
Office: Fon du Lac TCC
Phone: (218) 625-4924
 
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Laurie Endris
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
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Shana Flynn
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
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Erin Geary
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
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Jacque Gowan
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
Griffin, Kara
Kara Griffin
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
 
Gunderson, Constance
Connie Gunderson
Assoc Prof, SWK/Dir, Grad SWK
MSW- Masters in SWK
Office: T3415
Phone: (218) 625-4430
 
 
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Harju, Krista
Krista Harju
Asst Prof/Dir SWK UG Program
Social Work
Office: T3413
Phone: (218) 723-6787
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Jessica Hoeper
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
 
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Bailey Homstad
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
 
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Troy Homstad
Adjunct Faculty
Psychology
 
 
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Eileen Huggins
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
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Rick Jackson
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
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Matthew Johnson
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
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Tony Klar
Adjunct Faculty
MSW-Masters in SWK
 
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Ronald Lake
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
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Jane Larson
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
 
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Amelia LeGarde
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
Lee, John
Jack Lee
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
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Marchel, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Marchel
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
Office: S1204C
Phone: (218) 625-4813
 
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Todd McGowan
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
Mizera, Carin
Carin Mizera
Assistant Professor
MSW- Masters in SWK
Office: T3411
Phone: (218) 723-6210
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Mongan, Tracy
Tracy Mongan
Asst Prof/Site Crd Brainerd
Social Work Extended Studies
Office: Brainerd Campus
Phone: (218) 625-4818
 
 
Moore, Aileen
Aileen Moore
Assistant Professor, MSW Field Director
Social Work Extended Studies
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Navarro, Nicholas
Nick Navarro
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
Office: S1129D
Phone: (218) 723-7032
 
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Ina Newton
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
 
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Becky Perrett
Adjunct Faculty
MSW- Masters in SWK
 
Prussia, Leah
Leah Prussia
Assoc Prof, Social Work
MSW- Masters in SWK
Office: T3415
Phone: (218) 723-6200
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Robertson, Michelle
Michelle Robertson
Asst Prof/Dir UG Field Pgm,SWK
Social Work
Office: T3403
Phone: (218) 723-7018
 
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Russell Rowenhorst
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
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Debra Salmon
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
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Shar Santmyer
Project Associate
MSW-Masters in SWK
 
 
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Kimberly Scearcy
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
 
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Julie Seitz
Adjunct Faculty
MSW-Masters in SWK
 
 
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Amber Siekert
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
Sneed, Michele
Shelly Sneed
Asst Prof/Chair SWK
Social Work Extended Studies
Office: Austin
 
 
 
Sorenson, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Sorenson
Mental Health Therapist
Counseling Services
Office: T2149E
Phone: (218) 723-5906
 
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Kari Stroik
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
 
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Lori Swinney
Adjunct Faculty
Masters of Ed-ONLINE
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Amanda Thooft
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
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Kathy Trujillo
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work Extended Studies
 
 
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Jennifer Tucker
Adjunct Faculty
Social Work
 
 
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Sarah Wells
Temporary Manager of Counseling Services
Counseling Services
Office: T2150B
Phone: (218) 723-6746
 


Richard Coleman, MSW, LGSW

Former Child Protection Division Manager for Ramsey County Community Human Services for nine years. Seventeen years in child welfare services with Ramsey County. National presentations/ workshops in Washington, California, Missouri, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland on disproportionality in child welfare, transformational systems change, kinship care, poverty and neglect issues and anti-racism leadership development, implementation and training. Interests include traveling, child welfare and  authentic race dialogue facilitation.

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Cynthia Donner,

Cindy teaches SWK 4441 Social Work with Communities, focusing on social work with communities/macro systems.  Cindi has worked for several years in community organizing projects, including East Hillside PATCH, is a CSS alumnus, and joined us in 2006.

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Kara Griffin,

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Constance Gunderson, PhD, MSW, LISW

Connie Gunderson, PhD., MSW, LISW, is an associate professor at the College of St. Scholastica. Having completed her undergraduate studies at the College of St. Scholastica, she moved and worked in Germany until 2012. She completed her MSW at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin, and received her PhD at the University of Bremen. Dr. Gunderson has worked in the field of social work for over 30 years. As an instructor, her areas of scholarly expertise include human trafficking, gender studies, and international social work research. As a relational cultural therapist, her clinical foci has been on women, trauma and addiction and addressing the needs of families. As a researcher, she has completed studies of human trafficking in Germany and the European Union. She has published books and articles addressing social issues such as human trafficking, diversity, and gender. Dr. Gunderson has international teaching and advisory partnerships with diverse universities and colleges in Europe and the United States.

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Krista Harju, MSW, MEd, LICSW

Krista is an alumni of CSS, both as an undergraduate and graduate student.  She has experience in non-profit development, healthcare, healthcare policy, maternal mental health and early childhood.  She is passionate about many areas of social work and enjoys helping students find their place in the field.  Krista is married with four children and outside of attending baseball and hockey games, her favorite thing to do is snowshoe.

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Matthew Johnson,

Matt teaches SWK 3362-Human Behavior in the Social Environment and is employed as a social worker with Saint Louis County.

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John Lee,

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Mary Ann Marchel, PhD, MSW, LICSW, IMH IV

Mary Ann Marchel, Ph.D. is a professor in the Masters of Social Work Program. Dr. Marchel has served as a tenure-track and tenured faculty member in higher education for 20 years, most recently at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She currently teaches the research sequence in the Master of Social Work Program emphasizing micro and macro level approaches to inquiry. She received her Ph. D. in 1996 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and her MSW from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Marchel taught for 10 years in rural and urban settings with children ages birth to eight years with disabilities. She holds Level IV endorsement as an infant and early childhood mental health specialist.   Her research interests include the exploration and application of attachment theory-based approaches to intervention in behavioral health, reflective supervision for social work professionals, and fostering children’s mental health in community based settings for young children and their families. Dr. Marchel completed the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program (2007-09) offered through the University of Minnesota and is a member of the ZERO TO THREE Fellows Academy, currently serving as treasurer. She is certified in the Newborn Brazelton Observation System (NBOS); the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST); the Circle of Security-Parenting DVD, and trained in the administration and scoring of the Adult Attachment Interview.  In addition, Dr. Marchel is a certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is passionate about global service learning and currently is working with Roving Care Providers (birth to three providers) on the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. She currently serves as a reflective supervision facilitator with home visiting public health nurses and provides community-based children's mental health consultation to programs serving infants, toddlers, and their families.

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Carin Mizera, DSW, LICSW

Carin Mizera has been at CSS since September 2015 in the Masters of Social Work Department. She teaches direct practice and filed courses, as well as an elective in the treatment of trauma, which has been her passion for over 20 years. She also practices and teaches mindfulness techniques, and has a great interest in spirituality practices in treatment.

She has a small private psychotherapy practice in Duluth. Dr Mizera is presently serving as the MSW Program Director. She is an avid hiker in all seasons.

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Tracy Mongan, MSW, LICSW

Tracy Mongan, MSW, LICSW, Assistant Professor/Online Field Coordinator 

Tracy obtained her MSW from the University of MN – Duluth in 2006, and her BSW from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in 1996. Her areas of passion include educating and mentoring future social workers, the interweaving of spirituality in the practice of social work, and international travel and connections.

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Aileen Moore, MSW, LGSW, LMSW

Aileen P. Moore, MSW, LGSW, Assistant Professor & Field Coordinator, Brainerd Campus

Aileen joined the C.S.S. Social Work Program in the Fall of 2016.  Aileen came to CSS from Catholic Charities in Phoenix, AZ, where she served for several years as the Program Director for the Unaccompanied Minors Refugee and Immigrant Foster Care Program. Prior to becoming the Director of the foster care program, she worked as a federal child welfare specialist for unaccompanied minors. It was a year of volunteer work with Annunciation House in Juarez, Mexico which ignited Aileen's passion for working with immigrant families. Aileen also worked in bilingual school social work in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to her work in Arizona, Aileen worked for many years in New York City, first with formerly homeless women and children at Women In Need (WIN) and later with at-promise youth at Grand Street Settlement. There she served as the Director of AmeriCorps and coordinated group and 1:1 mentoring programs. Aileen began her work with CSS at their Arizona campus as an Assistant Professor and has transitioned to working as an Assistant Professor and Field Coordinator for the Brainerd Campus. Before joining the CSS Faculty, Aileen taught in the Master of Social Work Program at Arizona State University. She is thrilled to be a part of the CSS Social Work Team, where the Benedictine values are the foundation of our work.

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Nicholas Navarro,

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Leah Prussia, DSW, LICSW, SEP

Leah Prussia is a self-described “tree hugging dirt worshiper.” She has worked with diverse populations throughout her years as a clinician to assist each person find and actualize their definition of health and wellness. Dr. Prussia uniquely blends teachings from Nature, Peter Levine’s Somatic Experience work, Relational-Cultural Theory, and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches to address the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of individuals. Her background includes extensive knowledge and practice in mental health services, substance abuse, trauma, program administration, and grass roots advocacy. Due to micro, mezzo, and macro practice experience, Dr. Prussia teaches the following courses for the CSS MSW Program: Assessment/Differential Diagnosis, Evidence Based Intervention/Treatment, Preparation for Field II, Field II, Foundations of Social Justice, Advanced Policy and Community Practice, Advanced Practice with Groups, and Advanced Practice: Environmental Social Work. Her education includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Moorhead State University, a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota, and a Doctorate in Social Work from St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas. Dr. Prussia is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Minnesota and sole proprietor of Natural Connections LLC.

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Michelle Robertson, MSW, LGSW

Michelle is the Undergraduate Social Work Program Field Director.  Michelle joined the CSS faculty in 2004. Michelle trains for various agencies in the areas of child welfare, Indigenous issues, leadership coaching, and International study abroad.

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Russell Rowenhorst,

Russell teaches SWK 3370-Generalist Practice and other foundation practice courses on the FDLTCC campus. Russ works as part of the Child and Family Alternative Response Unit with Carlton County Public Health & Human Services.  Russ has been with us since 2005.

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Michele Sneed, DSW, LGSW

Michele Sneed, DSW, LGSW, Assistant Professor and Social Work Department Chair started working at The College of St. Scholastica in the Social Work department in the Fall of 2016.  Michele completed her Doctoral Degree in Social Work through Capella University. She obtained her Master's Degree in social work from the University of New England, her Bachelor's degree in social work from Winona State University, and completed the Infant and early childhood mental health certificate program through the University of Minnesota. Michele has spent years of her career working within the child welfare system. Currently, she is also working as an individual and family therapist with a specialty working with ages birth to five. Further experience has included curriculum development for community groups, facilitation/coordination of family meetings, authorship, and case management. 

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Elizabeth Sorenson,

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Lori Swinney, PhD

Dr. Lori Swinney is an adjunct instructor for the College of St. Scholastica Masters of Education program. She has over 30 years of experience in instructional design, multicultural education, college teaching, and teaching with technology. She worked at the University of North Dakota, as a department director, and taught courses online and on campus as an adjunct assistant professor for almost 30 years. She, currently, works as a consultant and instructional designer at North Dakota State University focusing on student success, quality course design, innovative teaching, and research.

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