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Executive Leadership


Dr. Michelle K. Murray, President, CEO

Dr. Michelle K. Murray joined Nexus in 2010 as the Director of Clinical Services and was subsequently promoted to Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Clinical Officer. During this time, she also served as Nexus’ Interim CEO. Dr. Murray leads the organization with a strong background in clinical and executive leadership.

 

Scott McGuire, Chief Financial Officer

McGuire joined Nexus in 2019. He leads the financial management of the organization in collaboration with Nexus’ agencies. McGuire oversees the financial and accounting teams in their work to implement the organization’s strategic initiatives.

 

Bobbi Kochevar, Chief Officer of Child and Family Services

Bobbi Kochevar joined Nexus in 2019. She is responsible for the oversight of program operations and strategic guidance to Nexus’ agencies, including the direct supervision of Nexus Executive Directors. Kochevar is an active member of the Women’s Health Leadership Trust where she was named one of the top 35 emerging leaders in 2015 and currently serves as a mentor in the IMPACT mentoring program.

 

Jennifer McIntosh, Chief Human Resources Officer

Jennifer McIntosh joined Nexus in 2012 as the Director of Human Resources, and currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer. McIntosh is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the effectiveness of Nexus HR policies and procedures throughout the organization while also ensuring Nexus’ compliance with federal, state, and licensing laws as related to employment.

 

Margaret Vimont, Vice President of Strategy and Service Development

Vimont joined Nexus in 2019 with over 30 years working in youth and family services. She leads the development and implementation of innovative treatment options to complement existing services and expand community mental health options.

 

Paula Minske, Vice President of Clinical Services

Paula Minske joined Nexus in 2014 as the Clinical Director of Mille Lacs Academy. She joined the Nexus Corporate Office as the Director of Clinical Services before her promotion to Vice President. Minske works closely with all Nexus agency Clinical Directors to offer support and services through training and consultation, and to maintain clinical excellence by meeting quality assurance standards.

 

Executive Directors


Mary Ann Berg

Indian Oaks Academy

Mary Ann Berg served in various leadership positions at Indian Oaks Academy, including Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, Program Manager at Chrysalis, and Associate Director, before being named Executive Director in 2017. She has also been a strong advocate for LGBTQ programming on campus and in the surrounding community.

 

George Hendrickson

Kindred Family Focus

George Hendrickson was the CEO of Kindred Family Services when it merged with Nexus in 2012. In January 2014, Kindred Family Services and Family Focus, Inc., merged to become Kindred Family Focus, and Hendrickson was named Executive Director of the new entity. He has worked in social services since 1974 in multiple positions, including Unit Supervisor, Social Worker, Area Director, Regional Director, and Executive Director.

 

Nancy McKenzie

PATH North Dakota

Nancy McKenzie is an experienced provider in treatment foster care, family support, and other behavioral health services for children and families. As Executive Director of PATH ND, she leads program design and implementation, staff supervision, strategic planning, policy development, legislative activities, program accreditation, and budgeting.

 

Dennis Wiley

Onarga Academy

Dennis Wiley began working at Onarga Academy in 1993 as a Clinical Supervisor. In 1995, he was promoted to Clinical Director and then Acting Executive Director; in 1996, he was promoted to Executive Director. Prior to joining Onarga Academy, he worked with both adults and adolescents as a mental health specialist, family therapist, and program manager.

 

Elizabeth Williams

Nexus Glen Lake

Elizabeth Williams worked in mental health for 11 years, serving in various levels of care, including shelter care, group home, inpatient psychiatric units, in-home care, day treatment, residential programs, and private practice before joining Nexus Glen Lake as the Clinical Director in August 2017. She was promoted to Associate Director of the site in April 2018.

 

Anthony Wilson

Woodbourne Center

Anthony Wilson joined Woodbourne Center in 2014 as Interim Executive Director of the facility’s residential treatment and treatment foster care, and was named Executive Director in 2015. Prior to joining Woodbourne, Wilson served as CEO of Rock River Academy and Residential Center in Rockford, IL, and worked at Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, IL, as a Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Director from 2009-2013.

 

Karen Wolf

Gerard Academy

Karen Wolf has been with Gerard Academy for 18 years, serving as a a counselor, therapist, clinical supervisor, and clinical director. As Executive Director, she ensures the fiscal responsibility of the site, facilitates a culture that promotes growth, and maintains the high-quality services that are delivered to youth and their families.

 

Mille Lacs Academy

Currently seeking candidates to fill the Executive Director role at Mille Lacs Academy. If interested, learn more and apply here

 

Directors


Alyssa Carlson

Director of Human Resources

Carlson provides direction and consultation to site and corporate Human Resources staff on a wide variety of HR disciplines ensuring consistency and compliance with internal policies and practices as well as external regulatory agencies.

 

Jason Dunning

Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

Dunning is focused on the preparation of budgets, cost reports, proformas, and financial statements.

 

Joelene Evenson

Senior Director of Development MN

Evenson sources, develops, and manages a portfolio of donors, donor prospects, and cause-related fundraising opportunities, and develops and manages fundraising events and grant opportunities for all Nexus Minnesota business units.

 

Kent Kogler

Senior Director of Information Technology

Kogler provides information technology leadership for the organization by leading research, planning/development, and implementation of Nexus’ IT goals and initiatives and activities.

 

Jen Van Zandt

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Van Zandt leads the marketing, communications, and public relations efforts to support strategic initiatives and integrate brand development and organizational identity across the organization.

 


IN THE NEWS @ NEXUS
Join us for our first annual fundraising event!
Devon is looking for a permanent home

Devon is looking for a permanent home

Nexus Names New Leadership to Drive Innovation in Mental Health Services

Nexus Names New Leadership to Drive Innovation in Mental Health Services

Family Adolescents and Children Therapy Services (FACTS) affiliates with Nexus, expanding and strengthening programs serving Minnesota children and families.

Family Adolescents and Children Therapy Services (FACTS) affiliates with Nexus

Nexus Names New Board Chair, Welcomes 5 New Board Members

Nexus Names New Board Chair, Welcomes 5 New Board Members

Wayzata Middle School Shows Support for Kindred Family Focus

Wayzata Middle School Shows Support for Kindred Family Focus

Nexus Achieves National Re-Accreditation

Nexus Achieves National Re-Accreditation

The Library
The Library
A list of resources for parents
Parenting Partner
Parenting Partner
Helpful articles for parents
Family Matters
Family Matters
(Q&A with Dr. Michelle Murray, Ph.D.)