Meet the Staff of P.O.R. Emotional Wellness

We invite you to read more about our therapists and their backgrounds by viewing their profiles.
They are backed up by a staff that is knowledgeable, experienced and sensitive to the needs of clients and their families.

Jim Keenan, MS, LP
Jim Keenan, MS, LPExecutive Director

I have been working in the field of Emotional Wellness for the past 24 years. I know that all of us are seeking our best self. We all want to have happiness as our predominate state of being. However, life sometimes occurs in such a way that our feelings become more negative, sad, depressed, angry and even hopeless at times.
I believe that it is during these times that our lives have the greatest potential for positive growth. I am a solution focused therapist. I believe in assisting others to gain a sense of self control in their lives. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I know the long lasting impacts that trauma can have on a person. I also know the rewards that come from doing the difficult work of healing the inner self. I am honored by those individuals in my past who have allowed me to be a part of their healing.

Sandi Lindgren, Ph. D., LICSW
Sandi Lindgren, Ph. D., LICSWDirector of Case Management Services

My professional mission is to support youth, their families and those adults who serve them. My clinical experience includes residential, correctional, school-based, in-home, and in-office therapy. My knowledge and expertise include adolescent development, female-specific programming, the local Latinx community, juvenile corrections and professional coaching.
I do not currently see clients for therapy and spend my time supporting our team of children’s mental health case managers in their direct services with youth and families. I am bilingual (English/Spanish), have a Master’s in Social Work from Augsburg University and a Ph.D. in Professional Coaching and Human Development. I’ve been a part of the staff team at P.O.R. Emotional Wellness since 2011.

Jean Storlie, MA, LPCC
Jean Storlie, MA, LPCCDirector of Outpatient Services
Clinical Supervisor

I have worked as a mental health professional for 5 years, with children aged 0-7 as my primary focus. I am also available for those clients 8-99 years old. I am DC 0-5 and ESCII trained and am a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). I have completed assessments for children as young as 5 months old and provided play therapy to children as young as 2 years old.
I am culturally competent, responsive in trauma, including historical trauma. I am adoption competent and trained, as well as an adoptive parent of special needs children. I have previously worked in the field of child protection, adoption, truancy, and county mental health services and am familiar with the dynamics that come with those services. My approach is client centered and based in the understanding that children do not have bad behaviors, but behaviors stemming from trauma in their past. Many children, and even some adolescents, are not able to verbally express their emotions and “find the words” to use in traditional talk therapy. Play is a natural way for children to express themselves and resolve issues that may be difficult for them. I believe it is important to connect with parents and children in a meaningful way. When treating emotional and behavioral concerns, it is important for families to be involved in treatment together. I help families build pathways to positive change while addressing emotional and behavioral concerns utilizing a strength-based approach. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, a Registered Play Therapist, RPT, as well as a board-certified supervisor.

Nicholas Vorpahl
Nicholas VorpahlMA,LPCC, Therapist

I provide Outpatient Therapy and Diagnostic Assessments to children, adolescence, adults, and couples. I incorporate elements of humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness practices into my approach.
I hope to help anyone adapt to new challenges while learning how to live in an ever-changing world with ever changing expectations. I have experience working with people diagnosed with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ODD, Trauma, and Relationship Conflicts. In my spare time, I like to run, read, go to concerts, and support Minnesota United.

Brian Wicks
Brian WicksMA, LMFT, Therapist

I have enjoyed working for POR Emotional Wellness since 2009. During my time at POR, I have worked with parents and children in different areas and roles including family work, individual therapy, groups, and school-based
therapy. Throughout this time, I worked as a life skills trainer using solution based interventions to help youth increase their skill level so that they were able to use age appropriate behaviors in everyday life situations. I provided these services in family homes, schools, residential treatment centers, and the community. I also worked with youth in groups, helping them learn anger management skills. Currently, I am a Masters level mental health professional, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy and Play Therapy. While I see a wide variety of clients of different ages, including teens and adults, I am passionate about working with school age children using play therapy, as it is the natural way for children to express emotions and resolve issues that are sometimes difficult for children to find the “words” to talk about in therapy. I have also been incorporating mindfulness and yoga-based movement in therapy to assist youth with self-regulation skills. In my therapeutic work, it’s important to connect with parents and children in a meaningful way; to assess and treat emotional and behavioral concerns because I feel it’s important for families to be involved in treatment together. It’s my goal to help families instill hope, while addressing emotional and behavioral concerns, and build pathways to positive change. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching youth sports.

Amy Blehert
Amy BlehertMA, Clinical Trainee

I have experience working with children ages 3 and up, including teenagers, adults, clients with SPMI, and children/adults on the autism spectrum. I am a DC 0-5 assessor.
. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Concentration in Child Psychology) from Bradley University and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University, Twin Cities. I started in the mental health field in 2008 working in the autism community. I have been an ARMHS/CTSS worker and eventually moved into therapy. I love to assist clients in finding their best possible outcomes as well as coordinating with other service providers. Therapy is my passion and helping others is what I enjoy most.

Lisa Slezak-Moser
Lisa Slezak-MoserMA, Clinical Trainee

In order to thrive, you need to have a sense of belonging, security, and significance. My therapeutic style of empathy, respect, and unconditional regard helps individuals and families reach those goals. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and elder adults.
My areas of specialty include play therapy, trauma, abuse, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, ADHD, Gay/Lesbian/Transgender issues, and elder therapy. I am also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. I work to make sure you feel heard, understood, and able to find the solutions that will allow you to live the life you wish to have. I earned my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Adler Graduate School in Minneapolis, MN. I am a member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. (Everything can always be different – Alfred Adler)

Aoife Ryan
Aoife RyanMA, Clinical Trainee

I completed my Masters in Art Therapy in Ireland in 2011 and am on track to becoming a licensed mental health professional. I use a blend of therapeutic approaches, traditional talk therapy and art therapy to guide individuals towards mental wellness.
Since graduating I have worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including clinic, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and acute psychiatric facilities. My approach to therapy is grounded in collaboration, respect, commitment and humor.  I understand the courage it takes to initiate therapy; hence I strive to create a welcoming, safe and warm environment.

Kimberly Tran
Kimberly TranMA, Clinical Trainee

My name is Kimberly Tran and I have worked in the mental health field for the past five years. I was previously a Mental Health Associate at the St. Cloud Hospital and a Bullying Prevention Specialist at a junior high school in St. Cloud, MN. I have worked for POR Emotional Wellness since the
spring of 2018 and have had several roles during my time here. I started as a Life Skills Worker and then worked as a Day Treatment Intern during the Summer of 2019. Currently, I am a Rule 47 Therapist, and I absolutely love my line of work. I work with school age children and teenagers in helping them to reach their potential. I utilize art, music, and play in therapy. I primarily work with youth who have been diagnosed with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Autism. As a doctorate student at St. Mary’s University, I apply what I learn in the classroom directly to my therapy work with clients. I believe in solution-focused and narrative therapy approaches. I also emphasize the power of changing one’s own negative thoughts. I believe that youth have skills and abilities they have not yet realized, and I tailor therapy to their personality and needs, so they can discover who they are and what they are capable of contributing to the world around them. I am also bilingual in Vietnamese/English, so I value multicultural backgrounds and working with clients from all walks of life. I am humbled to have a role in the healing process for the youth I work with in the Twin Cities area. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Vikings, going to local events such as, farmer’s markets and concerts, cooking, and writing restaurant and business reviews.

Gordon Baker
Gordon BakerMA, Clinical Trainee

I provide Outpatient Therapy and Diagnostic Assessments to children and adults. I have worked in the mental health field for the past 15 years. I have experience working with children and adults diagnosed with Bipolar, ADHD, ODD, Mood Disorders and Autism Spectrum
I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Substance Abuse from University of North Dakota and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors, attending concerts, traveling, kayaking, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Jennifer Kelley
Jennifer KelleyMA, Clinical Trainee

My Name is Jennifer and I have been working with adolescents and adults for ten years. I began working in domestic violence and then spent five years at a Federal Setting IV Education Center that serves students with severe emotional behavior disorders. I started working with POR four years ago as a life skills worker and I’m currently stationed at the Health Resource Center at Brooklyn Center STEAM as a Mental Health Therapist.
I have provided therapy and life skills to students struggling with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiance, aggression, ADHD, adjustment, to list a few. I also have experience working with the LGBTQ community helping students to feel accepted, loved and supported during their journey. I received my master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University. I am a person-centered therapist who is also solution focused and compassionate about helping kids cope with everyday stresses, so they can be successful in all aspects of their lives.

Children's Mental Health Targeted Case Manager
Children's Mental Health Targeted Case ManagerReports to: Director of Case Management & Executive Director

The Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager (T.C.M.) provides direct and indirect client services under the close clinical supervision of the Director of Targeted Mental Health Case Management or the assigned Clinical Supervisor. The Case Manager is responsible for providing services per P.O.R.’s mental health services delivery guidelines and requirements and with the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Medical Assistance ( “Medical Assistance” ) health care program guidelines. Each Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager is responsible for a caseload of up to fifteen (15) clients/families. The Targeted Case Manager’s responsibilities include, for each assigned client, conducting an intake meeting with the client and other parties as necessary, assessing the current situation, preparing and revising as necessary the treatment plan, and coordination of services needed to accomplish the goals of the treatment plan. The Case Manager shall regularly monitor and assess each assigned client’s current situation and services to refer the client, as necessary, to other services, to continue the current treatment plan, or to revise or amend that treatment plan as required. Revision or amendment of any treatment plan shall be made only upon the written approval of the Case Manager’s supervisor. The Case Manager shall meet in person with each assigned client for no less than two (2) hours per month. The Case Manager shall collaborate with other P.O.R. and third-party professionals, as approved by the Case Manager’s supervisor, to ensure that proper levels of care, consistent with the applicable client’s treatment plan, are being provided. The Case Manager must have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree in social work, psychology or a related field of study, and at least two (2) years of experience in mental health case management services or a related area.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintain, under the oversight of the Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager’s supervisor, all service aspects of each assigned client’s case matters, according to the treatment plan for that client. Conduct an introductory telephone call or email discussion, as applicable, with each newly assigned client within twenty-four (24) hours of being assigned that client’s case by P.O.R.’s Director of Case Management.
• Schedule and conduct an intake meeting with each new client within five (5) working days from the date of the above introductory telephone call or email discussion with that client.
• Conduct and document an assessment regarding each new client’s history and current situation as they pertain to the client’s case matters.
• Prepare for each client an individual treatment plan that incorporates and addresses information gathered during the intake and assessment process conducted concerning that client. Review and revise or amend that treatment plan as needed.
• Implement intervention strategies as outlined in the treatment plan.
• Document in each client’s written clinical record all services as required by P.O.R.’s mental health services delivery guidelines and requirements and by Medical Assistance.
• On an ongoing basis, monitor, assess, and refer each client to services as needed to meet the goals of the client’s treatment plan.
• Be prepared for and participate in all aspects of clinical supervision of each client’s situation and services, including individual and group processes.
• Maintain the clinical chart and file of each client to meet all applicable P.O.R. mental health services delivery guidelines and requirements and Medical Assistance guidelines.
• Meet in person with each client for a minimum of two (2) hours per month.
• Maintain appropriate contact with other P.O.R. and third-party service providers. Make referrals according to the client’s treatment plan, as required.
• Coordinate and facilitate team meetings of providers involved to help coordinate, assess, and monitor the client’s needs and functioning.
• Participate regularly in individual and group supervision, professional development, and staff meetings.
• Regularly monitor the client’s overall functioning, including the client’s mental and medical health, family situation, financial situation, housing and shelter needs, basic needs, and educational needs.
• Other duties as they arise, or as assigned by the Targeted Case Manager’s supervisor
Position open until filled. Preferences may be given to bilingual applicants with appropriate education and experience.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references immediately to:
Sandi Lindgren, Ph.D., LICSW
Director of Case Management
slindgren@poremotionalwellness.com
Office: 952.835.6540