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Karen Goodenough,



Phone: 651-293-1935


Rebecca Salasek
Office & Program Coordinator

Rebecca is a Graduate of Augsburg College with a Macro MSW degree. Rebecca will be coordinating events and workshops for the chapter, as well as assisting with membership needs. She is excited to be engaging and building relationships with members of NASW-MN.

Phone: 651-293-1935           


Katie Van Haren
(St. Cloud State University)



Katie is currently studying at St. Cloud State University to get her Master of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Minnesota State University - Moorhead in the Spring of 2017. Katie spent a lot of her time in undergrad focusing on activism and social justice issues which are part of what led her to the field of social work. Katie is excited to learn more about Macro social work and the intricacies of social policy while at NASW-MN. 




Jessica Toft is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas and Saint Catherine University. She teaches macro-social work classes in the MSW and the DSW Programs including history of social work, history of social work education, social policy, and research courses. Her scholarly interests include the impacts of citizenship disenfranchisement, the effects of discourse politics and welfare reform on marginalized groups, students’ perspectives on poverty, social work history, and the integration of Citizenship Social Work into social work education and practice. Scholarly work includes "Citizen-Centered Administration for Child Welfare” (co-author Dr. Tony Bibus) in, Governance, Development, and Social Work (2014), the impacts of Welfare Reform in Hennepin County on racial-ethnic groups (2013), and "The Political Act of Public Talk: How Legislators Justified Welfare Reform” (2010) in Social Service Review. Her current work includes citizenship disenfranchisement of persons with felony convictions. "Social Work’s Democratic Concern: Alexander’s New Jim Crow,” was presented at NASW-MN.

Rob Edwards,


Vice President

Rob is currently the Executive Director at Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being. He is a 15 year veteran of the non-profit human service community with a background in proogram development and leadership spanning areas of mental health, child welfar and family services. He received his masters of social work degree from the University of Minnesota where he was a child welfare scholar and Minnesota DHS fellow. Rob received a post-graduate permanency and adoption competency certificate (PACC) from the University of Minnesota. In 2012, Rob was awarded the Early Career Excellence Award from NASW-MN. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies (MCCCA). Rob has presented and trained across the state, nationally and internationally on topics ranging from program leadership, supervision, accreditation and program innovation and has recently served as a committee member on the Minnesota Foster Care Workgroup. Rob believes that systems and relationships begin to heal and transform when we acknowledge, develop narrative and empower action. As helping professionals we have an opportunitu to build trajectory toward autonomy, self-awareness, self-determination and greater well-being in ourselves, our colleagues and our consumers.


Mike Arieta



 A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (M.S.W., LICSW, LCSW), Mike holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Mikes education and training has been in the field of Social Work where the person in the environment fit philosophy is taught and used to look at every situation as a system and how the person and environment work with the other.  A variety of techniques and skills are used to partner with people through life transitions.  
Mike has over 20 years of experience working with adults, youth and families in a number of settings dealing with financial, social and relationship issues. He has experience in the following areas: domestic violence, single parent families, teen parenting, youth sex offenders, developmentally delayed adults and children, chemical abuse and addiction, crisis counseling, and couples therapy. In addition, Mike has extensive knowledge and experience working with couples, families, and individuals with financial concerns that stem from outside influences that impact family relationships and hinder successful life transitions.

Judy Parr



Judith has been a proud social worker for 40 years, and is currently a Licensing Supervisor. She has primarily been a clinician with children and families, but she has often been involved with program planning. She has helped launch several programs within her agency- the Wilder Foundation, and has been engaged in community wide efforts. She was the chair of the Children’s Mental Health Collaborative for several years in Dakota County. She has been involved in the implementation of several national best practices, most notably Functional Family Therapy, where she supervised the Ramsey County multi-agency, multicultural team and assisted Hennepin County in establishing their own team. She is currently in her third year as a member of the board of trustees of the Sheltering Arms Foundation.


 Lauren Abdill

MSW Student Rep


Lauren is currently completing her Masters in Social Work at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University School of Social Work. She works as a Practicum Therapist at Relate Counseling Center and previously interned as a Crisis Counselor at Crisis Connection. Lauren worked for three years as Communications Manager of Active Minds Inc., the nation's leading college mental health awareness organization, based in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Journalism in 2013 and currently lives in Minneapolis.

 William Zuzek

BSW Student Rep






Paula is an Assistant Professor and Field Director at the College of St. Scholastica Masters of Social Work Program. She is currently completing her Ed.D with a research focus on clinical supervision. Paula has a particular interest in addressing needed resources for practioners and NASW members in greater Minnesota. She not only serves on the NASW MN Chapter Board, but also Liaison to the Minnesota Coalition of Licensed Social Workers.




 Annelies is a Professor in Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Previously, she was project coordinator for MINCAVA at the University of MN and worked with children and parents of Domestic Abuse Project. She has published in the areas of domestic violence, poverty, and grief and has taught social work and family social science courses since 1992. She is training to be a Certified Parent Coach and does social work supervision.



 Before retiring in 2010, Nick worked in outpatient health at St. Cloud's VA Medical Center for 17 years. He worked with veterans who were homeless or suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is active with NAMI, Vietnam Veterans of America and The American Red Cross. Nick facilitates a number of St. Cloud based NAMI and NASW events.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Milena Nunez Garcia

Southeast Unit



Megan Morrissey,



 Jenn Hamrick Vander Woude, MSW, LGSW



Tyrone B. Patterson,


 Cheryl Flowe-Rance,



 Cheryl is a long time member of NASW who just relocated to Minnesota. She has worked as a social worker in New York, California and North Carolina. She is currently the Special Education Coordinator for the Harvest Network of Schools (Charter School Systems). Cheryl has worked as a clinician, quality assurance staff, community organizer, supervisor and other roles within the field of Social Work. She received her Bachelors of Science from Howard University, and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

 Wendy Lorenz-Walraven,



Wendy Lorenz-Walraven is a Special Education Social Worker at Minnesota Transitions Charter School and provides in-home therapy for clients engaged with MN CarePartner. She has participated on NASW's Board of Directors for the past three years and serves as Co-Chair for NASW's 2018 Annual Conference. Wendy continues to discover her place in both micro and macro practice and is dedicated to pursuing equity in education (and beyond). Wendy currently leads Restorative Practice and Cultural Proficiency work in her district and is hoping that this year's conference will be an extension of her attempts to give space to voices often silenced or left unheard.


 Sarah Jones,


 Sarah works for Hennepin County in the Initial Contact and Assessment Unit as a Community Assessor, and has worked as a case manager for Meridian Services. She was the MSW Intern at NASW-MN from 2015-2016. She steered the SW Day at the Capitol (SWDAC) Committee to create the largest turnout of students in the past 20 years. She was the recipient of the 2016 NASW Minnesota Chapter Service Award. She recently finished her MSW at Augsburg College in their Advanced Standing Master's in Social Work Program.

 Kenny Turck,


 Kenny is the founder of Crow River Family Services based in Hutchinson, MN and has been working with kids and families for over 25 years. He is a therapist/ mental health practitioner providing therapy and skill-based education to children and families. Kenny created DIRT GROUP, a children's mental health application based in the context of gardening and cooperative farming projects. He has served on numerous NASW committees over the years, and in 2010 received NASW-MN's Paul and Sheila Wellstone Social Justice Award, for his work with marginalized populations in food security and local food issues.


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