Sue Abderholden.jpgSue AbDERHOLDEN, MPH

Sue Abderholden has devoted her career to changing laws and attitudes that affect people with disabilities and their families. Since the fall of 2001, she has served as the executive director for NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She has held leadership positions with Arc of Minnesota, U.S. Senator Paul D. Wellstone and PACER Center. Sue has a B.A. in political science from Macalester College and a master’s degree in public health administration from the University of Minnesota. She and 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 is a community faculty member for the U of MN School of Social Work teaching health and mental health policy. Ms. Abderholden has received numerous awards for her advocacy.

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Representative Luke Frederick headshotREP. LUKE FREDeRICK

Luke Frederick is a current state legislator in the MN House of Representatives. He also has worked for DHS at the Security Hospital in St Peter for the last 17 years. This year he hopes to get bills passed in the House that focus on SUD treatment, water infrastructure, funding children’s museums, and making jury selection trauma informed. When he has time, he enjoys traveling the state with friends checking out different microbreweries. 

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Debbie Fuehrer Debbie Fuehrer

Debbie L. Fuehrer, MA, LPCC is employed as a Mind-Body Medicine Counselor in Integrative Medicine and Health at Mayo Clinic, working with Dr. Amit Sood since 2010. She has a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the academic rank of Instructor in Medicine, Mayo College of Medicine. She provides counseling services to patients, educational activities and presentations related to IMH Mind-Body practices, including the topics of stress management, anxiety reduction and hypnosis to other healthcare professionals and groups external to Mayo. She coordinates Integrative Medicine and Health, Mind-Body program/services including clinical practice, education and research initiatives. She provided crisis assessment and counseling for Olmsted County Diversion Program as a mental health professional through Zumbro Valley Health Center for several years. During her internship at the Federal Medical Center – Rochester, she started the theatre program for inmates at the mental health unit, directing plays and substituting for actors when needed. She co-wrote a play with the inmates which was workshopped at FMC and presented at the Rochester Repertory Theatre in January, 2019.

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Dr. Abigail Gewirtz

Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is a child psychologist, leading expert on families under stress, mother of four, and the author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place, published by Workman in July, 2020. Dr. Abi is a Lindahl Leadership Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, where she has devoted her career to developing and testing award-winning, skills-based parenting programs that promote children’s resilience.

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Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a British writer who has authored two New York Times best-selling books. His first book, ‘Chasing the Scream: the First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’, was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film ‘The United States Vs Billie Holiday’.  His second book, ‘Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions’ was described by the British Journal of General Practice as “one of the most important texts of recent years”, and shortlisted for an award by the British Medical Association.

Johann’s TED talks have been viewed more than 75 million times. The first is named ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’. The second is entitled ‘This Could Be Why You Are Depressed or Anxious’.

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Brandon Jones headshotBRANDON JONES

Brandon was appointed Executive Director of the Minnesota Association for Childrens Mental Health in June 2021. In addition, he has a consulting and training background in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He lives by the motto of Live life with Purpose on Purpose."

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Bethany Kroesing, MS, LPCC, NCC, CCTP, has been practicing as a Therapist at Open Door since May of 2020, where she is also the Behavioral Health Services Manager. Bethany is a certified trauma therapist and uses a teamwork-based approach in her practice. “Seeing a patients framework change to one of empowerment is one of the best parts about being a therapist.” Bethany attended Minnesota State University Mankato where she received Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. Her undergraduate degrees include Psychology and Corrections, while her graduate-level degree is in Mental Health Counseling. Bethany grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota, and currently resides in a small town outside of Mankato. Outside of work, Bethany enjoys spending time with her husband Alex and their new daughter Raelynn.


For the past 15 years Darlene Wetterstrom has been employed as a mental health professional with the Minnesota Army National Guard assisting them in developing and maintaining a mentally strong force. She has held leadership positions within the military as a community liaison professional with the Department of Public Health Suicide Task force and as an educational trainer for the Yellow Ribbon Communities. Darlene has a B.A. and master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.