At Nexus Family Healing, we believe every child is worth it — and every family matters. And we know that each time we help a child change the course of his or her life, we create the potential for healthier families, stronger communities, and a better world.

It’s why we’re here, it’s why you can trust us, and it’s why we’re committed to helping even the most challenging situations.
 

Our services

Using an innovative and customized approach, we provide outpatient therapy, residential treatment, and foster care to help children suffering from emotional and behavioral health issues—and the families who love them.
 

Our mission

Changing the course of a child’s life by stabilizing families and strengthening mental health.
 

Our vision

Healing the past. Breaking the cycle. Changing the future.

Our values

  • Innovation
  • Compassion
  • Agility
  • Responsiveness
  • Excellence

And, we execute on these values with synergy and grit.

Our history

Over the last 45 years, Nexus has helped thousands of children find individualized paths to emotional, mental and behavioral health. We create a customized plan for each child and family—and provide the exact combination of support services needed to put that plan into action. Our innovative personalized approach helps heal trauma, break cycles of harm, and restore hope to families when all seems lost.

What began in 1972 as a single program for adolescent males in Minnetonka, Minnesota, has grown into a network of eight locations in four states. We are nationally recognized as a progressive leader in youth and family healing, and we’re more committed than ever to continue this work.

Today, Nexus is a nonprofit, 501(C)(3) organization, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, serving thousands of youth and families each year. We provide community-based mental health services, foster care and adoption services, and residential treatment programs across four states.

Our Locations

Nexus Family Healing services are located in Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland and North Dakota.

Leadership and Board

Board

Paul Zimmer

Paul Zimmer

Chairperson

Partner, CKZ Law Firm
Elected to Board: 2016

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Nexus CEO and President

Board Member 

Lisa Bjergaard

Lisa Bjergaard

Chair of Program Committee

Director of North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services
Elected to Board: 2017

Linda Barnhart

Linda Barnhart

Board Member

Retired, HealthEast
Elected to Board: 2019

Greg Sanders

Gregory Sanders

Board Member

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Human Development and Education at North Dakota State University
Elected to Board: 2017

Michael Vekich

Michael Vekich

CEO of Vekich Associates

Board Member

Jeri Quest

Jeri Quest

Board Member

Brand and Marketing Strategist
Elected to Board: 2018

Kevin Wayne Johnson

Kevin Wayne Johnson

Board Member

The Johnson Leadership Group
Elected to Board: 2019

Mette McLoughlin

Mette McLoughlin

Board Member

Independent Human Resources Consultant
Elected to Board: 2019

James Leste

James Leste

Board Member

Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota
Elected to Board: 2019

Cynthia Lesher

Cynthia Lesher

Board Member

Retired, Northern State Power Company–Minnesota
Elected to Board: 2019

Scott Humphrey

Scott Humphrey

Board Member

Retired, President & CEO of One Hope United
Elected to Board: 2019

Foundation Board

Natalie

Natalie McGrady

Chair of Nexus Foundation

Director, Supplier Diversity, Cargill, Inc.
Elected to the Board: 2013

Paul Zimmer

Paul Zimmer

Partner, CKZ Law Firm
Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Nexus President and CEO
Joelene Evenson

Joelene Evenson

Foundation Board Member

Senior Leadership

Dr Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

CEO and President

Dr. Murray joined Nexus Family Healing in 2010, serving first as Clinical Director, then Vice President of Clinical Services, and subsequently Chief Clinical Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer. In 2018, she was named Chief Executive Officer and President by the Nexus Board of Directors.

My Why:
“Because families deserve to be understood and not judged.”

Scott McGuire

Scott McGuire

Chief Financial Officer

Scott joined Nexus Family Healing in 2019. He leads the financial management of our organization in collaboration with all of our agencies. He oversees the financial and accounting teams in our work to implement Nexus’ strategic initiatives.

My Why:
“Because there’s nothing more rewarding than positively impacting a child’s life.”

Jennifer McIntosh

Jennifer McIntosh

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jennifer joined Nexus Family Healing in 2012 as the Director of Human Resources. She was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in 2015 and now serves as our Chief Human Resources Officer.

My Why:
“I know the work we’re doing is healing families and saving lives. No matter what role you’re in here, you’re contributing to a powerful mission.”

Bobbi Kochevar

Bobbi Kochevar

Chief Officer of Child and Family Services

Roberta (Bobbi) joined Nexus Family Healing in January 2019 as the Chief Officer of Child and Family Services, a role that focuses on supporting our programs and leading strategic visioning for all of our agencies.

My Why:
“Because I’m committed to helping the most vulnerable precious resource we have: Our children are our future.”

Margaret Vimont

Margaret Vimont

Vice President of Strategy and Service Development

Margaret joined Nexus Family Healing in 2019 with over 30 years’ experience in youth and family services. She leads the development and implementation of innovative treatment options that complement our existing treatment programs and build our community mental health services.

My Why:
“Because Nexus is a place that knows how to use the power of human connection to heal.”

Paula Minske

Paula Minske

Vice President of Clinical Services

Paula came to Nexus Family Healing in 2014, as the Clinical Director of Mille Lacs Academy in Onamia, MN, and was promoted to Associate Director at Mille Lacs before moving to our corporate office in 2016 as Director of Clinical Services. In 2018, she was named Vice President of Clinical Services.

My Why:
“Because I truly believe—because I have witnessed it over and over again—that changing one life, changes everything”

Executive Directors

Shannon Amundson

Shannon Amundson

Executive Director - Nexus-Mille Lacs Family Healing

Shannon Amundson joined Nexus Family Healing in January 2020, with over 25 years of residential treatment experience. She oversees all programs and services for Nexus-Mille Lacs.

My Why:
"I want to be part of an organization that recognizes the trauma children and families have gone through and that values hope and healing."

 

Louisa D'Altilia

Louisa D'Altilia

Executive Director of Community Mental Health Services

Louisa oversees programs and services of Nexus-Facts Family Healing and lends her extensive experience and leadership to the community mental health services across the Nexus Family Healing organization.

My Why:
"Because - there is no health without mental health - and it begins within families"

Mary Ann Berg

Mary Ann Berg

Executive Director - Nexus-Indian Oaks Family Healing

Mary Ann served in various leadership positions at Nexus-Indian Oaks—including Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, Program Manager at Chrysalis, and Associate Director—before being named Executive Director in 2017.

My Why:
"Because someone who can’t be heard needs a voice. Because everyone matters. Because I know the face of trauma.”

George Hendrickson

George Hendrickson

Executive Director - Nexus-Kindred Family Healing

George 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 Nexus-Kindred Family Healing and Hendrickson was named Executive Director of the new entity.

My Why:
“Because I believe all children deserve to experience the joys life has to offer.”

Nancy McKenzie

Nancy McKenzie

Executive Director - Nexus-PATH Family Healing

Nancy is an experienced provider in treatment foster care, family support, and other behavioral health services for children and families.

My Why:
“Because I know a lot of people who have struggled with trauma, and I want to be part of the solution.”

Dennis Wiley

Dennis Wiley

Executive Director - Nexus-Onarga Family Healing

Dennis began working at Nexus-Onarga 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.

My Why:
“To inspire hope and help kids identify a path toward achieving their potential.”

Karen Wolf

Karen Wolf

Executive Director - Nexus-Gerard Family Healing

Karen has been with Nexus-Gerard for over 18 years, serving first as a counselor, therapist, and clinical supervisor, and now as clinical director.

My Why:
“My desire in life is to make an impact, and it’s rewarding to see the growth and gain in confidence of the youth and families as they heal”

Directors

Joelene Evenson

Joelene Evenson

Sr. Director of Nexus Foundation for Family Healing

Joelene provides leadership, vision, strategic and operational direction for Nexus Foundation for Family Healing, which secures philanthropic support for Nexus and its affiliated agencies .

My Why:
"Children are hurting. I want them to be safe, heal and have hope for the future."

Kent Kogler

Kent Kogler

Senior Director of Information Technology

Kent provides information technology leadership for our organization by leading research, planning/development, and implementation of our IT goals, initiatives, and activities.

My Why:
“Because every child has the right to have hope and pursue their dreams!”

Jen Van Zandt

Jen Van Zandt

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Jen leads the marketing and communications strategies that build our reputation and drive awareness of and engagement with our organization.

My Why:
“Because children in need deserve a brighter future, and this organization is determined to see that happen.”

Alyssa Carlson

Alyssa Carlson

Director of Human Resources

Alyssa provides direction and consultation to our Human Resources (HR) staff on a wide variety of HR disciplines—to ensure consistency and compliance with internal policies and practices, as well as external regulatory agencies.

My Why:
“I can work anywhere, but here my work has a greater purpose. I’m part of something bigger—impacting youth, families, and the communities we serve.”

Jason Dunning

Jason Dunning

Director of Financial Planning & Analysis

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

My Why:
“For the privilege of being a part of an organization that’s positively impacting the lives of the future generation daily”

Dr. Ken Varble

Dr. Ken Varble

Controller

Ken is responsible for overseeing all of our accounting operations, internal controls, and audit management.

My Why:
“As a father of four I invest in the power of strong communities for all children.”

Joy Wilde

Joy Wilde

Director of Quality Improvement

Joy oversees our risk management, accreditation processes, and quality improvement initiatives. She connects with our continuous quality improvement resources across all Nexus Family Healing agencies.

My Why:
“To contribute to reaching the best results for those in need.”

Elizabeth Williams

Liz Williams

Director of Clinical Services

Liz has been with Nexus Family Healing since 2017 in various leadership positions. As the Director of Clinical Services, she assists in the provision of family-driven, trauma-informed clinical leadership across all Nexus treatment services.

My Why:
“I believe that in the course of a single generation, one person, who chooses to heal, can filter out the destructiveness, so that future generations will have a supportive foundation on which to build healthy and whole lives.”