fbpx Healing the Past. Breaking the Cycle. Changing the Future.

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

Changing One Life Changes Everything.
With our innovative,  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 Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity

Our history

Over the last 45 years, Nexus has helped thousands of children find individualized paths to emotional, mental and behavioral health. 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.

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. 

 

Our Locations

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

Leadership and Board

Board

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Nexus CEO and President

Board Member 

Linda Barnhart

Linda Barnhart

Board Member

Retired, HealthEast
Elected to Board: 2019

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Pastor Anthony Bass

Board Member

Senior Program Manager,
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Elected to Board: 2021

Lisa Bjergaard

Lisa Bjergaard

Chair of Program Committee

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

Scott Humphrey

Scott Humphrey

Board Member

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

Kevin Wayne Johnson

Kevin Wayne Johnson

Board Member

The Johnson Leadership Group
Elected to Board: 2019

Cynthia Lesher

Cynthia Lesher

Board Member

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

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Scott Lynch

Board Member

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer,
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota
Elected to Board: 2021

Mette McLoughlin

Mette McLoughlin

Board Member

Independent Human Resources Consultant
Elected to Board: 2019

Jeri Quest

Jeri Quest

Board Member

Brand and Marketing Strategist
Elected to Board: 2018

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

Paul Zimmer

Paul Zimmer

Chairperson

Partner, CKZ Law Firm
Elected to Board: 2016

Foundation Board

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Nexus President and CEO
Natalie

Natalie McGrady

Chair of Nexus Foundation

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

Joelene Evenson

Joelene Evenson

Foundation Board Member
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Eric Mercer

Foundation Board Member

Managing Partner, PwC

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Jeanne Sheehan

Foundation Board Member

Community Member

Paul Zimmer

Paul Zimmer

Partner, CKZ Law Firm

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."

 

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.”

Louisa D'Altilia

Louisa D'Altilia, MSW, LSW

Executive Director of Community Mental Health Services - Nexus-FACTS Family Healing

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"

Jamie Kozma

Jamie Kozma, MSEd, LCPC, LSOTP, LSOE

Executive Director - Nexus-Onarga Family Healing

Jamie Kozma joined Nexus-Onarga Family Healing in 1999. She holds a Master of Counseling degree from Eastern Illinois University, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Licensed Sex Offender Evaluator. Jamie served in various leadership positions at Nexus-Onarga—including Family Therapist, Sexuality Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Director —before being named Executive Director in 2020.

My Why:
“Because I believe in the potential of every child, and their ability to heal and grow after trauma.”

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.”

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Susan McPherson, MSW

Executive Director - Nexus-Kindred Family Healing

Susan joined Nexus-Kindred Family Healing in 2021. She has an extensive background in child and family services. Susan oversees all programs and services for Nexus-Kindred.

My Why:
"Because our greatest resource is our children, and we have the power to do today what can inspire them to do tomorrow."  

Jarrell McRae

Jarrell McRae

Executive Director - Nexus-Woodbourne Family Healing

Jarrell joined Nexus Family Healing in 2020. He oversees all programs and services for Nexus-Woodbourne and comes to us with over 10 years in the mental health and human services field and leadership experience. He is a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C), the highest level of licensure in the state of Maryland.

My Why:
"A system of care is simply several hands ready and able to support youth and families in their journey from trauma to healing. Nexus represents that system of care for me."

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Nicole Mucheck

Executive Director - Southeast Regional Crisis Center

Nicole Mucheck joined Nexus Family Healing in 2021. Nicole leads strategy, programming and daily operations of the Southeast Regional Crisis Center, a first-of-its kind facility offering 24/7 support for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Nicole's career has been spent working directly with clients in need of support and ensuring optimal care at all levels of service. She holds a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure University, is a Licensed Behavior Specialist Consultant, and is trained in trauma-focused therapy methods, family therapy, and other emotional and behavioral therapeutic interventions. 

My Why:
“To work toward ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness in my community by offering children and their families a supportive environment to connect, heal, and grow.”

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

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”

Joelene Evenson

Joelene Evenson

Senior 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."

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Anita Larson

Director of Quality and Outcomes

Anita leads and monitors Nexus Family Healing’s quality, risk, and outcome systems and develop an outcomes-driven, continuous improvement culture and philosophy.

My Why:
“Because I believe that pairing our programs and staff expertise with robust continuous improvement and evaluation practices will help us make an even greater positive collective impact on the lives of our children and families.”

Stacey Carlson

Stacey Trushenski-Carlson

Director of Training and Talent Development

Stacey joined Nexus Family Healing in 2015 as the Vocational Manager at Mille Lacs Academy in Onamia, MN. Today, Stacey is Director of Training and Talent Development for all of Nexus Family Healing, providing leadership and direction to the training and development initiatives across all of our agencies.

My Why:
"To give youth and families hope for a happier, healthier, and better tomorrow—especially when that hope may have been lost."

 

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.”

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.”

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.”