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.

Additional Services

Nexus Family Healing is the operating partner for:

Southeast Regional Crisis Center
www.crisisresponsesoutheastmn.com
 

Leadership and Board

Senior Leadership

Dr Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

CEO and President
My Why:
“Because families deserve to be understood and not judged.”
Bobbi Kochevar

Bobbi Kochevar

Chief Officer of Child and Family Services
My Why:
“Because I’m committed to helping the most vulnerable precious resource we have: Our children are our future.”
Scott McGuire

Scott McGuire

Chief Financial Officer
My Why:
“Because there’s nothing more rewarding than positively impacting a child’s life.”
Jennifer McIntosh

Jennifer McIntosh

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.”
Paula Minske

Paula Minske

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”
Margaret Vimont

Margaret Vimont

Vice President of Strategy and Service Development
My Why:
“Because Nexus is a place that knows how to use the power of human connection to heal.”

Board

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Nexus CEO and President
Linda Barnhart

Linda Barnhart

Board Member
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Pastor Anthony Bass

Board Member
Lisa Bjergaard

Lisa Bjergaard

Chair of Program Committee
Scott Humphrey

Scott Humphrey

Board Member
Kevin Wayne Johnson

Kevin Wayne Johnson

Board Member
Cynthia Lesher

Cynthia Lesher

Board Member
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Scott Lynch

Board Member
Mette McLoughlin

Mette McLoughlin

Board Member
Jeri Quest

Jeri Quest

Board Member
Greg Sanders

Gregory Sanders

Board Member
Paul Zimmer

Paul Zimmer

Chairperson

Foundation Board

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Dr. Michelle K. Murray

Nexus President and CEO
Natalie

Natalie McGrady

Chair of Nexus Foundation
Joelene Evenson

Joelene Evenson

Foundation Board Member
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Eric Mercer

Foundation Board Member
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Jeanne Sheehan

Foundation Board Member
Paul Zimmer

Paul Zimmer

Foundation Board Member

Executive Directors

Shannon Amundson Headshot

Shannon Amundson

Executive Director - Nexus-Mille Lacs Family Healing
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
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
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
My Why:
“Because I believe in the potential of every child, and their ability to heal and grow after trauma.”
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Susan McPherson, MSW

Executive Director - Nexus-Kindred Family Healing
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
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
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.”
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Clete Winkelmann, M.S.

Executive Director - Nexus-PATH Family Healing
My Why:
“Because, all children deserve a childhood and future. Assuring our programs at Nexus-PATH maximize the impact on families to allow children to heal and thrive.”
Karen Wolf

Karen Wolf

Executive Director - Nexus-Gerard Family Healing
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”