Meet Our Administrative Team

Asta Knoll

Director – Administration

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Asta Knoll is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Mortuary Science. She spent 10 years working in funeral service. It was during this time she became very interested in the mental well-being of people.

Asta believes that every person can benefit from focusing on their mental health; having a compassionate listener allows everyone to work toward being their best self. One thing she specifically likes about Ellie is the art therapy program, creating something is such a healing experience!

When she is not at work Asta loves to focus on creative outlets, indulges in nerd stuff (D&D and Star Trek, ya know?)-and tries to keep it kinda spooky year round. She’s also really into her orange cat, he’s very loud and friendly.

Beth Topliff

Administrative Team Lead

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Beth received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Religion, from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Beth is currently enrolled in the Certified Resilience Trainer Program through The Global Resilience and Inner Transformation Institute where she is being certified to teach the Stress Management and Resiliency Training model. Beth has a passion for people, the destigmatization of mental health, and the integrative and holistic approaches to healthcare. What Beth loves most about Ellie is their innovative approach to health and wellness which enables them to help people gain access to the services they need most.

When Beth is not at work, she enjoys hiking, travel, photography, writing, listening to music, time spent with family and friends and hanging out with her two awesome dogs, Kirby and Lady.

Desiree Abhriam

Client Relationship Specialist

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My interest in mental health is strong with the desire to help people find solutions for life challenges they may have. As we continue to grow stronger in ourselves we can continue to strengthen our families and communities. I’m honored to be able to play (even a small) part in assisting clients in the best way I can.

I am excited to be part of a dynamic group of professionals working together to help communities and individuals grow stronger in their mental and emotional lives.

Bella Brakefield

Client Relationship Specialist

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Bella was born and raised in the Twin Cities area and has been inspired to become a mental health advocate after seeing how it improved the lives of her friends at a young age. Her favorite thing about Ellie Family Services is that they have a friendly and non-formal approach to healthcare which helps destigmatize getting help. She believes that everybody can improve their lives by attending therapy.

When she is not at work, Bella enjoys cooking and baking, thrift shopping, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Kylo.

Brittney Green

Client Relationship Specialist

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Brittney is known for a positive outlook on life while wearing a smile to greet you! Whenever she talks to clients she tries to relate to their story and strike up a conversation if they want but she can also tell who is having a hard day and try to brighten their spirits! 

Brittney enjoys being a part of administrative support where she can meet and surpass expectations. She can show the customer how important he or she is  in a friendly, helpful and positive way. She is very detailed oriented and able to carry out every task that is assigned to her carefully. She is genuinely interested in her work and tries to understand each aspect of the job that she has been entrusted with.

Outside of work, Brittney enjoys spending time with her husband and kids creating memories. They are usually busy with traveling sports and chasing their 2 year old around! She hunts deer every year with her husband and they just recently signed up to be foster parents for dogs in need of rescue. She is an animal lover but hasn’t foster failed YET! 

Candi Havok

Client Relationship Specialist

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Prior to joining Ellie, Candi has experience in customer service ranging from bartending, retail, call centers, and family planning clinics.
Candi is excited to be a part of a group of people whose goal is helping people. Candi is interested in family mental health and teenager mental health.
Outside of work Candi enjoys adventuring with her daughter, eating and snacking, binging a good series (Animal Crossing is her new obsession).

Summer Mueller

Community-Based Administrative Assistant

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Summer Mueller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls Business Management program. Inspired by personal experiences, Summer is passionate about spreading awareness and alleviating the stigma around mental health. One thing she specifically likes about Ellie is the CTSS program. When she is not at work, Summer enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, gardening and cooking.

Shannon Smith

Client Relationship Specialist

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Shannon loves walking side by side with people in their journeys with mental health. She feels like the more we discover things about ourselves and find tools to help with difficult situations, the more we are able to normalize the false beliefs people can have about mental health.
Shannon says, “I think Ellie has an amazing family atmosphere, and the humor that plays a huge role in growth and wellness is perfect!”
Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Minneapolis College of Art and Design