Meet Our Operations Team


Hallie Corbett, MS

Chief Operations Officer

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I am excited to work at an organization whose core values align so closely with my own, and that breaks down barriers to provide access to the wellness services our community needs. I am passionate about finding creative and innovative ways to work towards operational excellence to improve the experience of both patients and clinicians.

I have a Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development, and have worked for both a small outpatient clinic, as well as a free-standing inpatient psychiatric hospital with mental health clinics across the metro. In my most recent role as a Practice Manager, I managed the professional services provided by 125 outpatient clinicians, as well as oversaw the centralized call center and front-desk reception teams.

I love spending time with my husband and two boys having nerf battles and playing laser tag in our basement. On the weekends you will catch me at the hockey rink watching my oldest son play while my husband coaches. I recently purchased a spin bike, and am addicted! I also love trying new restaurants with my family and friends.

Louisa Lienke, MA, LMFT

Sr. Director – Compliance / HR, Therapist

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Louisa is a passionate, empathetic therapist who enjoys helping people successfully navigate their own path and follow their journey through out life. She believes in helping people to discover their own knowledge and explore their own strengths in order to feel confident, focused, and happy. Louisa enjoys working with older teens, adults, couples and families to face struggles and create a balanced and positive life. She is warm, compassionate, and accepting of all points of view and enjoys learning from her clients through out their journey. Louisa works to help her clients find and use their own wisdom to create inner peace.

Louisa’s background in mental and chemical health has allowed her to work with a wide range of clients. She has worked with youth and families in a nonprofit setting and has expanded her focus to include adults and couples over the past five years.

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -Carl Jung

Certifications
MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Education
University of Minnesota- Addiction Studies Certificate

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota- Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy

University of Wisconsin- Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Century College- Women’s Studies Certificate

counselor MinnesotaMatt Johnson, MA, LPCC

Sr. Director – Clinics (North), Director – Brand Standards, Therapist

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Therapy is a relationship that can create lasting positive change in peoples’ lives. Often times, choosing to engage in therapy is one of the biggest steps in initiating the healing process. My mission is to meet you where you are in your current life condition, and to join with you on your journey toward self-improvement. Together we will work to create therapy goals that are inspired by your needs and aspirations.

For over a decade I have provided therapy services to adolescents, families, couples, and adults from diverse cultures and backgrounds with a wide array of mental health concerns. My therapeutic approaches include components of CBT, ACT, and humanistic therapy. My desire is to create a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, down to earth, and empowering you towards a better understanding of yourself. I believe people are at their best when they feel encouraged to grow and change in ways that benefit and improve their well being.

Emma Martin LaPlant, MA, LAMFT, CSM

Sr. Director – Operations

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Emma is passionate about creating opportunities for everyone, regardless of background or identity, to access mental health and wellness services. Having a dedicated space to explore emotions, experiences, and behavior with a compassionate and competent therapist can foster incredible healing and growth. Emma especially resonates with the healing power of relationships, and value understanding how various systems influence a client and their family. In her position, she hopes to create the processes and spaces needed for Ellie therapists and service providers to meet the needs of their families through compassion, dedication, and authenticity.

Emma is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her project management and change management skills at a company that shares her values and passions: to increase accessibility of mental health and wellness services by leveraging innovation, creativity, and technology. Emma’s goal is to bridge complex, multidimensional systems to create sustainable, equitable change that honors the inherent value of those involved. Ellie’s commitment to authenticity, creativity, and compassion lays a strong foundation for serving the needs of the community, adaptability to an ever-changing landscape, and supporting staff so that they are able to meet their clients with energy and compassion.

Education
Masters – Marriage and Family Therapy

Saint Mary’s University

Licenses or Certifications
Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
CSM (Certified Scrum Master)

Asta MacBaine

Director – Business Operations

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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.

Shannon Smith

Director – Client Access Team

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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

Tamara Statz, MA, LMFT, FT

Director – Learning and Development

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Tamara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Fellow in Thanatology. This means she is passionate about relationships and has expertise in death, dying, and bereavement. Prior to joining Ellie, Tamara spent several years in non-profit operations and human resources; clinical intervention research; private practice; public health; and hospice. She is thrilled to join her passion for mental health with her love for professional development and mentoring.

Outside of work Tamara enjoys spending time with her cat and dog, friends and family, riding her bright turquoise bike, can usually be found in the middle of reading at least 3 books at any given time, and has been cross-stitching up a storm.

Education
MA – Marriage and Family Therapy
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

BA – Psychology
Hamline University

Marilyn Galloway

Director – Outreach

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What about mental health interests you?

The human condition! We can do so many things to take good care of ourselves but illness may still occur. I feel many undiagnosed mental illnesses go untreated because of the stigma associated with getting care.  I want to connect potential patients and families to the ELLIE FAMILY!

Previously, Marilyn worked in Community Relations and Marketing for PrairieCare, prior to that I worked in mental health in the HealthEast Care System.

I’m excited to work for Ellie because I can authentically be myself! I feel the energy at Ellie and it’s a definite feeling of being connected to something magical!

Outside of work, Marilyn enjoys so many things but her favorite by far is cooking! She also has 2 big gardens with loads of veggies and flowers (together because why not?) She is an avid reader of memoirs and historical fiction. She loves yoga, running, racquet sports and weight training. She believes  physical fitness and home cooked meals do wonders for mental health so she subscribes to those principles herself!

Selina Garcia

Medical Biller Manager

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Prior to joining Ellie, Selina has experience doing Medical Billing for over 20 years. “And just when you think you know it all, you learn something new all the time. It’s exciting, as nerdy as that sounds. It’s the closest to investigative work that I’ll get without being a detective.”

Selina says, “I am very excited to get to work with such a wonderful group of clinicians and handle all of the companies billing needs. I am super passionate about Mental Health billing and making sure clients get the best coverage they can for the services they need.”

Outside of work Selina enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She has a dog that loves to go for long walks all the time! She’s been known to be a Netflix/Hulu junkie! Binge watching a good show is right up her alley.

Alissa Keller

Mental Health Compliance Manager/Internal Auditor

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I’ve always been fascinated by peoples’ journeys and how it’s gotten them to where they are today. Everyone struggles with something at some point in their life, and going through the struggle is what makes you YOU.

I’m excited to be part of an amazing team of people who are passionate about helping others (even if it’s indirectly). I’m looking forward to helping make Ellie the best it can be for both clients & employees.

Education

University of MN Duluth – BS Psychology

Michael Moody

Creative Projects Manager

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Having gone through my own struggles with mental health, I wanted to find a way to support others going through similar hardships. My goal is to always bring a smile to someone’s face and make the day a little brighter! Working in mental health felt like a natural way to feel like I am supporting someone as they navigate through life.

I am excited to work at Ellie and be part of an organization that is breaking down stigma and barriers to people getting the care they are seeking. Afterall, we are human. Each of us with our own story, and I think Ellie is approaching their care that way.

Education
Dakota County Technical College – A.A.S.

Beth Topliff

Training and Development Manager – Client Access Team

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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 a Certified Resiliency Trainer through the Global Resilience and Inner Transformation Institute. Beth has a passion for helping people to rise to their highest potential, helping employees and teams function at their highest level of ability, the destigmatization of mental health, and 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 easily gain access to the services they need most.  Beth also appreciates Ellie’s dedication to a workplace that helps employees thrive and comfortably come to work as their authentic selves each and every day.

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.

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Mamie Vetsch

Clinical Licensure Supervision Program Manager, Therapist

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Mamie is a charismatic therapist who is passionate about helping people to become the best version of themselves. She believes when dealing with life’s struggles, it is helpful to journey down the path towards healing with someone who can attentively listen, validate your experience and help contribute to your personal insight, all while understanding that you are the expert of your own life. As an art therapist, Mamie will implement these crucial aspects into therapy sessions with the use of creative processes. Art therapy allows clients to create tangible objects and provide language to situations where words may be lost. If art therapy is not something you are interested in, that is okay too!

Mamie offers traditional talk therapy and is trained in Adlerian therapy, which places strong emphasis on healing the whole self, encouragement and social interest, all while practicing the courage to risk imperfection. Mamie is grounded, compassionate and offers a calm presence. She places strong emphasis on forming an authentic connection with her clients in order to create a trusting and secure place for you to grow.

Mamie specializes in working with children and adolescents using art therapy. In addition to art therapy, Mamie enjoys incorporating play techniques and mindfulness skills in to each session. She is also interested in expanding her practice to include adults and whole families. Mamie has worked in diverse settings including schools, partial hospitalization programs and private practice. She is enthusiastic to contribute to and be part of the Ellie Family!

When Mamie is not working, she enjoys exploring the Twin Cities, playing board games with family and friends, and teaching her rescue dog new tricks.

Education
Adler Graduate School—Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy and Counseling, 2016
Concordia College- Moorhead—Bachelor of Arts, French and Studio Art double major, Psychology Minor


Nick Milligan

IT Generalist

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I believe that a mindful-based approach towards mental health and wellness is fundamental to living a life that is meaningful and full of happiness. Realizing that we could all use a little help at some point in our life and knowing that it is OK to seek out resources should always be a positive experience.

I am looking forward to leveraging my technical background and experiences in the mental health services field and bringing that to Ellie.

Education
Bachelors
University of St. Thomas

Benjamin Fisher, BA

Human Resources Coordinator

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Benjamin is interested in how critical it is to have a support system around you to help remain or become mentally strong. As well as the cause-and-effect of every action and decision you make could have a direct impact on one’s mental health for the long term. I am passionate about helping others and the mission at Ellie.

Education
BA Human Resources Management and Business Administration
Winona State University

Summer Mueller, BA

Benefits/Credentialing Coordinator

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Summer has worked in mental health for the past 5 years in various roles. She has a passion for helping others and is proud to be a part of an organization who’s continued mission is to serve and support the community. Summer is thrilled to have the opportunity to apply her experience and education here at Ellie. Outside of work Summer enjoys time spent with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling and skiing in the winter with her husband and kids. She is a proud baseball mom and enjoys watching her two boys play ball in the Summer!

Education
BA- Business Management
University of Wisconsin River Falls

Devin Schallert-Thomas

Training Coordinator, Community Mental Health Practitioner

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Person-Centered I have a strong belief that we must always meet the client where they are at. Being able to put their thoughts and problems into a safe space with someone who is willing to listen allows the client to find their own understanding and solutions.

Solution-Focused Primarily I love to find creative ways to help clients find ways to manage their daily stressors and situations. If it comes to art making, to integrating mindfulness techniques, or figuring out ways to manage, it is one of my specialties that I enjoy doing.

Education:

Finishing my MA in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University to ultimately pursue my LPCC licensure.

BA in Psychology and Minor with Sociology and Anthropology at Hamline University.

Experience:

Prairie Care I have experience working in working at a psychiatric hospital with adolescents and children. I have been fortune to see many young individuals find recovery in their journey.

MTHC (Minnesota Trans Health Coalition) I was a volunteer at at MTHC for a year.

Things About Me:

Bright, Humorous, Passionate

I am not only passionate, but often excited to work with individuals in every session that I walk into. I love to be creative and integrative with many different interventions with clients, often letting them take control of their recovery in fun ways. If that includes exploring your strengths, managing barriers, or developing coping skills.

Amy Felix

Billing Specialist

Anna Zigmund

Billing Specialist

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Anna has multiple years of experience working at mental health clinics in the Twin Cities metro area and has always felt a lot of pride being part of a committed team with the common goal of serving others and improving their quality of living.

She is excited to be a part of an innovative team at Ellie because it’s a community-based organization with a unique approach to wellness that utilizes creativity and humor which she finds to be a breath of fresh air and much needed. She enjoys being a helpful part of the team.

Heidi Torgerson

Medical Office Assistant

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Mental health for our teens interests her the most. She is excited to learn how she can educate herself about it to better help and support the teens in her life.

Heidi is a people person, so she is really looking forward to connecting with the staff and clients of Ellie.

Shayna Hoechst

Events Coordinator