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Our Team

Brett Paulsen

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Training Institute Administrator

Brett joined the Training Institute in 2018 from the nonprofit and higher education fields. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and is responsible for the daily administration of the Training Institute. He also works closely with partner organizations to develop training opportunities for learning and development. He is a certified instructor with the American Heart Association.

Bridget McGuinness

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Adjunct Instructor

Bridget has been working in the substance use and mental health field since 2011. Bridget graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Integrated Behavioral Health program and is under supervision for mental health licensure (LPCC). Currently licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her work experience includes adult co-occurring populations, such as Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), as well as inpatient and intensive outpatient settings. Additionally, Bridget has created and presented mental health presentations to recovery residence managers and clinical staff for CEUs. Bridget embodies a humanistic perspective, encouraging clients to discover their own strengths to evoke change. She supports clients by utilizing various Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions with an emphasis on mindfulness.

 

 

 

Cheri Kuhn

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Adjunct Instructor

Cheri Kuhn, Psy. D., LP, LPCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Psychologist, Psy. D., LP, LPCC, in Minnesota and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Cheri has previous experience working with individuals who experience addiction and mental health struggles, eating disorders, individuals in transition, grief and loss, divorce, domestic violence survivors and perpetrators. She has worked in integrated care with eating disorders and consulted with doctors, nurses and dieticians. In addition, Cheri has experience working with CPS, probation and the court system in helping individuals heal and meet expectations from these different agencies.

Cheri has spent time providing presentations and guest lectures on eating disorders, addiction, and trauma, as well as how these interact and overlap each other. She has done presentations with the Addiction division of the American Psychological Association and the Minnesota Psychological Association, and has guest lectured at the University of Minnesota’s program for integrated health for the past three years.

 

 

 

Fiyyaz Karim

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Adjunct Instructor

Fiyyaz Karim, Psy.D., is a resident faculty member in the master of professional studies in integrated behavioral health and master of professional studies in addictions counseling programs at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to working in higher education, Karim was employed in community mental health outpatient settings, many addressing the needs of underserved and minority populations. His clinical interests include identity development, grief and loss, social justice issues, health psychology, trauma, and PTSD. He has conducted professional training sessions and presented on diversity issues including microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and racial identity.

Karim has done clinical work and research in grief and loss, with an emphasis on unemployment, divorce (or relationship losses), chronic illness, addictions, and more recently losses with the pandemic. He has also done mental health work and research in trauma/PTSD, especially with immigrants/refugees.

JAC Stringer

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Adjunct Instructor

JAC Stringer, MSW, LGSW (he/him) is a trans, genderqueer, disabled Cherokee activist, educator, and social worker specializing in the transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ communities, most specifically community survivors of violence and at-risk LGBTQPIATS+ youth. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, JAC’s discourse on the unique needs of transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ Midwesterners and his ongoing dedication to furthering transgender health has lead him to be considered a multidimensional expert in human service and mental health. He is highly acclaimed for his work building transgender resources and organizations from the ground up in isolated and politically violent areas and internationally recognized for his workshops on socially, racially just transgender and LGBTQPIATS+ activism, anti-violence and trauma work, disability / accessibility issues, and artistry. JAC’s deepest passion lies in transgender people to generating unity, action, and empowerment through social justice, education, art, and many other forms of revolution.

Jetta Wiedemeier Bower

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Adjunct Instructor

Jetta Wiedemeier Bower, MPA, is an adjunct trainer with the People Incorporated Training Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota) and with a personal motto of “I am built to serve,” is proud to have spent her career building programs to serve others. Jetta currently works for Trellis as the Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager and enjoys engaging community partners through education and support to help them flourish. Prior to this position, she worked in various areas of government (state, legislative, and city), but her real love is the nonprofit arena. Her work has touched social service agencies serving people of all ages – babies, children, teens, older adults and their caregivers. Jetta was the Executive Director of March of Dimes Minnesota and served as an independent consultant to a variety of nonprofit agencies. In addition, she has extensive experience in training adult learners through her tenure in the field of child welfare where she ran a National Resource Center on Adoption Assistance for over ten years. She has written several books and policy manuals in the field of child welfare focusing on policy analysis, as well as transracial adoption practices. Jetta currently shares her home in South Minneapolis with her husband and two children, trains for triathlons, and is an avid soccer fan.

 

 

 

Jimmie Heags Jr.

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Adjunct Instructor

Jimmie Heags Jr., MA, LSC, LPCC, LADC, ACS is an adjunct instructor for the Training Institute. Jimmie's clinical work has been with mostly black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). He approaches his work with genuine curiosity, and feels honored to be trusted with their sacred thoughts and feelings. Jimmie is a trainer and consultant in Restorative Practices, Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) as well as other Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches. Prior to his work as an associate therapist, he served as an Adjunct Instructor for Adler Graduate School in their School Counseling Program.

He is part-owner of Canopy Mental Health & Counseling, a provider of culturally informed therapy services for historically under-served and marginalized populations in the Twin Cities. This work allows him to provide educators with social emotional interventions and provide clinical supervision for pre-licensed therapist candidates.

In his free time Jimmie serves as the chair of the Minneapolis NAACP Integrated Health committee.

Lori Crever

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Adjunct Instructor

Lori Crever is director of strategic partnerships at Intercultural Competence Edge, an award-winning Saint Paul-based diversity, equity, and inclusion firm that focuses on delivering high-quality intercultural competence education. Prior, Lori spent two decades as communications and employee engagement programs manager for the international division of Wells Fargo with offices in 38 countries. While there, Lori was recruited to help teach the University of Minnesota course, Introduction to Implementing Human Rights into Organizational Leadership, discussing the challenges arising from aiming to do good inside a large, complex global organization. Lori is an experienced facilitator of workplace culture, employee engagement, and leadership training. She is the author of the upcoming book, Protégé Power: A Roadmap to Mentorship.

 

 

 

Melody Schuldt

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Administrative Assistant

Melody Schuldt, MA, MT-BC (Board-Certified Music Therapist), is the Administrative Assistant with the People Incorporated Training Institute. Melody holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (minors in psychology and mathematics) from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Melody began working with People Incorporated in 2017 while a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and worked in collaboration with People Incorporated leadership and Dr. Silverman (Program Director of Music therapy at the UMN) to establish and grow the music therapy program at People Incorporated. Melody is passionate about mental health and holistic wellness, and believes in the innate power of music as an avenue for healing, hope, self-exploration, self-expression, and building community and connections with others.

 

 

 

Paul Harper

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Adjunct Instructor

Paul Harper, AA, MAM, MSW, LGSW, is an Adjunct trainer with the People Incorporated Training Institute. He currently works as a Senior Social Worker with Hennepin County Child Welfare, and formerly served as an Adjunct Professor through the School of Social work at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. During a 29-year military career, he trained, coached and mentored diverse groups of people, creating and presenting a variety of training classes on subjects ranging from equal opportunity, cultural experience, safety and diversity. He is a trained Drug Abuse Resistance Education teacher that values the utilization of the 4 learning modalities in his pedagogy to help others learn. As a lifelong learner and aspiring clinical therapist, Paul leverages his unique lived experiences and perspective via a social justice, and relational lens to provide respectful, informative, and engaging training.

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