Meet the Staff

Abby Cooper, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Assessor

Abby has worked primarily in mentally ill/chemically dependent (MI/CD) residential and inpatient settings during her career as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She has a bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling from Metro State University. Abby is a member of the Isanti County Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Coalition and operates a sober home in Cambridge, Minnesota.

Michelle Crider, MA, LADC, LPCC

Clinical Therapist

Michelle’s therapeutic approaches are anchored by a strongly held belief that individuals are able to make changes as they strive towards meaning and fulfillment in their lives. Michelle provides individual mental health therapy to Recovering Hope’s residential and outpatient clients. Additionally, her training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) enables her to use that protocol to assist clients in addressing trauma, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms. She has an extensive history of providing mental health services to incarcerated individuals through the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Kim Enos, MSA, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Kim comes to Recovering Hope with more than 11 years’ experience working with diverse populations in a wide variety of treatment settings. At Recovering Hope, she facilitates evening group sessions in the outpatient substance use disorder treatment program. She has master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Kim is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in addiction studies from Northcentral University.

Brittany Hancock, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

As a residential treatment counselor, Brittney facilitates the weekly creative arts and writing for wellness programs. In addition, she has experience working in a broad range of populations in a variety of substance use disorder care levels. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Minnesota Duluth and a certificate in addiction studies from the University of Minnesota. Brittney is licensed in Minnesota as an alcohol and drug counselor.

Tasha Morley, BS, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Tasha received a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and has been working as licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Minnesota for more than two years. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health therapy from Capella University.

Kayla Nelson

Daycare Manager

Kayla manages Recovering Hope’s onsite licensed daycare facility, which provides a safe, secure place for children (ages 0-5) of residential clients to stay during the day, which gives moms peace of mind their children are cared for while they focus on improving their health. Kayla has an associate degree in early childhood education.

Sue Peterson, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Therapist

Sue has worked with a variety of diverse populations and has used her experience and educational background to support clients by meeting them where they are and promoting self-determination. Sue has a strong interest in working with clients facing grief and loss, depression, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), domestic violence, abuse and trauma. Sue has a master’s degree in social work from University of St. Thomas and is a licensed social worker in Minnesota.

Gretchen Raymer, MA, LADC

Manager, Residential Counseling

Gretchen, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, is an advocate for and a believer in empowering women to live their healthiest and most authentic lives. Gretchen has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Prior to joining Recovering Hope, Gretchen was a childcare center director. Her professional interests include women’s issues specifically related to identity, healing from trauma, self-love and relationships.

Mary Kay Reichow, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

With nearly 20 years of residential and outpatient alcohol and drug counseling experience, Mary Kay has significant knowledge in 12-step programs and spirituality. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemical dependency counseling and community psychology from St. Cloud State University and is licensed in Minnesota as an alcohol and drug counselor.

Lisa Schultz, BS, LADC

Drug and Alcohol Counselor; Intern, Mental Health

Lisa facilitates residential psychoeducational groups at Recovering Hope. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and is in the fourth year of a master’s degree program in co-occurring disorders counseling where she will graduate in Spring 2022. Lisa is a graduate student board member of Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP), the local affiliate of The Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC) and participates in advocacy and education committees. Lisa is a current intern with the mental health department of Recovering Hope. Her interests are quality education, advocacy for those afflicted with mental health disorders and substance use disorders and ongoing growth in the field.

Samantha Sheeran, PsyD, LP

Clinical Psychologist

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Samantha specializes in trauma therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychological assessment to clarify diagnoses and provide treatment recommendations. Samantha received a bachelor’s degree in clinical forensic psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Samantha also has experience working with incarcerated individuals in Minnesota and Illinois.

Ashley Todd, MPS, LADC

Admissions Manager and Clinical Therapist

Ashley’s passion for the behavioral health field is represented in both her administrative and therapeutic work. As Recovering Hope’s Admissions Manager, she is dedicated to identifying and reducing barriers individuals experience when seeking services. Ashley recognizes the process of coordinating care is often complex and overwhelming. She and her team strive to support individuals through the admission process and approach coordination with empathy and compassion.

Ashley is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and post-graduate mental health provider working towards licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Her therapeutic work is grounded in relational cultural theory and incorporates aspects of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She approaches her work with individuals from a collaborative, non-judgmental and culturally responsive lens. In working with Ashley, individuals can expect a safe space to process their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Ashley is passionate about working with adults to help them navigate life transitions, foster meaningful connections, and achieve personal growth that aligns with their values and beliefs. She specializes in anxiety, self-esteem, life transitions and trauma. Ashley also is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), which is an effective therapeutic approach that has been found to reduce distress related to trauma and challenging life experiences.

Victoria Upson

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Victoria is an ANCC board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience in the mental health and nursing fields. Victoria received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College. At the urging of her aunt and mentor, Victoria was inspired to merge her interests in science and psychology to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. To realize this dream, Victoria obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Northeastern University. In addition, she completed an undergraduate internship in inpatient psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital and a master’s practicum at the South End Community Health Center, where she continued to work as a therapist and medication provider after she obtained board certification. Victoria has experience working with dual-diagnosis populations in a community mental health setting. Most recently, Victoria worked for Berkshire Medical Center in western Massachusetts in several different outpatient programs with a focus on reducing 30-day inpatient readmissions, behavioral health integration with local primary care clinics, and telepsychiatry.

Kathryn Vele, PMHNP-B

Nurse Practitioner

Kathryn specializes in women’s psychiatry, including perinatal mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin as an advance practice registered nurse and has national board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC ) as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Kathryn has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, and then returned to school in 2009 to become a registered nurse. Upon graduation, she spent several years in labor and delivery, postpartum, and neonatal intensive care at St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She completed a master’s degree in nursing and a psychiatric nurse practitioner specialty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She completed clinical rotations for her graduate program at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and at Wheaton Franciscan in Racine, Wisconsin. In addition, she has experience working in private mental health practices and outpatient psychiatry.


Nicole Vilmo, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Nicki is passionate about living life to the fullest, never being too serious and “living one day at a time.” With experience in a variety of levels of substance use disorder treatment, Nicki is passionate about healing the family system through a program of recovery.  A licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Minnesota since 2012, Nicki works with clients in Recovering Hope’s residential treatment program. She received a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University.

Carissa White, MPS, LADC

Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Carissa White is a mental health counselor specializing in issues relating to LGBTQ+, grief/loss and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Carissa graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in integrated behavioral health. In addition, she is certified in DBT and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). She is a member of NAADC, the Association for Addiction Professionals and the Psi Chi international psychology honorary.

Darci Wikelius, MA, LADC, LPCC

Clinical Therapist/Clinical Program Manager

Darci has worked in a variety of clinical therapy settings including intensive care for children with autism, sex offender treatment for developmentally disabled adults, substance use assessments and treatment for individuals with mental illness/chemical dependency, outpatient therapy, and sex offender specific treatment at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) and within the sex offender program at the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Darci is dedicated to helping individuals find value and meaning in their lives, particularly in addressing areas surrounding relationships, sexuality, abuse/trauma, behavioral issues and self-worth. She also incorporates the use of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) in individual therapy sessions with her certified therapy dog, Marvel. Darci is a board-certified licensing supervisor and provides supervision to Recovering Hope staff seeking licensure as alcohol and drug counselors (LADC) or professional clinical counselors (LPCC). Currently, Darci is pursuing a doctor’s degree in clinical psychology.