Meet the Team​

Brenda Owen, Executive Director

MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor, 

Substance Abuse Professional

Brenda is the Executive Director who carries licenses of Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor. Brenda is one of the founders of the agency and sits on the Board of Directors.  She oversees the agency's main operations, public relations, community relations and works on the development of the agencies expansion programs.  Brenda is driven to see that everyone that needs services be able to get them.  It is for this reason that Summit is in Western North Dakota.  She believes that everyone is valuable and continually works towards improving services in Western North Dakota. 

Sandy, Office Manager
Located in: Williston

Sandy oversees our staff throughout all locations and keeps things running smoothly. She is indispensable and invaluable to our daily operations. Sandy loves her friends, likes to travel, and loves spending time with her family... especially her grandchildren.

Barbara, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Located in: Dickinson

Barbara works in the Dickinson area. She has advanced license in the counseling field and is certified as a clinical supervisor. She has worked in the State Human Services System and as a Supervisor for the Village Family Services System. She works with individuals, couples, and clients of all ages. She has experience with EMDR, CBT, and play therapy. Barb is currently writing a children's book and is collaborating with family for the illustrations. We are looking forward to the day when we can have a sneak peek.

Aimee, Licensed Addiction Counselor 
Located in: Bismarck

Aimee has experience working with adult individuals in the correctional system and adolescents who struggle with Substance Use Disorders. She also has experience working with families and providing education to them about addiction. She has worked as a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the State of North Dakota for 10 years and is also licensed as a Registered Clinical Supervisor. Prior to being licensed in North Dakota, she was a program director in Minnesota that specializes in adolescent dual-diagnosis. 

Cordie, Insurance Specialist and Receptionist
Located in: Williston

Cordie functions as our insurance specialist.  She works diligently to ensure your coverage is adequate to cover the services you are requesting.  Cordie does our agency credentialing and works with the insurance agency for claim submission.  

Alison, Assistant Director, MPH, Social Worker
Located in: Bismarck 

Alison has worked 11 years as a mental health crisis social worker and trainer across North Dakota state and Tribal lands. She co-founded ND’s  statewide Suicide Prevention coalition and in 2019, was named 40 under 40  by the de Beaumont Foundation for her work in suicide and violence prevention and recovery support. Alison also serves the NASW-ND Chapter through which her platform is to embed evidence-based suicide prevention across education. Alison's passion is responding to complex trauma and coping skill development across the lifespan. Alison is excited to connect North Dakotans to quality person-centered behavioral health services offered through Summit Counseling’s three offices and telehealth!

Angele' Morris, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Located in: Williston & Telehealth 

Angele’ recently moved to Williston from Minot North Dakota with her husband. She graduated from University of Mary with her Master of Science in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Angele’ has worked extensively with outpatient therapy, and intensive in-home family services for the past 5 years before she moved to this area. She has a passion for supporting client’s in change and teaching them how to become their own greatest support. She actively utilizes and has extensively studied the 5 love languages and 5 languages of apology both professionally and personally. She is willing to work with any concerns that are brought to therapy such as anxiety, depression, trauma, social concerns, relationship issues, ADHD, anger, autism, children/adolescents/adults, communication, family, military issues, parenting, self-esteem, stress and personal growth. Angele’ sees the client as the professional of their life and loves to support them in rewriting their story to become the best version of themselves. When she is not in the office you can find her spending time with her husband, their 2 dogs, and enjoying events at Church, while choosing to continue to learn and grow to daily become a better version of herself.

Sara Fries, Licensed Master Social Worker

Located in: Bismarck & telehealth

Sara is a Licensed Master Social Worker working as a mental health counselor in the Bismarck office. Sara has worked in the field of counseling and human services for almost a decade. She specializes in Child and Family Science and has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families. She is passionate towards her work and strives to individualize her therapeutic techniques so each client receives the greatest support that she can offer. Sara has experience using CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, systemic therapy, play therapy, and many others. She utilizes strengths-based approaches to help her clients with any variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress management, self-esteem building, anger management, grief and loss, trauma, and healthy relationships.

Megan Mortensen, APRN NP-PSYCHIATRY

Telehealth

Dr. Megan Mortensen is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and medication management for patients age 5 and up. Dr. Mortensen received her Doctor of Nursing Practice as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner from the University of Iowa in 2013. She then went on to complete her Post-Doctoral Certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2014. She is registered with the Iowa Board of Nursing, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy and credentialed through the ANCC. She has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked as a Labor and Delivery RN for 6 years. Using medications and counselling on lifestyle changes, she collaborates with her patients to find the best treatment plan for the individual.

Sunny Sia, PMHNP-BC

Telehealth

Mr. Sunny Sia is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Mr. Sia has several degrees to his resume--Baccalaaureate degree in Economics from the Ateneo De Manila University in the Phillippines; Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Virginia and finally, a Master's degree (MSN) in PMHNP from the University of South Alabama. He speaks 4 languages fluently --English, Chinese-Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Filipino. His hobbies include swimming, boating, scuba diving and travelling.

Victoria, Licensed Addiction Counselor
Located in: Bismarck & telehealth

Victoria Gore, Licensed Addiction Counselor, is living in recovery and devoted to her career of helping others find their own recovery path. Providing telehealth outpatient drug and alcohol evaluations, crisis support and other services through Summit Counseling Services upon request, she is a blessing for clients and for the Summit team.

Victoria provides a judgement-free safe space for any resident seeking recovery from the disease of addiction through Summit Counseling, being: Justice or correction system-involved (i.e. parole and probation),  Medication Assisted Treatment, Survivors of trauma, suicide attempt or loss, symptoms of personality and mood disorder.

“While my master’s degree is specific to Addiction, my second passion has led to additional training in Trauma and mood disorders and their relation to addiction and relapse. My “vibe” during a counseling session is a mix of a curious, quiet listener and positive motivating cheerleader. I will not bore you with a description of my theoretical perspective or my favorite interventions. My goal is to meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go; starting with helping you believe you can". Summit offers flexibility and various scheduling options to meet client needs. I am excited to serve and cannot wait to hear your story!”