Welcome to Summit

Meet the Team​

Bismarck Staff

Brenda Owen, Executive Director

MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor, 

Substance Abuse Professional

Brenda is the founder of Summit Counseling and works as a key consultant for the agency. She is dedicated to filling gaps in services across Western North Dakota and is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor.   She provides leadership in 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. 

Jennie Cornell, MSW, LCSW, CDBT, CPT

Clinical Director

Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth

Jennie Cornell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience helping clients of all ages and backgrounds. She is certified in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and has years of experience applying a range of evidence-based mental health approaches, including EMDR,  to improve the lives of clients.   Jennie has worked with families, couples, individuals, and youth of all ages and helped them reach their treatment goals. As a mental health therapist and supervisor of Summit Counseling clinical staff, Jennie's empathy, compassion and client-centered approach shines through. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as her role as summit as a therapist and mentor to many of the staff. 

Ashley, Office Administrator
Located in: Bismarck

Ashley is responsible for office administration at the Bismarck office as well as helping with operations across Summit Counseling Inc. Her pleasant smile and positive attitude sets the tone for the summit clients and staff.  Her years of experience serving clients in healthcare and behavioral healthcare settings makes a difference for clients and all of Summit Counseling Inc.

Alison Traynor, MSW, LMSW, MPH
Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth 

Alison is a mental health therapist in Bismarck with specialized training in trauma. She has worked 13 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. As a specialist serving families with youth with emotional disturbances, Alison provided group, marriage and family counseling, coming to believe that strong family and intimate partner relationships are key components to overall mental wellness. 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. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, EMDR and DBT skills.  Alison is excited to connect North Dakotans to quality person-centered behavioral health services offered through Summit Counseling’s three offices and telehealth!

Mike, Licensed Addiction Counselor 
Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth

Mike has extensive experience working in addiction as well as in working with clients in recovery and their families. His practical approach emphasizes the power of personal responsibility and choices as well as best practices in addiction. He gets results and is well-respected at Summit Counseling.

Sara Fries, MSW, LMSW, PMH-C

Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth

Sara is a Licensed Master Social Worker working as a mental health counselor in the Bismarck office and telehealth. Sara has worked in the field of counseling and human services for almost a decade and is currently working towards earning her Clinical Social Work License. She specializes in Child and Family Science and has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families. Sara also found a new passion for pregnancy and postpartum mental health and received certification in Perinatal Mental Health Disorders. Sara strives to individualize her therapeutic techniques so each client receives the greatest support that she can offer. Sara has experience using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including play therapy for children. 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.

Vernelle Spencer, MSW, LMSW

Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth

Vernelle is a Licensed Master Social Worker working as a mental health therapist in the Bismarck office and telehealth. Vernelle has worked in the field of substance use and mental health disorders and is currently working towards earning her Clinical Social Work License. Vernelle has a passion for working with the homeless population and those experiencing poverty. She utilizes strength-based approaches to help her clients with concerns that include poverty, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma, relationships, physical health, stress, and grief/loss. Vernelle works with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings including individual and group services. Vernelle enjoys spending time with friends and family and traveling.

Winter Bercier, MSW, LMSW

Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth

Winter enjoys working with all ages.  She is trained in DBT, CBT, and TF-CBT (Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy). She has experience in mental health outpatient and inpatient services for both group and individual services.  She currently offered a DBT group for adolescents.  She is passionate for finding balance within one's life and striving for personal growth.  She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Washington state where she resided before moving back to North Dakota.

Dickinson Staff

Barbara, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Located in: Dickinson & Telehealth

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.

Holli Archuletta, LPCC 
Located in: Dickinson & Telehealth 

Holli is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the State of North Dakota. She has a variety of experiences working with clients across the lifespan experiencing crisis, dual diagnoses (addiction and mental health conditions), severe mental illness, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Holli completed training in 2020 with the Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, teens, and adults. Holli utilizes CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, art therapy, Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management and Recovery, and Impact Techniques in her therapeutic interventions. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and friends. She is an avid music lover, a huge movie buff and likes to scrapbook.  Clients note Holli's caring approach as well as her vast expertise. Summit Counseling is fortunate to have her. 

Williston Staff

Angele' Morris, LPCC

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.

Cordie, Insurance Specialist and Receptionist
Located in: Williston

As Summit Counseling Service's Insurance Specialist, Cordie works diligently to ensure your coverage is adequate to cover the services you request.  Cordie administers credentialing and works with a range of insurance agencies on claim submissions. Summit Counseling staff and clients are fortunate to have her expertise.

Lyndi Sanders, MSW, LMSW

Located in Williston

Lyndi Sanders is a Licensed Master Social Worker for the State of North Dakota. She graduated from the University of Louisville Kentucky with her Masters Degree in Social Work. She has previous experience working with children and families but enjoys working with all ages and backgrounds. Lyndi’s experience working with children and families has motivated her to help individuals live more independent, safe, and healthy lives while treating them with respect and compassion. She enjoys working with individuals to strive and meet their personal goals while becoming their best possible self. Also, how personal growth and focusing on your authentic self is an essential part of working on one’s mental health. When Lyndi is not working she enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends. Lyndi is excited to be a part of the Summit Counseling team.

Telehealth Staff

Holly Undlin, MSW, LMSW 
Located in: Telehealth

Holly Undlin is a Licensed Master Social Worker who provides individual psychotherapy for adults via telemedicine. She completed her undergraduate and Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. Holly has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, grief and loss, and trauma. Holly's work serving patients with cancer and working in hospice settings has given her a special interest in supporting individuals affected by life-limiting illnesses, life transitions, and bereavement. Holly, a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist, also utilizes CBT, DBT,  and Solution Focused in her therapeutic interventions. In her practice, she values the importance of relationships and self-determination while offering empathy. Holly's compassionate approach makes a difference for clients. Born and raised in North Dakota, Holly’s passion is serving communities with limited access to services, via telemedicine.



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.

Susanna Funk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Susanna Funk, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, provides psychiatric services for children and adults. She earned her master's degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and received her clinical education from the University of Iowa Hospital and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Susanna has worked in behavioral health for more than a decade with experience treating mental health conditions with co-occurring substance use disorder in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. She is a passionate advocate for increasing awareness and removing the stigma and bias that surrounds mental illness in our communities.