Welcome to Summit

Meet the Team​

Bismarck Staff

Brenda Owen, MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Executive Director

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, Administrative Director
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.

Mike Jones, LCAC 
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.

Matthew Jankowski, LPC

Located in: Bismarck & Telehealth

Matt Jankowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor with four years of counseling experience. Matt completed his education from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, but now lives happily in North Dakota keeping up with his partner, two kids and border collie. Matt believes that a supportive and guiding approach is helpful as people seek to recover from the impact of challenging life experiences, understand their unique identities and grow into what feels right to them. From age 13 up, no matter your gender, circumstances or uncertainty about counseling, Matt would be happy to meet with you in a safe and understanding environment where you begin to make your life changes.

Tyler McKay, LAC

Located in: Bismarck

Tyler is fairly new to the Summit Team but is not new to Substance Use Services.  He has worked in outpatient services, residential facilities and has assisted other treatment programs to get their start. Tyler is a man of "FAITH IN CHRIST" and truly makes a difference in people's lives.  He has a heart for those in recovery and has great plans for future endeavors.  Tyler currently facilitates our Level 2.1 (intensive outpatient) groups.  

RaeLene Lemer, LAC

Located in: Bismarck

Rae began her career with Summit as an Addiction Intern and has since joined our team as one of our Addiction Professionals.  Rae does many things at Summit. She conducts evaluations, does individual and group sessions.  Rae is great at all of these things including excelling with our Adolescents.  

Kayse Hathaway, Reception

Located in: Bismarck

Kasey came to Summit with a lot of reception experience.  She has over 10 years in reception and customer services experience.  She is the main contact for our call center and does excellent in this position.  She loves people and helping people.  In her leisure time she loves to read and spend time with her dog.  

Dickinson Staff

Barbara Leshovsky, LPCC
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. 

Tracy Ragsdale, Recptionist
Located in: Dickinson

Tracy is part of our call center and reception team. She is located in Dickinson.  Tracy has over 20 years experience in many areas of administration. In her leisure time she enjoys gardening, fishing and canning.  Tracy is a wonderful asset to our administrative team and we are so very fortunate to have  her as part of the Summit family. 

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.

Melissa Bair, LAPC
Located in: Williston

Melissa moved to the area in Spring of 2021 from Tennessee where she received her master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University with a certificate in the Gottman Marriage and Family Counseling. She has experience with co-occurring disorders and with those of all ages in both residential and outpatient settings. She utilizes both Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. Melissa believes in meeting the person where they are and allowing them to utilize self-discovery to establish and reach their own treatment goals through support and guidance which feeds a healthy path to a desired quality of life.   

Michiaela McKinney, LMSW
Located in: Williston

"Shay" Mckinney is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She graduated from Minot State University with her Bachelors in Social work and Ohio State University with her Masters Degree in Social Work. She has previous experience working with children, adults and families in inpatient and outpatient settings. She enjoys working with various populations regarding age, culture, and mental health diagnosis’s. Shay’s therapeutic style includes a nonjudgmental and people first approach. Her goal is to help foster a safe place for clients to be the person they want to be. When Shay is not working, she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with friends and family. 

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.

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.

Lyndi Sanders, MSW, LMSW

Telehealth

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.

Rosalyn Geier, DNP, PMHNP

Telehealth

 Rosalyn provides Clinical Mental Health Prescribing and Medication Management along with assisting in the development of our new Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Substance Use Treatment Program. Rosalyn's strength is clinical mental health and psychiatric concerns. We are so excited to have Rosalyn as part of our clinical staff team! 

Clint Webb, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Telehealth

Clinton Webb, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, is a Board-Certified Advanced Nurse Practitioner with over six years of experience and background in substance use disorders, psychiatry, and family medicine. Skilled in providing behavioral health care to people of all ages, Clint is a knowledgeable and patient-centered nurse practitioner who focuses on the unique needs of each individual, utilizing behavioral therapy and medication to help treat those experiencing mental health disorders.