Meet the Team​

Brenda Owen, Executive Director

MSW, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor, 

Substance Abuse Professional

Brenda is the Executive Director who carries licenses of Licensed Independent 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.

Kathy, Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor

Located in: Watford City

Kathy is a dual licensed counselor. She see's clients for substance use evaluations, out patient programming, and mental health. She travels to both Williston and Watford City. Kathy is a person who is always smiling, takes very good care of herself, loves her family, enjoys running and shopping. She loves working with children.

Joshua, Licensed Certified Social Worker
Located in: Carson

Josh came to Summit with ambitions to serve rural communities without access to services. He has an eclectic history, including work in suicide and sexual assault response and prevention, resilience, foster care, and more. After retiring out of the military, Joshua joined us to work part time in an office in Carson, ND because of his passion for people and can also see clients in Bismarck, as needed. Joshua is creative and has varied interests. So when not working, flying, or raising a family, he looks for time to ride motorcycle, kayak, travel, bake bread, read, hunt, bike…you get the idea. Joshua has a masters in social work and theology, a commercial pilot’s license, and speaks German fluently. He moved to rural North Dakota to fulfill a dream and raise a family on this beautiful prairie.

Tessa, Licensed Professional Counselor
Located in: Bismarck

Tessa was born in California and raised in North Dakota. She specializes in trauma with over twenty years of experience working with women's issues, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. She sees clients of all ages and helps them through emotional or mental health concerns. She also provides support to families with children with Down Syndrome. Tessa loves spending time with family and friends, and traveling when time allows. She enjoys reading, swimming, movies, walking, and participating in local Designer Gene events. 

Barbara, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Located in: Dickinson and Watford City

Barbara comes to us from 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. Barbara works in the Dickinson location. She 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.

Angela, Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Located in: Bismarck

Angela has experience in counseling areas of Depression and Anxiety, Complex Medical traumas including disabilities, suicide ideation, concerns with hoarding, Complex Grief and Ending Stages of Life. Angela joins Summit Counseling in the Bismarck Office. As a native North Dakotan, her beginning started on small farm by Carson. Angela is dedicated to people-first philosophy, approaching challenges with the care and compassion required for successfully reaching goals and pursuing dreams. Angela has worked with people with disabilities and their families for over 20 years; ranging from 3 years to 94 years of age. Angela is devoted to the success of our community and building a strong healthy community for our children. Purpose, value, and self-worth are key areas in building a positive approach to growth. Angela enjoys spending time with my family, volunteering, fishing, and riding motorcycle. Angela is a dog lover and appreciate muscle cars. She also serves on professional organizations of NDMCHA and RMH.

Brandi, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Located in: Bismarck

Brandi has experience working with individuals in the correctional system, homeless population, trauma, military service members, and dual-diagnosed clients. She has experience working with a variety of therapy methods to best serve the client; she often utilizes art therapy, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral methods. Brandi takes a person-centered approach to therapy and establishes a therapeutic alliance to help guide the client's journey. She enjoys working with clients of a dual-diagnosis to include addiction and mental health. She is currently in the North Dakota National Guard where she serves with the public affairs unit. She enjoys working out, yoga, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

Jennie, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Located in: Bismarck

Jennie is originally from central Minnesota. She has recently moved to Bismarck due to her husband's job. Jennie has three children that keep her busy! She loves to craft, quilt, camp, attend music festivals, and spend time with her friends and family. She loves to laugh and to help others find the joy and sparkle in life! She enjoys working with older adolescents and adults. Jennie has over nine years of therapy experience specializing in DBT, CBT, and motivational therapy interventions. 

Lynsey, Licensed Professional Counselor
Located in: Bismarck

Lynsey is a North Dakota native who is passionate about providing mental health services for youth and families. She finds special areas of interest in evidence-based trauma treatments, advocacy, and court preparation. Lynsey incorporates Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Play Therapy to best meet the needs of her clients. She holds certification as a Train-the-Trainer for the GEMS CSEC program and sits on the Board of Directors for Invisible Innocence, a local nonprofit aimed to support survivors of human trafficking. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, kayaking, yoga, reading, volunteering, and being with friends and family.  

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. 

Anna, Licensed Professional Counselor
Located in: Bismarck

Anna received her Bachelor's in Social and Behavioral Science in 2009, and her Masters of Science in Community Counseling in 2014. Her previous work experience involved working with the pediatric and adolescent population's at private practice clinic's, work at a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, and lastly, work at a treatment facility for teens. She specializes in working with infant through adolescents and uses experiential play, art, and sand tray therapeutic modalities along with others. Anna is certified in AutPlay therapy for children on the spectrum or other neurodevelopmental disorders. Some of her professional highlights include work with anxiety, depression, autism, adjustment, anger, self-esteem, self regulation, social skills, trauma, parenting, mental health difficulties, attachment difficulties, divorce/separation difficulties for children. Anna was born in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota but has made her home Bismarck for the last 9 years with her husband, and 3 children. In her spare time Anna keeps very busy with her 3 year old boy, and 1.5 yr old twins! She enjoys riding horse, outdoor activities, and spending time with loved ones.

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.  

Heather, Licensed Certified Social Worker, Substance Abuse Professional
Located in: Mohall

Heather is our primary therapist in our Mohall office.  She originally joined Summit as an intern and has now earned her Master's of Social Work and licensed as a LCSW.  Heather is  very driven and has done all this after retiring from the Military.  Heather continues to pursue available training opportunities  to better serve her clients and will begin working towards her Doctorate soon.  Heather is driven by her desire to see mental health and addiction services available in rural communities.

Kait, Licensed Certified Social Worker
Located in: Bismarck

Kaitlin was born and raised in Bismarck. Kait received a bachelor of science degree in psychology, and social and behavioral science, with a minor in addiction counseling from the University of Mary. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota. She has experience in psychiatric residential care specifically with the population of children. Her background includes child-abuse prevention work, pregnancy wellness, infant care, promoting parental capacity, advocacy and foster care. Kait is skilled in her work with clients who have experienced trauma, specifically in instances of sexual assault/abuse, physical abuse, neglect and domestic violence. Kait serves a variety of populations that include children, adults, and couples through a variety of techniques to best meet the clients’ needs. During her personal time, she finds joy in trying new recipes, lifting weights, and traveling as much as she can, as well as, nurturing the relationships she has with her friends and family. 

Amanda, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Located in: Bismarck

Amanda is a North Dakota native who has a passion for helping individuals achieve their goals. She graduated with a Master’s of Counseling degree from the University of North Dakota, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified Counselor Supervisor in the State of North Dakota. Amanda comes to us from the Department of Human Services, as a Director of the Extended Care Program and therapist working with the dually diagnosed and SMI (serious mental illness) population. Previous work history includes working at a community mental health center doing rural in-home therapy, animal assisted therapy and working in a residential unit. Amanda has experience and interest in the areas of depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, SMI diagnoses, suicidal ideation, crisis prevention/intervention, and healthy relationships; utilizing CBT, DBT, art therapy, solution focused and motivational interviewing techniques; and enjoys working with adults and adolescents. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding horse, traveling, spending time at the lake or on the river, and reading. Amanda is an animal lover and has two Yorkshire Terriers, a horse, a bunny and a hamster.

Angele' Morris, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

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.

Carrie Hjellming, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Carrie Hjellming currently works part time, evenings and weekends by special appointment in our Dickinson office.  Carrie currently holds a full time prominent position with another agency in the Dickinson community but assists us after hours.  We are very fortunate to have had her join our time in the Dickinson office.  She is highly competent and dedicated to her profession.   

Cheri Slater, Office Assistant

Cheri began employment with Summit Counseling in January of 2019.  She moved to Williston in 2015 from Utah and states she enjoys the outdoor recreation.  She likes camping, fishing and playing with her two dogs.  She has experience with insurance, medical billing and reception. She is an excellent addition to our office staff.