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.

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.

Jennie, Licensed 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. 

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 Master's 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 Master's 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.