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Jon Brandt,
Executive Director
Jon has been working with youth and families for more than 30 years. With an undergraduate degree in psychology (SCSU), and Master’s degree (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in social work, Jon is nationally accredited by the Academy of Certified Social Workers, a licensed mental health professional (Minnesota LICSW), and a clinical member of ATSA. Jon has worked in shelter care, correctional programs, residential treatment, and supervised foster homes. He’s been a child protection social worker, and has more than twenty-five years experience as a therapist with adolescent sex offenders. He has provided expert testimony in numerous juvenile court hearings, promoted new legislation and spoken on child welfare matters before the Minnesota Legislature. He has presented workshops on a wide range of topics including understanding anger, and working with sexual offenders, at local, state, and national conferences, in addition to interviews on Twin Cities TV and radio. He is the founder, Director and provides clinical supervision at Mapletree, does training and consulting, and provides individual, group, and family therapy in private practice.
Daniel Bubna,
Assistant Director
Daniel has over 12 years experience working with at-risk youth in residential programs. He joined the Mapletree team in 2012, shortly after completing his Master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies from Crown College.
Tony Mayer,
Program Coordinator
Tony graduated from Bemidji State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He began working with at risk youth at Mapletree in 2005 as a Program Assistant, followed by Adolescent Counselor, Case Manager, and now Program Coordinator. Tony recognizes that each staff member, regardless of their position, plays a vital role in the success of Mapletree and its residents. "If staff and residents work together, great things can happen!"
Andrew Peterson,
Case Manager
Andrew is a licensed Social Worker (LSW) who received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Saint Cloud State University and is currently working towards his Master's in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Andrew has been working with kids, teens, and young adults for over eight years with experience in clinical mental health and community-based programs.
Rachael Drago,
Adolescent Counselor
Rachael attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance, and Psychology. While in school she was able to study abroad for a semester at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.  She also interned at Dakota County Corrections where she worked alongside probation officers supervising low risk adult offenders.  Her professional experience includes managing and mentoring at-risk youth as part of an employment training program.
Trey Flatgard, Adolescent Counselor
Trey attended Augsburg College where he received a B.A. in Psychology with a focus on counseling. He plans to continue his education and become a licensed counselor. Trey's experience includes working at The Retreat, as well as working with youth to facilitate positive change in their lives.
Amanda Briones,
Case Manager
Amanda has been working with youth of all ages, in a variety of settings for almost 15 years. She graduated with a BS in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and has experience as an assistant preschool teacher, a school-age summer program teacher, a middle school tutor, and a middle school volleyball coach. Amanda started working at Mapletree in 2006, and shortly after that she went back to school to obtain her MSEd degree from UW-River Falls where she gained experience in school counseling at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Amanda enjoys working with teens and helping them get the assistance they need to successfully work toward independent living.
Susan Hauck,
Case Manager
Susan has been with Mapletree since 2008. Prior to that time, she worked with Anoka County Corrections, starting as a volunteer probation officer and working her way up to positions of summer youth coordinator, part-time probation officer, counselor/juvenile probation officer, and treatment coordinator. Susan has a BA in Human Services, with an emphasis in Corrections from Metropolitan State University. She went on to pursue her Masters in Social Work (MSW), graduating in 2014 from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Currently, Susan is working part-time at Mapletree while juggling her full-time position at Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes, MN as a Clinical Program Therapist.
Brian Hurt,
Case Manager
Brian graduated from Winona State University with a BA in Psychology. His work experience includes special education mentorship, program counselor, and childcare counselor. Brian now works part-time at Mapletree, balancing his schedule with his full-time career as a real estate agent.
Kelsey Whitcomb,
Adolescent Counselor
Kelsey attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating with a B.A. in Social Work (LSW) and Russian. She interned at the Minneapolis American Indian Center where she worked with families in the Indian Child Welfare program. She spent two summers working with youth to develop social skills at Camp Buckskin, and has experience as a job coach for adults with developmental disabilities. Kelsey also had the opportunity to study abroad at the Irkutsk State Linguistic University in Irkutsk, Russia.
Timothy Lindwall,
House Manager
Tim is working on finishing his Bachelor's degree in Human Services at Metropolitan State University. He has experience working in several different residential programs. He worked at the oldest running family shelter in San Francisco (Raphael House) as a Residential Counselor and as a Personal Care Attendant for young men with mental disabilities. In addition to his work at Mapletree, he is currently interning at Tubman as a Housing Advocate.
Paul Sterlacci,
Paul is a Licensed Psychologist through the state of Minnesota and has over 30 years of experience working with youth and families. He received his BA and MSEd degrees from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Paul has worked primarily with adolescents throughout his career in both out-patient clinics and correctional and residential settings. He has been Mapletree's Staff Psychologist since 1991 and co-facilitates Mapletree's Thursday night therapy group.
Monique Mayer,
Nursing Consultant
Monique has been Mapletree's Nursing Consultant since 2006. She graduated with her RN degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College and is employed full-time at Fairview Home Infusion.
Gil is a rescue dog. Gil spent years as a stray and hasn't quite lost the instinct to grab food as it becomes available. Everyone who eats a meal at Mapletree has been initiated by Gil at least once if they happen to leave their food unattended or close to the edge of the table; it's gone in one large gulp before anyone has time to react. Other than those lightning-quick episodes, Gil is pretty laid back, and provides a source of peace and devotion to the Mapledudes during their time at the Tree. The highlights of Gil's days are when he gets to spend time with the boys at Mapletree's cabins on Kettle River.