Behavioral Services Program Manager
Jen received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and subsequently received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Dakota. Jen has practiced in the community mental health setting for the majority of her career, working with adults with serious mental illness, youth with serious emotional disturbances, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders. Jen joined Clark County Community Services in 2019 and currently supervises outpatient mental health services and Comprehensive Community Services (CCS). She is passionate about family preservation and providing high quality, coordinated services to underserved populations.
Kayla Rochester, MS, LPC
Behavioral Services Program Manager
Kayla graduated from Viterbo University with a bachelor’s degree in 2016. Following graduation, she continued her education at Viterbo University in their Masters of Science in mental Health Counseling and graduated in December 2018. Kayla has experience working in the Wisconsin public school system. Kayla has practiced in the community mental health setting for several years and sees a wide variety of mental health related disorders, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and other mental health illness. She utilizes strength-based, person-centered, TF-CBT, and solution focused to assist clients in reaching their desired level of functioning. Kayla joined Clark County Community Services in 2019 and currently supervises Outpatient Substance Abuse Services (AODA), Community Support Program (CSP), Recovery Court, and Crisis. Kayla is passionate about working with underserved populations and advocating for clients.
Michelle began her employment with Community Services in May 2021. Prior to working in Clark County, she was the office manager for a private outpatient mental health clinic for 7 years. Michelle oversees the day to day operations of the front office, which includes scheduling appointments and ensuring that services are billed out properly. She has worked in the medical field for many years having been a transcriptionist for 15 years.
Dr. J. Scott Persing
Education: Dr. Persing, is a certified psychiatrist who received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota and his Medical Degree from the University of South Dakota School Medicine in Vermillion, South Dakota. Services Offered: Psychiatric Services in evaluating and management of adult and geriatric psychiatric illnesses. He has helped individuals manage mental illnesses such as: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia and Dementia. Dr. Persing also conducts court-ordered psychiatric evaluations for individuals in his care.
Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Joel Rooney began working with Clark County Community Services in July 2011. He provides parenting assessments, psychological testing, (IQ, diagnosis clarification, etc.), ADHD testing and consultation to the clinical staff. Dr. Rooney also works for La Crosse County.
RN CSP Nurse
Stephanie obtained her nursing degree in 2007 from Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. She is a Registered Nurse through the State of Wisconsin. Stephanie has been working with Clark County Community services since 2013. She is the nurse that assists the psychiatrist in the outpatient clinic and works with the Community Support Program and the Comprehensive Community Services Program providing assistance to adults and children with mental health and/or AODA issues. Prior to working for our agency, Stephanie worked as nurse case manager for Western Wisconsin Cares and as a pediatric staff nurse at St.Joseph’s Hospital.
Alison’s journey becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist started when she graduated from Carroll University in 2010. Afterward, Alison graduated from Mount Mary University with a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2012. Post-graduation, she worked in a wide variety of clinical settings: domestic violence agency, wilderness therapy program, outpatient therapy, and equine assisted therapy program. She has gained experience working with trauma, attachment, anxiety, personality disorders, and other mental health and substance use disorders. Alison uses a strengths based client-centered approach with experiential and creative approaches. Also certified in EMDR Therapy.
Jackie received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies at Viterbo University in 2011, and a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree from Viterbo University in 2014. Areas or study included holistic approaches, autism spectrum disorder and therapeutic approaches, and concerns specific to the aging adult population (55+).
Jackie currently provides psychotherapy to individuals five years old and up using person-centered approaches. Areas of focus include emotional awareness/intelligence, developing coping skills, anxiety and depression management, processing grief and loss, support through life transitions, processing and integrating trauma, developing interpersonal skills, and family therapy/support. Theoretical approaches utilized include Person-Centered Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed care, Gender Affirming Care, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) informed care.
Patrick received his Master’s degree in Behavioral Health from Eastern Washington University in 2020, and his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from the University of Idaho in 2009. He has experience working in inpatient substance use facilities for teen boys and adults and was a supervisor of a co-occurring facility. Patrick has spent a lifetime volunteering with at risk youth in various settings. Patrick uses Solution Focused, Strengths-based, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and both traditional and relapse prevention Mindfulness approaches for substance use disorders.
Stephanie Simonson is a Clark County, Wisconsin based Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW) progressing towards her Licensed Clinical Social Worker License (LCSW). Stephanie received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2016 and her Bachelors of Science in Human Development & Family Studies and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. She has specializes in providing a trauma informed framework of care and person-centered therapy for kids, teens, adults, and families. Stephanie’s mission is to provide her clients with a safe therapeutic experience. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and moral injury. Stephanie has gained valuable knowledge while working with individuals with trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, addictions, and other mental health disorders. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings with diverse populations including outpatient, school based, residential, and medical for over 10 years.
Kathryn (K.D.) Kinter
Kathryn Kinter is a Clark County Clinical Therapist and Wisconsin based Licensed Professional Counselor. Kathryn received her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology-Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2004, also from UW-Milwaukee. She provides person-centered, inclusive, and trauma informed psychotherapy services for youth, adults, and families. Kathryn’s therapeutic approaches are eclectic and include: Brainspotting, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Kathryn has worked in a variety of settings including: Community Mental Health, Education, and Child Welfare. Her focus areas include, but are not limited to: depression and anxiety management, building coping skills, navigating life transitions, and processing grief, loss, and trauma.
Erin obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been employed by Clark County Community Services since January 2011. Erin works with children, adolescents, and adults, addressing a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder. She also has extensive experience working with juvenile sexual offenders, both treating and assessing risk factors. Erin has completed training for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). Prior to employment at Community Services, Erin spent 15 years as a therapist at two residential treatment centers for children and adolescents.
Jessica received a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from The University of North Dakota in 2020 and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) from Northern Michigan University in 2016. She has gained experience by practicing in a number of treatment settings including community mental health, long-term care/nursing home, juvenile justice, and crisis.
Jessica provides psychotherapy to adults, children, and teenagers in a warm, patient, non-judgmental environment. She works with individuals who seek support for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, relationships, family issues, anger, life balance, and life stressors. Jessica assists in empowering individuals in areas such as work, school, and change in living dynamics, special needs, disabilities, chronic illness, self-care, relationship breakups and divorce.
Jessica utilizes a variety of therapies and evidence based treatment approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths-based, Trauma-Informed Care, and Mindfulness approaches.
Theresa is a graduate from the University of South Dakota with both her Bachelors in Criminal Justice (1986) and her Masters in Addiction Studies (2016). She currently holds her Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) license. Theresa has 8 years of experience in case management for clients with both mental health and substance abuse issues. She has over 3 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She is an IDP assessor for Clark County. Theresa has worked in different arenas of treatment including inpatient, outpatient, case management, and medication assisted clinics. She has experience in 12-step programs, relapse prevention, SMART Recovery, crisis intervention, and cognitive behavioral therapies. She has gained knowledge running different types of groups from educational to process to focus topics. She has lived experience of substance use and recovery time of over 30 years.
Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Stout. Prior to joining Clark County Community Services, Andrea provided therapy at an outpatient clinic. Andrea has gained extensive experience working with individuals, children, and families in various settings including child protection, parent education and support, family care, crisis, and criminal justice.
Andrea endeavors to create a warm, non-judgmental space to support clients feeling safe while exploring their growth and healing in therapy. Andrea uses a culturally responsive, client centered, trauma informed, and strengths based approach in her practice working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She utilizes several treatment modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Sand Tray Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Andrea has experience working individuals seeking support related to depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, trauma, grief and loss, life stressors, attachment, parenting, divorce, LGBTQIA+ identities (she is an ally), and other mental health concerns.
Emergency Mental Health Crisis Worker
Jeremiah has several roles at our agency including Mobile Crisis Services, Case Management services for individuals with chronic mental illness, and assists with court related matters. He has been employed with our agency since 2009. Jeremiah received his BA in Philosophy with a minor in theology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to working with our agency Jeremiah worked at a residential treatment center for youth for 8 years. He also worked for Workforce Resource.
Skye obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development. Skye provides case management services to children and adults with mental health struggles and AODA issues through the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program. Prior to working with our agency, Skye worked as an employment specialist at a local job center, a parent educator and visit supervisor through Lutheran Social Services in Barron County, and also with the Northwest Connections mental health crisis line.
Program Coordinator, Service Coordinator, and Educator
Michelle obtained her BS Degree in Early Childhood: Exceptional Educational Needs from UW-Eau Claire. She has been a Licensed Teacher in the State of Wisconsin since 1996 and began working with Clark County's Birth to 3 Program in July of 2013. Michelle supports families who have concerns about their child’s development. She also works closely with other community agencies to improve the opportunities available for families with young children. Prior to employment with Birth to 3, Michelle was employed as a lead teacher at UW-Eau Claire Children’s Center. She also worked with Western Dairyland's and Indianhead Community Action Agency's Head Start programs.
CSP Case Manager
Chelsea currently provides support and assistance to adults with severe and persistent mental illness through the Community Support Program; she is able to aid consumers with remaining healthy and safe within the community. Chelsea obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Child and Family Welfare emphasis from Kaplan University in 2013. Prior to joining our agency in August 2017, she served as a Case Manager for Child Protective Services as well as Juvenile Justice for a Native American Tribe of Wisconsin for 5 years. Additionally, she serves on a Mobile Crisis Team through Northwest Connections.
Support and Service Coordinator
Heather obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from UW-Stout in May of 2005. She has been employed by Clark County since August of 2016. Heather provides support and service coordination for children with disabilities and their families to help them grow and live their best lives possible. Prior to working for our agency, Heather worked as a Development Disability Case Manager for North Central Health Care.
Support and Service Coordinator
Sarah has been a case manager for the Children’s Long Term Support Program of Clark County since 2013. A native of Neillsville, Sarah has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health. This experience includes in classrooms, county and community settings, and in various home and personal settings. After earning her degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin—Stout, Sarah briefly taught kindergarten. Shortly after, finding a passion to serve and support individuals with cognitive disabilities and significant mental health struggles as program manager for Lutheran Social Services in Jackson and Monroe County. After 6 years of employment with LSS, Sarah accepted her current position with Clark County and continues to advocate for the children enrolled in the Children’s Long Term Support Program as well as for their families and providers.
Kelly obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Broadview University in Healthcare Management. Kelly provides case management to services to children and adults with mental health struggles and children with emotional and physical delays through the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program, the Waiver program (CLTSW) and CCOP. Prior to working with Clark County Community Services, Kelly worked as a program supervisor for Lutheran Social Services. Kelly also has her Associates degree in Early Childhood and graduated from Martin’s College of Cosmetology.
Tara obtained an Associate’s degree in AODA counseling from Chippewa Valley Technical College, Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from University-Wisconsin Stout with a minor in gerontology, and a Master’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from University-Wisconsin Stout. Tara provides case management to services to children and adults with mental health struggles and children with emotional and physical delays through the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program, the Waiver program (CLTSW) and CCOP. Prior to working with Clark County Community Services, Tara worked as an Information and Assistance Specialist in the Clark County Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Tina obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a major in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. Tina also has an Associate’s Degree from Midstate Technical College. Tina provides case management services to children and adults with mental health struggles and AODA issues through the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program. Prior to working with our agency, Tina worked with Clark County Social Services as an Initial Assessment Social Worker for 8 years and as the Juvenile Court Intake Worker for 5 years. Tina has also been a QPR trainer for suicide prevention for 8 years.
Mental Health Case Manager
Allie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in English from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Allie joined Clark County Community Services in September of 2019 and provides case management services to individuals with chronic mental illness. She also assists with mental health commitments and guardianships. Prior to working with our agency Allie worked at a residential treatment center for youth for 8 years and a day treatment facility for youth for 5 years. She also has experience as an aide in Special Education.
Vic received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1998, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Vic has more than 25 years of experience in community mental health, where he has served hundreds of youth and their families in various capacities (to include senior case management, group facilitation, clinic and program development and oversight). The lion share of Vic’s career has been spent in the day treatment sector, where he has worked extensively with youth presenting with serious emotional disturbances, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Vic joined Clark County Community Services in 2023 and currently works as a Case Manager for Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) and the Children’s Long Term Support Program (CLTS). He is proud to serve Clark County in these regards.
CSP Case Manager
Janie began her employment with us in 2023. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional and has worked towards her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Deafness Rehabilitation at NIU, a Bachelors in Psychology at UW Stout and plans to finish her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Janie has worked in the field of mental health in various positions including Conditional Release at LSS, youth residential and inpatient placements at Rock River Residential, juvenile offenders at Focus House and before coming to us, 9 years as the Shelter Supervisor and Coordinator at Hope of Ogle County. Janie is skilled in de-escalation and crisis situations.
Recovery Court Coordinator
Jarod earned his Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from UW-Stout in May of 2014. At that time, Jarod stayed at UW-Stout to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout school, Jarod held several positions in the human services field and developed an interest in working with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Jarod is a contracted employee through a nonprofit organization called JusticePoint. Since being hired in July of 2022, Jarod has been trained in motivational interviewing, case management, and has been certified in the administration and scoring of the Ohio Risk Assessment System.
Recovery Court Assistant
In August 2022, Britney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She joined our Recovery Court Team recently after moving from McAllen, Texas and will serve as a Recovery Court Assistant. Britney has always had a great desire to help others, and she is happy to be able to do so with us here in Clark County.
Dani joined Community Services May of 2014, with a background in financial planning and compliance. She works with the Director in preparing the annual budget by organizing and gathering financial information, manages the grants received for the different programs offered through Community Services, works with and manages time records for payroll purposes. Dani works with individuals on managing their social security payments.
In her free time she enjoys being outdoors riding horses, riding the side by side with her Husband and spending time with grandchildren.
Jeanine has been in Community Services since 2001. She graduated from Mid-State Technical College in 1994 having completed the Information Processing Specialist and Office Assistant programs. She has been employed with Clark County since 1995. She primarily supports the AODA Program and is also the main point of contact for all OWI Assessments and related follow-up. She provides administrative support to the clinical psychologist and other clinicians and staff throughout the department along with other tasks and duties as assigned including medical transcription, maintaining the electronic medical record, etc.
Karen has been working with Clark County Community Services since January 2022. She’s worked in healthcare for twenty years, with the past fifteen years in billing and follow-up.
As Program Assistant for Community Services, Stephanie is the first point of contact for clients in person or by phone. She provides support to the clinical therapists and psychiatrists as well as the clients we provide service to. Stephanie has a background in Psychology and Social Work, and has over five years’ experience in healthcare and clinic settings.
Danielle Johnson is a Program Assistant for Community Services. She has 6 years in county government focusing on medical record management and credentialing licensed professionals. Danielle graduated from Viterbo University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in Substance Abuse. While in school, she provided quantitative data to a qualitative research project. In 2013, Danielle volunteered with Gundersen Health System at Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota to collaborate with local leaders to improve quality of life. Her passion is streamlining processes to be more effective and efficient in providing services to others.