Our Team


Site Leadership


Seth Dolinsky

Treatment Director

Originally a musician and publishing industry executive struggling with addiction, Seth Dolinsky joined the team at Beauterre Recovery Institute in January 2017 after spending time in a Marketing & Business Development capacity for the parent company, Meridian Behavioral Health. A tenured leader, Seth’s prior experience was with St. Paul Sober Living as Program Director, helping to lead one of the most forward thinking and comprehensive Sober Living programs in the industry. Seth’s direct leadership and oversight helped St. Paul Sober Living build their innovative clinical case management model for the 11 homes in operation throughout Minnesota and Colorado.

Seth found himself immersed in the vibrant St. Paul recovery community after spending the majority of his life on the East Coast, most recently Boston, Massachusetts. He has a passion and dedication for all things recovery that is second to none, fueled largely in part by his own personal experience. Seth earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with specific focus in Religious Studies and Sociology. He loves his family – wife and son, outdoor recreation, cooking and of course, all New England Sports teams.

A message from our Treatment Director…

“My own recovery was made possible through the guidance and leadership of countless individuals who, even amidst my own resistance, continued to believe in me. Because of this, nothing fulfills me more than the opportunity to engage with the newly sober. If I can express to them, that through hard work and collaboration we can get our lives back, then I have been able to give back what was once given to me.”


Medical Team


Sheila Specker, MD

Medical Director, Addiction Medicine Physician, Psychiatrist

Dr. Specker is an Addiction Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and has been faculty there for over 20 years. She completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Wisconsin followed by Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Psychiatry Residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Specker is Medical Director of the University of Minnesota Medical Center’s Combined Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program. Additionally, she is Program Director for the Minnesota Fellowship in Addiction Medicine, which trains physicians in Addiction Medicine. She conducts research studies in addiction and has published in this area. Dr. Specker provides consultation to the State of Minnesota Health Professionals Monitoring Program, teaches medical students, residents, and fellows and has a clinical practice with an area of expertise in health care professionals with addiction.

Dr. Marc Mooney, PhD, LP

Clinical Consultant

Dr. Marc Mooney is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota. He received his B.A. in psychology from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota. He completed his A.P.A.-approved clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. For the last decade, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Minnesota, where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor. There he founded the Adult Attention Problems Clinic where he helped to identify deficits in executive functioning. He has trained pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinical psychology students in psychological assessment and psychotherapy. He has been an addiction researcher for nearly 20 years with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. 

Dr. Mooney has worked closely with Medical Director, Dr. Sheila Specker, for a decade, providing assessments of those with drug and alcohol problems. Problem alcohol and drug use is associated with cognitive and performance deficits that challenge recovery. Dr. Mooney conducts individualized assessments of cognitive functioning, particularly executive functioning.  He may also perform assessments of personality, intelligence, and academic achievement. Through careful psychological testing, Dr. Mooney helps those in recovery to understand their strengths and weaknesses, to plan coping and compensatory strategies, and to engage in cognitive remediation therapy.

Kristin Sorensen, MSN, CNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Bio coming soon

Dr. Amy Haycraft, DNP, CNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

An accomplished writer, researcher, clinician, and teacher, Dr. Amy Haycraft was born and raised in rural Minnesota and has been an integral part of the team at Beauterre Recovery Institute since its’ inception. She is a Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health, Adult Health (primary care), and Pain Management. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is also a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at a community based mental health clinic. She completed her Advanced Practice Training and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Arizona State University. She conducts research studies in the topic areas of substance use disorders and mental health disorders and has published articles on the topics of traumatic brain injury and subsequent substance use and opioid use disorder during pregnancy. Her most current research is looking at the correlation of depressive symptoms and cyber-bullying among University students. She is a member of the Minnesota State Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Nursing Advisory Committee, precepts psychiatric mental health students, and trains undergraduate and graduate students.

When outside the office, Amy savors the outdoors, taking in the beautiful landscape that Minnesota has to offer.  She also enjoys working out, gardening, and cooking.


Clinical Team


Jenine Koziolek, MEd, LADC

Clinical Director

A mainstay in the field in Southern Minnesota, Jenine Koziolek has been a welcomed addition to the family at Beauterre Recovery Institute. She has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 1999, holding both a Bachelor’s of Science from Minnesota State University in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Studies and a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Throughout her tenure in the field, Jenine has held various esteemed positions including community outreach, family education, clinical supervision, counseling, and working with youth in the school system. In 2014 and 2015, Jenine also served as an Adjunct Professor at Waldorf College. Jenine has been a long-term advocate for those in recovery and has held many positions across county and state level. Jenine has been an active participant in grass roots community change by participating in numerous workgroups and serving on the MARRCH (Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health) for 8 years. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Minnesota ATOD Prevention Award Region 6 Community Champion and she was also the MARRCH President’s Awardee in 2016.

Jenine’s passion is in helping people lead healthier, successful lives through the understanding of addiction and mental illness. She prides herself on teaching and promoting that “Recovery is Possible.” When not helping the patients on site, you can find Jenine behind the ropes at a marathon, watching and rooting on her significant other. Aside from that, she frequents state parks with her family, enjoys a good murder mystery, or is in the stands at the pool cheering on her daughter.

David Rabine-Young, MA, MHP, LICSW

Mental Health Professional

David Rabine-Young is a Mental Health Professional and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, graduating Cum Laude from Mankato State University. David furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work. His education and interests align, with specialties in alcohol and drug studies as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). David completed a short stint in Tomah, Wisconsin in a VA program where he wrote a report on PTSD and spent ten years developing a programming prototype for the State of Minnesota on leasing/purchasing farms and setting up programs to teach severe anti-social patients how to function in the community. David looks back on the experience with fondness, and he even wrote a manuscript on this program that he intends to publish as a book. David has also worked in the Veterans’ home in Hastings and facilitated outpatient mental health therapy at Cedar House in Faribault.

David has been happily married for 44 years and believes in an active lifestyle. David is passionately engaged in both designing and building, and he loves making and watching ideas come to fruition. He is grateful for celebrating over 31 years of recovery from drugs and alcohol and brings that vast knowledge of recovery to Beauterre Recovery Institute every day.

Grady Arth, MA, MHP, LPCC

Mental Health Professional

A resident licensed Mental Health Therapist (MHP, LPCC), Grady Arth brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to the team at Beauterre Recovery Institute. Grady’s strong suit is in individual therapy and also holds specialties in DBT therapy and self-exploration therapy groups. She is a member of, and vocal advocate for, LGBTQ+ communities and is passionate about supporting humans as they grow and change, taking pride in empowering her patients. She has been an instrumental addition to the team and has helped grow and expand Beauterre’s clinical philosophy of care. Grady holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

An avid consumer of paperback novels, Grady became a therapist from a love of stories and story-telling. In her free time, she hosts multiple book clubs, is on many waiting lists at the library, and practices her book reviews on her cats.

Renee Rumler, MHPr – Licensee, LPCC

Mental Health Practitioner

A longtime advocate for integrated mental health treatment, Renee Rumler joined the team at Beauterre Recovery Institute in March of 2019. Previously Renee held a tenured role at Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge and before that, spent 12 years working as an Operations Manager in the baking industry. She comes aboard with a Bachelor’s Degree in Addictions and Recovery in Psychology in addition to a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, both from Liberty University. She holds specialties in mental health co-occurring programming in addition to both individual and group counseling. Renee’s faith led her to this field where she holds an unwavering desire to bring hope to those searching for purpose and healing. She finds incredible purpose in serving those struggling with overcoming significant trauma and loves seeing lives transformed as they learn new coping skills and begin to heal.

Renee has a supportive husband of 18 years and two beautiful children, all of who serve as constant motivators for continued growth and development. Outside of work, Renee enjoys reading, creating beautiful things with her hands and spending time with family and friends.

Aaron Winter, LADC

Counselor

Working in substance use disorder treatment since 2011, Aaron Winter is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and avid recovery enthusiast. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Addiction Studies from the University of South Dakota and graduated at the top of his class. His academic focus was on addiction treatment but he is also passionate about addiction prevention and recovery advocacy. Aaron is also a person in long-term recovery with over a decade of sobriety. In his previous life Aaron was a semi-professional musician, touring the upper-Midwest, making albums, and music videos with his band. Aaron brings the same passion he has for music to the group rooms of Beauterre.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Aaron is happily married and is the father two young sons. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, listening to vinyl records, gardening, mushroom hunting, cooking for his family, and most importantly, having fun and being goofy with his kids. In the summer he enjoys cycling around the lake in his hometown and on the extensive trail systems in southeastern, MN.

Amanda Burg, LADC

Counselor

Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Amanda is an LADC who graduated from Minnesota State, Mankato in 2014 with a major in alcohol and drug studies and minor in social welfare. Having always had a passion for behavioral healthcare and education, Amanda followed her heart and has held extensive experience in outpatient and residential substance use disorder treatment as well as women and children’s treatment centers. Amanda specializes in working with women and has found a home and niche here at Beauterre doing just such!

She is a mom of three young boys who keep life interesting and very busy! Her interests outside of work include re-purposing and designing things within her home as well as enjoying everything that family life has brought her.

Amy Thorson, LADC

Counselor

Amy comes to Beauterre Recovery Institute after holding counselor and case manager roles in multiple states including Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Minnesota. She has worked in the addictions field since 2008 and her background experience includes working with federal and bureau of prison contracts, working in medical detox facilities, working in an all woman’s Residential Treatment program and interning at the department of corrections. Recently, Amy was the Program Manager for a non-profit chemical dependency and mental health treatment agency in Kansas City, Kansas. She then moved to Minnesota in April 2019 where she started working at Beauterre. Amy received her Bachelor’s of Arts in 2007, majoring in psychology and then received her LADC in 2013. Currently Amy is in a Masters Program for Social Work and will graduate with her MSW in May of 2019. Amy’s immediate professional goal is to obtain her LICSW and currently she is the counselor for the professionals group and also teaches one of the yoga classes.

Amy is married with two daughters and when not at work she enjoys the outdoors. You can often find her enjoy a round of golf, hiking running or teaching yoga.

Brianna Kuster, LADC

Counselor

Brianna entered the field of addiction treatment in 2014 working in Southeastern Minnesota in various substance use disorder treatment facilities before seeking out the healing and supportive environment of Beauterre Recovery Institute. Brianna received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling from Winona State University. As an Addictions Counselor, Brianna brings her own take on healing the addict mind based on her personal past struggle with addiction, trauma and mental health. Brianna’s topics of focus include Shame and Vulnerability and she enjoys challenging her patients to begin the necessary soul-searching journey one must take in order to truly heal.  Brianna also promotes laughter while on this difficult journey and finds this to be a crucial part of the healing process.

Brianna is originally from Southeastern Minnesota but chose to spread her wings at the young age of 18 and ventured to Florida, North Carolina and California for a decade before finding her way back to her roots where the family life warms her heart and the winter wind hurts her face. (They seem to even each other out). Brianna is married to an amazing creature who wholeheartedly supports her both personally and professionally. They are raising two beautifully weird children to be kind, unique and loved individuals.

James Bacon, LADC

Counselor

Jim Bacon is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. While at the college, he received a Student Achievement and Leadership award and was the charter president of the Soil Conversation Society of America – University of Minnesota chapter. After graduation, Jim worked for 20 years as a tech rep in the equipment business for companies that included Agco, Cargill, and Toro. Jim embarked on a career change and received his certificate in Chemical Dependency from Mesabi Community College in Virginia, Minnesota. Since then, he has held counseling positions that included Medication Assisted Treatment, Outpatient and Residential Treatment positions. Jim also conducted DUI offender clinics and education programs in the St. Louis and Lake counties.  He started at Beauterre Recovery Institute in 2017.

Jim and his wife Gwen moved to Owatonna in 2017 and enjoy southern Minnesota to the fullest. In his spare time, Jim enjoys biking, hunting and fishing. Unbeknownst to most, Jim is also a former Area Governor for Toastmasters International (Twin Cities) and was one of two individuals that represented the Twin Cities in a regional humorous speech contest. Jim enjoys playing guitar and singing, however has no plans to quit his day job!

Jim Kirchman, LADC

Counselor

Jim Kirchman is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who comes to Beauterre Recovery Institute with an extensive history of experience in the addiction field. A mainstay in the recovery community, Jim has over 24 years of recovery from drugs and alcohol and through his own personal experiences holds a strong desire to help others. Jim’s areas of expertise span mindfulness, motivation enhancement, relapse prevention, 12-steps and evidence-based practices. On a daily basis, Jim practices mindfulness mediation and applies recovery principles to both his work and personal life. It is this even keeled balance that has made Jim incredibly successful at connecting with patients during their experience at Beauterre.

Jim loves his family life and has been married for 20 years. Outside of the office, he enjoys family time, watching sports, golfing, traveling, hiking, nature and watching movies.

Kacie Hunt, LADC

Counselor

Kacie Hunt is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Kacie joined the team at Beauterre Recovery Institute in January of 2018 and her experience includes working as a technician at an all women’s residential treatment program and working as an advocate for a non-profit organization for homeless women and children. Kacie originally came to Beauterre as a student intern and completed her hours of supervision in the summer of 2018. She received her full LADC license in August of 2018 and has been working as a counselor at Beauterre Recovery Institute since then.

Kacie enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, and bringing her dog for walks. Her interests include traveling with family and friends, living an active lifestyle, and participating in strength training activities. She is also a certified dog groomer and loves taking care of dogs in her free time.

Kathryn Mouw, MSW, LADC

Counselor

Joining the Beauterre Recovery Institute family in 2018, Kate Mouw is a native Minnesotan who ventured to the upper north west to complete her graduate education and achieve a Master’s Degree from Boise State University in Idaho. Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker, on track to be licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Kate completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Bemidji State University. Having always been fueled by learning and education specifically related to behavioral health, Kate holds strong interests passions around Trauma and Suicide Awareness and Prevention.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Kate enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful Minnesota landscape. When not at work she finds herself on the banks of one of Minnesota’s many lakes either fishing or exploring on one of the walking trails.

Mike Swenson, MA, LADC

Counselor

A born and raised Minnesotan, who definitely wears shorts in the winter, Mike Swenson joined the Beauterre Recovery Institute team in early 2015 when the facility first opened. Mike grew his career with Beauterre, originally starting as a Recovery Specialist and ultimately working his way into a clinical role. After becoming Beauterre’s first counseling intern MIke finished his graduate education and received his LADC in 2016. Mike has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Minnesota in Biopsychology and Political Science, and is a Borine Award winner for his research into perceptions of race and class. Mike also attended the University of Minnesota for his Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies, where he emphasized cognitive approaches to therapy and the neurobiology of addiction. Prior to his college tenure, Mike was an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. Mike spent five years on active duty in the Marines, creating a storied career. He was on protection details for Heads of State; and has multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike blends his combat experience and academic prowess towards having a unique perspective on life, which he uses to fuel his passion for helping others.

When not working with patients, you can find Mike on the golf course, working on or racing his cars, playing guitar, sharpening his cooking skills, but most likely online gaming with his friends. As a combat veteran, Mike struggled through his own battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and finding a new way through life after his military experience. While working on himself, Mike found his passion for being a guide to others on the journey of finding meaning in the struggle, and inspiration on the other side.

Seth Dahle, LADC

Counselor

Seth Dahle  is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) at Beauterre Recovery Institute who came to the team after graduating in 2018, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a major in Alcohol and Drug studies and a minor in Health Science. A man in recovery himself,  Seth is grateful to be a part of the Beauterre team, where he gets to work in such a passionate environment. Seth’s journey at Beauterre started when he was given the opportunity to work as a Recovery Specialist and then followed that by completing his internship there as well. Seth has always valued the holistic approach that Beauterre takes towards recovery and the way they treat their patients, and staff, as individuals and thus has completed his  training to become a SMART Recovery Facilitator and as such, facilitates the SMART Recovery groups at Beauterre. In addition to that, Seth also holds a  a passion for, and co-facilitates, the Family education program with counselor Mike Swenson.

Seth grew up in Moorhead, MN and spent the first part of his life working with children and adults with special needs. He was awarded caregiver of the year in 2012 by the Metro Area Mayors Committee for outstanding work in the field. He holds a strong passion for education and anticipates returning to school for mental health counseling in the Fall of 2019, while continuing as a counselor at Beauterre.


Nursing Team


Heidi Dowhaniuk, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager

Proud mother of three children, avid Minnesota sports fan, and Registered Nurse (RN) with nearly 20 years’ experience in cardiology, emergency medicine, and medical/surgical, Heidi Dowhaniuk came to Beauterre Recovery Institute as Nurse Manger in August of 2017. She found her passion and interest for this field following her late husband’s own struggle with addiction. Heidi draws on that experience to fuel her undying dedication to the patient experience and those we serve. Heidi achieved a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Winona State University and ultimately would love to further her education and pursue a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Nursing.

A die-hard Minnesotan, Heidi was born and raised in Minnesota and takes time each year to enjoy what each season brings, especially boating and lake time in the summer and snowmobiling and snowshoeing in the winter. When not found inside the nursing office, Heidi can be found cooking, watching Minnesota sports teams, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and taking her Great Dane on walks.

Mary Jo Kraus, LPN

Lead LPN

Bio coming soon

Cassandra Quarry, LPN

Nursing

Bio coming soon

Kaitlin Demuth, LPN

Nursing

Bio coming soon

Mary Morton, LPN

Nursing

Bio coming soon

Tara Radke, LPN

Nursing

Bio coming soon


Wellness Team


Jo Huntsman, L.Ac, Dipl Om.

Wellness Coordinator

Jo Huntsman is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. Prior to joining Beauterre Recovery Institute, she operated a general practice clinic incorporating acupuncture, tui na (Chinese massage), cupping, nutritional guidance, aromatherapy and medicinal herbs into her treatments. Jo chose to further develop her interest in holistic health through yoga teacher training and mindfulness meditation. Her classes reflect the influence of teachers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hahn.

Jo received her Masters of Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington Minnesota and a Bachelors of Social Work from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is licensed by the Minnesota medical board and certified through the N.C.C.A.O.M.


Resource Coordination Team


Heidi Kraft

Resource Coordinator

Bio coming soon

Megan Hedberg, EAGALA

Resource Coordinator, Barn Manager, Equine Specialist

Bio coming soon

Staci Smith

Resource Coordinator

Bio coming soon


Admissions Team


Ruby Larson

Recovery Access Coordinator

Ruby joined the Beauterre Recovery Institute team in 2016, after graduating from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. During her time in Chicago, Ruby remained involved with campus organizations and local non-profit organizations that provided services to under-served and stigmatized populations. A lover of both travel and education, Ruby also studied abroad in London and was able to learn about international healthcare policies. This furthered education served as inspiration for her to pursue a career where she could help potential patients access better healthcare. Additionally, these life and career experiences have ignited her passions in social justice, healthcare, prison reform, and advocacy. Ruby aspires to obtain her dual Master’s Degree in Social work and Public Health to continue her efforts in the behavioral health field on a legislative level.

Health and wellness were strong themes in her life growing up in Minnesota; she had a health conscious family that consumed locally sourced food and shopped local businesses.  Having values rooted in holistic and person-centric approaches to health and wellness, Ruby values Beauterre’s mission and health realization treatment approach to recovery. Ruby is thankful to work with the community and to provide support to individuals undergoing crisis working to enter treatment and change the course of their lives. Outside of work, Ruby can be found at the gym or spending quality time with friends, family and her pet cat, Monday.

Marketing Team


Stephen Cantwell

Director of Marketing & Business Development Private Brands

Hailing from just outside of Boston Massachusetts, Stephen Cantwell comes to Beauterre Recovery Institute with over 8 years of marketing, business development, sales and branding experience.  Stephen holds a Bachelors Degree in Business & Economics from Lehigh University and specializes in marketing strategy, strategic and gap analysis as well as brand formulation and brand management.  Part of the original Beauterre Recovery Institute business plan drafting team, Stephen honed his skill sets through a tenured role at Apple Inc where he facilitated the formulation of many strategic business partnerships.

Stephen has made a home here in MN and loves spending time outside participating in recreational activities.  When he is not at work you can most likely find him on one of the many local Minnesota golf courses.

Garrett Simensen

Senior Marketing & Business Development Representative

Joining the team in 2018, Garrett Simensen brought with him years of experience and established relationships within the behavioral health field. After starting in direct patient care for multiple national organizations, Garrett moved into a Marketing and Business Development role for Meridian Behavioral Health where he continued to build strategic partnerships throughout the state of Minnesota. Garrett primed his business and strategic skillset through his education at Colorado State University from where he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Garrett has been able to utilize that creative spirit along with his professional experiences and passion for recovery to help create lasting and impactful relationships for Beauterre Recovery Institute. When not at work he hopes to be found with his family in the wilderness of Northern Minnesota.

Matthew Mortinson

Marketing & Business Development Representative

After a beginning his career with Meridian Behavioral Health, Matt joined the Beauterre Recovery Institute team in early 2018, bringing with him extensive expertise in account management and customer service. While that may have been the beginning for Matt with this company, his work in the behavioral health field really started back in 2012 where he worked in business development and fundraising for MN Adult and Teen Challenge, followed more recently by experience with St. Paul Sober Living. At Saint Paul Sober Living Matt managed the program’s live-in Senior Peers and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of the sober homes. Matt developed a passion for helping those in recovery throughout the undergraduate and graduate school programs at the University of North Dakota, where he founded a sober activities program called ‘Night Life.’ Matt also achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of North Dakota and was a Graduate Student Assistant there as well.  Matt has been a welcomed addition to the team and has applied his many personal and professional experiences to guide his impact on the team and create meaningful and strategic relationships in the community for Beauterre Recovery Institute.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys quality time with family and friends, travel, and spending time enlarging his own recovery life.


Alumni Team


Mark Trudeau

Alumni Coordinator

Mark joined Beauterre Recovery Institute in 2018 as the Alumni Coordinator to help establish and grow the Alumni Association. As an alumnus of Beauterre Recovery Institute himself, and one of the original Alumni Association Board Members, Mark is excited to help others find the path of recovery and truly embrace all that the recovery community has to offer. He spent the majority of his professional career in the restaurant/hospitality industry assuming multiple roles through many organizations, even including a 4-year stint at an up-and-coming New Orleans restaurant. Aside from his expertise there, Mark also found success selling insurance here locally in Minnesota which he still does part time. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and is currently pursuing an MBA from Hamline University in St. Paul.


Administrative Team


Karissa Hunt

Program Coordinator

A lifelong denizen of Southern Minnesota, Karissa Hunt is the Program Coordinator at Beauterre Recovery Institute where her primary role is daily management of the nearly twenty Recovery Specialists on staff. Karissa got her start in addiction treatment when she was looking to use the customer service skills that she learned working in the salon industry to help people heal. Beauterre Recovery Institute’s unique treatment model and beautiful setting spoke to her, making it the perfect place to get started in the treatment field. Over three years later, Karissa found herself herself not only leading the Recovery Specialist team, but also working directly with patients to ensure that they have an enjoyable and productive stay. Patient service comes naturally to Karissa, and she is able to use her position to ensure that patients have a smooth experience and take advantage of BRI’s full suite of programs and services.

Karissa still has an ownership stake in a local salon, and she spends most of her free time with her two 5-year-old sons. She’d tell you that they’re a handful . . . in the best way, of course.

Sean Kreeger

Patient Services Coordinator

Bio coming soon

Linda Taylor

Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon