Melissa Martinez-Sones (she/hers)
Interim Executive Director
Melissa brings a wealth of leadership, facilitation and project management experience from her work with neighborhood organizations in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She’s been an Executive Director for two neighborhood organizations, worked as a Councilmember’s Aide, developed internal policy for the City of Minneapolis, and worked on several complex projects involving a wide variety of elected officials, constituents, and community partners. She focuses on working with all stakeholders to achieve solutions to challenging issues.
As interim Executive Director, Melissa focuses on the day-to-day oversight of the organization while supporting RECLAIM's staff, board, and stakeholders in recruiting a permanent Executive Director. When she’s not working with organizations in transition, Melissa enjoys baking award-winning cakes and recreating with her family in the most livable city in America (Saint Paul).
Caitlin Baldwin (she/her)
Cailtin identifies as a cisgender clinical social worker, friend and mother. She has an MBA and MSW from Augsburg University. She received a BA in social welfare from U of WI- Madison. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). Caitlin has training in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure and was extensively trained in DBT. She uses mindful based practice as a foundation of her work with clients and in clinical supervision. Caitlin leans on many theoretical frameworks in her practice including multicultural feminist, systems, developmental, attachment and person centered. She believes that understanding our own and other's social historical context is critical to providing quality care.
When not working Caitlin loves to ride bike, swim, hike, run, cook, garden and remain outdoors - on or near water as often and for as long as possible. She enjoys just about any activity with her kids and Pets.
Michal Frank (she/her)
Therapist and Supervisor
Michal is a therapist and a Clinical Supervisor at RECLAIM. Her background includes private practice, day treatment, and working with children and adults with disabilities as well as volunteer work with queer and immigrant populations. Michal is a social justice activist and a nerd that works hard to make the star trek utopian world come true. Her theoretical approach is trauma-informed, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, narrative therapy. Michal recently completed an advanced complex trauma and dissociation training using the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network theoretical model and is looking forward to using this competency-based approach in her work with clients who present with complex trauma, PTSD, and dissociative abilities .
Michal was born and raised in Israel and spent time in NYC before moving to MN. In her free time, Michal enjoys learning ASL, discussing scifi and the science behind it , especially star trek and spending time with her child and her many pets.
Samuel Doten (he/him, they/them)
Development & Communications Manager
Samuel is part of RECLAIM's development team and manages communications. He graduated from Macalester College in 2016 with a B.A. in American studies and political science. Sam joined the RECLAIM team in November 2018, having previously worked in development roles at NAMI Minnesota and Neighborhood Development Center. He has a background in LGBTQ community organizing and is passionate about electing LGBTQ people to public office. He serves as chair of Stonewall DFL and has been on the caucus' board of directors since 2017. He loves Minnesota's 12 months of natural beauty, biking, and caring for his many house plants. Sam currently lives in Minneapolis and grew up in Forest Lake, Minnesota.
Maggie Druschel (they/them)
Project CLEAR Program Manager and Therapist
Maggie Druschel is a therapist and the program manager of Reclaim’s Project CLEAR Program, a partnership with St. Paul Public Schools, The Sexual Violence Center, Ramsey County SOS, as well as a stellar team of high school Peer Educators. In this role, Maggie works at the intersection of individual/family outpatient mental health and community health programming. Maggie’s therapeutic approach evolves from a grounding in narrative therapy, rooted in anti-oppressive, anti-racist and queer feminist theories, with additional training in Trauma-Focused-CBT, motivational interviewing, attachment theory, and the AIR Network model. They believe in the healing powers of expression and creativity, that therapy can be more than just talking, and seek to incorporate art and creative expression into their work. They believe that healing occurs through relationships and retelling our stories with power, compassion, and laughter, discovering our strengths and talents in new ways that help to cope with symptoms and heal ourselves.
Maggie received their BA in Political Science and Community Development from the University of Vermont and their MSW from Salem State University. Their work experience includes complex care management; individual outpatient therapy; intensive in-home family therapy and care coordination for families in crisis; inpatient psychiatry; and managing refugee resettlement and refugee health programs.
When not talking consent and boundaries with folks for Project CLEAR, Maggie spends their free time devouring books, television, and podcasts related to all things queer, genderful, or community building; engaging in endless baking, cooking, and fermentation projects; and pedaling or paddling around the Twin Cities.
Dylan Gray (they/them)
Project CLEAR Therapist
Dylan identifies as a queer, non-binary social worker. Dylan is a therapist for project CLEAR (Consent Leads to Empowering and Affirming Relationships), a program that encompasses individual/family therapy, healthy relationship groups at the middle and high school level, and the peer educator program.
Dylan’s therapeutic orientation is anti-oppressive, anti-racist and grounded in ecological systems theory, developmental repair, and attachment theory. They practice relational, client-centered therapy. They believe identity is not discovered, processed and supported solely in isolation; they believe in support through multiple forms of therapy/relationships as a part of holistic healing and recovery from dominant oppressive systems. They have training in DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma Focused CBT.
Dylan received their BA from Smith College in sociology and MSW from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. They have worked across various settings over the years including: mental health case management, adult foster care, school social work, domestic violence intervention and prevention, and eating disorders.
In their free time, they enjoy cooking projects, gardening, talking walks, camping, biking to and jumping in lakes and rivers, watching TV, listening to podcasts, and playing cribbage.
Amalya Lewin (she/her)
Amalya received her BA in Psychology and Gender Studies from Lawrence University and her MSW from the University of Chicago. She has training in Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and DBT. Amalya’s approach to providing therapeutic services is rooted in both her own lived experiences and from her professional history of working with underserved clients who are often experiencing various forms of oppression and marginalization. Amalya believes that the therapeutic relationship should be collaborative. She also believes it is crucial to center anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and trauma-informed practices, multiculturalism, and utilize a harm reduction lens when working with clients.
Amalya is committed to increasing accessibility to mental health care and to providing affirming services for LGBTQIA+ folks, especially those who identify as BIPOC, undocumented, unstably housed, and/or low-income.
In her free time, Amalya enjoys spending time with her nieces and great-nephew, going for walks, connecting with friends, doing Karaoke, dancing around her apartment, and trying new vegan recipes.
Leisha Suggs (they/them)
Leisha is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT). They received their graduate degree in Marriage and Family therapy at Saint Mary’s University, Twin Cities. Leisha has also completed the Beginning Level training in Somatic Experiencing and will be continuing their work toward becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Their therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, client-centered, and relational in nature. Leisha enjoys working with youth, families, parents of queer identified youth, couples, poly folks, kinky folks, and any and all nerdy/odd folk. Leisha is always up to discuss experiences of individual and systemic oppression, radical feminism, racial prejudice and heteronormativity in nerd culture, and Lord of the Rings trivia.
Personally, Leisha identifies as a non-binary Black nerd. When Leisha is not at work they spend their time reading, journaling, playing video games, replaying really old video games, petting their three cats, cooking with their wife, and gardening.
Mariya D. Mirzoyan (she/her)
Mariya is a therapist and former therapy fellow at Reclaim and she feels very fortunate and grateful to be part of such an important organization. Mariya is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her theoretical approach is trauma-informed and rooted in Multicultural Feminist theory. Her areas of clinical focus include working with clients who face individual and systemic challenges that arise from living in a racist and heterosexist society. Mariya was born and raised in Armenia, though she has lived more than half of her life in the United States. In her personal life, Mariya navigates the complexity of holding both oppressed identities and passing privilege, and enjoys working with clients who also navigate the complex interplay of holding both privileged and oppressed identities. She is fluent in Russian and Armenian and takes great pride and pleasure in being able to work with immigrant and refugee communities, sometimes in their preferred languages. She recently completed an advanced complex trauma and dissociation training using the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network theoretical model and is looking forward to using this competency-based approach in her work with clients who present with complex trauma, PTSD, and dissociative abilities. In her free time, Mariya loves to spend time with her partner and their two dogs (Pheenie the Chihuahua and Maya the Rottweiler rescue), play and watch soccer, and engage in some quality time with family and friends.