Board of Directors
Marcus Waterbury, Chair (he/him)
Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Jackson Raynor, Secretary (they/them)
Jackson Raynor is a research technician at the University of Minnesota in the field of cancer immunology. Jackson has spent the majority of their life in or around the Twin Cities - growing up in St. Louis Park, moving to Northfield, MN to attend Carleton College, and returning to Minneapolis after graduation in 2017. Jackson believes in the healing power of community, and aims to be an active member of the Minneapolis queer and leather communities. They also believe in the importance of art as a healing practice for queers especially and are an avid supporter of queer performers. Jackson hopes to continue their education in the future by pursuing a Master's degree and a license to practice therapy focusing on queer community in their own practice.
Judy Branham (she/her)
Judy Branham is a privacy and cyber security expert at Stroz Friedberg, an Aon company where she serves as a Managing Director. Judy is passionate about diversity; she has fought to bring equality to the LGBTQ+ community both in her pro bono work as a lawyer and in leading diversity initiatives at Fortune 500 companies. Judy’s experience coming out in a conservative community, unable to find supportive resources easily, and undergoing subliminal conversion therapy energizes her to make sure youth have access to the resources that RECLAIM offers. Judy lives with her wife and two children in a suburb of Minneapolis.
Nikhil Kaistha (he/him)
Nikhil Kaistha is a psychotherapist in private practice. His work centers around the multidimensional aspect of healing informed by the individual's identity, culture, and spirituality, held in the tenderness of the heart space. Nikhil served as a volunteer counselor during the formative years of RECLAIM. He is an adjunct faculty in the Clinical Mental Health program at Adler Graduate School. Nikhil also owns and operates Life and Light LLC whose goal is to advance and make accessible knowledge that supports healing. His expertise includes supervision, holistic health modalities, trauma, LGBTQIAA+ health, teaching and multicultural counseling.
Denise Windenburg, Treasurer (she/her)
Denise Windenburg is a Research Director who oversees the research administration of the departments of Family Medicine and Community Health, Dermatology and Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She works closely with researchers in grantsmanship, operations and compliance along with staff recruitment, training and retention. Denise lives with her spouse in Minneapolis and raised three boys, along with her nephew during his formative years, which gave her a front row seat to the importance of adolescent and young adult well being. She is currently the Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. The work is important to her to ensure others can have the resources and support they need for balance and well being in their lives. In her spare time she enjoys biking, cooking, walking her dog through beautiful park trails, and traveling.
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).
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.
Samuel Doten (he/him, they/them)
Development & Communications Associate
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.
Alicia Bauers (she/they; ella/elle)
Therapist (habla español)
Alicia identifies as a fierce, queer, bilingual clinical social worker with an invisible disability who has embraced her role as therapist at RECLAIM. Alicia graduated with her Master’s Degree in social work from St. Kate’s in 2018, and has been serving youth and families in Hennepin and St. Louis counties since 2004. She has worked across many settings over the years, including juvenile corrections, case management, residential treatment, foster care, emergency shelter, and home-based crisis stabilization services. For seven years of her career, Alicia worked with immigrant and refugee individuals and families, providing services to clients in both Spanish and English.
Alicia’s theoretical framework includes systems, empowerment, humanistic and postmodern theories. Her practice models are trauma-informed and client-centered; she incorporates narrative, psychodynamic, somatic and cognitive techniques when working with clients. Creativity in treatment is an important aspect of Alicia’s sessions, and she encourages clients to explore their strengths and talents in order to learn new skills to cope with symptoms and love themselves in a deep and meaningful way.
Before joining the team at RECLAIM, Alicia traveled through Mexico for a year and a half, engaging in radical self-care and further exploring her talent as a hand-poke tattoo artist. In her free time, you will most likely find her listening to music, making art or snacking.
Alicia (she/her/ella) identifica como una trabajadora social/terapeuta, una mujer feroz, queer y bilingüe con una discapacidad invisible. Alicia se graduó con su maestría en Trabajos Sociales de la Universidad de St. Kate’s en 2018. Ella ha estado trabajando con niños, adolescentes y familias en los condados de Hennepin y St. Louis desde el año 2004. Ella ha trabajado en muchas organizaciones en los últimos 15 años, incluso servicios del corte; coordinadora de casos; tratamiento residencial; y servicios comunitarios de crisis, basados en las casas de las familias. Por los últimos siete años de su carrera, ella trabajaba con adolescentes y familias inmigrantes con y/o sin papeles y también con familias buscando refugio en los Estados Unidos. Ella sería capaz de ofrecer terapia en inglés o español.
La esquema teórico de Alicia incluye: sistemas del individual y la familia; empoderamiento; humanismo; y teorías postmoderno. Sus modelos de práctica se incorpora terapia narrativa; psicodinamica; somático; terapia cognitiva y terapia enfocada en trauma. La creatividad es un aspecto muy importante y ella utiliza arte, poesía, etc. en las sesiones con clientes. Se anima a los clientes que exploren su propias fuerzas y sus talentos para que aprenden cómo manejar sus síntomas y quererse a sí mismos en una manera profundo y real.
Antes de trabajar en RECLAIM, Alicia estaba viajando por México por un año y medio, cuidándose y explorando su talento como tatuadora de tatuajes “handpoke.” En su tiempo libre, se encuentra a Alicia escuchando música, haciendo arte o comiendo snacks.
Kristy Gloe-Thordin (they/them, she/her)
Therapist and Supervisor
Kristy is a therapist and supervisor at Reclaim. Kristy’s approach to therapy is feminist, anti-oppressive, trauma-focused, client-centered, and based in relationship. They believe that therapy is a place where we can examine the stories that are told about us and chosen for us, and begin to find and name our own, authentic alternatives to these stories. Kristy incorporates narrative and cognitive techniques in therapy, as well as using art, creative expression, and play.
Kristy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. They completed their Masters of Social Work through the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Kristy is certified in trauma focused modalities such as Child Parent Psychotherapy, and enjoys working with families and individuals. They enjoy and have experience working with people who identify as being on the autism spectrum, and they appreciate the beauty and value of neurodiversity in our communities.
Kristy has a background in education, youth organizing work, creative writing, and guiding backpacking, canoe, and kayaking trips. In her free time, Kristy enjoys spending time with their wife and child, hiking, biking, playing soccer, cooking, reading, spending time in queer community, and being outside.
Michal Frank (she/her)
Therapist and Supervisor
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.