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Board of Directors

  • Zaylore Stout, Treasurer (he/him)
    Zaylore Stout, Treasurer (he/him)

    Originally from Southern California, Zaylore Stout moved to Minnesota to attend the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2007. His law firm Zaylore Stout & Associates, LLC focused on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and wage & hour matters. His local community activism has involved urging the St. Louis Park School Board to pass a Gender Inclusion Policy to protect transgender and gender nonconforming youth. He lives in the city of St. Louis park with his partner, Ore Lindenfeld, and dog, Lakota.

  • Rabindra Tambyraja (he/him)
    Rabindra Tambyraja (he/him)

    Rabindra Tambyraja (he/him) is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Originally hailing from Ohio, he has lived in Minneapolis since 2010. As a strong advocate for youth mental health, he feels a connection to Reclaim’s mission, and feels privileged to have joined the Board in 2017. He looks forward to advancing Reclaim’s mission of service and inclusion.

  • Addy Free, Chair (he/him)
    Addy Free, Chair (he/him)

    RECLAIM is the kind of organization Addy says he wishes had been available to him as a young person. After becoming homeless due to a catastrophic coming out experience in rural Iowa in the 90s, Addy found community in the LGBT and allied community of nearby Iowa City, Iowa. His radical social worker took him to the first annual Conference on White Privilege at Cornell College, from which Addy would graduate a few years later.

    Today, Addy is Associate Registrar for Technology at Macalester College and cherishes the vast potential of transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex, lesbian, bisexual and gay young people at Macalester and in the Twin Cities. He is an internationally recognized expert on the handling and standards of name and gender data within higher education technology systems, presenting and consulting extensively on the matter. Addy aims to contribute to his local community by sharing his talents for organization and analysis with RECLAIM as it continues its vital work.

  • Jackson Raynor, Secretary (they/them)
    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.

  • Judith Branham
  • Nikhil Kaistha
  • Denise Windenburg

Staff

  • Felicia Washington-Sy (she/her)
    Felicia Washington-Sy (she/her)

    Executive Director
    Dr. Felicia Washington Sy earned her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Minnesota and her Doctorate from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She the Executive Director at RECLAIM! and former faculty at the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University (UST/SCU) School of Social Work in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Sy combines mindfulness-based social work practice and intercultural theory in her work training direct practitioners to work with diverse populations across the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. She is passionate about social justice and human rights which form the basis for her leadership at RECLAIM.

  • Maryrose Dolezal (she/her)
    Maryrose Dolezal (she/her)

    Director of Development
    Maryrose serves as RECLAIM’s Director of Development, applying her passion for cultural wellness, racial and economic justice, and strategic movement building at the organizational level. She joined RECLAIM’s staff in 2012 as the Director of Operations to help RECLAIM start up as a nonprofit and has focused on grassroots fundraising as a growth strategy that aligns with RECLAIM’s healing justice mission. Maryrose serves on the board of the Lionsgate Academy Foundation and has an active meditation and cultural healing practice.

    Prior to her work at RECLAIM, Maryrose directed the national youth, nonviolence and anti-oppression training programs of the Fellowship of Reconciliation for eight years and served on the founding boards of directors for the Center for Story Based Strategy in CA and Common Fire Foundation in NY for a total of twelve years, including chairing each board. Her background also includes direct client care as a somatic movement therapist from 2010-2015 and teaching as an adjunct faculty at Hamline University, where she completed her M.A. in Nonprofit Management in 2007 with a thesis on critical multicultural change in nonprofit organizations. Maryrose lives in Minneapolis with her wife Roya, 11-year-old son Espen, and their cat Leo.

  • Saba Teshome (she/her)
    Saba Teshome (she/her)

    Office Manager
    Saba Teshome is an office manager at RECLAIM. She received her BA in Business Administration from the University of St Thomas majoring in Finance, Accounting and Marketing. Saba worked at the Ramsey County Human Services as an accountant and subsequently as a payroll supervisor. After her twenty-year career with Ramsey County, Saba wanted to explore other opportunities outside the county and redirect her next phase of career.

    She eventually accepted an office manager position at RECLAIM enthusiastically because she believes that she will be gaining a very rewarding job experience by wearing lots of hats which means that as an
    office manager she will not be locked into one job function, but gain a wide range of experience in almost everything. Saba also believes that working for RECLAIM is a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that makes a difference in other people’s lives and changes the world for the better.

    When not working, Saba likes spending time with family and friends, working in the garden and reading. Saba currently resides in Minneapolis and can be reached at saba@reclaim.care.

  • Laine Mohnkern (they/them)
    Laine Mohnkern (they/them)

    Mental Health Supervisor
    Laine Mohnkern earned their Master's of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. They currently serve as the Mental Health Supervisor at Reclaim. They have been working on LGBT issues for over 15 years and have been therapy using trauma and play basted techniques. They have previously trained others on both a state and national level. Past trainings by this presenter have received positive feedback for energy, knowledge, and practical techniques. They are state trained in infant mental health, and trauma trained under multiple modalities, working from the idea that "our ability to heal and lead the life we want comes from our ability to connect with others in a safe and supportive relationship, which values and recognizes the needs of the individual". They strive to provide this in a playful, imaginative, connected, and out of the box approach. They have been passionate about diversity, social justice, healing and education. They believe that communication, continued practice and hope will continue to benefit areas they are committed to and they strive to bring these commitments and beliefs to their therapeutic work, advisory practices, training and writing.

  • Elliot Feria (they/them)
    Elliot Feria (they/them)

    Therapist
    Elliot is excited to be joining the RECLAIM! team full-time after
    spending the past year as an intern. Elliot uses they/them pronouns
    and identifies as queer, trans and latinx. They enjoy working with
    young people with multiple marginalized identities. Elliot's practice
    draws from intersectional feminist theory, and narrative therapy.
    Collaboration, humor and empathy are core tenets of their practice.

  • Sara Pournoor
    Sara Pournoor

    Therapist
    Sara is a licensed graduate social worker and psychotherapist at Reclaim in St. Paul. They specialize in working with QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, and Black, Indigenous, People of Color), as well as others who have experienced trauma or marginalization as an individual or within their communities. They integrate their professional training and therapeutic skills with their lived experience as a queer and non-binary person of color and belong to the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network. In practice, Sara uses a post-modern, psychodynamic, relational approach, along with other modalities such as CBT/DBT principles, narrative, play therapy, and others when applicable. They have a background in youth work, social justice education, interfaith work, inpatient mental health, and crisis stabilization. Sara has a bachelors in social work from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee with a focus on youth work, and a masters in social work from Augsburg College. In their free time they enjoy cooking, reading, being in nature, traveling, and going to concerts.

  • Leisha Suggs (they/them)
    Leisha Suggs (they/them)

    Therapist
    Hello, I’m Leisha I am a therapist at Reclaim who works with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability. I grew up in Maryland and received my undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature and a certificate in LGBT Studies from University of Maryland, College Park. I moved to Minnesota in 2008 and recently received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis. My therapeutic style is largely Experiential in nature though I rely on some Solution-Focused methods. My hobbies include video games, reading, cooking with my wife, yard work, and blacksmithing.

  • Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)

    Therapist
    Quinn Rivenburgh is a relational art therapist. Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that focuses on visual and metaphorical tools for healing emotional suffering. It is a way of attending to the poetry of our lives. Quinn practices from a trauma-informed perspective, prioritizing safety inside and outside of sessions while mitigating the effects of trauma on the mind, body and spirit. Quinn is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Masters of Art in Art Therapy and is also a 200RYT trauma-informed yoga teacher. Their experience ranges from community-based arts and healing practices, to folks with dementia, to youth and young adults, to survivors of trauma and violence. Quinn facilitates clients' ability to articulate their own visions of understanding, balance, and strength in their lives.

  • Abbie Shain (she/her)
    Abbie Shain (she/her)

    Program Manager and Therapist
    Abbie is a Program Manager and Therapist at RECLAIM. She received her BA from Macalester College and her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. With Project CLEAR, Abbie leads a programmatic arm of RECLAIM in partnership with St. Paul Public Schools, the Sexual Violence Center, Ramsey County SOS, and an amazing team of high school Peer Educators. In this role she has the opportunity to work at the intersection of individual outpatient mental health and community programming. Her approach in therapy brings together feminist and anti-oppressive theories, contemporary relational psychodynamic principles and narrative therapy strategies. In other words, she believes in healing through relationships and, in so doing, retelling the story of who we are with more empathy, flexibility, and humor.

    In 2017, Abbie trained in nonviolent direct action with Rev. William Barber at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee and helped lead the Minnesota Poor People's Campaign. When not at work, she is proud to serve on the board of Jewish Community Action and rejoices in sunsets, biking, reading, and cooking.

  • Mariya D. Mirzoyan (she/her)
    Mariya D. Mirzoyan (she/her)

    Therapy Fellow
    Mariya is the 2019 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.

  • grey doolin (they/them)
    grey doolin (they/them)

    Training & Community Outreach Associate
    grey doolin is a trans- and queer-identified artist, seeker, healer, and activist-educator. Their formal training and background is in community counseling where they researched and advocated for affirmative psychotherapeutic practices for LGBTQ+ communities. grey holds a master’s degree from Auburn University and completed 6 years of PhD-level coursework and practica at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before realizing that they wanted to put their skills and education to use outside of the systems of academia and traditional therapeutic settings. They're passionate about making the world a safer and more compassionate place for queer and trans folks, baked goods, and spending time with the people and things that nourish them most.

  • 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.