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Board of Directors

  • Zaylore Stout (he/him)
    Zaylore Stout (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.

  • 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 Iowa City. His radical social worker took him to the first annual Conference on White Privilege at Cornell College, the institution Addy would graduate from 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 a recognized expert on how technology systems handle name, gender and other biographic data, 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.

  • Marcus Waterbury, Vice Chair (he/him)
    Marcus Waterbury, Vice Chair (he/him)
  • 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.

  • Judy Branham (she/her)
    Judy Branham (she/her)
  • Nikhil Kaistha (he/him)
    Nikhil Kaistha (he/him)
  • Denise Windenburg, Treasurer (she/her)

Staff

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

    Co-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 is Co-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)

    Co-Executive Director
    Maryrose serves as Co-Executive Director and leads RECLAIM's development work, 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.

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

    Clinical Director
    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.

  • Sara Pournoor (they/them, he/him)
    Sara Pournoor (they/them, he/him)

    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
    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.

  • Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)
    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)

    Therapist
    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.

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

    Community Outreach & Training Associate
    grey doolin, M.Ed. (they/them) is a trans- and queer-identified artist, 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. grey has been facilitating trainings on diversity and inclusion for 13 years in academic settings, through their own consulting practice, and now as RECLAIM's Community Outreach and Training Associate.

  • Samuel Doten (he/him, they/them)
    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/her)
    Alicia Bauers (she/her)

    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.
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    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 (she/her)

    Therapist and Supervisor

  • Maggie Druschel (they/them)

    Project CLEAR Therapist
    Maggie Druschel is a Therapist at RECLAIM in the Project CLEAR Program, a partnership with St. Paul Public Schools, The Sexual Violence Center, Ramsey County SOS, and 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 and queer theories, with additional training in TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, attachment theory, and DBT. 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.

    Maggie identifies as a queer, non-binary woman+. They spend their free time devouring books, television, and podcasts related to all things queer, genderful, or radical community building; engaging in endless baking and cooking projects to feed to their friends; and pedaling or paddling around the Twin Cities.

  • Michele Matthew (they/them)
    Michele Matthew (they/them)

    Administrative Assistant
    Michele is the Administrative Assistant at RECLAIM! having just joined the team as an LVCer (Lutheran Volunteer Corps). LVC is a service year program that places volunteers in full-time positions at social justice non-profits for one or two years. This program also focuses on intentional community, practicing simple and sustainable living, while exploring spirituality.

    Michele received their BA at Pacific Lutheran University where they majored in Sociology with minors in Public Affairs and Social Work. During their first year, Michele lived in the First in the Family Wing which was reserved for first generation college students to build community and support. They have lived the majority of their life in Washington State while having studied away to the Caribbean and Scandinavia during their time at PLU. Back in Tacoma, WA and at PLU they were volunteers at the campus’ Center for Gender Equity and off campus at the Tacoma Rainbow Center. They’ve also done various research projects for representation for queer individuals in media and dress. Michele likes to spend their spare time exploring their new home, playing board games at coffee shops, and experimenting with baking vegan goods.