Staff Bios

Executive Staff

Jared Bostrom, DMFT, LMFT, LADC, CPRP                                   

Executive Director
Member of PV Team since February 2018

Dr. Jared Bostrom joins Progress Valley as its new Executive Director.  Dr. Bostrom has been the Executive Director and Treatment Director at New Beginnings Minnesota, and has also had director positions with Meridian Behavorial Health, People Incorporated, and Options Family & Behavior Services.  Dr. Bostrom has over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health and substance use disorders, and 8 years of leadership in the industry.                                                                                                      

Jennifer White, MBA, LADC                  

Director of Operations

Member of PV Team since 2005
BA Degree in Psychology (University of Minnesota), Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling & Education, and MBA through Carlson School of Management. 15 years experience in recovery field.

Kristine Kiltie                                                         

Finance Director/IT Director
Member of PV Team since 2006
BS Degree in Finance. Over 25 years experience in Accounting/Finance (non-profit, for profit, and fundraising)

Lisa Buck

Development Director
Member of PV Team since 2013

BA Degree in Human Services Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management. 20+ years experience in non-profits, development, fundraising and special events.

Sue Killeen

Human Resources Manager
Member of PV Team since October 2016

With over 25 years in non-profit human resources, Sue brings a non-profit heart and a wealth of experience to Progress Valley.  Her education includes Inver Hills Community College, St. Thomas University and the University of Minnesota.

                                                                                                  Clinical Staff

Aaryn Anderson, LPN

Nurse

Aaryn received her AS Degree from St. Paul College in 2014 and started working in the CD field.  She is currently attending Metropolitan State University for her BA degree in Psychology.  Aaryn joined Progress Valley on August of 2016 and enjoys seeing the change in clients over time from the first start their journey of sobriety through their continuation of the treatment process.

Donna Bartow, RN

Health Services Manager

Donna received her RN degree from Inver Hills Community College in 2006. Since then she has worked in many fields and different positions including staff nurse, care manager and assistant director of nursing.  She is currently certified as a BLS and HIV instructor.  Donna enjoys working with all clients and helping them obtain a healthier lifestyle.

Gabe Bellows, LADC

Program Manager

Gabe completed his drug and alcohol counseling licensure requirements at Minnesota State University of Mankato. Gabe worked two years at the state treatment center located in St. Peter, Minnesota.  He is passionate about helping others and being part of the recovery community. 

Merilen Bikers, BS, LADC

Counselor

Merilen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University.  She continues her education at St. Mary's University working on her Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychological Services.

Renee Bowman, BA, LADC

Program Manager
Renee has worked for Progress Valley since 2006 in various positions throughout the organization. She obtained her BA Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and later returned to school to complete her alcohol and drug counseling licensure requirements. She enjoys working with all client populations and her counseling interests are in trauma and its relation to addiction.

Nicole Briguet, RN

Nurse

Nicole received her RN degree from Rasmussen College in December 2016.  She has over 15 years of experience in a variety of health care settings.  Nicole enjoys helping others and is very excited to join Progress Valley.

Mona Carpenter, AS, LADC

Vocational Counselor

Mona obtained her Associate Degree in Addiction Counseling in 2007. She worked with both men and women at an Outpatient facility from 2007 to 2013. Mona joined Progress Valley in January of 2014. Mona enjoys working with women in recovery and to see them regain their self-esteem. Mona enjoys seeing women transition back to healthy independent women.

Matt Elfmann, BS, LADC

Counselor

Matt completed his BS Degree in Drug & Alcohol Counseling at Metropolitan State University.  Matt also completed his clinical internship at Progress Valley's Men's Program and now works there as a counselor.  Matt has eight years of sobriety and feels honored to have the opportunity to be working in the field helping other individuals with many of the same struggles he faced in early recovery.

Bre Erickson, MA, LADC, LPCC Licensing Candidate

Counselor

Bre received her BA in Psychology from Winona State University.  She went on to complete her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.  Bre completed her MI/CD practicum at Cedar Ridge in Stillwater, where she then worked as a counselor.  Bre also worked as a Youth and Family Therapist in Nashville, TN prior to moving back to Minnesota and joining the team at Progress Valley.  Bre's primary interest is with CBT skills and co-occuring disorders.

Maggie Erickson, MS, LADC, LPCC 

Mental Health Therapist

Maggie completed her Masters in Clinical Counseling degree at University of Wisconsin STOUT with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling and eating disorders.  She completed practicum and internship hours at Pride Institute working with the LGBT population.  Maggie has experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and has been trained in DBT. 

Juli Grage, AS, LADC

Counselor
Juli completed her Associate Degree in Addiction Counseling in 2002 and has been helping women recover ever since. Juli began her work at Progress Valley Women’s Program in 2007. She loves working with the women and watching them grow and transform on their lifelong recovery journeys. Juli believes strongly that women can do anything they set their mind to.

Tim Gregory, MA, LADC, LPCC Licensing Candidate

Counselor

Tim received his BA degree in Cognitive Psychology and in International Relations from the University of Minnesota at Morris.  He went on to complete his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University.  Tim completed his CD internships in Cedar Ridge in Stillwater and worked there for two years before joining the Progress Valley team in November 2016.  He brings a healthy knowledge and background of mindfulness and various behavior therapies as he works towards his LPCC. 

Jim Hall, AS, LADC

Men's Sober Housing Manager
Jim has worked for Progress Valley since 2009. He has been active as a chemical health specialist since 1995. His previous experience includes: 10 years with Ramsey/Regions Hospital (adolescent CD unit), 5 years with Human Services Incorporated developing and implementing a cognitive therapy based program in Washington County, and 12 years facilitating a process of change support group at the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center.

Andrew Howell, BA, LADC

Counselor

Andrew completed his education for his Drug & Alcohol Counseling License from Minneapolis Community & Technical College in 2017.  Andrew was an intern at Progress Valley in the fall of 2016 and is excited to now be working at PV as a counselor.  Andrew believes that recovery is a dynamic and evolving process that incorporates structure, humor, open mindedness and adventure.  Andrew is active in the recovery community and enjoys helping others achieve their goals and make positive changes.

Callie Istas, MS, LADC, LPCC Licensing Candidate

Counselor

Callie completed her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of Wisconsin - Stout with an emphasis in drug and alcohol counseling.  She completed her practicum and internship hours at Progress Valley Women's Program before officially joining the team in 2018.  Callie has experience working with women and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness.  She is passionate about empowering women to overcome traumatic experiences.

Vanessa Kissinger, MA, LADC

Vocational Counselor
Vanessa has been involved with Progress Valley since 2013 working in various roles within the organization, starting as an intern and a CD Tech at the Women's Program.  In the spring of 2014, she joined the clinical team at the Men's Program as a primary counselor and in 2016 she transitioned into her current role as Vocational Counselor.  Vanessa received her Bachelor's degree in Alcohol & Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University.  While working as a LADC, she began seeing a larger need for the clients and the recovering community served.  She went on to complete her Master's degree in Advocacy & Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University.  Vanessa is a person in long term recovery and is passionate about advocating for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. 

Matthew Mason, ADC-T

Continuing Care Counselor

Matthew is an alumnus of Progress Valley, graduating from the program in 2006.  He also worked at the Men's Program as a House Manager for over 4 years and began his studies at Century College.  He graduated with with an Associates degree and is planning on obtaining his Bachelors degree in Chemical Dependency.  Matthew recently re-joined the PV Team in January 2018.

Amber Michalski, MA, LPCC, LADC

Program Manager of Outpatient Services

Amber completed her Master's Degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  She is certified to provide DBT and is a board approved LPCC supervisor.  Her ability to provide compassionate and individualized care has made her highly valued by her clients and colleagues.

Kim Miller-Marx, BA, LADC

Intake Specialist

Kim has worked at the PV Women’s Program since 2010. She obtained her BA Degree in Psychology with a minor in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She later returned to school to become an Addiction Counselor. Kim has worked with adolescents and thoroughly enjoys her work with women. Her counseling interests are in self-esteem and developing self-efficacy.

Gillian Pearson, ADC-T

Counselor

Gillian graduated in 1995 with a BA in Sociology in her home city of Cork, Ireland.  She then completed her AS degree in Addiction Counseling at Century College in 2017 and then completed her clinical internship at Cedar Ridge Men's MICD progam in Stillwater.  Gillian has 6 years of sobriety and has previously worked at a women's residential facility as a CD Tech.  She feels extremely fortunate and grateful to be able to work with clients in early recovery and to watch as they learn how to live life sober and achieve their goals and dreams.

LeAnn Ristow-Kyro, BS, LADC

Outpatient Counselor

LeAnn graduated from Metropolitan State University with a BS Degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.  She has worked in the substance abuse field since 2008 in various roles such as chef, house manager, administrative assistant and now as a counselor.  She has experience in both residential and outpatient counseling, with a passion for working with the LGBTQ population.  Additionally, LeAnn is trained in Breathwork Meditation and takes a holistic health approach to healing.

Glen Robinson, LADC

Counselor

Glen went to school in 2003 for Addictions Counseling and worked as a LADC at Create, Inc. for 10-1/2 years and then joined the Progress Valley team in October 2016.  Being in the recovery community himself, he believes in doing work that gives back to others who are struggling with substance use disorders.  Glen wants to show by example that there is hope for living a healthy sober lifestyle.

Jessie Rogers, RN

Nurse
Jessie has worked as an LPN since 1996. Her last job, prior to coming to PV was working full-time as the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Hastings. Jessie also attended school full-time while working and graduated with her RN degree from Rasmussen College in March of 2017. Jessie recently starting working at Progress Valley and feels she has come full circle as she is also an alumnus of PV and is very excited to be working at PV.

Christin Seirup, MA, LPCC

Mental Health Therapy Supervisor

Christin began her association with Progress Valley in the spring of 2013.  She received her BA degree in Child/Developmental Psychology in 1990 from the U of MN. Christin completed her MA degree in Counseling and Psychological Services in 2006 through St. Mary's U of MN and became a licensed LPCC in 2010. She is passionate about working in mental health and is trained in CBT, DBT and EMDR. 

Tanya Tice, BA, LADC

Program Manager

Tanya received her BA Degree in Psychology from Argosy University.  she began her career as a LADC at Progress Valley in 2007 and prior to completing college Tanya worked as a House Manager at the PV Women's Program.  She worked 3 years at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) as a Senior Chemical Health Counselor and currently enjoys her work at PV's Recovery Center for Men.  Tanya most appreciates watching the men and women we serve be successful in their life of recovery.

Lisa Vait, BA, LADC

Utilization Review Specialist

Lisa received her BA degree in psychology from Crown College and completed her Alcohol and Drug Counseling Licensure requirements at Masabi Range Community & Technical College.  She has a passion for helping others. 

Angel Wagner, LADC

Utilization Review Specialist

Angel has been a LADC since 2008 and just joined the PV Team in December 2015.  She is experienced in providing gender-specific trauma informed services through the whole continuum of care for clients.  Her passion is empowering women and helping them heal and recover.  She is trained in DBT and loves working with positive psychology.