Concurrent presenters

Andrew Archer, M.S.W., LICSW
Andrew  is a mindfulness-based practitioner who integrates Zen Buddhism and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) as clinical interventions to treat rather than simply contain mental health symptoms. Andrew is the author of the 2013 memoir, Pleading Insanity, which details a genuine portrait of his own dramatic devastations through mania and depression as well as tools to manage symptoms. Andrew is an associate instructor for University of Minnesota and previously at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andrew writes as a Topic Expert for and practices psychotherapy at Minnesota Mental Health Services in Mankato, Minnesota. 

John Achter, Ph.D.
John is a licensed psychologist (WI and MN) who began working in college/ university mental health in 1997, serving for 5 years as a staff psychologist in the Counseling Center at Concordia College-Moorhead, and for 13 years as the director of the Counseling Center at UW-Stout. He began serving as the Associate Dean of Students at UW-Stout in September, 2015. John is married and has two children. His leisure interests include spending time with family, bike riding, running, swimming, playing basketball, camping, kayaking, and involvement in church activities.

Kristina Bechtel, B.S.W.
Kristina Bechtel, B.S.W., earned a double major in Social Work and American Indian Studies in December 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is currently working on getting her M.S.W. through Winona State University. She currently works as a Social Worker in the Comprehensive Community Service program at the La Crosse County Health and Human Services and has been working with those experiencing mental health disabilities and/or homelessness since 2011. Kristina has found a passion in training others how to utilize Trauma-Informed Care into their daily practice and has been providing workshops on the topic at various conferences for the last two years.

Caroline Cruys, M.S.W, LCSW
Is a clinical social worker specializing in work with queer, trans, and gender nonconforming youth and adults, victim/survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence, those experiencing eating disorders, individuals with significant mental health concerns, and those wanting to change their relationship with drugs and alcohol. She is a certified yoga instructor and utilizes yoga and mindfulness in her work with others to support them through a holistic lens. Caroline is also a birth doula-in-training with a passion for reproductive justice and making quality reproductive care accessible for all humans.

Angela Frederickson, M.S.W.

Kesha Marson, M.S.W., LCSW
Kesha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works as the Clinical Therapist for our Structured Outpatient Program (SOP) at Amery Hospital & Clinic Behavioral Health Center.  Her professional experience spans a broad range of populations, settings, and mental health needs, including children, adolescents, adults, families, groups, incarcerated individuals, veterans, emergency mental health, and community mental health.  Kesha has a special interest in working with veterans and their family’s as well as suicide prevention. 

Gretchen Reinders, Ph.D.
Gretchen Reinders, (PGPs she/her/hers), is a licensed psychologist who earned her Master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed predoctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Reinders specializes in college mental health, having worked with emerging adults in a university setting for 15 years. She is currently the Director of the Counseling & Testing Center at UWL.

Katrina Rotar, M.Ed.
Kristina earned a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Therapy and a Master's Degree in Educational Counseling. She is an Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner and has primarily worked with adolescents since 1992. Rotar also instructs graduate level counseling courses for Lakeland University.

Kira Yanko, M.A., LPC, CS-IT
Kira Yanko has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. For the past 13 years, she has provided a variety of therapeutic services including assessment, treatment, admissions, program development, and clinical supervision at Northwest Passage in Frederic, Wisconsin. Northwest Passage offers a residential treatment program with services for children and adolescents, her work has focused primarily on the impact of developmental trauma and adverse childhood experiences on individual development and family systems. Kira has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality, and Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Over the last year, Kira has stepped away from full time work at Northwest Passage and has worked primarily as the Clinical Coordinator of Washburn County’s Comprehensive Community Services program.