Dr. Steve Kahn
Dr. Kahn received his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 1978, specializing in children, adolescents, and families. Originally his career was mainly focused on his outpatient private practice in White Bear Lake, teacher in-services, and parent seminars. Dr. Kahn founded Phoenix School Counseling, a group of 18 licensed school counselors, alcohol/drug counselors and psychologists to provide mental health services to nonpublic schools. Phoenix School Counseling now works with 28 school districts.
His outpatient practice was typically filled with parents bringing their children in after problems had already developed. But as Dr. Kahn became more interested in prevention than treatment, he began to offer consultation to churches and schools and to provide parent training to businesses and community organizations.
Dr. Kahn is the author of Insightful Parenting: Making Moments Count, a book that describes an approach to parenting to prevent children’s mental health problems. Instead of focusing on the children and what they are doing or not doing, this approach focuses on our lives (moods, actions) as parents. Since children at all ages make mistakes (forget a chore, use bad manners, etc.) and experience disappointments (lose a friend, get cut from a team), Insightful Parenting begins there and emphasizes what we do next. It is how we handle the everyday moments of life with our children that will be the prime determinant of how they develop.
Dr. Jules Nolan
Dr. Nolan is the president-elect of the Minnesota School Psychology Association, chairwoman of the Issues in Human Diversity Committee for International School Psychology Association, and adjunct Faculty Minnesota State University, Departments of Psychology and Special Education. She is also the co-author of Real World, Real Challenges: Adolescent Issues in Contemporary Society, a college textbook on adolescent psychology. Dr. Nolan has worked as a School Psychologist, Assessment Consultant, Evaluator and Trainer since 2008, performing duties including teacher in-services, mental and behavioral health intervention, qualification for special education services, social and emotional learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Nurtured Heart Approach, MindUp Curriculum, and more.
Dr. Nolan has been an invited speaker at local, state, national, and international conferences and provides trainings in a variety of school and mental health related topics for teachers, parents, and students. A product of private school herself, she is a graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Adams, Minnesota. Together with her husband Mike, Jules has raised 3 (now adult) children who continue to make her proud every day.
Dr. Nolan is author or co-author of the following:
- Service-Learning in Developing Nations in W. Reichman (Eds.), Industrial and organizational psychology help the vulnerable: Serving the underserved. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
- School Psychologists’ Self-perception of Multicultural Competence. Trainers Forum, 31(1), 7-20.
- An Assessment of Resiliency and Life Satisfaction in High School-aged Students in Belize. International Journal of Psychological Studies. 6(4), 115-122.
- International Experience in Multicultural School Psychology. The Newspaper of the National Association of School Psychologists. 36, 33.
- District-wide Approach to Social Emotional Learning: Standards, benchmarks and student assessment. Workshop presentation for International School Psychology Association, Sao Paulo, Brazil. June 2015.
- Woman of Courage and Vision (2009) Peer nomination and university recognition from the office of the President at MSU-M for women in leadership roles at Minnesota State-Mankato.
Meet our team of licensed psychologists and counselors:
I love children, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor it is a privilege to work with all kinds of kids and their families. I have been working as a counselor for 16 years and use play, art and cognitive therapy to help students identify, express and learn to cope with depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, learning problems and delays in psychosocial development. It is a very gratifying experience for me to be able to encourage and support students as they mature to become happy and self-confident people in all areas of their lives.
I work collaboratively with parents and teachers to provide a supportive environment for kids to grow personally, socially and academically. Being the best that they can be is the ultimate goal of my work with children. I am available to meet with students individually to discuss any concern they may have. I am also happy to work in small groups for interpersonal work, and in classroom settings to work with whole groups on special topics.
Kate Berry received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Before entering graduate school, Kate worked as a youth director in multiple parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Kate earned her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota's Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program. She has been a high school counselor for eight years and enjoys working with teenagers as they navigate adolescence. Kate lives in Hopkins with her husband Paul and two children.
Lauren Ferrera recently received her Master's degree in School Counseling from Capella University and is thrilled to be working with elementary-aged students. Having a background in Dance Therapy, Lauren finds that when working with younger students, there is often much to be gleaned from their nonverbal actions and behaviors.
Lauren is a native of California but has called Minnesota her home for many years. While her husband and two teenage daughters love and appreciate the variety of seasons here, Lauren is happiest when warm sunny skies are in the forecast. Nevertheless, finding adventures in all climates is a family favorite.
My name is Jade Fiedler and I have had the pleasure of working alongside Dr. Steve Kahn and the Phoenix School Counseling group since 2015 as a K-12 counselor. I received my undergraduate degree from Winona State University in 2012 before working towards my graduate degree at St. Cloud State University. I graduated in 2014 and worked in the Special Education Department of a Charter School before starting my career in School Counseling in 2015. I predominately work with Grades 6-9 at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, but also spend one day a week working with the energetic K-8th grade students at St. Dominic School in Northfield. My passions outside of helping others are: working out, crafting, watching movies, and walking my family dog.
Molly has been with The Phoenix Group since 2007, supporting families and students in grades K-12 in a number of schools across the Twin Cities and greater metro area. Molly received her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict, and following graduation worked for St. Ben’s and St. John’s University in the Admissions Department before spending a year abroad teaching at an elementary school on Grand Bahama Island.
In 1995, Molly received her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, and spent 3 years as a high school counselor prior to starting her family. Outside of work, Molly enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing tennis, and hanging out with her rescue dog, JAX. Molly and her partner, Kirk, reside in Inver Grove Heights and together they have 2 children, Will (20) and Rylee (18).
I have been working for Phoenix School Counseling since 2007. I have worked at a few different schools, but now I spend most of my time at Benilde- St. Margaret's as the junior high counselor. I also work at Good Shepherd School. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse with a Bachelors in Psychology and then attended Minnesota State University, Mankato where I received my Masters in School Counseling. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, sports, reading, and traveling.
Gayle, a graduate of St. Mary's University, is a Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has worked
with adults, adolescents, and families for many years, providing services to address substance abuse and addiction issues. Gayle has been with Phoenix School Counseling for several years, conducting substance use assessments, educational lectures, and individual and group facilitation to students at Benilde-St. Margaret's and Cretin-Derham Hall.
Gayle and her husband live in South St. Paul, enjoying many activities including hiking, bike riding, volunteer work, and spending as much time as possible with their grandson.
My name is Rebecca Lunderby and I have been working for Phoenix School Counseling since 2005. I provide college and career planning services to 7-12 grade students at Legacy Christian Academy in Andover, MN.
I earned my BA in Psychology and my MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling from the University of MN – Duluth. Prior to my employment with Phoenix School Counseling, I spent two years working as a Guidance Counselor at Molokai High and Intermediate School, one year working as an In-home Therapist for Generations Community Support Services, and one year working as an Education Assistant at Cavanaugh Early Childhood Center.
I am married to my husband Michael, and we have two children, Levi (7) and Naomi (4). We live in Coon Rapids, MN. He is originally from the Twin Cities area and I am originally from northeastern Wisconsin. We like watching movies, eating popcorn and playing with our children.
Megan Moseley received her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Studies from the University of North Texas, with minors in Addictions, Human Services, and Psychology. She received her graduate degree in School Counseling from Liberty University. She holds a certificate in Addictions and a K-12 License in School Counseling. Megan enjoys leading different small groups and having lunch bunch with K-8 students.
In 2011, Megan and her family relocated to Minnesota from Dallas, Texas. Megan and her husband Josh, their two children Chase (8) and Leila (5), and their dog Marley currently reside in St. Paul. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling/road-tripping with her family, and making memories.
Bridgette Reuvers-Slinger received her undergraduate liberal arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Capella University. This is her second year counseling students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Her favorite age group to work with is 3rd and 4th grade, but she likes to make real life connections with classroom lessons for all grades.
Mrs. Reuvers lives in Faribault, MN with her spouse, Matt, their two daughters Brynnley (5), Marren (2), and two dogs. In her spare time she likes to head to northern MN to her family's cabin, camp and play on the beach, try to cook new recipes, and hang out with her siblings and parents. Mrs. Reuvers feels her best quality as a counselor is her ability to connect and relate to everyone she meets!
Elisha Schaibley received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State in Counseling Psychology. She continued her education in Counseling Psychology at Bethel University. Mrs. Schaibley began working in mental health in her graduate program doing in home counseling with intensive services. After obtaining her Masters, she continued her education pursuing her licensing as a school counselor at the University of Minnesota. She has enjoyed working with many age levels and is excited to be working with High School Students, guiding them in their college and career exploration.
Mrs. Schaibley lives in South Saint Paul, MN with her husband Jeff and their two cats Smokey and Shiloh. In her free time she likes to read, garden, cook, and bake.
Wendy Schaller received her undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin - Stout in Art Education. She has taught many levels of art and owned her own art business. More recently, she received her Master’s Degree from St. Cloud State University in School Counseling. She has been counseling K-8 students for the past four years. She really enjoys working with K-8 students as there is such a variety of needs and she likes to incorporate her creativity into her counseling. Mrs. Schaller lives in Maple Grove, MN with her husband Mike and dog Marley. She has two adult sons. In her free time, she likes to travel, golf, garden, and walk her dog.
Victoria Stein is a graduate of both the University of Minnesota and Capella University with a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies and a Masters of Science in School Counseling. She has spent 7 years in a variety of school settings, with 3 of those years spent as a School Counselor.
Currently, her latest endeavor as a counselor has taken her to growing and learning each day with students at Our Lady of Grace, St. Alphonsus, and St. Charles.
Victoria's passions include traveling, writing, finding ways to motivate her students to be the best versions of themselves, drinking coffee (and lots of it), Sunday dinners with her family and playing with her 4-year-old American Bulldog.
After graduating from the College of St. Benedict with a BA in Government, I worked in Human Resources for several companies for 25 years. Throughout my years at UnitedHealth Group, Thomson Reuters and Lawson Software, I enjoyed my work in employee relations and recruiting. As my 2 children got older, I decided to return to school and get a Masters in School Counseling. I graduated from University of Wisconsin at River Falls in the spring of 2016.
While my husband Tom and I were raising our kids, I volunteered in school settings. Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. I finally realized there was no one holding me back but myself! I’m finding that my past experience working in companies informs my work with students every single day. Whether it’s helping students understand their feelings/behavior, or promoting career exploration, there is never a dull moment in school counseling. It makes an interesting and fulfilling second career.
I am a native Minnesotan with 20 years of experience as a mathematics educator in St. Paul and central California. In 2013, I completed coursework at the University of Minnesota to become a school counselor. I am passionate about my new career and am thrilled to work with students, families and staff at two fantastic Catholic schools in the Twin Cities.
In addition to my love of education, I am also an avid reader, traveler, camper, cyclist and cook. My husband and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and happily tend large gardens and a small flock of chickens in the backyard of our Minneapolis home. Our hens provide us with plenty of fresh eggs and entertainment!
My name is Jackie Virnig and I am thrilled to be working for the Phoenix School Counseling Group! For my undergraduate work, I attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. A couple years later, while working at an alternative high school in the northern suburbs, I returned to school to pursue my Masters of Science in K-12 School Counseling at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and graduated in the Fall of 2012. I have counseling experience in both public and private schools, grades K-8. I genuinely enjoy my career because I get to work towards making a difference in the lives of our youth every day.
I live in St. Paul with my husband and two young sons. I also have a middle school-age stepdaughter who is with us every other weekend during the school year and full summers. I have been coaching high school volleyball at Mounds View High School for 16 years. Other than coaching and counseling, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends at home, up at the cabin, on the beach, or out on the lakes of Minnesota!
Cassie Vogt joined the Phoenix School Counseling team in 2016. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2001 and her M.S. in Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2007.
Cassie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors. She feels blessed to be working with the wonderful students, staff, and parents of Shakopee Area Catholic School.
Heidi Wessman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Spanish, and her Master's in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Heidi has K-8 and 9-12 counseling experience. In particular, she enjoys being able to follow students from 9th grade to their post-secondary choices.
Heidi lives in Plymouth with her husband Joel and their three sons. In her free time, Heidi is shuttling her boys to sports and activities, running, reading, and catching up on chores.