Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Thomas E. Kelly, PsyD, LP
Clinical Director

Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with 33 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. He has provided the clinical direction and supervision for the St. Peter Counseling Center for nearly 5 years.

Dr. Kelly has worked in a variety of mental health settings and with a variety of levels of care including residential treatment for children, inpatient treatment for children and adults, and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. He has worked in a variety of classroom settings for children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Kelly began his professional work in psychology as a Milieu Counselor for children with Autism and has worked with this population in a variety of roles since 1986. He has additional extensive experience working with parents, teachers, school settings, and probation officers. Utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dr. Kelly has experience working with adolescents and adults with sexual behavior or offending problems. Other therapeutic techniques include insight-oriented supportive therapy and play therapy.

Dr. Kelly also performs assessment and evaluation for children, adolescents, and young adults for a variety of mental conditions or concerns.

Gene Taylor, MS, LPCC
Executive Director

Gene is originally from Huron, South Dakota. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Huron College in 1978 with a Major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Gene received his Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Development from South Dakota State University in 2003. Prior to his position at Hoffmann Center, Gene worked in residential care with adolescents in South Dakota starting as a night youth counselor and working up to Program Director. He not only has administrative experience, he has extensive experience working on the clinical side with children, adolescents and families. He has over 30 years of working in various administrative roles within the residential field. Gene is the Executive Director of the Leo A. Hoffmann Center organization and Hoffmann Outpatient Counseling Service Centers. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Amanda Hoerst, MS, LPCC

Amanda is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in mental health counseling. Amanda has provided a wide range of mental health services including diagnostic assessments, psychosexual assessments, individual, group, and family therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. She has over 8 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals with sexually problematic behaviors, as well as individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma histories, and ADHD. She takes a person-centered focus during the therapy and assessment process, using cognitive behavior therapy, and sex offender specific models including the Good Lives Model and self-regulation model.  She has presented at the state wide MSSA conference in Spring 2016. Amanda is currently pursuing training to become a certified sex offender treatment provider.

Scott Schaffer, MS, LPCC, LICSW

Scott graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Scott is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Scott has over 15 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families. Scott focuses on client strengths and works collaboratively with clients to help them navigate roadblocks in their lives. His background includes helping clients with sexually problematic behaviors, social and emotional difficulties, trauma, and psychosis.

Tricia Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Therapist/Program Director

Tricia initially began working with the Leo A. Hoffmann agency in 2011 as a youth counselor in the Hoffmann Center residential treatment program. Tricia then began as a therapist in the St. Peter Counseling Center program in 2015, following a brief 6 month break from working at LAHC. Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree and she went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree, both from Minnesota State University- Mankato. Tricia brings a professional background that is diverse and includes working with children and their families with concerns ranging from communication to trauma and child problem sexual behavior. Other areas of experience include: mental health therapy with adults, children, and families, social skills training (CTSS & ARMHS) with children and adults, serving people with intellectual disabilities co-occurring with mental illness, residential and outpatient treatment for adolescent boys, policy and accreditation work, and services for the elderly population. Tricia is licensed as an LICSW and provides clinical supervision to newly licensed clinician and other mental health practitioners. She has formal training in play therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Dane Christenson
Office Assistant

Originally from Madison, WI, Dane first attended Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato from 2006-2010, graduating with a double major in Theatre & Communications. Years later he would decide to go back to school through MSU-Mankato to obtain a degree in Business Management – Human Resources. After graduating he intends on pursuing Human Resources work in the medical field.
Prior to his current position, Dane found similar work first with UW-Health in WI, then Mankato Clinic, working an accumulative four years in medical administrative positions. Prior to medical administration, Dane worked with an event planning company in WI that got their employees deeply involved when needed, leaving him to operate a photo booth or lead a BINGO game at a client's party.
Dane handles a number of duties related the general flow of the office. He assists and takes on multiple projects for the therapists so they can put a stronger focus on their patients.
Dane currently lives in Mankato with his wife, who also works in medical administration.

Kara Kocmick MSW, CTRS, LGSW

Kara received her Bachelor’s Degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Spanish & Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation in 2014. For about 5 years she worked as a youth counselor at the Leo A Hoffmann Center. She recently completed my Masters of Social Work program at Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2018. She currently has her LGSW license and holds a certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Lindsay Boettger, MA, LPCC
Clinical Supervisor / Therapist

Lindsay Boettger received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2012 with a dual focus on treating mental health and substance use disorders. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with experience treating a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, executive function concerns and ADHD, phase of life adjustments, parenting education, Autism, and problem sexual behavior.
Lindsay has a passion for working with adults and children with developmental trauma and utilizes a variety of modalities including individual, family, couples, and group therapy. She has specific training to provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), attachment based and other play therapy.
Lindsay is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Her work with children is very hands on and family oriented. Lindsay is trained in DC: 0-5 and treats individuals ages birth through adulthood.

Gregory Rueff
Mental Health Practitioner

Greg received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Capella University graduating summa cum laude with Majors in Adolescent and Positive Psychology. Greg brings SPCC clients 20 years of professional experience working successfully with adolescent youth in vocational, educational, training, residential and out-patient treatment settings.

Amber Reed, MHP
Mental Health Practitioner

Amber graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of science degree in Sociology and a minor in Corrections.
Her employment and experience includes:
Working with the Leo A Hoffman Center for 3 and a half years.
Volunteering and employment with the CADA house, primarily working with the kids in arts and crafts groups.
Project GEM teaching art to EBD kids and at risk youth in certain towns.
And the YMCA with kids in the preschool and after school programs.
She is all about art and crafts and her dog.

Vaughn Foster
Mental Health Practitioner

Vaughn A. Foster Jr. is an author, musician, and Mental Health Counseling student at MSU Mankato. Having studied psychology and philosophy at Malone University in Canton, OH, he seeks to combine the fields within counseling. Long-term, Vaughn would be interested in working in the court system within an anti-sex trafficking division.

Ericka Wood
Mental Health Practitioner

Ericka Wood grew up in rural Waterville. After volunteering at Shetek Lutheran Ministries, she decided that I liked working with people with differing abilities. That led her to work in group homes where she discovered a passion for working with individuals with various mental health diagnoses. At Bethany Lutheran College she participated in Speech and Debate, majoring in Communication with minors in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating, she volunteered in Seattle for a year. Since returning she has enjoyed being back in Minnesota lakes, horseback riding and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling, especially to Iceland to visit her twin niece and nephew.

Sarah Richard, MSW, LGSW

Sarah Richard has worked in the mental health field for 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Work from the University of North Dakota and Masters from the University of Southern California. She enjoys helping clients find their inner strengths and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog, spending time at the lake and listening to podcasts.

Felicia Kellen

Felicia begin working for the Leo A. Hoffmann agency in 2017 as a residential unit therapist, now providing therapy at St. Peter Counseling Center. She obtained her undergraduate in psychology and law enforcement from Minnesota State University – Mankato. Then, a masters in Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent development from Capella university, and is in the process of obtaining her licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. Felicia has worked with children and families with concerns ranging from communication, trauma, to problematic sexual behaviors. Other areas of experience include: social skills training (CTSS & ARHMS) with children and adults, mental health therapy with children and families, servicing people with intellectual disabilities co-occurring with mental illness, residential treatment for adolescent boys, and program development of CTSS and ARHMS. She has formal training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR).

Positions available

Mental Health Practitioner

St. Peter Counseling Center is seeking full time Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) in our Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) program. Our CTSS program provides community based rehabilitative services to children and adolescents with mental illness. Our Mental Health Practitioners provide individual and family skills training under the direction of a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Qualified candidates will be able to provide services to children and families in the home and community settings, and work independently and engage effectively with children with mental illness. A valid driver’s license, auto insurance, reliable transportation and proficient use of computers are necessary to fulfill this position; previous experience with electronic health records is desirable.


Qualifications and Skills:

Mental health practitioners providing services for the treatment of mental illness, who are not eligible for enrollment, must be under clinical supervision of a mental health professional and must be qualified in at least one of the following five ways:

1. Holds a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science or a related field, from an accredited college or university and meets either a or b:

a. Has at least 2,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness

b. Is fluent in a non-English language of a cultural group to which at least 50% of the practitioners recipients belong, completes 40 hours of training in the delivery of services to recipients with mental illness, and receives clinical supervision from a mental health professional at least once a week until the requirements of 2,000 hours of supervised experience are met

2. Has at least 6,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of mental health services to recipients with mental illness. Hours worked as a mental health behavioral aide I or II under Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) may be included in the 6,000 hours of experience for child recipients.

3. Is a graduate student in one of the mental health professional disciplines and an accredited college or university formally assigns the student to an agency or facility for clinical training

4. Holds a masters or other graduate degree in one of the mental health professional disciplines from an accredited college or university

5. Is a tribally certified mental health practitioner who is serving a federally recognized Indian tribe

In addition to the above criteria:

·         A mental health practitioner for a child recipient must have training working with children.

·         A mental health practitioner for an adult recipient must have training working with adults

·         Good verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to pass DHS Background Study.

Valid MN Drivers License and Proof of Insurance.


To apply, see the employment application and instructions below.

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Benefits of Choosing a Career with Us

  • Flexible schedule
  • A chance to join a team that makes a difference
  • Be a valued member of the team
  • Excellent and competitive benefits package (medical, dental, life, 403B plan, FSA/HRA, PTO, 10 paid holidays)
  • Continuing education and training opportunities available
  • Potential licensure supervision opportunities
  • Fun and professional work environment

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Please email your cover letter, resume, and completed application to Barbara Hansen at or mail to: St. Peter Counseling Center, Attn: Barbara Hansen, 1715 Sheppard Drive, PO Box 60, St. Peter, MN 56082