Samantha Schendzielos, Counselor, MS
Counseling is a journey of self-exploration by the student, meant to increase his/her level of self-understanding and self-awareness. As a counselor I act as the guide or facilitator of this journey to help enable change. I do not act as the expert on the student's life. My goal is to create a safe place in which students can explore what is getting in the way of their success and/or happiness. I approach each student with respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard.
St Cloud State University, BS-Business
St Cloud State University, MS- College Counseling & Student Development
Carley Saravia, Counselor, MSEd, LPC, LSC
I have always been drawn to working with college students because it is not only an exciting time of self-discovery and exploration, but I also know that this time can come with some significant challenges, such as lack of motivation, work/life balance, anxiety, relationship issues, career direction, difficulty with focus, depression or loneliness among many other obstacles.
Dealing with the many stressors that come your way is not something you have to do alone. I approach therapy from a holistic, strengths-based perspective where I hold space for you, so you can feel safe exploring your feelings, thoughts and experiences. I hope that our work together will empower you to identify the answers to your own self defined goals. If you are struggling with your current situation, please reach out so we can begin working toward a solution that feels right for you.
Normandale Community College, Associate of Arts
University of Minnesota, B.A. English
Northern Arizona Graduate Certification, Education
University of Wisconsin River Falls, M.S. Counseling
Moorhead State University- Graduate Certification; Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Johanna Gangl, Mental Health Therapist, MA, LPCC
I consider counseling to be a rare, invaluable opportunity. It is a space designed for building self-awareness by exploring values, feelings, behavior patterns, and thoughts without judgement, typical relationship expectations, or trust violations. I identify myself as a trauma-informed, strengths-based practitioner. I partner with my clients to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals by providing empathy, psycho-education, and guidance. Throughout our lives, we are presented with the idea that success means not needing anyone, but I believe wholeheartedly that growth begins with being seen, heard, and valued in moments of human connection.
Randolph-Macon College, BA-Psychology
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MA-Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor(LPCC)
Elton Dahn, Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Title IX Coordinator
Student Mediation Philosophy
In all of my roles, I seek to be flexible with students, staff, and faculty to create a positive and welcoming environment, and I strive to approach situations with empathy, concern, and fairness. I strive to provide understanding and openness to all cultures and experiences.
North Hennepin Community College, AS - Criminal Justice
Metropolitan State University, BS – Criminal Justice
Ellie McDowell, Social Worker
As a social worker, I advocate and collaborate with individuals to ensure that their basic needs are being met by connecting them with on campus and external resources. My goal is to meet students where they are at and to empower them in a variety of ways in reaching their personal goals. As a social worker, I have the unique opportunity to be creative in the ways I support students while treating each individual with dignity and as an expert of their own lives. I also have the opportunity to network and seek out new partnerships with outside organizations to meet needs as they arise. I seek to approach students from a trauma-informed lens and creating a space that welcomes vulnerabilities and honest conversations. An additional part of my role is supporting students in gaining access to our campus Food Cupboard. This is a campus resource for all students to utilize as a supplement for their food needs.
BA, Bethel University
Lindsay Fort, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
My greatest joys at work come from connecting with and making a difference for students! It is a privilege to serve the NHCC students every day. My philosophy is to approach every situation with an open mind, kindness and empathy, and to work together to find a solution for any barriers you may have.
Lindsay has experience in a variety of campus areas and currently works with our CARE Center, Food Cupboard, Student Conduct, Student Life, TRIO, Library, and Tutoring departments. Our goals are to streamline our support services to be accessible and meet your needs as a student. Reach out if you have ideas or need support at NHCC!
University of St. Thomas BA - Communications Studies and English
University of Connecticut MA - Education and Administration