The Stellher Team
Stellher Human Services was founded by Steve and Ellen Jackelen in the Spring of 1994. I was lucky to be invited onboard in August of 1996. I didn’t know much about Stellher, as I was just feeling happy to have found employment coming out of grad school. But as the months and years moved along, I came to appreciate the basic principles on which Stellher was built. The Jackelens believed in treating people fairly and with dignity and respect. Those people included their staff members, the agencies with whom they did business, and most of all – the people to whom Stellher provided services.
Four staff members were offered the chance to become partners in 2006. Two of those part-owners retired by 2015 which left Mark Miller and myself for several years. However, as of November of 2021, we had a new person join the ownership for the first time in 15 years. Having Colleen Beck on board has made Stellher stronger and wiser and it’s been a long time coming as she has been an invaluable staff member for over 20 years.
We are fortunate to have over 80 staff members devoted to the same ideals, who provide these services daily. We are thankful for each of them and for their dedication, hard work, and for the opportunity to be able to make a living doing things we love.
I joined the Stellher team in 2001 as the Program Coordinator for Home-based Services Program, which became the Home and Community-based CTSS (Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports) Program in 2007, consistent with the changes in service delivery structure made by MN DHS. In 2006 I, along with 3 other persons accepted an opportunity of Co-ownership of Stellher as part of the sustainability plan, as the founding owners, Steve and Ellen Jackelen looked toward retirement.
Since then, 2 of these colleagues have also retired. Along with clinical oversight responsibilities, I was pleased to share overall Administrative responsibilities with Co-owner Dave Erickson, and an exceptionally talented Management Team. More recently, I could not be more pleased about the addition of the administrative and clinical talent and dedication of Colleen Beck as the newest Co-owner of Stellher in 2021.
Dave, Colleen and I have and will continue to work hard to continue Steve’s original vision of “hiring only the best” and creating and maintaining a positive work environment, as we strive for excellence in providing services to our clients.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2000 with my Master’s in Social Work. I was hired by Steve Jacklyn in the spring of 2001 to provide community-based services to kids and their families. The Jacklyn’s were innovative thinkers, and I always appreciated their devotion to helping staff grow and develop professionally. This philosophy continues to be essential for our staff and the people they serve.
Over the years, I have provided direct service, coordinated, and supervised many different programs including Intensive Children’s Therapeutic Supports and Services, Community Based CTSS, Mobile Crisis, Adult Crisis Stabilization, Outpatient services and Early Childhood Mental Health. I have training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Managing and Adapting Practices and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. I am an approved supervisor for LICSW and LPCC licensure.
Currently, my duties are centered around clinical direction of the agency. Building healthy relationships, encouraging individuality and creativity within Stellher Human Services and with stakeholders is rewarding and inspiring work.
I was very happy to have the opportunity to join Mark and Dave on the ownership team in November of 2021. It is an exciting time to be a part of this team as we continue to work toward creating a healthy, person-centered culture for staff and the clients we serve as we carry on our founder’s core principles.
MS – CEO / Owner
Dr. Mark Miller
MA, DMFT, LMFT – In-Home Services Coordinator / Owner
MSW, LICSW – Clinical Coordinator / Owner
HIPAA & Policy Compliance Coordinator
Willow Tree Coordinator
MA, LMFT – Early Childhood Coordinator
MS, LPCC – School-Based Supervisor, Detroit Lakes
Crisis Text-line Coordinator
MSW, LICSW - Outpatient Coordinator
BS – Coordinator School-Based Services
Human Resources Manager