Our Leadership

Ronda Disch

Executive Director

Ronda Disch, MA, LPCC

Initially working as a mental health therapist and crisis clinician for clients with a wide range of mental health care needs in a hospital and community mental health system, Ronda began a treatment program for sexual offending. After relocating the Minnesota in 2016 Ronda founded Emergence Behavioral Health which quickly became known for the foundational tenant that treatment should be respectful, individualized, and backed by the latest research.  Emergence quickly grew to 4 outpatient locations when the opportunity to become the Executive Director at Alpha Service Industries and Alpha Human Services presented itself. Emergence and Alpha joined forces in 2021 and Ronda now focuses her efforts on continuing the mission she first envisioned for Emergence. With a strong background in business and business development, Ronda hopes to expand and refine the services Alpha Emergence offers and to make AEBH known as the premier treatment provider in the field of sexual behavior treatment.

RESEARCH & CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Brenda Frye, Ph.D.

Dr. Frye’s dedication to the reduction of sexual crime dates to 2002, where she first started working with juvenile sex offenders in Brooklyn, NY.  Her work brought her next to Alpha Services Industries as an intake coordinator and outpatient clinician for close to 10 years.  She became a Clinical Director for Leo A Hoffmann Center, a residential program for juvenile sex offenders for 5 years and later an Associate Director for Project Pathfinder, Inc for 2 years.  Not only is Dr. Frye dedicated to the reduction of sexual harm through evidence supported treatment methods and sound program development, but she also leads a program of research which focuses on social cognitive and information processing models as it relates to anxiety, aggression and risk-taking behaviors among adolescents and adults in sex offender populations. Translating these factors into sound and effective clinical methodologies is the ultimate priority.  Evidence supported clinical methodologies in this specialized population is a passion of Dr. Frye’s therefore, using a mixed methods design to learn and test the experiences of underserved populations to inform methods in treatment is also a current line of inquiry.  Dr. Frye also believes strongly that education is one of the keys to success and keeps a faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota to stay tuned into current research and best practices.  Finally, Dr. Frye serves as a liaison for Substance Abuse Foundation, in Barbados, West Indies and offers consultation to their leadership, including the Board of Directors as well as Executive and Clinical Leadership. 

Business Manager

Amanda Fahey

Coming Soon

Administrative Staff

Sara Heisel

Client Services Coordinator

Haleigh Stratton

Accounting Clerk

Kelly Danzl

Lead Billing Specialist

Valerie Coykendall

Billing Specialist

Kayla Gauthier

Administrative Assistant

Clinical Supervisors

Kelly Cornell
MA, LPCC

She has worked in the sexual offense treatment field for over 15 years, mostly in a correctional setting.  Kelly worked as a therapist, lead therapist, and program director for the OASIS sexual offense treatment program at the Rush City Correctional Facility.   Prior to working in the sexual offense treatment field, she worked in a psychiatric setting with clients with serious and persistent mental illness.  Kelly joined Alpha Emergence in early 2021 and has provided therapeutic services in both the residential and outpatient programs.  She is a member of ATSA and MnATSA.  Kelly believes that treatment is an essential component to community safety, as well as an opportunity for clients to make genuine and lasting positive changes in their lives.

Zachary Olson
MSW, LICSW

Coming Soon

Lisa Noworatzky
MA, LMFT

Clinical Team

Alison Smetana

MSW, LICSW

Since then, her career has spanned from working with men with cognitive impairments or serious and persistent mental illness in a community-based agency to the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ prison-based treatment program. Alison enjoys helping her clients find success and happiness following an offense, and has experience identifying and addressing the unique needs of her clients to support individual and community safety.

Nakumbe

PhD, LPCC, LADC

He has extensive clinical experience working with all gendered adults, juveniles, and their families in a variety of settings and in the areas of drug addiction and forensic mental health. Since 2012, he’s provided treatment, therapy, care coordination services, and court testimony to adult offenders and adolescents that have engaged in problematic sexual behavior. His treatment approach is rooted in attachment-based therapy, motivational interviewing, schema therapy, CBT, DBT, and trauma-informed mindfulness. Dr. Nakumbe is intentional about providing culturally competent care to diverse and LGBTQ clients. He’s most often described by his clients as an insightful therapist who utilizes a humorous and direct approach that is both affirming and compassionate. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Nakumbe is an international motivational speaker and conducts training on topics related to mindfulness, relationship conflicts, addiction recovery, and understanding risk & protective factors in culturally diverse family systems.

Heather Roberts

MA, LPC

Clinical Service Coordinator

In her career, she has provided outpatient therapy and crisis services to a diverse range of clients in a community mental health setting and worked with children and families involved in the child welfare system. She has also taught a variety of psychology courses as an adjunct professor, and has created group treatment content for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. Heather believes that every client deserves the opportunity for growth and change, and is dedicated to applying a holistic approach to help clients find solutions that work in their own lives.

Matthew Zamastil

MA, LMFT

He is a Minnesota State Approved Supervisor with the boards of marriage and family therapy and behavioral health. His areas of expertise and clinical focus include court ordered clients, individuals with harmful sexual behaviors, sexual addiction, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma recovery, post-traumatic stress, resiliency, forgiveness of self and others, self-esteem, dissociation and the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy. Matthew’s approach is strengths-based and client-centered and focuses on the inherent value of humans and the power within each of us to bring about our own change. He also works from a family systems approach by incorporating family of origin into individual therapy and being aware of family structures and roles while working with families and couples. He is trained in EMDR. Matthew appreciates and values the opportunity to work with clients at all stages of change and from all faith backgrounds.

Trina Hendrickson

MA, LPCC, LADC

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She has worked as a Clinical Therapist with the Department of Corrections with a focus on the treatment of sexual abusers, addictions, criminality, and chemical dependency, and as a Mental Health Therapist and Behavioral Therapist within community settings.  As a therapist, Trina is warm, open, encouraging, and focuses on an individual’s strengths. Trina considers herself an active therapist; combining experience, education, creativity, and a sense of humor with a down-to-earth realistic approach to counseling. She believes that healing is a collaborative journey that needs honest caring without judgment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, She draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation.

Caleb Buttenhoff

Nycole Wiek

MSW, LGSW

She is currently working on her certification as a sexual addiction therapist. Nycole has a passion to reduce problematic sexual behaviors before they become part of the legal system. Nycole’s primary focus when working with her clients is supporting natural strengths and abilities, being culturally supportive, meeting the specific needs of the person for success, challenging the person when needed, and developing a collaborative partnership without judgment.

Samantha White

She began working with Alpha Human Services in 2018 as the inpatient administrative assistant. In 2021, Samantha was promoted to Case Supervisor. She looks forward to continuing to develop her professional practice while at Alpha Emergence Behavioral Health.

Kou Yang,

MS

He earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and his graduate degree in Community Counseling from St. Cloud State University. His graduate internship was working in an outpatient sex offender treatment program, where he worked with individuals and families and facilitated sex education courses. After graduating with his master’s, he worked in various sectors serving people who experience serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) within underserved communities. For the past seven years, he has worked in non-profit organizations, which has led to extensive work with different cultural backgrounds within the community. Kou is passionate about working with clients and assisting them on their journey to being self-sufficient by creating support, hope, and faith. He believes these are foundational for anyone who wants to change and become a contributing individual in their community. He also believes that everyone deserves a second chance and can thrive with the proper foundations to assist them along the way.

Andrew Hull

PhD

Andrew completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, where he provided psychological services to individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. Prior to internship, Andrew worked for the Minnesota Department of Corrections for six years as a licensed professional clinical counselor, providing mental health services to the incarcerated population. Andrew is excited to gain additional experience working with those who have offended and provide services to assist clients in reaching a more meaningful and fulfilling life in the community.

Nisreen Abuhadid

MSW, LGSW

Most of her experience involves working with vulnerable adult populations with mental health conditions and children K-12 in the school setting. Her most recent work involves working with court-ordered guardianship. Since 2017, Nisreen has helped support individuals by offering a high-quality person-centered approach to care and decision making. Nisreen takes pride in knowing she has made a positive change in someone’s life and believes it’s essential to treat each individual unique based on their needs. She appreciates learning about diverse cultural backgrounds and likes to incorporate a strengths-based approach when working with clients to underline their true potential.

Luis Garibay

Samantha Sheeran

PsyD, LP

She has extensive experience working with adult males that are incarcerated in state prisons.  She also has worked at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) both within the treatment facility and at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake (DOC Site).  She is interested in continuing to work with adults that have committed sexual offenses, focusing on providing treatment although has extensive experience conducting psychosexual evaluations as well.  Her mental health experience has been working with those that have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and personality disorders as well as concerns related to trauma, grief and loss, life changes, and establishing positive supports.  Dr. Sheeran mostly focuses on providing a safe and validating environment in her therapy sessions and hopes to also bring some humor to her meetings. 

Mary Oanes

MSW, LICSW

Mary also has extensive experience in the field of forensic mental health, working initially with court ordered juveniles and currently with adults with serious and persistent mental illness and under civil court commitment. Mary works full-time for Hennepin County Behavioral Health and part time as an outpatient therapist at Alpha Emergence. Mary is MN Board Certified to provide clinical supervision.

Alex Zustiak

MA, LMFT

He initially went to work for the Minnesota Department of Human Services before transferring to the Department of Corrections. While working in corrections, he worked in mental health and sexual offender treatment with men and women. He returned to the Department of Human Services in 2017 and currently reviews treatment progress for clients petitioning to be discharged from their civil commitment. Alex started working with Alpha Human Services in 2015 and has subsequently facilitated a variety of conventional, specialized, and aftercare groups. He is excited to continue his work with Alpha Emergence. Alex takes a positive approach to treatment and assists his clients in seeing themselves as more than just their offense. He stresses individual responsibility and challenges his clients towards stability in all aspects of their life, not just sexuality. He strives to form strong therapeutic relationships with his clients and helps them develop a healthy and fulfilling outlook for their lives.

Halie Rostberg

PsyD, LP

She works full time as a psychologist for the Minnesota Department of Corrections and works part time as an outpatient therapist at Alpha Emergence’s office in Anoka. 

Riki Kravitz

MA, LP

Psychosexual Evaluators

Terrel Backes

PsyD, LP

Adam Gierok

PsyD, LP

Mallory Jorgenson

PsyD, LP

Jessica Riggs

PsyD, LP

Judy Yang

PsyD, LP

Residential Support Staff

John Heisterkamp

Kacie Duncan

Zainabu Kargbo

Tenzing Rabten

Na’im Madyun

Susan Snyder, R.N.