Michelle Carpenter – Executive Director

Joining Dakota Counseling Institute in 1995 as the Business Manager, I have been serving as the Executive Director since 2002. A Dakota Wesleyan University graduate with a Business Degree specializing in Accounting, my emphasis is the fiscal and contracting operations of all the agency programs. Over the last decade, the Mental Health Outpatient and Pathway programs have had the opportunity to merge with the drug and alcohol programs now known as Stepping Stones, as well as obtain Westview Apartments and Rosewood Court Assisted Living.

Roswitha Konz, MA, LPC, QMHP – Clinical Director – Mental Health

I have been with Dakota Counseling Institute since 1993, serving as Clinical Director since 2002. I oversee the clinical aspects of the mental health outpatient program and the Pathway program. I am a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University (BA 1985) and Central Michigan University (MA 1987). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, have the endorsement of Qualified Mental Health Professional by the State of South Dakota, and I’m trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  In addition to my administrative and supervisory duties, I have a small caseload of individual clients, specializing in trauma related issues.

Janae Oetken, BA, LAC – Clinical Supervisor – Stepping Stones

My employment started at Dakota Counseling Institute in January of 2007. I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor that oversees the clinical aspects of the drug and alcohol program otherwise known as Stepping Stones. I am a 1994 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in Psychology, specializing in Addiction studies. My ties with DWU continue by being an adjunct professor teaching Alcohol Studies and Drug abuse in society. Along with teaching, I supervise interns working towards their degree in the addictions field.

Kathy Wingert, CAC- Residential Supervisor

I’ve been with Stepping Stones since August of 2012. I started in the satellite office in Chamberlain and transferred to the Mitchell office in January of 2014.  I’m a certified addiction counselor (CAC), and also Supervise the Residential desk.  I’m trained in  MRT, CBISA, MATRIX, and DUI classes. I have facilitated many types of groups, however, currently I’m running the MATRIX groups for IMT-E clients. I’m also the treatment representative for the James Valley Drug Court.

Dave Harris BSN – Administrator of Rosewood Court Assisted Living

I graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1998 with my Associate Degree in Nursing and South Dakota State University in 2000 with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. I have worked for Dakota Counseling Institute since 2010, first as the agency nurse and in 2013 I became the administrator of Rosewood Court Assisted Living.

Christy Schroder, BS

I graduated from Huron University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2000. I Have been with dakota counseling Institute since 2005. I provide home-based services and i am the mental health representative for the James Valley Drug and DUI Court. I am a trained facilitator for Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and Aggression Replacement Training (ART). I have worked in the mental health and chemical dependency field for 17 years.

Jasmine Morgan, CSW

Jasmine Morgan, CSW

I have worked at Dakota Counseling since 2017. My Master’s degree in Social Work was earned at the University of Southern California. I am licensed as a CSW in South Dakota and am working towards my PIP license. I am certified in the parenting technique 123 Magic. I use Play Therapy and Sandtray Therapy for young children. My areas of interest include parenting and family issues, sexual abuse, trauma, and anxiety.


I received my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of South Dakota in 1995. I am dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mental Health (LPC-MH) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). I worked in the field of addictions for six years prior to coming to Dakota Counseling Institute in April 2001. I have had additional training for Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), and am currently in the process of training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Donna Alridge, MA

After living my entire life in southwest Missouri, I came to Mitchell in 2010 for an internship and never left. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University and my Master’s Degree from the School of Psychology at Forest Institute where I also completed all classes and requirements for a doctorate in clinical psychology with the exception of my dissertation.

Tracy Bailey

I am a Mitchell native who returned to the area after living West River for ten years followed by ten years in San Diego. I graduated from USD with a degree in special education, history, and a coaching endorsement. I taught high school special-education and coached varsity athletics. Following my return to Mitchell, I attended Colorado Christian University where I graduated with my masters degree in counseling. I’m nationally Certified Counselor and currently working toward a state license. I practice person centered therapy utilizing a variety of techniques including; solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. I provide outpatient and home based services.

Jason Ellwein, MS, LPC, QMHP

I have been with Dakota Counseling Institute since August 2008. I am currently a Mental Health Clinician providing outpatient therapy services. Over the years, I have worked with youth in the correctional setting and those in residential psychiatric treatment. I have my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I practice Systems, Developmental, and Adlerian Theories in assisting clients. Areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, family issues, dual diagnosis, neurodevelopmental disorders, sexual abuse, and other trauma.

Paul Szabo, BA

I earned my BA degree (History and Secondary Education) at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1995. I have been with Dakota Counseling since January 2016, providing home based therapy services. I am a Clinical Specialist and certified in Functional Family Therapy. My experiences as a high school teacher and administrator in a residential psychiatric treatment facility have been very beneficial to me as I make the switch to therapy services at Dakota Counseling.

Joy Anderson, MA, NCC, LPC, QMHP

10I have worked at Dakota Counseling Institute since January of 2010. My master’s degree in Community Counseling was earned at the University of South Dakota.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Qualified Mental Health Professional. My areas of interest include grief counseling and domestic abuse issues.  I primarily utilize person-centered therapy and CBT.

Kari Rickel, CSW-PIP, QMHP

I have worked at Dakota Counseling Institute since May 2000.  My Master’s Degree in Social Work was earned at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  I am licensed as a CSW-PIP in South Dakota and a Qualified Mental Health Professional.  Currently I am the Intake/Assessment Worker for Outpatient Services and supervise the Home-Based program as well.  I have specialized training in EMDR and Custody Evaluations/Home Studies.

Dr. Patsy Fox, Ed.D.

I received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of South Dakota. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Qualified Mental Health Provider. I have over 25 years of experience doing therapy with adults, adolescents, and children in addition to doing family and couple counseling. Areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, family issues, ADHD (adults and children), divorce, women’s issues, and sexual abuse and other trauma.

Victoria Fay LPC, QMHP

I attended Black Hills State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. After completing college, I worked extensively in the criminal justice system including; the SD State Penitentiary, Minnehaha County Sheriffs Office and as a Court Services Officer over a period of twenty years. I began with Dakota Counseling Institute as a Home Based Clinician in 2007, and obtained my Masters of Science in Human Services 2012. Currently I am working as an out patient therapist in Chamberlain, SD. I have a strong interest in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Reality Therapy. I also use Play Therapy and Art Therapy techniques with young children. When working with families I use a Filial Technique along with Family Systems Therapy. I have been certified in the Duluth Model for Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, facilitating a Domestic Abuse Intervention Program for perpetrators of domestic violence in Chamberlain, SD.

Brenda Davenport, CNP

I graduated from South Dakota State University in 2003 and College of St Scholastica (Duluth, MN) in 2007. I have dual Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been working for 10+ years in Psychiatry. I have been with Dakota Counseling Institute since 2008 with plans to stay in Mitchell long term. I am able to see patients from 5 years old and up.

Ruth Schrag, MS

Having recently moved to South Dakota i joined the clinical staff at Dakota Counseling Institute at the beginning of April 2016. I obtained my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York state, and I am currently working on my South Dakota Licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. My areas of interest include domestic abuse, relationship issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, life transitions and cultural transitions. I am also a native speaker and fluent in the Spanish language.

John McDaniel, MS, LPC

I joined Dakota Counseling Institute in July 2014.  I completed my undergraduate work at Dakota Wesleyan University double majoring in Psychology & English.  Following completion of my bachelor’s work, I earned my graduate degree in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University.  I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC), qualified mental health professional (QMHP), and have specialized training in EMDR to treat trauma-focused therapeutic issues.  I often implement Adlerian and DBT based therapy techniques in my clinical work.  My areas of special interest include depression, attachment problems, PTSD, trauma-related issues, and co-occurring disorders.

Jessica Deinert, BA

I grew up in Mt. Vernon, SD. I graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2010 with a bachelor degree in Human Services. During college I worked at Lifequest in Mitchell. I started at Dakota Counseling Institute as a case manager in May of 2010.19

Jolyn Van Roekel, BA

I started working for Dakota Counseling as a Case Manager on November 30, 1998. I attended College at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. I worked at McCrossan Boys Ranch and the Abbott House before starting at DCI. I live in Ethan, SD with my husband and two kids.

Stephanie Kattner, BA

I grew up in Huron, SD and graduated with my Bachelor degree in Human Services/Psychology in 1997.  I have been employed with Dakota Counseling since moving my family to Mitchell in 2003. I have been working in the mental health field for over 18 years.  When I’m not working, I enjoy camping, photography, and being a “Kernel Fan” at sporting events.

Whitney Beiswanger, BA

I am originally from Howard, SD. I graduated for South Dakota State University with a BA in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Health Education. I began working as an Employment Support Specialist/Case Manager at Dakota Counseling in January 2016. Prior to this i worked at Aurora Plains Academy as a Case Manager. When i am not at work i enjoy fishing, reading, and spending time with friends and family

Linetta Lewis, BA LAC

I attended Dakota Wesleyan University and graduated in May of 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a double major in psychology and sociology.  After completing my degree, I worked for the State of South Dakota as a Child Protection Services social worker for many years.  In March of 2006 I started a career as a Licensed Addiction Counselor at Stepping Stones.  I’m certified in teaching anger management and Common Sense Parenting groups as well as the Duluth Domestic Abuse program. I work with individuals who are involved in the halfway house program and assist them with transitioning into the community.

Karen VonEye, LAC

I am an LAC with Stepping Stones.  I work with BOP,  USPO, IMT as well as State Parole. I have taught Anger Management and Transitional Skills groups. I am now doing IOP and CBISA groups. I have worked with juveniles for 4 years before working with adults, which I’ve been doing for the past 9 yrs. I graduated from MTI in computers/accounting and DWU in criminal justice emphasizing in drug/alcohol studies.