MACC Board Members

Jenny Beall, MA, LPCC

Jenny is a counselor and Founder of Threads of Hope Counseling in Inver Grove, Newport, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis, and Lonsdale. She graduated from Bethel with her Masters in Counseling Psychology and took additional Marriage and Family Therapy Coursework at Adler Graduate School. She has been in private practice since 2011 and has been fortunate enough to be involved with the MACC board since its inception in 2012. Her passions include working with people pleasers and boundary setting, integration of Christian faith into practice, the business side of private practice, and mentoring growing therapists in the field.

In her spare time, Jenny enjoys sewing, artistic projects, watching movies with her husband, and playing with her two kids and therapy puppy, Pip.

Threads of Hope Counseling
Brooklyn Park, Newport, Inver Grove Heights, & Lonsdale

Dr. Russ Berg, D.Min, MA

Russ has been married to his high school sweetheart, Melody for 44 years. They have 2 married daughters and 5 grandchildren living in the Twin City area. He has been a pastor for over 38 years, 21 of which were spent at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

As the Director of Pastoral Training and Church Development at Hope for the Hurting Home he is devoted to spreading a contagious passion to help churches change the culture of divorce in America, one marriage at a time. He has worked with over 350 couples at risk of divorce and has trained more than 400 pastors, counselors, therapists, and marriage mentors in a new divorce intervention called Faith Based Discernment Counseling. Russ serves on the advisory board of the University of Northwestern St. Paul’s School of Nursing, the board of directors of the Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors and has shared his work several times as a guest on KTIS Radio.

Current Ministry:

Director of Pastoral Training and Church Development- Hope for the Hurting Home

  • Weekly counseling with couples at risk of divorce
  • Trains pastoral staff, family law attorneys, therapists and lay leaders in divorce intervention protocols
  • Develops divorce intervention screening and referral programs for family court
  • Consults with churches looking to become trusted resources for marriages in their communities
Hope for the Hurting Home
Maple Grove / St. Michael

Daphne DeMaris, MA, LPC, LPCC

Daphne always wondered what she would do when she grew up. She wondered if the painful things that happened in her life would ever make sense. And then she met The Lord and He began to set her free – redeeming all the wounds. Soon it became clear that she was called to help set other captives free.

In 1998, Daphne graduated from Ashland Seminary with a degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling, but it wasn’t until she began working with clients that she truly learned how to minister God’s truth in healing ways. She has been doing this ever since. She works in her private practice, Radiant Health Resources. It is Daphne’s absolute passion to help people build their intimacy with our Creator King through her counseling ministry and as an event and retreat speaker.

Daphne is licensed in Michigan as well as Minnesota and is a Minnesota Board Approved Supervisor. She worked with the MACC Board in 2016 on the conference committee and joined the Board formally, in October of 2018.

Radiant Health Resources
St. Louis Park, Telemed

Patti Olson, MA, LMFT

Patti is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has had the privilege of serving on the Board since its inception. Patti obtained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University. Counseling is her second career coming to the field after many years in business working as an accountant. She has served as the Board’s Treasurer during her time on the Board.

Patti felt a distinct calling on her life to become a therapist and desires to help people with their life journey. She has a special heart for those who have suffered abuse: sexual, physical, spiritual, verbal and emotional. She is trained in EMDR and works with those who have suffered trauma. Her personal relationship with Jesus guides her in all areas of her life and she incorporates the healing power of Jesus into therapy.

In her free time, Patti enjoys riding bike, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.

She works at Hardy and Stephens Counseling.

Hardy and Stephens Counseling
Elk River

Jann Fredrickson Ramus

I was born in an early age in a land far, far away. Iowa, to be exact. I lived there for 22 years and then did graduate work in the Land of Lincoln, Illinois. I met and married my dearest and we made a bold move to California, land of the left coast where I did further graduate work. We then made the move to the Tundra where we have lived ever since raising our family and generally having great fun even when we have snow in our ears.

I have been an LICSW for so long, my certificate hasn’t turned yellow but instead looks rather gray around the edges. I have served on numerous boards, taught in the Graduate School of Education at St. Mary’s University, did training for two national organizations, and have been in private practice for nearly twenty years. I’ve had so many adventures as a Christian doing Counseling that I find my work both challenging and fun. I am constantly learning and researching. My great loves are teaching and doing Workshops.

My specialty is Trauma and I also do marriage, family and individual counseling. I especially like working with PTSD. I use three different therapies with sometimes astonishing results: EMDR, Emotional Freedom Therapy and Interactive Imagery.
My Faith is not what I do in the context of Counseling others; it is who I am. I cannot help but share “the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you.” What a gift that God has given me in my profession.

Lynn Hardy

Lynn is Licensed Psychologist and one of the co-founders of the Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors. She has been serving on the Board since 2013 board. Lynn is one of the owners of Hardy and Stephens Counseling Associates.

Lynn  has over 30 years of experience in the counseling field working in employee assistance, hospital emergency rooms and in private practice. Lynn received her BA from Bethel College. She received her master’s degree from St. Mary’s University. Lynn provides clinical supervision and is a Board-Certified supervisor for the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health. Lynn’s commitment to her faith, family and profession is of utmost importance to her. Lynn believes her personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ guides her personal and professional life. Lynn is passionate about fellowship and collaboration with other like minded clinicians in developing and discovering new ways to equip and support the body of Christ and the clients we serve.

Candi Schmechel, DMFT, LMFT

Candi completed her Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University.  She received her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Alfred Adler Graduate School, and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2004.  She enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents.  She has extensive experience in working with individuals and families that are affected by chemical dependency. 

Special areas of interest:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety/Depression/Perfectionism
  • Chronic Illness
  • Codependency
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital Distress, Infidelity Recovery & Spiritual Relationship Growth

Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

  • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #1231
  • LMFT State Approved Supervisor
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • LPCC/LPC Approved Supervisor
  • Clinic Member; American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Member Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Board member Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors (MACC)
  • Basic Training EMDR Therapist

“Hawaii Model” Evidence Based Practices for youth with anxiety, depression, ADHD or disruptive behaviors

Soul Sanctuary Counseling
St. Francis

Jill Stephens, MS, LP

Jill Stephens has served on the MACC board since its inception As one of the co-founders of the Minnesota Association of Christian Counselors, she views the MACC as an important tool for Christian therapists to connect, learn and grow. 

Jill completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology at North Dakota State University in 1988 and has been a licensed psychologist since 1993. Jill is co-owner of Hardy & Stephens Counseling Associates in Elk River. She enjoys shepherding the next generation of therapists and is an LPC/LPCC board approved clinical supervisor. While she enjoys working with a variety of clients, including individuals and couples, Jill specializes in treating Eating Disorders. Jill believes integrating the client’s spirituality into therapy is the most effective way for people to make changes in their life. She enjoys the opportunity to integrate spirituality into therapy for those clients who value this approach.

Hardy and Stephens Counseling
Elk River, Telehealth

Dr. Timothy B. Walsh, MA, LP;DPA

Tim Walsh is the Vice President of Long Term Recovery and Mental Health Services at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. He completed his doctorate in public administration at Hamline University in 2012. He received his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from St. Thomas University in 1993. Tim earned a double Bachelors in Biblical Studies as well as Social Sciences/Psychology from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. 

Tim has been licensed as a psychologist since 1998. He has been an executive leader in the fields of chemical dependency, mental health, human services and corrections for over 28 years. 

Tim has been an independent strategic and organizational consultant for 20 years and is a frequent conference speaker and trainer in Minnesota and nationally. He has been a professor at Anoka Ramsey Community College and Hamline University. He currently teaches part-time for the University of Northwestern, St. Paul at the graduate and bachelor levels in Human Services and Psychology.

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
Minneapolis, MN