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Dr. David Ammend, MD

Dr. David Ammend, MD

Medical Director / Pediatrician

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Recreation | Nature | Relationships

“PassageWay to me is about creating a conceptual framework and language to make it easier for NWP staff to guide residents and their families in pursuing lifestyle changes that can lead to improved mental and physical health.  By using a common language, it is simpler to communicate to residents, families, and other involved persons why these lifestyle approaches are important, and to facilitate the continuation of these activities when the resident moves on to a new setting.”

   

PROFILE

“I find that injecting some humor into my day is a great tension reliever. It can make a good day better, and a tough day not so bad. I try to share this with the kids when I see them. For some, it is clearly a bit of a surprise that the DOCTOR is actually someone who will joke with them. Injecting humor into the first visit often makes for a much more relaxed relationship for the duration of their stay with us. And to have the kids throw out a humorous line to me – maybe while just walking past my office – always makes both of us smile.”

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Pediatrician
  • Education: Pediatric Residency; MD; BA, Political Science
  • With Northwest Passage since 1992

Nadine Blossom

Nadine Blossom

Accounting / Program Assistant

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation

“I enjoy the peace and quiet that nature provides, giving you a moment to reset.”

    

 

DETAILS

  • Education: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • With Northwest Passage since 2017
 

Justin Coveau

Justin Coveau

Chief Financial Officer

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation | Nutrition | Exercise | Relationships | Service | Spirit

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DETAILS

  • Education:
  • With Northwest Passage since 2013
 

Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Recreation | Relationships | Nature

“Connecting with people is what helps keep us balanced and alive.”

 

PROFILE

Mark has worked in many roles at Northwest Passage – everything from Direct Care staff to Program Director in the assessment program and now Executive Director. Mark has always believed that you are only as good as the people around you, and the joy of working with a quality staff and making an impact in kids’ lives have kept him “hooked” into the Northwest Passage family.

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Administration
  • Education: BS, Psychology
  • With Northwest Passage since 1987
 

Angela Frederickson, LCSW

Angela Frederickson, LCSW

Clinical Director

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Service | Nature | Recreation

“I love spending time with my horses and I also love volunteering with the 4-H organization. I continue to teach 4-H horse project members each year. I learned the importance of service as a 4-H member and have served my community through 4-H since I was 13 years old. I also volunteer my time mentoring therapeutic riding instructors and serving on the board of a therapeutic riding program in Wausau, WI called Stable Hands. I have volunteered with various therapeutic riding organizations since the age of 18 and have been with Stable Hands since 2002.”

  

PROFILE

“I am thankful for my animal companions every day of my life. When I was 16 years old I watched my first therapeutic horseback riding session and was instantly smitten with it. Since that time I have worked to gather the knowledge and experience to someday work with kids and animals. Working at Northwest Passage provided me with the opportunity to put the last pieces of the puzzle together to meet this longstanding goal. Working with the support of Northwest Passage over the years, I have become a certified mental health specialist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and I currently literally bring my passion to work with me one day a week in a horse trailer!”

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Clinician
  • Education: MS, Social Work; BS, Social Work
  • With Northwest Passage since 2005

Julie Hall

Julie Hall

Development & Communications Director

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Relationships | Service |Recreation

“I believe maintaining balance in life requires setting aside time to create relationships, cultivate interests and invest in service to others. When you care for the “parts” the “whole” will take care of itself.”

            

QUOTE

“Tomorrow can be different than today. Each day presents a new opportunity for growth and change. When you embrace those opportunities there is always hope!”

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Graphic Design, Marketing
  • Education:  BFA, Graphic Design (UW-Oshkosh), MS, Management & Organizational Behavior (Silver Lake College)
  • With Northwest Passage since 2018

Bill Jury

Bill Jury

Program Director

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Recreation | Nature | Relationships

 

   

PROFILE

When Bill began working with Northwest Passage in 1984, he worked directly with residents as a primary counselor, building social skills, running groups, and supervising the recreation program. In 1988, Bill was promoted to Director for a new program—Northwest Passage Lakeshore. This 90-day adventure-based program was the first of its kind in Wisconsin and has transformed Passage programming for the better. In 2009, Bill also took on the Director role at Northwest Passage Riverside.

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Program Development
  • Education: BS, Sociology
  • With Northwest Passage since 1984
 

Ian Karl

Ian Karl

Experiential Programming Coordinator

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Exercise | Relationships| Nature

“I make sure to reflect on the PassageWay so I stay balanced and well.”

 

PROFILE

Ian comes from a background of wilderness expeditions, environmental education, and adventure guiding. His former work in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, Lake Superior, and western Norway provide him with a unique perspective for his role here. “I believe that the demands put on us by modern society and life need to be balanced by time spent in nature. This is particularly true for children.  I have a deep, personal connection to the lakes, rivers, and woods of the Upper Midwest. There are few things I enjoy more than sharing this with the kids of Northwest Passage.”

 

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Wilderness First Aid, American Canoe Association, Open Water Instructor, CXC, Nordic Ski Coach, St. Croix Master Watershed Steward, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor
  • Education: B.S., Biology
  • With Northwest Passage since 2010
 

Carey Lillehaug

Carey Lillehaug

Admissions Director

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Recreation | Nature | Relationships

 

   

PROFILE

Carey has been dedicated to the care and betterment of children in every role she has played during her career at Northwest Passage. As Admissions Director for Northwest Passage she draws on that experience counseling and aiding parents, children, and staff in the efforts of providing care for our clients in residential treatment. Her long standing background in mental health services, her detailed knowledge of the Northwest services and system, and her understanding of the inner workings of private insurance benefits have both made her a great fit for this role and provided her with her dream job.

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Admissions
  • Education: MSW; BA, Criminal Justice and English
  • With Northwest Passage since 1993
 

Rob Lillehaug

Rob Lillehaug

Admissions Director

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Relationships | Nature | Recreation

“Being outside and active is a huge part of my life, but central to it all is my family and the satisfaction those relationships bring to my life.”

       

 

PROFILE

“I have found that in my twenty-five years of working at Northwest Passage, building healthy relationships with the kids and families we work with is still the most important aspect of treatment.”

As an Admissions Director, Rob is a resource for social workers, schools, outpatient providers, and families as they make the difficult decision of how to get a child the help they need to thrive. He values the relationships he has built with county human health services to discuss programming and how Northwest Passage can most effectively meet their needs. He brings over 25 years of experience in working with youth and their families and enjoys assisting them as they enter residential treatment.

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Relationship Building,
  • Education: BA, Criminal Justice
  • With Northwest Passage since 1993
 

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