Katy began her social work career by working in post-adoption services, reuniting birth parents and their adopted children. This work was personal and incredibly rewarding due to her own separation from her birth mother and trans-racial adoption.
Katy obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2006 and completed her MSW as a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Her professional experience has been in ARMHS services, Case Management, therapist in private practice, Program Director of CTSS and ARMHS, and later as founder and CEO of Minnesota CarePartner in 2013.
Her life commitment is centered around advocacy for racial justice and the liberation of Black and Brown people, and actively working to dismantle systems of oppression through collective protest.
Maria Hipkins, MSW, LICSW I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at The College of St. Scholastic in 2010. Following my undergraduate degree, I entered the Graduate Social Work program through the University of Minnesota, where I graduated and earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2012.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Minnesota. I am also approved to provide clinical supervision to those under the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. I have been working in the Mental Health field for over 20 years with both adults and youth.
I am a 1st generation college graduate and I hold a strong value in inclusive and fairly represented educational opportunities. I am a Child Welfare Scholar and I practice with a trauma-informed lens. I believe in the power of connection and providing a safe space to be curious and explore what healing looks like for each client. I strive to work through an anti-racist and social justice model.
Janie is originally from central Wisconsin. She has a (BBA) Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been in the human resource field for over two years. Janie is passionate about equity within the workplace and community. She uses her compassion for people to create a positive and efficient HR department to better serve employees. Janie continues to further her knowledge of social justice advocacy and racial disparities in income and other outcomes.
In Janie’s free time, she enjoys trying new foods, traveling, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.