AiR - Assistance in Recovery

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At AiR, we care about your situation. Many of us have been exactly where you are today. We understand that when you are dealing with a struggling loved one there isn’t room for error, you need the best and the brightest to get a solution quickly. AiR’s team of clinicians not only have the formal education to help guide you but the compassion and experience that is so important during times of crisis. Please get to know us better by clicking on the photos below, we look forward to hearing from you!

Administrative Team

Andrew T Wainwright
CEO

Andrew founded AiR in 2002 and over the last decade he has built it into the leader of the modern intervention and crisis consulting industry. Andrew is a gifted interventionist trained by Dr. James Fearing, the direct successor of Dr. Vernon Johnson, creator of the Johnson Model of Intervention. Read More

Andrew T. Wainwright

Andrew founded AiR in 2002 and over the last decade he has built it into the leader of the modern intervention and crisis consulting industry. Andrew is a gifted interventionist trained by Dr. James Fearing, the direct successor of Dr. Vernon Johnson, creator of the Johnson Model of Intervention. With AiR Andrew has broadened the pioneering intervention approach of Dr. Johnson and Dr. Fearing to meet the expanding needs of families and patients across the behavioral health spectrum. The AiR Model of Intervention is now the standard of intervention practice today.

Andrew and Dr. Savage, AiR’s Clinical Director, shared a vision that the Johnson Model of Intervention could be expanded to address a wider variety of behavioral health needs. To that end they created the AiR Model of Behavioral Health Crisis Management, the internationally accepted standard for all forms of behavioral health intervention in the world today. Andrew and Tom have spent the last decade training new clinicians in the AiR Model and redefining the role of intervention in the continuum of behavioral healthcare, education and advocacy.

AiR, with Andrew as its guide, is constantly evolving, creating new services and solutions where none were previously available out of a genuine desire to be the most effective resource for anyone, anywhere who is faced with the burdens associated with chemical dependency, mental illness and eating disorders. Andrew has the knowledge, the experience and the team to make that desire a reality.

In addition to over fifteen years of hands-on experience helping families struggling with addiction and mental illness, Andrew sought help for his own alcoholism and drug addiction at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota in 1995. Andrew is intimately acquainted with the systems of addiction and recovery. He has lived through them himself and he has helped thousands of other families recover. His work in this field has given him a wealth of experience, compassion and personal insight.

Andrew is the author of It’s not Okay to be a Cannibal-How to Stop Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive, published by the Hazelden Foundation. This resource is widely regarded as the single best book on confronting addiction available to families today. He has trained many of the best known interventionists in the world. Today his volume of experience and insight has made him a frequent guest on CNN’s American Morning.

Dave Kelly
RMS Program Director

Dave Kelly oversees the clinical aspects of AiR’s Recovery Management Services. He is one of the most respected clinicians in the United States and has worked in all areas of the behavioral-health field for 25+ years. Dave has an exhaustive knowledge of the behavioral-health resources available across the United States and around the world. Read More

Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly oversees the clinical aspects of AiR’s Recovery Management Services. He is one of the most respected clinicians in the United States and has worked in all areas of the behavioral-health field for 25+ years. Dave has an exhaustive knowledge of the behavioral-health resources available across the United States and around the world.

Dave received his training as a counselor at the Hazelden Foundation in 1985. Dave then went on to work as a counselor at Hazelden New York, Hazelden Chicago and Hazelden Saint Paul. While at Hazelden he collaborated with the top behavioral health clinicians and behavioral health program developers in the country. Dave designed and implemented the Assessment and Case Management program for Families of Means and Prominence at Hazelden.

Dave has three decades of experience in behavioral health counseling.  His expertise and knowledge are indispensable to AiR’s Recovery Management Services. Dave lives in St. Paul, with his wife Mary and their border collie Asa.  He is originally from New York, and was a classically trained musician prior to entering the behavioral health field.

Jaclyn Wainwright
COO

Jaclyn Wainwright is Chief Operating Officer. Jaclyn’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit is key in implementing the AiR vision of ongoing, care, counseling and advocacy in a practical manner. In her role as COO Jaclyn oversees both the Recovery Management Services and Individual and Family Services teams to ensure that the highest possible professional services are delivered by AiR. Read More

Jaclyn Wainwright

Jaclyn Wainwright is Chief Operating Officer. Jaclyn’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit is key in implementing the AiR vision of ongoing, care, counseling and advocacy in a practical manner. In her role as COO Jaclyn oversees both the Recovery Management Services and Individual and Family Services teams to ensure that the highest possible professional services are delivered by AiR.

Katie Thiboutot
Director of Administration

Katie joined the AiR team as their Outreach Coordinator in June 2012, networking in the community and educating professionals about AiR’s services.  During this time, Katie built AiR’s Qualified Resource List (a national list of vetted referral sources), allowing AiR’s clinical staff to provide the best recommendations to families exploring treatment, sober living, therapy and more.Read More

Katie Thiboutot

Katie joined the AiR team as their Outreach Coordinator in June 2012, networking in the community and educating professionals about AiR’s services.  During this time, Katie built AiR’s Qualified Resource List (a national list of vetted referral sources), allowing AiR’s clinical staff to provide the best recommendations to families exploring treatment, sober living, therapy and more.

In May 2013, Katie’s role was expanded and today Katie is responsible for all administration aspects of the organization including facilities, telecommunications, company event planning and Human Resources. Katie’s mission is to ensure that employees of AiR enjoy coming to work and that they are able to perform their work seamlessly so that families are able to get the help they need.

Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University.

Nicole Strand
Clinical Administrative Assistant

Georgia native, Nikki has 20 years’ experience working in the administrative support role. Nikki’s background is working mainly in the non-profit sector for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, Special Olympics Colorado, and The Methodist Home for Children & Youth. Working with these organizations and seeing the help and support Read More

Nicole Strand

Georgia native, Nikki has 20 years’ experience working in the administrative support role. Nikki’s background is working mainly in the non-profit sector for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, Special Olympics Colorado, and The Methodist Home for Children & Youth. Working with these organizations and seeing the help and support they offer to people in need, Nikki has become dedicated volunteering; stepping up and helping in any capacity. In her role at Assistance in Recovery, Nikki is excited to offer support to the team so that they in turn may better support their clients.


Clinical Team

Dr. Tom Savage
Psy D., LCAS
Clinical Director

Dr. Savage began his career at the Hazelden foundation in Minnesota in 1986 as a counselor and ultimately rose to clinical supervisor. He played a crucial role in building the Mental Health program at Hazelden throughout the 1990s. When Dr. Savage joined Andrew Wainwright at AiR in 2002 they collaborated to update the pioneering intervention approach of Dr.’s Johnson and Fearing. Read More

Dr. Tom Savage

Dr. Savage began his career at the Hazelden foundation in Minnesota in 1986 as a counselor and ultimately rose to clinical supervisor. He played a crucial role in building the Mental Health program at Hazelden throughout the 1990s. When Dr. Savage joined Andrew Wainwright at AiR in 2002 they collaborated to update the pioneering intervention approach of Dr.’s Johnson and Fearing.

Dr. Savage and Andrew Wainright shared a vision that the Johnson Model of Intervention could be expanded to address a wider variety of behavioral health needs. To that end they created the AiR Model of Intervention, the internationally accepted standard for all forms of behavioral health intervention in the world today. Andrew and Tom have spent the last decade training new interventionists and clinicians in the AiR model and redefining the role of intervention in the continuum of behavioral healthcare, education and advocacy.

Dr. Savage is the nation’s leading expert on behavioral health intervention. He is an eminently qualified and creative clinician with the highest level of education and licensing working in the behavioral health field today:

  • BS degree in Biology at the University of Wisconsin
  • Doctorate in Counseling Psychology University of St. Thomas
  • Four Years experience in the field of education
  • 14 years at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota
  • 12 Years experience in business management
  • 10 years experience at AiR

Dr Savage is dedicated to building important and lasting relationships with families. He has come to the aid of thousands of families in crisis with a powerful combination of knowledge, insight and empathy. He believes in giving his utmost attention and care to any inquiry that comes his way. He will take the time to listen and formulate a plan that is specific to the needs of every behavioral-health situation.

Dr. Savage firmly believes that recovery from behavioral illness is a process-driven solution available to everyone. His expertise has made him a frequent speaker and consultant at behavioral health treatment centers around the world. He is a passionate and tireless advocate on behalf of individuals and families suffering from behavioral-health issues and is driven by a desire to educate society as a whole about the needs and care of the recovery population.

James Stolz
LICSW
Clinical Supervisor

James Stolz has spent the better part of the past 20 years working with addicts and alcoholics to achieve long-term recovery. He works to accomplish this by direct work with clients and through his teaching and leadership activities in the addiction field. James is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker and holds a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Read More

James Stolz

James Stolz has spent the better part of the past 20 years working with addicts and alcoholics to achieve long-term recovery. He works to accomplish this by direct work with clients and through his teaching and leadership activities in the addiction field. James is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker and holds a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to his role as the Clinical Director at AiR, James maintains a thriving private practice in the Twin Cities which he has built over the past 5 years. In addition to his private practice, he is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Work for St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s University where he was one of the founding faculty members for the Inter-professional Center for Counseling and Legal services.

James has been privileged to work in many aspects of the mental and chemical health communities, including community mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, medical and psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers. He served as the Executive Director for the PRIDE Institute and has spoken extensively on chemical dependency and mental health treatment for disenfranchised communities.

Kiana Joyner
MSW, LGSW
RMS Program Manager

Kiana Joyner is a clinical social worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in social work, and her Master’s degree in clinical social work, both from the University of St. Thomas/ St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Prior to starting at AiR, Kiana has experience working with the following issues: domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma, mood disorders, and in the field of juvenile corrections. Read More

Kiana Joyner

Kiana Joyner is a clinical social worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in social work, and her Master’s degree in clinical social work, both from the University of St. Thomas/ St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Prior to starting at AiR, Kiana has experience working with the following issues: domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma, mood disorders, and in the field of juvenile corrections.

Kiana has the unique ability to build rapport with individuals and families in a manner that creates a safe and honest atmosphere; this in turn, aids in continued recovery and sobriety. Her passion to see families functioning at their highest potential is a driving force in her work. She welcomes a challenge and strongly believes that lasting recovery is possible with the proper support.

Sarah Jorissen
LADC
Program Manager

Sarah Jorissen is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an encompassing background in various addictions, mental health, and trauma. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency. Read More

Sarah Jorissen

Sarah Jorissen is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an encompassing background in various addictions, mental health, and trauma. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Graduate Certificate in Chemical Dependency.

Sarah has gained extensive knowledge of addictions, trauma, and mental health through working in a variety of different settings, including trauma informed residential treatments, out-patient dual diagnosis treatments, juvenile corrections, and also in-home care. She meets counseling with a person-centered strengths-based approach. She works to understand her clients and strives to meet each client, wherever he or she is in treatment, in order to best help that client move forward in the recovery process. Sarah is exceptionally motivated to assist in any way she can to help others find their full potential and innate health.

Mark Guyott
MA, LADC
Clinical Consultant

Mark Guyott is a nationally respected behavioral health clinician with 10 years of experience consulting, mentoring, and advocating for families and patients. He has a Master’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug counseling from The Hazelden Foundation and was trained in the AiR Model of Intervention by Andrew Wainwright and Dr. Tom Savage. Read More

Mark Guyott

Mark Guyott is a nationally respected behavioral health clinician with 10 years of experience consulting, mentoring, and advocating for families and patients. He has a Master’s Degree in Alcohol and Drug counseling from The Hazelden Foundation and was trained in the AiR Model of Intervention by Andrew Wainwright and Dr. Tom Savage.

Before joining AiR Mark was involved with Augsburg College’s Step-Up program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Augsburg’s unique design for addressing the need for continuing care for young people returning to, or entering college in the midst of a program of recovery has informed Mark’s approach to helping families access recovery.

Mark’s experience has instilled a belief in him that this approach to mentoring young people should be available nationwide. With that goal in mind, he travels the country visiting university administrators, advocating for the implementation of AiR’s College Program which, is designed to guide a recovering student through their college career.

Mark is part of AiR’s proactive approach aimed at predicting and intercepting the progressive nature of addiction before it reaches a crisis level. Mark’s own relationship with recovery has made him impatient with the lost opportunities that stem from lack of education in society as a whole and seeks to reach out to patients and families long before consequences have piled up to unmanageable levels

Gordy Brown
LADC
Clinical Consultant

Gordy Brown has 20 years of experience as an interventionist. He was trained by Andrew Wainwright and Dr. Tom Savage in the AiR model of intervention and has been a counselor in primary extended care for the Hazelden Foundation. He has strong local ties to the Twin Cities and a encyclopedic knowledge of the regional resources. Read More

Gordy Brown

Gordy Brown has 20 years of experience as an interventionist. He was trained by Andrew Wainwright and Dr. Tom Savage in the AiR model of intervention and has been a counselor in primary extended care for the Hazelden Foundation. He has strong local ties to the Twin Cities and a encyclopedic knowledge of the regional resources.

Gordy excels at creating a sense of order, competency and simplicity out of the chaos of active addiction.He always reacts with a sense of urgency and makes himself continuously available to families. He believes, as all of the staff at AiR does, that recovery is just beginning when a family accesses AiR’s help in an intervention and is committed to support, education and advocacy for the long term recovery of patients and families.

Monique Pleasant
MRC
Clinical Consultant

Monique Pleasant is a clinical consultant based in Concord, North Carolina. She has been in this role working with AiR as a clinical consultant since 2011. Monique holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitative Counseling from The University of South Carolina- Columbia, and has worked in family services throughout her whole career. Monique brings a wide range of skills and experience to the AiR team working with in her work with families as a mentor and interventionist. Read More

Monique Pleasant

Monique Pleasant is a clinical consultant based in Concord, North Carolina. She has been in this role working with AiR as a clinical consultant since 2011. Monique holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitative Counseling from The University of South Carolina- Columbia, and has worked in family services throughout her whole career. Monique brings a wide range of skills and experience to the AiR team working with in her work with families as a mentor and interventionist.

Monique has trained under our Clinical Director, Dr. Tom Savage, for 3 years as a clinical interventionist and crisis management specialist for all types of behavioral health issues. Monique excels when working with young adults and with severe mental/behavioral health cases. Monique has a special ability to handle manage the most difficult family dynamics, while creating order and defining clear solutions for families.

Tina Olson
MBA, MA , LADC
Clinical Case Manager

Tina Olson is a highly educated and accredited clinician with training in Chemical Dependency. She has an MBA from St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and more recently a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Graduate School. Read More

Tina Olson

Tina Olson is a highly educated and accredited clinician with training in Chemical Dependency. She has an MBA from St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and more recently a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling from Hazelden Graduate School. Tina has worked in a number of MICD treatment facilities as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She most recently worked at Mayo Clinic’s Intensive Outpatient Chemical dependency program in Rochester, MN. She is passionate about being a support and resource for the families affected by addiction.

Kate Jergensen
MSW, LGSW
Clinical Case Manager

Kate Jergensen is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and her Master of Social Work degree from St. CatherineUniversity/University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Read More

Kate Jergensen

Kate Jergensen is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and her Master of Social Work degree from St. CatherineUniversity/University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Kate has worked in a variety of social service settings and has experience with individual and couples therapy, individual/group Dialectical Behavior Therapy, sexual assault advocacy, and working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Prior to coming to AiR, Kate was working as a Behavior Therapist in a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and as a Direct Support Professional working with adults with developmental disabilities and mental health concerns. Kate also works part time as a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group facilitator. Kate enjoys getting to know her clients and working to create an individualized treatment plan that emphasizes each client’s inherent potential. She works from a strengths based perspective and believes that all people are able to achieve and grow in their ongoing path to recovery given the proper support.

Jason Griswold
MSW, LGSW
Clinical Case Manager

Jason Griswold has a passion for working with individuals and family members using a strengths based, systems framework as the lens to help identify and strengthen resiliency in individuals and family systems.  Jason is dedicated to helping families and individuals make sense out of difficult situations by offering professional support meeting the needs and challenges of families in need of support.  Jason has a passion for helping others struggling with addiction and mental health challenges. Read More

Jason Griswold

Jason Griswold has a passion for working with individuals and family members using a strengths based, systems framework as the lens to help identify and strengthen resiliency in individuals and family systems.  Jason is dedicated to helping families and individuals make sense out of difficult situations by offering professional support meeting the needs and challenges of families in need of support.  Jason has a passion for helping others struggling with addiction and mental health challenges.  Currently, Jason also provides therapy services to couples and individuals as a volunteer clinician at the Walk-In clinic in Minneapolis, MN. Previous to A.I.R. Jason completed an internship at the Interprofessional Center offering individual, couples and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) services.  Jason also completed an internship at Murray Junior High in St. Paul School Systems and volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem (G.A.L.) for Hennepin County, MN.  Jason has experience working with addiction, mood disorders (anxiety, depression), borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and codependency for individuals, couples, adolescents and adults.  Jason has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in clinical social work from the University of St. Thomas / St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

Dallas Hansen
LADC
Clinical Case Manager

Dallas Hansen has a background in Addiction Counseling and has an intimate knowledge of the recovery process. Dallas received his Associate’s degree in Addiction Counseling at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and his Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University in Psychology. Dallas has experience with a wide-range of treatment programs, and enjoys helping people find and create solutions to build a life of recovery.

Ruth Patton
MSW, LGSW
Clinical Case Manager

Ruth Patton is a licensed graduate social worker passionate about enhancing the lives of her clients and their families. She holds a BA in psychology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an MSW from the University of St. Thomas/Saint Catherine University, also in Saint Paul. Read More

Ruth Patton

Ruth Patton is a licensed graduate social worker passionate about enhancing the lives of her clients and their families. She holds a BA in psychology from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an MSW from the University of St. Thomas/Saint Catherine University, also in Saint Paul.

Ruth has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, family systems, and trauma. She has worked with older adolescents, older adults, and all generations in between, as well as couples and people with disabilities. Her current and former clients wrestle with conditions including substance abuse and dependence, eating disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, and serious and persistent mental illnesses. Working from a strengths-based approach and using an attachment lens, Ruth is motivated by the conviction that everyone has the power to alter the course of their lives.

Deb Schmidt
MSW, LGSW
Clinical Case Manager

Deb Schmidt is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Deb has clinical social work experience providing assessments, advocacy, and short-term therapy. She works well with families in crisis and has the ability to assist in chaotic situations. Deb is a dedicated clinician who approaches individuals and families with patience, empathy, and compassion to promote positive development and empowerment.

Dustin Tessier
LADC
Clinical Case Manager

Dustin Tessier is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dustin has comprehensive experience working in chemical dependency, medication-assisted, and co-occurring mental health treatment settings. Dustin brings a person-centered approach to working with individuals and families facing times of change, need, and growth. Read More

Dustin Tessier

Dustin Tessier is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dustin has comprehensive experience working in chemical dependency, medication-assisted, and co-occurring mental health treatment settings. Dustin brings a person-centered approach to working with individuals and families facing times of change, need, and growth.

Dustin is driven by the core beliefs that: Every individual has tremendous value and worth; Every single person holds within them resiliency, which affords the ability to grow, change, and become healthy. In his work, he strives to help create a space in which a person is able to draw on their innate wisdom through uncovering insight. Dustin aims to help clients explore their personal motivation for change in order to ultimately return to a place of health.

Tiffany Morvari
M.A.
Clinical Case Manager

Tiffany Morvari is a master level clinician passionate about empowering people to improve their lives. She has experience with co-occurring disorders, trauma and SPMI. She graduated with her Masters in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University. Tiffany believes that change is possible for every individual when people are engaged and when they are given the right tools and support.

Tony Krosschell
MA, LADC
Case Manager

Tony Krosschell is a graduate of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In a career that has run the spectrum from radio broadcasting to record stores; textile sales to historical interpretation, Tony has discovered his true calling in the field of recovery. Read More

Tony Krosschell

Tony Krosschell is a graduate of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In a career that has run the spectrum from radio broadcasting to record stores; textile sales to historical interpretation, Tony has discovered his true calling in the field of recovery. As an adult scholar, he received the outstanding student award from the College of Liberal Arts at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN and is in the process of pursuing his LPCC licensure from the Hazelden Graduate School. Tony’s past experience includes working with clients from the LGBT community, those struggling with addiction and sexual identity, and clients with sexual health issues.

Tanya McManimon
LSW, MA
Case Manager

Tanya McManimon is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in counseling. She has her bachelor’s degree in social work from Winona State University in Winona, MN and her master’s degree in counseling from Saint Mary’s University of MN in Minneapolis, MN. Read More

Tanya McManimon

Tanya McManimon is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in counseling. She has her bachelor’s degree in social work from Winona State University in Winona, MN and her master’s degree in counseling from Saint Mary’s University of MN in Minneapolis, MN. Previous to AIR, Tanya has worked in variety of settings with many diverse populations consisting of adults and children with developmental disabilities, adults with co-occurring chemical dependency and mental illness, and older adults with chronic medical conditions including dementia. Tanya’s passionate about helping people live their life to the fullest and believes that everyone has the ability to recover with the right support.

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