Meet Our Core Team
Owner & Administrator
Human Resources Director
Senior Program Director
I have worked in the human services field for eight years. I worked my way up in the field from an overnight staff person to a Program Director. I enjoy working one on one while doing direct care and being a supervisor. I also believe in challenging myself and continuing to learn things. I want to help as many people as I can. Hobbies outside of work include hiking, exploring the Pacific North West, and listening to music.
I came to New Challenges in September 2020 having over 18 years of experience managing group homes in the field. My primary focus is on person centered planning and community supports. It’s rewarding when clients succeed in the goals they set out to achieve for themselves. In my free time I enjoy volunteering and attending events with the Special Olympics and ARC as well as playing guitar, piano and hiking with my Jack Russell Terrier.
I started with New Challenges Inc. December of 2020. I have worked in the field with intellectual and physical disabilities along with mental health and TBI individuals. I started out as a direct care staff in 2005. I moved to the Twin Cities in 2015 when I took a promotion as a Program Coordinator. Quickly I had two houses that I was the Coordinator for. I enjoy working one on one with individuals as well as the management piece. In my free time I enjoy crocheting, sewing and organizing.
Megan started with New Challenges, Inc. in June of 2019. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and is currently in progress of her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis at Walden University. She has worked with both children and adults with SPMI diagnoses, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking and is now in a Program Director role with New Challenges, Inc. working with In-Home Independent Living clients and Group homes. Megan is heavily involved in being multiculturally competent by diving into many cultures, studying in Spain and working at a local high school in Costa Rica teaching English and taking part in labor projects. Megan looks forward to finishing her Master’s degree, continuing services with adults who have mental illness and being able to be a part of disaster crisis response teams.
Positive Support Analyst
Briana graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Applied Psychology, an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, Counseling Theories and a minor in Child and Family Studies. Briana also attended Eastern Connecticut State University where she completed all course work for the Board Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has spent most of her career working in the human service field as a Behavior Specialist working with both adults and children in developing positive behavior support programs. Briana spent nine years working in Connecticut as a Behavior Specialist working with people living in group homes, supported living arrangements, foster care settings, and day programs. Briana started working at New Challenges in October 2020 and enjoys meeting new clients and working together with their team to promote and foster all their goals.