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Meet Our Team

When employees are happy and healthy, they are likely to perform their best at work. The team at Bronson HelpNet is here with resources to help your employees cope with stress, anxiety and other factors that can negatively impact their job performance. Meet our team, and learn how they work together in partnership with clients on a path to better health and wellbeing. 

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Kevin Baker, MA, LLPC, Psychotherapist

Get to Know Kevin:

Kevin is a Psychotherapist at HelpNet and has special interests in emotional, behavioral, mental health and substance use disorders. He works with couples or individuals to create healthy boundaries and enhance communication skills. Kevin handles substance use issues by also assessing for co-occurring mental health, behavioral health, and emotional-personality disorders. Kevin enjoys being able to help people when they need it most at no cost to the client. When Kevin is not at work you can catch him with his family, traveling or in his many gardens.

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Work-life balance/healthy boundaries

Education:

  • Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Mich. - Master’s of Arts – Counseling
  • Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Mich. - Bachelor’s of Arts – Management and Organizational Development

Izzy Gabriela, Administration Specialist

Get to Know Izzy:

"I like knowing that I am helping other people when they need it. Even when they are going through a difficult situation, I can direct them in the right direction."

Pamala works behind the scenes at Bronson HelpNet, ensuring both employer partners and clients have the information, tools and resources they need to get the most out Bronson HelpNet. She enjoys the work at Bronson HelpNet because each day brings new challenges. Outside of work, Izzy enjoys spending time with her family. They love going camping and visiting new national parks. She also enjoys cooking and watercolor painting.

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Christen Connor, LLP, LLC, Psychotherapist

Get to Know Christen:

"Life can be difficult, and also enjoyable! I am honored to join my patients along their journey and work together to develop strategies for navigating some of life's challenges. I offer a evidence-based practices tailored to suit each patient's unique goals. I incorporate a variety of solutions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution focused therapy and crisis management interventions among others. My approach to counseling includes a strengths-based, inclusive, multicultural and collaborative environment. Overall, the goal of therapy is developing and actualizing ways to improve your health and quality of life. Therefore, I offer a confidential, safe, non-judgmental and supportive space for each patient to achieve success."

Christen grew up in a family of psychologists, lawyers, counselors, social workers and educators - so mental health and diversity are key values in her life. Along with one-on-one and family counseling services, she facilitates interactive presentations throughout Michigan and advocates for those in need. Outside of work, Christen can be found at the library studying as she works toward her doctorate in counseling psychology. To relax, she enjoys mountain biking, exploring, tubing and any other outdoor, warm-weather activity. She also enjoys singing in the car, listening to music or Ted Talks/podcasts, and spending time with family and friends. 

Special Interests:

  • Adolescent adjustment and behavioral issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Attention Deficit (ADD, ADHD)
  • Career and leadership development
  • Children, youth and teens adjustment and behavioral issues
  • Cultural and racial issues
  • Family issues
  • Gender identity concerns - LGBTQIA+ welcome
  • Interpersonal violence/trafficking
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • School issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Spiritual issues
  • Stress
  • Substance use issues
  • Trauma
  • Work-life balance

Education:

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - PhD - Counseling Psychology (anticipated graduation, 2024)
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Master’s of Arts – Counseling Psychology
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Bachelor's of Business Administration
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Jill Green, MA, LLP, Psychotherapist

Get to Know Jill:

“Life can be stressful, and we often feel alone in these moments. Everyone has a unique story, and I am honored to collaborate with clients to promote their empowerment and transformation.”

Jill has been a Limited Licensed Psychologist for over 20 years, working with adults, adolescents and couples. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1998. Jill is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has Level I training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She uses an integrative approach including mindfulness, CBT, ACT, DBT and spirituality to tailor treatment for each unique client. As a Psychotherapist at HelpNet, Jill is proud that EAP offers counseling to people who would never have tried therapy without this employer benefit. When not working, Jill enjoys spending time with family and friends, and trying new recipes.

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • First responder stress
  • Grief
  • Life transitions
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues
  • Work stress

Education:

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Master’s of Arts – Counseling Psychology
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Bachelor’s of Arts - History, Minors in Spanish and sociology 
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Bachelor’s of Arts – French 

Additional certifications:

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
  • Level I, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Maureen Jenkins, Account Manager

Get to Know Maureen:

Maureen works for Bronson HelpNet as the account manager for east Michigan and northern Ohio. She works directly with companies who are partnering with Bronson HelpNet as their EAP service. She ensures each employer partner has the information, tools and resources they need. “I enjoy working with our employer partners. I love building relationships and helping them provide mental health and wellness services to their employees,” Maureen explains. Outside of the office, Maureen enjoys being outside with her family, often going on walks and bike rides. 

Education:

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio - Master’s of Science in Social Agency Counseling
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio - B.S.B.A. - Marketing & Transportation Logistics

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Elishae Johnson, PhD, LPC, CAADC, Psychotherapist, Bronson HelpNet Director

Get to Know Elishae:

“I believe in creating the most authentic, nonjudgmental and safe therapeutic environment possible, to allow people to discover how to achieve balance, hope and an enhanced quality of life. I empower my clients to identify and tap into their own strengths, and utilize strategies from a variety of therapeutic approaches, including positive psychology, REBT, person-centered, CBT, mindfulness, and others, depending on each individual client’s needs.”

Elishae explains why she enjoys working in the mental health space and for Bronson Helpnet, stating that “There is something mutually beneficial and therapeutic in working with people, assisting them in navigating life. I often say that people don’t reach out to us in the best moments of their lives; they seek us when they’re the most vulnerable. I feel honored to be trusted to hold space for people who come to us for support. I enjoy working with our employer customers, who by nature of having an EAP, are communicating how important the people are in their organizations, and their commitment to supporting them being well.

Elishae loves joy and laughter, bold colors and experiences. She enjoys listening to R & B, gospel and hip-hop music. In her spare time, she can be found cooking (and eating), gardening, spending time with family and friends, attending festivals, traveling and shopping! 

Special Interests:

  • Adjustment after incarceration
  • Adolescent adjustment and behavioral issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career and leadership development
  • Cultural issues
  • Gender and sexual identity issues
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Life transitions
  • Self-esteem
  • Spiritual issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma

Education:

  • Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn. - PhD – Counseling Psychology
  • Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Mich. - Masters of Art – Counseling
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. - Bachelors of Art - Communication Studies

Lexi King, Administration Specialist

Get to Know Lexi:

Lexi works behind the scenes at Bronson HelpNet, ensuring both employer partners and clients have the information, tools and resources they need to get the most out Bronson HelpNet. She most enjoys talking with new HelpNet clients and referring them to the right counselor for their individual needs and goals. She understands that setting up an initial counseling appointment can be a difficult task, and she enjoys making sure the process is as enjoyable as it can be. Besides helping the clients, Lexi also looks forward to seeing her coworkers and keeping the office in good spirits. Lexi has a special interest in cultivating a healthy work-life balance and practicing self-care – making Bronson HelpNet a great match for her professional skills and personal passions. Outside of work, Lexi can be found thrift shopping or at the dog park with her goldendoodle pup.

Education:

  • Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Bachelor’s of Arts - Communication Studies
  • Currently enrolled at: Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich. - Master's of Arts - Strategic Communications

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Brandon McKinney, MA, LPC, Psychotherapist

Get to Know Brandon:

For Brandon, working as a therapist is a rewarding opportunity. He considers it a sacred privilege to work with clients who are fully invested in their growth and healing. Together, he works with each client to cultivate creative strategies, based in art and science, that help them get the most out of life.

Why does he enjoy working for Bronson HelpNet? “We are committed to making counseling accessible and appealing. To have short-term counseling included as an employment benefit reduces potential financial barriers. The fact that Bronson HelpNet benefits not only covers employees, but extends to their immediate family and household members, allows us to serve even more clients effectively.”

Outside of work, Brandon enjoys spending being active, having fun, and spending as much time as possible with family. “We love music and relish opportunities to enjoy live music! When possible we also take rejuvenating vacations.”

Special Interests:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety and general stress
  • Marital and couple counseling
  • Motivational interviewing to understand values
  • Work/life balance

Education:

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Master’s of Arts - Counselor Education (specializing in marriage, couple and family counseling) 
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Bachelor’s of Science – Psychology (minor in social work)

Pamala Milliron, Administration Specialist

Get to Know Pamala:

“It's not a typical office job with a manual in front of me telling me what my day will look like. Each time I answer the phone or assist someone, I know I am helping them connect with the people who are going to help them improve their life!”

Pamala works behind the scenes at Bronson HelpNet, ensuring both employer partners and clients have the information, tools and resources they need to get the most out Bronson HelpNet. Some of her favorite work projects include those that involve community outreach and community projects. Outside of work, Pamala volunteers at her local food bank, with mission programs and with various children’s services. She also loves traveling – including oversees to see her family abroad!

Shoni Newhouse, MA, LPC, Psychotherapist

Get to Know Shoni:

“Bronson HelpNet’s short-term model of therapy is a testament to the healing power of a therapeutic relationship that allows for growth in a short period of time.”

Shoni enjoys working as a psychotherapist, as it is an opportunity to work with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and phases of life. She considers it an honor to work with clients as they display bravery and vulnerability during some of the hardest times of their life. When working with clients, Shoni uses a variety of interventions including sand-tray therapy, art expression, CBT, person-centered, solution focused, nutritional psychology and spirituality. Areas of focus include assessing values, creating healthy boundaries, practicing self-care, finding new strategies to reduce anxiety and identify triggers, creating a support system, and providing education on community resources.

Outside of work, Shoni enjoys making memories with family, watching international shows and making travel plans!

Special Interests:

  • Acculturation Immigration Identity Culture
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • First responders
  • Foster care and adoption
  • Pastoral care
  • Racial identity
  • Trauma
  • Work-life balance

Education:

  • Currently enrolled at: Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn. - Doctorate of Public Health
  • Biola University, La Mirada, Cali. - Master’s of Art - Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. - Master’s of Art - Professional Counseling
  • California Polytechnic Pomona, Pomona, Cali. - Bachelor’s of Science – Biology

Heidi Saxton, West Michigan Account Manager

Get to Know Heidi:

Heidi works for Bronson HelpNet as the account manager for west Michigan and northern Indiana. She works directly with companies who are partnering with Bronson HelpNet as their EAP service. She ensures each employer partner has the information, tools and resources they need. “I love coming to work every day and building trusting relationships with our customers. Knowing that I have provided a tool, information or simply words of encouragement to help a customer is the best part of my day,” Heidi says.

In her free time, Heidi enjoys hiking, shopping, cooking, spending time with my family and taking care of her backyard chickens.

Education:

  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio - Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - Master’s of Business Administration (MBA)

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Cheryl Rosenbaum MA, LLP, Psychotherapist

Get to Know Cheryl:

“As a therapist, I am responsive, caring and always striving for excellence when partnering with my clients. I am here to meet them where they are at in their journey. I believe that we are doing the best we can, with what we have, at any point in our lives.  Sometimes we learn coping skills that work well in certain timeframes, but those coping skills lose their effectiveness and leave us feeling stuck or overwhelmed. We want to change, but struggle with how. Therapy is about exploring and discovering the most effective path to make the changes to get where you want to be. I like to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and person centered, strength based, and play therapy techniques.”

For Cheryl, it is exciting to come to work every day and engage with a variety of unique people – each with their own background, hopes and dreams. She enjoys seeing her clients flourish and grow in the areas that they have identified as important to them.

Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys spending time with family, reading and training dogs. In fact, she has a trained therapy dog named Bella. Bella is a Golden Doodle and likes to visit with people wherever she goes.

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Attention Deficit (ADD, ADHD)
  • Behavioral issues
  • Children, youth and teens
  • Family issues
  • Foster care and adoption
  • School issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Education:

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. - Master’s of Arts - Counseling Education, Counseling Psychology

Additional Certifications:

  • Graduate certificate in alcohol and drug abuse
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBY)
  • Theraplay Institute Training, Level 1

Cheryl spent 10 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer, completing Michigan Judicial Institute training. She has also completed specialized training at Western Michigan University to provide quality, evidence based neurodevelopmental assessments.  Additionally, she has completed training in attachment observations.

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