About Us:

Since, 2006, Community and Family Services provides family-based services across several different counties in the state of Minnesota. Services include: Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), Assisting families while in Family Dependency Treatment Court through FGDM Services, Youth in Transition Conferences, Family Mediation, and Family Based Services. 


“We are dedicated to providing community and family services to support and empower families, most importantly working together as a team to strengthen families by helping them make positive life choices.”

Debbie Kasper

M.S., LPC

Lacy Hansen

B.S.

Tiffany Nosser

B.A. 

Debbie Kasper has her M.S. in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University.  Debbie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.  Debbie Kasper has received training as a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator/Facilitator from the Center for Law and Leadership, William Mitchell College of Law in February 2000.  Debbie Kasper has received certification as a qualified neutral under rule 114 of the MN general rules of practice from the Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution, Hamline University Law and Graduate School.  She has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and their families providing Family Group Decision Making, Youth in Transition Conferences and Family Based Counseling.  She has worked in a variety of settings including, adolescent group homes, sexual assault centers and day treatment providing individual, family and group therapy.  Debbie has attended both International and National FGDM Conferences. Debbie has coordinated and facilitated over 600 FGDM/YIT Conferences in several different counties across the state of Minnesota. 

Lacy graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in December, 2010. Lacy coordinates and facilitates FGDM/YIT Conferences and completed the Family Group Decision Making Training through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System.  Lacy charts strengths and concerns and assists families in preparing future-focused plans to resolve issues and create support plans.  Lacy maintains a team approach working with families, social workers, guardians ad litem and other services providers.  Lacy works with families helping them develop plans around support, reunification and permanency.

Tiffany Nosser has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington.  She has worked as a Youth Placement Specialist and Youth Counselor at a residential treatment program.  Tiffany has facilitated a number of different parenting classes, including “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent”.  She has been a foster parent for newborns through adolescents.  Her strengths come from the diversity of her experiences in dealing with children and adults.  Tiffany currently provides supervised visitation, parent education and coordinates and facilitates Family Group Decision Making Conferences and completed the Family Group Decision Making Training through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System.


Supervised Visitation and Skills Counselor/Parent Education Availability: weekdays and some evenings.

PROVIDING: FAMILY GROUP DECISION MAKING (FGDM), PERSONS IN RECOVERY AND YOUTH IN TRANSITION (YIT) CONFERENCES, FAMILY-BASED COUNSELING AND FAMILY-BASED LIFE MANAGEMENT SKILLS SERVICES, MEDIATION, SUPERVISED VISITATIONS AND PARENT EDUCATION.

Diana Kasper

Ed.D.

Diana Kasper has her Doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She completed the Family Group Decision Making Coordinator/Facilitator Training through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System in 2004.  Dr. Kasper has 34 years of work experience in public education which began as a classroom teacher in District 742, St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1970 and then retired as the Director of Administrative Services for District 112, Chaska, Minnesota in 2004.  As Director of Administrative Services, Dr. Kasper was responsible for all human resource functions.  She was the chief negotiator for ten employee groups and the administrator for wages and benefits.  Dr. Kasper supervised the secondary principals in the district.  She participated on the University of Minnesota’s Licensure Panel serving as a Competency Assessor for the positions of Superintendent, Community Education Director and Principals. 

Lori Wells has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Bethel University.  She also has a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Lori received certification as a qualified neutral under rule 114 of the MN general rules of practice from the Mediation Center for Dispute Resolution, Hamline University Law and Graduate School.  Lori has completed the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) Training through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System in September, 2007. Lori has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of capacities. Lori spent nine years working as a supervisor in a residential treatment program.  She is effective in assessment, developing treatment plans and assisting in implementing those plans.  She has mediated crisis situations and counseled with clients and their families.  For the past eight years, Lori has worked as a Parenting Apart instructor and leads children support groups.


Supervised Visitation Availability: flexible during the week and on weekends

Lori Wells

B.A.

Danielle VanCamp

B.A. 

Danielle VanCamp graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in May of 2010; she also minored in Forensic Science. Danielle’s previous work experience includes working with adults who are chronic alcoholics, some with mental health issues in a group facility providing resident assistance and security. She also has experience working in a well-disciplined environment with inmates who have behavioral issues. She is also trained in First Aid/CPR. Danielle has experience with in-home family based skills counseling and supervised visitation.


Supervised Visitation and Skills Counselor/Parent Education Availability: weekdays and some evenings.

Nancy Kirchner

MSW, LICSW

Nancy graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1994 with her degree in Social Work.  Nancy worked a variety of areas providing direct services to children in residential treatment and crisis shelter programs:  St. Joseph's Home for Children, Bar None, and Hennepin County Home School.  In 1998 Nancy began working as a Child Protection and Children's Mental Health Social Worker for Mille Lacs County.  She completed her Masters’ Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Child Welfare in 2002. Nancy is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and works at the VA in the Out Patient Mental Health Clinic.  Nancy provides individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, case management, telephone consultation, and assistance with completion of advanced directives. Nancy is certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint therapy for PTSD. Nancy facilitates Dialect Behavioral Therapy Group and PTSD Relationships and Intimacy Group.  Nancy is also a trainer for Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behaviors for the entire VA. 


Therapy Availability: evenings and some weekends

Nikki O’Hotto

B.S.

Nikki graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications. Nikki facilitates FGDM/YIT Conferences. Nikki charts strengths and concerns and assists families in preparing future-focused plans to resolve issues and create support plans.  Nikki maintains a team approach working with families, social workers, guardians ad litem and other service providers.  Nikki works with families helping them develop plans around support, reunification and permanency.  Nikki completed the Family Group Decision Making Training through the Minnesota Child Welfare Training System. Availability: Open for Family Group coordination and facilitation

Amy Barber, B.A. (Master’s Degree Candidate)

Amy is a current graduate student at St. Cloud State University. She will complete a Master of Arts degree in English - Rhetoric and Writing in May of 2020. Amy graduated in May of 2018 from SCSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in English. She also has an Associate's Degree from St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Amy facilitates FGDM conferences and is a qualified neutral through the Minnesota Supreme Court. She charts strengths and concerns and assists families in preparing future-focused plans to resolve issues and create support plans. Working with families, social workers, guardians ad litem and other service providers allows Amy to utilize her communication studies and English backgrounds. Amy also works with families in the areas of supervised visitation and skills counselor/parent education. She is passionate about helping families complete support plans and enhance skills that promote family reunification and permanency. 

Stefanie Okeson, MA, LPN

Stefanie completed her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Adler Graduate School in Richfield, Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and began her professional work as a Licensed Practical Nurse with the St. Cloud School District. Stefanie is currently employed as a Behavior Interventionist with the St. Cloud School District, assisting staff and students to create and implement social, emotional and behavioral interventions which supports student success in the classroom and as an in-home family counselor through Community and Family Services. Stefanie is a compassionate, creative and holistic individual, and is available to work with clients of all ages, children to adults, as well as working with couples and families. Stefanie is especially passionate about working with children and teenagers, and believes in the importance of valuing each child as an individual with unique strengths, needs, interests and skills. Stefanie helps clients with issues of: anxiety, depression, body image, bullying, self-esteem, school or college transitions, relationships and parenting education. During in-home therapy work, Stefanie also assists families in the transition process of working towards healthy reunification when children have been placed out of the home for a time.

Erika Pool, B.S. (Master’s Degree Candidate)

Sandy Foy, MSW

Erika graduated from Saint Cloud State University with her Bachelors of Science degree in Community Psychology. She is currently enrolled and has a year completed in her Master’s degree from Capella University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Erika has worked in a variety of roles in different residential treatment centers for adolescents; with her primary experience being a Crisis Prevention Counselor, where she worked in each different unit including the secure unit and the unit designed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder; she also was a Unit Coordinator at a sex-specific treatment facility, where she was responsible for supervising over 15 staff and 25 male residents ages 12-16. She has been a certified Handle With Care trainer and has done extensive training in de-escalation and trauma informed care. She has experience in facilitating psychoeducation groups and communication between probation officers, social workers and families. Erika has also been a part of the local school district in positions such as a Behavior Resource Specialist and most currently a Mental Health Counselor. Erika prides herself on her ability to build relationships and most enjoys working with a diverse population. Erika is passionate about providing hope and support around reunification.

Sandy Foy holds a BS degree in Human Relationships as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has worked in the human services field for over 20 years. She has worked directly with children and families as well as provided supervision to staff providing child welfare and parenting education services. During her career she has served in a variety of capacities including being an agency delegate for MSSA as well as an advisory board member for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of MN.