Leadership Team

Andy Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, Founder

Andy Thomas, a native of the Washington D.C. area, came to Minnesota in search of help for his own addiction and chronic mental health struggles. After successfully completing treatment, Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and is a graduate of the StepUP program. After two years working in the financial services industry, Andy felt a calling to do something more and joined AirCare Health as the Director of Business Development. At AiRCare, Andy worked with providers, payers, and employers to develop solutions for chronic disease management, specializing in behavioral health. After leaving AiRCare, Andy was on site at Gray Wolf Ranch, a residential treatment program for young adults in Port Townsend, WA. There, he worked with families to find treatment and also helped to facilitate the acquisition of Gray Wolf to new ownership. After the transition, Andy decided to launch Kodiak. Andy believes in the efficacy of long term treatment but wanted to develop an integrated solution that was affordable to families but also delivered superior health outcomes. In his spare time, Andy enjoys playing golf, relaxing, and spending time with his adopted hound-mix, Hank Thomas.

Marc Ashton

Chairman, Founder

Marc Ashton is a native of Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is the founder of World Data Products in 1987 as well as the Marcus McCoy Foundation in 2001. The foundation focuses its resources on recovery, education, and the environment. Marc volunteers on local non-profit boards and continues to work as a private business consultant. Some of these include Kipp School Academy, The Parents Television Council, and Seeds of Change. He has been in recovery since 1994 and finds Kodiak Recovery to be a much-needed resource to provide a unique model for treatment in the Twin Cities.  Marc enjoys mentoring and consulting to businesses and serves Kodiak as a founding partner, advisor, and Chairman.  In his role at Kodiak, Marc works closely with Executive Director and Founder Andy Thomas on Kodiak's strategic plan, positioning, and growth.  Marc also enjoys the time spent with his four daughters in Minneapolis, playing tennis and bridge, and traveling.

Jason Reed, PsyD, LP

Chief Clinical Consultant

Dr. Jason Reed is a Licensed Psychologist and the Clinical Director at Kodiak Recovery. Dr. Reed is an experienced addiction professional with a specific interest in the areas of addiction, co-occurring disorders and eating disorders. He uses an integrated approach to understanding and treating addiction, combining evidence-based practice with common therapeutic factors such as empathy and the power of the relationship. His clinical approach includes cognitive-behavioral principles, mindfulness and acceptance strategies, trauma-informed care and recovery management. Dr. Reed is an Adjunct Professor at the new Co-occurring Disorder Training Program at the University of St. Thomas. In his free time, Dr. Reed enjoys spending time with friends and family and is a long-suffering Minnesota Timberwolves fan.

Renee Most, LADC

Executive Director

Renee Most has spent the past 15 years working in various treatment roles and programs including residential, Intensive outpatient, and outpatient services. She has also worked in the school systems, and in private practice as a counselor, assessor, and interventionist. Renee is committed to helping individuals, families, and other professionals  access appropriate treatment options. She has a proven track record in building and maintaining positive relationships with professionals and organizations in the health care and treatment industry. Renee believes everyone deserves an opportunity to experience the gift of sobriety. Originally from Arkansas Renee moved to Minnesota over 18 years ago and has still managed to keep her southern drawl. When she is not working she is spending time with her Husband and two children.

Clinical Team

Lauren Ryan

Treatment Director  

Lauren Ryan is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She has had various roles throughout her career including being a case manager, counselor, and program coordinator.  She specializes in the treatment of substance use, eating disorders, and co-occurring mental health concerns.  Lauren is passionate about guiding others on their path to recovery.  She provides a safe environment for client's to share life experiences and establish a new foundation in life.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, participating in endurance races, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

 

Dr. Jessica Bell

Training Director and Site Director - Edina

Dr. Jessica Bell is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental health issues that co-occur with those two disorders. Dr. Bell strives to join with individuals to create a space of support and compassion where healing can begin. She believes we all deserve to experience a life worth living. Whether it is substance abuse, an eating disorder, anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness that is preventing you from embodying your highest expression of yourself she will work with you to remove barriers and work toward your vision of happiness and contentment.

Lindsey Mackereth

Director of Admissions 

Lindsey is dually-licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She strives to provide a welcoming yet challenging therapeutic environment in order to help individuals make meaningful changes and experience a life with increased freedom and joy.  Her areas of expertise include the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders as well as eating disorders, behavioral addiction, shame and life transitions.  Lindsey’s clinical experience includes providing individual and group counseling for adolescents and adults in outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential levels of care. She also teaches psychology and counseling courses at a local university. In her free time Lindsey enjoys humor, creating and viewing art, playing fetch with her loyal golden lab, spending time with family, staying active and watching documentary films.

Kristin Wilcox, MS, LPC, LADC

Clinical Supervisor, Therapist

Kristin Wilcox, a Minnesota native, is an alumnae of the College of St. Benedict and of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She has worked at the University Counseling Center at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and in the StepUP Program at Augsburg University. Her therapeutic approach is both compassionate and direct, and she considers it an honor to join clients on their journey toward therapeutic wellness. Kristin is married with two children, as well as two dogs and three cats (which Kristin has been encouraged to consider as the household pet capacity, though she sees this as negotiable.) 

Elizabeth Jackson, MS, RD, LD

Director of Nutrition and Integrated Services

Elizabeth Jackson, MS, RD, LD is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, co-occurring/substance use disorders, and ARFID/child and family feeding issues, most recently for 7 years at Melrose Center in outpatient services. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 2010, Elizabeth worked in Michigan for 19 years in private practice. During this time, she also developed and taught an upper level course on eating disorders at Central Michigan University for 8 years, as well as serving on the clinical faculty of the Ellyn Satter Institute, conducting workshops and trainings throughout the US and Canada on optimal child feeding. Elizabeth has a special interest in the intersection of insecure attachment, trauma (including food trauma) and eating disorders, and the prevention and treatment of the multigenerational impact of all three. She is a founding member of the MN Trauma Project and uses a Health at Every Size approach to weight in all of her work.

 

Kimberly Wight, MSN, RN, CNP

Nurse Practitioner

 

Kim Wight is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her advanced degree from the University of North Dakota in 2012.  She has enjoyed working in the behavioral health and addiction fields since 2005. Kim has trained with a variety of patient populations including adults and adolescents who have severe and persistent mental illness and/or chemical dependency. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as in forensic settings.  Kim provides psychiatric evaluation and ongoing medication management using best practices and an evidence-based approach. She enjoys working in partnership with patients to help them achieve treatment goals and in collaboration with other providers to offer a holistic approach to improving patients' emotional, physical, and mental health.

Ben Stewart, MS, LPC, LADC

Therapist, Case Manager

Ben Stewart is a licensed in the state of Minnesota as both a Professional Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  he holds a master's degree in Addiction Counseling and Advanced Practice from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.  Ben has experience working at various levels of care ranging from medically-managed intensive inpatient services to outpatient settings as well.  Throughout his career Ben has continued to focus on developing a strong therapeutic alliance with his clients in an effort to help facilitate their positive growth and long-term change.  Originally from Pittsburg her came to Minnesota in search of his own path to recovery in 2002.  Ben and his wife enjoy traveling, exploring the local food scene, and are avid supporters of the Minnesota United Football Club.  They enjoy living by the City of Lakes and taking advantage of all that the Twin Cities has to offer.

Administrative and Support Staff

Jill Spurgeon

Director of Finance and Administration

Marilyn Reese

Clinic Coordinator

Jodie Holtz

Billing and Collections Analyst

 

Judd Bruch

Experience Coordinator

 

Judd Bruch moved to Minneapolis three years ago to pursue his dream of integrating his zeal for recovery with his vocation of helping individuals recover from substance abuse and mental health issues.  Judd combines his experience of holistic recovery management as a House Manager at Red Mountain Sedona, a clinical aftercare program, with the knowledge he gained from working at The Retreat, a twelve-step immersion treatment center. He is passionate about rock climbing, wilderness explorations, and emotional wellness.   Judd graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis with a Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations.

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