Director

Tara Hokuf

Tara graduated from Bemidji State University and started her career with North Homes Children & Family Services in 2011 as a Foster Care Case Manager out of the Bemidji office.  Tara was promoted to Lead Foster Care and Adoption Case Manager before accepting her current role, as Operations Director/Lead Foster Care and Adoption Case Manager,…
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Brittany Sutherland MSW, LICSW

Brittany has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2017.  Brittany oversees the CTSS Program Compliance, Training, and Clinical practices for the Agency.  Brittany is also the Administrative Supervisor of the Deer River Programs 
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Colin Heglund MA, LP

Colin has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2008.  Colin oversees the Mental Health Professionals for the Bemidji Region
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Luke Jurek

Luke graduated from Bemidji State University, and in 2005 he began working, as a Mental Health Practitioner, with North Homes Children and Family Services in Bemidji.  The following year he joined the Foster Care team, as a Case Manager and in 2021 he became the current Adoption/Foster Director.
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Courtney Stenzel

Courtney has been at North Homes since 2018 and has a Master’s in Clinical Counseling and Psychological Services. Courtney works in the Residential setting as a Clinical Therapist and provides individual, family, and group services. Courtney is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is trained as an EMDRIA provider as two of her…
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Suzette Mallum

Suzette has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2000. She oversees our Boys Program, Teens in Transition, and Next Step Programs – as well as our Secure Unit that is run in partnership with Itasca County at the ITASKIN Center.
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Rachel Bougalis

Rachel has been with North Homes since 2008 in a variety of capacities.  As a therapist, her competency is in addressing trauma through various modalities, including TF-CBT and EMDR.  Rachel currently works for us as a consultant on CTSS services, compliance, and expansion, and focuses on building and enhancing our CTSS School-Based programming.
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Katie Rubesh

Katie has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2012, and working in the mental health field for 20+ years.  Katie oversees the day-to-day clinical operations at our Grand Rapids Out-patient Clinic.  Katie is the Clinical Lead for the Agency.  She is also the Clinical Director for our Central Region CTSS school-based programming,…
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Alisa Meyer

Ali has been with North Homes Children and Family Services since 2003. Ali is responsible for all aspects of our chemical health programming throughout North Homes. She also serves Itasca County as CD Commitment Coordinator and County Assessor. Ali is also a member of the Itasca County Wellness Court.
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