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Austin Gross MA, IADC

Regional Manager

Austin Gross is an Internationally Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with a Master of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University. Austin has worked with many different populations, both in the mental health and substance abuse fields, including residential and outpatient settings. His specific experience includes work as an EAP counselor, Substance Abuse Lead Counselor, Drug Court Liaison, and as a Qualified Mental Health professional. Austin has facilitated community forums on substance abuse, as well as Recovery Month celebrations. He has specialized in the assessment of personal problems including: marital difficulties, family problems, emotional difficulties, and problems in relation to drug or alcohol abuse/dependency. He has conducted professional trainings on team work, team building, and conflict resolution, as well as the effects of addiction, sexual harassment, and working with difficult people. He is recognized for his skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing, providing individual and group therapy to many diverse populations. Austin is a Certified Prime Solutions and Prime for Life instructor. Austin is dedicated to the field of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and is relentless in his attempts to help struggling individuals recover.

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Dennis Brown, BS, IADC

Clinical Adult Counselor

Dennis is an Internationally Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Kaplan University. Dennis is a Certified Prime Solutions and Prime for Life instructor, who is skilled in Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Dennis brings to Rosecrance New Life extensive experience working in the field of substance abuse, with very diverse populations, and clients with medication assisted treatment. Dennis is very skilled with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and in the evaluation of substance abuse disorders. Dennis has worked with clients in both residential and outpatient settings. Dennis also brings to New Life experience, which includes previous work as a Drug Court Liaison and as a Counselor Supervisor. He has experience with adolescents and has been certified by Omni Youth Services as an Experiential Facilitator. Dennis has taken part in multiple community events that support the advancement and awareness of substance abuse problems, prevention and treatment. Dennis brings with him enthusiasm, passion, and a desire to help individuals struggling with substance abuse change dramatically and recover.

Ashley Garber

Ashley Garber, BA, IADC

Clinical Evaluator and Adult Counselor

Ashley is an Internationally Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and Qualified HIV Early Intervention Counselor with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. Ashley has training and knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Ashley has previous experience working in the field of substance abuse, with very diverse populations, and clients with medication assisted treatment. Ashley is very skilled with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and in the evaluation of Substance Abuse disorders. Ashley primarily works with the Level 1 clients in group and individual settings.

Maria Menster

Maria Menster, MSEd, IADC

Clinical Evaluator and Adult Counselor

Maria Menster is an Internationally Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Prior to coming to Rosecrance New Life, Maria worked in a hospital-based outpatient substance abuse program for 5 years, where she did outpatient group counseling and substance abuse consultations on the inpatient psychiatric unit. Maria has training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She transitioned to Rosecrance New Life during summer 2015 after moving to Davenport. Maria primarily does initial assessments, and also works with clients individually and in the group setting. Maria has become a Certified Prime for Life and Prime Solutions Instructor. She is committed to working with individuals striving to reach goals and make positive changes.

Mandy Lightfoot

Mandy Lightfoot, MA, CADC

Outreach Counselor

Mandy Lightfoot is a Board Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with Rosecrance New Life. Mandy is responsible for relationship building and business development for Rosecrance New Life in the Quad Cities. Mandy also provides alcohol and drug counseling, and other therapy services. Mandy obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in substance abuse from Kaplan University. Mandy has previous experience in customer service, accounting and human resources. Mandy is very dynamic, and assists in many other administrative duties.

Janene Rusk

Janene Rusk, BSW

Administrative Assistant

Janene came on board at Rosecrance New Life in December, 2008 as a part time receptionist. In January, 2010 she took over the administrative assistant position, where she has stayed ever since. She graduated from Southeastern Illinois College School of Practical Nursing, Harrisburg, Illinois in 1973. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio in 2000. Janene has an extensive work history in the human services field as both a nurse and a social worker, each one demanding some form of clerical skills. Although most of Janene’s experience has been working in the human-service field, clerical work is something she excelled at in high school, and at that time she thought about becoming a secretary. Janene is primarily responsible for assisting staff and clients behind the scenes. Often being the first to answer the phone and make appointments, she helps people feel comfortable and at ease, no matter what brings them to New Life Outpatient Center. She displays a genuine caring attitude and a warm smile towards staff and clients alike, making her a valued member of the Rosecrance New Life team.

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Mikaela Schultz, MSW, LISW, LCSW

Clinical Adolescent and Adult Counselor

Mikaela Schultz is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa with a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Mikaela’s undergraduate education was at University of Iowa where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Prior to coming to Rosecrance New Life, Mikaela spent most of her professional career working in the mental health field with children and families. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and with a wide variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, behavior concerns and substance use. Mikaela has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Mikaela made a conscious choice to fully engage in the field of substance abuse when coming to Rosecrance New Life in April 2014. Mikaela is primarily the adolescent counselor at Rosecrance New Life, which is an age group that she thoroughly enjoys working with. She also has the opportunity to be involved with the adult clients as well in group and individual settings. Mikaela has passion for work with all individuals in problem solving, goal setting, and creating a strong foundation for positive outcomes.