Katie is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse with over 17 years of experience as a nurse helping those who suffer addiction and other chronic disorders. She is a recovery coach through the Minnesota Recovery Connection. She is a Past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions and is involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Katie is a graduate of Gonzaga University where she received her Masters of Nursing with an emphasis in Health Systems Leadership.
Marcus Blue, CADC is Sage Prairie Operation’s Director. Marcus is certified through the Upper Midwest Indian Council on Addictive Disorders. He is also a recovery coach who received his training at the Minnesota Recovery Connection. A member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in North Dakota, he brings over 28 years of recovery to Sage Prairie.
Gary has a bachelor’s degree in psychology specializing in addiction, crisis counseling, and Christian counseling. He is currently working on his master’s degree in addiction and then plans on pursuing a master’s degree in mental health. For Gary, there is nothing more rewarding in life than witnessing someone break free from the bondage of addiction. For him, watching an individual grow in recovery and achieve their goals is truly a miracle like no other. His passion in life is to help others and assist them in unlocking their true potential. He sincerely believes that no matter how far down the scale you’ve fallen there is always hope
Lindsey Mahnesmith’s passion has always been to help people. Her original career path was nursing. That all changed after a long history of addiction in her family and having a good high school classmate overdose. At that point she knew there was nothing more that she wanted to do then help people struggling with addiction. Lindsey realized that if these people had nobody else in the world at such a troubling spot in their lives they would have people like us, in this field who care and will do anything to help them. She received her Associates Degree in Addiction Counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University in Addiction Counseling as well. Lindsey is extremely satisfied with the career choice she has made and will continue to do whatever she can to help people struggling with addiction and erase the stigma.