Gene Taylor, MS, LPCC
Executive Director

Gene is originally from Huron, South Dakota. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Huron College in 1978 with a Major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Gene received his Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Development from South Dakota State University in 2003. Prior to his position at Hoffmann Center, Gene worked in residential care with adolescents in South Dakota starting as a night youth counselor and working up to Program Director. He not only has administrative experience, he has extensive experience working on the clinical side with children, adolescents and families. He has over 30 years of working in various administrative roles within the residential field. Gene is the Executive Director of the Leo A. Hoffmann Center organization and Hoffmann Outpatient Counseling Service Centers. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Leah Davis
Office Manager/AR Billing Specialist

Ben Heeringa
Recreation Coordinator

Ben Heeringa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation in December of 2020 and began working at the Leo A. Hoffmann Center in April 2021. Before being employed by Leo A. Hoffmann Center, Ben spent time interning at an inpatient behavioral health unit where he used recreation to enhance the mental and physical health of clients. Currently, Ben coordinates and facilitates the recreation activities here at the Hoffmann Center.

"What I enjoy about my position is being able to impact the lives of our clients in a positive way through recreation. It is rewarding seeing the clients smile, laugh, and having fun while having a positive influence on their mental and physical health.”

Brad Walsh
Residential Program Coordinator

Brad attended Minnesota State, Mankato and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Recreation with an emphasis on Program Planning and Facility Management. Brad worked his first 6 years at the Hoffmann Center as the Recreation Coordinator and has spent the past 4 years as the Residential Program Coordinator. In his free time Brad enjoys athletics, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Shane Wernsing
Psychiatrist

Dr. Wernsing graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota with a degree in chemistry. He then went on to earn his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Wernsing completed his internship and residency in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and his fellowship in Wisconsin.

Madisen Hyatt
Office Assistant

Madisen attends St. Catherine’s University, working towards a major in Public Health with a biochemistry minor. She has worked in multiple non-profit group home and residential facilities and has a passion for the field. Madisen began working at the Hoffmann Center in March of 2021. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dogs.

Thomas E. Kelly, Psy.D., LP
Clinical Director

Dr. Kelly is a Licensed Psychologist with 35 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Kelly has worked in a variety of mental health settings and with a variety of levels of care including residential treatment for children, inpatient treatment for children and adults, and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and worked in a variety of classroom settings for children with special needs. Dr. Kelly began his professional work in psychology as a Milieu Counselor for children and adolescents and has worked with this population in a variety of roles since 1986.

“The Hoffmann Center is a place to open youth’s eyes to how their behaviors have affected their families, friends, and themselves. We offer the youth an opportunity to set the stage for positive and healthy change, there by restoring balance back to their lives and opening the door to their future.”

Karla Elmore
Business Manager

I have worked in the accounting field for almost 30 years. I also have HR experience with my last 2 employers. I recently worked with VSI out of Mankato as their Project Accountant and Human Resources for the last 5.5 years. Before that I worked with Wild Rose Home Health Services for 8 years as their Business Service Coordinator. With that I spent a good part of my time with the clients we served and enjoyed the hands on and feeling like I was making a difference in the people's lives. That was the reason I left MICO after 13 years because I wanted to be a part of something more that is also the reason I applied at LAHC. I have a 23 year old son and enjoy outside activities in the summer. Such as walking camping and riding my motorcycle. In the winter I like to attend Maverick Hockey games.