Tricia Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Executive Director

Tricia initially began working with the Leo A. Hoffmann agency in 2011 as a youth counselor in the Hoffmann Center residential treatment program. Tricia then began as a therapist in the St. Peter Counseling Center program in 2015, following a brief 6 month break from working at LAHC. Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree and she went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree, both from Minnesota State University- Mankato. Tricia brings a professional background that is diverse and includes working with children and their families with concerns ranging from communication to trauma and child problem sexual behavior. Other areas of experience include: mental health therapy with adults, children, and families, social skills training (CTSS & ARMHS) with children and adults, serving people with intellectual disabilities co-occurring with mental illness, residential and outpatient treatment for adolescent boys, policy and accreditation work, and services for the elderly population. Tricia is licensed as an LICSW and provides clinical supervision to newly licensed clinician and other mental health practitioners. She has formal training in play therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Deanna Armstrong, MSW, LGSW

Hi! My name is Deanna and I’m so happy to be working at the Hoffmann Center as a mental health therapist! I graduated in August 2023 with my Master’s degree in Social Work with an advanced clinical concentration from Walden University. I also received a graduate certificate with focus on working with children and families. I went to Minnesota State University, Mankato, for my undergraduate degree. I received a Bachelor of Science, doubling majoring in Child Development & Family Studies as well as Applied Leadership.
I have experience working with a wide range of populations. I have experience working in nursing homes, group homes, child protection, residential mental health services for adults and children, mobile crisis response team, and outpatient therapy.
When I started in 2019 working at the Hoffmann Center, I didn’t except myself to become a therapist and continue working here. I have a passion for working with at risk youth that are in need of mental health services. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Family Systems Trauma and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
In my free time I love to travel and spend extra time with my two dogs, Lucy and Maya.

Travis Schmidt
Recreation Coordinator

Travis graduated from Augsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Prior to joining the Hoffmann Center team in 2023, he has had experiences working with children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Travis has also worked as a Mental Health Practitioner for Hoffmann Counseling Services. Sports and recreation have always been Travis’ passion and he strives to share this passion with others.

Grant Diedrich
Residential Program Coordinator

Grant has work in our PRFT program since 2021, starting as a youth counselor on the units, then being promoted to Unit Supervisor of our Falcons Unit, and now finally in the role of Program Coordinator of our PRTF program. Grant has a history that is rich in working with people and the service industry. Grant says that his favorite part of working at LAHC is spending time with the kids and staff on the units and watching the progress the kids and families make as they work through our program.

Dr. Shane Wernsing

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.

Sierra Johnson
Knights Unit Supervisor

Sierra moved to southern Minnesota from Kansas in 2022. She comes to the Hoffmann Center with 4 years of experience in the mental health field. Sierra started here as a youth counselor and was promoted to unit supervisor for her strong determination in helping our clients receive the care they need! Sierra enjoys spending time in nature, attending concerts with her friends, watching a good movie and a cold glass of Pepsi!

Anoria Zuehlke, MA, LPCC
Clinical Director

Anoria joined the Hoffmann Center in June of 2021. She is a South Dakota native who sought out her grandmother's journey and received her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University- Mankato and then ventured on her own to obtain her master's degree from University of Colorado- Colorado Springs. Anoria is licensed as a LPCC and has worked with children, adults, and families for the past 15 years. She is also licensed to provide licensure supervision to individuals who are seeking their licensure as a clinical counselor. Anoria conducts her practice through the strengths based and trauma informed care models. She believes everyone has the ability to be their best selves and by meeting a person where they are at and understand/listen to their story, one can achieve safety, healthy, and meaningful connection. Another passion of Anoria's is finding balance in work/home/self-care. When she's not working, Anoria spends time with her husband, two kids, and three fur babies. They love camping, traveling, boating, fishing, snowshoeing, swimming, yoga, baseball/softball, basketball, and volleyball.

Ben Copeland
Training Specialist

Ben studied psychology at Gustavus Adolphus College, graduating in 2010. Ben has been with the Hoffmann Center since 2011, working as a youth counselor and then a unit supervisor of the Falcons unit. In 2022 Ben moved into the training specialist role.

Greg Rueff
Phoenixes Unit Supervisor

Greg brings over 20 years of business, civic, and therapeutic experience to The Hoffmann Center. Greg is a summa cum laude graduate of Capella University. He has worked for The Hoffmann Center for seven years as a counselor and unit supervisor. Greg’s deepest source of professional satisfaction is helping clients attain healthy relationships, personal happiness, and the ability to realize their unique potential.

Tessa Friday
Accreditation Coordinator

Tessa joined the Hoffmann Center in March of 1999 after graduating from St. Mary’s University. Tessa worked as a Youth Counselor and Unit Coordinator before moving into her current role as the Accreditation Coordinator. Tessa enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets. Tessa’s hobbies include spending time outside whether it be gardening, camping, going to the lake or ice fishing.

Kal Osman
Falcons Unit Supervisor

Kal has been working at the Hoffmann Center for two years, he started here as a Youth Counselor then was promoted to unit supervisor for his fantastic work ethic and ability to form therapeutic relationships with clients. He is passionate about helping people in the community. In his free time, Kal enjoys playing sports such as basketball, football and golf. Kal also loves spending time with his 2 year old cat, 3 year old mini Australian shepherd and friends and family.

Casey Knisley-Dingle
Wolves Unit Supervisor

Casey has been working at the Hoffmann Center for almost 3 years! Casey started his journey here as a Youth Counselor and received a promotion to Unit Supervisor for his dedication and desire to help others. Casey studied psychology and sociology at the University of North Dakota. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three black cats. Casey loves playing games and enjoying many outdoor activities.

Meghan Gleisner, MS

Meghan has been with LAHC since Jan. 2017 and started as a wolves youth counselor. She continued working as a youth counselor as she pursued her master’s degree in mental health counseling at MSU in Mankato and graduated in 2021. She has completed her supervision hours and will be independently licensed as an LPCC in the near future. Meghan transitioned from the outpatient program at Hoffmann back to the residential program in August 2023. Meghan enjoys working with the kids in the PRTF program and having the ability to see them on a daily basis. She feels the treatment can be more intentional in working to stabilize the client’s mental health symptoms. Meghan is a local resident of this area and she loves to spend time outside with her family and her dogs in her free time.