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Katie Carrizales

Katherine Carrizales
EMAIL:   kcarrizales@esu13.org
T:  308-635-3696
SITE: Scottsbluff

Dr. Carrizales is a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist who is the director of Behavioral/Mental Health at ESU 13 in Scottsbluff, NE. Dr. Carrizales serves as the primary supervisor of the High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium Intern at Educational Services Unit #13, she provides group supervision and didactic seminars, and is a member of the High Plains PIC Training Committee. She has worked in the field of school psychology for over 10 years and she is currently pursuing her BCBA as well as specialization in autism spectrum disorders and play therapy. She received her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in school psychology in 2015. She is a Circle of Security trainer/educator, Certified Child Parent Psych- therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and certified in Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. She was recently elected as President Elect for the Nebraska Psychological Association.

Dana Tewahade

Dana Tewahade

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
EMAIL:  dtewahade@esu13.org
T:  308-432-0707 x129
SITE:   Chadron Public School


Dana began her position as a school-based mental health practitioner for ESU#13 in 2018.  Dana enjoyed serving adults, adolescent and children in private practice.  In addition to providing mental health therapy, she taught anger management, communication and conflict-resolution skills in classrooms.  Dana also has an extensive background working in direct services and administrative services for non-profit service agencies assisting individuals and families who were internally displaced, refugee/asylum-seeking or experiencing homelessness.  When Dana isn't at work, she loves following her children activities in performing arts and athletics. 

Terri Haynes

Terri Haynes
Project Manager

EMAIL:  thaynes@esu13.org
T:  308-432-0707 x130
SITE:  Chadron Public Schools


Terri joined ESU 13 in 2019.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fort Hays State University and Master of Arts in Career Vocational Guidance from Chadron State College.  Additionally, she is a certified flight instructor.  She has served as a school board member for 20 years and was awarded School Board Member of the Year for the state of Nebraska in 2016.  Terri is an active volunteer in her community.  She is excited to connect the schools, community partners, and panhandle neighbors on mental health projects in her role at ESU 13.

Shanna Rosentrater

Shanna Rosentrater

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
EMAIL:  srosentrater@esu13.org 

T:  308-635-3696 C: 308-760-9776 
SITES:  Alliance, Bayard, Hay Springs, and Hemingford

PROGRAM: Title IVA Consultant, Intensive Outpatient Provider, School Mental Health Therapist

Shanna joined ESU 13 in 2019.  Shanna has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UNL and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Chadron State College.  Shanna is a native of rural Nebraska, and is committed to providing services to our children and families.

Kimberly Loomis
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner & Certified Professional Counselor
EMAIL: kloomis@esu13.org
T: 308-635-3696
SITE: Kimball

PROGRAM: Title IVA Consultant, Intensive Outpatient Provider, School Mental Health Therapist

Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner who joined ESU 13 in 2019.  Kim received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling at Chadron State College.  Kim brings with her a vast array of knowledge from her experiences in working with victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence, those impacted by substance abuse, incarceration, broken homes and learning, mental and physical disabilities.  Kim serves as a current board member of Cirrus House Inc. which focuses on providing quality of life and independence for people living with mental health challenges.

Amber Andrews
Administrative Assistant - Behavior Health/Day Treatment School

EMAIL: aandrews@esu13.org
T: 308-632-3981
SITE: Carpenter Center

PROGRAM: Psychological and Behavioral Services & Day Treatment School

Amber joined the team at ESU in August 2020.  For the past 3 years, Amber has worked with other school districts and with their student services departments.  This position allowed her to grow in her love for education, helping students and teachers, as well as become more familiar with services provided to our students.  She has a Business Technology/Accounting Degree from WNCC. 

Amber is a native of western Nebraska.  She enjoys traveling with her family & watching her sons compete in various sports.  She is looking forward to being a part of the new Day Treatment School and working with the fantastic team at ESU!

Jared Mackrill
Educational Therapeutic Coach - Day Treatment School

EMAIL: jmackrill@esu13.org
T: 308-632-3981
SITE: Carpenter Center

PROGRAM: Panhandle Beginnings Therapeutic Day School

Jared Mackrill and his family have deep roots in the community. Jared is the Educational Therapeutic Coach for Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment School. He cares about providing student support, regarding their emotional learning and implementation of therapeutic programming in behavioral health.  Jared has worked in education for 8 years, which has helped shape his care and understanding for students. He is currently working on his Master’s in Special Education to further his desire to teach and better our community.

Joseph Foland
Behavior Tech - Day Treatment School

EMAIL: jfoland@esu13.org
T: 308-632-3981
SITE: Carpenter Center

PROGRAM: Panhandle Beginnings Therapeutic Day School

Before coming to ESU 13, Joseph worked at Minatare Elementary School as a Special Ed Paraprofessional and as  basketball and track coach! Although my title was Special Ed I did a little bit of everything.  Joseph has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming in  Agriculture business.  I’ve been married for 8 years to my wife (Jessica) who is a teacher and loves her job! I have a 5 year old daughter (McKinlee) who is an amazing little girl! My hobbies include anything outdoors mainly golfing, hunting and spending time with my family!

Kyle Rice
Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
EMAIL: krice@esu13.org
T: 308-635-3696

PROGRAM: Title IVA Consultant, Intensive Outpatient Provider, School Mental Health Therapist

Kyle has been working in school counseling, marriage and family therapy and life coaching for the last twelve years. Kyle’s passion is creating opportunities for people to grow and engage with a deeper, more fulfilling expression of life. Kyle’s unique specialty is integrating outdoor adventure sports with the therapeutic process. Kyle completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and completed a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. Kyle has had the opportunity to utilize his skills in seven different countries including Morocco, Spain, Australia and Scotland. 

In his down time, Kyle looks for any opportunity to be out of cell service. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking, hunting, woodworking, dancing with his wife Jess, cooking/BBQing, traveling, water sports and learning new hobbies. In December of 2019, Kyle and Jess were blessed with their daughter Eliyanah. She has been a doorway of joy, adventure and new life perspective. Kyle is the founder of Inspired Epics and Co-Founder of Blue Sheep Media (a boutique publishing company dedicated to providing a voice for unique artists from around the world).

Nicole Kelley
Lead Teacher - Day Treatment School

EMAIL: nkelley@esu13.org
T: 308-632-3981
SITE: Carpenter Center

PROGRAM: Panhandle Beginnings Therapeutic Day School

Nicole Kelley has taught for ten years in Wyoming, Arizona, and now Nebraska. Nicole’s teaching focus includes working with students requiring special assistance due to poverty, trauma, and/or psychological needs. She has specialized training in Montessori and Boys Town Psychoeducational Model. She has a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Education from the University of Wyoming. Her MA concentration was Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Leadership. She also completed the Principal Certification program from the University of Wyoming. During her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, writing, running, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Leah Reed

Leah Reed
School Psychologist
EMAIL: lreed@esu13.org
T: 308-430-6495


Leah Reed received her Ed.S. in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2005 and has provided services and support for all grade levels throughout the years. Leah has had the wonderful opportunity to practice School Psychology in Colorado, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Working in each state has given her a different perspective and has also given her an opportunity to work with some wonderful colleagues, parents, and students.

Her free time is spent with her husband of 20 years and her two teenage children Olivia and Johnnie.  They both play basketball, and her husband is a college basketball coach, so much of her free time is spent in a gym somewhere!

Debbie Mills
School Psychologist
EMAIL: dmills@esu13.org
T: 308-430-6495

Debbie Mills is a School Psychologist for the ESU 13 and earned the Ed.S. and M.S. and NCSP distinction  in School Psychology from Miami University in Ohio.  She earned her B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University in Illinois and is also a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Debbie started her career in Special Education in 1977 as a teacher of the deaf and Hard of Hearing, working at both Illinois and Texas Schools for the Deaf with emphasis on auditory training, rhythm and speech programs as well as early intervention and preschool services. 

After time at home with her three children, Debbie completed graduate school for School Psychology and has been practicing as a School Psychologist for over 20 years. She has worked in some very unique settings including the bush of Alaska and Arctic Circle as well the State Department of Education in Wyoming and districts in Snohomish and Seattle, Washington. Home for Debbie is actually St. Louis where she grew up and worked for the Special School District in St. Louis County.

Debbie’s children are now adults: Jennifer 36, Jordan 33, and Kevin 31. And now has a grandson named Arthur, who is 4 months. She currently owns a home in the Raven Oaks area of Omaha and travels monthly to Chadron where she lives part-time while covering psychological services for the Northern tier of the ESU 13.

Jennifer Lopez
School Psychologist
EMAIL: jlopez@esu13.org
T: 308-631-1114

Jennifer joined ESU 13 as a school psychology intern in 2014.  She then worked as a school psychologist with ESU serving the northern region of the Nebraska panhandle from 2015-2019. After 1 year of maternity leave for the 2019-2020 school year, she returned to ESU in the fall of 2020.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and her Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.  When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, Rob and her 3 children, Lucas, Brynlee and Myla.  She also enjoys golfing, cooking, and Green Bay Packer football.


Nicole Sarnirand

Ecological In Home Family Treatment (EIHFT) Supervisor
EMAIL: nsarnirand@esu13.org
T: 308-635-3696
SITE: Scottsbluff, NE

PROGRAM:  Ecological In Home Family Treatment (EIHFT)

I am just moving over to Psych / Behavioral Health from the Early Development Network in Early Childhood here at ESU 13. I will be working as the Ecological In Home Family Therapy Supervisor. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science through Bellevue University and a lot of experience in home visiting and working with kids. I don’t have a ton of spare time between working and taking care of my family, but when I do have down time I love to read. I have 2 daughters, a 7 year old, Willow, and a 1 and a half year old, Winter, and my husband.  We have 3 dogs and a cat and all enjoy playing softball, card games and watching movies. I’m pretty passionate about behavioral/mental health and am really looking forward to using some of my skills and knowledge to help the families I’ll be working with and am really looking forward to getting to know everyone in this new department!


Janelle Mathews
Teacher - Day Treatment School
EMAIL: jmathews@esu13.org
T: 308-632-3981
SITE: Carpenter Center

PROGRAM: Panhandle Beginnings Therapeutic Day School

Janelle has taught for 32 years in the Panhandle area. Her teaching career has been with special needs students from grades K-12. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-8, and an endorsement in Special Education from Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska.  She also has a Master’s in Education through Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Janelle has 2 grown sons and 1 amazing grandson that she enjoys spending time with! She is looking forward to being part of the team at Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment while focusing on providing our students with a positive environment!


Justin Ruzicka
Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Provider
T: 308-632-3981
SITE: Carpenter Center

PROGRAM: Panhandle Beginnings Therapeutic Day School

Justin is a Provisional Mental Health Therapist with the Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment Center. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Nebraska Kearney. He is also provisionally licensed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Prior to his graduation he did his practicum at Mid-Plains Behavioral Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. There he gained experience in different areas in mental health. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife (Chelsey) along with our dog (Sulley) and watching football.


Rachael Koppel
School Psychology Intern
EMAIL: rkoppel@esu13.org

PROGRAM: High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium (HPPIC)

Rachael is a pre doctoral intern through the High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium. She obtained her BS in Psychology at Illinois State University and is completing her PhD in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has experience as an ABA therapist, performing neuropsychological assessments, and has functioned as a school psychology practicum student. Her research interests include school-based intervention for children with congenital heart defects, and her dissertation topic involves early literacy and social-emotional learning intervention in early child-hood. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys reading/listening to science-fiction and fantasy novels, cooking/eating, and painting.


Jamie Sato
School Psychology Intern
EMAIL: jsato@esu13.org

PROGRAM: High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium (HPPIC)

Jamie is a school psychology pre doctoral intern through the High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Child Development at the University of La Verne in Southern California and is currently pursuing her PhD in School Psychology at North Carolina State University. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines teacher socialization practices in Head Start classrooms. Prior to her internship at ESU #13, Jamie has practicum experience in schools, a university-based clinic, and a community mental health center. She has experience teaching children 3 months to 5 years-old in the preschool setting and undergraduate college courses, including child psychology, lifespan and developmental psychology, and introduction to psychology. In her (limited) spare time, Jamie enjoys doing arts and crafts (e.g., knitting, crocheting, hand lettering), watching history documentaries, and playing board games with friends.