Our Team

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Minnesota CIT was founded in 2005, by Michael Peterson and Steve Wickelgren. There was an obvious need in the First Responder community to have a better understanding of mental health related issues as more and more calls involved people having a mental health crisis.

Both Michael and Steve are retired law enforcement officers, having served their communities for many years. Furthering their careers, they have both been trained in mental health and are bringing that expertise and training to the First Responder community. Their goal is to help educate, train, and enhance the safety of first responders when responding to calls involving subjects with mental health situations.

 

Michael Peterson, MA LMFT

Michael Peterson, MA LMFT

Executive Director

Michael Peterson is the Executive Director for MN CIT and is also one of the founders of the organization.

Steve Wickelgren, MA LMFT

Steve Wickelgren, MA LMFT

Clinical Director

Steve is the Clinical Director for MNCIT and has been with the organization since 2005 as one of the organization's co-founders. He is a retired Minneapolis Police Department Sergeant and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Jerry Hutchinson

Jerry Hutchinson

Training Director

Jerry is the Training Director for MN CIT. His role in the organization is to schedule all the classes as well as participate in them as a coach.

Peggy Hutchinson

Peggy Hutchinson

Facilitator

Peggy Hutchinson is a class facilitator for MN CIT. She helps the organization by having all the administrative materials ready for class, she also works with the site coordinators for training to make sure the facility is set up properly for class. Once class begins, she helps keep everything running smoothly.

Leah Isaacson

Leah Isaacson

Office Manager

Leah is not only one of our amazing actors, she is also our Office Manager.

Nancy Masson

Nancy Masson

Facilitator

Nancy is a class facilitator, she helps make sure everyone is prepared for class including presenters, actors, coaches, and students.

Cheryl Ameluxen

Cheryl Ameluxen

Scheduling

Cheryl is in charge of scheduling, she has the important responsibility to make sure each class has actors, presenters, speakers, and coaches assigned.

Hannah Ringold

Hannah Ringold

Facilitator

Hannah is the organization's administrative person and also a facilitator for the training classes.

Gennae Falconer

Gennae Falconer

Learning and Development Coordinator

Gennae is in charge of Staff Learning and Development at MN CIT.

Ryan Van Gundy

Ryan Van Gundy

Education Coordinator

Ryan is the Education Coordinator for MN CIT, he helps the organization by keeping the educational material that CIT presents up to date with the most current peer reviewed research on mental health.

Samantha Brown Hoyt

Samantha Brown Hoyt

Coach Coordinator

Samantha is the Coach Coordinator, she helps the organization by making sure the coaches are lined up for each class.