STAFF & COUNSELORS
Our team works through the root-cause issues in each boy’s life that are bringing about poor choices and destructive behaviors. Lakeside Academy is built on a foundation of Christian faith – fostering new behaviors, character development, and helping each boy recognize who he was created to be. Our staff is highly trained, caring and committed to helping your son build new healthy behaviors, positive relationships, and explore daily opportunities to be excited about their future.
Director of Lakeside Academy
BA in Christian Education and Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute
15 years ago, I was running a youth center and I had a volunteer that worked for me. He was a graduate of Teen Challenge and I heard first-hand the transformation that he had undergone. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a part of something like that. I love watching God reveal truth to people, freeing them from bondage.
My ideal day consists of sitting at the end of the dock, talking to a young man about what God is calling him to, and seeing that come into fruition. I’m deeply excited about the team, the environment, and the journey that is in store at Lakeside Academy.
BA in Psychology from University of Minnesota
I have witnessed how faith based recovery from addiction renews the mind, body and spirit allowing individuals the freedom to live the life God intends for them. I am honored and privileged to be a part of that mission and to work with others who share the same values and passion for the program.
I am excited for the boys to know God loves them and for them to heal and grow in this tranquil environment.
After multiple treatment programs, I came to Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge as a broken and hopeless individual, in desperate need of a life change. My faith and hope were restored while attending Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. I graduated from the Life Renewal program (short-term), Long-term program and the Teen Challenge Leadership Institute. At that point I decided to stay close to the ministry that helped save my life. I was hired in the admissions department in 2011. It is my desire to continue to stay as close to the ministry as possible, helping youth enter the doors of this life-changing program.
I love the outdoors and sharing the love of Christ. At Lakeside, we enjoy both on a daily basis
Shawn and Nadiya Heuver
Lead Youth Counselor & Onsite Farm Caretakers
BS in Youth Ministry | Licensed Pastor
I work at Lakeside Academy because God has called me to help the hurting find true and lasting freedom in Christ. I love building relationships with boys who need to have a chance, an opportunity to change, by coming alongside them in their journey. I’m passionate about helping individuals overcome their past and explore their God given purpose, gifts and future; it is a true joy to empower them to become healthy, strong and godly men. Lakeside has so many opportunities for boys to explore their unique gifts and callings by redirecting them on a new and exciting path in life – one that includes more than sobriety, but a life worth living. I have worked at Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge for the past 8 years – starting in May of 2007. My journey started as Lead Staff in men’s program for 4 years, Pastoral Counselor of Men for 3 years and over the last year I have found my true passion as Lead Youth Counselor.
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler Graduate School.
I have worked previously with adolescents helping them learn life skills in emotional balance, conflict resolution, self-advocacy, and academic success. I am trained in diagnostic assessments, treatment planning, case management and coordination of care. Skilled in leading group therapy, family education and individual therapy and providing therapeutic support.It is the goal of LA to help each student identify and develop their strengths through a combination of residential living, academic strategies, and MH/CD therapy. Students who struggle with issues like: ADHD/ADD, adoption, trauma, depression, family communication, substance abuse, appropriate assertiveness, and learning disabilities are provided a team of compassionate adults who have made it their life’s ambition to mentor these young boys in becoming responsible young men.