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Dan Anderson Renewal Center Presenters

Renewal Center staff and guest facilitators include experts in addiction treatment and recovery, spiritual care professionals, popular lecturers, and noted recovery authors. All of our presenters bring extraordinary expertise and compassion to their work at the Renewal Center.

Bill Alexander Bill Alexander, author of the recovery classic Ordinary Recovery, leads workshops nationwide and has a private counseling practice, Awakening to Love, at his home in Minnesota.
Dick Beardsley Dick Beardsley won both the London Marathon and Grandma's Marathon in 1981. His book, Staying the Course: A Runner's Toughest Race, recounts his phenomenal 1982 Boston Marathon performance and discusses his struggles with addiction to prescription drugs and subsequent recovery.
Allen Berger, PhD Allen Berger, PhD, is a psychotherapist who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, emotional sobriety, and the psychological forces operating within the Twelve Steps. He is author of 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends, and 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone.
Echo Bodine Echo Bodine, an internationally known psychic and healer, is the author of 11 books, including A Still, Small Voice: A Psychic's Guide to Awakening Intuition and Look for the Good and You'll Find God.
JoAnn Campbell-Rice JoAnn Campbell-Rice is manager of Renewal Programs and Spiritual Care at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. A former professor of writing, she has a private practice of spiritual direction in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Karen Casey Karen Casey, PhD, is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning, which has sold more than three million copies and has been translated into 10 languages. Among her other best-selling inspirational books are Keepers of the Wisdom, A Woman's Spirit, Fearless Relationships, and A Life of My Own.
Richard Choate Richard Choate is the program supervisor for Hazelden's Cronin and Jellinek units at Center City. He lectures at Hazelden on a variety of topics and is currently working on a book that includes the "spaces between the Steps" topic.
Patricia Frazier Patricia Frazier has led workshops in spirituality, couples' communication, and personal development and works as a Family Program Professional at Hazelden. Her personal work with the Twelve Steps as a way of enlivening life has spanned 25 years.
Jim Geckler Jim Geckler, director of Patient, Alumni and Community Relations for the Hazelden at Center City, is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive setting for people to begin their recovery.
Fred Holmquist Fred Holmquist is director of the Lodge Program at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center and has worked in the field of addiction and recovery for 37 years. He draws on a variety of sciences and wisdom traditions in teaching the life principles of the Twelve Steps.
Will Hudson Will Hudson is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. A popular presenter and lecturer, Will brings authentic love, knowledge, and a great sense of humor with him wherever he goes.
Brenda Iliff Brenda Iliff, MA, is a certified multiple addictions therapist with specialized training in gambling, money, food, work, and Internet addiction. She has been with Hazelden almost 20 year and currently serves as the executive director of Hazelden at Naples, Florida.
Theresa Jacobs-Stewart Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart has been a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual director, and meditation teacher for over 30 years. A recognized recovery writer, Thérèse's most recent book is Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment.
Delia Jurek Delia Jurek, renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center, is a teacher, artist, and actor with more than 25 years at Hazelden. She sees the Big Book as a source of wisdom for daily living and teaches the simple, practical use of this manual for recovery.
Julie Karsky Julie Karsky is a yoga instructor at the Renewal Center and is certified in all levels of YogaFit. She teaches young children, elders, first-timers, experienced practitioners and those with chronic pain with an extraordinary level of love and light.
Don Karksy Don Karsky, a former addiction counselor, is a drum-circle facilitator with more than 50 years of drumming experience. He has facilitated drum circles for Hazelden, the Minnesota Association of Resources
Patrick Krill Patrick Krill, JD, LADC, directs the Legal Professionals Program at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Elene Loecher Elene Loecher is a spiritual director and mindfulness teacher who creates a safe environment for group participants to transform. She has 40 years of experience leading retreats, including 30 years at the Renewal Center. Her practice has included time in India and Thailand.
Lama Losang Lama Losang is a fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist Lama in the Kagyu Lineage, an acupuncture physician, and Tai Chi master. He has dedicated his life to ending suffering and the roots of suffering.
John MacDougall John MacDougall is the spiritual care coordinator at The Retreat in Wayzata, Minnesota. He was previously at Hazelden for 20 years. He is the author of Being Sober and Becoming Happy, which is available from
Priscilla MacDougall Priscilla MacDougall recently retired from her work as an addiction counselor and marriage and family therapist. She holds master's degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Adler Graduate School.
Daniel Maurer Daniel Maurer was an ordained ELCA minister for 11 years before falling hard in his addiction. Now in recovery, he works as a writer and speaker. Daniel lives with his wife and two boys in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Marc Myer Marc Myer, MD, is the director of Hazelden's Health Care Professionals Program in Center City, Minnesota. He is a board certified addiction specialist, an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine, and serves as chairperson for Physicians Serving Physicians in Minnesota.
Craig Nakken Craig Nakken, MSW, LICSW, LMFT, is the author of several recovery standards, most recently Finding Your Moral Compass: Transformative Principles to Guide You in Recovery and Life. He has a private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Marv Seppala Marvin D. Seppala, MD, chief medical officer at Hazelden, has worked with addicted health care professionals throughout his career. His books include Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People; When Painkillers Become Dangerous; Prescription Painkillers; and Clinician's Guide to the Twelve Step Principles.
Annetta Sutton Annetta M. Sutton, MA, AAPC, is the founder of Five Point Consulting. She brings more than 25 years experience in leadership and spiritual counseling in the private sector to her work as an author, speaker, and educator. She is the author of Catholic Alcoholic: A Witness to Addiction and Redemption.
Teesie Vallero Teesie Vallero is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center and on staff at the Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training. She has a private practice as a forgiveness coach and Reiki master practitioner at the Well Healing Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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