Larry Tucker, LMFT, Owner
Larry is the owner and co-founder of Kente Circle. He identifies himself as a relational therapist. “I believe that isolation is a major cause of mental illness and the cure for this disease lies within relationships.” Larry enjoys helping individuals, couples and families navigate life’s challenges. He believes that everyone has strength that can aid them at their lowest moments in life. His approach is grounded in focusing on each person’s strengths. He also feels “it is important that each of us learn to embrace our weakness and areas of growth by acknowledging where we have difficulties. True healing occurs only when people are brave enough to embrace that pain is a normal part of life and acknowledge that suffering is a choice.”
Larry is an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University, Twin Cities Campus, in their Masters Program for Marriage and Family Therapy. Larry has 20 plus years of experience in the social service field. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Minnesota MFT and LPC Board Approved Supervisor. Larry is also a trainer and consultant to agencies who are interested in enhancing their cultural knowledge and experiences with their staff and clients. As a trainer and consultant his goal is to inspire people to resist giving into the fear that comes with the unknown. Fear has a way of immobilizing people and their dreams. Larry hopes to encourage clients to lean into their fears and difficult conversations by being curious about what they don’t understand.
Renita Wilson, LICSW, Clinical Director
Renita is the Clinical Director of Kente Circle. Renita is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (B.S.- in Rhetoric, Youth Studies and African American Studies and Master Degree in Social Work). Renita joined the Kente Circle team in February 2011. Prior to joining the team, Renita earned a multitude of skills, experience, and expertise surrounding issues related to Family and Children services: Child Protection, Foster care, and Adoption as well as working with Adults and Children in Mental Health spanning over 20 plus years. Renita is an approved supervisor for the Board of Social Work In 2007, Renita began focusing her work with families and children through a clinical lens as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Renita approaches her clinical work as she does with all areas of her professional encounters; client centered, respectful, open-minded and honoring their story. Renita has also worked in both private and public agencies in supervisory and management positions, overseeing all operating functions of programming and maintaining required expectations for continued service delivery.
Kelsey Lundquist, MA, LMFT
Kelsey believes our relationships, connections, and past experiences greatly shape our lives. Kelsey received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St. Thomas in May 2013. Kelsey began her time at Kente Circle as an intern therapist in 2012. Upon obtaining her degree, Kelsey joined Kente Circle professionally in the roles of Associate Therapist and In-Home Service Coordinator. Kelsey is currently seeing clients both in-office and in-home for individual, couple, and family therapy. Kelsey utilizes a strength-based, relational-focused approach with her clients and feels privileged to walk alongside them in their journey through therapy. In her work, Kelsey is passionate about highlighting and utilizing client’s and families’ strengths, and honoring each family’s cultural values in the healing process.
LaShawn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist and has been committed to working with children and families in the Twin Cities Metro area for over 20 years. LaShawn is a graduate of Northwestern College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also completed a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University. LaShawn integrates play therapy techniques in much of her work with children and families. LaShawn also utilizes a solution-focused perspective when working with clients and emphasizes honoring cultural values and promoting empowerment and growth. She has worked extensively with youth and their families involved in the juvenile justice system, child protection and foster care. LaShawn believes that positive change can occur through building on individual's strength and focusing on the power of relationships.
Cory Call, MA, LMFT
Cory considers our relationships to be the foundation of our identities in the world. The way we interact and relate to our family, our coworkers, our partner, our children, our communities, our neighbors – these relationships ground us, challenge us, and enrich us. Cory believes that by strengthening our own identities, we strengthen our relationships and our communities.
For more than a decade, Cory has worked extensively with teenagers, young adults, couples, families, and multi-generational families – helping these clients navigate the emotional, relational, and social challenges of this life. Together they have explored and worked through a wide variety of issues including adoption and foster care, schooling and parenting, homelessness, mental health issues, family discord, gender identity and sexual orientation. Cory is an empathetic listener; adept at partnering with clients and helping them access their strengths, tend to areas of growth, and define their purpose as they stand against the problems that impact their lives.
Cory was raised in rural North Dakota, but home is south Minneapolis where he’s lived and worked for the past twenty years. Cory holds a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in counseling psychology and marriage and family therapy from the University of St. Thomas. Cory is also a Minnesota LMFT Board-approved supervisor.
MarQueda Raftliff, MA
MarQueda values the power of relationships, connections, and empathy in therapy. She believes they are the pillars in the process of creating and supporting change. MarQueda pursued her Master' s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Saint Thomas and her Bachelors in Community Psychology from Saint Cloud University. She started at Kente as a intern in 2017 and currently works as a Associate Therapist. MarQueda approaches therapy with by addressing emotional hardships and interpersonal conflict. She highlights individual and collective strengths, collaborates with clients to create meaningful solutions, healthy communication and emotional intimacy.
MarQueda has experience working with elementary aged children on social, emotional and behavior skills and parents communication with the school system. She is open to individuals, couples, families, and children over the age of 13. She is comfortable with issues of adjustment, marital issues, depression, communication and relation problems. MarQueda strives to be authentic in therapy, in hopes to provide a welcome and safe environment for clients. She believes that while everyone has challenges, through healing, there is hope to find a more fulfilled life.
Casey McGraw, MA, LAMFT
Casey brings life experience, energy, and humor to the table as a Functional Family Therapist (FFT). Casey's experiences include working with children and families through the YMCA as well as an intern at Kente Circle. From within the FFT model, Casey focuses on a client's strengths and honors their individual and family journey along with the larger community context of the person or family as healing takes place. He focuses on engaging and motivating families to make positive changes through a relational approach. Casey has a natural curiosity and genuine care for the people that he works with and tries to encourage hope, innovation, and energy into those he encounters.
Leela Willard, MSW, LICSW
Leela is a clinical social worker who uses a cultural-relational approach and narrative practice combined with historical and social context to guide therapeutic interventions with clients. She believes that healing comes from looking inward to true identity as well as self-reflection on trauma and resiliency. She also believes that looking outward to the social norms that have contributed to misguided thinking about who we are, and through the development of healthy authentic relationships we can begin to restore the self. Through reclamation and reframing individuals can develop a true sense of self and live more authentically. Leela is committed to creating and holding the space to help individuals and families develop in these areas.
Leela has her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from St Catherine University, and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Augsburg College. She has life experience and professional experience in areas such as adoption, addiction, childhood trauma, LGBTQ matters, identity, racism and discrimination (and the impact), grief, and child protection. She has had the honor of working within very diverse communities and is committed to the healing and empowerment of communities of color and indigenous peoples.
Quinn Maroney-Hernandez, MSW, LGSW
Quinn Maroney-Hernandez is a clinical social worker and utilizes a strengths-based and person-centered practice. Quinn received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Quinn then completed her Master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities emphasizing in clinical mental health as well as children and families. Quinn was a Kente Circle intern in 2017 and now provides services in-office as well as school-based at Sojourner Truth Academy. Quinn enjoys working with all ages.
Quinn employs a variety of therapeutic interventions including narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and structural family therapy. Quinn has worked in mental health for over 5 years and believes in the power of a person's story, their relationships, and their drive for connection which ushers a path for true healing.
As a white cisgender woman, Quinn works to be an advocate for communities and attends to dismantling narratives within white communities that actively harm and oppress others.
Quinn likes to have a good time and encourages her work with children, individuals, families, and couples to be a space where each person is able to explore their voice, needs, and identity. Quinn has experience working with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, serious and persistent mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, LGBTQ+, life transitions, divorce, toxic stress, as well as many other areas.
Wendy Abraham, MA
Wendy believes that our relationships (with ourselves, others and our communities) profoundly shape us and impact our wellbeing. Wendy believes that our wellbeing is affected by the mental, emotional, physical, relational, spiritual and meaning aspects of our lives. With an empathetic and strengths based approach, Wendy aims to honor all parts of a person's context, culture and sense of themselves. Bringing compassion, curiosity and openness to the therapy experience as well, Wendy hopes to walk with clients as they grow in insight and healing.
Wendy is a graduate of Bethel University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Wendy is also an adjunct professor at Bethel University teaching courses related to Wellbeing. Wendy is certified in Prepare-Enrich and enjoys working with premarital couples, committed couples and couples who are parenting. Wendy started at Kente Circle as an intern therapist in 2017 and now as an Associate therapist is currently seeing clients in-office for individual, couple and family therapy. Wendy has experience working with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, intercultural and/or interracial relationships, life transitions, marital issues, identity, and well as many other areas.
LaCresha Payne, MSW, LGSW
LaCresha has 7 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. She has co- facilitated racial dialogues with adolescents, provided academic support and guidance, and managed adolescents who were on probation. LaCresha has worked with families and children in exploring solutions to emotional, mental, and social challenges. LaCresha believes that all people are capable of greatness if given support, knowledge, and compassion. LaCresha graduated from St. Olaf College with an undergraduate degree in Social Work and American Racial and Multicultural Studies. She completed her Masters degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Adolescents and Families from the University of Minnesota School Of Social Work.
Lekie Dwanyen, MS
Lekie is a graduate of the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Kentucky, and currently a doctoral student in the University of Minnesota’s Family Social Science Department. With her background heavily rooted in a family systems orientation, Lekie is committed to promoting the wellbeing of individuals, couples, children, and families in diverse and underserved populations. Her goal in therapy is to work in a client-centered manner. She strives to meet clients where they are and employ strengths-based and empowerment-based approaches to collaboratively help them progress toward their goals. Lekie is passionate about providing the best services for each client or client group as it fits with their unique background and needs. She values attention to diversity and cultural competency in clinical work and believes that honoring diverse ways of knowing, living, and interacting is incredibly necessary, especially in our ever-changing society.
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