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 18 years. 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 is an approved supervisor for the Board of Social Work and has provided ongoing supervision to BSW, MSW, a most recently MFT students pursing educational degrees. 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.
She is committed to recognizing the strengths and potential in families and the value in healing and relationship building. Renita's sees her work with individuals and family, as an ongoing journey as every member is as unique and complementary to the relationships they hold and overall emotional health they possess. Renita is also excited to bring her rich experience into the role of Clinical Director as "relationships and systems" continue to be part of the intersections of service delivery and client centered work.
Huy T. Le, MA, LMFT
Huy recognizes that life is a journey through the valleys, mountains, and deserts. His passion is to join his clients on that journey and help them to find their way. Huy has a warm and kindhearted attitude that attracts others to him. He was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States with his family at a young age. He received his Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University, and his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University. He is licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is certified to implement the Prepare and Enrich program in Couples Therapy. Huy has dedicated more than 10 years, personally and professionally, to working with individuals, couples, and families from different ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds throughout the Twin Cities. These experiences have enriched his cultural competence and sensitivity, heightened the importance of the community in persons’ development and wellbeing, and ignited creativity in working with clients. Huy’s style of therapy is a collaborative relationship with the clients, empowering them to recognize and strengthen the skills and talents they possess in order to become the most they can be in life’s journey.
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.
Sarah Lentz, LAMFT
Sarah has been working with youth and families in the Twin Cities for over a decade. She manages Kente Circle’s school-based therapy program and provides therapy for scholars at Sojourner Truth Academy in North Minneapolis. She also runs a number of therapeutic groups for youth at partnering agencies in the metro area. Sarah earned a BA in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University- Twin Cities. In her work with individuals, couples, and families, Sarah focuses on their strengths and aims to create a safe space to experience emotions, examine patterns in their relationships, and embrace the complexity within themselves and the world around them.
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. LaShaen believes that positive change can occur through building on individual's strength and focusing on the power of relationships.
Maria is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) through the State of Minnesota, and earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in the field of School Work. Maria is a Child Welfare Scholar out of the University of Minnesota and has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families, as well as engaging in therapeutic work with couples and individuals. Maria has experience with providing in-home and in-office therapy, in conjunction with facilitating various groups, including intensive therapeutic adult and children skills groups, in both an outpatient and inpatient setting, parenting education, along with partnering in work around diversity and inclusion initiatives. Maria believes in the power of relationships, collaboration, and building on the unique strengths and skills that we all bring with us, while also being aware of how various systems in our lives impact us.
Eva Emmerich, MA
Katie Harrold, MA, LMFT
Katie is an AAMFT/BMFT and BBHT approved Clinical Supervisor and Therapist. She is a Kente Circle intern Alumni from 2005-2006. Katie works with clients in a variety of ways to help approach emotions, thoughts, behaviors and relationships in more flexible and comfortable ways so you can grow, change and heal. People's life stories inspire her to help clients draw on their own intrinsic resources for healing, helping strengthen and enhance relationships by collaboratively exploring life experiences and patterns, with a goal of increasing resiliency and emotional functioning. For 10 years she maintained a small private therapy practice in Uptown Minneapolis working with couples, youth, individuals and families, and providing Clinical Supervision. She has also worked in a variety of metro area non-profit agencies as in-home and outpatient Therapist and Supervisor.
Dwight E. Jones Jr., MS
Dwight has over 10 years of experience in the social service industry and providing therapy to a wide range of populations, including addictions, acute psychiatrics, groups, families, couples and individuals. Employing a strength based-relational focus, Dwight provides a healthy space for voices to be heard, emotions to be felt and issues to be resolved.
Casey McGraw, MA
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.
Jessica Shultz, MA
Jessica brings both empathy and practicality to her clients, helping to highlight strengths and develop new and healthy ways of relating to oneself and to others. As a transracial adoptee raised in the Twin Cities, she has a unique perspective and personal experience in some of the challenges life can bring to youth and families. Jessica received her M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and received clinical training at Kente Circle from 2013-2014. Upon completion of her degree she spent two years as a Social Worker in Queens, New York. With over 7 years of experience in social services, Jessica has worked with homeless populations, supportive housing, and various mentorships with youth including arts-based and adoptee-specific programs. She is committed to walking along side those with the courage to make the journey toward health and healing. Jessica also sees clients in office, with a focus on out of home placements, blended family issues, and adoption/foster care issues.
LaCresha Payne, 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.