Nick Erber, MA, LPC, CAADC - Clinic Coordinator
Nick has been a counselor since 2006 and has worked in community mental health centers for over 10 years prior to coming to the TJCC in March 2013. Nick received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Health Studies from Michigan State University in 2001. After moving to the Traverse City area, Nick received his Master of Arts in Community Counseling and Holistic Health from Western Michigan University in 2006. Currently, Nick is a doctoral student at Walden University completing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. Nick has specialized training in several forms of counseling, including IDDT/Co-Occurring training, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Psychoeducation, Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. Nick is certified as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). Nick has work experience in several areas, including traumatic brain injury, chronic mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and gender/sexuality issues.
Victoria Rice, LLMSW - Medical Case Manager
Victoria has been with TJCC since February 2012. She comes with 8 years’ experience in the HIV/AIDS field working in many capacities and locations, from coast to coast in the USA to South Africa. Victoria received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Service and Young Child Development from Michigan State University in 2005. After completing a year of service in the AmeriCorps and working abroad, Victoria landed in Chicago, where she received her Master of Social Work in 2011. She specializes in Healthcare, Leadership and Development, Crisis Intervention, and Family Intervention. Victoria’s role at TJCC is as a Medical Case Manager. She has specialized training in Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Race Relations, and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution.
Shawn Kintigh, RN, BSW - Medical Case Manager
Shawn came to TJCC in April of 2010. She began her professional life when graduating in 1995 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Art in Social Work. She worked as a bachelor’s level social worker for 9 years. Most of her time as a social worker was spent doing case management for various programs including Head Start, State of New Mexico Adult and Child Protective Services, Bay Mills Indian Community, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. When working for Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of Shawn’s Big Sisters in the program was a nurse and a social worker. This individual inspired Shawn to go back to school to get her Associates in Nursing. In 2008, Shawn graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing from North Central Michigan Community College. Shawn then worked for two years on the medical/surgical floor at Otsego Memorial Hospital. After two years working on the floor as a nurse, Shawn decided to look for a position in nursing which combined both her nursing and social work experience. She came across the position at TJCC for a medical case manager. She applied and found she was friends with many of people Thomas Judd knew and instantly felt at home in this setting. Shawn has returned to school to obtain her Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Brian Simerson - HIV/AIDS Certified Case Manager
Brian has been in the HIV field since 2002 working as program coordinator for the Risk-To-Resilience (R2R) Outreach Program for Wellness Networks GTA, Inc. At that time he was helping coordinate the Annual AIDS Walk with TJCC staff. The Outreach Program was then moved and expanded through the Grand Traverse County Health Department. Also, in 2002 Brian became a state certified HIV tester and counselor for the Traverse Health Clinic, where he served as the primary HIV tester and counselor until fall of 2012. Brian began working at the Thomas Judd Care Center in 2005, where he first served as program assistant and AIDS Walk coordinator. In 2006, Brian was certified as state HIV case manager. Brian received his Associates of Applied Sciences-Human Services from Baker College in 2003, and his Associates of Business Degree-Business Management from Baker College in 2005. He is currently working towards his Bachelors of Human Services at Baker College. Brian has received numerous specialized certifications and trainings in the following area including; Community Health Outreach Worker, Partner Counseling and Referral Services for Community Based Organizations, Health Outreach Specialist, Supporting Client Disclosure of HIV Status, Coaching Skills, Human Relations/Supervisory Development, Applying Behavioral Theory to HIV/STD Prevention, Wraparound Facilitator, and Community Identification.