Michaelene Colestock, CEO
MA, LPCC, LADC
Michaelene Colestock has 19 years of experience in the Addiction Treatment field. Currently, Michaelene is the owner/CEO of Spence Specialties LLC and ANEW Treatment Center, providing sober housing to women and their children and Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Recently, she was the program manager of Regions Hospital Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and former director of clinical services; Wayside House Inc. Michaelene has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. In 2002, she obtained her License for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (LADC), and in 2013, became a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Michaelene has taught graduate level classes at the University of MN and Adler Graduate School, and has facilitated trainings at Metro State University on Co-Occurring Disorders, Family Supportive Housing Center on a variety of topics, MARRCH Conference, and Washington D.C. Conference to Prevent Homelessness.
Jess Koep, Clinical Director
Jess has been working in the field of addiction and mental health in various roles since 2007. She obtained her LADC in 2013 and MSW in 2015. Jess has experience working in residential, outpatient, sober housing and private practice. She has also spent time working as an adjunct instructor at Minneapolis College in the Addiction Counseling Program. Jess has a strong passion for walking along side women as they heal from their past and begin gaining self-confidence, self-reliance and hope for their present and future selves. Jess is a dually licensed clinician that believes there is not a "one-size fits all" approach to long-term recovery. Jess believes that all humans can heal with individualized support and resources in place. She is humbled to be part of an incredible team and organization that's purpose and mission is to support women in finding their way to recovery.
Sara Greenbaum, Counselor
Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree in alcohol and drug counseling from Metropolitan State University and is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Sara's approach to providing care is person-centered and believes in the importance of the therapeutic alliance between a client and provider. She has experience working with diverse populations and is skilled in assisting clients with working through grief, and challenging shame-based beliefs. She provides a strengths-based approach in helping clients reach their full potential.
Samantha Bucholz-Anderson, ADC Intern
Samantha is currently an ADC intern working towards licensure to become a chemical health counselor. She seeks to provide support to women through all stages of recovery and is grateful for the opportunity to watch them grow and regain their independence.
Pamela Brown, Counselor
Pamela is a woman in long-term recovery and she says this with gratitude and humility. It just seemed to happen one step, one day at a time; one meeting, one prayer…you get the idea. Pamela has three primary passions in life. Number one is recovery, number two children and their children, number three is working with women to teach, coach, counsel, and encourage them toward a life of long-term (one day at a time) recovery, especially by being an example.
Pamela came to counseling later in life, earning a degree in Addiction Counseling from MCTC in 2008 with licensing as an LADC following. She worked at Wayside for a little over 10 years and came to ANEW Treatment Center a few months after that in 2018. Pamela says she is proud to be a member of the ANEW Treatment Center team. One of her greatest joys is seeing former clients as they live successful lives of recovery as well as receiving calls and messages from others. She teaches and lives a 'no matter what' sobriety, knowing that going back to chemical use NEVER solves a problem or makes life better. She says, "ANEW is a fun, compassionate and ethical place to work and I couldn't be happier to be a part of it."
Sharon Huffman, Spence Specialties ANEW Coordinator
Sharon has her Associate’s Degree in Addiction Sciences and is a board-certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. Sharon has over 12 years of experience working with people struggling with addiction issues in a professional and compassionate manner. She works at ANEW Treatment Center full-time as the program coordinator. She is the contact person for all referrals for our housing and treatment programs. She is also the property manager at our sober apartment building, Pylkas Place Apartments.
In fall of 2018, Michaelene was selected as the Women Venture Social Entrepreneur of the year. Our business would not be where it is today without Women. Venture, see video above.
We guide women to and through recovery by keeping them accountable to their goals. We lift women out of addiction and into recovery.
We believe that women can achieve and maintain sobriety by providing a safe place to call home while offering therapeutic treatment services and recovery resources.
We value accountability, safety, sobriety, and support. It is the expectation that while women are living in our sober houses that they are attending Outpatient Treatment, going to school, working, volunteering, attending recovery meetings, maintaining compliance with legal goals, and parenting or working towards reunification with their children (if they have children).
Laura went to treatment in 2002 in an effort to regain custody of her 2-year-old son. She did well in treatment and remained sober for a period of time. Unfortunately, the only housing resource for her was in the neighborhood in which she used chemicals. She told people she could not live there, but there was nowhere else for her to go. Eventually, the lure of chemical addiction got the better of her. She was taken advantage of and murdered in 2005.