MENTAL HEALTH

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CATHERINE RUHLMAN


CATHERINE RUHLMAN

School Psychologist: Ed.S; NCSP

Work phone: 308-284-8481 (ext. 2203) 

Email: cruhlman@esusixteen.org

I received my Bachelors of Art in Psychology with an Emphasis of Mental Health and minor in Sociology from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. I then received my Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology from The University of Nebraska at Kearney. I have my NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychologist). This is my tenth year as a School Psychologist and have been with ESU 16 that entire time. For nine years I have been a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) Instructor. I am part of our Nebraska Crisis/Safety Team and ESU 16 Crisis Response Team Coordinator. Being a School Psychologist has been a lifelong dream of mine. I have always wanted to be an advocate for students. I am able to help in the area of academia, behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health. My hobbies include playing golf and tennis, reading, gardening, and baking. 

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CARMEN MCMAHON


CARMEN MCMAHON

School Psychologist

Email: cmcmahon@esusixteen.org

I received my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Elementary Education and Special Education (K-6) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I then went on and earned my Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I worked for two years in the West Point-Beemer School district, followed by two years with Lincoln Public Schools, and then one year working through telehealth with Fairbury Public Schools. This is my second year with ESU 16. I’m currently working in Brady, Wallace, Stapleton, and McPherson County. I love my job as a School Psychologist because you never know what each day with bring. I have a wonderful little boy and a husband who both keep me on my toes and constantly moving!   

GWEN BERGSTROM

GWEN BERGSTROM

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP): MS Ed.

Email: gbergstrom@esusixteen.org

I received my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I then received my Masters of Science in Education (MS Ed.) in Clinical Therapy from The University of Nebraska at Kearney. This is my thirteenth year as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and I have been with ESU 16 for 3 years. I am part of our ESU 16 Crisis Response Team. I previously worked for Mid-Plains Behavioral Healthcare in the roles of Foster Care Therapist and Intensive Family Preservation Therapist. I also worked in private practice for 6 years
My hobbies include running, fishing, camping, and growing pumpkins at Homestead Pumpkin Patch.

JAMIE MEISMER

JAMIE MEISMER

MA, Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) 

Email:  jmeismer@esusixteen.org

I have been working with students for around 15 years. Throughout my journey in education, my passion for wanting to further help students and families grew and grew. I found myself drawn towards the counseling path. After having been a teacher and school counselor, I gained my license to practice in mental health in 2015. I was in private practice for three years. As time went on in private practice, I found myself providing services to clients in their schools more and more. For some students, this was the best way to help them and their families. Eventually, I was very blessed to have the opportunity to work with ESU16. I absolutely love being able to work with families and schools to best help our children as these are huge components of a child’s identity and well-being.

SARA GENTRY

SARA GENTRY

School Social Worker

Email:  sgentry@esusixteen.org

I earned my Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Molloy College in 2007 and my Masters Degree in Social Work through the University of Southern California in 2019. I have worked in a variety of different settings including; therapeutic foster care, child protective services, out-patient mental health and in law enforcement. I began her journey with ESU 16 as a Services Coordinator for the Early Development Network in 2017 until the agency developed the School Social Worker position in 2019. When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, dogs, traveling and reading. 

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CASSIDY EGGERS

School Social Worker Intern

Email:  ceggers@esusixteen.org

I received my Bachelors of Science in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2019. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Social Work through University of Nebraska at Omaha and will graduate in 2022. My internship experience includes working in a foster care agency and case management within a hospital setting. I also have experience with domestic violence and teen dating violence through my time of employment at Rape/Domestic Abuse Program. Following graduation in 2019, I worked at Boys Town in North Platte providing family support and crisis intervention. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, outdoor activities, sports, and traveling.