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.:NCMDC Staff
John R. Henrich, M.Div., Psy.D., L.P
Staff Psychologist


John is a licensed psychologist and an ordained ELCA pastor.  John received his doctor of psychology degree from Argosy University/ Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 1998.  John served as a parish pastor in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Chicago and served as an interim pastor, hospice and hospital chaplain from 1979-1999.  John worked as a pastoral counselor at Westminster Counseling Center from 1999-2007, and also had a private practice in Burnsville from 2000-2005.  He currently works four days a week for NCMDC and teaches developmental psychology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.
Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.
Executive Director

Mark is a licensed psychologist and an ordained pastor in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mark received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and his masters of divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has served in the local church, worked in a university counseling center, and taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Mary Honstead, Ph.D., L.P.
Staff Psychologist

Mary is a licensed psychologist having acquired her Ph.D. from the Educational Psychology program at the University of Minnesota. She is also an active United Methodist lay person with an abiding interest in the integration of the spiritual and psychological dimensions of life. Mary worked as a clinical psycholgist in private practice, agencies and college counseling offices before coming to NCMDC.
Jody Johnson, M.Div., LICSW
Staff Counselor

Jody received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont and went on to complete both a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years experience providing psychotherapy to clients in various settings, including community mental health agencies and private practice. She worked with political refugees at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis for several years and developed an interest in the relationship between trauma and spirituality; she has spoken and written on this topic. In her Catholic parish, Jody is a lay preacher and a regular speaker on topics such as prayer and spiritual discipline..
Gaynelle Erickson
Office Administrator


Gaynelle joined our staff in 1999 bringing an extensive and diverse secretarial background. As the Center's administrative mainstay, she serves as secretary, bookkeeper, test proctor, scheduling manager, receptionist, and client liaison.
Okokon O. Udo, B.D., Ph.D., CPCC

Okokon is an ordained Presbyterian minister and an organizational effectiveness consultant and executive coach in private practice. Okokon received his doctorate degree in pastoral care and counseling from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a spiritual director, a retreat facilitator and a certified personal and professional coach. Most recently, he was the executive director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Health, having previously served as certified Associate Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education. Okokon is the chair of the Master of Science program in integrative health and wellness at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He enjoys and is deeply committed to working with students around pastoral identity and formation issues.
Pahoua K. Yang, MSSW, LICSW

Pahoua is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in community mental health and college counseling settings. She is a fifth year doctoral student at the University of Minnesota and interned at NCMDC during the 2005-2006 school year. In addition to her work at NCMDC, she is on staff at Augsburg College Center for Counseling and Health Promotion.
Paul Strickland
M.A., L.P.


Paul has been in the field of Career Development since 1988. In addition to his work with North Central, he works with students and alumni at the University of St. Thomas Career Development Center, and also has a private practice in career and counseling, with a focus on life/work issues. He is interested in career and personal issues and their relationship, as well as the challenges and opportunities in pursuing one’s vocational calling
Edel Mauritzen, M.A

Edel is a third year doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She graduated with her M.A from the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program at the University of Minnesota in 1998, and worked in the addiction's field for 10 years, both in Minnesota and Norway, before returning for her doctorate degree. She also has recent experience in college counseling and community mental health.
Ju-Ping Huang, M.A

Ju-Ping is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her counseling experience includes work in academic, personnel, and career counseling in college, community, and K-12 settings. Some of her areas of special interest include multicultural issues, female issues, spirituality, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. Ju-Ping is also working as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota and working as an intern at NCMDC for the 2009-2010 academic year.