HATC Staff

Jane Sharkey, Owner
CTSS Provider, LPC Approved Supervisor, Member of MCCA
Jane Sharkey has a master's degree in counseling and psychotherapy from the Adler Graduate School and is an approved LMFT and BBHT supervisor. Jane is the owner of Helena Family Support located in New Hope, MN.  This agency provides CTSS to clients ages four to 21 and services are provided by students pursuing a master’s degree in a related mental health field or are pursuing licensure with the MN Board of Marriage and Family and/or the MN Board of Behavioral Health.  Jane is Co-owner and Director of HFS Autism Therapy Center. Jane’s passion is humor, kindness and enjoying her two and five year old granddaughters.


Rachel Tarras, Director of Operations 
LMFT, BBHT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Rachael is a Marriage and Family Therapist, BBHT and AAMFT Approved Supervisor and has worked at management level for 10+ years. Born and raised in MN; wife and mother of 2 adorable little girls, she has worked in the mental health field for 12+ years. Her experience includes therapy and psychoeducation for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, individual suffering from severe and persistent mental illness, children affected by trauma and troubled youth. Her professional passions include; excellence in providing mental health services and molding ‘up & coming’ professionals. Her personal passions are; playing with her children, cooking, fishing, and reading.


Sam Scott, BA
Executive Assistant
Sam joined Helena Autism Therapy Center May 2014.  Sam is from a small town in MN and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris.  She has worked with individuals with mental illness and/or disabilities since 2012, and has about 1.5 years of administrative experience.  Sam love’s to organize things and to use her creative talents around the center. Sam is known to be a valued resource for staff around the center; she helps staff locate items, helps complete tasks that are essential for programming, and is able to problem solve quickly when concerns might arise. In her spare time, Sam likes to learn how to bake, meditate, listen to music, and binge watch TV shows on Netflix.  She also enjoys traveling up north to Rancho Relaxo (her parents farm) to visit with her parents and to play with her min-pin and four German shepherds (also known as the monster squad).


Marit Waters, Clinical Supervisor
NCC, LPCC, Mental Health Professional
Marit is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is currently working towards earning her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification.  She joined the Helena Family in January, 2013 and has been in the Autism field providing individual, group, and family skills training as well as individual and family psychotherapy to children and families impacted by Autism since 2010. Other mental health experience includes trauma and crisis counseling and intervention.  Professional passions include celebrating wins (both big and small) with learners and their families, building clinical and leadership skills among staff, and providing intensive, customized treatment that positively impacts the lives of our learners and their families.  Personal passions include outdoor activities, particularly hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, skiing, and snowshoeing.  Another favorite activity (and main source of exercise!) is aerial fitness and performing on aerial hammocks.


Renae Kimpel, MS
Lead Mhp
Renae has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages since 2002. Renae earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 2005. In 2007, she earned a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Renae has nearly ten years of experience, specifically working with children with autism in both in home and center based capacities. Renae joined HFS in July of 2013. Her experience includes Verbal Behavior Therapy, teaching basic sign language and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Systems) for communication, adaptive recreation program development and implementation, and advocacy. Renae has a passion for seeing children with autism and their families reach their full potential.


Kelsey Vasko, MS
Lead Mhp
Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Saint Mary’s University in 2012. She also has her master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis (ABA). She is currently studying to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam. Kelsey has been volunteering for Special Olympics since she was ten years old and enjoys seeing kids make small steps that lead to big changes in their lives.  She loves making a positive impact on children’s lives and teaching families. In her free time Kelsey likes to go up to her family’s cabin and loves being outside as much as possible.


Mandy Knight
Lead Mhp
Mandy’s professional experience as a Lead Behavioral Therapist/Mental Health Practitioner began in 2011. Mandy has been in the field doing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) training with children, their families and staff as well as schools as a consult for children with ASD. She has been working with children with disabilities since 2001. Her passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder came while working with a therapeutic horseback riding center and has continued to grow. She loves to see growth of the children and their family’s relationships. She also has experience as a CTSS worker and case manager for children across a wide variety of diagnoses. Mandy has a love for her son and husband as well as hunting, fishing, music, hockey and horses.


Karen Janey, BS
Lead Mhp
Karen earned a BS in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus in 2003. She has worked with children on the Autism Spectrum since 2004. Karen has 10 years of experience with ABA; she also has 2 years of schooling in American Sign Language (ASL). Karen is passionate to watch children learn and grow on a daily basis as they start to develop new skills. The smiles on the faces of the children and their families are her favorite part of her day. In her spare time, Karen enjoys sewing, reading, family time, and being outdoors.