Northwest Minnesota has a rich agricultural history, and we are committed to supporting our region's farmers through the good times and the bad.

Watching the webinar series in the order that they are listed below is recommended.

  1. Coping in a time of Stress – Presented by Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, LGSW
  2. Addressing Ag-Related Stress, Self-Care and Resiliency – Presented by Dr. Brenda M. Mack, DSW, MSW, LICSW
  3. Helping Farm Couples Survive & Thrive in Difficult Times – Presented by Monica Kramer McConkey, MA, LPC

This webinar series has been funded by a grant from The Funder’s Network and the NMF work with the Philanthropic Preparedness Response and Emergency Partnership learning cohort.

Meet the Presenters

Shauna serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Northwestern Mental Health Center (NWMHC). In addition to her leadership and management responsibilities at NWMHC, she is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker and sees clients at the Crookston clinic location.

Shauna holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Brenda is a behavioral health and wellness consultant, trainer, presenter, researcher, and Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Before joining the faculty at BSU, Brenda worked for twenty years as a program manager, outpatient and in-home therapist and mobile behavioral health crisis responder for a community mental health center. She has a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Social Work from the University of North Dakota and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

Monica grew up on a farm in northwestern Minnesota and has intimate understanding of the dynamics leading to farm stress and its impact on farm families. She currently works as one of two Rural Mental Health Specialists in Minnesota providing support to farmers and their families through a contract with the MN Ag Centers of Excellence and Farm Business Management. Monica also travels throughout the country speaking on the impact of Emotional Stress on the Farm through her consulting business Eyes on the Horizon Consulting, LLC.

Agricultural Stress Resources