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Candidates for 2021 Elections

At Large Candidates

Cerise Lewis

Cerise has been a member of MAMFT since 2016 and is currently a clinical member. Cerise is an MS, LMFT and currently practices at Threads of Hope Counseling. Cerise is also pursuing a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Capella University. Cerise has extensive history in presenting, training, and teaching in addition to leadership skills through her corporate Project Manager role. 

Cerise is interested in utilizing her skills in a multifaceted approach to support MAMFT and the organization over her term on the board. Through her work as a Project Manager, Cerise has gained leadership, strategic thinking, advocacy, relationship building, and team management skills. Cerise would like to utilize these business and leadership strengths where needed during her position on the MAMFT board.

Emileah Most

Emileah has been a member of MAMFT since April 2020.Emileah currently provides therapy at her private practice, Embrace Healing Therapy Center, LLC.Emileah has presented in the DSM-V class at the University of MN’s Social Work program over the last two years and is also an AAMFT Clinical Fellow/Professional Member

Emileah is passionate about ethics and contributing to the MFT field. Emileah has made it a career goal to serve on Minnesota’s MFT regulatory board and believes she will gain invaluable experience through serving on MAMFT’s board. Emileah is often sought out by colleagues for consultation regarding ethical decision making due to her strong commitment to high ethical standards. She would like to dedicate her years as a board member focusing on professional practices and promoting consistency for LMFT and LAMFTs in MN.

Election Committee Candidates

Karrie Ruedy

Karrie has been a member of the MAMFT for 8 years. She currently practices at Change Inc. doing school-based mental health with elementary aged children. Karrie has been involved in a number of trainings in the last two years and is working toward becoming a registered play therapist.

Karrie is looking for the opportunity to become more active with the MAMFT board and wants to help shape the future of the organization. Karrie is organized and detail oriented which will help her contribute to and help grow the organization in a positive way. In addition, she has many new ideas and a vision to help the MAMFT board continue in their mission to be more inclusive and diverse.


Melissa, a current clinical member, is running for a position on the elections committee. She practices at Cedar Valley Therapy in Eagan as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Her experiences include a training presentation at the MAMFT Conference of co-occurring disorders, as well as a presentation on the foster care system from a systemic perspective. Melissa had also previously been associated with AAMFT and completed their Leadership Certificate Course.

Melissa is interested in getting others excited about and involved with MAMFT, as the organization provided support and education throughout her professional development since she became a member in 2017. She also experienced opportunities to connect with other therapists by joining MAMFT. Melissa wants to be involved with elections so she can encourage others to be a larger part of the MAMFT community. 

Student Representative Candidates

Erin Guyette

Erin has been a pre-clinical member of MAMFT since August of 2019. Erin is entering her second year of the doctoral program studying family social science with a specialization in couple and family therapy. Erin currently works as an intern doing custody evaluations and parenting consulting work as a mental health practitioner and is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She is also part of the Education Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of AFCC (Association of Family Conciliation Courts).

Erin is interested in this position to help incoming professionals have positive experiences and feel well equipped to provide therapy services to families. She wants students and new professionals to have access to resources and feel a sense of community when becoming therapists. Being a recent masters graduate and entering her second year of a doctoral program, she has the experience of being a student and navigating the professional field. Erin intends to focus on restarting the mentor program by identifying what is needed in order to get more students involved 

Kadija Mussa

Kadija Mussa has been a pre-clinical member of MAMFT since 2016. Kadija completed a graduate certificate in Infant and Children’s Mental Health in 2020. She is currently a PhD candidate in Family Social Science with a concentration in Couples and Family Therapy  at the U of M. 

As a masters student, Kadija feels like there is a disconnect between students and professionals in the field. To that effect she would like her time on the board to be about fostering and strengthening relationships between students and the board's work. Kadija is driven and passionate about the work MFT as a field has to bring to the healing profession. If elected, Kadija’s focus on the board would be bringing back SOS events for students to connect with others in the field and learn from those who are practicing.

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