The Village Family Service Center

Meet the Facilitators

Joann Jesser, FamilyGroup Decision Making and Family Team Decision Making facilitator

Joann Jesser
Bismarck, ND

Joann Jesser is a facilitator in the Bismarck office. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from Minot State University and has 9 years of experience working with adolescents and families. Joann is trained in FTDM through the State of Washington’s Family to Family Initiative and in FGDM through The Village Facilitator Lorrie Meier, who has trained FGDM facilitators in both Minnesota and North Dakota since 2002. Joann has been employed with The Village since December 2011.


Jessica Sorenson, Family Group Decision Making and Family Team Decision Making facilitator

Jessica Sorenson
Bismarck, ND
Jessica Sorenson is a facilitator in the Bismarck office. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Minot State University and has 7 years of experience working with children and families. Jessica is trained in FTDM through the State of Washington’s Family to Family Initiative and in FGDM through Village Facilitator Lorrie Meier, who has trained FGDM facilitators in both Minnesota and North Dakota since 2002. Jessica has been employed with The Village since January 2011.


Melissa Olson, Village Family Engagement Facilitator

Melissa Olson
Devils Lake and Grand Forks, ND
Melissa Olson is a facilitator in the Grand Forks and Devils Lake regions. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and minors in Child Development and Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Melissa been working with adolescents, children and families since 2011, including an internship with juvenile probation and as a Guardian ad Litem for the State of North Dakota. She is trained in the process of FGDM by AJ Schuler, FGDM/FTDM Supervisor.


Suzanna Koll, Village Family Engagement Facilitator

​Suzanna Koll
Fargo, ND
Suzanna Koll is a facilitator in the Fargo office. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with minors in Religion, Christian Ministry, and Leadership from the University of Jamestown. She has worked with youth in various roles over the past 6 years. She is trained in both FGDM and FTDM processes. Suzanna has been employed at the Village since June 2014.


Talia Tweten, Village Family Engagement Facilitator

Talia Tweten, MA
Grand Forks, ND
Talia Tweten is an in-home counselor and facilitator in the Grand Forks office. She received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from University of North Dakota. Talia is trained in FTDM through the state of Washington’s Family to Family Initiative. Talia has been employed with The Village since 2012.


Kimberly Massine, Village Family Engagement Facilitator

​Kimberly Massine, BA
Minot, ND
Kimberly Massine is a facilitator in the Minot office. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and has 11 years of experience working with children and adults. Massine is trained in FTDM through the State of Washington’s Family to Family Initiative and in FGDM through Village Facilitator Lorrie Meier, who has trained FGDM facilitators in both Minnesota and North Dakota since 2002. Kimberly has been employed with The Village since December 2011. 


FGDM/FTDM Regional Supervisor

A.J. Schuler, Family Engagement Supervisor and Facilitator

​A.J. Schuler, M.Ed.
Fargo, ND
A.J. Schuler is a facilitator in the Fargo office. She received a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from North Dakota State University and has 15 years of experience working with children and families. A.J. is trained in FTDM through the State of Washington’s Family to Family Initiative and in FGDM through The Village Facilitator Lorrie Meier, who has trained FGDM facilitators in both Minnesota and North Dakota since 2002, as well as Jim Nice, Director of the Family Unity Project in Oregon. She is also trained in Wraparound through the state of North Dakota and Dr. John VanDenBerg, pioneer of the wraparound process. A.J. has been employed with The Village since 2005.