Sarah Chatelain-Gress, BA, LSW
Co- Founder, Executive Director
Sarah entered the professional world in the veterinary and medical field in 2006 a Phi Theta Kappa and National Dean’s List recipient from Ridgewater College. She later returned to school at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010 with a focus in social work and psychology. She graduated with a BA in 2017, and is currently earning a Licensed Addiction Counseling Certificate through their graduate program.
Sarah has dedicated the past decade of her life to working alongside those faced with mental health and chemical dependency issues. Personal experience and loss ignite her mission to provide any individual seeking a better way of life a reprieve from their dependence of substances through renewed purpose, opportunity, connectivity, and accessibility to a vast options of tools. Sarah believes addiction is not solely a personal affliction the individual must overcome, but a societal problem whose resolution lies with a supportive community in combination with the application of empirically supported interventions. Her involvement in founding The Lotus Center, Inc. arose from the increasingly apparent need to help the individuals that tend to fall between the cracks of previous established services, and advocate there is not black and white approach to addressing addiction. Providers must enter the "grey zones" accepting one's ambivalence to the concepts of total abstinence and compassionately provide opportunity for an individual to find self betterment in hopes that they may eventually find independence from the detrimental relationship with substances they have grown dependent on.
Sarah continues to work in rehabilitation of animals in her pastime, while keeping up with a family life, school, and various community projects. She has taken part in the documentary independent films My Sister Sarah, Sundogs, and honored to speak at several public events including in Los Angeles, CA, Austin Recovery, and United Way of Austin, TX.
Elizabeth (Beth) Nelson, MS, LADC, LPC
Co-Founder, Treatment Director
Beth is an addiction and clinical counselor who provides services to adults, couples, and their families. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from North Dakota State University (2013) and her Master of Science degree in Counseling from University of Mary (2015). She has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 2016 and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2017. Beth completed her internship in a dual-diagnosis residential program, where she began her career once licensed. She has also facilitated a chemical dependency outpatient program.
Beth’s passion to help those who struggle with chemical dependency, mental health, along with their loved ones blossomed from her personal battles and is demonstrated throughout her work. Witnessing loved one’s struggle with addiction brought challenges, but also a calling to support family members; as they are part of the cycle and lifestyle in need of healing. She is an active advocate for individuals striving to be the best person they can be, accepting themselves for who they are, and working on making improvements in their life. There are many paths to recovery and any positive change, no matter how big or small, is movement in the right direction. She encourages others to embrace and express their feelings rather than ignore and diminish them; validating themselves is a step to healing. She has completed a primary training course in Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Techniques (REBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute through training provided by Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center in Chicago, Illinois. She works with clients through a variety of evidenced-based treatments with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), REBT, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Beth has learned that self-care is of the utmost importance to continue with one’s recovery and living a healthy life. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, arts and crafts – painting, DIYing, scrapbooking, – horseback riding, and being outdoors.
Rowland "Randy" Stetson, BA, LADC
Co-Founder, Primary Counselor
Randy is a native of the Pacific Northwest of Puget Sound area of Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Western Washington University-Fairhaven College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Services and Counseling Processes. Upon completing his Addiction Studies at Seattle University, he started his profession as a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) in the Puget Sound area for close to 10 years. In 2004, he came to Fergus Falls, MN and worked at the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center. After taking a break from chemical dependency, working as a Disability Advocate for Freedom Resource Center; he re-entered the field as an outpatient health service provider for five years with ShareHouse, Inc. at their satellite facility in Moorhead till 2013. Rowland would later become the outpatient counselor at Anchorage in Moorhead, MN dedicating 4 years to providing chemical health services to their clients. He currently works at Clay County Receiving Center (CCRC)-facility providing Rule-25 Assessments and chemical consultation for detox clients before discharging.
His outpatient chemical health curriculum carries an emphasis on REBT and motivation interviewing (MI). He received training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) by Albert Ellis himself for three days who was visiting the practicum program in Seattle, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) training through the University of New Mexico by William Miller one of the co-founders/creators of MI. Randy encourages his clients to retrain their thinking, helps them find their voice, and become more autonomous.
Randy is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan, finds enjoyment from percussion instruments, enjoys Aikido, and spending time with his wife and dog.