The Practitioner Advisory Committee (PAC) serves as a guiding force in the continuing development of social work education at Bemidji State University. Its chief obligation is to ensure development of a social work program consistent with community needs and goals and high in professional quality.


With the above purpose in mind, the Practitioner Advisory Committee will advise the Social Work Program on the direction it should take. The PAC will meet formally three times a year. The PAC is the curricular and policy setting committee for the program. PAC members communicate with the chairperson of the program or designee between meetings when there is information to impart that should not wait for formal meetings.

Practitioner Advisory Council Members

The council is comprised of these members:

First Last Title Institution
Cory Boushee Program Officer Community Impact NW Minnesota Foundation
Annie Butler Ricks Resource Development Officer United Way of Bemidji Area
Donna Enfield, QISW Behavioral Health Consultant Indian Health Service, Bemidji Office
Trish Hansen District Supervisor MN Department of Corrections
Jeff Lind Social Services Division Director Beltrami County
Paula Lind, LSW School Social Worker Bemidji Area Schools
Ashlea McMartin Behavioral Health Supervisor Sanford Behavioral Health
Amy Merschman, LICSW School Social Worker Bemidji Elementary Schools
Natascha Poole, LICSW Social Worker Cass Lake Indian Health Services
Rebecca Snyder, LISW School Counselor Trek North Jr. and Sr. High School
Wendy Thompson Executive Director Beltrami Area Service Collaborative
Dana Wind, LSW Child Protection Team Lead Beltrami County

Practitioner Advisory Council Meeting Schedule

  • Friday October 30th, Noon – 1 PM (Zoom)
  • Friday February 26, Noon – 1 PM (Zoom)
  • Friday April 30, Noon – 1 PM (Zoom)