Our Staff & Credentials

Shelly Dutch, CSAC, ICS - Founding Director

Shelly Dutch has been dedicating her life work to young people and their families for almost 30 years.  She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug problem in our society.  She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery.  She works with staff at UW Madison training residents on substance abuse and provides panels to speak throughout the country.  She also founded Horizon High School, an emotional growth recovery school in 2004. Community is integral to recovery and Shelly has served as a consultant to Aaron House and Connect House.  Shelly is excited about the partnership with Rosecrance in January, 2013, when they opened the TMS Center of Madison.


Tim Bautch, MA, LPC, CSAC, ICS - Clinical Director

Tim has worked in the field of substance abuse/mental health for 16+ years in inpatient, outpatient, residential and correctional settings.  He believes people know what they need to do to become healthy, however need assistance through positive relationships.


Mary Kay Aide, MS, LPC

Mary Kay has over 25 years working with individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings and organizations, such as day treatment for youth, community mental health, employee assistance consulting, and private practice.  She has a master’s in Rehabilitiation Counseling, with an emphasis in AODA issues, is a Professional Certified Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Mary Kay brings a solution-focused and strength based philosophy to her work with couples and families that help her clients move forward in a healthy, positive direction.


Megan Cullen, MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Megan works with individuals from diverse backgrounds and all age groups dealing with mental health and/or substance use concerns. She works primarily from an humanistic interpersonal process approach, believing in the healing power of positive relationships and honesty.  Megan is continuously amazed by human beings’ resiliency and strength to face trauma, grief, loss, transition, and change.   Megan also brings elements of CBT, Existential and creative therapies to her work.  She is also a passionate yogini and advocate of complimentary therapies and activities.

Cory Divine, CSAC

Cory works primarily with teens and young adults through the process of change.  He believes in the strength of individuals, but also in the power of group thoughts as a means of transformation.  He is also a musician who performs in a successful band, which has received recognition in Rolling Stone Magazine, and has toured nationally.


Krystle Gutting, LPC, SAC-IT

Krystle is currently working as a licensed mental health counselor and substance abuse counselor in training with vast experience working with teens and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health and substance use concerns.  From a holistic and person-centered approach, Krystle recognizes barriers that may be present when counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds.  She believes it is within the context of a person-to-person connection that each client experiences growth.


Sara Jordan LPC, ATR-BC

Sara Jordan has been a certified counselor 15 years and a board certified art therapist since 2004.   Her focus is working with individuals, couples and families addressing the challenges of substance abuse/dependence as well as anxiety, depression and trauma.  Sara helps clients to discover and utilize their present resources and to nurture new resources available to them at Connections Counseling and in our community.  She has an advanced graduate studies certificate in expressive arts and believes strongly in the healing power of the arts.  Sara is working on her PhD in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

Joe Kuehn, MA, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Joe currently works as a licensed mental health and substance abuse counselor in training.  He started his own journey of recovery in 2007 at Connections Counseling and hasn't left.  Joe has experience working with a wide variety of ages, cultural backgrounds and economic classes.  He believes that people who were once deemed "hopeless" in their struggles with mental health and substance use disorders, can become hopeful.
Joe holds a BBA in Marketing and Finance, and a Master of Arts in Counseling with a Community Counseling emphasis.  In addition to being a counselor, he is responsible for community outreach where he organizes and participates in speaking panels for schools, organizations and conferences


Katie Melvin, MFT-IT, SAC-IT

Katie works with families, couples and individuals to help them as they explore and cope with how mental health and substance use has influenced their lives. Katie’s systemic approach to therapy allows her to work with individuals and families collaboratively as they create individualized treatment plans to help them take steps forward.


Vickie Mulkerin, MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Vickie works with people of all ages and identities who are struggling in their lives with depression, anxiety, substance and alcohol use issues, trauma or loss. She believes everyone has the ability to grow and heal, and that her role is to help clients find their own path toward a meaningful and fulfilled life.


Patrick Nichols, LCSW, SAC

Patrick has over 22 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families.  He has worked in various settings - inpatient and outpatient, AODA and mental health clinics, domestic violence treatment and private practice.

He will bring his years of experience doing interventions to Connections Counseling, and help families shepherd their loved ones into an appropriate treatment setting.


Elizabeth Schreiber, PhD

Beth is a licensed psychologist who provides mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Dr. Schreiber brings over 10 years of experience specializing in trauma, motivational interviewing and opiate specific treatment.


Leslie Taylor, MD

Dr. Leslie Taylor is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in clinical research and medication management of psychiatric disorders.  She has over 20 years of experience in treating adults, and adolescents. 


Skye Tikkanen, MS, CSAC, LPC, ICS-IT

Skye specializes in working with teens and those suffering from opiate dependence. She believes that people change from their strengths and resiliencies not their weaknesses. Skye encourages family involvement in the treatment process and connections to sober peers as the keys to recovery. She facilitates the mentor program and is a tireless advocate for overdose prevention. Skye is passionate about recovery and believes living life sober is living life to the fullest.