Meet Our Staff

Sherri Gansz

Sherri is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol Drug Addiction Counselor   She is originally from AR but over the last several years has moved often with her husband and family due to his career in the U.S. Army.  Upon his upcoming retirement, Sherri and her family have made Northwest Arkansas their home and are hoping to give to a community her passion for serving and helping others in need as they have done throughout her husband’s career.  Sherri has been married for twenty plus years and has four children and several grandchildren. Sherri received her Bachelors in Social Work from Jonesboro, AR and her Masters in Social Work from Fayetteville, NC.  Sherri’s experience in a public mental health agency in North Carolina, working with military families during stressful times, and the vast experience gained in Arkansas over the past few years working in school settings, outpatient therapy and inpatient staff and psychiatrists has given her tremendous insight into the mental health field.  She hopes to work with local schools, churches, businesses, nursing homes and doctor’s offices for referrals, needs assessments and coordinating care with other agencies. This has been Sherri’s passion and dream to be active in a local community and to provide hope and encouragement for those emotionally, physically or spiritually in pain.  Moving forward Sherri is hoping to organize a variety of group sessions dealing with grief, anxiety, depression, military veterans and their families, PTSD, etc.

Mindy Grusing

Mindy Grusing is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Counseling from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.  Mindy is the founder of Charis Counseling, PLLC.  Charis, the Greek word for grace, is symbolic of the mission of Charis Charis Counseling.  At Charis Counseling the hope is that self awareness will breed growth in a setting where grace and truth abound.

Mindy presently does private counseling with individuals, children, teens, couples, and families at Cardinal Care Center.  She works with clients on areas such as grief, anxiety, marital discord, depression, transition, and more.  She also does consult counseling for some local area schools were she serves as a help to teenagers in need.

Mindy does therapy with people of all ages, races, genders, belief systems, etc.  Additionally, faith based therapy is offered at client’s request.  It is Mindy’s belief that she sees the greatest positive outcome when seeking the truth of the bible and looking to God for help and strength.

Outside of work, Mindy enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and her 3 boys.  She loves to be outside, play games, ride bikes, and be active with her family.  Her favorite activity is wake boarding at the lake. Mindy also loves to be with friends.

Kateri Killman

Kateri is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. She is originally from New York State, Kateri moved to AR after she retired from the US Air Force. Kateri has three children and seven grandchildren. Kateri received her Bachelor’s in social work and her Master’s in social work from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Kateri’s experience is in two community mental health agency in Northwest Arkansas, working with a diverse adult population.

Kateri’s passion and dream to be active in a local community and to provide hope and encouragement for those emotionally, physically or spiritually in pain. Moving forward Kateri is hoping to open a practice in Siloam Springs, working with all military, veterans and their families.

Strength based-person centered is my basic approach. Establishing a positive therapeutic relationship is the foundation of personal change and emotional healing. I assess needs and strengths of an individual and develop a plan of objectives to be addressed through various methods. Kateri presently does private counseling with adult individuals, and couples at Cardinal Care Center. She works with clients on areas such as Post Traumatic Stress, grief, anxiety, marital discord, depression, transition, personality disorders and more.

Tara Prestridge

Tara Prestridge is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a board-certified clinical supervisor of licensed associate counselors (LPC-S). 

She graduated from Smackover High School in 2001, graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004 and with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2007. She moved to Fayetteville in 2010 to begin a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education at the University of Arkansas. She has completed all the required coursework for her doctorate and is currently working on a dissertation on warmth and caring within therapeutic relationships. 

Tara has a wide range of experience within the mental health field, including: outpatient therapy, school-based services, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, case management, assessment/admissions, partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient programs, substance abuse treatment, community support services, day treatment, DBT skills groups, recreational therapy, clinical supervision, and teaching UA undergraduate courses. She is also trained in EMDR. 

Tara lives in Fayetteville with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Sarah Bryson

Sarah Bryson is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) and has been in practice for over 11 years.  She was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas and received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003.  She received her Master’s in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2007.

Sarah practiced in community mental health as a therapist and behavioral health consultant for community health clinics for 6 years.  During that time she also worked with older adults who were entering skilled nursing facilities. She has extensive experience working with older adults and their caregiving families.  

Sarah couldn’t stay away from the beautiful Ozark Mountains and opted to return to Northwest Arkansas with her husband in 2013.  She began working at Hope Cancer Resources as an oncology social worker providing practical and emotional support to patients and families facing a cancer diagnosis.  Additionally, Sarah has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas for 3 years.

Sarah specializes in working with adults on issues related to addiction, grief and loss, aging, end-of-life, caregiving, and general depression and anxiety.

Sarah and her husband live in Farmington and stay busy raising two boys, attending Razorback sporting events, and enjoying the great outdoors.  

Carrie Jenkins

Carrie is a board-certified music therapist with a Masters degree in Music Therapy from Drury University.  She has been practicing music therapy since the summer of 2010.  She is the owner and therapist at Music Therapy of Northwest Arkansas with an office at Cardinal Care Center.

Carrie has worked with many clients and populations.  These include children with developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome and Autism, geriatric populations, including patients with Alzheimers/Dementia, and people with multiple disabilities. Aside time spent in Springfield, MO for college, Carrie has lived in Fayetteville, AR since 2000.  She graduated from Farmington High School.  Carrie loves the Northwest Arkansas area and looks forward to providing music therapy services to the people in this area.


Dr. J. Mike Jameson, Ph.D

Mike Jameson studied Psychology at Oklahoma State University and received a doctorate degree in 1991. His extended training was at Eisenhower Army Hospital in Augusta, Georgia after which he worked at the Cadet Counseling Center at West Point New York. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 2 decades. The last six years, he was on the PTSD Team at the VA hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His specialties include working with anger management as well as relationship difficulties and PTSD throughout the life span. He is skilled in EMDR and cognitive behavioral disciplines.

Donna Norsworthy, Life Coach

Donna Norsworthy holds a license in Pre-K-Grade 12 Guidance and Counseling from the Arkansas Department of Education. She worked as a school guidance counselor for the last two decades, helping students and faculty form clear visions of their next steps. Donna received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and her Master of Arts in School Counseling from Louisiana Tech University, and her Education Specialist degree in School Counseling from Harding University. She is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator, an Irlen Screener, and a Trauma-Informed Specialist. Donna is currently working toward becoming a Board Certified Coach in Career Coaching and Personal/Life Coaching. 

As a Life Coach, Donna’s desire is to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. She helps clients identify the core challenges and setbacks in their lives and overcome them with confidence. Donna specializes in creating personalized plans and providing tools to help you grow into the person you’ve always wanted to be. Every day is a new beginning–a chance to seek some change, shed past burdens, and commit to caring for yourself in the best way you possibly can. 

Donna is a mother of three adult children. She enjoys traveling, reading, and maintaining the family farm with her husband of two decades.

Leslie Shaw, Life Coach

Leslie Shaw received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University. As she is in the process of becoming a licensed counselor in the state of Arkansas, she is excited to be serving the Cardinal Care Center Community as a Life Coach. Leslie has a deep desire to walk alongside clients who feel broken, hopeless or alone, providing tools to move forward into whatever challenges lie ahead. She especially enjoys working with married couples, as well as with individuals who are struggling with relationships. As someone who has experienced significant losses, she has assisted many clients who feel “stuck” somewhere in the grieving process. 

Leslie has been married to her husband for almost 30 years and loves spending her free time with him, traveling to see her children and grandchildren. After several decades teaching private music lessons and working in her church, she realized that she often engaged with students or church members “beyond the music” in order to encourage their hearts, leading them to overcome obstacles of fear, anxiety or past hurts. This realization inspired her to make that her ultimate aim: help people heal, grow stronger and move forward with hope.

Randy Jordan, Life Coach

Randy Jordan is a recent graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and is currently in the process of becoming a Licensed Associate Counselor. In 2016, Randy obtained his bachelor’s degree in pre-professional counseling, and later in 2021 obtained his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Currently, he works within the school district as a qualified behavioral health provider: providing emotional and behavioral support to children and adolescents in need. Randy Jordan is the founder of Sycamore Place, offering life coaching services through various strategies and interventions. The vision of Sycamore Place is that it would feel like home: a place that is comfortable and safe. For the individual, the hope is that they would discover happiness and courage, while braving the venture to become whole. 
As a life coach, Randy’s heart is for children and adolescence, while supporting the family unit in its entirety. He works with clients in areas of depression, anxiety, family discord, behavior challenges, and adjustment. Randy works with people of all ages, races, genders, and beliefs. Randy is also a licensed Christian minister and offers faith-based assistance upon request. 
Outside of work, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He enjoys reading, hunting, gardening, and a good old fashioned cheese burger. Randy’s favorite activities are exploring coffee shops and going on walks with his family. 

Chelsie Kennedy, LMSW

Hello, I am Chelsie Kennedy and am a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a Master of Social Work. After graduate school, I worked for two school years as a school-based mental health therapist and worked with children ages 4 to 11 and their families. While working as a school-based therapist, I had the opportunity to attend trainings in play therapy and learned that I love working with children and families. My favorite play therapy quote is, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation (Plato).” At Cardinal Care Center, I enjoy working with clients of all age, but especially children and families.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three boys. In the evenings and on the weekends, you will find our family playing front yard football at our house, at a basketball tournament cheering for our boys or at a football game cheering for our boys.