Meet our Counselors
Evelyn Wilder, MS, NCC, LPC-MH, QMHP, LAC
Evelyn Wilder graduated from SDSU-West River Graduate Center with a Master’s in Counseling in 2010. She has worked for CSS since 2011. She continues her education focusing on trauma and therapies for trauma. Evelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPC-MH) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). In addition she is a Qualified Mental Health Provider (QMHP). She is also a certified QPR trainer, which is an evidenced based suicide prevention program, and she is a licensed Common Sense Parenting instructor. She divides her time between the Rapid City office and two offices in Pine Ridge, where she provides on-site EAP (Employee Assistance Program) services and trainings as well as counseling services to the general community. Evelyn provides counseling for individuals, couples, children, and families. She offers counseling for a variety of concerns including: stress; grief; anxiety; depression; relationship issues; addiction; and trauma.
Amanda Woolridge, MA, LPC-MH
Mandi Woolridge graduated from Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota in 2011. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH). Mandi also has a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Mandi has been working in various aspects of the counseling field for the last 8 years, ranging from providing crisis counseling, to outpatient counseling with the severe and persistently mentally ill population, to working with families and most recently working with active service members and their families. Currently, Mandi is an outpatient therapist with Catholic Social Services, and travels to Pine Ridge one day a week where she provides on-site counseling services and trainings for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and works in the Rapid City office where she provides face to face counseling and via telehealth (confidential video counseling). Mandi specializes in suicide prevention, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and some personality disorders.
Norma Runner, MS
Norma offers counseling for children ages 4 and older, and works with all ages of clients who are dealing with trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and/or relationship issues. She also serves clients on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Norma received a master’s of science degree in psychology in 2013 and a master’s of arts degree in counseling psychology in 2016 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Norma has extensive experience working for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in both senior services and in the Community-based Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, a strengths-based, trauma focused program where she worked with children and individuals of all ages. Norma was born and raised in southwest North Dakota and is excited to be back in the area.
John Olenyik, MDiv., LPC
Hi, I am John Olenyik. I am a mental health counselor for Catholic Social Services. I have been with CSS since March 1, 2019. Previously, I was a mental health counselor over in Wyoming for ten years. I came to CSS to be in Rapid City where my wife and I plan to retire. Before getting in to mental health work, I was a United Methodist pastor nearly 25 years. My approach to counseling is just that – I listen, I ask questions and then I counsel or give advice based upon my years of experience and my educational perspective. I approach the counseling experience as short term, solution based, meaning we identify the issue you want to work on, develop a plan of action and then get after it. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to get at the distorted thinking that might be causing you distress. I enjoy doing what I do and most folks say I am pretty good at it, so if you are seeking some help with your life, let’s get together and make things better.
Charlie is completing her Master’s in Counseling and Human Resource Development, specializing in Clinical Mental Health and Family and Marriage Therapy. She has extensive experience working with children in an early childhood education setting. Additionally, she has worked as a registered behavior technician providing support to children with autism spectrum disorder, and taught English as a second language in China for two years. She is passionate about serving the Black Hill Community that she loves. When she is not in the office or studying she is training for various races and exploring the black hills by foot or bicycle with friends and family. She is excited about her upcoming graduation in April 2020.
James T. Kinyon, MS, LPC-MH, LMFT, QMHP
Jim Kinyon, executive director, earned his Master’s in Counseling from SDSU in 1990. He has been the executive director at Catholic Social Services since 1992. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPC-MH) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Because of his administrative duties, his counseling time is limited, but his passion for helping marriages is still strong. Jim leads workshops on Marriage as a Mission, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Boundaries and Conflict Resolution, Personalities in the Workplace, and Poverty and Justice in SD. He also facilitates retreats such as Marriage Matters, Men’s Spirituality, and Reflections on Michelangelo’s Art and Life.