Leadership Team

From L-R: Brian Philson, Ed St. John, Chris Jurasek, Becky Womboldt, Tim Monroe, and Laura Jurasek

Brian D. Philson, LMSW, ACSW

Brian started with Highfields in July, 2006 as the director of residential services. He was promoted to vice president of programming before being promoted to President/CEO in August 2008. Brian earned his master’s degree in social work at Michigan State University and bachelor’s degree in social work at Spring Arbor College, where he currently serves as an adjunct instructor. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, a Board Member of the Association of Social Work Boards, the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, a Governor Appointee to the Michigan Board of Social Work and a member of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services.


Timothy M. Monroe, LMSW, ACSW, DCSW
Vice President

Tim provides leadership and oversight for Highfields’ treatment services. These include residential treatment, home-based counseling, family preservation, mental health services, family violence prevention and treatment, wraparound, afterschool programming and the Ingham Academy and Pride programs. Tim’s most recent affiliation with Highfields began in 1989 (he also worked for Highfields from 1980-85 as a residential and family counselor). From 1989-93 Tim served as a Treatment Coordinator in the residential program. In 1993 Tim became the Director of Community Services, Clinical Director 2007 and was appointed to Vice President in 2012. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University and a master of social work degree from Michigan State University. Tim also provides insurance based mental health treatment for Highfields, internal and external training, and is an instructor for Lansing Community College.


Lara Hewson, MSW, LMSW, IMH-E® (III)
Director of Community Services

Lara joined Highfields in July 2011 as a Home-Based Therapist, specializing in Infant Mental Health. She was promoted to Community Services Supervisor and supervised Home-Based, Home-Based 0-3, and Autism Case Management. In August 2016, Lara was named Highfields’ Director of Quality and Education. Lara promoted professional excellence and continuous improvement in programming; and the administration of evaluation measures of contracts, licensing and COA; corporate compliance, HIPAA and standards. In April 2019, Lara was named Highfields’ Director of Community Services. Lara is also a certified trainer in several topics that serve Highfields’ mission. She is a member of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the Jackson/Hillsdale Association for Infant Mental Health, where she previously served as Secretary. Lara earned her BA in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University, and her MSW from University of Michigan. She is currently completing the Certificate program in Nonprofit Executive Leadership at IUPUI.


Laura Jurasek, BA
Fund Development Director

Laura joined Highfields in 2015 as the Communications and Marketing Specialist. She served on the Fund Development Team and promoted the growth of Highfields though fundraising, marketing, and community and public relations. As Acting Fund Development Director, Laura will establish a professional development plan and complete fundraising training at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from Albion College. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and serves on their board.


Ed St. John, MBA
Director of Finance

Ed came to Highfields in 2015 as Director of Finance.  He has over 30 years of non-profit accounting, auditing and management experience.  From 2009-2015 he was the Finance Manager with Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan. From 1993-2009, Ed held various positions at TechnoServe, in Norwalk, Connecticut as Internal Auditor, Manager of Accounting, and Corporate Controller.  From 1988-1993 he served as Senior Accountant for Save The Children, Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. Ed earned his MBA from Spring Arbor University, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont.  Ed currently serves on a number of local, regional and national non-profit boards, including the Team USA Advisory Committee for the Kettlebell Lifting Olympic Team.  He is a part-time adjunct professor at Spring Arbor University, and has over 25 years as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts.


Becky Womboldt, LMSW
Director of Quality and Education, Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator

Becky began working for Highfields as a Home Based Therapist in 2006.  In 2008, Becky joined the Jackson/Hillsdale Multisystemic (MST) Team as a MST Therapist. Becky then expanded the Highfields MST program by developing a MST team serving Livingston (2012) and Washtenaw (2017) counties. In 2019, Becky was promoted to the Director of Quality and Education position along with the newly developed position of Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator.  Becky earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Community Relations and a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Social Work from Wayne State University.


Chris Jurasek, LLMSW
Residential Director

Chris Jurasek is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University’s Masters in Social Work program. He has a history of working with adolescents with ten years’ experience in the human services field.  He currently works as Director for Highfields Inc.’s residential treatment facility that provides behavioral services to adolescent males throughout Michigan.  Chris also trains professionals in Motivational Interviewing strategies around the country.