Leadership Team

From L-R: (top row) Brian Philson, Ed St. John, Tim Monroe, Chris Robinson, (bottom row) Lara Hewson, Bev McGill, Jill Clark (retired)

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 later became an instructor. He is a member of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, a Board Member of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, Governor Appointee to the Michigan Board of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

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 as Home-Based Therapist. 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.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and Secretary of the Jackson/Hillsdale Association for Infant Mental Health. Lara earned her BA in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University, and her MSW from University of Michigan.

Laura Jurasek, BA
Acting 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).

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. 

Chris Robinson, MSW, LMSW
Director of Residential Services

Chris started his Highfields career in 2010 as a Family Counselor in the residential program.  In 2012, Chris became the Manager of Clinical Services and then was promoted to the Director of Residential Services in 2017. As Director, Chris is responsible for providing leadership and maintaining a quality residential treatment program. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work degree both from Michigan State University.  Chris provides several internal trainings and also facilitates Motivational Interviewing trainings nationally.