Senior Leadership Team

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.

Brian D. Philson, LMSW, ACSW
President/CEO
bphilson@highfields.org

In his role as Vice President, Tim provides leadership and oversight for Highfields’ treatment services and human resources. Tim likes to tell people that he has been with Highfields since before the roads were paved, and it’s a true story! Tim’s most recent affiliation with Highfields began in 1989 (he also worked for Highfields from 1980-85). Tim returned to Highfields at the cusp of the agency’s transition into broadening services into the community, and provided leadership that moved Highfields from being a residential program for delinquent youth only, to a “full service” organization serving the entire life spectrum. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University and a master of social work degree from Michigan State University.

Timothy M. Monroe, LMSW, ACSW, DCSW
Vice President
tmonroe@highfields.org

Terra started her Highfields career as a Home Based Family Therapist in 2013. She had previously worked as a Crisis Intervention Therapist in Traverse City for 3 years while receiving her Master’s in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Terra quickly became a support to her peers and in 2016 was promoted to Community Services Supervisor, and again to Coordinator in 2018. She has worked in Autism Case Management, Wraparound, Home Based as well as Family Reunification and Families Together Building Solutions, before becoming the Director of Community Services in 2021 and is a trained Counseling Supervisor for LLPCs.

Terra Chall, MA, LPC
Director of Community Services
tchalll@highfields.org

Tyler completed his undergrad degree at Albion College. He then began working with at risk youth in 2010. Tyler began working at Highfields in 2013 as a residential counselor. During his time at Highfields he has worked as a shift supervisor, family counselor and most recently as the Manager of Treatment Services. Tyler earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-profit management from Eastern Michigan in 2020. Outside of Highfields, Tyler has worked as a mentor based out of Jackson, MI, working with youth at varying ages.

Tyler Jones, MPA
Residential Director
tjones@highfields.org

Laura joined Highfields in 2015 as the Communications and Marketing Specialist. In 2019, Laura was promoted to Fund Development Director. She enjoys meeting with donors and exploring new ways for Highfields to partner with organizations in the community. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from Albion College. She serves as Secretary on the Capital Area Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals (CAC-AFP) Board of Directors. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, exercising and baking.

Laura Jurasek, BA
Fund Development Director
ljurasek@highfields.org

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.

Ed St. John, MBA
Director of Finance
estjohn@highfields.org

Becky is a certified Licensed Masters Level Social Worker (LMSW) and certified mindfulness instructor. She 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. Becky began working for Highfields as a Home Based Therapist in 2006. In 2008, she 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. She has received certification as a Workplace Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Leader, Mindful Teacher Certification through Mindful Schools, and Certified Instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T).

Becky Womboldt, LMSW
Director of Quality and Education, Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator
bwomboldt@highfields.org