The Rainbow Wellness Collective is a local nonprofit organization currently in the process of creating an LGBTQ+ community center in downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota. This community center will offer many resources and services to the community as well as have space for community building, get togethers, weddings, educational trainings, and movement classes.
The Collective recently purchased a building downtown and need funds for startup costs and operating expenses, including:
• Installing an automatic door system so the building is accessible to all
• Purchasing equipment like tables, chairs, movement equipment for all bodies, and office equipment.
This community center is the first of its kind in the state, and one of only a few in the entire country. Your help supporting the Rainbow Wellness Collective and the Community Center will make this a dream come true, not only today, but moving forward. It will help our community take a vibrant history and turn it into a fabulous future for generations to come!
Board of Directors
Seal Dwyer (she/they) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy in private practice in St. Cloud. Their practice, Seal Dwyer Counseling LLC, focuses on serving the LBGTIAQ2S+ community. Seal has a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Cloud State University. They are also a board-approved supervisor, for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. They have worked with many diverse populations, including incarcerated individuals, juveniles with sexually offending behaviors, and people with complex trauma. Her passion is working with the LBGTIAQ2S+ population and trauma. She is certified in EMDR therapy. They are a registered yoga teacher, teaching body positive, accessible yoga classes. She is on the board of OutFront Minnesota, a commissioner of the St. Cloud HRA, and chair of Rainbow Wellness Collective, a non-profit LBGTIAQ2S+ community center.
Toni Rakke RN, NC-BC, RYT-200 (she/her) is a registered nurse, a board-certified nurse coach, and a yoga instructor. She serves on the TIGERRS Intersex Committee, mentors at QueerSpace Collective, and operates Every BODY Wellness in Saint Cloud. Toni is an advocate for strong communities, which require a safe space to grow in. Originally from Chicago, she's lived in Minnesota for three decades and sees Saint Cloud as a hub for the state. "It feels like the center, a place for building community, which is what people really need. I believe everyone should have access to services and resources without barriers." Toni identifies as Intersex.
Hello! I’m Amanda (she/her), and I am thrilled to serve as the secretary of the Rainbow Wellness Collective! As a pansexual/queer woman and a transplant to this area, I understand firsthand the challenges of finding belonging and connection in a new place. Through a Saturday morning yoga class, I was introduced to some of the current board members who played a pivotal role in helping me discover my sense of community here in the St. Cloud area.
My background is diverse – I have my BA in piano performance and am a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200). I’ve worked as a band instrument repair tech, piano instructor, barista, and office assistant, to name a few. For the last decade, one would find me behind the steering wheel of an 18-wheeler, devouring audiobooks like candy. These days, you will find me reading and writing papers while waiting at loading docks as I am pursuing my master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. When I am not working or studying, I am playing video and board games with my partner, Bryan, or sitting in a comfy chair with my nose in a book. I adore hiking, swimming, painting, and crocheting – anything that gets the creative juices flowing! I am a self-identified foodie and love creating fantastic food for others, which I hope to bring to the Collective through community meals.
My name is Michael Libby. My pronouns are He/Him, and I am a recent St. Cloud State Graduate with a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling—my primary focus is working with underserved populations and finding resources for folks within our environment. I grew up moving around most of my life, and I feel that my trauma has helped me be the most successful in what I do in the world. My focus presently is on folks who are underrepresented within the community, whether through addiction, mental health, contact with laws, or incarceration. When I am not working, I tend to spend a lot of my time with my dogs and playing video games.
Brandon Paumen is a lifelong Minnesotan who has been a resident of St. Cloud for nearly twenty years. They earned their bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and are currently working towards a master's degree in marriage and family therapy at Northcentral University. With a strong passion for helping individuals and families navigate life's challenges, Brandon brings a client-centered and empathetic approach to their practice.
As a queer nonbinary therapist, Brandon is acutely aware of the challenges that individuals in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community often face, and they are committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for all clients. They have undergone extensive training to deepen their understanding of the unique needs and experiences of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and they are committed to providing affirming and supportive care to individuals of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
Brandon's work on the Rainbow Wellness Collective Board is helping to expand that safe and welcoming space from the therapy room to the entire Saint Cloud community and beyond.
Chantal Oechsle (she/they) is a community activist, advocate, mom of three and lover of education and the arts. They serve on the board at Connectability of Minnesota, where they're currently Board President until 2025, as well as the executive board of the East Central Trades and Labor Assembly. Politics and liberation light her soul on fire. They're currently a Political Science major at St Cloud State University, hoping to graduate in May of 2026. She's Vice Chair of our local (SD14) DFL unit, as well as a director for our Congressional District (CD6). They also serve as a director of St Cloud Friends of the Library. In her spare time, she loves showing her daughters the beauty diversity brings to our state. Whether it be traveling to the metro for a day learning about animals, making art, taking in a movie, or working to bring an inclusive park to our community, Chantal believes "we all do better when we all do better."
Jaime Jensen (she/her) hails from the far reaches of Northern Minnesota and holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. Jaime’s background includes teaching and counseling, professional copywriting, floral design, community supports/social services, and executive leadership of a nonprofit organization. At present, she is employed as a mental health therapist at Seal Dwyer Counseling in St. Cloud. When not working, Jaime can be found volunteering, creating art, attending community events, or indulging in learning something new. She freely admits much of her life is governed by her two sassy little dogs who not-so-secretly run her household. Jaime is a self-described “tea snob” whose greatest love is a perfectly steeped cup, either hot or iced. Jaime is a quiet person, but if you really want to get her talking, bring up holistic health and wellness topics and be prepared to stay awhile (bonus points if you bring tea).
My name is Lauren Brenny (She/Her/Hers) I am currently a student in the Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s degree program at St. Cloud State University. I am also an intern at Seal Dwyer Counseling LLC where I apply intersectionality and inclusivity into my counseling. I have a passion for helping people with mental health, trauma, and recently, a passion for social justice. I would describe myself as a short, quirky, and fun human who enjoys creating a quiet, calm, and welcoming environment to be surrounded by. I do this by doing things I enjoy such as going outdoors, plants, tea, crocheting, hanging out with my cat Bruno (we don’t talk about Bruno), and reading books. A little bit more about me, I studied and can use American Sign Language and I am proudly part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. I hope to help build a strong and tightly crocheted community through the Rainbow Wellness Collective.
Audra is an experienced advocate and educator in the ever evolving world of human services.
They attended SCSU where they studied, amongst other things, social work and gender studies.They have extensive experience working with victim survivors of violence. Their focus has primarily been advocacy work, supervising and directing programs centered around ending homelessness, folx with developmental disabilities, and providing trauma informed practice to adults and young people who are struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency.
Currently they work as the Director of the Anti-Violence Program at OutFront Minnesota, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization that serves the entire state of Minnesota.
As a person who's life experience is rooted in intersectionality, their background remains critical in informing their professional lens. It is important to them in both their career and personal life to challenge systems, and to view the world through expanding lenses.
As we all attempt to find a balance - between their work and personal life, they enjoy yoga, listening to music, and attempting to navigate the waters of raising a teenager.
Hey Friends! I’m Jamie. I’m a queer woman who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a licensed physical therapist. I am very passionate about queer health and gender affirming physical therapy. I’m an advocate for pelvic floor health for gender non-confirming, trans, and intersex folx. As a queer human, I am no stranger to trauma and understand that many of us in the LBGTIAQ2S+ have experienced trauma. Because of this, I practice trauma informed care and will work with you to create a trigger-free healing environment, optimal for your physical and mental health needs. I have a background in outpatient and orthopedics with experience treating musculoskeletal injuries, back pain, neck pain, chronic pain, post-surgical patients, neuromuscular conditions, sub-acute stroke, BPPV, and much more. My dream is to serve the LBGTIAQ2S+ community to help us grow and thrive together!
Staff and Support
As a practicing attorney, I have endeavored to help people understand the complexity of the world we live in, and to come to reasonable solutions to their problems. I have served on several local non profit boards working on business, aging, and arts issues. I also currently serve on the board of directors for St. Cloud Pride and Project Stop Loss, which works to promote better youth mental health and gun safety in the Central Minnesota community. In my personal life I am a pansexual single parent, bibliophile and avid kayaker.
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Patrick (he/him) provides support services to both Rainbow Wellness Collective and Seal Dwyer Counseling. A passionate advocate of mental health and liberation for the Queer community, he spent 8 years working as a counselor in the Saint Cloud area before adopting this role. He is a gamer (video and board), a reader of science fiction and philosophy, and a former activist blogger focused on bisexual community and neurodiversity. Ask him anything about his special interests and he'll tell you, probably in great detail.