Our Team

Our Team

  Hans C Skulstad, MA LMFT

Enjoys working with athletes and their families in all sports and at all levels in order to help them achieve their athletic and life goals. He and his wife created the MN Center for Sports and The Mind to integrate their passions for sports and for working with people. He served as the 2013 Chair of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award  and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Hobey Baker Foundation, and the National Director of the Hobey Baker Boys High School Character Award. He has been a coach, and served on committees devoted to fair play. Currently he is the Hockey Development Coordinator at Armstrong Cooper Hockey.  He works with teams and individuals.  He has helped teams win championships and worked with high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes and coaches. He received his Masters in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St Thomas.

  Jennie Gorres, MS LMFT

Works directly with individuals of all ages for over 13 years. Jennie has a powerful interest in sports and competition, dating back to the days when she was a leader of her high school sports teams and a three-sport athlete. Currently Jennie works with clients to conquer emotional obstacles in order to achieve their goals. She uses unique techniques to overcome distressing performances that continue to haunt athletes. She has worked with high school and college athletes. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Child Development and Family Science, Jennie specializes in the changing and complex needs of young athletes.

  John Kaiser, MA LMFT

John brings a unique set of experiences to the Minnesota Center for Sports and the Mind. In addition to 10+ years working with adolescents and young adults as a counselor and therapist. John has been a Minnesota State High School League referee for 18 years and has officiated numerous MSHSL basketball and football state tournament games. John also officiated D2 and D3 basketball for five years. Prior to obtaining his MA in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University and post master’s certificates from Saint Mary’s and the University of Minnesota, he worked in public relations and marketing roles with the New York Knicks, and with broadcast partners of the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. John views his role with the Minnesota Center for Sports and the Mind as an opportunity to help athletes meet their potential.

Carissa Wolyneic, MA Mental Conditioning Coach

Carrissa Wolyneic provides mental skills training to athletes. She has a master’s degree from St Mary’s. and is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Carissa’s education, experience, and success as a college basketball player has taught her the importance of mental fitness training. She knows it is an important part of being a consistent athlete.  She shares her passion and experience to help athletes, coaches, and parents. She works with athletes of all ages and sports. In her career at Concordia University, she set the record for 3 pointers in a season and a career.  She has given back to the game by coaching girls’ basketball. She loves helping her clients gain the mental edge that comes with developing mental fitness. She has worked with college and high school athletes.  She knows the that mental fitness improves physical performance. She works with athletes and teams to create a process for self-coaching and staying out of your head.