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Meet our Counselors and Staff



Renee Most M.A., LADC

Director of StepUP

Renee has worked as a clinician in the behavioral health field since she obtained her Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate Program in 2005. Since this time, she has held positions as a residential treatment counselor, outpatient continuing care counselor, school-based prevention specialist and a clinical relationship manager. Renee is passionate about working with patients, families, and providers to improve the health and wellness of those struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. 

In October 2019 Renee was thrilled to accept the position as Director of The StepUP Program at Augsburg.  Having been a previous advocate for the program and understanding how beneficial it can be for students in recovery she welcomed the opportunity to lead the program. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. 


Shane Jensen, B.A., LADC

Chemical Dependency Counselor

In exploring a meaningful and purpose driven life, Shane Jensen began his career working at the Wilderness Treatment Center in Montana. He was helping young men and their families navigate the challenging first few months of their recoveries.  After serving as an addictions counselor, Family counseling lead, and Continuing care coordinator, his passion to help extended into recovery after treatment. When Shane learned of the StepUP program he was excited to hear of the integration between a recovery focused community and a University that celebrates the achievements of these gifted students.  In college a common challenge is identity.  “Who am I?” and “what do I want to do?” is a reality that is hard to stray away from.  A focus of Shane’s is to have intentional conversations that examine the blind spots our students face.  Through this Shane is able to help students find their gifts and put their abilities into action while maintaining their recovery.

In Shane’s free time he enjoys spending time being active outdoors with his wife, daughter, and son. His hobbies include backpacking, fishing, hunting, carpentry, and mentoring people in each of these pursuits.


Jon Stentz, M.A., LADC

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Jon Stentz received his Master’s degree from Hazelden Betty Ford’s School of Addiction Studies in 2015. He has training in several different modalities working with those who struggle with addiction and mental health issues including Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Over the past four years he has held a position as a Licensed Addiction Counselor with Hazelden Betty Ford in St. Paul MN. During that time he has worked primarily with young adults who are transitioning from residential treatment to self-management of their recovery outside of treatment.

In that time he became very familiar with the StepUp program and its mission to support young adults through challenges that higher education can present for those in early recovery. During that time he has referred many students to the StepUP program and is thrilled to see the success they have achieved with the help of StepUP and the thriving recovery community within the Twin City area.  Jon shares a passion with fellow StepUP staff for working side by side with students to help them achieve success not only in academics, but also in recovery and ultimately in life.

Jon is blessed with a brilliant, loving wife as well as two amazingly talented children who are also beginning their adventure at their respective universities.