Meet the Counseling Department 

Fax Number: (651) 696-3366
Students are assigned a counselor according to last name.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your school counselor, please click on the appropriate link or e-mail below. 

Mike Brewer, LSC (A - F):
Jane Young, LSC (G - K):
Brother Michael Phipps, LSC (L - M):
Katie Shead, LSC (N - Q):
Thay Thao, LSC (R - Z):


Counseling Assistant

Peggy Mansur - (651) 696-3312

Mrs. Mansur is our counseling office assistant. She started this position in 2022.

Mrs. Mansur is a St. Paul native. She went to high school at Archbishop Brady High School in West St. Paul.

Mrs. Mansur loves spending time with family, watching old movies, baking, crocheting and spending time outside.



School Counselors

Mike Brewer, LSC (Last Names: A-F) - (651) 696-3364

 Mr. Brewer is a school counselor and has been at CDH since 1997.

Mr. Brewer grew up all over the country - he lived in eight different states before he turned 18! After high school, he started college at the University of North Dakota, and then transferred and graduated with his bachelor’s degree from UW La Crosse. He then earned his master’s degree at UW Stout. Now, he lives in a house he built with his own two hands with his wife, five kids, and Miley the Mastiff.

Mr. Brewer loves hunting, coaching football, movie trivia, and 80’s music. Try to catch him on 80’s Friday, when he plays the 80’s classics in his office.



Jane Young, LSC (Last Names: G-K) - (651) 696-3324

 Mrs. Young has been a school counselor at CDH since 2017, and was a counselor at other schools for 14 years prior to joining CDH. She works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Mrs. Young started her college career at UW La Crosse, transferred after freshman year, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Studying abroad in Ecuador was a transformative experience. She earned her master’s at the University of Minnesota as well, after living in New York for a year. She worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Covenant House, nannying, waitressing, and lifeguarding all in the same year; New York is an expensive place to live! She now has a husband, three kids, and a shih tzu named Blanca.

Mrs. Young likes to read, run, bake, and spend time in nature. She believes that time and nature are two great healers. 

Br. Michael Phipps, FSC, LSC (Last Names: L-M) - (651) 696-3396

Br. Phipps completed graduate school at Lewis University (School Counseling and Guidance) and undergraduate - University of Northern Colorado (Psychology)

He previously worked as the Recruitment Coordinator and Associate Director of Lasallian Volunteers.

Having worked at a variety of Lasallian institutions, Br. Phipps is excited to work with the students, families, and staff of CDH, as we grow in faith, service, and community. He enjoys walking with young people as they experience 'ah ha' moments. He has worked with young people and families for 10+ years and finds that he often learns more from the students than they learn from him.

He grew up on the west coast. He considers himself a jack of all trades and enjoys a variety of hobbies.



Kaitlyn Shead, LSC (Last names: N-Q) - (651) 696-3323

 Ms. Shead is a school counselor who has been at CDH since 2016.

Ms. Shead loves to spend her time with her three kids and her 13-lb Chiweenie named Beast. She is a huge fan of football and snowmobiling and spending time at the family cabin. She grew up in Lakeville, went to the College of St. Benedict to earn her undergraduate degree, and then received her master’s at the University of New Mexico. 



Thay Thao, LSC (Last Names: R-Z) - (651) 696-3328

Mr. Thao has been a school counselor at CDH since 2022. Mr. Thao is a St. Paul native and graduated from Central High School. Mr. Thao received his Bachelor's Degree from Suffolk University. In college, he studied abroad in New Zealand and El Salvador and fell in love with traveling. Mr. Thao went back to school and attended the University of Minnesota to earn his Master's degree.
Before CDH, Mr. Thao and his wife backpacked across Asia for 9 months, and in his free time, Mr. Thao loves to travel, cook, and play board games. Mr. Thao also likes to play tennis, pickleball, and volleyball whenever he gets a chance.


College Counselors

Mitchell Reynolds (Last Names: A-K) - 651-696-3322


Mr. Reynolds is in his first year as a College Counselor at CDH. He was previously a college counselor in Pennsylvania for two years. 


In his spare time he enjoys discovering the Twin Cities with his wife Katie (also a school counselor!) and their puppy Freddie. He is a passionate swimming coach, enjoys watching basketball, and loves to cook spicy food. Mr. Reynolds grew up in Frederick, Maryland, earned his bachelor's degree from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) and his Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. 



Laura Nelson (Last Names: L-Z) - (651) 696-3383

Education: University of Kansas - BFA Interior Design

Previous work: University of Kansas

Mrs. Nelson is excited to be a part of the CDH community!

She has worked in a handful of different industries and worn many different hats. Each of these experiences has really allowed her to grow as an individual and a colleague. What she's learned through it all is that she loves working with and helping people. She has wanted to be a high school counselor since she was a teenager, so it's truly a gift for her to be able to live out that dream.

She grew up in Eagan and still lives south of the river. She is married, has a spunky 2 year-old daughter, and an extra smiley 4 month old son. She enjoys trying new foods/restaurants, traveling, listening to Taylor Swift on repeat, and being on the lake! She loves coffee, sweets, and heart-to-hearts.

Her college experience was out of this world and she has a true passion for helping students find the right fit for them!



Katie Carroll - (651) 696-3325

 Ms. Carroll is our registrar. She has been at CDH since 2009, and registrar since 2017. 

Ms. Carroll grew up in St. Paul and graduated from CDH in 2000. After high school, she went to the University of Minnesota to earn her bachelor’s degree, and the University of St. Thomas for her master’s. Now, she is married and has a son.

She enjoys going to the gym and running. She also loves to travel and studied abroad in China while in college. 



Chemical Health Counselor

Laura Esping - (651) 696-3378

Ms Esping came on board to CDH as a chemical health counselor in Sept 2023. She received her licence in 2022 and also serves as an Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Benilde St Margaret’s High School. 

Watershed events include moving to Chicago from Iowa where Ms Esping grew up, traveling the country performing in penitentiaries, backpacking around Europe, and establishing her life and career in the Twin Cities. Ms Esping is passionate about recovery from substances and helping people live a chemically free life. She holds a BA from the U of Iowa, an MFA from the U of MN and a diploma in addiction counseling from Minnesota Community and Technical College.

Ms Esping enjoys yard work around her South Mpls house, exercising, meditating, eating well and seeing other colleagues theatre work.









Student Advocate

Kenny Udoibok - (651) 696-3335


Mr. Udoibok has been working at CDH since 2021. He grew up in Saint Paul and graduated from CDH in 2016. He then went to Saint John's University where he competed in football and received his Bachelors. During his time at Saint John's, he had a small business called Kenny Kutz where he would barber hair on campus to all students. Mr. Udoibok is currently finishing his Masters degree in School Counseling at the University of River Falls. Mr. Udoibok is also the assistant strength coach in the weight room where he is able to continue to connect with aspiring athletes.
Mr. Udoibok is a big Sneakerhead and you can find him wearing a different pair of shoes daily. Other than shoes, Mr. Udoibok enjoys playing drums at his church, fishing, working out, barbering, customizing shoes, and spending time with family and friends