Our Staff

Rachel Niemi, Psy.D HSPP,  Executive Director
Rachel Niemi received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Niemi completed her internship at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center working with veterans. She also completed two years of training in Valparaiso at the Porter County Family Counseling Center. She has spent the past three years dedicating part of her time to treating men and women who struggle with homelessness. Dr. Niemi is motivated to use the most effective evidenced based practices to help empower and motivate her clients. Her goal as the Director for Dayspring Women’s Center is to develop a program grounded in research and evidenced based treatment that helps women on their journey to achieving stability and satisfaction.

Aly Kasper, BSW, Dayspring Program Manager

Kathy Dewitt, Director of Community Engagement

Tracy Traut, Director of Program Development

Harold Bernt, LCSW, Clinical Director
With over 40 years experience in the fields of mental health, substance abuse and social services, Mr. Bernt brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to his clinical training and supervision of graduate level counselors.
He earned his Master's degree at the University of Chicago and has had post graduate training in family counseling, substance abuse treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy.   His personal goal is to use his skills to fulfill the center's mission of providing quality counseling services to individuals and families and training the next generation of counselors and therapists.

Larry Brewerton, Ph.D, HSPP, Clinical Supervision
Dr. Brewerton has been affiliated with Dayspring since 2007. He works to supervise our doctoral level students on a weekly basis. In addition to his work with Dayspring, Dr. Brewerton has his own clinical practice and is a professor at Indiana University Northwest.