Jeff Nichols is the CEO at MAC. Mr. Nichols has over 40 years’ experience developing management and executive teams and significantly improving operational and financial performance for mission-based organizations and for–profit companies. Before coming to MAC, Mr. Nichols was the CEO at One Vision in Clear Lake, Iowa. Prior to that, Mr. Nichols was CEO at Strive Colorado. Mr. Nichols’ very diverse career spans the IT industry, K-12 schools, software development, behavioral health, developmental disabilities/ICF’s, senior living, skilled nursing facilities, housing/apartments and as an adjunct professor in a variety of small for–profit startups and ventures. As MAC’s CEO, Mr. Nichols has led a dedicated and talented team of leaders and staff in growing MAC’s impact and mission reach, establishing innovative services and improving therapy outcomes and quality. Mr. Nichols attended National American University for a BS and MIS, and the University of Sioux Falls for his MBA in Business Management. He has served on numerous Chamber boards, Regional Development boards, and non-profit boards, including currently serving as the treasurer of Minnesota Youth Symphonies. He has volunteered extensively and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family. Mr. Nichols resides in Palisade, Minnesota, with his wife.
Jaimie Goette, CPA, MBA, CPSP, CGMA is the Chief Financial Officer at MAC. Ms. Goette has oversight of Finance, IT, and Facilities for the agency. She has 15 years of progressive experience in healthcare finance, 12 in Executive Leadership roles with 9 of those years focused specifically in the Children’s Behavioral Health arena. Before joining the team at MAC, Ms. Goette spent more than 7 years with Northwood Children’s Services as their CFO. Ms. Goette holds an Associates in Accounting and Business Administration from Lake Region State College, a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Healthcare Management and Accounting from Lakeland University. Ms. Goette served as the Chairperson for the CFO Committee with the AspireMN advocacy group for two years and, in that capacity, was integrally involved in the implementation of PRTF level of care in the state. Ms. Goette has four children, lives in Northern Wisconsin, and thoroughly enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
VP of Clinical Operations
Laura Gilbert, MA, LMFT is Vice President of Clinical Operations at MAC. Ms. Gilbert supervises the licensed clinical staff, programmatic and daily operations of MAC centers. She started with MAC in 2007 and has over 18 years of experience helping children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder. Ms. Gilbert attended the University of Minnesota (2007) for undergraduate psychology and received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University (2009). She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2011. She has conducted presentations for various universities, police departments, schools and county clinical staff. Ms. Gilbert serves as a Program Advisor for Minnesota State University-Mankato in their Women in Leadership program. She lives in Bloomington with her husband, Cory, and her children Leo and Finn.
VP of Quality and Behavior Analytics
Jennifer Diederich, MA, BCaBA is the Vice President of Quality and Behavior Analytics at MAC. Ms. Diederich supervises the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) department, the quality assurance and training teams at MAC. She started with MAC in 2001 and has over 22 years of experience serving children and families impacted by autism and investing in the training and development of staff. Ms. Diederich attended the University of St. Thomas (2000) for an undergraduate degree in theology and political science. She received her Board–Certified assistant Behavior Analyst certification (2016) and received her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Claremont Lincoln University (2021). She has conducted presentations for various universities, schools, police departments, community organizations and has created and presented at four international symposiums on autism and autism therapy. Ms. Diederich created the Leadership Exploration and Development (LEaD) Institute at MAC which has continued to show evidence-based success at developing emotional intelligence within personal and professional growth for emerging leaders in the organization. She is currently serving on the board of Midwest Special Services (MSS). She lives in Brooklyn Center and enjoys traveling and spending time with her niece and nephews.
Director of Development
Sarah Driever, Esq. is Director of Development at MAC. Ms. Driever supervises the philanthropy plan and oversees multi-platform fundraising, grant management, donor and partner communication. She brings over 13 years of experience in non-profit leadership and development. She has a passion for the role philanthropy can play in making systems more accessible and equitable. Before joining MAC, Ms. Driever served as Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services’ Director of Philanthropy. Ms. Driever received her undergraduate in Communications and English from Drake University (2002-2006) and received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law (2009). She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has also conducted presentations for MIE Legal Aid (National Conference), the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), the Office of Justice Programs (Justice and Community Grants Unit), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Congress. Ms. Driever’s interest in the intersection of environmental justice, social justice and health equity inspires her work at MAC and also her volunteer work. She volunteers for Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) and several local animal rescue groups and sits on the board of directors for Transforming Generations and MN350. She is also the volunteer legislative coordinator for the Early Childhood Parent Teacher Organization. She lives in Brooklyn Park with her partner, Ang, and her children Ari and Archer.
Director of Human Resources
Jessica Peterson, SHRM-CP, M.Ed, is MAC’s Director of Human Resources. Ms. Peterson is responsible for leading the HR team and collaborating with leaders to drive recruitment, retention, engagement and compliance. Ms. Peterson was previously the Director of Human Resources at AirCare Health and has been HR Business Partner to both Allina Health and Gillette Children’s. She has a Bachelor’s of Music and a Master’s in Human Resource Development, as well as her SHRM-CP certification through the Society of Human Resources. Ms. Peterson previously volunteered in the Seward neighborhood and in North Minneapolis teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners in the community. Ms. Peterson loves spending time with her daughter and husband in South Minneapolis, running the trails across the city, figure skating as part of the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis, crocheting, and random other new hobby opportunities as they present themselves.