Latest staff news

  1. Three Directors are selected – We have three directors who will serve as the decision makers for non-profit organization, Healthy Relationships Rochester. The first is Duane Nelson, founder and CEO. Duane is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed independent clinical social worker, and certified pastoral counselor. Duane has been conducting relationship education and skill training for many years. The second is Cathy Nelson. (Yes, the two are married.) Cathy is a teacher, educator, musician, music minister, composer, and retreat director. She is trained in two communication skill programs. She holds a master’s degree in Christian Spirituality. Cathy has been involved in the formation and development of HRR at multiple levels since its inception. The third director is Marie Nelson, the couple’s eldest daughter. Marie majored in psychology and Spanish, and earned her master’s degree in education. Marie currently teaches Spanish and English as a second language. She has been involved in curriculum design and development, and is a masterful teacher.
  2. Other Staff are waiting in the wings – We have several people who have been partially trained and are eager to engage more fully. Several educators and counselors have expressed interest in becoming trained in different content areas, and will begin training shortly. 

  3. We need Volunteers – Check us out. We need volunteers to do a variety of things, and would love to have a volunteer coordinator step forward.  If you have teaching, health care, management, or counseling experience, contact us to see if your interests, skills, and talents match the needs of our growing organization. There are many opportunities for involvement at a variety of levels. For more information, please read our About section, as well as our education, workshops, and counseling pages. Check us out, then Contact us. Let's talk...


Duane Nelson

Born and raised in the Minneapolis, Duane is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has made his home in Rochester for the last 25 years. Duane has been married for 33 years to his wife, Cathy. The two met while doing music at the same church in Minneapolis. Duane and Cathy have two adult daughters, and the family love to travel and play cribbage together. Duane plays guitar and percussion, and the couple still make music together. Duane enjoys gardening, cookouts, hiking, reading, downhill skiing, and hanging out with friends. Duane holds three graduate degrees, two mental health licenses, and two major counseling certifications. He has worked professionally for 37 years in addiction treatment, mental health, clinical social work, pastoral counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Duane is widely regarded as an expert in marriage and family therapy. Following his retirement from Mayo Clinic, Duane founded Healthy Relationships Rochester. This innovative organization is based on developing the concept of Relationship Intelligence through teaching and disseminating best-practice relationship education and skill training programs in a variety of non-clinical settings.