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Ray Boyd, Director of Diagnostic Services

Minnesota Licensed Psychologist
B.S. in Sociology, Truman University
M.S. in Education, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Ray Boyd has been working with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention disorders for nearly forty years. As the director of diagnostic services for Groves Academy, Mr. Boyd and his team provide diagnostic testing services to over 300 students each year, making the team one of the largest providers of such services in the Twin Cities. Throughout his career, Mr. Boyd has completed more than 5,000 evaluations. In his work, Mr. Boyd provides psychoeducational assessments of children and adults, and consultation services for parents and educators. His professional career includes experience with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Minnesota Children with Special Help Needs, the College of St. Thomas, the Roseville Public Schools and the Washburn Child Guidance Center.  He is a regular lecturer at local and regional conferences and seminars.     

Zachary Eakman, Psy.D.

Psy.D. in Psychology, Minnesota School of Psychology
B.S. in Psychology, Iowa State University

Dr. Eakman has worked with children and adults in a variety of clinical settings over the past decade. During his career, Dr. Eakman has worked in hospitals, outpatient medical clinics, schools and private practice.  He has extensive experience conducting neuropsychological assessments on both children and adults, and has worked in multidisciplinary environments that provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to individuals presenting with a variety of medical and psychological conditions, including brain injury, rehabilitation, ADHD, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders.  He is a regular lecturer at local and regional workshops and seminars, and has been interviewed on ESPN radio.  He frequently speaks about concussion diagnosis and therapy.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University, Dr. Eakman earned a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Minnesota School of Psychology, with a designated area of concentration in Neuropsychology. He completed a pre-doctoral neuropsychology internship at Michigan State University’s Sparrow Level I Trauma Center, where he conducted comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of children and adults.  Later, he was a Post-Doctoral Neuropsychology Fellow at Bancroft Neurohealth in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he completed outpatient neuropsychological evaluations and post-acute traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Ethan Schwehr, Ph.D. 

Minnesota Licensed Psychologist
Ph.D. in School Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Psy.S. in School Psychology, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
B.S. in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota

Dr. Schwehr is a nationally certified school psychologist who is licensed as a school psychologist in Minnesota. Dr. Schwehr started as a school psychologist in southern Minnesota before pursuing his doctorate degree. Since 2010, he has gained experience working with children and young adults in a variety of settings and capacities such as providing therapeutic services in outpatient clinics, conducting neuropsychological evaluations at the Medical College of Wisconsin, teaching courses and professional development seminars for local colleges and school districts, and completing comprehensive evaluations for adolescent boys in residential care. Dr. Schwehr has worked for multiple school districts in Minnesota and Illinois where he guided them through comprehensive evaluations, applications of Response to Intervention (RTI), and special education law.

In addition to working directly with children, families, and school personnel, Dr. Schwehr has presented research at regional and international conferences. Dr. Schwehr has research interests in utilizing systems-level intervention strategies, the effects of  children's identified disabilities, and providing professional development that promotes efficacy and knowledge. Dr. Schwehr completed an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited internship in rural Illinois in 2014 and post-doctoral supervision in 2015. 

Nancy Knight, Licensed School Psychologist

Minnesota Licensed Psychologist 
M.S. in Education, Sam Houston State University
B.A. in Special Education, Augustana College

Nancy Knight has been working with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention disorders for more than thirty years. Ms. Knight has been a psychologist with Groves Academy for more than two decades, providing diagnostic testing services to hundreds of students each year. Through her work, Ms. Knight provides psychoeducational assessments of children and adults, and consultation services for parents and educators.Her professional career includes experience as a learning disabilities and special education teacher in school districts in Montana and Texas, and as an educational diagnostician in the Cypress-Fairbanks school district in Cypress, Texas. Ms. Knight is a graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where she earned a Master of Science degree in Education.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she majored in special education and elementary education. 


Lauren Bae, Ph.D., L.P.

Minnesota Licensed Psychologist
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University
B.A. in Psychology, Cornell University

Dr. Bae is a licensed psychologist who completed her internship in Minneapolis at the Children's Hospitals and Clinics after receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. She went on to serve as a professor at Saint Mary's University - teaching undergraduate psychology courses, supervising undergraduate research, and providing psychological evaluations and therapy in the university counseling center. She has also worked in a high school counseling department assisting adolescents with learning, academic, and psychological challenges.

With this experience working with children and adolescents in a wide range of settings, she is excited to be part of the Diagnostics Team at Groves Academy helping children and families find academic success by providing comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for students and consultation services for parents and educators.

Clare Roney, Career Counselor

M.S.E. in School Counseling, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
B.A. in Political Science, Creighton University

Clare has been working as a school counselor for eleven years. She started her career teaching in the classroom and helped students stay in school by finding their passions and connected those passions to careers. Clare moved to South America where she spent a year as an elementary school counselor. When Clare returned to Minnesota she was a secondary counselor for five years before joining the Groves Academy Post-Secondary program. While at Groves Academy, Clare developed a Career Exploration program designed to help young adults find their interests, passions, and skills and connect those to potential future careers.

Curtis Olufson, Director of Summer Programs

M.Ed. in Special Education/Kinesiology - University of Minnesota
B.S. in Physical Education - Iowa State University

Curtis has been in the education field for 10 years. He started his career as a physical education teacher and coach. Since joining Groves Academy in 2008, he has taken on a number of administrative responsibilities in addition to teaching; gaining extensive experience working with students with learning disabilities and attention disorders. Curtis transitioned to full-time administration staff in 2015 and is also the director of athletics and activities at Groves Academy.

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