New Haven has a highly trained, well educated residential staff. As in all areas of our program, both the quality and size of our team is the key to our success creating a safe and therapeutic haven. In the dorms, the staff to student ratio is 1:4, and at night there are always two awake staff members in each of the houses. Our residential staff members participate in the students' interventions and attend treatment trainings alongside our therapists. Their training prepares them for intensive therapeutic processing with our girls during times of struggle. Every member of our daytime staff serves as a Values Coach, mentoring one or more girls through their process of growth at New Haven.
Kris graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and has been with New Haven since May of 2000. Kris spends the majority of his time at New Haven doing what he loves most – working with and training the front-line staff and interacting with the girls. He specializes in passive physical and non-physical crisis management and working with girls who display oppositional behavior, personality disorders, and depression. Kris oversees the Residential Department and facilitates New Haven's weekly management meeting. He led the implementation of New Haven's emergency preparedness program and has presented on the topic on several occasions at national conferences.
Kris and his wife Katie, have a daughter and two sons. They have worked as foster parents and have a combined 20 years experience of working with teenage girls. In his spare time, Kris likes to be outdoors with his family and two dogs. He likes to fish, camp, and cook new things (he cooks a mean fried turkey!). Kris is an avid sports fan and loves to talk sports, (particularly college football and basketball) with anyone who will engage.
Susan B. Anthony House Lead
Lacey grew-up in a small farming community outside of Spanish Fork, UT. She is the only girl in her family and survived growing up with five brothers. Lacey currently resides in Salem, UT with her husband and two young children.
Lacey has a love and passion of working with and helping others, which initially lead her to New Haven in 2007. In her local community she has worked closely with special needs individuals, and has done hours of volunteer work with adolescent young women as well as young children. Lacey has also spent time writing and contributing to a website designed to uplift and inspire women and girls.
Whether relating through life's funny and most challenging moments or offering support when in need, she sees healthy relationships as an essential part of healing and loves that this is a big part of her role at New Haven. She especially enjoys witnessing the healing that families find throughout the program. She feels strongly that through small, simple acts that great change happens and that through positive daily interactions with the girls she works with, she can inspire and empower.
In moments in between work you can find her reading stories and cleaning little, muddy hands, working on home projects, creating, or laughing at a late night movie with her husband.
Rosa Parks House Lead
Heather is number two of six children. She loved growing up in sunny Arizona, where she spent most of her time outside playing soccer or running around in the sprinklers. She moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University where she graduated with a degree in Integrative Biology in 2006.
In Utah, Heather also met her husband and became a mom before finding New Haven. She began working at the Rosa Parks house in 2008. Her favorite part about working at New Haven is spending time with the girls and especially taking them off campus to do fun, outdoor activities. Heather's consistent, and loving approach makes her a great asset to the residential team at New Haven.
Heather also loves going on adventures with her family and discovering what the beautiful state of Utah has to offer.
Eleanor Roosevelt House Lead
Janis was born in Provo, UT. She is the third of four children. After high school she became a licensed cosmetologist. Through life experiences she found her true passion was working with youth. This brought her to New Haven in 2009. Janis enjoys building relationships, attending groups, and engaging in activities with the girls and their families. She loves helping them develop lasting life skills. Janis has a welcoming personality and a natural ability to make those around her feel loved and accepted.
Janis and her husband have four children, including two teenagers. She is an enthusiastic, fun mom, who loves participating in any activities with her family and friends. In her downtime she enjoys camping, boating, quilting, and cooking.
Sacagawea House Lead
Larra Sheppard was born and raised in Springville, Utah. She is the youngest of four with three older sisters. Larra is the mother of a 10 year old son and a 7 year old daughter. She started working for New Haven in January of 2009 and has worked as a Health Care Assistant, Assistant Supervisor, and Supervisor prior to becoming the Lead Supervisor. She loves to spend time hanging out and joking around with the girls. One of the things she loves most about working at New Haven is the ability to see the growth in the girls and their families while learning and growing along with them. Larra is a licensed cosmetologist and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing "do it yourself" projects, quilting, sewing, skiing (snow and water), camping and reading.
Mother Teresa House Lead
Mari Brickson is a Utah native. She was born in Highland, Utah and then moved to Springville (a town just north of Spanish Fork). Mari is the younger of two children. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University in 2009. She now resides with her husband and dog, Sir Reginald, at their home in Spanish Fork. Mari began working at New Haven in 2008. Mari loves building relationships with the girls, spending time with them and helping them re-discover their true selves. Mari is very passionate about working with students struggling with addiction, and helping them strengthen their recovery and living a clean and sober life when they return home.
Mari also enjoys spending time with her husband and family, playing piano, singing, training for triathlons, traveling and seeing new places.