A Culture of Caring

Because the Family Works© treatment model is highly relational and systems-driven, it requires a deep bench of experienced staff members working together as a team. New Haven has the highest employee to student ratio (1:2.6) in the adolescent behavioral healthcare industry and one of the most experienced. In fact, most of our key team members have been working together for nearly ten years. We’re united by our love for family work, our shared therapeutic and educational philosophies, and our care for one another.

Our team members are hired for their strong clinical credentials and experience; once hired, all staff members continue their professional development in the form of seminars, classes, experiential learning, mentoring, case studies analysis, research, and writing. The large size of our team allows for constant supervision and safety, as well as a robust interdisciplinary model in which every department meets together to discuss every girl every week. The result is a treatment plan that is holistic, coordinated, and based on a deep understanding of every girl in our care.

This culture of caring, communication, and professionalism allows us to deliver a clinically based, heart-driven program that heals families.

John L. Stewart, LCSW

Senior Executive Director, Executive Director – Spanish Fork & Hobble Creek JohnS@NewHavenRTC.com

After earning his BA from Utah State University, John went on to Brigham Young University to earn his Masters of Social Work. He is an approved supervisor for interning social workers. John has been practicing in the mental health field for twenty-five years, specializing in addictions, attachment, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, experiential work, and therapist training. John developed New Haven’s trauma model, upon which most of our therapeutic interventions for PTSD hang. He served as the clinical director for ten years and has been our executive director for the past five years.

Before New Haven, John developed and managed intensive outpatient and general outpatient programs for drug and alcohol services. He worked for ten years at a private, non-profit drug and alcohol agency as a therapist, clinical director, and an executive director where he was engaged in doing therapy, training interns and professionals, and developing programs. In addition, he developed and directed Crisis Line services prior to involvement in the mental health field.

John has been involved in community-based youth organizations for the past thirty years. John had the privilege of serving on the National Board of NATSAP. He is fortunate to be married to a wonderful woman, with whom he has three sons, a great daughter-in-law, and the cutest grandsons ever born. John loves to travel and be in the outdoors, camp with his kids, and is a geography wizard. He is a fantastic cook.

Of special note, John recently received NATSAP’s 2015 Lifetime Leadership Award at its national conference held in Nashville, Tennessee.

David Mayeski, LCSW

EXECUTIVE CLINICAL DIRECTOR – SPANISH FORK & HOBBLE CREEK CAMPUSES DavidM@NewHavenRTC.com

David earned his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and served as an intern for the Democratic National Committee in 1992. Continuing his education, David earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. When asked about his interest in both social work and politics, David responded “I have always wanted to serve others and believe the principles of both politics and social work were meant for this noble purpose”.

David started at New Haven in 2001 as a primary therapist. He earned his LCSW under the supervision of John Stewart, current New Haven Executive Director, in 2003. David moved into admissions where he worked for over 11 years to provide hope, compassion, and understanding to families during this uniquely stressful time. During these years, he couldn’t quite pull himself away from the clinical side of New Haven and he continued to provide additional therapy through Family Weekend workshops and group therapy.

David’s passion for accompanying and assisting families in their journey has brought him to his current position as the clinical director for the Mother Teresa House. He is excited to utilize his knowledge, skills, and values to serve students, families, and co-workers. David’s interests include sports, politics and, most importantly, his family. He has been married to his beautiful bride Kori since 1995. They have three children that keep them grounded and fulfilled.

Kris Kilpatrick

Executive Residential Director – Spanish Fork & Hobble Creek Campuses KrisK@NewHavenRTC.com

Kris graduated from Utah Valley University with a BA in psychology and earned a masters of business administration from Western Governors University. He started working at New Haven in the Spring of 2000. Kris specializes in passive physical and non-physical crisis management and working with girls who display oppositional behavior, personality disorders, and depression. His ability to de-escalate students using his relationship and humor have been a valuable asset to New Haven. Kris trains the entire company on crisis management and de-escalation. He led the implementation of New Haven’s robust emergency preparedness program and has presented on the topic on several occasions at national conferences.

Kris and his wife Katie have three girls and two boys. They have worked as foster parents and have a combined 30 years experience in working with teenage girls. In his spare time, Kris likes to be outdoors with his family and dog. He likes to fish, travel, camp, and cook new things (he cooks a mean fried turkey and has a new passion for smoking food, such as ribs). Kris is an avid sports fan and loves to talk sports, (particularly college football and basketball) with anyone who will engage.

Matthew C. Bartlett, M.Ed., LMFT

Executive Director – Saratoga Springs Campus MattB@NewHavenRTC.com

Matt received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon in education with a specialty in marriage and family therapy. He spent the past five years working with at-risk youth in residential treatment and providing aftercare services to families across the nation. Prior to coming to New Haven, Matt worked with individual couples and families in an outpatient setting and with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. He has experience working with mood disorders, ADHD, attachment, oppositional defiance, and marital/family relationship issues.

He loves to laugh and believes that humor is an important part of healing difficult family relationships. Matt and his wife have five children enjoy spending time together traveling, camping, golfing, singing, and cooking. Matt also makes amazing wedding cakes as a hobby!

Brian McElligott, LMFT

Executive Clinical Director – Saratoga Springs Campus BrianM@NewHavenRTC.com

Brian grew up overseas in Athens, Greece and moved to Utah when he was 21. He has worked in the residential treatment setting for 14 years. He received his Bachelors Degree from Utah Valley University and received his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University.

Brian has wealth of experience working with adolescents, specifically with attachment issues, oppositional behavior, and trauma. He has a way of connecting with the students that is very powerful. We are grateful to have him as a part of the team and appreciate his ability to help girls and their families experience the healing journey that takes place.

Brian has been married for 9 years, loves spending time with his wife, is an avid reader, and loves chess, basketball, and the outdoors. Spend a little time with Brian and you’ll enjoy his deep and quick-witted humor.

 

 

Heather Schaffer

Executive Residential Director – Saratoga Springs Campus HeatherS@NewHavenRTC.com

Heather began working at New Haven in 2008 as a staff in the Rosa Parks house. Since that time, she has worked in every residential position, from an on-call staff to her current position. Heather is known for her talent to connect with and train the residential staff. She loves to help them catch New Haven’s vision of healing through residential and clinical sophistication, and guide them in carrying out therapeutic interventions.

She has a calming presence and a natural ability to connect with those around her. Heather is consistent and loving, which creates a feeling of safety for our students and their families. She looks forward to any opportunity she has to take a student off campus and spend time with her outdoors.

Heather grew up as the second of six children 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 in 2006 with a degree in integrative biology. Heather is married and has three young (adorable!) children. She loves to go on adventures with her family and discover all that the beautiful state of Utah has to offer.

Gretchen Bartlett

Admissions Director GretchenB@NewHavenRTC.com

Gretchen graduated from Boise State University in 2000 with a BA in Music, and is still a huge fan of all things Boise State. She taught voice and piano lessons for many years, and enjoys helping others develop their talents. When she has a free minute, you will often see her with her head in a book, as she loves to read. She also loves spending her time singing, traveling, watching movies, and being with her family.

Gretchen grew up in Boise, ID, and is the oldest of 8 children. She considers herself blessed to have come from such a large and loving family. Her parents and siblings have been a strength to her all of her life. Gretchen recognizes the importance of family, and she feels blessed to be a part of New Haven and all of the amazing work that they do with young women and their families. She is the mother of 5 children and has been happily married since 1994.

Debbi Johnson, SPHR

HR Manager HR@NewHavenRTC.com

Debbi joined the New Haven team in 2007. She brought with her 12 years of Human Resource experience. She has worked as the HR Manager in a variety of fields including computer support, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Debbi enjoys working at New Haven because of the culture of unity and caring that exists here. She has been very impressed with the program philosophy, the people and the girls and she loves witnessing the dramatic changes the girls make while at New Haven.

Debbi enjoys reading, going to the movies and spending time with her family. She has a wonderful husband, four daughters (also wonderful) and 10 grandchildren who are the light of her life.

Gretchen Bartlett

Admissions Director GretchenB@NewHavenRTC.com

Gretchen graduated from Boise State University in 2000 with a BA in Music, and is still a huge fan of all things Boise State. She taught voice and piano lessons for many years, and enjoys helping others develop their talents. When she has a free minute, you will often see her with her head in a book, as she loves to read. She also loves spending her time singing, traveling, watching movies, and being with her family.

Gretchen grew up in Boise, ID, and is the oldest of 8 children. She considers herself blessed to have come from such a large and loving family. Her parents and siblings have been a strength to her all of her life. Gretchen recognizes the importance of family, and she feels blessed to be a part of New Haven and all of the amazing work that they do with young women and their families. She is the mother of 5 children and has been happily married since 1994.

Kristen VanOrman Buck

Admissions Counselor KristenB@NewHavenRTC.com

Kristen VanOrman Buck was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Kristen is the oldest of six children. Her career plan of becoming a Pediatric Nurse was put on hold when she became a mother. She then found New Haven in 2007 and has loved being a part of the New Haven family ever since!

Kristen has played a crucial role at New Haven in the Residential department including almost four years as the Lead Supervisor of the Eleanor Roosevelt House where she was able to support students and families through their difficult, but powerful journeys. Kristen also had the opportunity to attend the New Haven service trip to Peru in June of 2013 which was an eye opening and incredible bonding experience for her and all who participated. Her passion, drive, creativity, love of the girls and families at New Haven are just a few of the many qualities that are appreciated by all who come in contact with Kristen.

Kristen is currently serving on the Membership board for NATSAP and has participated on various panels at NATSAP regional conferences. She has also served as a community volunteer for the past 10 years working with young women in various roles.

Kristen has five children including four boys and a teenage stepdaughter. Kristen practices interior design outside of New Haven, but also uses her keen sense of interior style to help make the residential houses feel even more welcoming, warm, and home like. Kristen also loves to travel, refinish old furniture, golf, and spend time in the outdoors.

Stacey Koller

Admissions Counselor StaceyK@newhavenrtc.com

Stacey began working as an Admissions Counselor at New Haven in 2016. Prior to working at New Haven Stacey was a student at Brigham Young University and a media consultant. She recently graduated with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys working at New Haven because of the focus on family healing.

Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, particularly when it includes being outside. She loves being in nature and enjoys golfing and playing catch. She loves to read everything but is fascinated with biographies. She enjoys traveling because she gets to experience new places, people and culture. She considers herself lucky to have married her sweetheart and is absolutely smitten with her baby boy.

Dr. Bill Bunn, D.O.

Psychiatrist MeganS@NewHavenRTC.com

Dr. Bill Bunn earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Rhetoric from Brigham Young University. Prior to Medical School he was a full-time college English instructor and was honored as a Meyhew Teaching Award Finalist at Brigham Young University and has multiple publications in the area of doctor-patient communications and medical education. His most recent article was published in the December 2009 Academic Psychiatry and discussed how to help medical student develop more empathy for the mentally ill.

He attended medical school at Des Moines University with clinical training at Ohio University. His psychiatry training was at the University of Utah, where he received outstanding Junior and Senior Resident Awards and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology.

He currently works as a psychiatrist for the BYU Student Health Center, maintains a private practice, and is on staff at UVRMC. In addition to this, he is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, School of Medicine.

He and his wife Dana have two active boys. He enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar, scuba diving, building furniture, and spending time with his family.

He has a conservative approach to medication management and employs natural supplements that have clinical evidence of efficacy.

Dr. Lynda Baum, PMHCNS- BC, Ph.D., Board Certified

Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist MeganS@NewHavenRTC.com

Dr. Baum earned a B.S. in Nursing from Brigham Young University and an M.S. degree in Nursing Administration from University of Utah.  Prior to specializing in psychiatry, she taught nursing in several universities and colleges and worked as a registered nurse for over thirty years across seven different states in a wide variety of hospital and community settings with all levels of acuity and all age groups, adding a strong medical and holistic perspective to her psychiatric practice.  She earned an M.S. in Psychiatric Mental/Health Nursing from University of Utah while obtaining her Ph.D. in Nursing Research.

Her psychiatric experience includes a family therapy clinic which emphasized collaboration with primary care physicians to provide holistic care, a number of youth residential facilities and substance abuse programs, an outpatient clinic where she was the sole psychiatric provider for over 300 veterans, and psychiatric consultation for young men and women serving missions in FL and GA.  Currently, she has her own private practice, works as a psychiatric provider at BYU Student Health Center, and precepts a psychiatric APRN student from University of Utah.

She was a public presenter for Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in USA and Canada and has accepted numerous invitations to present on mental health subjects to professional and community adult and youth groups, including a presentation on Bipolar Disorder for two consecutive years at Utah Nurse Practitioners Conference.

She has been married to Kerry for 49 years, have seven children and 22 grandchildren. Her hobbies include nutrition, exercise, sewing, teaching piano, family history, gardening, and alternative medicine.

Megan Slater, RN

Nursing Director MeganS@NewHavenRTC.com

Megan Slater has been with New Haven since 1996. She was a staff supervisor and after finishing her nursing degree at Utah Valley University, she started on the nursing staff. Megan likes community nursing and enjoys working at New Haven because of the one on one time that she is able to have with the girls. Megan and her husband have four children. She enjoys reading and writing.

Megan has a special interest in understanding ADHD and has spent years researching the subject.  She put together a series of videos where she shares tips and insights she hopes will help families.

 

Stormi Soffe, RN

Nurse StormiS@NewHavenRTC.com

Stormi graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Human Development in 2006 and began working for the Utah Department of Human Services with the Division of Child and Family Services as a Social Service Worker. Stormi worked with at-risk youth and their families with the Division for about 8 years. During that time, she also earned her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Due to a lifelong desire to work in the medical field, Stormi finally took a leap and went back to school to earn her Nursing degree in 2014. Since becoming a Registered Nurse she has worked in physical rehabilitation and psychiatry.

Stormi first learned of New Haven during her clinical hours in Nursing school when she was assigned to the Spanish Fork Campus. She immediately fell in love with the New Haven family and is excited to be back. Stormi has always been passionate about working with youth and New Haven offers her a great place to combine her social work experience and her nursing skills.

Outside of work, Stormi is mom to 4 amazing children who are her world. In their free time, she and the kids enjoy trips back home to Southern California, the beach and Disneyland. They also love spending time in St. George.

Mandy Lewis, RD, CD

Dietitian MandyL@NewHavenRTC.com

Mandy received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University and went on to do an accredited dietetic internship at Utah State University. She is now a registered dietitian.

Mandy has worked at New Haven since 2007, starting as a residential supervisor for 2 years before becoming the dietitian.  She provides individual nutrition counseling, teaches nutrition classes, oversees menus and meal plans, and monitors nutrition based medical issues. She has experience working with eating disorders and other nutrition related issues.

Mandy is originally from Oregon, but now lives in Eagle Mountain with her family. She enjoys playing with her very active children, exercising, crafting, and sewing. Mandy loves working with the students at New Haven and seeing them recover and make progress toward their true potential.

Jason Calder, LMFT, CMHC

Clinical Director – Hobble Creek Campus JasonC@NewHavenRTC.com

Jason is an award-winning psychotherapist who has been in the industry since 1999, working as a front-line staff, therapist or clinician. He has experience in both a residential and wilderness environment that makes it easy to relate to the students at New Haven.  Jason chose to work at New Haven due to the program’s long-standing reputation for clinical quality and restorative relationships.  Jason gets satisfaction as he witnesses each student regain her sense of personal identity and value.

Jason has given presentations around the country to mental health professionals, physicians and families on the neurological effects of process addictions, supportive treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders and the experiential interventions to help adolescents find greater meaning and purpose in their lives.  He has appeared on 20/20 (post-production), in The Atlantic, and his work has been featured on CNN and CBS News.

Jason was raised in Bountiful, UT where he enjoyed spending time in nature. His hobbies include canyoneering, snowboarding, reading, whitewater kayaking, cooking, backpacking, caving and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Jeremy Chiles

Consulting Psychologist JeremyC@NewHavenRTC.com

Dr. Jeremy Chiles is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked within the area of psychological testing since 2002. His passion is to help families identify specific problems and concerns in order to determine the most appropriate level of care or the most suitable academic environment. In addition to a standard test battery, consisting of cognitive, achievement, personality, mental health and behavioral measures, Dr. Chiles has training in assessing autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, neuropsychological screening issues, and psychosexual issues.

Dr. Chiles is a member of the Utah Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. He is known among wilderness and therapeutic programs as a thorough, empathetic, energetic, and personable clinician. His passion is working with adolescents and their families, and he finds it rewarding to work with programs and personnel that are equally skilled and passionate about their work.In helping individuals and families work toward psychological health and balance in their lives, Dr. Chiles employs strategies including psychological testing/assessment, comprehensive interviews with students and parents, consultation with clinicians, close interaction with educational consultants, and “on-site” testing to gather the most accurate and useful information in a timely manner.

Dr. Chiles attended the University of Utah where he received his bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and a minor in history. He attended Brigham Young University where he received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology. While providing a strong psychotherapy training program, the training at Brigham Young University also offered an assessment curriculum that addressed intellectual/cognitive and mental health/personality aspects in children, adolescents, and adults. Additional training during graduate school involved assessments of adolescents and adults at the Utah State Hospital, Utah State Prison, residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment settings, acute care facilities.

Andrew Rigdon, LMFT

Therapist AndrewR@NewHavenRTC.com

Andrew began working at New Haven as a residential staff in 2007 while completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brigham Young University. After working in the residential department of New Haven for a few years, he left to earn a graduate degree at Colorado State University in Marriage & Family Therapy. Since then, Andrew has worked with adolescents in a variety of settings including residential treatment, clinical supervision of a mentoring program for at-risk youth, community mental health, and teaching.

Andrew returned to New Haven because he is drawn to the strong relationship-based programming and the positive values that New Haven teaches. He uses the relational aspect of therapy to facilitate healing and create positive change. He has experience working with individuals suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, ADHD, personality disorders, and other mental health concerns.

Andrew enjoys pretty much anything outdoors (including biking, skiing, snowboarding, long boarding, hiking, backpacking, and camping), and he also enjoys a variety of sports. He loves to travel, see new places, and learn about other cultures. Most of all, he loves to spend time with his wonderful wife and two kids.

Kelsey Haymond, MSW

Therapist KelseyJ@NewHavenRTC.com

Kelsey comes to New Haven with a deep-rooted passion for working with teenage girls and helping them discover their worth as a person. She first discovered this passion during the two summers she worked as a youth camp counselor, and her desire to help others further increased after she took a position at a wilderness therapy program in Arizona. Kelsey felt strongly that for her, there is no better reward than helping another along life’s journey, and she decided to get her master’s degree in social work from Brigham Young University. While completing her master’s, she worked in a residential setting with women and teens who struggle with eating disorders. She developed a real love for working with this population and now specializes in helping these individuals.

Kelsey was first attracted to New Haven because of our relationship-based treatment model. Using the relationship to connect with and help our students is very closely aligned with Kelsey’s personal values and way of being, and this made her immediately passionate about the work we do at New Haven. Kelsey also loves the holistic approach of the Hobble Creek campus and serves as the certified yoga instructor on campus.

She grew up moving around several states in the west and is the only girl with three brothers. She enjoys spending time with her family and her three adorable nieces and nephews. Kelsey enjoys basketball, snowboarding, ATVing, racquetball, beat boxing, and being out in the sun. Kelsey has a playful approach to life–you’ll hear her laugh before you see her. It’s easy to sense that Kelsey sees the best in those around her and this creates a feeling of safety that allows for quick and meaningful connection.

Kjrstin Walters, LMFT

Therapist KjrstinW@NewHavenRTC.com

Kjrstin (KJ) first started working in therapeutic settings at a ropes course while finishing her undergraduate studies in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. She went on to work as a staff at a wilderness therapy program in southern Utah, where she learned to love working with adolescents. Kjrstin then came to New Haven in 2004 as a residential staff. She worked as a staff while she attended graduate school in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked as a therapist at New Haven since 2008. She loves to use experiential therapies to help clients experience change and healing.

Kjrstin loves to spend time with her family; she is married to a fantastic husband and they have two beautiful daughters. She loves the outdoors, especially climbing, cycling and triathlons. She also loves to travel and explore new places, locally and internationally.

Flavia Lima, CTRS

Recreation Therapist FlaviaL@NewHavenRTC.com

Flavia is originally from Curitiba, Brazil. In 1999 her family moved to Utah, where she was raised to love adventure and the outdoors. Flavia became passionate about helping kids and adolescents after her brother was diagnosed with Hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder, as a teenager. She volunteered as a camp counselor for years at a camp for kids and teens with blood clotting disorders and that is where she was first introduced to Recreation Therapy.

Flavia graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She did her internships at a residential treatment center for teens on the Autism Spectrum and the Women’s Shelter. Before that, she worked as a residential supervisor at a therapeutic boarding school for teens with behavioral and mood disorders.

Flavia loves being able to use her passion of recreation to help bring about change and healing for the New Haven families. She strongly believes in the family approach to therapy and loves being a part of the experience of challenge and change students and families go through in recreational therapy.

Flavia loves exploring the outdoors, playing volleyball, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her crazy Brazilian family. She is so grateful to be a part of the New Haven team and the opportunity she has to help students and their families heal through one of her great passions.

Brian McElligott, LMFT

Executive Clinical Director – Saratoga Springs Campus BrianM@NewHavenRTC.com

Brian grew up overseas in Athens, Greece and moved to Utah when he was 21. He has worked in the residential treatment setting for 14 years. He received his Bachelors Degree from Utah Valley University and received his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Amridge University.

Brian has wealth of experience working with adolescents, specifically with attachment issues, oppositional behavior, and trauma. He has a way of connecting with the students that is very powerful. We are grateful to have him as a part of the team and appreciate his ability to help girls and their families experience the healing journey that takes place.

Brian has been married for 9 years, loves spending time with his wife, is an avid reader, and loves chess, basketball, and the outdoors. Spend a little time with Brian and you’ll enjoy his deep and quick-witted humor.

 

 

Dr. Jeremy Chiles

Consulting Psychologist JeremyC@NewHavenRTC.com

Dr. Jeremy Chiles is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked within the area of psychological testing since 2002. His passion is to help families identify specific problems and concerns in order to determine the most appropriate level of care or the most suitable academic environment. In addition to a standard test battery, consisting of cognitive, achievement, personality, mental health and behavioral measures, Dr. Chiles has training in assessing autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, neuropsychological screening issues, and psychosexual issues.

Dr. Chiles is a member of the Utah Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. He is known among wilderness and therapeutic programs as a thorough, empathetic, energetic, and personable clinician. His passion is working with adolescents and their families, and he finds it rewarding to work with programs and personnel that are equally skilled and passionate about their work.In helping individuals and families work toward psychological health and balance in their lives, Dr. Chiles employs strategies including psychological testing/assessment, comprehensive interviews with students and parents, consultation with clinicians, close interaction with educational consultants, and “on-site” testing to gather the most accurate and useful information in a timely manner.

Dr. Chiles attended the University of Utah where he received his bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and a minor in history. He attended Brigham Young University where he received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology. While providing a strong psychotherapy training program, the training at Brigham Young University also offered an assessment curriculum that addressed intellectual/cognitive and mental health/personality aspects in children, adolescents, and adults. Additional training during graduate school involved assessments of adolescents and adults at the Utah State Hospital, Utah State Prison, residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment settings, acute care facilities.

Allison Rencher, LMFT

Clinical Director – Florence Nightingale House AllisonR@NewHavenRTC.com

Allison was raised in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains, a few minutes north of Salt Lake City, in a bustling family of 6 children. She was raised with the “family first” value and attended more of her sisters’ choir concerts and her brothers’ sporting events than she can count. Family continues to be her priority and the main motivation for her desire to work with families in a clinical setting.

She earned her BS degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University and loved the campus, faculty, and the mountains so much she returned a few years later to earn her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She still feels that the sunrise on the snow-capped Wellsville Mountains is one of the most breathtaking sites to witness.

Allison joined New Haven in 2008 after working with families, couples and adolescents in outpatient settings. She loves working for New Haven because of the focus on values, relationships and the family. She loves that laughter is a part of New Haven—it reminds her of her own family. Allison strongly believes in taking a family perspective in her therapy approach, even when working with individuals. She enjoys being experiential in therapy and helping the New Haven families to heal. She specializes in anxiety, depression, identity, recovery, and family dynamics.

Allison enjoys photography and uses that passion at New Haven to help the families feel at home and to stay connected. She belongs to a community choir, where she has the chance to sing a wide range of music and develop a talent she has enjoyed for years. Allison loves spending time with her family and is grateful for their love and support.

Elizabeth Harwood, LMSW

Clinical Director – Rosa Parks House ElizabethH@NewHavenRTC.com

Elizabeth has always had a love of getting to know and helping others.  Her early life began in New York City, where her parents worked on PhDs and took her to museums and ballets.  After a big move to rural Georgia, she learned to love boiled peanuts, her many friends, and southern hospitality.  Always interested in different cultures, she received a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Georgia, which included a semester abroad in Italy.  She spent most of her college summers as a counselor at youth camps, her most recent one taking her to Tonga, where she was captivated by the Tongan’s charity and love of family.

These experiences, along with some forays into teaching and research, helped her realize her true passion was working with adolescents.  With this goal in mind, Elizabeth returned to New York City to begin a Master of Science degree in Social Work at Columbia University.  While completing this degree, Elizabeth was able to work in school and hospital settings, which brought experience in evidenced-based treatment models including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and helping clients and their families as they worked through depression, anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, crisis intervention, attachment issues, and substance use.   She feels privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside families as they have courageously faced their struggles and loves being part of such rewarding work.

Most of all, Elizabeth loves connecting with people and building strong relationships both at work and in her life.  She is known for her calming demeanor, which often helps others to feel quickly at ease around her.  In her free time, Elizabeth loves to read, travel the world and find opportunities to serve. In addition, she enjoys cheering for her college football team, spending time with friends, and most importantly, acting in her favorite role of Aunt.

Jessica Endres, LCSW

Clinical Director – Susan B. Anthony House JessicaE@NewHavenRTC.com

Jessica was born and raised near Phoenix Arizona and later moved to Utah to attend Utah Valley University. She joined the New Haven team as a residential staff in 2008 and later worked as a shift supervisor. She has loved the opportunity to connect and support adolescents around the difficult, as well as the beautiful aspects that life has to offer. Jessica believes in the power of experiential interventions and using a relationship-based approach to facilitate hope, healing and growth within individuals and families.

Jessica enjoys music, being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, and playing volleyball. She especially loves to travel the world, meet new people and learn about new cultures.

While at Utah Valley University she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, emphasis in Psychology. During her time at UVU she was also a member of their Division 1 Women’s Volleyball team. She had the wonderful opportunity to travel the country and compete against other Universities.

A few years later, Jessica attended Brigham Young University to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work. Prior to returning to New Haven as a therapist, Jessica worked with individuals in an outpatient setting as well as at an adoption agency. She also worked closely with birth mothers who were in the process of placing their child for adoption. Areas that Jessica is passionate about include attachment, mood disorders, addiction and identity work.

Bryanna Smith, CSW

Therapist bryannas@newhavenrtc.com

Bryanna grew up in the benches of Salt Lake City, Utah and has always desired to help others find joy and love within themselves. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology at Utah Valley University. During her college experience she spent most of her time taking classes and internships that taught her how to best serve those who are struggling due to abuse, attachment, and mental illnesses. During her summers she worked as a youth camp counselor and with physically and/or mentally ill adolescents.

All these experiences lead Bryanna to pursue more education with the goal of learning how to better serve others. Bryanna graduated from the University of Utah with her Master of Social Work degree. While completing this degree, Bryanna had the experience of working in adolescent residential treatment, outpatient therapy, and school counseling settings which brought her to evidenced-based treatment models such as TF-CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, play therapy, crisis intervention, systematic theories, and child welfare issues. She was drawn to New Haven because of her belief that young women can heal and find happiness in their lives through the safe therapeutic setting New Haven offers. Bryanna feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with a wonderful team at New Haven and to serve young women and their families. She enjoys being surrounded by family and friends, laughing, playing card games, zumba, and being active.

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Lesley De La Torre, AMHC

Therapist LesleyD@NewHavenRTC.com

Lesley received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in marriage, family, and human development, with a specialty in family life education. Lesley then completed her master’s degree at University of Phoenix in clinical mental health counseling. During her graduate experience, she provided trauma therapy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. She also had many opportunities to educate members of the community and advocate for sexual assault prevention and awareness. Prior to joining the New Haven team, Lesley supported children within the Arizona Department of Child Safety and offered direct crisis interventions to invite stability and maintain placement in the home, school, or community setting.

Lesley has a passion for assisting those who have experienced trauma, grief, or loss. She firmly believes that such impactful incidents contribute to shifts in beliefs, thinking patterns, and dynamics within social and family relationships. She thoroughly enjoys witnessing individuals develop compassionate views of their responses to these significant experiences. She feels especially privileged to join others in gaining personal courage to fully engage in their healing process. Lesley’s gentleness and warmth allows her to connect deeply with others and build meaningful relationships, while empowering those around her to be challenged and improve. She motivates others to recognize the incredible value of personal and hard work. Lesley is experienced in utilizing evidence-based modalities of CPT, TIR, DBT, CBT, and trauma-focused CBT to process emotional distress. Lesley is also skilled in working with depression, anxiety, mood or personality disorders, PTSD, substance use, and suicidality.

Lesley is a mother of two children, who are both precious joys in her life. She enjoys vacationing and travel, especially to Lake Powell or Hawaii. She loves to relax at the movie theater or get lost reading a good book. She has incredible appreciation for music and is a talented opera singer. She adores being surrounded by her siblings and their darling children. In addition, she has a taste for drag racing and loves admiring beautiful cars. Her favorite treat is a Diet Coke and a Swig cookie!

Janay McInnes, AMFT

Therapist JanayM@NewHavenRTC.com

Janay has always had a passionate belief in the power of an individual to rise triumphantly from the difficulties life may assail them.  Yet, she also believes that sustained success and empowerment come with the collaboration of the family system.  Janay believes the family should be the cornerstone of hope, nurturance, and bonding.  When armed with these skills, each family member can create a life story filled with meaningful experiences and connection.

She has spent many years working with youth in both community and school settings.  She helped adolescents discover their strengths and talents, which sometimes were lost in the tumultuous times of “tennagehood”.  As a mentor of teen girls transitioning out of treatment, she felt there was a missing piece as she worked with young women who struggled to find their place in their family and peer relationships.  The search to find this missing link led her to New Haven where families heal together.

Janay received her Bachelor of Science degree in family science from Brigham Young University with a focus on marriage and family.  This provided a natural segue to receiving a master’s in marriage and family therapy.

A favorite quote of Janay’s is “Salt water is the cure for everything, sweat, tears, or the seashore”.  It goes without saying–hard work does pay off, a good cry is good for everyone, and of course nothing is better than a sunny day at the beach.  Janay enjoys spending time with her family, recreating recipes, and any day at the beach or lake.

Austin Davenport, CMHC

Therapist AustinD@NewHavenRTC.com

Austin is a passionate therapist who has been working with adolescents and their families for several years. Originally from Texas, Austin relocated to Utah when he was married and joined New Haven’s family. Austin finds fulfillment as he is able to watch families transform through the therapeutic process.

Austin attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and later a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While working on his master’s degree, Austin was a member of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling, academic and professional honor society. Austin is also an associate member of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGLA), an international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs.

Austin is a musician and often spends time creating, playing and mixing music. In his free time, Austin also love to play team sports such as Ultimate Frisbee or volleyball. He often finds that his hobbies and interests help him relate to the students at New Haven.

Jamie Degelbeck, AMFT

Therapist JamieD@NewHavenRTC.com

Jamie joined New Haven’s clinical team after nine years as a residential staff and supervisor.  During these years, Jamie developed a deep passion for family systems work.  She felt prompted to obtain her masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Amridge University.  Jamie loved her time in the residential communities and feels that her intimate knowledge of this side of New Haven helps her to better understand a family’s experience and to utilize all resources that are available to help each student.

Prior to New Haven, Jamie worked as the program coordinator at a domestic violence shelter for women and children.  She made a positive impact by helping these women identify ways to improve their life circumstances.  Jamie treasured her nine years at the shelter and was then inspired to work with adolescents to help them learn to live healthy lives at a younger age.  It was at this time that Jamie found New Haven and fell in love with our family-based treatment approach.

As a parent, the two most important factors she would have in choosing a program would be that her child feels safe and loved.  Her extensive experience on the residential team has testified to her that these are the top two priorities of each person who surrounds the daughters at New Haven–herself included.  One of the many qualities that makes Jamie such an influential member of our team is her unique ability to hold boundaries while exuding love.

Jamie is spirited, transparent, and is continually challenging everyone around her to become the very best version of themselves.  Growing up as the third of seven children instilled in Jamie a proclivity towards hard work and laughter, and taught her the importance of both in any family unit.  Outside of work (since there is no such thing as “spare time” with two active boys), Jamie loves to garden, exercise, sew, decorate, read, and–of course–spend time with her family.

JaNae Goodrich, CSW

Therapist JanaeG@NewHavenRTC.com

JaNae was born and adopted from Washington state, but was raised in Utah.  Her five other siblings are also adopted and JaNae loved having a “colorful family” growing up.  She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Washington University.  While in Washington, she worked at a boy’s residential treatment center and found fulfillment in empowering adolescents and helping them to heal from their difficult pasts.  When she moved back home to Utah, she joined the New Haven team as a residential staff in 2010 and later became an assistant supervisor.

JaNae received her master’s degree in social work from University of Texas-Arlington before returning to New Haven as a therapist.  In Texas, she had the opportunity to work with individuals in an adoption agency as well as an outpatient setting.  JaNae enjoys working with families as well as individuals.  She is passionate about attachment, grief work, identity work, and mood disorders.

JaNae loves volleyball and had the opportunity to play while attending school in Washington.  She loves being outdoors and doing anything active.  She finds relationships to be essential in life and enjoys meeting new people and learning about other cultures.

Chris Nokes, LCSW

Therapist ChristopherN@NewHavenRTC.com

Chris has spent the last 11 years working with adolescents and their families in various settings. He began his career as a counselor with Juvenile Justice Services in the state of Utah and quickly realized a strong passion and ability for connecting with youth and encouraging their positive growth and change. During his time with JJS, Chris realized the importance of fine-tuning his skills and furthering his education. He went on to earn his master’s degree in social work from Utah State University in 2011. Prior to coming to New Haven, Chris worked as a therapist at a residential treatment center in the small town of Escalante, Utah for two years where he realized his ability to work effectively with adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, self-esteem concerns, and family issues.

Chris believes strongly in the importance of building positive relationships with the clients that he serves by showing his caring, committed, non-judgmental, and patient personality. At the same time, he is also firm and fair in holding others accountable and encouraging high expectations. Chris brings a calm and easy-going nature to therapy that seems to put people at ease and make them feel comfortable with the process. Chris relishes the opportunity to assist youth and families in improving their lives, reconnecting with one another, and becoming happier and more successful.

Chris loves spending time with his family when he is away from work and being the father of his two beautiful, smart, loving, playful, and rambunctious little girls. He enjoys playing most sports and being in the outdoors hiking, driving, camping, and exploring.

Holly Wilson, ACMHC

Therapist HollyW@NewHavenRTC.com

Holly was raised in Southern California with a love for family and an appreciation for the importance of security and empowerment for all children. She developed an early love of psychology and mindfulness as a teenager. Holly has always had a strong desire to help others who may be experiencing challenging times. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Texas A & M University. One of her early goals was to be a wife and mother and she and her husband are the parents to 4 daughters and one son. Her love of working with children grew as she spent much of the past 10 years volunteering in one capacity or another with adolescents, especially teenage girls. As her hopes to help others deepened, she set her sights on clinical work and returned to school to earn a Master’s Degree from Westminster College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

During her graduate coursework, she had the opportunity to work in both residential treatment settings as well as with the immigrant population in Salt Lake City. She has worked with adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, neglect, mood disorders, and conduct disorder. As a research assistant, she had the opportunity to work in assessment with the refugees in Salt Lake City. This opportunity allowed her to deepen her ability to connect and empathize with others as the refugee population presents with such significant challenges. She has a love of systems work, attachment, eating disorders, body image, anxiety, and trauma. Holly has had training in CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, Sand Tray therapy, and the impact of play, mindfulness, and neuroscience in psychotherapy. Holly has a love of learning and frequently can be found reading 3-4 books at a time.

As Holly engaged in internship and practicum opportunities, she was thrilled to find New Haven with the focus on families and a holistic approach to healing. The idea that girls can heal as families heal guides Holly’s work. It has been Holly’s experience that when one experiences acceptance and empathy, change can occur. When Holly has free time she can be found running, traveling, cooking, and enjoying time with her family.

Sophie Wolfe, CTRS 

Recreation Therapy Manager SophieW@NewHavenRTC.com

Sophie was raised in the state of Idaho where she spent much of her childhood outdoors, on sports teams, swimming, practicing the piano, making art, and adventuring with her family.  The various activities in which she participated helped keep her well-rounded and curious about the world.

Sophie graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, as well as a minor in visual arts.  She did her internship with New Haven and then went on to become nationally certified as a recreation therapist.  She worked for two years as a residential supervisor at a residential treatment center in Utah, which helped strengthen her understanding and belief in the powerful role that families have in the healing process.

She is passionate about the world and has a drive for exploring different cultures and understanding other people.  She spent a semester studying abroad in Israel.  She has also spent time traveling in Turkey, Jordan, and Mexico.  While traveling abroad, she was able to discover more about herself, as well as gain a deep love for the beauty that other cultures have to offer.

Sophie lives in Provo with her husband where they enjoy hiking together, attending various community events and festivals, playing board games, working on home improvement projects, playing on intramural and community sports teams, and traveling to Idaho to visit family.  She is thrilled to be a part of the New Haven team, where she plays a key role among her coworkers in healing families.

Aimee Johansen, CTRS

RECREATION THERAPIST AimeeJ@NewHavenRTC.com

Aimee grew up in a home where the word “bored” was not allowed.  Consequently, she became a master at creating her own fun and developing unique activities to catch the imagination.  A Utah native, she grew up running the trails throughout Utah Valley and knows the area well.  She has interests in a wide variety of experiences that are available close by including storytelling, kayaking, glass blowing, mountain biking, and bronze work.

Aimee graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA degree in recreation therapy.  Prior to working at New Haven, she did administration work at Philmont high adventure backpacking camp where she mastered teaching technical skills.  She has also spent time working with teenage boys who have autism at Daniel’s Academy which increased her ability to connect with others.

Fluent in Chinese, Aimee’s interest in the emotions of other people deepened as she lived and studied for over 2 years in China, Taiwan, and Indonesia.  She has a particular knack for seeing and understanding the viewpoint of others and feels strongly about connection.  She believes the relational approach of New Haven is particularly effective as we work towards developing strong family systems.  She loves being a part of the New Haven team and enjoys helping guide families through their healing journey.

David Mayeski, LCSW

EXECUTIVE CLINICAL DIRECTOR – SPANISH FORK & HOBBLE CREEK CAMPUSES DavidM@NewHavenRTC.com

David earned his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and served as an intern for the Democratic National Committee in 1992. Continuing his education, David earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. When asked about his interest in both social work and politics, David responded “I have always wanted to serve others and believe the principles of both politics and social work were meant for this noble purpose”.

David started at New Haven in 2001 as a primary therapist. He earned his LCSW under the supervision of John Stewart, current New Haven Executive Director, in 2003. David moved into admissions where he worked for over 11 years to provide hope, compassion, and understanding to families during this uniquely stressful time. During these years, he couldn’t quite pull himself away from the clinical side of New Haven and he continued to provide additional therapy through Family Weekend workshops and group therapy.

David’s passion for accompanying and assisting families in their journey has brought him to his current position as the clinical director for the Mother Teresa House. He is excited to utilize his knowledge, skills, and values to serve students, families, and co-workers. David’s interests include sports, politics and, most importantly, his family. He has been married to his beautiful bride Kori since 1995. They have three children that keep them grounded and fulfilled.

Dr. Jeremy Chiles

Consulting Psychologist JeremyC@NewHavenRTC.com

Dr. Jeremy Chiles is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked within the area of psychological testing since 2002. His passion is to help families identify specific problems and concerns in order to determine the most appropriate level of care or the most suitable academic environment. In addition to a standard test battery, consisting of cognitive, achievement, personality, mental health and behavioral measures, Dr. Chiles has training in assessing autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, neuropsychological screening issues, and psychosexual issues.

Dr. Chiles is a member of the Utah Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. He is known among wilderness and therapeutic programs as a thorough, empathetic, energetic, and personable clinician. His passion is working with adolescents and their families, and he finds it rewarding to work with programs and personnel that are equally skilled and passionate about their work.In helping individuals and families work toward psychological health and balance in their lives, Dr. Chiles employs strategies including psychological testing/assessment, comprehensive interviews with students and parents, consultation with clinicians, close interaction with educational consultants, and “on-site” testing to gather the most accurate and useful information in a timely manner.

Dr. Chiles attended the University of Utah where he received his bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and a minor in history. He attended Brigham Young University where he received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology. While providing a strong psychotherapy training program, the training at Brigham Young University also offered an assessment curriculum that addressed intellectual/cognitive and mental health/personality aspects in children, adolescents, and adults. Additional training during graduate school involved assessments of adolescents and adults at the Utah State Hospital, Utah State Prison, residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment settings, acute care facilities.

Jessica Jenkins, CMHC, EAGALA Certified

Clinical Director – Eleanor Roosevelt House JessicaG@NewHavenRTC.com

Jessica’s work in residential treatment began many years ago when she worked as a residential staff at a co-ed treatment facility while completing her BS in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Psychology, at Utah Valley University. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Jessica went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, during which time she worked as the residential director of a treatment facility for adolescent sex offenders with co-occurring disorders. Jessica is a fully licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah, and has enjoyed many years of experience working with court-appointed and privately placed at-risk youth and their families in the RTC setting, as well as with young adults preparing to transition from proctor care into adult living home and community settings. Early in her clinical experience, Jessica spent a year working in a clinical outpatient setting with the general population. While every clinical venue she has worked in has a place in her heart, Jessica has found that her true passion is in working with youth and their families, and she brings this passion to New Haven coupled with her motto of “home and healthy.” She believes in helping each of her clients identify and embrace their individual worth and within that process make peace with their past, look forward to their future and live mindfully in the present.

Jessica has experience working with anxiety, mood disorders, executive functioning deficits and spectrum disorders, trauma, attachment, relationship dynamics, substance abuse, sexual misconduct, eating disorders and various co-morbid issues. Jessica is also certified in equine assisted psychotherapy and has several years of experience working with youth in therapeutic equine settings, both as a therapist and a co-facilitator. Jessica has a passion for working with youth in experiential settings, and a strong belief in using a relationship-based approach to facilitate hope and healing within individuals and families. Jessica also has experience facilitating parent and family workshops and multi-family group work. She firmly believes that the healthy relationships and proactive support systems developed through these experiences are an essential component to the individual and familial healing process.

Kassidy Pendleton, MFT

Clinical Director – Mother Teresa House kassidyp@newhavenrtc.com

Kassidy earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Family Studies at Utah Valley University and then completed her master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. Kassidy has always had a passion for working with adolescents, particularly young women. Her master’s thesis research focused on teenage girls’ experiences of therapy, and she has a wide range of experience with adolescents and in various treatment settings.

Kassidy has worked with adolescents in schools and in residential treatment at New Haven, in addition to having experience with the legal system and with substance abuse treatment. Besides being a marriage and family therapist, Kassidy also has her provisional license as a Family Life Educator and believes family involvement in treatment is essential for facilitating lasting change. Kassidy nurtures client’s family and friend networks and includes them in the therapy process so that positive changes remain deeply rooted and supported even after formal treatment has ended.

Kassidy’s genuine, compassionate nature and emotional sensitivity to clients’ needs makes her easy for clients to connect to while her calming, steady manner creates a sense of safety and stability for clients whose worlds are often quite chaotic. Kassidy incorporates elements of narrative and experiential therapy models, working from an emotionally-focused perspective that prioritizes clients’ sense of self and encourages them to re-discover their own worth and ability.

Though Kassidy is devoted to her clients, she understands that self-care is just as important for her as it is for those she serves. Kassidy regularly takes time to go for runs, relax with her friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors.

Caroline Conley, CSW

Therapist CarolineC@NewHavenRTC.com

Caroline was born and raised in Northeast Texas, but her heart has always resided in Utah with her extended family and Utah’s climate and scenery. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and then began working as a staff at a residential treatment center for women and teen girls with eating disorders. Caroline found true joy while working with these courageous women and knew she wanted to do more to help those battling emotional distress and mental illness.

After several years’ experience in a residential setting, Caroline pursued her master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Utah. While working on her degree, she was able to gain more experience working with adolescents both in the public school system and in residential treatment. These experiences helped her decide to continue working with teenagers because they are full of surprises, fun, and potential, and they need all the support and love they can get while on their journey to discover who they are and want to become.

Caroline was drawn to New Haven for our emphasis on values. She believes values are a core part of a person’s identity, can be a source of self-esteem, and act as a compass to help achieve personal goals. Caroline’s own values align with New Haven’s focus on the family. She credits her family for supporting her through her own challenges and finds strength in knowing that they will always be there for her.

 

 

 

Shara F. Preston, LPC, LCMHC

Therapist sharap@newhavenrtc.com

Shara came to New Haven well-seasoned with extensive experience in the mental health field. She began working with youth early in life in various volunteer and employment positions, such as lifeguard, swim instructor, camp youth leader, and tutor. These experiences and opportunities helped her develop a passion for helping people, and she chose to earn her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazerene University to develop her passion into her career.

Since 2005, Shara has worked with youth professionally in a variety of therapeutic contexts. This ranged from working with clients in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. She is passionate about New Haven’s systemic and relationship based approach to healing and has experience with several modalities of therapy including: DBT, CBT, Narrative, and Solution-Focused. Shara is dedicated to helping others through trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other challenges. Shara enjoys helping others discover new strengths within themselves, as well as helping others develop stronger and healthier relationships. Within minutes of being around Shara you will feel a sense of comfort in knowing that she is a caring, passionate, and kind person with a lot to give. She brings great strength to the New Haven team and we are grateful to have her.

Shara has strong ties in Oklahoma and she enjoys watching the Oklahoma City Thunder. Family is very important to Shara and she spends time with her two adult daughters as often as possible. She is also a strong believer in having new experiences, and cherishes what she learns from them.

Daniel Jensen, LCSW

Therapist DanielJ@NewHavenRTC.com

Daniel received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University. Daniel has worked for several years with adolescents in residential and outpatient treatment facilities working with teens struggling with autistic spectrum and learning disorders, oppositional defiance, mood disorders, as well as problematic sexual behaviors and sexual abuse. Daniel has special training in DBT from the Linehan Institute as well as training in Equine Assisted Therapy and Sand Tray therapy. Daniel’s passion for helping families and individuals is instrumental in helping them rebuild and strengthen their relationships. He enjoys working with his students, parents and families to facilitate the creation of an individualized treatment plan that leads to successful improvements in the lives of the young ladies and families he works with.

Daniel is originally from South Carolina and currently lives in Spanish Fork, Utah near the mountains and lakes which he enjoys so much. Daniel enjoys singing, playing the drums/guitar, and playing/watching sports. Most of all, however, he enjoys spending time with his family as a loving husband and father of three children.

Kelli Nixon, MSW

Therapist KelliN@NewHavenRTC.com

Kelli earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Utah Valley University and then completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University. Kelli has always had a desire to serve others, and find solutions to problems. She completed internships at the Utah State Hospital, ScenicView Academy, and LDS Family Services.

Kelli has a strong belief in an individual’s and a family’s capability to solve problems and find a new way of thinking. She enjoys using techniques from CBT, SFT, and motivational interviewing. Kelli has a passion for helping young women recognize their individual worth and the important role they play in their family system.

Kelli is married and enjoys spending time with her husband working on her golf skills, and taking trips to Disneyland.

Melyssa Van Lydegraf, MSW

Therapist MelyssaV@NewHavenRTC.com

Melyssa’s compassion for the struggles of adolescents guided her to New Haven. Early in her career, Melyssa discovered that she loved working with young men and women. Her favorite moments are when a teenager begins to discover who they are, and Melyssa loves to be there encourage them to become the best version of themselves. She recognizes that adolescence can be hard to navigate, but is also a time where we can make the biggest improvements in our lives, creating goals and habits that will carry through the rest of life.

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Melyssa bleeds blue for Boise state and the infamous “Smurf Turf”.  She loves hiking, running, reading and is a self-described “foodie.” She also loves relaxing with her family and believes that laughter truly is the best medicine.

Stephanie McDonald, MSW

Therapist StephanieM@NewHavenRTC.com

Stephanie is passionate about working with adolescents because she recognizes that they are the future. She values her role in guiding students and families as they progress and support each other in this therapeutic process. She hopes to guide each of her students in building unshakable self-esteem and confidence as well as giving them the tools they need to lead healthy lives.

Stephanie completed her Master’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago and her undergraduate degree at Utah Valley University. She has specific training in suicide prevention, vicarious and sexual trauma. She has spent substantial time in China working in a special needs foster home and completing a study abroad with her MSW, and has studied Mandarin for two years.

Stephanie is married and has a young daughter. She loves to travel and learn about new people and cultures, especially if there is an ocean nearby. She has competed in seven triathlons’ in recent years and loves the variety of challenges that they bring.

Flavia Lima, CTRS

Recreation Therapist FlaviaL@NewHavenRTC.com

Flavia is originally from Curitiba, Brazil. In 1999 her family moved to Utah, where she was raised to love adventure and the outdoors. Flavia became passionate about helping kids and adolescents after her brother was diagnosed with Hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder, as a teenager. She volunteered as a camp counselor for years at a camp for kids and teens with blood clotting disorders and that is where she was first introduced to Recreation Therapy.

Flavia graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She did her internships at a residential treatment center for teens on the Autism Spectrum and the Women’s Shelter. Before that, she worked as a residential supervisor at a therapeutic boarding school for teens with behavioral and mood disorders.

Flavia loves being able to use her passion of recreation to help bring about change and healing for the New Haven families. She strongly believes in the family approach to therapy and loves being a part of the experience of challenge and change students and families go through in recreational therapy.

Flavia loves exploring the outdoors, playing volleyball, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her crazy Brazilian family. She is so grateful to be a part of the New Haven team and the opportunity she has to help students and their families heal through one of her great passions.

Jezelle Cutia, TRS, CTRS

RECREATION THERAPIST JezelleC@NewHavenRTC.com

Jezelle is from San Jose, CA; but her parents are originally from the Philippines. Jezelle moved to Utah to continue her education at Brigham Young University where she earned a degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, and a minor in Family Life. Jezelle interned with New Haven in Recreation Therapy while also working as a member of residential staff. Although her schedule was busy during this time, she developed a passion for learning about family systems and helping families improve their quality of life.

Jezelle enjoys doing anything outdoors such as rock climbing and hiking. She also loves to play basketball and learn different musical instruments.

Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director – Saratoga Springs Campus KoriM@NewHavenRTC.com

Kori earned Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She taught Social Studies in both Middle School and High School before earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.  At both the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech, Kori worked with freshman students in their transition to college and taught an introductory Psychology course helping students be successful at the collegiate level.

Kori began her work in residential treatment as the Assistant Education Director at New Haven in 2001. She was drawn to the mission of New Haven and the ability to help young women heal, self-correct and return to their college-bound path.  When the opportunity arose to become an Academic Director in a different residential treatment center, Kori was excited to create her own academic program, accredit the school and integrate academics into the clinical program.   In total, Kori has been the Academic Director of 2 residential treatment center schools and most recently the Academic Director at the Oakley School, a college-prep therapeutic boarding school.  She has also been the consulting Academic Director at 4 other residential treatment center schools.  Kori is so excited to come full circle back to New Haven and work with the talented team to prepare students for success at their next school.   

Kori is a history buff and enjoys reading.  She especially enjoys political thrillers set in Washington, D.C. where she grew up.  Kori also enjoys sports.  She particularly loves to follow the college athletics of her alma maters.  There is nothing better than Maryland Basketball and Tennessee Football!  She shares her love of sports with her husband David.  Together they have 3 children – Marlee, Josh and Eddie.

Alicia Walters

English Teacher AliciaW@NewHavenRTC.com

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsements: English Literature and Writing) Alicia had the wonderful opportunity of working as a residential staff for two years at New Haven before becoming our English Teacher. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in English Education. Alicia loves building relationships with the girls through activities and new experiences. Alicia loves to include art and music into her English classes to create those personal connections to literature for the girls. Alicia believes that every single student has the ability to attend college and loves talking with the girls about higher learning and the amazing experiences it can bring them.

Alicia loves our New Haven animals and can often be found walking around campus with a new kitten in her arms or playing fetch with the dogs.

Robyn Jensen

Physical Education Teacher RobynJ@NewHavenRTC.com

Robyn has been a member of our New Haven team for over 10 years working in various positions and several years as a residential supervisor. Robyn graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and we were lucky to have her move over to our Education team. Robyn has a wealth of experience with team sports, especially having been an international and collegiate athlete.

Robyn has an enormous passion for New Haven and through our program she sees miracles do happen and movement can save lives. She loves being able to illustrate the ideas of unity, sportsmanship, character building, and self esteem through Physical Education. She believes in empowering her students through physical wellness and which in turn influences their emotional wellness.

Robyn loves coaching softball at a local high school as well as outdoor activities, especially fishing. She loves music and spending time with her family.

Brice Hunt

Math Teacher BryceH@NewHavenRTC.com

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsement: Mathematics Level 4) Victor “Brice” Hunt has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics, from Southern Utah University. Recently, he completed the courses for a full Math major and a post-bachelor’s teaching certificate. As a result, he has a Utah teaching license with a Mathematics Level 4 endorsement. Brice has a passion for learning new skills, gaining new knowledge, and having new adventures. He believes that a person can do almost anything, if that person is willing to learn and to work. He loves to share his knowledge with others.

When he’s not working, you can find Brice doing all kinds of things. One day, he might be helping his father on the ranch. The next day, he might be found working on his car. He sometimes can be found contributing bug fixes to open-source computer software. He has even edited and published a book of his mother’s poetry. The activity he enjoys more than any other is spending time with his two children and his wife.

 

Pamela Gardner

History Teacher PamelaG@NewHavenRTC.com

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsement: History) Pamela obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in History Education with minors in Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies, from Utah Valley University. Pamela also completed a summer program at the international Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), University of Ulster. In her studies, Pam gained an in-depth understanding of societal change and negotiating peaceful outcomes. She loves to help others understand concepts and ideas about interactions for a more sustainable world. Pam is passionate about history and is especially knowledgeable about Multiculturalism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam Era. She collects memorabilia pertaining to these and other transitional phases of US and world history.

She is a lifelong learner and has worked in library sciences for several years in order to better conduct and organize her own research for future publication. Pam has published in the Crescat Scientia: Journal of History, Northern Ireland: the Land that Peach Forgot (2013). She also worked as an assistant editor on the Crescat Scientia: Journal of History 2012 & 2013, and on the editorial staff for Essais: a Literary Journal for English Literature (fall 2011; spring 2011).

Pam loves helping the students at New Haven bring history to life. She loves the relational aspect of New Haven and values the connections she has with both students and colleagues

Ian Carroll

Science Teacher IanC@NewHavenRTC.com

Utah State Teaching Licence (Endorsement: Biology). Ian graduated Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Emergency Services Management, where he learned the skills to mitigate risks, manage emergency situations and plan for future disasters. Ian worked with a volunteer fire department and ran a family business while finishing school. He wanted to start a different career and became a substitute teacher at a local Charter School where he fell in love with teaching! After four years of teaching middle school Math and Science, Ian brought his experience and passion for helping students to New Haven and subsequently completed his teaching licensure requirements and will complete a Master’s Degree in teaching from Western Governors University in early 2016.

Ian specializes in working with students who have fallen through the cracks in the traditional education setting. He enjoys being part of the moment when students realize that they can be successful in the classroom and helping them find the internal drive to be a good student despite the difficulties they are facing.

When not teaching, Ian enjoys being outdoors and photography. He has a blended family with 8 kids at home so there is always something fun happening. Ian loves learning new things and will be a life-long learner, honing his skills both in and out of the classroom.

Nate Pack

Art Teacher NateP@NewHavenRTC.com

Nate has worked in residential treatment for more than 15 years. He has found this atmosphere rewarding because he is able to help students express themselves as they improve their lives. He loves watching the change that takes place as each student discovers her own worth and potential. It has been a very rewarding pursuit for him – looking to help students improve their lives and discover their potential. He values opportunities to teach life skills along with art curriculum.

Nate earned a BFA with an emphasis in Illustration from Utah State University and later returned to school for a certification and Masters degree in Education. Nate also completes private commissions and public paintings in addition to teaching. He hopes he can be an example to his students about the opportunities that arise as they follow their own passions. Besides creating paintings, Nate likes to play basketball, run and spend time with his wife and his eight children.

Sydel Morris-Greco, B.A., M.Ed

Academic Director – Spanish Fork & Hobble Creek Campuses SydelM@NewHavenRTC.com
Sydel believes in building a strong relationship with each student.  She does so with her own unique combination of compassion and in-your-face Jersey-tude.  Building strong rapport with students is critical to their success at New Haven.  While her style cannot be duplicated, Sydel works with every teacher to establish their own balance of high structure, accountability and emotional support in their own classrooms. Her prior experience includes teaching at an alternative high school for 4 years, Special Education Coordinator of a public treatment center for 2 years, and an Assistant Education Director of a private RTC for 3 years.  Most recently, Sydel started the academic program as the Principal of a non-profit day school/treatment center for students in foster care.  Sydel’s strong background in program development and special education helps her guide New Haven’s curriculum to meet the unique academic needs of each student.

Sydel loves watching the N.Y. Giants lose, Sabrett hot dogs and really good bagels.  With nearly enough dogs to create her own sled team, all four are certified therapy dogs with Intermountain Therapy Animals.  She has trained them herself and enjoys seeing them interact and help students through their therapeutic process.

Robyn Jensen

Physical Education Teacher RobynJ@NewHavenRTC.com

Robyn has been a member of our New Haven team for over 10 years working in various positions and several years as a residential supervisor. Robyn graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and we were lucky to have her move over to our Education team. Robyn has a wealth of experience with team sports, especially having been an international and collegiate athlete.

Robyn has an enormous passion for New Haven and through our program she sees miracles do happen and movement can save lives. She loves being able to illustrate the ideas of unity, sportsmanship, character building, and self esteem through Physical Education. She believes in empowering her students through physical wellness and which in turn influences their emotional wellness.

Robyn loves coaching softball at a local high school as well as outdoor activities, especially fishing. She loves music and spending time with her family.

Lynsie Katoa

History Teacher LynsieK@NewHavenRTC.com

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsement: History)  Lynsie grew up in Benjamin, Utah.  She graduated from Spanish Fork High School with high honors and went on to earn her associate’s degree in science at Snow College.  She then went to Utah Valley University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history education.  Lynsie taught at both the middle school and high school levels before joining New Haven’s team.  She loves teaching at New Haven and having the opportunity to make a difference in each student’s life.  It is her hope to help each girl realize her potential and to guide them towards success in both education and society.  Lynsie enjoys the outdoors, photography, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and family.

Daniel Stutz

Science Teacher DanielS@NewHavenRTC.com

Dan has a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Utah Valley University with a Utah State level 2 teaching license (Endorsement: Grades 8-12 Science) in secondary education for biological science. Dan has taught biology, AP biology, anatomy and physiology, zoology, integrated science, chemistry, and astronomy in both public and charter schools. Dan has been at New Haven since the summer of 2014 and truly enjoys the experience of teaching these young women.

Dan is a licensed foster parent and he and his wife have adopted nine of the children they have fostered. They are currently working on the tenth! He spends his free time working on the construction and maintenance of his home and farm, and being with his family. Dan also loves to cook and work on his side business.

Madeline Hardy

Math Teacher MadelineH@NewHavenRTC.com

Maddie has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in the same field at Brigham Young University. Maddie is also endorsed in ESL and has a specialized focus in Math. Teaching in both the middle school and high school classrooms, Maddie brooms with her a wealth of strategies and passion for our students. Maddie loves to show our girls where they are in their academic skills, set goals, and prepare them for future academic challenges.

Maddie enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, yoga, and music. But most of all, working with these amazing and brave young women!

Paula Williams

Spanish Teacher PaulaW@NewHavenRTC.com

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsements: Secondary English and Spanish) Polly has taught in Peru, Mexico, Michigan, California, and Utah. She graduated from Weber State, in Ogden, Utah. She loves connecting with her students and helping them reach their fullest potential. She believes that education is teaching students how to think, not what to think. She feels that education is vital to a full, healthy life. She uses TPR (Total Physical Response) in her Spanish classes as it is the best tool she has found to truly acquire language and if her students attend her class and complete everything she asks of them, they are able to read, write, and speak in Spanish by the end of their first year of study.

She loves to read and strives to help all her students find their love of the written word as well. She also enjoys incorporating History and Art into her English classes, collaborating with faculty members to give her students a well-rounded education. She relishes teaching her students how to write well at a college level.

Heather Schaffer

Executive Residential Director – Saratoga Springs Campus HeatherS@NewHavenRTC.com

Heather began working at New Haven in 2008 as a staff in the Rosa Parks house. Since that time, she has worked in every residential position, from an on-call staff to her current position. Heather is known for her talent to connect with and train the residential staff. She loves to help them catch New Haven’s vision of healing through residential and clinical sophistication, and guide them in carrying out therapeutic interventions.

She has a calming presence and a natural ability to connect with those around her. Heather is consistent and loving, which creates a feeling of safety for our students and their families. She looks forward to any opportunity she has to take a student off campus and spend time with her outdoors.

Heather grew up as the second of six children 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 in 2006 with a degree in integrative biology. Heather is married and has three young (adorable!) children. She loves to go on adventures with her family and discover all that the beautiful state of Utah has to offer.

Kris Kilpatrick

Executive Residential Director – Spanish Fork & Hobble Creek Campuses KrisK@NewHavenRTC.com

Kris graduated from Utah Valley University with a BA in psychology and earned a masters of business administration from Western Governors University. He started working at New Haven in the Spring of 2000. Kris specializes in passive physical and non-physical crisis management and working with girls who display oppositional behavior, personality disorders, and depression. His ability to de-escalate students using his relationship and humor have been a valuable asset to New Haven. Kris trains the entire company on crisis management and de-escalation. He led the implementation of New Haven’s robust emergency preparedness program and has presented on the topic on several occasions at national conferences.

Kris and his wife Katie have three girls and two boys. They have worked as foster parents and have a combined 30 years experience in working with teenage girls. In his spare time, Kris likes to be outdoors with his family and dog. He likes to fish, travel, camp, and cook new things (he cooks a mean fried turkey and has a new passion for smoking food, such as ribs). Kris is an avid sports fan and loves to talk sports, (particularly college football and basketball) with anyone who will engage.

Tanner Garrett

ANTHONY HOUSE RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR TannerG@NewHavenRTC.com

Tanner grew up with his family in Las Vegas and moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. With an end goal of being a therapist in mind, Tanner earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology and began his career at New Haven. As a residential supervisor, Tanner loved to spend time with the girls and support them on their healing journeys. He has a wonderful balance of playfulness and approachability while also bringing a sensitive and calming presence to the community.

Family is one of Tanner’s top values, and it was this shared value that drew him to New Haven’s program. Tanner is passionate about the work we do at New Haven and loves working as the residential director of the Anthony community. In keeping with his value of family and with his goal of becoming a therapist, Tanner is currently attending California Southern University to earn a master’s in marriage and family therapy.

Throughout his life, Tanner has played nearly every sport possible and still loves many, including golf, basketball, and cycling. Tanner loves using his talents in sports to help coach New Haven’s volleyball and basketball teams. In his free time, Tanner enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and their dog.

Claire Grey

Parks House Residential Director ClaireG@NewHavenRTC.com

Claire was born and raised in South Jordan, Utah, as the youngest of three girls. She joined our team in 2011 and quickly recognized her passion for connecting with and healing families. Claire’s early experiences while working with our students as a residential staff have led her to develop a strong belief in New Haven’s approach, and a passion for our mission and vision. Claire recognizes relationships as the most influential agent of change, and she uses her natural ability to connect with the girls to nurture their strengths and challenge them to grow.

Claire values learning and loves to teach others. One of her favorite aspects of being a residential director is training the residential team.  She loves helping others understand the powerful personal influence they have in each student’s journey. Claire is intentional in her work and she invites those with whom she works to utilize their training and coaching to be purposeful in their efforts, as well. In keeping with her value of learning, Claire has earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science with an emphasis in psychology from Utah Valley University. She is currently attending California Southern University to earn a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

Outside of work, you will find Claire in pursuit of adventure and thrill. She enjoys activities such as skydiving, bungee jumping, and rock climbing–to name a few. She also enjoys spending time with the people she loves and traveling to see her sisters in Arizona and Mississippi.

Janis Taylor

Hobble Creek Residential Director JanisT@NewHavenRTC.com

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.

Larra Sheppard

Sacagawea Residential Director LarraS@NewHavenRTC.com

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 son and a 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.

Emma Cone

Teresa House Residential Director EmmaC@NewHavenRTC.com

Emma was born and raised in Alabama, where she acquired her warm, southern charm. She came to Utah to attend college at Brigham Young University and loved Utah so much she recently bought a house in Spanish Fork. She is a life-long warrior against depression, self-hate, and loneliness. This passion, along with her respect for families creating healthy change, led her to New Haven in 2014. Emma worked as a staff mentor before moving into the Residential Director position.

Emma specializes in connecting with people on an emotional level and helping them feel safe enough to share their feelings. Her authentic relationships allow her to give needed feedback, which facilitates amazing change in the girls she works with.

Emma loves history, is an avid traveler and has been all over the world! She often sings out loud with very little skill. Her friends are her chosen family and there is nothing greater to Emma than feeling joy with others!

Joanne Tew

Roosevelt House Residential Director JoanneT@NewHavenRTC.com

Joanne was born in Medford, Oregon. She moved to Utah when she was 16 years old and is the oldest of three children. Joanne has four children of her own and really enjoys her role as a mother. She has also volunteered many hours at a youth organization, both as a leader and organizer for young children and adolescent youth. Through her work with adolescents, she discovered a passion for mentoring young women. In 2014, she found her way to New Haven with the help of a close friend. Joanne has a genuine desire to help families and truly believes in the healing approach at New Haven. Joanne’s favorite part of her job is working with the girls and helping them to see their potential.

Joanne has several hobbies which include playing softball and volleyball, quilting, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Laura Holman

Spanish Fork Campus & Hobble Creek Office Manager LauraHolman@NewHavenRTC.com

Laura started working at New Haven in 2008 as a Night Watch employee and was impressed with New Haven’s philosophy and success. She was given the opportunity to work as the south campus office manager and enjoys the “day time” interaction with the girls. She believes in New Haven’s program and their commitment to the girls and their families. Most of all she loves to see the girls light up with the happiness, success and joy they have found in themselves.

Laura grew up in Orem, UT. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BA degree in Secondary Health Education & Coaching. She enjoys playing softball, biking, running and being outside. Some of her hobbies include working in her yard, scrapbooking, reading and watching movies (she’s watched Top Gun 67 times). Laura loves to travel and see new things. She would like to venture out to Italy, Australia & Hawaii. She considers herself a WWII buff and if she’s ever lost, you can often find her at the airport watching the planes take off. Her dream was to be the first women combat pilot & to fly the F-16. Although that never came to pass she is living a happy life married to her husband, twin daughters and a son who fill their lives with baseball & softball games, soccer and equestrian vaulting.

Kathy McGregor, MPA & Mark McGregor, LMFT

Founders

Kathy has many years of experience working with government, business, and educational leaders. While living in Washington, D.C., she served as executive assistant to a U.S. senator. She later returned to Brigham Young University to earn a master’s degree in public administration and graduated with honors. Kathy founded New Haven in 1995 with her husband, Mark.

Kathy said of her late husband: “I do not believe that he will be far away from me. His demise to cancer does not mean an end to his influence; rather it is just the beginning of a lifelong legacy. Certainly, it would be like Mark to not want any credit for this; but the truth is that his influence will live on for years to come, even though he could not stay with us any longer.”

Since Mark’s passing, Kathy has dedicated her time to her four children and is heavily involved in civic and church service.

Of the founding of New Haven, Kathy writes: “Our entrepreneurial journey has been exciting, to say the least, and New Haven has dramatically exceeded our [original] expectations. It has become a miraculous legacy of giving and loving. It has been a privilege for us to be a part of something so good, and an honor to share our lives with so many wonderful employees and families.”

Born and raised in California, Mark attended Brigham Young University on a swimming scholarship. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in secondary education, then continued his education at BYU and received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He enjoyed supervisor status through the American MFT Association and worked with adolescents in hospitals and residential centers for sixteen years as a clinical director and program coordinator. Mark designed the inspired foundational philosophy upon which New Haven’s program is based (New Haven’s six Values). He was deeply interested in the role of spirituality in the healing process, the value of love in the therapeutic process, and systems theory. His expertise was in Adlerian psychology and the use of natural and logical consequences to effect change. Mark passed away in July of 2005 after a heroic struggle against cancer.

Mark felt that a change of heart was what troubled youth needed more than a change of behavior. He often emphasized the use of love over behavioral interventions, because of “its permeating influence over [everything else].” He was a fierce champion of residential treatment, and wrote that “a brief interruption in the family system is sometimes requisite to bring about change. It takes time to allow staff to model love, time for the family members to deal with the resentments in the family system, and time to build trust and walk together down a new road without the fears of the past.”

In 2005, at the time of Mark’s passing, Dustin wrote: “Mark contracted colon cancer in 2001. It would eventually spread. But he refused to be defined by his disease. He fought it bravely, defying death, doctors, and despair for four years. When I visited him a few weeks before he passed away, his once broad, powerful shoulders, built over years of swimming, were stooped and rounded, his body weakened from the illness and the medical treatments. But his eyes were blue fire, bright and intense and intelligent. He spoke briefly of living with pain and frustration and the change it had wrought in him. He discussed his shift in priorities, the yearning for a closer relationship with God and time with his family, and the increase in peace he’d been feeling. He seemed pleased when I remarked that his eyes looked as if they were filled with light. I left his home strengthened by the calm and goodness I had felt there.”

Toward the end of his life, Mark told Kathy that he no longer feared death. His faith and strength, his integrity and strict adherence to his values afforded him no regrets and a life well lived.

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