Mother Teresa House Mother Teresa – Servant

A Servant is one who puts aside all thought and concern for herself in order to focus on the needs of others. Mother Teresa left personal comfort and security behind to search out those whom the world had forgotten – those who have nothing. Mother Teresa’s life of service is a bright beacon of hope in a society darkened by selfishness – she is an inspiration to us all.

Mother Teresa House Staff

Kassidy Pendleton, MFT

Clinical Director – Mother Teresa House

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’ […]

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Shara F. Preston, LPC, LCMHC


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 […]

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Carron Ellsworth, MSW


Carron was raised in a large family near the beautiful Wasatch mountains, just north of Salt Lake City.  Early on, she learned the importance and influence of family on a teenage girl, and has strived since then to learn everything she can to help strengthen families.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in home and […]

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Kelli Nixon, MSW


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 […]

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Melyssa Van Lydegraf, MSW


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 […]

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Jezelle Cutia, TRS, CTRS


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 […]

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Emma Cone

Teresa House Residential Director

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 […]

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