Susan B. Anthony House
Susan B. Anthony - Reformer
A Reformer is one who envisions a better world and dedicates herself to achieving this vision. Susan B. Anthony began her reform efforts in the temperance movement, but was not allowed to speak publically because she was a woman. Recognizing her lack of opportunities and rights, she joined other women in the fight for suffrage, imagining a world where all people could be equal. She fought tirelessly to achieve the right to vote as she traveled the country lecturing, canvassing, and writing. She was arrested when she attempted to vote in 1872. She helped to found the National American Woman Suffrage Association and later served as president of the organization. In addition to her campaign for the vote, she sought to reform education, worked for temperance and abolition, and fought for labor rights. Thanks to her tireless crusading, women were granted the right to vote in 1920. We honor Susan B. Anthony’s vision of reform and the work she did to turn her dreams into reality for all women.
Susan B. Anthony House Staff
Bryanna Smith, LCSW
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.
Jennifer Hanks, ACMHC
Jennifer has a strong compassion for the pains and joys of the human experience and has a firm belief in the human ability to effect change. Jennifer was raised in Northern Utah where she developed a love for the outdoors. Early on, Jennifer found an affinity for psychology and the study of the human brain which led to her enrollment at Weber State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience. Throughout her undergraduate career, Jennifer participated in extracurricular activities including teaching adolescents about the development of the brain. Having a love for neuroscience and wanting to deepen her understanding of the connection between the brain and behavior, Jennifer went on to attend the reputable Westminster College studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jennifer has specific training in psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, Seeking Safety, LGBTQ issues and Attachment theories.
During graduate school, Jennifer began to work with diverse populations including LGTBQ, refugees, and volunteering with families struggling with grief and loss. Jennifer clinically had the opportunity to work with several different populations including work with individuals and families in an outpatient setting, she then began to work in residential treatment. Since then, she has also worked in hospital settings and with clients who struggle with addiction and recovery issues. In coming to New Haven, Jennifer is excited to return to the residential environment where she feels most at home, working with adolescents and their families. Jennifer has experience working with Depression, Anxiety, Attachment issues, Grief and Loss, LGBTQI issues, Behavioral and Substance Addictions, Oppositional Defiance, Conduct Disorder, Eating Disorders and different personality traits.
In her free time, Jennifer continues to enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, climbing, fishing, boating, or just sitting on a beach enjoying a good book.
Aimee Johansen, CTRS
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.
Lexi believes in the power of experience to teach and effect change within individuals and families. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Lexi grew up hiking, waterskiing, playing the piano, reading, camping, and playing volleyball. Through these experiences, Lexi was able to develop her identity, become grounded in her values, and learn about resilience, hard work, and curiosity.
Residential Director – Anthony House
Mary began working at New Haven in 2014 as a staff in the Rosa Parks house. Since that time, she has been an Assistant Supervisor, and Supervisor, prior to becoming the Residential Director of the Susan B. Anthony House. One of the things she loves most about working at New Haven is building meaningful relationships with the girls and being a part of their healing journey. She finds it so fulfilling to watch a girl and her family move through the program and transition home happy and whole.
Mary was born and raised in South Jordan, Utah. She is the youngest of nine children, having two older sisters and six older brothers, whose ages span thirty years. Mary graduated in 2002 from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Mary is married and has three children, one boy and two daughters. Mary loves spending time with her family. She enjoys taking pictures of their adventures whether playing in the park, visiting the zoo or fishing. Of course, she puts that Graphic Design degree to great use by creating fun filled scrapbooks for her children to enjoy for years to come. Her creativity does not stop there, as she enjoys creating clothes for her daughters to wear.