Amelia Earhart House
Amelia Earhart - Trailblazer
A trailblazer is one who fearlessly faces the wild and unknown, preparing the path to make the journey easier for those who come behind her. Amelia Earhart disrupted the status quo time and again as she pushed the limits of flight. She inspired a new generation of explorers and captured the imagination of what was possible, not only for women but for the human race.
Amelia Earhart House Staff
David Mayeski, LCSW
Senior Clinical Director
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 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.
Vanessa Finley, LCSW
Originally from New York, Vanessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Masters of Social Work from The State University of New York at Albany. She has been working in the field since 2007 with over six years of experience with youth and families in residential settings; including five years with adolescent females in residential foster care in New York City and more recently in an extended care sober living program with adolescent and young adult males in Portland, Maine.
Throughout her career, Vanessa has worked with individuals with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues through myriad treatment methods. Vanessa’s primary interest and training been focused on healing symptoms of PTSD and trauma, where she has worked with children, adolescents and adult survivors of interpersonal trauma and domestic violence as well as immigrants and refugees. Vanessa strives to balance her treatment methods with a holistic approach through incorporating yoga and Ayurveda in conjunction with a nutritional and physical health focus.
Vanessa is passionate about the outdoors and exploring new places. She has traveled around the globe and has lived abroad in Nepal. She enjoys tennis, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering, and has experience as trip leader with guiding company based out of New York City.
Vanessa is excited to be at New Haven help families heal relationships, and to connect with young women to work through their personal barriers, build self-esteem, and challenge themselves to discover their authentic selves by getting out of their comfort zone.
Giovanna Underwood, LCMHC
Giovanna Underwood comes to New Haven as a seasoned therapist having much experience as an expert working with families. She specializes helping to reconstruct families that feel that they are falling apart, by teaching new strategies and different boundaries. Giovanna is highly systemic and reaches out to several layers of the client's support system throughout the counseling process. She loves the bustling atmosphere of working with teenagers and groups of people, especially sharing her experience, strength and hope with those that have been suffering.
Giovanna is trained in EMDR, motivational interviewing, and hypnotherapy to help the client, during the meditative process, to be more open to healthy suggestions and healing of trauma, as well as DBT and mindfulness to help clients develop emotion regulation which allows clients to accept accountability for their behaviors, feel compassion, and become mature.
Giovanna has extensive experience with addiction and recovery, both personally and professionally. She came to the field of counseling naturally after growing up in an alcoholic home and undergoing her own therapy process, Having had such a positive endeavor with the therapeutic healing process, Giovanna returned to graduate school to get her Masters degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Giovanna often brags about the quality of her graduate program at the University of South Florida because essentially she walked away with three degrees and the ability to work with those struggling with disabilities, mental health issues, addiction, and families who are struggling with the ever-changing circumstances of their lives. Giovanna's hope is always to reverence this struggle. She has had much success with various populations, from teenagers in homeless shelters and psychiatric treatment hospitals to teenagers who have undergone trauma and abuse as well as adolescents who have become abusive and aggressive.
Although Giovanna originally had planned to be a journalist or an english teacher with her BA in English, she found that her calling in life is that of a therapist and remembers counseling peers and adults even as a teenager when she would be pulled out of high school classes to listen to some of the traumas of others and validate and even give direction trained in a special program piloted by the school district back in 1989.
Residential Director – Earhart House
Kallee has been working at New Haven since 2015 where she began as a staff at the Roosevelt house. Kallee worked at the Roosevelt house for over a year as an assistant and supervisor. Kallee's love for the outdoors and adventure attracted her to the Hobble Creek community where she has been ever since. She worked at the Amelia Earhart community for a while before stepping into her role as the Residential Director. Kallee enjoys being with the girls more than anything, whether it is during school, adventure day, or sitting with them through a hard time.
She has a natural ability to connect with the students and her calm presence helps those around her feel safe and loved. The students at the Earhart house feel her warmth and know that she loves them and will be a strong advocate and support. Kallee loves to take the girls out in the mountains to connect with nature and help the girls find activities that they will love for the rest of their lives. She loves the family work we do at New Haven and thrives in challenging the student's and their families and watching as they accomplish things they didn't know they could.
Kallee is the middle child of 5 and grew up locally in Salem, Utah. She spent a year and a half serving others in Chile and has traveled to multiple countries. She loves learning about different cultures and joining with them. Kallee attended Utah Valley University and graduated in Sociology in 2017. She loves to hike, snowboard, dirt bike, camp and anything else that involves being outside.