Rosa Parks House
Rosa Parks – Crusader
A Crusader is one who stands up for what she knows to be right and does not back down even in the face of adversity. Rosa Parks fought against the twin evils of segregation and racism. We honor Rosa Parks and strive to adopt her steady courage and her indignation in the face of oppression into our own lives.
Rosa Parks House Staff
Shara F. Preston, LPC, LCMHC
Clinical Director – Rosa Parks House
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.
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.
Austin Davenport, CMHC
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.
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 – 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.