Sacagawea – The Guide
A Guide is one who forges the way through unfamiliar and dangerous territory so that the others who follow may also enjoy success. Sacagawea navigated effectively through difficult terrain, seeking the smoothest, safest path for one of the most important explorations in the history of North America – the Lewis and Clark expedition. We honor her memory and attempt to emulate the qualities of competence and leadership that she embodied.
Sacagawea House Staff
Nancy Spitzer, LMFT
Clinical Director – Sacagawea House
Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and then went on to receive her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova South Eastern University. For the past nine years, Nancy has been steadily working in the field of addictions and mental health in multiple settings including residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient. Her desire to help families stemmed from her own experience of having a loved one suffer from chemical dependency and wanting families to be educated about how to heal. From there she has been a primary therapist and for the past three years has been in the role of clinical director.
Nancy recently moved from Florida to Utah to be a part of the New Haven Family. She instantly knew when she walked on campus that this felt like home due to its focus on connection, relationship building and dedication that poured from each member of the staff. She is very excited to work at the Sacagawea House as clinical director and to see the girls flourish at New Haven.
Nancy and her husband made the Journey to Utah and both love the outdoors along with their two rescue pups. In her free time, she enjoys finding a new trail and exploring all that Utah has to offer. Her bucket list includes seeing all of the National Parks.
Alice Dughi, CSW
Alice Dughi received her Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) degree with a minor in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. During her undergraduate education, Alice worked at an educational research center for childhood development, where she worked closely with families and students to facilitate healthy bonds and attachment. She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Barry University with a trauma- focused curriculum. Her most recent experience was as a Clinical Therapist at a women's residential and outpatient recovery center for addiction and disordered eating. Her position included conducting individual and group mental health therapy sessions with a focus on resolving trauma, mindfulness, self-esteem, and family reunification.
Alice’s passions are mental health counseling, social justice advocacy, and yoga. Alice became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 and has had a wide range of clientele including: children, families, individuals with physical and mental disabilities, collegiate athletic teams, and individuals with trauma/PTSD. Yoga promotes a healthy connection between mind and body and Alice has witnessed, firsthand, its positive outcomes with her clients. She utilizes mindfulness techniques and guided meditations as coping mechanisms for clients suffering with anxiety and depression.
Alice traveled from her home state, Florida, to Utah for the opportunity to work at New Haven. She is especially drawn to the opportunities New Haven has to offer: a demographic she has personal experience with and a passion for, and its emphasis on relationship-based care. She truly believes in the power of a group and there is no kind of group like a family unit. She knows the hard work, dedication, and tribulations it takes to be healthy and is enthusiastic to work with the students and families at New Haven to reach their optimal health.
Daniel Jensen, LCSW
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.
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 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.
Senior Residential Director
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.