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A Culture of Caring

Because the FamilyWorks treatment model is highly relational and systems-driven, it requires a deep bench of experienced staff members working together as a team. New Haven has the highest employee to student ratio (1:2.6) in the adolescent behavioral healthcare industry and is one of the most experienced teams. We’re united by our love for family work, our shared therapeutic and educational philosophies, and our care for one another.

Our team members are hired for their strong clinical credentials and experience; once hired, all staff members continue their professional development in the form of seminars, classes, experiential learning, mentoring, case studies analysis, research, and writing. The large size of our team allows for constant supervision and safety, as well as a robust interdisciplinary model in which every department meets together to discuss every girl every week. The result is a treatment plan that is holistic, coordinated, and based on a deep understanding of every girl in our care.

This culture of caring, communication, and professionalism allows us to deliver a clinically-based, heart-driven program that heals families.

Staff Testimonials

"I am always inspired and humbled at the team I get to work with every day at New Haven. What dedicated people!"

"I love my co-workers, the girls, and my job! Life is good."

"I honestly, genuinely love working at New Haven. I love the training, and I love the girls. I feel safe and secure here, and I feel that I have the opportunity to progress and develop new skills and characteristics."

"I love the support I receive from my team, other staff and therapists. I feel like I am needed, known and a large part of this job!"

"I love this work, it is always changing and challenging in a good way. The company inspires and encourages development and growth and I enjoy those opportunities."

"I have been increasingly impressed with the mission statement of New Haven and the strong desire to do what is best not only for the students but for the employees. I honestly feel cared about and that my best interest is at heart from my boss and from all those around me. I love working here and I have learned so much about good leadership qualities and how to help others from working here. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity."

"I love New Haven! I have loved my years working here and even through the growth we've had, it's nice to know that everyone still matters and everyone is important to NH. Best place ever!"

Leadership

Noel Beaulieu

Executive Director
Noel Beaulieu

Executive Director

Noel Beaulieu started her journey at Sunrise Residential Treatment Center where she served as the residential director for over three years. Noel built deep relationships with the students and the staff at Sunrise, and quickly learned that she wanted to work with families more closely and help heal the entire family system.

Noel's experience leading a large residential team and working directly with clients and families has well-prepared her to be the executive director at New Haven. She is committed to the highest standards of quality and knows how to create a culture of empowerment for her colleagues, clients, and their families. She is a proven leader who inspires others with a compassionate heart and determination to provide the best quality of services. Her ability to build and lift others is what makes her a great leader.

Noel grew up in northern Utah and has a degree from Southern Utah University. Noel's experience and training include comprehensive training in DBT and experience in implementing trauma work with adolescent females. She has had extensive leadership roles and responsibilities throughout her academic and professional careers. Noel’s passions include hiking, camping, and traveling.

Colleen Croff, LCSW

Executive Clinical Director
Colleen Croff, LCSW

Executive Clinical Director

Colleen Croff has been New Haven’s Executive Clinical Director since 2018. Colleen has over fifteen years of residential treatment experience, with various populations throughout and positions. Colleen is passionate about helping students work through attachment issues and trauma work. She believes that anything can be healed with healthy connection, effective interventions (researched and supported modalities), and time. Colleen graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Colleen has continued her education through training in DBT, the EAGALA model, and EMDR.

Colleen is married and has three children. In her spare time, she enjoys learning and expanding her knowledge, spending time with family, being outdoors, and exploring new places.

Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director
Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director

Kori earned Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She taught Social Studies in both Middle School and High School before earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.  At both the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech, Kori worked with freshman students in their transition to college and taught an introductory Psychology course helping students be successful at the collegiate level.

Kori began her work in residential treatment as the Assistant Education Director at New Haven in 2001. She was drawn to the mission of New Haven and the ability to help young women heal, self-correct and return to their college-bound path.  When the opportunity arose to become an Academic Director in a different residential treatment center, Kori was excited to create her own academic program, accredit the school and integrate academics into the clinical program.   In total, Kori has been the Academic Director of 2 residential treatment center schools and most recently the Academic Director at the Oakley School, a college-prep therapeutic boarding school.  She has also been the consulting Academic Director at 4 other residential treatment center schools.  Kori is so excited to come full circle back to New Haven and work with the talented team to prepare students for success at their next school.

Kori is a history buff and enjoys reading.  She especially enjoys political thrillers set in Washington, D.C. where she grew up.  Kori also enjoys sports.  She particularly loves to follow the college athletics of her alma maters.  There is nothing better than Maryland Basketball and Tennessee Football!  She shares her love of sports with her husband David.  Together they have 3 children – Marlee, Josh and Eddie.

Heather Schaffer

Executive Residential Director
Heather Schaffer

Executive Residential Director

Heather began working at New Haven in 2008 as a staff in the Rosa Parks house. Since that time, she has worked in every residential position, from an on-call staff to her current position. Heather is known for her talent to connect with and train the residential staff. She loves to help them catch New Haven’s vision of healing through residential and clinical sophistication, and guide them in carrying out therapeutic interventions.

She has a calming presence and a natural ability to connect with those around her. Heather is consistent and loving, which creates a feeling of safety for our students and their families. She looks forward to any opportunity she has to take a student off campus and spend time with her outdoors.

Heather grew up as the second of six children in sunny Arizona, where she spent most of her time outside playing soccer or running around in the sprinklers. She moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in integrative biology. Heather is married and has three young (adorable!) children. She loves to go on adventures with her family and discover all that the beautiful state of Utah has to offer.

Christin Prestwich, MA MFT

Admissions Director
Christin Prestwich, MA MFT

Admissions Director

Christin was raised in Southern Utah and moved to Northern Utah to pursue her bachelors degree from Utah Valley University. She later moved on to earn a masters degree in marriage and family therapy at Argosy University.

Christin has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations throughout her clinical work, and has a passion for working with young women and families. “I have always admired and respected the New Haven team and am so excited to be a part of it. The family-focused aspect of the clinical program has been amazing to watch, and I love that the girls can feel and understand that treatment at New Haven is for their whole family.”

Megan Slater, RN

Nursing Director
Megan Slater, RN

Nursing Director

Megan Slater has been with New Haven since 1996. She was a staff supervisor and after finishing her nursing degree at Utah Valley University, she started on the nursing staff. Megan likes community nursing and enjoys working at New Haven because of the one on one time that she is able to have with the girls. Megan and her husband have four children. She enjoys reading and writing.

Megan has a special interest in understanding ADHD and has spent years researching the subject.  She put together a series of videos where she shares tips and insights she hopes will help families.

 

Debbi Johnson, SPHR

HR Manager
Debbi Johnson, SPHR

HR Manager

Debbi joined the New Haven team in 2007. She brought with her 12 years of Human Resource experience. She has worked as the HR Manager in a variety of fields including computer support, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Debbi enjoys working at New Haven because of the culture of unity and caring that exists here. She has been very impressed with the program philosophy, the people and the girls and she loves witnessing the dramatic changes the girls make while at New Haven.

Debbi enjoys reading, going to the movies and spending time with her family. She has a wonderful husband, four daughters (also wonderful) and 10 grandchildren who are the light of her life.

Therapeutic

Jessica Jenkins, LCMHC, EAGALA Certified

Clinical Director – Teresa House
Jessica Jenkins, LCMHC, EAGALA Certified

Clinical Director – Teresa House

Jessica's work in residential treatment began many years ago when she worked as a residential staff at a co-ed treatment facility while completing her BS in Behavioral Science, with an emphasis in Psychology, at Utah Valley University. After earning her Bachelor's Degree, Jessica went on to complete a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, during which time she worked as the residential director of a treatment facility for adolescent sex offenders with co-occurring disorders. Jessica is a fully licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of Utah, and has enjoyed many years of experience working with court-appointed and privately placed at-risk youth and their families in the RTC setting, as well as with young adults preparing to transition from proctor care into adult living home and community settings. Early in her clinical experience, Jessica spent a year working in a clinical outpatient setting with the general population. While every clinical venue she has worked in has a place in her heart, Jessica has found that her true passion is in working with youth and their families, and she brings this passion to New Haven coupled with her motto of "home and healthy." She believes in helping each of her clients identify and embrace their individual worth and within that process make peace with their past, look forward to their future and live mindfully in the present.

Jessica has experience working with anxiety, mood disorders, executive functioning deficits and spectrum disorders, trauma, attachment, relationship dynamics, substance abuse, sexual misconduct, eating disorders and various co-morbid issues. Jessica is also certified in equine assisted psychotherapy and has several years of experience working with youth in therapeutic equine settings, both as a therapist and a co-facilitator. Jessica has a passion for working with youth in experiential settings, and a strong belief in using a relationship-based approach to facilitate hope and healing within individuals and families. Jessica also has experience facilitating parent and family workshops and multi-family group work. She firmly believes that the healthy relationships and proactive support systems developed through these experiences are an essential component to the individual and familial healing process.

Shara Preston, Clinical Director at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Shara F. Preston, LPC, LCMHC

Clinical Director – Rosa Parks House
Shara Preston, Clinical Director at New Haven Residential Treatment Center
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.

Alice Dughi, CSW

Therapist
Alice Dughi, CSW

Therapist

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.

Janay McInnes, LMFT

Therapist
Janay McInnes, LMFT

Therapist

Janay has always had a passionate belief in the power of an individual to rise triumphantly from the difficulties life may assail them.  Yet, she also believes that sustained success and empowerment come with the collaboration of the family system.  Janay believes the family should be the cornerstone of hope, nurturance, and bonding.  When armed with these skills, each family member can create a life story filled with meaningful experiences and connection.

She has spent many years working with youth in both community and school settings.  She helped adolescents discover their strengths and talents, which sometimes were lost in the tumultuous times of "tennagehood".  As a mentor of teen girls transitioning out of treatment, she felt there was a missing piece as she worked with young women who struggled to find their place in their family and peer relationships.  The search to find this missing link led her to New Haven where families heal together.

Janay received her Bachelor of Science degree in family science from Brigham Young University with a focus on marriage and family.  This provided a natural segue to receiving a master's in marriage and family therapy.

A favorite quote of Janay's is "Salt water is the cure for everything, sweat, tears, or the seashore".  It goes without saying--hard work does pay off, a good cry is good for everyone, and of course nothing is better than a sunny day at the beach.  Janay enjoys spending time with her family, recreating recipes, and any day at the beach or lake.

Lesley De La Torre, AMHC

Therapist
Lesley De La Torre, AMHC

Therapist

Lesley received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in marriage, family, and human development, with a specialty in family life education. Lesley then completed her master's degree at University of Phoenix in clinical mental health counseling. During her graduate experience, she provided trauma therapy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. She also had many opportunities to educate members of the community and advocate for sexual assault prevention and awareness. Prior to joining the New Haven team, Lesley supported children within the Arizona Department of Child Safety and offered direct crisis interventions to invite stability and maintain placement in the home, school, or community setting.

Lesley has a passion for assisting those who have experienced trauma, grief, or loss. She firmly believes that such impactful incidents contribute to shifts in beliefs, thinking patterns, and dynamics within social and family relationships. She thoroughly enjoys witnessing individuals develop compassionate views of their responses to these significant experiences. She feels especially privileged to join others in gaining personal courage to fully engage in their healing process. Lesley's gentleness and warmth allows her to connect deeply with others and build meaningful relationships, while empowering those around her to be challenged and improve. She motivates others to recognize the incredible value of personal and hard work. Lesley is experienced in utilizing evidence-based modalities of CPT, TIR, DBT, CBT, and trauma-focused CBT to process emotional distress. Lesley is also skilled in working with depression, anxiety, mood or personality disorders, PTSD, substance use, and suicidality.

Lesley is a mother of two children, who are both precious joys in her life. She enjoys vacationing and travel, especially to Lake Powell or Hawaii. She loves to relax at the movie theater or get lost reading a good book. She has incredible appreciation for music and is a talented opera singer. She adores being surrounded by her siblings and their darling children. In addition, she has a taste for drag racing and loves admiring beautiful cars. Her favorite treat is a Diet Coke and a Swig cookie!

Daniel Jensen, LCSW

Therapist
Daniel Jensen, LCSW

Therapist

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.

Claire Grey

Therapist
Claire Grey

Therapist

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 is a therapist at New Haven Residential Treatment Center for Teen Girls

Austin Davenport, CMHC

Therapist
Austin Davenport is a therapist at New Haven Residential Treatment Center for Teen Girls
Austin Davenport, CMHC

Therapist

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.

Colleen Croff, LCSW

Executive Clinical Director
Colleen Croff, LCSW

Executive Clinical Director

Colleen Croff has been New Haven’s Executive Clinical Director since 2018. Colleen has over fifteen years of residential treatment experience, with various populations throughout and positions. Colleen is passionate about helping students work through attachment issues and trauma work. She believes that anything can be healed with healthy connection, effective interventions (researched and supported modalities), and time. Colleen graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. Colleen has continued her education through training in DBT, the EAGALA model, and EMDR.

Colleen is married and has three children. In her spare time, she enjoys learning and expanding her knowledge, spending time with family, being outdoors, and exploring new places.

Jennifer Hanks, ACMHC

Therapist
Jennifer Hanks, ACMHC

Therapist

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.

Janay McInness

Clinical Director
Janay McInness

Clinical Director

Sophie Wolfe, CTRS 

Recreation Therapy Manager
Sophie Wolfe, CTRS 

Recreation Therapy Manager

Sophie was raised in the state of Idaho where she spent much of her childhood outdoors, on sports teams, swimming, practicing the piano, making art, and adventuring with her family.  The various activities in which she participated helped keep her well-rounded and curious about the world.

Sophie graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation, as well as a minor in visual arts.  She did her internship with New Haven and then went on to become nationally certified as a recreation therapist.  She worked for two years as a residential supervisor at a residential treatment center in Utah, which helped strengthen her understanding and belief in the powerful role that families have in the healing process.

She is passionate about the world and has a drive for exploring different cultures and understanding other people.  She spent a semester studying abroad in Israel.  She has also spent time traveling in Turkey, Jordan, and Mexico.  While traveling abroad, she was able to discover more about herself, as well as gain a deep love for the beauty that other cultures have to offer.

Sophie lives in Provo with her husband where they enjoy hiking together, attending various community events and festivals, playing board games, working on home improvement projects, playing on intramural and community sports teams, and traveling to Idaho to visit family.  She is thrilled to be a part of the New Haven team, where she plays a key role among her coworkers in healing families.

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Aimee Johansen, CTRS

Recreation Therapist
aimee-johansen-recreation-therapist-new-haven-residential-treatment-center
Aimee Johansen, CTRS

Recreation Therapist

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.

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Jezelle Cutia, TRS, CTRS

Recreation Therapist
jezelle-cutia-recreational-therapist-new-haven-residential-treatment-center
Jezelle Cutia, TRS, CTRS

Recreation Therapist

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.

Alexis Garrett

Recreation Therapist
Alexis Garrett

Recreation Therapist

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.

Lexi received her BS in Recreation Management and a minor in Family Life from Brigham Young University, where she attended on a full scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has worked at New Haven since 2016, beginning as a residential supervisor and transitioning into a full-time position after becoming nationally certified as a recreational therapist. She is certified in sand tray therapy and ropes course facilitation.
Lexi is dedicated to New Haven's relationship-based, family-focused therapeutic models, and has loved experiencing lasting change alongside families. Lexi brings dependability and humor to the New Haven team. You will often find her laughing with the students, whom she considers the best part of working here. Lexi loves being a part of the New Haven team and enjoys helping guide families through their healing journey.

Carrie Hansen

Therapist
Carrie Hansen

Therapist

Born in California, Carrie has spent the majority of her life in Southern Utah enjoying the red rocks and intense hot weather. Carrie received her bachelors of science in Psychology at Southern Utah University. While doing her undergraduate work Carrie worked as a staff member at a residential center for teens and found her passion in working with adolescents to overcome and work through difficult feelings and situations. Carrie completed her master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. During her graduate work she worked with adult men and women with mental health and substance abuse problems in residential settings and within the state probation and parole settings. She received extra training in working with children and teens during her education, receiving certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Following the completion of her degree Carrie worked with male and female teens in a highly structured residential setting focused on impulse control and conduct disorder issues, substance abuse, mood disorders, and interpersonal problems.

Carrie was drawn to New Haven for the programs relational focus, knowing that truly effective changes within a person happen in a setting where teens feel the care and concern of their staff, therapists, and teachers.

Carrie has loved her opportunities to lead individual and group therapies, use creative art interventions, and outside of work enjoys reading, swimming, and increasing her American Sign Language skills.

Sarah Shaub

Therapist
Sarah Shaub

Therapist

Kailey Williams

Therapist
Kailey Williams

Therapist

Lindsey Fletcher

Therapist
Lindsey Fletcher

Therapist

Admissions

Christin Prestwich, MA MFT

Admissions Director
Christin Prestwich, MA MFT

Admissions Director

Christin was raised in Southern Utah and moved to Northern Utah to pursue her bachelors degree from Utah Valley University. She later moved on to earn a masters degree in marriage and family therapy at Argosy University.

Christin has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations throughout her clinical work, and has a passion for working with young women and families. “I have always admired and respected the New Haven team and am so excited to be a part of it. The family-focused aspect of the clinical program has been amazing to watch, and I love that the girls can feel and understand that treatment at New Haven is for their whole family.”

Kristen VanOrman Buck

Senior Admissions Counselor
Kristen VanOrman Buck

Senior Admissions Counselor

Kristen VanOrman Buck was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Kristen is the oldest of six children. Her career plan of becoming a Pediatric Nurse was put on hold when she became a mother. She then found New Haven in 2007 and has loved being a part of the New Haven family ever since!

Kristen has played a crucial role at New Haven in the Residential department including almost four years as the Lead Supervisor of the Eleanor Roosevelt House where she was able to support students and families through their difficult, but powerful journeys. Kristen also had the opportunity to attend the New Haven service trip to Peru in June of 2013 which was an eye opening and incredible bonding experience for her and all who participated. Her passion, drive, creativity, love of the girls and families at New Haven are just a few of the many qualities that are appreciated by all who come in contact with Kristen.

Kristen is currently serving on the Membership board for NATSAP and has participated on various panels at NATSAP regional conferences. She has also served as a community volunteer for the past 10 years working with young women in various roles.

Kristen has five children including four boys and a teenage stepdaughter. Kristen practices interior design outside of New Haven, but also uses her keen sense of interior style to help make the residential houses feel even more welcoming, warm, and home like. Kristen also loves to travel, refinish old furniture, golf, and spend time in the outdoors.

Ryanne Niedert

Admissions Counselor
Ryanne Niedert

Admissions Counselor

Ryanne began working at New Haven in 2016 as a residential staff while she was finishing her degree at Utah Valley University. Even though her plan was only to be at New Haven for a short time, she quickly fell in love with the program and the relationships she grew with the young women there. She found herself never wanting to leave and became one of our Residential Supervisors in the Eleanor Roosevelt house. She worked this position for over a year before becoming one of our Admissions Counselor.

Ryanne loves working with the families and students that comes to New Haven. Her favorite part about working at New Haven is seeing the magic of healing take place in these families as they work hard together to overcome what seems hopeless.

Ryanne recently graduated Utah Valley University with a BS in Community Health Education and is CHES certified. Ryanne has a passion for people. She loves to build genuine relationships with those that she meets as she goes out and travels. Her favorite pastime is doing anything outside, especially in her Jeep Wrangler with the top down, music blaring, and sun shining.

Medical

Dr. Bunn, psychiatrist at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Dr. Bill Bunn, D.O.

Psychiatrist
Dr. Bunn, psychiatrist at New Haven Residential Treatment Center
Dr. Bill Bunn, D.O.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Bill Bunn earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Rhetoric from Brigham Young University. Prior to Medical School he was a full-time college English instructor and was honored as a Meyhew Teaching Award Finalist at Brigham Young University and has multiple publications in the area of doctor-patient communications and medical education. His most recent article was published in the December 2009 Academic Psychiatry and discussed how to help medical student develop more empathy for the mentally ill.

He attended medical school at Des Moines University with clinical training at Ohio University. His psychiatry training was at the University of Utah, where he received outstanding Junior and Senior Resident Awards and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology.

He currently works as a psychiatrist for the BYU Student Health Center, maintains a private practice, and is on staff at UVRMC. In addition to this, he is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, School of Medicine.

He and his wife Dana have two active boys. He enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar, scuba diving, building furniture, and spending time with his family.

He has a conservative approach to medication management and employs natural supplements that have clinical evidence of efficacy.

Mandy Lewis, RD, CD

Dietitian
Mandy Lewis, RD, CD

Dietitian

Mandy received a bachelor's degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University and went on to do an accredited dietetic internship at Utah State University. She is now a registered dietitian.

Mandy has worked at New Haven since 2007, starting as a residential supervisor for 2 years before becoming the dietitian.  She provides individual nutrition counseling, teaches nutrition classes, oversees menus and meal plans, and monitors nutrition based medical issues. She has experience working with eating disorders and other nutrition related issues.

Mandy is originally from Oregon, but now lives in Eagle Mountain with her family. She enjoys playing with her very active children, exercising, crafting, and sewing. Mandy loves working with the students at New Haven and seeing them recover and make progress toward their true potential.

Brandon Thatcher, MS. PMHNP Board-Certified

Psychiatric
Brandon Thatcher, MS. PMHNP Board-Certified

Psychiatric

Brandon Thatcher earned a B.A. in Spanish from Utah State University. He then earned a B.S. in Nursing and an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Utah after which he became psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) board-certified. His three-year psychiatric training involved populations throughout the lifespan. Prior to becoming a PMHNP he worked for five years as the charge nurse for both the child and adolescent inpatient units at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He currently works as a PMHNP for the Brigham Young University Student Health Center, Center for Change, and New Haven RTC for girls. In addition to this, he is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University.

He and his wife Danina have three children. He enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar, painting and spending time with his family.
He has a conservative/evidence-based approach to medication management.

Megan Slater, RN

Nursing Director
Megan Slater, RN

Nursing Director

Megan Slater has been with New Haven since 1996. She was a staff supervisor and after finishing her nursing degree at Utah Valley University, she started on the nursing staff. Megan likes community nursing and enjoys working at New Haven because of the one on one time that she is able to have with the girls. Megan and her husband have four children. She enjoys reading and writing.

Megan has a special interest in understanding ADHD and has spent years researching the subject.  She put together a series of videos where she shares tips and insights she hopes will help families.

 

Education

Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director
Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director

Kori earned Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She taught Social Studies in both Middle School and High School before earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.  At both the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech, Kori worked with freshman students in their transition to college and taught an introductory Psychology course helping students be successful at the collegiate level.

Kori began her work in residential treatment as the Assistant Education Director at New Haven in 2001. She was drawn to the mission of New Haven and the ability to help young women heal, self-correct and return to their college-bound path.  When the opportunity arose to become an Academic Director in a different residential treatment center, Kori was excited to create her own academic program, accredit the school and integrate academics into the clinical program.   In total, Kori has been the Academic Director of 2 residential treatment center schools and most recently the Academic Director at the Oakley School, a college-prep therapeutic boarding school.  She has also been the consulting Academic Director at 4 other residential treatment center schools.  Kori is so excited to come full circle back to New Haven and work with the talented team to prepare students for success at their next school.

Kori is a history buff and enjoys reading.  She especially enjoys political thrillers set in Washington, D.C. where she grew up.  Kori also enjoys sports.  She particularly loves to follow the college athletics of her alma maters.  There is nothing better than Maryland Basketball and Tennessee Football!  She shares her love of sports with her husband David.  Together they have 3 children – Marlee, Josh and Eddie.

Joanne Baker, English Teacher at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Joanne Baker

Assistant Academic Director Saratoga Springs Campus & English Teacher
Joanne Baker, English Teacher at New Haven Residential Treatment Center
Joanne Baker

Assistant Academic Director Saratoga Springs Campus & English Teacher

Joanne brings a great deal of experience working with adolescents, including ten years of teaching English and college counseling at The Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah. Joanne has earned a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and a B.S. in English Teaching from Utah Valley University. She teaches English 12, English 12 Honors, and English 9/10.

When she is not teaching Joanne enjoys spending time with her five daughters in beautiful Park City, hiking, mountain biking, cooking gourmet meals and curling up with a great book at the end of the day.

Kimberly Beck

Assistant Academic Director Spanish Fork Campus & Special Education Director
Kimberly Beck

Assistant Academic Director Spanish Fork Campus & Special Education Director

Kimberly Beck joins our New Haven Academic Team after 10 years in the public education sector, where she has spent the last six years as the Director of Special Education. She earned a degree in Public Relations from the University of Utah, and her Special Education endorsement from Southern Utah University.

Kimberly’s philosophy is that every student is unique, with a very unique set of strengths and challenges. Sometimes these challenges can become barriers to success. Her goal is to not simply help students navigate their school career or prepare for post-secondary outcomes, but to help them develop the skills and attitudes necessary to overcome their challenges, and to leave New Haven competent and confident, prepared to claim their full potential in life.

In her spare time she loves to read. Kimberly is the mother of three wonderful young adults, Chandler, Cydnie and Hunter. She and her husband Paul travel every chance they get.

Johnita Morton

Science Teacher
Johnita Morton

Science Teacher

David Black

Science Teacher
David Black

Science Teacher

Nathaniel Schwartz

Spanish Teacher
Nathaniel Schwartz

Spanish Teacher

Justin Spitzer

Social Studies Teacher
Justin Spitzer

Social Studies Teacher

Justin grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as an avid hiker, swimmer, and student of history. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan and a
M.A. in American History from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to New Haven in 2018, he taught at another college prep therapeutic boarding school in Utah from 2007 – 2017.

Justin’s courses highlight the fact that history and government are open to interpretation, not black and white. His students examine various interpretations of why events unfolded the way they did and are encouraged to read, think, and write critically. Ultimately, after studying a variety of different perspectives, students develop and defend their own arguments. To assist in this process, students examine and discuss a wide variety of primary and secondary sources – Justin does not use a textbook in any of his classes. His classes are rigorous yet rewarding. His goal is to prepare students for college and for them to leave his class saying it was one of the most challenging, but also one of the most interesting, classes they’ve ever had.

Justin’s passion for history and teaching is matched only by his love for the outdoors. He has hiked and backpacked extensively throughout the United States, including a thru-hike of the 2,150 mile Appalachian Trail in 2001. When not teaching he can often be found exploring Utah’s many mountains, deserts, and canyons. He is also an avid sports fan, especially college football and basketball.

Bryce Hunt

Math Teacher
Bryce Hunt

Math Teacher

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsement: Mathematics Level 4) Victor “Bryce” Hunt has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics, from Southern Utah University. Recently, he completed the courses for a full Math major and a post-bachelor’s teaching certificate. As a result, he has a Utah teaching license with a Mathematics Level 4 endorsement. Bryce has a passion for learning new skills, gaining new knowledge, and having new adventures. He believes that a person can do almost anything, if that person is willing to learn and to work. He loves to share his knowledge with others.

When he’s not working, you can find Bryce doing all kinds of things. One day, he might be helping his father on the ranch. The next day, he might be found working on his car. He sometimes can be found contributing bug fixes to open-source computer software. He has even edited and published a book of his mother’s poetry. The activity he enjoys more than any other is spending time with his two children and his wife.

Robyn Jensen

Physical Education Teacher
Robyn Jensen

Physical Education Teacher

Robyn has been a member of our New Haven team for over 10 years working in various positions and several years as a residential supervisor. Robyn graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and we were lucky to have her move over to our Education team. Robyn has a wealth of experience with team sports, especially having been an international and collegiate athlete.

Robyn has an enormous passion for New Haven and through our program she sees miracles do happen and movement can save lives. She loves being able to illustrate the ideas of unity, sportsmanship, character building, and self esteem through Physical Education. She believes in empowering her students through physical wellness and which in turn influences their emotional wellness.

Robyn loves coaching softball at a local high school as well as outdoor activities, especially fishing. She loves music and spending time with her family.

Lynsie Katoa

School Counselor/Registrar
Lynsie Katoa

School Counselor/Registrar

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsement: History)  Lynsie grew up in Benjamin, Utah.  She graduated from Spanish Fork High School with high honors and went on to earn her associate's degree in science at Snow College.  She then went to Utah Valley University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in history education.  Lynsie taught at both the middle school and high school levels before joining New Haven's team.  She loves teaching at New Haven and having the opportunity to make a difference in each student's life.  It is her hope to help each girl realize her potential and to guide them towards success in both education and society.  Lynsie enjoys the outdoors, photography, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and family.

madeline hardy is a math teacher at new-haven-residential-treatment-center

Madeline Hardy

Math Teacher
madeline hardy is a math teacher at new-haven-residential-treatment-center
Madeline Hardy

Math Teacher

Maddie has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in the same field at Brigham Young University. Maddie is also endorsed in ESL and has a specialized focus in Math. Teaching in both the middle school and high school classrooms, Maddie brings with her a wealth of strategies and passion for our students. Maddie loves to show our girls where they are in their academic skills, set goals, and prepare them for future academic challenges.

Maddie enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, yoga, and music. But most of all, working with these amazing and brave young women!

Lisa Greenhalgh

Art Teacher
Lisa Greenhalgh

Art Teacher

Lisa is a freelance artist who has taught in Nebo school district for 12 years as both an elementary art specialist, and a substitute teacher. She has painted murals in homes and doctor's offices, as well as other commissioned pieces of art. Her creative skills are multifaceted and include painting, quilting, designing & sewing clothing, paper mache, and gingerbread art. She is currently a student at Brigham Young University, majoring in Social Science, and enjoys learning and having new experiences. Lisa loves working at New Haven as the art teacher because she believes that nourishing creativity in the girls will benefit them in all future pursuits... and art is fun! Her hobbies are hiking and swimming and spending time with her seven grandchildren.

Jill Buckmiller

Art teacher
Jill Buckmiller

Art teacher

Jill Buckmiller originally earned a degree in Graphic Design. Although teaching was something that came naturally to her and gave her great satisfaction, it was not something she initially set out to do. However, when she went back to school at age 40, she chose to major in teaching subjects she was passionate about - art and science. She earned a BFA in Art Teaching with a minor in Chemistry Teaching.

Jill loves the opportunity to work with students in small classes and with individual instruction. She loves seeing the “ah-ha” moments when something clicks in a student's understanding. In addition, she loves working in a therapeutic environment where academic skills develop in tandem with therapeutic, interpersonal and life skills. Once someone asked her why she went from working as a professional artist to teaching. She replied that instead of writing a signature on paintings, she had the privilege of leaving her signature on students!

Nathan Jones

English Teacher
Nathan Jones

English Teacher

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Residential Directors

Heather Schaffer

Executive Residential Director
Heather Schaffer

Executive Residential Director

Heather began working at New Haven in 2008 as a staff in the Rosa Parks house. Since that time, she has worked in every residential position, from an on-call staff to her current position. Heather is known for her talent to connect with and train the residential staff. She loves to help them catch New Haven’s vision of healing through residential and clinical sophistication, and guide them in carrying out therapeutic interventions.

She has a calming presence and a natural ability to connect with those around her. Heather is consistent and loving, which creates a feeling of safety for our students and their families. She looks forward to any opportunity she has to take a student off campus and spend time with her outdoors.

Heather grew up as the second of six children in sunny Arizona, where she spent most of her time outside playing soccer or running around in the sprinklers. She moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in integrative biology. Heather is married and has three young (adorable!) children. She loves to go on adventures with her family and discover all that the beautiful state of Utah has to offer.

Larra Sheppard

Senior Residential Director
Larra Sheppard

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.

Joanne Tew

Residential Director - Roosevelt House, Teresa House
Joanne Tew

Residential Director - Roosevelt House, Teresa House

Joanne was born in Medford, Oregon. She moved to Utah when she was 16 years old and is the oldest of three children. Joanne has four children of her own and really enjoys her role as a mother. She has also volunteered many hours at a youth organization, both as a leader and organizer for young children and adolescent youth. Through her work with adolescents, she discovered a passion for mentoring young women. In 2014, she found her way to New Haven with the help of a close friend. Joanne has a genuine desire to help families and truly believes in the healing approach at New Haven. Joanne's favorite part of her job is working with the girls and helping them to see their potential.

Joanne has several hobbies which include playing softball and volleyball, quilting, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Ryan Chollet, Residential Director at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Ryan Chollet

Residential Director – Nightingale House
Ryan Chollet, Residential Director at New Haven Residential Treatment Center
Ryan Chollet

Residential Director – Nightingale House

Ryan was born and raised in Southern California. He moved to Utah to attend college at Dixie State University; where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. During his college years, he spent his summers working at camps for teens and it was here that he discovered his passion for working with youth. After graduating, he worked at various RTC’s before arriving at New Haven. Ryan started as a staff mentor and eventually moved into his current role as Residential Director of the Nightingale community. Ryan truly believes in New Haven's mission and enjoys being a part of the work here. He enjoys hanging out, joking around with the girls and loves using humor to connect and build relationship and uses those relationships to nurture our young women’s strengths, and challenge them to grow.

Mary Nelson, Residential Director at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Mary Nelson

Residential Director – Anthony House
Mary Nelson, Residential Director at New Haven Residential Treatment Center
Mary Nelson

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.

Administration

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Laura Holman

Spanish Fork Campus & Hobble Creek Office Manager
Laura_Holman_New_Haven_Residential_Treatment_Center
Laura Holman

Spanish Fork Campus & Hobble Creek Office Manager

Laura started working at New Haven in 2008 as a Night Watch employee and was impressed with New Haven's philosophy and success. She was given the opportunity to work as the south campus office manager and enjoys the "day time" interaction with the girls. She believes in New Haven's program and their commitment to the girls and their families. Most of all she loves to see the girls light up with the happiness, success and joy they have found in themselves.

Laura grew up in Orem, UT. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BA degree in Secondary Health Education & Coaching. She enjoys playing softball, biking, running and being outside. Some of her hobbies include working in her yard, scrapbooking, reading and watching movies (she's watched Top Gun 67 times). Laura loves to travel and see new things. She would like to venture out to Italy, Australia & Hawaii. She considers herself a WWII buff and if she's ever lost, you can often find her at the airport watching the planes take off. Her dream was to be the first women combat pilot & to fly the F-16. Although that never came to pass she is living a happy life married to her husband, twin daughters and a son who fill their lives with baseball & softball games, soccer and equestrian vaulting.

Laura Barlow, Office manager at New Haven Residential Treatment Center

Laura Barlow

Saratoga Springs Office Manager
Laura Barlow, Office manager at New Haven Residential Treatment Center
Laura Barlow

Saratoga Springs Office Manager

Laura joined the Saratoga Springs campus in October 2016. She brings an eclectic blend of education and work experience to New Haven. She graduated from BYU with a BA in Humanities, and a minor in Art History. The plan was either Law school, or to become a Museum Curator in Greek and Egyptian art and antiquity. She has since then been a museum Docent, Sales Manager, Loss Prevention Manager, a magazine Fashion Contributor, Special Education Aide, a Project Manager for a community management company, and a foster mom.

Laura has been married for 25 years, and has 3 amazing kids. She enjoys spending time with her family hiking in Moab, surfing at Zuma Beach in California, or being known in the neighborhood for their over-the-top Halloween costumes and outside trick-or-treating festivities. Laura is an avid reader, and enjoys running half marathons, which is her therapy of choice. Laura also loves anything about nutrition and holistic living! If you see Laura at her desk eating spinach, apples, chicken, nuts, grains, and protein shakes, she isn't dieting—she actually LOVES these things!? But her Achilles heel? Chocolate bridge mix! 

Laura is a huge proponent of the family and values based New Haven treatment program. She enjoys interacting with and watching the girls and their families as they grow and progress on their journey in treatment.

Founders

The Founders of New Haven, Mark and Kathy McGregor

Kathy McGregor, MPA & Mark McGregor, LMFT

Founders
The Founders of New Haven, Mark and Kathy McGregor
Kathy McGregor, MPA & Mark McGregor, LMFT

Founders

Kathy has many years of experience working with government, business, and educational leaders. While living in Washington, D.C., she served as executive assistant to a U.S. senator. She later returned to Brigham Young University to earn a master's degree in public administration and graduated with honors. Kathy founded New Haven in 1995 with her husband, Mark.

Kathy said of her late husband: "I do not believe that he will be far away from me. His demise to cancer does not mean an end to his influence; rather it is just the beginning of a lifelong legacy. Certainly, it would be like Mark to not want any credit for this; but the truth is that his influence will live on for years to come, even though he could not stay with us any longer."

Since Mark's passing, Kathy has dedicated her time to her four children and is heavily involved in civic and church service.

Of the founding of New Haven, Kathy writes: "Our entrepreneurial journey has been exciting, to say the least, and New Haven has dramatically exceeded our [original] expectations. It has become a miraculous legacy of giving and loving. It has been a privilege for us to be a part of something so good, and an honor to share our lives with so many wonderful employees and families."

Born and raised in California, Mark attended Brigham Young University on a swimming scholarship. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in secondary education, then continued his education at BYU and received a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. He enjoyed supervisor status through the American MFT Association and worked with adolescents in hospitals and residential centers for sixteen years as a clinical director and program coordinator. Mark designed the inspired foundational philosophy upon which New Haven's program is based (New Haven's six Values). He was deeply interested in the role of spirituality in the healing process, the value of love in the therapeutic process, and systems theory. His expertise was in Adlerian psychology and the use of natural and logical consequences to effect change. Mark passed away in July of 2005 after a heroic struggle against cancer.

Mark felt that a change of heart was what troubled youth needed more than a change of behavior. He often emphasized the use of love over behavioral interventions, because of "its permeating influence over [everything else]." He was a fierce champion of residential treatment, and wrote that "a brief interruption in the family system is sometimes requisite to bring about change. It takes time to allow staff to model love, time for the family members to deal with the resentments in the family system, and time to build trust and walk together down a new road without the fears of the past."

In 2005, at the time of Mark's passing, Dustin wrote: "Mark contracted colon cancer in 2001. It would eventually spread. But he refused to be defined by his disease. He fought it bravely, defying death, doctors, and despair for four years. When I visited him a few weeks before he passed away, his once broad, powerful shoulders, built over years of swimming, were stooped and rounded, his body weakened from the illness and the medical treatments. But his eyes were blue fire, bright and intense and intelligent. He spoke briefly of living with pain and frustration and the change it had wrought in him. He discussed his shift in priorities, the yearning for a closer relationship with God and time with his family, and the increase in peace he'd been feeling. He seemed pleased when I remarked that his eyes looked as if they were filled with light. I left his home strengthened by the calm and goodness I had felt there."

Toward the end of his life, Mark told Kathy that he no longer feared death. His faith and strength, his integrity and strict adherence to his values afforded him no regrets and a life well lived.