Administrative Staff

Brooke Hare, BA
Program Director

  • 13 years experience working with at risk youth and families in a therapeutic residential setting
  • Certified in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Trained in Child Abuse Prevention

Janice Cummings, BA
Admissions Director

  • 19 years experience working with at risk youth and families in therapeutic residential settings
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing
  • 10+ years experience in leading outdoor recreational activities for at risk youth
  • Trained in Project Adventure Leadership

Clinical Staff

Suzy Rosen, LCSW
Clinical Director

  • 18 years experience working with children and families in multiple therapeutic settings
  • Certified EMDR therapist
  • Focus on strength based, gender specific, trauma informed therapy
  • Experience in creating and implementing gender specific curriculum and educational materials for parents, therapists, educators, and multiple therapeutic residential programs

Danielle Snyder, LCSW
Therapist

  • 6 years experience working with at risk youth and families
  • Experienced in Child and Family Therapy and Crisis Management
  • Focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Experienced in Building Resiliency and Support for Adoptive Families
  • Experienced with LGBTQIA research and gender questioning individuals

Natalie Mehrens, MC, LPC Intern
Therapist

  • 10 years experience working with teens and families in a variety of therapeutic programs and agencies
  • Trauma-informed, relational, strength-based therapeutic approach
  • Trained EMDR therapist
  • Trained facilitator of wilderness-based rites of passage and other transformative ceremonies

Academic Staff

Rick Buening, MAT
Academic Director

  • 29 years in alternative education; 25 years as Academic Director
  • Oregon teaching certification in Social Studies
  • Member of National Council for the Social Studies
  • Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Past Chairperson and member of the Oregon Advisory Committee for the Northwest Accreditation Commission/AdvancEd

Mona Mensing, M.Ed
Lead Teacher

  • Reading Specialist Endorsement from George Fox University
  • National English Teacher Association registration
  • National Social Studies Teacher Association
  • National Gilder Lehrman American History Teacher Association

Jessica Haywood
Teacher

  • Masters Degree in Secondary Science Education – Oregon State University
  • Oregon teaching license with endorsements in Biology & Integrated Sciences
  • ACT/SAT prep facilitator
  • Member National Science Teacher Association
  • Member Oregon Science Teacher Association

Program Staff

Mindy Elliott, BS
Lead Treatment Coordinator

  • 14 Years experience working with at risk youth and families in a therapeutic setting
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Trained in Child Abuse Prevention
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing

Karin Ahlstrom
Treatment Coordinator

  • 27 years working with incarcerated adults and at risk youth in a therapeutic residential setting, practicing cognitive behavioral change
  • 13 Years working with at risk youth and families in a therapeutic residential setting
  • Apprenticeship in police sciences
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified  in QPR Suicide prevention
  • Certified in Child Abuse Prevention

Kate Boismenu, BS
Treatment Coordinator

  • 5 years experience working in residential treatment facilities
  • Trained in leading support groups for women in transition and crisis
  • Experience teaching in early childhood education
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing
  • Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA)
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention

Health and Wellness Staff

Sandy Vaughn, BS
Equine Director

  • 20 years experience working with at risk youth in wilderness and residential programs
  • Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Certified in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in Preventing Sexual Coercion among Adolescents, Child Abuse Prevention, and Self Defense from the Inside Out (SDIO)

Jana Millner, RD
Food Service Director

  • 15+ years experience working in Food Service
  • 7 years experience working with at risk youth and families
  • Registered Dietitian
  • ServSafe Certified
  • Certified Oregon Food Basic Food Handlers
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing
  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

Cynthia Fowler
Medical Coordinator

  • 12 years experience working with at risk youth in a therapeutic setting
  • 11 years experience with community based mental health center offering a comprehensive range of services and housing options to families, adults and children with mental illness.
  • 3 years experience running medication clinic for clients with prescriptions needs.
  • Certified in “Powerful Communication Skills” and “How to Manage Conflict”
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Experienced in DBT and CBT therapies.
activities coordinator at therapeutic boarding school

Chelsea Coady
Activities Coordinator

  • 5 years working with incarcerated youth in Correctional, residential and therapeutic settings.
  • 2 years working with at risk youth as a group life coordinator
  • Certified in the Oregon’s juvenile justice training academy. “Advanced Academy” At DPSST
  • 300 volunteer hours working with at risk youth in a correctional setting facilitating multi cultural events and family activities.
  • CPI certified
  • QPR suicide prevention