Elmer C “Skip” Rosenthal is Executive Director of Youth Homes and has been in that role since January, 2019. Prior to coming to Youth Homes, Skip served as Chief Executive Officer of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare in Omak Washington, Executive Director of Western Montana Addiction Services, Administrative Director of Ravalli County, and Executive Director of Maui Kokua Services in Maui, Hawaii. In all Skip has worked in the public or non-profit arena since 1988 and successfully lead Behavioral Health agencies for over 20 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Willamette University in 1983 and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Montana in 1994.
Skip lives in Stevensville with his wife of 24 years and his 10-year old son, Max. In his spare time he enjoys coaching wrestling and doing whatever Max wants to do.
As Chief Financial Officer, Dann oversees the financial operations of the organization. Dann has degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Accounting, making him a unique fit for our organization and his position. Dann and his wife, Lisa, have two 20-something sons and a golden retriever. When they’re not out enjoying the mountains and lakes of Montana, they can be found seeking diving or trekking on their next international adventure.
Joining Youth Homes in 1993, Melissa Arno, LCSW remains passionate about working with youth and preparing them for adulthood. She has been the Program Director at the Tom Roy Youth Guidance Home since 2000 and prior to that she worked in Youth Homes’ shelter care as well as long term therapeutic group care. Melissa was an integral part of establishing the Youth Farm in 2009 as an opportunity for youth to gain valuable work skills and an understanding of sustainable agriculture.
Jeff Gutierrez joined Youth Homes in 2019 as the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Coordinator. He has continually found himself drawn to challenging positions with a greater purpose and has spent most of his professional life in the nonprofit realm. Jeff has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology and diverse experience including compliance, quality improvement, program management, community development, and agency relations. In his free time, Jeff enjoys reading, filling his house with cooking smells, making stuff, and pretty much anything outside.
Rachelle joined the Youth Homes team in January of 2012. Originally from Spokane, she has lived in Missoula since 2004. Rachelle has certified training in Computer Operations and Information Management from Interface College. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing, hiking, sporting events, camping and volunteer work.
Erin received a Master’s Degree in Counseling through the Counselor Education Program at the University of Montana in 2003. Erin has worked for the Youth Homes since 1995 and is the Clinical and Program Director. In addition, she has a significant interest and experience in providing therapy for youth and their care givers. She sees preschool aged children through adolescents and their families. With a primary focus on strengthening relationships, connection and bonding; Erin’s uses Attachment Theory to inform her work. She has been trained in the evidenced based practice model of The Circle of Security, both as a facilitator and as a therapist. Erin works with clients who have Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, trauma, parenting challenges, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and ADHD. Erin uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients makes desired changes. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Erin uses mindfulness and relaxation skills to help clients regulate their emotions. She also uses Motivational Interviewing skills to help all clients become active early in their therapeutic process. Erin is trained in therapy with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster and adoptive families. Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Montana. In 2019 Erin was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Behavioral Health in the State of Montana.
Amy started working for InnerRoads Wilderness Program as field staff in 2008. After seeing how essential the program is for struggling teenagers, she wanted to help grow the program to be more sustainable and accessible, first as program manager and later as program director. Amy is inspired by the youth that Youth Homes serves and is excited to share their stories with others in the community. When Amy is not in the office, she likes to stay active by exploring Montana’s wilderness.
Chris has had the position of Marketing Manager since 2006. He enjoys putting his creative skills to work in all facets of nonprofit technology, marketing, fundraising and event planning. Prior to joining Youth Homes’ Development Team, Chris filled marketing roles with other agencies in Montana and with the California Film Commission in Los Angeles, CA. When not working, Chris enjoys being outdoors running, mountain biking, skiing and hiking with his wife, two sons and their dogs.
Taylor joined Youth Homes in 2019 as our Grants Manager. She is a writer who cultivates creative ways to shed light on stories often overlooked. A reformed Texan, she moved West to pursue a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. Taylor is most proud of her work with Free Verse Writing Project, which brings literature and creative writing to juvenile halls and correctional facilities across Montana. Beyond these cinderblock classrooms, Taylor aids in the grant writing process, publication of students’ work, and has helped inmates prepare for the HiSET Exam. In her free time, Taylor roams on her cross country skis and wrestles her own writing projects.
Margaret has been a fundraiser since earning her BA in Sociology and Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana. She enjoys inviting caring people to participate in the mission of nonprofits. Her hope is to help foundations, individuals and organizations with different motivations find innovative ways to fund programs that remove barriers to access for marginalized people.
Margaret likes to spend her free time traveling, hiking and skiing with her husband and sons.
Hannah has been the Development Coordinator for the Flathead Youth Home since 2006. Her position allows her to explore new and creative ways to connect kids with their community as they face the big challenges of their lives. In her years at FYH, she has witnessed how lives change when surrounded by caring adults, which makes her a big believer in the words of singer, Beyonce, “If we are going to heal, let it be glorious.” Before coming to FYH, Hannah owned a used bookstore in Whitefish and served on the FYH Advisory Board. When she is not at work, she loves to be kayaking on a lake, pulling her 1960s camper into some wooded area, cooking for friends, or exploring under the Big Sky.
Katie joined Youth Homes in 2007 as a Fiscal Assistant II. She received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Accounting in May 2005. She has been involved with and worked around abused and neglected children for 7 years including serving as a Mental Health Aide for an attachment-disordered and traumatized child. She enjoys floating the river, boating, kayaking, camping, snowboarding, scrap booking, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog.
Erin was raised in Missoula, studied French and Linguistics at the University of Montana and is thrilled to be back at work for Youth Homes after taking five years off to be a stay at home parent. Outside of work Erin is likely to be found volunteering for local events, making art with (or without) kids or exploring the wilderness with her family and their high-energy dog.
Alec has worked with Youth Homes since 2007. He has held a variety of positions within the Dennis Radtke Home for Boys, and is currently serving as Program Manager. Alec thoroughly enjoys being witness to the growth evidenced by both youth and staff. His time is often occupied with motorcycles, mountain biking and skiing. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Psychology and Human & Family Development.
Callie Monroe Woodman joined Youth Homes in 2018 as Lead Clinical Staff at the Dennis Radtke Home for Boys in Missoula. She has a M.A. in Counselor Education from the University of Montana. Prior to being a therapist, Callie was a children’s guitar teacher, a certified Montessori preschool teacher, and a choir director at a rural school in Nicaragua. Callie loves working with children of all ages, and currently appreciates the extra challenge and reward of building relationships and supporting feisty teenage boys. Callie enjoys singing and playing bass in a local band, hiking, listening to records, camping in her ’82 Chevy van, drinking tea, cooking delicious and nutritious food, reading, and hanging out with her hubby and houseplants.
Andrew started working for Youth Homes in 2003. Over the years, he has worked as a Youth Counselor at all three of our therapeutic group homes in Missoula, as well as our transitional living home. He joined the team at the Susan Talbot Boys Home in the spring of 2013 and became the Program Manager there in 2017. Andrew credits his choice in careers to long-time Youth Homes therapist, William “Stanz” Stansberry, for teaching him how to work, and keep working, with a challenging yet worthy population of teenagers. Andrew met his wife through Youth Homes and enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, being outdoors, live music, and laughing.
Jeri moved to Missoula from New Mexico two years ago with her family. A year after moving Jeri was able to secure an internship at the Talbot Girls Home and work as a part-time staff. In early 2021 Jeri completed her master’s in professional counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is now the lead clinical staff at the Talbot Boys Home and is looking forward to learning from and working with adolescent boys and getting to be part of their journey with Youth Homes. Jeri has previous experience as an Intervention Specialist at a behavioral health hospital and also spent some time as a Recreational Therapist. Her biggest accomplishment will always be her 5 beautiful children and her relationship with her amazing husband.
Callie joined Youth Homes in 2017 as the Program Manager for the Susan Talbot Home for Girls. Originally from Great Falls, MT, she moved to Missoula to attend college and graduated from the University of Montana with her BA in Psychology. She worked for Full Circle Counseling Solutions and Consumer Direct Care Network in a variety of roles including Direct Support Provider, Care Coordinator and Targeted Youth Case Manager before joining Youth Homes in 2017. In her free time, Callie enjoys attending live music shows, watching scary movies, cooking, and traveling.
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Valorie joined the Youth Homes team in 2016. After escaping a provincial life in Alabama, she spent four years in the US Navy’s Submarine Fleet. As a civilian, she double majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University. Valorie worked as a Youth Counselor before becoming the Program Director of the Linda Massa Youth Home. She continues to study and explore current research on PTSD treatment, attachment theory, and trauma informed practices for group home care. For fun, she once hiked 1,000 miles of the PCT solo in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys mountaineering, nerdy podcasts, and being a connoisseur of bad shark movies.
Every day, Colleen needs to learn, to create, to work with her hands, and to help. Born and raised in Helena, she graduated from Carroll College in 2007 with a BA in Classical Studies. Colleen worked as a Youth Counselor, then Development Coordinator, before becoming the Program Director for the Margaret Stuart Youth Home. In previous iterations of her professional life, Colleen has been (and continues to be) a nanny, a baker, and a student. She has (mostly) retired from painting and walking on stilts, although she is willing to engage in these activities on an occasional basis.
Kara grew up on a ranch in rural Montana before earning her degree in Family and Consumer Science from Montana State University. She has experience working as a Service Treatment Technician, a Targeted Case Manager, and a Resource Family Specialist. In October of 2019, Kara joined the Dan Fox Family Care Program to fulfill the role as the Family Developer and Service Coordinator. Kara and her husband recently moved to the Missoula area from North Eastern Montana. In her spare time she loves to travel, participate in outdoor recreational activities, craft, garden, and bake desserts.
Kim graduated in 2013 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu with a BA in Sociology and MSW. In 2015 she moved to Missoula with her husband and daughter to be closer to family after spending 13 years in Hawaii. In 2016 she joined the Youth Homes family by working as a relief counselor at Partnership for Children’s Gallagher Children’s home. In 2019 she began working as a Family Care Therapist with the Dan Fox Family Care Program. She values unconditional positive regard, recognizes the importance of safety and patience in how she works with clients. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family, going for long walks, make silly snowmen with her daughter and sitting in the sunshine.
Melissa works as a family care therapist in Ravalli county. She completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University in 1993, majoring in Psychology, and has lived in the Bitterroot valley for 20 years, where she and her husband have raised their family in the beauty of western Montana. She received her MSW from Walla Walla University in Missoula. She has previously held positions within Youth Homes that include providing transitional living services to young people aging out of foster care and as a treatment manager for children in therapeutic foster care. She is passionate about supporting families, helping young people find their own worth, respecting the diversity of others, and providing a voice for those who aren’t able to advocate for themselves.
Bill is a native Montanan and longtime Missoula resident. He has worked for Youth Homes, Inc. since 1993. He loves Montana’s outdoors, spending time with his family, and playing and teaching music.
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Lori was hired as a Therapeutic Youth Care Worker at the Flathead Youth Home in August 2003, and remained there until November 2011. In this capacity, Lori provided guidance, structure and security to at risk youth struggling with issues such as chemical dependency, familial relations and academics. She also provided case management for youth coming out of Correctional facilities and placed with foster families called Guide Homes. In November 2011, Lori was hired full-time at the Dan Fox Family Care Program. She wears several different hats, continuing to provide case management for the Guide Home Program, Family Support Services for struggling families in the community and Transitional Living Services for youth aging out of foster care. Lori’s office is located in Kalispell, MT and when she’s not at work, you will find her spending time with family, friends and her dog in the great outdoors.
Deverie graduated from the University of Montana with bachelor’s degree in social work. She worked as a counselor at a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed youth prior to returning to the University of Montana to pursue her master’s degree in social work. Deverie is licensed as a clinical social worker and addictions counselor in Montana. Her experience includes outpatient individual and family therapy in a primary care setting, working with adults in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, working with teens and adults with substance use disorders in both an inpatient and outpatient setting, and working in a corrections environment. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. She employs a strength based, solution focused approach to working with clients
Haley Crain was born in Monroe, Louisiana and moved to Wolf Point, MT in 2016 where she worked as a librarian. In 2018, she and her fiancé moved to Helena where she began working as a Youth Counselor at Margaret Stuart Youth Home. As of February 2019, Haley is a supervised visitation specialist at Dan Fox Family Care Program in Helena. She loved to read, hike with her dogs and will one day manage to finish one of the books she has been writing for the last six years.
As a father of two beautiful daughters, Hays is constantly moving. He has always been a family man, born and raised throughout this wonderful nation. After moving away from his hometown of Rockville, Maryland and heading for Atlanta, Georgia. He spent time traveling the world as a young lad, going to new places such as London, Amsterdam, Turks and Caicos Islands, & Brazil. After some time, his family was finally ready to make the ultimate jump to Montucky! After Basketball & Graduation from Three Forks High School at the age of 17, he started his freshman year at Idaho State University, Home of the Bengals. He received his A.A. before then surviving the move back to Montana, where he then met his future wife! By New Year’s Eve of 2014, they had their first daughter together. Hays quickly established himself in Missoula, MT where he finished his B.A. in Communicative Studies paired with a minor in Public Relations through the (BEST) University of Montana. “Go Griz!” As of 2019, Hays has completed his certification for Visit Coaching and moved back to Helena, MT. He has since been able to take on both the roles of Treatment Team Manager & Supervised Visitation Specialist here at DFFCP. Hays works with all Family Based Services, In Home Supports, Supervised Visitation as well as Therapeutic Foster Care families near the Lewis & Clark County area. Hays is very committed and devoted to serving Youth Homes and their families since June 2019!