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.
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.
Sara Fisher has worked for youth homes for 25 years after completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and then studying for a Masters in School Psychology. She worked in therapeutic group care for 17 years before moving to the Dan Fox Family Care Program where she specializes as a Treatment Manager and Family Support Services Specialist. Sara is married, has a teenage son and a Dorgi dog named Shorty. Sara enjoys skiing, cycling, traveling, gardening, baking and baseball.
Katelyn began working for Youth Homes in the summer of 2019 as Family Developer and Service Coordinator. Originally from Western Washington, Katelyn moved to Missoula in 2012 to attend the University of Montana. After receiving her Masters Degree in School Counseling in the Department of Counselor Education at UM, Katelyn is excited to be back in the non-profit world and serving the Missoula community through the foster care system. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings such as the school system, mental health non-profits and mentoring services before becoming involved with Youth Homes. In her free time Katelyn is usually on a mountain in Western Montana, hiking with her dog Rosie, attending a concert in Missoula, or catching a film at the Roxy.
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Mary is a Missoula native and a proud mom of two great kids. She received her BSW from the The University of Montana in 2008 and her MSW from Walla Walla University in 2012. Mary has been fortunate in having the opportunity to work in the social work field in a variety of different arenas including grass roots organizing, adult case management, child protection and group facilitation. She is passionate about being an advocate and helper in our community and while working at Dan Fox has enjoyed supporting children and their families in working towards their goals. In her free time, Mary loves being with her family, traveling, gardening, attending concerts and floating the river.
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.
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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.
Linda was born in Great Falls and graduated from Montana State University. She worked as a State Child Protection Services worker in several counties and as a nursing home social worker for a number of years before starting her Youth Homes/Dan Fox Family Care career 14 years ago. Linda and her family enjoy outdoor activities and traveling. She is a supporter of community activities within the Polson area, including the Mission Valley Aquatics program.
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.