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.
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.
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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!