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. 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.
Kelsey graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Before coming to the Dan Fox Family Care Program, she worked as an Instructional Assistant at the San Diego Center for Children Academy and as a Youth Counselor at the Talbot Home for Girls. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends, playing volleyball, and adventuring outdoors.
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.
Kelsey is the Family Developer and Services Coordinator for the Dan Fox Family Care Program. In addition to gathering and processing referrals, she does in home and outpatient therapy with children and families. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2011 and has been licensed since 2014. She has worked with individuals, children, adolescents, and families facing various challenges, including trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, physical illness, end of life, abuse, neglect, poverty, and behavior difficulties. She is trained in Circle of Security, motivational interviewing, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and parent management training. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her dogs, skiing, hiking, riding four wheelers, and playing in the outdoors.
Susan is a doctoral candidate in the University of Montana’s clinical psychology program. Prior to coming to UM, she worked with the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ Child Abuse Program, a regional Child Advocacy Center partnering with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her work there focused on research surrounding cognitive behavioral therapy for traumatized youth, caregiver and parenting capacity evaluations, and mental health needs screening of children referred for medical and forensic evaluations. During her time at UM, she has worked with the University’s Clinical Psychology Center and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Behavioral Health Department. She teaches undergraduate psychology at the university and parent psychoeducation courses with Families First. Susan is currently conducting research for her dissertation that will evaluate the impact of the Missoula County Youth Crisis Diversion Project on Missoula’s youth and their families.
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.
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