Havenwood Academy is staffed by some of the best personnel in the industry. With extensive educational backgrounds and many combined years of experience, the team at Havenwood provides the best opportunities for your daughter to heal.

Leadership Team

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Josh Gardner, MBA

Josh has been with Havenwood Academy since 2014 and currently services as the Executive Director and CF...

Josh Gardner

Executive Director

Josh has been with Havenwood Academy since 2014 and currently services as the Executive Director and CFO. He holds a B.A. in accounting as well as an MBA. Josh is deeply passionate about creating an incredible experience for the students and their family members during their stay at Havenwood. Josh is a favorite presenter at national conventions including NATSAP. Josh works to innovatively utilize all financial resources for the benefit of the company and the students it serves. Josh enjoys running, cycling, and watching The Office. He has two energetic sons and a lovely wife of ten years.

Nathan Hofeling

DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

Nathan Hofeling

Nathan holds the distinction of being Havenwood’s first employee.  Nathan joined the Havenwood team after completing hi...

Nathan Hofeling

Director of Admissions & Business Development

Nathan holds the distinction of being Havenwood’s first employee. Nathan joined the Havenwood team after completing his Bachelor’s in Accounting at Southern Utah University and currently serves as Havenwood’s Director of Business Development and Admissions. Nathan has had a hand in the growth and development of every aspect of Havenwood and is well respected for his work throughout the nation. He has worked tirelessly to grow and enhance the reputation of Havenwood in the treatment world and then just as tirelessly to make sure Havenwood delivers on its promises. Nathan learned to serve growing up and such is exemplified in his work at Havenwood. Outside of work, his greatest joy comes from spending time with his wife and their three children at dance recitals, music recitals, ninja classes, swimming lessons or just playing games.

Jessi Marchetti Program Director

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jessi Marchetti

Jessi serves as Havenwood’s Program Director. Jessi has always loved working with adolescents and has work...

Jessi Marchetti

Jessi Marchetti

Program Director

Jessi serves as Havenwood’s Program Director. Jessi has always loved working with adolescents and has worked with struggling youth since she was in high school. She joined the Havenwood team in 2015 and has filled many important roles in the organization from Case Management to Assistant Program Director.  Jessi has distinguished herself by her intuitive ability to provide the girls with the help they need including firm boundaries. The girls both love and respect her which allows her to be a change agent in many lives. 

You will always find Jessi in the middle of anything that goes on at Havenwood whether it involves administrative work during the day or an emergency in the middle of the night. Jessi enjoys spending her days with her husband and two young children. She loves watching her daughter dance and is often seen traveling to Las Vegas to enjoy the warm weather, family, shopping, and good food.

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ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Scott Sharp

Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and administration in the public education system in the state of Utah where he served in...

Scott Sharp

Education Director

Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and administration in the public education system in the state of Utah where he served in many capacities including assistant high school, middle school, and elementary school principal. Under Mr. Sharp’s leadership, the Education Department is continually increasing and adding to the educational opportunities for our girls including, College and Career Readiness as well as innovative curriculum and programs. His team is working hard to make the school day more exciting and rigorous and giving the girls as many opportunities to learn and grow as possible.

Mr. Sharp has 2 children and 9 grandchildren and loves spending time with them. 3 of his 9 grandchildren are adopted so he understands some of the challenges that young people who have been adopted may experience. He loves spending time with his wife MaryAnn and being outdoors, jeeping, camping, and hunting. He loves music and played professionally in a country band for many years. He also plays the bagpipes and he and his wife have served for 8 as directors of a bagpipe band in Nauvoo, Illinois.

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DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & LICENSING

Janie Sabin

Janie has worked for Havenwood since its founding. Janie has always served in an administrative role and is now Havenwood’s Director of Human Resources...

Janie Sabin

Director of Human Resources & Licensing

Janie has worked for Havenwood since its founding.  Janie has always served in an administrative role and is now Havenwood’s Director of Human Resources and Licensing. In these roles, Janie is responsible for overseeing all of Havenwood’s employees as well as making sure that Havenwood stays in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations of Division of Licensing as well as a number of accrediting agencies such as the Joint Commission.

Janie attended Southern Utah University where she received a degree in criminal justice with a legal studies minor. After graduating from SUU, she started working as a paralegal in a prominent law firm where, among other things, she handled the firm’s adoptions. After 12 years, Janie left that position and joined the Havenwood team.

Janie has 2 active young boys and loves to spend time with her family camping and playing board games. When Janie is not with her family you will find her reading, doing puzzles or planning for her family’s future.

Clinical Team

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CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Kristi Camomile, LCMHC

Kristi Camomile, LCMHC

Clinical Director

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ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Kyle Peterson, LCMHC, NCC, MRC

Kyle Peterson, CMHC

Therapist

Kyle is a native of Cedar City and grew up hiking some of the most beautiful places in Southern Utah. Kyle is an Eagle Scout, a deeply spiritual person, an avid inviter, and one who is accepting of all people from all walks of life. For the past 4 years, Kyle has lived near the Canadian border in Minot, North Dakota. Kyle enjoys biking in the snow, CrossFit, playing and teaching the piano, and spending time with his wife and children, especially doing things outdoors. Future goals for Kyle include pursuing a PhD, hiking the Zion Narrows with his kids, coaching a swim and water polo, and getting his tennis and golf game back. Kyle says, “Listening to others is a supportive way that helps develop important life skills and brings the kind of satisfaction to my life that is difficult to describe with words. I crave learning and am constantly on the lookout for ways to improve and develop my knowledge in any way that I can.”

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RECREATIONAL THERAPIST

Hailey Smith

Brad Lundell

Recreational Therapist

Hailey is Nationally Certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and Utah Licensed as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She also has a Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Recreation Management.Hailey is passionate about the people she works with and strives to create recreation programs that are individualized to meet each person’s needs. She believes that each person has unique needs and responses to situations. Hailey has spent several years identifying the individual needs of those she serves by being attentive to their facial expressions, distance between them and peers, and their level of participation. She then focuses on her relationship with them to understand them and what they do. Through this, she is able to assess what would benefit the individual and identify interventions that compliment their strengths.Hailey knows that experiences with low actual risk and high perceived risk when done safely help heal trauma by increasing participant’s anxiety tolerance and teaches individuals that they are capable of so much more than they imagined.Hailey recently moved to Cedar City with her husband and young daughter and they look forward to discovering the wonders the area has to offer. They enjoy rock climbing, riding bikes, playing at the park, going hiking, and relaxing on the couch, watching Bluey, and eating snacks.

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THERAPIST

Charity Lynch

Charity Lynch

Therapist

Charity grew up in the mountains of California right outside of Yosemite National Park. She completed her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University Idaho in marriage and family studies. Charity also completed certifications in child advocacy, marriage and family counseling, and marriage and family education. Charity is currently attending Western New Mexico University where she is completing a Masters of Social Work. Charity has had the pleasure of completing her bachelor’s degree internship with Havenwood and is now completing her practicum for her Masters here as well. 

While completing her bachelor’s degree, Charity was a team lead here at Havenwood and has been able to make great relationships with staff and clients throughout the almost 2 years she has been here. 

Charity has made Havenwood staff family literally her husband Matt Lynch works as a Hedge Hog here at Havenwood and they love supporting and joking with each other throughout the workday.

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NEUROFEEDBACK TECHNICIAN

Kymber Hudgins

Kymber Hudgins

Neurofeedback Technician

Kymber grew up in Las Vegas before planting her roots here in Cedar City, Utah in 2009.  Kymber began a career at Havenwood Academy, initially as a Youth Mentor, progressing into the role of a Paraeducator, and currently serving as the Neurofeedback Technician. With a deep commitment to positive change, Kymber draws inspiration from personal experiences in treatment, fostering genuine connections with the youth in the program. Her passion for guiding others through the path of healing and growth is evident in their role, providing valuable support to young minds navigating their own transformative journeys.

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THERAPIST

Caleb Cluff

Caleb Cluff

Therapist

Meet Caleb, a 27-year-old dedicated master's student specializing in Clinical Mental Health, driven by a profound passion for fostering holistic healing and transformation. With a rich background of four years in wilderness therapy and one year in residential treatment, Caleb brings a unique blend of hands-on experience and academic expertise to the realm of mental health.Caleb's extensive involvement in wilderness therapy for four years has equipped him with a deep understanding of the profound impact of nature on emotional well-being. He has witnessed firsthand the healing power of the outdoors and its ability to facilitate personal growth and self-discovery. His time spent in residential treatment has further solidified his commitment to guiding individuals on their journey toward mental wellness, underscoring the importance of compassion and empathy in the therapeutic process.Currently serving as an intern at Havenwood Academy, Caleb continues to expand his knowledge and refine his skills in the field of clinical mental health. His client-focused approach to therapy reflects his unwavering belief in the importance of tailoring treatment to each individual's unique needs and experiences. Caleb strives to create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their emotions and challenges at their own pace.Beyond his professional endeavors, Caleb finds solace and inspiration in the quiet moments spent with a good book, immersing himself in the world of literature to glean insights and perspectives. His passion for self-reflection and personal growth is evident in his commitment to journaling, using the written word as a tool for introspection and emotional processing. When he's not immersed in academic pursuits or therapeutic work, Caleb can often be found embracing the tranquility of nature, reconnecting with its serenity and finding solace in its nurturing embrace.Caleb's blend of practical experience in wilderness therapy, residential treatment, and his commitment to a client-focused therapeutic approach makes him a valuable asset in the field of mental health. He envisions a future where he can continue to learn and grow, aiding individuals on their unique journeys toward healing and personal transformation. Caleb stands as a beacon of hope and support for those in search of mental health assistance, and he's dedicated to leaving a lasting, positive impact on the lives he touches.

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THERAPIST

Riley Anguiano

Riley Anguiano

Therapist

Riley, originally raised in Central California, moved to Idaho to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Upon graduating with her BSW from Brigham Young University, Idaho in 2021, Riley started working as a case manager in an outpatient addiction recovery center. Over the course of her time there, she started interning as a therapist. In 2023, after completing her Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and obtaining her master’s level social work license, she continued practicing in mental health as well as working with co-occurring disorders. Riley has spent her time working with adults as well as youth and specializes in mental health, addiction, grief, and trauma. At the end of 2023, Riley made the move to Cedar City, UT to start working at Havenwood Academy in January, 2024. She loves her two cats, Frankie and Finn as well as reading, being outdoors, and doing pottery as well as fiber arts.

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THERAPIST

Amanda Dos Santos

Amanda Dos Santos

Therapist

Amanda grew up the majority of her life in Arizona and spent the last 8 years in Idaho where she was able to attend university for her undergraduate degree in health psychology and shortly after pursued a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Amanda is also bilingual and has participated in many outreach programs and providing mental health needs to immigrants from South America. Amanda has recently moved to Utah and began her time at Havenwood Academy to complete hours for full licensure. Amanda has worked in various positions in the mental health field and has found a passion for working with adolescents.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her dog Arbor going hiking and swimming. She also enjoys playing in an adult soccer league, snowboarding, hiking, and anything outdoors.

Admissions Team

Nathan Hofeling

DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Nathan Hofeling

Nathan holds the distinction of being Havenwood’s first employee. Nathan joined the Havenwood team after completing his Bachelor’s in...

Nathan Hofeling

Director of Admissions & Business Development

Nathan holds the distinction of being Havenwood’s first employee. Nathan joined the Havenwood team after completing his Bachelor’s in Accounting at Southern Utah University and currently serves as Havenwood’s Director of Business Development and Admissions. Nathan has had a hand in the growth and development of every aspect of Havenwood and is well respected for his work throughout the nation. He has worked tirelessly to grow and enhance the reputation of Havenwood in the treatment world and then just as tirelessly to make sure Havenwood delivers on its promises. Nathan learned to serve growing up and such is exemplified in his work at Havenwood. Outside of work, his greatest joy comes from spending time with his wife and their three children at dance recitals, music recitals, ninja classes, swimming lessons or just playing games.

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ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Lynn Smith

Lynn serves as Havenwood’s Admissions Coordinator. She has spent the last 18 years working with parents of troubled youth but only after placing her own child in...

Lynn Smith

Admissions Coordinator

Lynn serves as Havenwood’s Admissions Coordinator. She has spent the last 18 years working with parents of troubled youth but only after placing her own child in a program. She has a deep understanding of not only what happens at Havenwood but what parents and families are going through in placing their children in treatment. She is very thankful for the help that is available and knows firsthand that there is light at the end of the dark and difficult tunnel. She provides a loving shoulder to lean on and helps parents develop the courage it takes for parents to take the first step into residential treatment. Lynn loves to spend time with her family of 10 children, 29 grandchildren, and a few great-grandchildren as well. Family is her life. In what spare time she has she loves to go to yard sales in the summers and has become an avid house plant lover with over 75 plants. When you talk to Lynn she wants you to know she knows how it feels to take the next step. 

Academic Team

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ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Scott Sharp

Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and administration in the public education system in the state of Utah where he served in...

Scott Sharp

Education Director

Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and administration in the public education system in the state of Utah where he served in many capacities including assistant high school, middle school, and elementary school principal. Under Mr. Sharp’s leadership, the Education Department is continually increasing and adding to the educational opportunities for our girls including, College and Career Readiness as well as innovative curriculum and programs. His team is working hard to make the school day more exciting and rigorous and giving the girls as many opportunities to learn and grow as possible.

Mr. Sharp has 2 children and 9 grandchildren and loves spending time with them. 3 of his 9 grandchildren are adopted so he understands some of the challenges that young people who have been adopted may experience. He loves spending time with his wife MaryAnn and being outdoors, jeeping, camping, and hunting. He loves music and played professionally in a country band for many years. He also plays the bagpipes and he and his wife have served for 8 as directors of a bagpipe band in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Heather Lopez

TEACHER

Heather Lopez

Heather Lopez is the Physical Education and Health teacher at Havenwood Academy. She graduated from California State University – Fullert...

Heather Lopez

Teacher

Heather Lopez is the Physical Education and Health teacher at Havenwood Academy. She graduated from California State University – Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in teacher education. Mrs. Lopez earned her teaching credential in 2017 and has experience teaching at the secondary level. Her focus is on creating a safe space for students to work on their physical health while gaining the necessary tools to live healthy adult lives.

Mrs. Lopez is driven and passionate about physical education and having a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Working at the Havenwood allows her to give back and be part of beautiful personal journeys. She makes each of her students feel like they have a purpose and a voice. Mrs. Lopez lives in Cedar City, Utah with her husband and young daughter. She enjoys being outdoors, shopping, and spending time with her family.

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ASSISTENT ACADEMIC DIRECTOR 

Misty Coleman

My name is Misty Coleman and I am a teacher at Havenwood Academy. I have been a teacher for 9 years in a variety of settings...

Misty Coleman

Assistant Academic Director

My name is Misty Coleman and I am a teacher at Havenwood Academy. I have been a teacher for 9 years in a variety of settings. I graduated from Weber State University with a BS in English. I worked primarily as a Government Contractor for the first half of my professional career. I have two children who are in high school here in Cedar City. I started my teaching career at Jo Mackey Magnet School in Las Vegas, NV teaching 1st Grade. After moving to Utah I worked at Iron Springs Elementary as the Art and Technology Teacher. I also worked with Special Education students in a small group setting. When my children started High School, I transferred to Cedar High School as a Special Education Classroom Aide and Co-Teacher. I worked directly with the integration program to get mild to moderate special education students in the classroom with their peers. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors golfing, hiking, or just hanging out with my family.

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TEACHER

David Rees

Mr. Rees has been teaching Math and science for over 13 years. He is passionate about providing his students with awe inspiring STE...

David Rees

Teacher

Mr. Rees has been teaching Math and science for over 13 years. He is passionate about providing his students with awe inspiring STEM instruction, with former students now found in the ranks of NASA and the United States Space Force. Mr. Rees has three years providing engaging and safe lab experiences for students at treatment facilities. He believes that engagement with the principles and mental habits provided by Mathematics and Science are essential to recovery and a rich and happy life.Mr. Rees has six children, three girls and three boys. He has always enjoyed time mentoring youth. He is an avid amateur astronomer, and a thoroughly mediocre mandolin player. He loves spending time with his wife of 23 years and reading classical texts.

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TEACHER

Leslie Bird

Leslie Bird is a science teacher at Havenwood Academy. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in geosciences education and a masters degree in ch...

Leslie Bird

Teacher

Leslie Bird is a science teacher at Havenwood Academy. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in geosciences education and a masters degree in chemistry education from Western Governors University. She has taught science at Cedar High School and at SUCCESS Academy. She has a passion for science and loves to help students find their “aha” moment.Mrs Bird is the mother of seven children, three of whom were adopted through foster care. Her experiences with foster care and adoption bring a unique perspective and understanding to the classroom.Mrs Bird enjoys country music and showtunes, reading science fiction and fantasy novels, and is an avid fan of Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings.

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TEACHER

Raleigh Campbell

Mr. Raleigh is passionate about a variety of subjects including but not limited to US History, Film, Writing, Photography, Music, Choir, Theater, Scie...

Raleigh Campbell

Teacher

Raleigh Campbell (Mr. Raleigh) is the Social Studies teacher at Havenwood Academy. He received his Bachelor's degree in History Education at Utah Valley University in 2016. He taught at various schools including Gallup Central High School (Gallup, NM), Three Points Academy (Hurricane, UT) and Second Chances in Southern Utah (La Verkin, UT). He enjoys assisting kids in the residential treatment center environment. It is his philosophy that everybody needs help sometimes and, although some kids may not realize it at the time, resident students have the rare and unique opportunity to not only focus on healing and growing but also have access to many who take great interest in their success. It is very rewarding. Mr. Raleigh is passionate about a variety of subjects including but not limited to US History, Film, Writing, Photography, Music, Choir, Theater, Science and Fitness. Mr. Raleigh was a N.A.S.M. certified fitness instructor 2009-2013 at Gold's Gym (Orem, UT). He runs regularly and promotes drinking a gallon of water per day. He enjoys listening to audiobooks during commutes and has finished countless books on various subjects including history, physics and finance. He and his wife (Bridget) have 5 kids and one sensitive chihuahua. Mr. Raleigh loves going on vacations with his family. Family fun is one of his most appreciated experiences.

Medical Team

Lisa Anderson

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Lisa Anderson

Lisa started her career as a Recreational Therapist and has spent many years working with at-risk youth. She returned to school at Southern Utah Un...

Lisa Anderson

Nurse Practitioner

Lisa started her career as a Recreational Therapist and has spent many years working with at-risk youth. She returned to school at Southern Utah University to complete a second Bachelor’s degree in nursing, and later enrolled in  Eastern Kentucky University to complete a Master’s Degree in nursing, specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is licensed in Utah and Arizona as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Lisa enjoys gardening, sewing, reading, and listening to audiobooks so she can multitask. Born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Lisa loves spending time outdoors with her husband and four children.

Shavonne Harris

NURSE MANAGER

Shavonne Harris

Shavonne Harris has lived in Cedar for over 25 years. She has always had a love for caring for others and a passion for mental health. After raising her four...

Shavonne Harris

Shavonne Harris

Nurse

Shavonne Harris has lived in Cedar for over 25 years. She has always had a love for caring for others and a passion for mental health. After raising her four children, Shavonne pursued Nursing at Southern Utah University. She graduated in December of 2021 with her Bachelor’s of Science.

Even before deciding to go back to school, Shavonne called Havenwood home. She began by assisting the nurses with appointments, documentation, triaging the students, and any other task she could take on. Shavonne loves seeing the difference she makes as a full time nurse here at Havenwood Academy.

In her spare time, Shavonne enjoys spending time with her children and following them wherever their sports lead her family. She loves music, traveling to warm destinations, shopping, and eating amazing food.

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MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Sayzhia Harris

Sayzhia has been a member of the nursing staff at Havenwood for a number of months. She is the daughter of Shavonne Harris and has had the privi...

Sayzhia Harris

Nurse Assistant

Sayzhia has been a member of the nursing staff at Havenwood for a number of months. She is the daughter of Shavonne Harris and has had the privilege of witnessing exceptional caregiving skills. Inspired to follow in her moms footsteps she has received her Nurse Assistant Certification as well as a Phlebotomy Technician certification. She is now a student at Southern Utah University, pursuin anthropology

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NURSE

Kris Wolf

Kris serves as our part time RN assisting with medication management and triaging guests. She worked at the local hospital before joining us. Pri...

Kris Wolf

Nurse

Kris serves as our part time RN assisting with medication management and triaging guests. She worked at the local hospital before joining us. Prior to nursing school she served in the Army as an Oral Surgery Assistant. She enjoys singing, road trips and raising her 4 children.

Lisa enjoys gardening, sewing, and reading, especially listening to audiobooks so she can multitask. Born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Lisa loves spending time outdoors with her husband and four children.

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MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Michelle Zwort

Michelle spent awhile moving around and exploring different cities and states before settling down in the beautiful Cedar City to finish raisi...

Michelle Zwort

Medical Assistant

Michelle spent awhile moving around and exploring different cities and states before settling down in the beautiful Cedar City to finish raising her youngest daughter. I've been working at Havenwood Academy going on three years and feel passionate about the work I do. I could not see myself working anywhere else. 

Residential Team

Jessi Marchetti Program Director

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jessi Marchetti

Jessi serves as Havenwood’s Program Director. Jessi has always loved working with adolescents and has worked with struggling youth since she was in high school...

Jessi Marchetti

Jessi Marchetti

Program Director

Jessi serves as Havenwood’s Program Director. Jessi has always loved working with adolescents and has worked with struggling youth since she was in high school. She joined the Havenwood team in 2015 and has filled many important roles in the organization from Case Management to Assistant Program Director.  Jessi has distinguished herself by her intuitive ability to provide the girls with the help they need including firm boundaries. The girls both love and respect her which allows her to be a change agent in many lives. 

You will always find Jessi in the middle of anything that goes on at Havenwood whether it involves administrative work during the day or an emergency in the middle of the night. Jessi enjoys spending her days with her husband and two young children. She loves watching her daughter dance and is often seen traveling to Las Vegas to enjoy the warm weather, family, shopping, and good food.

Amber Hudgins, Hedgehog

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR - STAFFING

Amber Hudgins

Amber began her life in middle eastern Ohio before moving to Las Vegas at age 15. She later moved to cedar City and has been there for about 11 years now. Amber loves...

Amber Hudgins

Team Lead - HedgeHog

Amber began her life in middle eastern Ohio before moving to Las Vegas at age 15. She later moved to Cedar City and has been there for about 11 years now. Amber loves the small-town life. After facing the challenge of residential treatment herself, she learned many tools and coping skills. One of her personal favorites was Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she uses daily. While in treatment, Amber found that she had a passion for helping others. She regularly volunteers at a local treatment center in Cedar City that specializes in substance abuse. In addition, Amber is a part of a service-driven mentor group focused on helping the community. She is heavily involved in the mentor group, and assists in the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and the Sub for Santa Toy Drive every year. Amber spent the last four years in various management positions where she learned how to run an effective team while meeting the specific needs of each individual team member. She started her work here at Havenwood Academy in April of 2020. She started off as a youth mentor and was shortly after moved up to Academic Team Lead. She works alongside the academic team to ensure the safety of clients and staff while also helping with the emotional needs of clients. Amber assists with therapeutic groups on occasion and enjoys teaching and learning new coping skills right alongside our clients. Because of Amber’s personal experience in treatment, she is able to connect with and support clients in a unique and personal way.

Jessica Wilcken

ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR - STUDENT RELATIONS

Jessica Wilcken

Jessica is one of the Student Advocates here at Havenwood. She is one of the first people each client me...

Jessica Wilcken

Student Advocate

Jessica is one of the Student Advocates here at Havenwood. She is one of the first people each client meets and typically the last one they see as they discharge or graduate from the program. Jessica works closely alongside the Assistant Program Director- Student Relations, ensuring that the student's needs are met. This includes things like hygiene items, packages, preparing for visits, and more.

Jessica is from Southern Utah but has lived all over London and southern England where she provided service work. Most of Jessica’s life has been spent working in customer service including real estate, medical and dental offices. Jessica believes that this job found her. She had never thought to work residential but Havenwood presented itself and she took the opportunity to try something new.

She loves working at Havenwood Academy and  has no plans on leaving anytime soon! When Jessica is not working, she is being a mom to her daughter and 2 dogs.

Julie Foster

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Julie Foster

Julie joined Havenwood Academy as the Executive Chef in November of 2018. Based on her love for cooking instilled in her by her grandmothers...

Julie Foster

Julie Foster

Assistant Program Director - Staffing

Julie joined Havenwood Academy as the Executive Chef in November of 2018. Based on her love for cooking instilled in her by her grandmothers, she began her career as a cook in a large retirement facility. Within a few months, she was promoted to the Executive Chef position where, over a ten-year period, she honed her planning and cooking skills including spending time in Seattle working with some of the best chefs in the country.

Throughout her 34-year career, Julie has worked as the Executive Chef in four long-term care facilities, assisted living centers and a treatment facility for youth. She has expertise in hiring and training culinary staff, purchasing, receiving, meal planning, production and food safety regulations. She is married and has four beautiful daughters and three beautiful granddaughters.

She loves her job working for Havenwood and strives to be an inspiration to everyone and make a positive difference in their lives. Julie can always be quoted as saying, “The secret ingredient is always love.” 

Hedgehogs

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HEDGE HOG

Kenye Jim

Kenye was born and raised in Pohnpei, Micronesia where she earned an Associates in Business Administration. In order to further her education...

Kenye Jim

Team Lead

Kenye was born and raised in Pohnpei, Micronesia where she earned an Associates in Business Administration. In order to further her education, she moved to the United States of America in 2016. Kenye moved to Cedar City and attended Southern Utah University, where she earned her Bachelors in Economics.

Kenye started working with troubled adolescents back in 2017, starting as a mentor and then progressed to the position of supervisor. In the summer of 2021, Kenye decided to make a career change and utilize her academic background. She moved to Las Vegas to work in Logistics where she worked as an account representative. After 3 months, Kenye realized she missed the culture of the treatment industry and meaningful work.

Kenye transitioned back into the industry as a mentor working with troubled young men. After a year in Vegas, Kenye moved back to Cedar City and accepted a position as a Professional Youth Mentor (also known as Hedgehog) with Havenwood Academy.

Kenye works closely with the Havenwood team to ensure the clients are supported and progressing. She coaches the clients on communication, problem-solving, setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, accountability and integrity. Kenye also understands the power of having fun and enjoying what you do. She tries to incorporate fun ways of learning and relationship building where she can.

Kenye has two older sisters and one younger brother who she is grateful to have in her corner. Growing up, Kenye had a rocky relationship with her siblings because she always identified as an “angry child”. She uses what she’s worked to overcome to empathize with the clients and show that the past does not define you. Kenye values communication and advocating for your needs and has undergone tremendous growth as she practices skills both at work and in her personal life.

When she is not sharpening her professional skills, Kenye loves to play the guitar and ukulele as well as going on spontaneous adventures around southern Utah with her friends.

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HEDGE HOG

Matt Lynch

Matthew Lynch was born and raised in Southern California. He met his wife here in Cedar City in 2008 and had three children, two girls and a boy. They end...

Matt Lynch

Team Lead - HedgeHog

Matthew Lynch was born and raised in Southern California. He met his wife here in Cedar City in 2008 and had three children, two girls and a boy.

They ended up moving to Texas for a few years while Matthew worked as a Semi-Truck Driver for 13 years. But before that, Matthew worked at a couple youth homes here in Cedar City and Provo, Utah. He stopped driving for a living when he remembered how much he enjoyed his time working with youth.

Matthew put in an application to join Havenwood and it became a well loved career. He is married to Charity Lynch, who also works at Havenwood as one of the therapists. They both enjoy their time here at Havenwood and with their children.

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HEDGE HOG

Miranda Staggs

Miranda was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She moved to Cedar City when she was 17 and met her husband here. She has worked in the resi...

Miranda Staggs

Team Lead - HedgeHog

Miranda was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She moved to Cedar City when she was 17 and met her husband here. She has worked in the residential treatment industry for five years and loves it. She knew since she was a teenager that she wanted to help troubled youth as she was one herself. She love to sing and have been singing since she was a toddler.

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The Life of a Mentor

Many facilities in this industry have a hard time keeping staff/mentors for long. We have been increasing the average length of mentor employment every month for years. We focus on this because our mentors are the backbone of our program. The life of a mentor is never easy, but if given the right support, it can be full of meaning.

At Havenwood we believe one of the best things we can do for our kids is building a healthy culture amongst our staff. Our residential staff make or break us. Just like we want to provide high quality treatment for our kids, we also want to provide a high quality employment experience and recruit the best people to come and join us.