Havenwood Academy is staffed by some of the best personnel in the industry. With an extensive education 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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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Ken Huey, Ph.D.

Ken Huey completed a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University in 2002. Dr. Huey’s first job after that doctorate was in...

Dr. Ken Huey

Chief Executive Officer

Ken Huey completed a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Purdue University in 2002. Dr. Huey’s first job after that doctorate was in an adolescent residential treatment setting as a therapist. That job changed the course of his career. In that setting, where almost all of the variables impacting a teen were controlled, positive change became a likely outcome instead of a surprise.

Being adopted himself, Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of other adoptees in residential treatment. He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo was and is a specialty program for adopted youth who have a significant trauma history. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year.

After selling his ownership in Calo Dr. Huey enjoyed semi-retirement for a number of years. After some time off he began looking for a career and team fit in the residential world and became acquainted with Havenwood. He joined Havenwood as Executive Director in October of 2020.

Dr. Huey and his wife, Bev, are the parents of 6 children. They welcomed their third grandchild into the family in December of 2020.

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CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Christina Hauritz, MS, LCMHC, NCC

Christina Hauritz

Clinical Director

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DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Nathan Hofeling

Nathan Hofeling has been in the treatment industry for over seven years and has been involved in various areas of the business, including direct care, case management...

Nathan Hofeling

Director of Admissions & Business Development

Nathan got his start at Havenwood Academy after receiving his Bachelor’s in Accounting at Southern Utah University. Nathan Hofeling has worked in the treatment industry for over eight years and has been involved in various areas of the business, including direct care, case management, insurance, marketing and admissions, risk management and other areas. As a result, he has a well rounded knowledge and experience base of the business and best practices. He has worked tirelessly to grow the reputation of Havenwood Academy and the benefit that we can provide as a program. He has always had a desire to serve and help others to improve their situation. He is always thinking about what is best for everyone involved. He has 6 younger siblings and together, they all learned how to serve and have experienced the joy that comes from serving. He and his wife, Kelly have three wonderful kids.

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DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & LICENSING

Janie Sabin

Janie handles all of the compliance at Havenwood Academy, which she feels is a great fit for her background in law. She also handles the Human Resources...

Janie Sabin

Director of Human Resources & Licensing

Janie handles all of the compliance at Havenwood Academy, which she feels is a great fit for her background in law. She also handles the Human Resource department at Havenwood Academy, which she has learned to love. While at Havenwood Academy, Janie has seen the other side of adoption and what families go through once the adoption is finalized.

Janie Sabin is a paralegal. Janie has worked in a law firm as a paralegal for 12 years. Janie has experience in business law, family law, criminal law, contract law and adoption law and is passionate about laws and regulations.

Janie attended Southern Utah University where she received a degree in criminal justice with a legal studies minor. Immediately after graduating from SUU, Janie started working at Hofeling, Wayment and Marchant, LLP handling criminal, corporate and adoption law. Janie has seen the law work for couples who are were unable to have children of their own.

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

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Albert Behling

Albert began working in leadership positions with youth and young adults in 2006 for the Boy Scouts of America where he created an aquatics program and ran it for several...

Albert Behling

Program Director

Albert began working in leadership positions with youth and young adults in 2006 for the Boy Scouts of America where he created an aquatics program and ran it for several summers. Since that time he has worked with youth and young adults in Eastern Europe, wilderness programs, and in residential programs.

 
Albert came to Havenwood at the beginning of 2021 after spending eight years helping to get another program for girls up and running and into a leading spot for the population it serves. Albert has a passion for creating high quality programming and training that leaves people feeling empowered and valued. He believes there is good in everyone and loves to teach staff and students how to manifest that for themselves and to positively impact those around them.
 
Albert likes to recharge by spending time with his two year old daughter and wife, or traveling to remote areas of the Mountain West and Great Basin or Eastern Europe (he speaks fluent Albanian), but most of the time he is engaged in powerlifting and strongman.
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EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Scott Sharp

Scott Sharp is so excited to be part of the academic team here at the Havenwood Academy. Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and...

Scott Sharp

Education Director

Scott Sharp is so excited to be part of the academic team here at the Havenwood Academy. Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and administration in the public education system in the state of Utah.  His most recent assignment was as the Assistant Principal at Cedar City High School.  He loved his career in education, and working as an assistant principal and principal in both elementary and secondary education, has prepared him now to work at Havenwood Academy.

Mr. Sharp has 2 children and 9 grandchildren and loves spending time with them.  3 of those 9 grandchildren are adopted so he understands some of the challenges that come with that.  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 recently has taken up playing the bagpipes and loves performing.  He and his wife have served, each summer, over the past 8 years as directors of a bagpipe band in Nauvoo Illinois.

Mr. Sharp and his academic team are working hard to enhance and build upon the great educational system already in place at Havenwood.  He has already helped put P.E., College and Career Readiness and other curriculum and programs into the schedule.  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.

Clinical Team

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CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Christina Hauritz, MS, LCMHC, NCC

Christina Hauritz, MS, LCMHC, NCC

Clinical Director

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THERAPIST

Maria Salsberry, LCSW

Maria Salsberry grew up in Southern California, she spent most of her time caring for her daughter and spending time with family. In 2006, Maria felt she hit a...

Maria Salsberry, LCSW

Therapist

Maria Salsberry grew up in Southern California where she spent most of her time caring for her daughter and with family.  Maria reached a crossroad in her life and moved to Cedar City, Utah, where she began working in treatment centers.  Maria’s time as a line staff and mentor to adolescent girls inspired her to pursue an education in social work.

In 2012, Maria graduated from the University of Phoenix and entered the Graduate Program of Social Work at the University of Utah in 2014.  In graduate school, Maria further developed her passion of working with adolescents and their families and graduated in 2016 with a Master’s of Social Work.  Since that time, Maria has been actively providing therapeutic services to adolescents and their families.  Maria joined the Havenwood team in 2019.

Maria has worked in many different settings including outpatient, in-home, residential and with the foster care system.  She has expertise in treating adolescents struggling with trauma, attachment, anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, family conflicts, substance abuse and trauma.

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THERAPIST

Kyle Peterson, CMHC

Kyle is a native of Cedar City and grew up hiking some of the most beautiful country in the world in Southern Utah. Kyle is an Eagle Scout, a deeply spiritual person, an avid...

Kyle Peterson, CMHC

Therapist

Kyle is a native of Cedar City and grew up hiking some of the most beautiful country in the world in Southern Utah. Kyle is an Eagle Scout, a deeply spiritual person, an avid inviter, 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 waterpolo team, and getting his tennis and golf game back. Kyle says, “Listening to others is a supportive way that helps develop important life skills 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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THERAPIST

Ashley Phillips

Ashley was born in Las Vegas, NV and spent most of her life in Texas where she completed her undergraduate degree. Ashley recently moved to Cedar City, UT...

Ashley Phillips

Therapist

Ashley was born in Las Vegas, NV and spent most of her life in Texas where she completed her undergraduate degree. Ashley recently moved to Cedar City, UT from Las Vegas, NV to be closer to family. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and staying healthy and active. Ashley completed her undergraduate in psychology at Sam Houston State University. She then completed her first masters in military psychology from Adler University where she focused on PTSD and MST. Since then, Ashley has been working on completing her masters in social work at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has spent the majority of her career in a correction setting, working with adults who suffer from mental illness. She wants to continue to work with individuals who struggle with PTSD, specifically with children and adolescents. 

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THERAPIST

Charity Lynch

Charity grew up in the mountains of California right outside of Yosemite National Park. She completed her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young...

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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EXPERIENTIAL COORDINATOR

Brad Lundell

Brad grew up spending most of his time in the outdoors. He would spend each summer working at a High Adventure Base near Yellowstone National Park in his...

Brad Lundell

Experiential Coordinator

Brad grew up spending most of his time in the outdoors. He would spend each summer working at a High Adventure Base near Yellowstone National Park in his early years. There, he attained many wilderness skills and ran high risk activities like backpacking, rock-climbing, boating, and other experiential activities. He then found himself working at a wilderness therapy program where he spend several years being a Field Guide and building the experiential side of the program. Brad finished his undergraduate degree in the spring of 2021. He then came across recreational therapy. At this point he knew it was something he would be passionate about and wanted to do so he went back to school to get his CTRS so he could then be a recreational therapist. Brad loves the outdoors of the Cedar City area and enjoys spending his time going biking, camping, climbing, and other outdoorsy activities. 

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NEUROFEEDBACK TECHNICIAN

Shauna Clark

Shauna is Havenwood's Neurofeedback Technician and works along side the clinical team. She loves to make...

Shauna Clark

Neurofeedback Technician

Shauna is Havenwood's Neurofeedback Technician and works along side the clinical team. She loves to make people smile and has a wonderful positive outlook that she brings to Havenwood daily. Shauna is a Native to Cedar City, UT and is a loving wife and mother to six beautiful children. She enjoys spending time with her family, her horses, dirt bikes and anything outdoors.

Admissions Team

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DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Nathan Hofeling

Nathan Hofeling has been in the treatment industry for over seven years and has been involved in various areas of the business, including direct care, case management...

Nathan Hofeling

Director of Admissions & Business Development

Nathan got his start at Havenwood Academy after receiving his Bachelor’s in Accounting at Southern Utah University. Nathan Hofeling has worked in the treatment industry for over eight years and has been involved in various areas of the business, including direct care, case management, insurance, marketing and admissions, risk management and other areas. As a result, he has a well rounded knowledge and experience base of the business and best practices. He has worked tirelessly to grow the reputation of Havenwood Academy and the benefit that we can provide as a program. He has always had a desire to serve and help others to improve their situation. He is always thinking about what is best for everyone involved. He has 6 younger siblings and together, they all learned how to serve and have experienced the joy that comes from serving. He and his wife, Kelly have three wonderful kids.

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ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

Lynn Smith

Lynn has spent the last 18 years working with parents of troubled youth but only after placing her own child in a program.  She is very thankful for the help that is available...

Lynn Smith

Admissions Coordinator

Lynn has spent the last 18 years working with parents of troubled youth but only after placing her own child in a program. She is very thankful for the help that is available. There is light at the end of the dark tunnel. She wants you to have the courage to take the next step in getting the help your daughter needs. Lynn loves to spend time with her family of 10 children, 29 grandchildren and a few great grandchildren too. Family is her life. In what spare time she has she loves to yard sale 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. It is extremely hard to do. But usually the right thing is hard. She is looking forward to helping guide you through.

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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ammon Clark

Ammon Clark is our Marketing Coordinator here at Havenwood Academy. He has lived here in Utah his whole life. He has Spina Bifida and has spent all his lifetime...

Ammon Clark

Marketing Coordinator

Ammon Clark is our Marketing Coordinator here at Havenwood Academy. He has lived here in Utah his whole life. He has Spina Bifida and has spent all his lifetime in a wheelchair. However, he hasn’t let it hold him back from achieving his dreams, and inspiring others to do the same.

Ammon has a couple mantras he always likes to say, "Dream Big” and "Look on the bright side”. To help spread his message of positivity and help others realize that no matter how hard their life is they can always push themselves become the best person that they can be. He came to Havenwood Academy this year to help spread his messages of positivity and perseverance; not only to youth we help but throughout our community and organization as a whole.

Ammon has 11 wonderful siblings and 2 parents that he loves spending time with. He also enjoys spending most of his free time editing pictures on photoshop, learning new things on YouTube, watching old musicals, and keeping up with all his friends on Facebook.

Academic Team

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EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Scott Sharp

Scott Sharp is so excited to be part of the academic team here at the Havenwood Academy. Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and...

Scott Sharp

Education Director

Scott Sharp is so excited to be part of the academic team here at the Havenwood Academy. Mr. Sharp recently retired after 30 years of successful teaching and administration in the public education system in the state of Utah.  His most recent assignment was as the Assistant Principal at Cedar City High School.  He loved his career in education, and working as an assistant principal and principal in both elementary and secondary education, has prepared him now to work at Havenwood Academy.

Mr. Sharp has 2 children and 9 grandchildren and loves spending time with them.  3 of those 9 grandchildren are adopted so he understands some of the challenges that come with that.  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 recently has taken up playing the bagpipes and loves performing.  He and his wife have served, each summer, over the past 8 years as directors of a bagpipe band in Nauvoo Illinois.

Mr. Sharp and his academic team are working hard to enhance and build upon the great educational system already in place at Havenwood.  He has already helped put P.E., College and Career Readiness and other curriculum and programs into the schedule.  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.

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TEACHER

Heather Lopez

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

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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TEACHER

Jennifer Bracken

Jennifer is a Utah native and has lived in Southern Utah since 1987. Jennifer spent a large majority of her career working with teens in residential treatment in many...

Jennifer Bracken

Teacher

Jennifer is a Utah native and has lived in Southern Utah since 1987. Jennifer spent a large majority of her career working with teens in residential treatment in many aspects such as student mentor, teaching assistant, assistant equine assistant, and as an assistant program director. Jennifer stepped away from that line of work as she had 3 young teenage daughters of her own and needed to spend more time with them. During this time Jennifer worked as a housing manger with survivors of domestic violence and the homeless population in helping them in obtaining safe and stable housing. 

Jennifer graduated from Southern Utah University in December 2019 with her Bachelor of Science with a focus in psychology and agriculture/equine sciences. Jennifer recently joined our team after deciding that she wanted to get back to her passion of working with teenage girls and helping them grow into the wonderful young women that they can be. 

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, out in nature riding the side by side, horseback riding, fishing, and camping. Jennifer also enjoys reading and crocheting. 

Medical Team

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NURSE MANAGER

Lisa Anderson

Lisa started her career as a Recreational Therapist and has spent many years working with adolescents. In 2015 she returned to school to complete a...

Lisa Anderson

Nurse Manager

Lisa started her career as a Recreational Therapist and has spent many years working with adolescents. In 2015 she returned to school to complete a second Bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She has been working as a youth treatment nurse since graduating from the Southern Utah University nursing program.  She is currently enrolled in a Master’s program and is working toward becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Lisa enjoys gardening, sewing and reading, especially listening to audiobooks so she can multi-task. 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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NURSE

Shavonne Harris

Residential Team

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Albert Behling

Albert began working in leadership positions with youth and young adults in 2006 for the Boy Scouts of America where he created an aquatics program and ran it for several...

Albert Behling

Program Director

Albert began working in leadership positions with youth and young adults in 2006 for the Boy Scouts of America where he created an aquatics program and ran it for several summers. Since that time he has worked with youth and young adults in Eastern Europe, wilderness programs, and in residential programs.

 
Albert came to Havenwood at the beginning of 2021 after spending eight years helping to get another program for girls up and running and into a leading spot for the population it serves. Albert has a passion for creating high quality programming and training that leaves people feeling empowered and valued. He believes there is good in everyone and loves to teach staff and students how to manifest that for themselves and to positively impact those around them.
 
Albert likes to recharge by spending time with his two year old daughter and wife, or traveling to remote areas of the Mountain West and Great Basin or Eastern Europe (he speaks fluent Albanian), but most of the time he is engaged in powerlifting and strongman.
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ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR - STAFFING

Bryan Cook

Bryan Cook is the Assistant Program Director for the Havenwood Academy, working with and beside the Program Director to meet the needs of the program...

Bryan Cook

Assistant Program Director - Staffing

Bryan Cook is the Assistant Program Director, specifically over residential staffing. His primary role is providing safety and containment during the evening, night and weekend hours. He provides staff their training and scheduling as well as programming and schedules for the clients during those times. He has been in the industry for over 5 years starting as a youth mentor, and through his dedication and work ethic has been able to move up to his present position. Through this tenure, he has found his passion, which is to help and give back. His previous work experiences and life experiences have prepared him for where he is today. He spent 21 years in manufacturing working his way up into management positions, which helped him develop skills such as patience, time management, mentoring, teaching and training. At the end of his manufacturing stint, he was responsible for over 200 associates and their training needs. In that position, he learned that he had a gift for training and coaching people to be successful and gain personal confidence in the abilities to grow and develop their skills. His professional achievements include earning a Foundations of Leading Certification, along with a Training and Development Diploma from Langevin Train the Trainer company. After some life and career-changing events in 2015, he found himself in the behavioral healthcare industry teaching and mentoring youth and realized this was his passion and what he wanted to do for the rest of his career.

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ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR - STUDENT RELATIONS

Jessi Marchetti

Jessi has always had a love for working with adolescents and has worked with youth since she was in high school. After high school, she worked in a middle school as...

Jessi Marchetti

Assistant Program Director - Student Relations

Jessi has always had a love for working with adolescents and has worked with youth since she was in high school. After high school, she worked in a middle school as an aid where she helped run the SPED classroom. In 2014 after spending time in retail and food service management, Jessi decided to go back to her love of working with youth. She applied at Havenwood Academy and was hired in January of 2015. While at Havenwood, Jessi has worked as the receptionist, Program Director Assistant, and in her current role as Assistant Program Director - Student Relations. As an Assistant Director, she spends her time ensuring that all the needs of the clients are met. This includes coordinating everything from hygiene items, to home visits, to clothing purchases, to communicating with parents. Since being hired she has reignited her passion for working with youth.

When she’s not working, Jessi can be found surrounded by family. 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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EXECUTIVE CHEF

Julie Foster

Ask anyone who knows Julie Foster and they will tell you, “She can be found in the Kitchen”! Julie joined Havenwood Academy as the Executive Chef in November...

Julie Foster

Executive Chef

Ask anyone who knows Julie Foster and they will tell you, “She can be found in the Kitchen”! Julie joined Havenwood Academy as the Executive Chef in November of 2018. Born and raised in Cedar City, Utah, her love and passion for the culinary arts began early on from humble beginnings as she was taught the basics of cooking and baking from her beloved Grandmothers. Upon entering the workforce at age 15, Julie began working in the food industry learning all positions and aspects of food and service. At the age of 24, while working on her associate’s degree from Dixie State College, she was offered a cooking position at The Meadows Retirement Facility in St. George. Within a few months, she was promoted to the Executive Chef position which lasted for ten years. During this time she was provided with an excellent opportunity to travel to Seattle Washington and work side by side with other outstanding Chefs to further her knowledge and expertise in the industry. Throughout a 34 year career, Julie has worked in four long-term care facilities and assisted living centers as the Executive Chef, and four years experience working at a treatment facility for youth, all in St. George, Utah. She is knowledgeable in hiring and training staff, purchasing, receiving, meal planning, production, and food safety regulations.

Julie lived in St. George, Utah for 27 years after graduating from High School. She is married, and has four beautiful daughters. She is also the Grandmother of three girls. In 2007, she moved back to Cedar City to be closer to her family. Julie enjoys the great outdoors, and the beautiful mountains of southern Utah. Her Hobbies include Hiking, Fishing, Gardening, Sewing, Writing Poetry, and she sings at weddings and funerals. Her Greatest passion in life has been her ability to cook delicious meals not only for those she serves in her work life, but also for her family and loved ones during holidays and family reunions. In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot, and a Mom!  Julie loves her job working for Havenwood Academy and strives to be an inspiration to everyone and make a positive difference in their lives. She has become known as Grandma Julie, and she can be quoted as saying: THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS ALWAYS LOVE!

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STUDENT ADVOCATE

Jessica Wilcken

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...

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 the program. Jessica works closely alongside the Assistant Program Director- Student Relations, ensuring that the students' 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.

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HEDGE HOGE

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.

Team Leads

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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 ended up moving to Texas for a few...

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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TEAM LEAD

Destiney Kearns

Destiney Kerns was born and raised in Northern Utah. She had her first child before moving to Cedar City 4 years ago and began working in treatment helping teens. Since then...

Destiney Kearns

Team Lead

Destiney Kerns was born and raised in Northern Utah. She had her first child before moving to Cedar City 4 years ago and began working in treatment helping teens. Since then, she has added another baby to her family. Destiney has a joy of the outdoors and can be found hiking with her two little ones.

She loves adding in her passions of the outdoors while working with teens. If you don't find Destiney enjoying the outdoors you can find her traveling and trying new things.

Destiney takes pride in her approach she uses with the teens she works with. She gets down on their level, joking around with them, while giving them tough love. She strives to teach them how to trust, self love, love for life and have healthy attachments.

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TEAM LEAD

Leo Telford

Leo Telford is the Team Lead for weekdays grave shifts here at Havenwood Academy. His biggest priority and goal is to be professional in all of his duties and to build...

Leo Telford

Team Lead

Leo Telford is the Team Lead for weekdays grave shifts here at Havenwood Academy. His biggest priority and goal is to be professional in all of his duties and to build a solid foundation for our clients with safety and trust.

Leo’s biggest accomplishment in his life is his enlistment in the United States Marine Corp, which were the best years of his life. Leo’s children are also some of his biggest accomplishments.

He is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Southern Utah University.

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TEAM LEAD

Paige Buchanan

Paige Buchanan works as a Team Lead for Swing 1 at Ranch. She was born and raised in North Carolina and brought up by her single mother of 3 children. Paige’s mom...

Paige Buchanan

Team Lead

Paige Buchanan works as a Team Lead for Swing 1 at Ranch. She was born and raised in North Carolina and brought up by her single mother of 3 children.

Paige’s mom taught her how to overcome anything and everything as long as she put her mind to it and worked for it. She also gave Paige a safe place to share her successes, struggles, and never gave up on her.

That’s what Paige wants and aims to be for all of her residents. She wants to push them to be successful but be there for them when they fall and help them pick themselves back up. Paige strives to teach them what her mom taught.

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TEAM LEAD

Sina Sekeni

Sina Sekeni started her career at Havenwood Academy in January of 2021. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she began mentoring troubled...

Sina Sekeni

Team Lead

Sina Sekeni started her career at Havenwood Academy in January of 2021. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she began mentoring troubled youth at the age of 18. Having gone through her own share of obstacles growing up; Sina knew she wanted to be an anchor of support for younger girls experiencing some of the same experiences she went through as a young child.

Sina grew up in Church, she derived from a long lineage of Pastors. However, despite her family's dedication to ministry she came from a neighborhood where gangs, drugs and alcohol was a heavy influence on the youth. Therefore, with the aspirations to become someone better she moved to Tonga and attended Queen Salote College; an all girls boarding school in 2009. With the learning experiences that school instilled in her, Sina returned to the USA where she began mentoring troubled youth like herself in Salt Lake City from 2011 till 2014.

Sina moved to Claremont, California where her Father was currently a Pastor at a Church in Hawthorne, Ca. Her passion to work with youth lead her to mentoring the Tongan troubled youth in the cities of Hawthorne and Inglewood in hopes that she can prevent them from losing hope on higher education and the belief that there are opportunities out there that awaits them.

In 2020 she decided to move to Cedar City and was informed about Havenwood Academy and its program by a good friend, Paini. Sina knew what she can bring to Havenwood Academy and the youth. However, she soon realized that Havenwood Academy was a place where she not only could help the youth realize their potential, but that it was a place where she would also find healing in the relationships she had gained. Sina is now a Team Lead and desires to continue to empower the youth to be an advocate of their lives and capabilities.

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TEAM LEAD

Lisa Couts

Lisa Couts is from San Diego CA. She has lived in Cedar City for 7 years now and loves our little town. Lisa is a psychology major at SUU and absolutely...

Lisa Couts

Team Lead

Lisa Couts is from San Diego CA. She has lived in Cedar City for 7 years now and loves our little town. Lisa is a psychology major at SUU and absolutely loves working with youth. She enjoys building relationships with her kids and feels like she is able to connect with them due to her past. Lisa has 5 beautiful children and they are her everything. Lisa works hard to be a little better each and every day.