Glenn, a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Education and Outdoor Recreation has over twenty years experience leading wilderness trips on both coasts of the United States, as well as in Mexico and Tanzania. He has designed and implemented adventure programming for college students, corporate management teams, high schools and the general public. Glenn has extensive experience working with troubled adolescents and young adults in the outdoors.
Glenn’s knack for building community and helping students discover meaning in their lives is central to the Dragonfly curriculum. Having struggled himself as a young adult, Glenn found his calling helping young people rediscover themselves, take responsibility for their lives, and find their own unique path. He motivates and inspires young adults using an insight-oriented approach allowing students to discover themselves and articulate their own beliefs, values, gifts and strengths.
In addition to mentoring students and staff, Glenn manages the day-to-day Dragonfly operations and big picture. He can most often be found engaged in projects with students.
Mona has a doctorate in Leadership and Change through Antioch University where her research focused specifically on young adults in treatment. She is also a graduate of Portland State University with a Master’s in Social Work and a graduate of Prescott College with a B.A. in Human Development and Wilderness Leadership. She has worked with a variety of populations, including women survivors of breast cancer and Native Alaskan teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues. Mona has led therapeutic wilderness trips taught college-level outdoor courses and wilderness skills such as rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, glacier travel, and backpacking. Her graduate internships included working at hospice, a drug and alcohol outpatient program and as a counselor at Oregon Institute of Technology. While at OIT she received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Suicide Assessment and Prevention.
Mona loves working with people and is a natural-born therapist with a gift for helping young adults “let go” and accept their situation so they can begin building meaningful lives. Mona has a clear understanding of family dynamics and an ability to help families move from crisis into stability. She particularly loves program development and creates an environment where staff and students alike engage in the process of growth and change.
Academic and Vocational Director
An Oregon native, Liz earned her Bachelors degree in Sociology from University of Oregon and her Masters in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Liz is a certified behavioral coach from her time as an Academic coach at a therapeutic program in Bend, OR. After traveling the Pan-American highway with her husband and dog, she landed in Klamath Falls and went back to teaching in the classroom, eventually turning back to her desire to work with college students, found herself here at Dragonfly as the Academic Director. As the Academic Director, Lis will bring the experiences from both teaching and coaching to provide academic skills and accountability to her students.
As the Academic Director at Dragonfly, Liz is responsible for completing academic assessments for new students, teaching study skills, assisting students in class registration and future college planning, communicating with professors about student progress and connecting students with disability services and activities around campus.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys van camping with her family, riding mountain and road bikes, skiing and baking cookies.
Rae has been with Dragonfly for four years as our Homestead Program Coordinator and Farm Manager. Rae comes to us with a diverse background that includes working in mental health, community organization, and farming.
Before moving to Oregon, Rae spent most of her life in Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A in Psychology.
To her delight Rae has spent almost 10 years working with plants and young adults. She is passionate about finding ways to get people involved in their food system and believes in the grounding that comes from working with your hands, day to day throughout the seasons.
Her experience both personally and professionally has allowed her to see the therapeutic value of growing food in community, and experiencing mentorship. She is grateful that Dragonfly provides a space to bring those things together.
Rae and her husband have two very cute dogs as their sidekicks and they appreciate all of the adventure and beauty Oregon has to offer.
Executive Clinical Director
In addition to his extensive clinical background prior to joining Dragonfly Transitions as Executive Clinical Director, Mark served as Director of Clinical Quality for an integrated healthcare agency. Mark also holds a master’s degree in school counseling and has a breadth of professional experience as a teacher, school counselor and head of school. Mark holds a deep sense of learning styles, learning differences, and student engagement strategies to skillfully help young adults effectively utilize their learning preferences to advance their personal growth.
Mark is dedicated to supporting our community of emerging young adults in their recovery from behavioral health issues including anxiety, depression, isolation, and problems related to substance use and process attachments (including technology/gaming). Mark utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches that include Horticulture Therapy, solution-focused counseling, Jungian depth psychology, ecopsychology earth-based healing, rites of passage, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Mark is a Level II trained practitioner of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), credentialed as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and also incorporates Sandplay Therapy into his practice.
Mark believes Dragonfly Transitions combines innovative best practices within a unique, student-empowered and family-engaged community to a degree of quality that is unmatched. Mark is honored for the opportunity to lead our clinical team in promoting and facilitating positive change in the lives of clients and families.
Mark enjoys fishing, hunting, being on the ocean, teaching, live music, and growing food. When he’s not at our Homestead Farm and other locations working with students and our team, he is exploring the beauty and dynamic landscape of Southern Oregon along with his wife and daughter.
Administrative & HR Coordinator
Anna was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont and made her way across the country before landing in Oregon. She spent 10 years in Colorado and attended Fort Lewis College where she focused her studies on Business Administration. Before coming to Dragonfly Transitions, Anna worked in the corporate world and brings her administrative knowledge to the team. Although she does not come from a therapeutic background, Anna sees the huge impact Dragonfly has on the lives of students, families, and employees. She enjoys seeing the potential in people and finds that the Dragonfly community supports and encourages the ideals and visions of all involved. Outside of Dragonfly, Anna enjoys spending time exploring her surroundings in Oregon, traveling to new places, and getting to the ocean as often as possible!
Admissions Director and Business Development
Destiny was raised in sunny Arizona and recently made her way to the great Pacific Northwest. She attended Arizona State University and received a BFA in Media Arts in 2007. She also obtained personal coaching certifications from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and Life Coach Institute of Orange County.
She has spent much of her life interacting with children and young adults. She taught private swim lessons for 15 years, volunteered as a high school cheer coach, worked as a children’s art director for a non-profit organization, worked youth special events for a parks and recreation department and varying corporations, as well as, provided mentorship and life coaching to them.
Before coming to Dragonfly Transitions, Destiny spent the majority of her career in the corporate world in people management and the customer experience. She has a passion for enhancing and delivering exceptional customer service and has implemented many successful and award-winning initiatives and trainings. Destiny is also interested in individual development, so she often integrated her coaching skills into her one-on-one sessions with teammates to build rapport, morale, engagement and encourage growth.
Destiny is excited to join the Dragonfly Team and appreciates the impact and value that Dragonfly Transitions has on transforming lives and equipping young adults with the tools needed for positive transitions. Destiny has a growth-mindset and truly enjoys seeing others develop into their happiest and healthiest self so is very happy to be onboard!
In her spare time, Destiny enjoys being the world’s best aunt to her nieces and nephews. She has a strong passion for the outdoors, enjoys running and hiking, art, traveling the world and she is often seen on adventures with her 3 golden retrievers.
Quality and Systems Director
Sia has spent most of her adult life working with young people of all ages as a teacher, camp director, tutor, house parent, and mentor. She relocated to Klamath Falls from Michigan in June of 2016 where she was working as the Student Activities Coordinator and Drama teacher at a small boarding high school on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Sia has also worked extensively as a small business manager, and combines her business knowledge and experience with young people in her role at Dragonfly. Nothing makes her happier than seeing a young people grow and succeed in their passions. When Sia is not at work you can usually find her enjoying the great outdoors, or playing music.
Kelly is a graduate of Portland State University with a Master’s in Social Work. She obtained her undergraduate degrees at the Oregon Institute of Technology to include a BS in Applied Psychology, BS in Communication Studies, and a Dispute Resolution Certificate. Kelly has completed additional graduate coursework in Behavior Modification and currently provides individual behavior support services to Dragonfly students.
She is the mental health consultant for the local Oregon Pre-Kindergarten and Migrant Head Start Programs. The Oregon Air National Guard brought Kelly and her husband, Jeff to Klamath Falls in 1987 where they have established a large family. Kelly provided foster care in Klamath County for 23 years for high risk infants and currently has a graduate certificate in Providing Therapy for Foster and Adoptive Families. She has extensive knowledge in adoption issues both international and domestic. Her background is in attachment theory and she believes that all members of the family have to work together to create a functioning system.
Kelly has been around the Dragonfly community for the past twelve years in a variety of roles. She began as a mentor and went on to complete her extern requirements for graduate school. She assisted in creating various policy and procedure manuals, worked in admissions, provided therapy, behavior support, and medication management. When she is not working or taking care of kids, Kelly likes to attend ballet, tap, jazz, or modern dance classes.
Keady has extensive experience in administrative roles and brings professional presence in her position as Office Manager at Dragonfly.
After spending several years in Southern California working in the funeral industry, she relocated back to Southern Oregon and is excited to be part of the Dragonfly team. In her role as Office Manager, Keady is responsible for assisting with student’s weekly schedules for each term, overseeing and tracking student accounts, and most importantly providing support to both the students and staff team. Keady appreciates the culture of the Dragonfly community and the numerous opportunities for students to obtain life skills while on their journey to becoming more independent.
When Keady is not working, she enjoys trying new foods, spending time with friends and family, watching mysteries and most of all being with her two girls.
Primary Admissions Coordinator
Dori joined the Dragonfly team in 2014 and has taken the lead in the admissions process. She brings a high value for transparency and clear communication as she works with each family and prospective student to ensure goodness of fit. She enjoys the collaborative nature of working with referring professionals, families and other programs in the joint effort to support the growth and well-being of young adults. She seeks to contribute to the development of positive potential with every interaction.
Dori has a wealth of experience in this work, having fulfilled various roles from Field Instructor to Executive Director in Wilderness Therapy programs and therapeutic schools in the U.S. since 1990. She has lived and worked in beautiful places and alongside innovative and visionary people, Southern Oregon and the Dragonfly team included. She works out of her home office in the mountains of central Idaho, commuting to Dragonfly on a quarterly basis. She enjoys studying and practicing meditation, life out-of-doors and community theater. Her daily routine is to Wake up, Show up and Grow up, with a warm attitude of service and respect.
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Systems & Administrative Support
Kenny has been a part of the Dragonfly team since 2010. He has worked in multiple positions (Mentor, Outdoor Adventures Director and Office Manager). Kenny came to Dragonfly after working in the field of Wilderness Therapy and Adolescent Boarding schools since 2002. He brings a wide variety of skills, insight, creativity and experience to the program.
As Program Director Kenny works closely with the students and Mentors to develop and maintain the culture of Dragonfly Transitions. Kenny is married to Devon Priem, a Dragonfly Therapist and together they have a daughter. Kenny enjoys outdoor activities, photography and obsessing over the family adventure-wagon.
Ari creates a warm, neutral and safe space for clients to dive deep into their behavioral patterns, blind-spots, relationships and life-style decisions. Ari believes in a holistic approach to enhance the mind-body-soul connection that allows opportunity to look at diet, movement regimen, meditation practice, communication styles, breathing patterns and overall routine. Ari is a certified yoga teacher (YTT200) and incorporates yoga movement and pranayama breath into her practice. Ari is also in the process of becoming a certified Sand Play Therapist (STA) and is excited to offer this creative expression to Dragonfly’s clients.
Ari graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and Master’s International. While studying, she completed 27 months of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji. She worked under the Community Youth Empowerment Project where she worked with youth groups across the country who struggled with life direction. In Fiji, she witnessed the power of nature in the healing process and continued to work with youth at a horticultural therapy program in Hawaii. Ari is excited to continue to support youth through their life challenges while appreciating the natural beauty of Oregon.
In her free time, Ari loves exploring Oregon with her new husband who just moved to Klamath Falls from Fiji. She adores animals of all kinds-especially her big fluffy dog, Vula. She loves playing piano and singing; she often times will bring music into her therapeutic relationships. Ari is fascinated with the ‘vagus nerve’ and the role it plays in somatic and visceral response.
Julianna (or Jules) comes from a background of facilitating transformation in the outdoors. She came to the world of mental health through the circuitous path of being a river guide, mountain person, and lover of the land. As a youngster in Southern Oregon, Julianna learned to listen to the voices of nature as powerful guides toward self-transformation. After college, she channeled this passion into nearly a decade in the world of multi-day river guiding. Desiring more depth, she pursued a graduate degree in counseling and achieved an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University.
In addition to her experience in the field of mental health, Julianna holds a B.A. in Dramaturgy from Emerson College. In her free time, Jules can be found running rivers, sliding down mountains, and spending time outside with her family and her pup.
Savanna journeyed from St. Petersburg, ‘The Sunshine City’ of Florida to ‘Oregon’s Sunshine City,’ Klamath Falls to join the Dragonfly team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, concentrating in Environmental Science and Policy. Her master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is from the University of South Florida where she also earned a graduate certificate in Integrative Mental Health Counseling.
Savanna’s therapeutic method focuses on a holistic approach that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness and experiential-based counseling to support profound and enduring lifestyle change. Her warm, motivating and strategic style provides practical tools to aid and empower clients through the therapeutic process.
In her free time, Savanna enjoys being outdoors, long walks with her dog, practicing yoga, exploring new places and relaxing with a good book.
Lissa believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for much of the growth and progress that occurs within clients. She utilizes CBT, somatic, humanistic, existential and mindfulness techniques through a trauma-based lens to holistically support her clients, drawing from a comprehensive educational background, classroom experience, and thirty years of meditation practice. Lissa holds a BS in SLP and Audiology, Sign Language Interpreting Certification, a teaching credential and specialized training working with those with Autism. Her 20+ years’ experience with differently-abled populations directly support her therapeutic work on the Dragonfly Transitions campus.
Originally from New York, Lissa grew up in the woods. As an adult she has spent much time back country skiing in the Sierras, hiking, backpacking, climbing, working on organic farms and practicing yoga. Presently she loves cooking, knitting, Buddhist practices, riding her motorcycle, and puttering in her gardens.
Scott Haynes is a Master’s of Social Work graduate from Pacific University and alumni of the University of Oregon’s Family and Human Services program. His previous work experience includes supporting families and individuals experiencing substance use issues, anxiety management, depression, struggles related to LGBTQ identity and academic stress.
Scott works from a strength-based and ecological framework viewing clients as living in, and being impacted by multiple systems in their life. He believes focusing on the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is key to making positive and healthy life changes to reach personal goals. He works with clients to explore how core beliefs and fear-based thinking patterns impact daily life.
Scott recently moved back to Klamath Falls after living in other parts of Oregon and Colorado for the last decade and is excited to be back in beautiful Southern Oregon. He enjoys hiking and swimming with his 2 year old Germain Shorthaired Pointer, and is an avid gardener.
Tova originally comes from the east coast, which is also where her sense of humor originates. Upon receiving her Masters of Social Work from Columbia University in N.Y., she found her tribe and purpose. Tova spent almost 30 years as a Social Worker learning a myriad of ways to support people through transformation and growth.
As a therapist, she has focused on child and family therapy with a trauma informed framework. Tova has also created and directed multiple programs within agencies. These include Integrated Behavioral Health programs within primary care and schools, counseling programs within out-patient and school, residential programs, and home health.
Tova has also been a foster parent, and has focused in more recent years as a Clinical Supervisor for therapists to attain their clinical licenses. Inter-generational trauma and healing are profound patterns that she deeply studies and teaches about. Tova both learns and guides through experiential modalities.
Through humor and an irreverent sacred focus, Tova guides people through Ritual and psycho-spiritual insights to support folks toward their greatest selves. She has raised a wonderful son in Southern Oregon, and is now honored to be part of the Dragonfly family.
Matt is a dually licensed mental health practitioner and drug and alcohol counselor. He has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Matt is also certified in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and has worked in 12 step programs and SMART recovery for addiction counseling.
Matt prefers to utilize CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) for behavioral change, but also likes to work with clients using Existentialism as a method of developing identity and supporting young adults in deciding what they want for their future.
Matt brings a wealth of experience working with people who have sever and persistent mental illness and personality disorders. He feels that he often relates to young men because of his tendency to seek out science fiction, fantasy and horror as entertainment and despite his ‘advanced age’ he still enjoys to play video games.
CJ’s undergraduate degree was in English Literature from the University of Portland. After graduating, CJ worked for New Vision Wilderness Therapy where they were a Wilderness Guide for two years. The students CJ worked with inspired them to pursue a masters degree in counseling. CJ graduated from Naropa University with their degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness Transpersonal Counseling. CJ has experience in youth, adults, family systems, and the LGBTQPIA+ population.
While working towards their degree, CJ’s practicum was at a Equine Assisted facility that primarily focused on youth groups. CJ interned at an Animal Assisted facility that primarily focused on Family Systems, and individual counseling.
CJ’s therapeutic methods empathize social justice, strength based, and client centered approaches. CJ’s genuine and empathetic manner meets students where they are at and allows for them to be themselves. CJ incorporates knowledge from Gestalt techniques, Synergetic Play Therapy, and mindfulness to help students find empowerment, attachment to themselves, and find their own inner wisdom.
CJ is from the Northern California and Portland Oregon area where they grew up backpacking the Pacific Northwest. In CJ’s free time they like to go backpacking, foraging, animal tracking, and crafting.
Devon Priem has been a part of the Dragonfly team since 2010. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work at Portland State University and her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Utah.
Devon has worked with adolescents and young adults as a therapist, substance abuse counselor, mentor and field guide for over fifteen years. She has worked as a primary therapist at Dragonfly Transitions for seven years and cofounded the International Service trip to Cambodia and is an avid explorer.
Devon acquired specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brain-spotting, Social Thinking, Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision and working with individuals in the LGBTQIA community. Devon enjoys spending time with students both in the therapy office, on trips and in the milieu. Her ability to build collaborative and authentic relationships with Dragonfly students and families enables her to help them work toward their therapeutic goals.
As a Clinical Supervisor, Devon works in close collaboration with the Clinical Director to provide additional training and leadership for the clinical team. Her experience as a crisis manager and clinical problem solver allows her to provide effective consultation and quality assurance throughout the program.
In her free time, Devon enjoys gardening, snowboarding, and playing in the woods with her family and friends.
With specialized training as a relational and systems therapist, Nick balances client-centered therapy with a focus on the individual’s relationship to their environment and the family system. He draws from both professional and personal experience to work with issues such as substance abuse and its effects on family systems, co-dependency, trauma, self-esteem issues, anger, depression and anxiety, and learning differences. Nick works with students who struggle with a range of clinical challenges, and he often uses motivational interviewing techniques when working with oppositional students as well as those with addictive patterns. He has extensive experience working with trauma.
Originally from Connecticut, Nick earned BA’s in Philosophy and English from Elizabethtown College, and in 2011, Nick began working for a prominent wilderness therapy program in Utah where he worked for three years. Working in wilderness therapy confirmed his vocational passion, and he then moved to Southern California to earn is MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. While working toward his degree, he interned at both in-patient and outpatient dual-diagnostic treatment facilities serving adolescents and adults. Prior to joining the Dragonfly team, he was a therapist for a community counseling center in Southern California working with individuals, families and couples.
Nick is fascinated by the therapeutic role of humor in mental health, and has published his thesis entitled, The serious trauma of seriousness: the role of humor in working through trauma, and has presented on this subject to industry peers and academics. He loves music and comedy and frequently uses both in his therapy sessions. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors by boot, paddle, and snowboard.
Chelsea utilizes a relational based approach to support students’ development of self-awareness and personal responsibility. Her therapeutic approach is founded in the belief that individuals possess the skills necessary to self-heal within the proper environment. She often promotes students to experiment by engaging in constructive risks and incorporates components of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, somatic body work, and artistic expression in her work with students. She enjoys providing people with tools that will help heal themselves. With expanded awareness, comes authentic expression and new understanding of blind-spots, negative patterns, and trauma.
The thread throughout her career has been working with people. Prior to earning her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State, she earned her BS in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management with a concentration in leadership from Indiana University. Chelsea spent several years working with adolescents, young adults, and older adults in residential and outdoor settings across the country as a guide and mentor. She joined the Dragonfly team in 2014 and since that time has served as a mentor, adventures coordinator, academic, and vocational coordinator.
Her two four-legged companions, Ranger and Scout, often accompany her to work and offer support, comfort, and unconditional positive regard to students throughout the day. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, photography, yoga, art, and tacos.
Psychiatric Medication & Clinical Consultant
Shannon is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Psychiatric and Internal Medicine. She has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2013 and truly enjoys helping people become healthy and feel better. Shannon obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2013, bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Missouri at Kansas City and was an Intensive Care Unit Trauma nurse for many years. Shannon is a wife and mother and, although her kiddos are adults now, they are so much fun to be with. She would absolutely rather be with them than anywhere else in this world! She loves music, art, being with people, ice hockey, football, and baseball. Shannon is Hawaiian and loves the Polynesian culture and cooking lots of fun Hawaiian foods. She loves kitchen gizmos and gadgets, small appliances or professional kitchen items to make sure that she has the right tools for the job.
Psychiatrist & Clinical Consultant
Dr. Brown resides in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon and has a private practice in Medford. He has a range of experience from child to adult psychiatry. He particularly enjoys working with young adults in this stage of development.
Dr. Brown completed his child and adolescence psychiatry fellowship at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, OR. Prior to that he did his adult psychiatry residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT. Dr. Brown attended medical school at University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX. He majored in biochemistry and molecular biology as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Brown believes that working with the family system is crucial. No one individual needs to be “fixed,” because there is no one that is “broken”. Everyone can grow closer to Ease from Dis-Ease, and it takes changes from the whole family system to help alleviate the suffering of individuals in the system. He believes it is important to involve the individual in every aspect of the decision-making process. He believes in a collaborative process. Dr. Brown has two young children of his own who have helped him become a better physician and person.
Psychiatrist & Clinical Consultant
Dr. Bunn earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University in English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric. Prior to Medical School he was a full-time English instructor at BYU and was honored as a Meyhew Teaching Award Finalist. Dr. Bunn has written publications in the area of doctor-patient communications and medical education. His most recently published article discusses how to help medical students develop more empathy for the mentally ill. Dr. Bunn attended medical school at Des Moines University with clinical training at Ohio University. His psychiatry training was completed at the University of Utah, where he received outstanding Junior and Senior Resident Awards and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. He currently provides psychiatric care for a number of organizations including the BYU Student Health Center, UVRMC, Universal Health Systems, and Innerchange. In addition to this, he is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Dr. Bunn takes a conservative approach to medication management.
Amanda grew up in Rockingham North Carolina and spent her childhood outdoors hunting, fishing and exploring. As she grew older she realized that she was struggling with depression and anxiety. Fishing with her dad was a sure fire way to help calm anxiety, but Amanda was looking for additional skills to support her in her transition into adulthood. She decided to enroll at Dragonfly Transitions.Dragonfly supported Amanda in learning self-love and confidence. She gained an immense knowledge of coping skills (that still include fishing!).
Upon graduation from Dragonfly, Amanda worked as an elementary school P.E. teacher at Conger Elementary in Klamath Falls. Working with elementary school students was a joy and a learning experience for Amanda. Her time in the school system only increased her desire to help young people find the same self-love that she had grown to know.
Amanda decided to return to Dragonfly, this time as a staff mentor. She wants to help others find the path to success and joy within themselves. Her experience in the program brings a unique perspective that allows her to truly understand where our students are coming from and show them that it is possible to find personal success.
Outside of work you can find Amanda fishing (of course) as well as hiking, spending time outdoors and taking care of her plant babies.
Taylor was born in Roseburg, OR and moved to New Mexico in high school. There, she got involved in her local church and discovered a passion for campus ministry at UNM. She was involved with that before moving to Minnesota in 2015. There, she gained 3 years of experience working at a group home which predominantly served clients with physical and mental disabilities. She also developed a love for powerlifting and went on to compete at a national level for 3+ years. Taylor moved to Klamath Falls early 2018 with her husband, daughter, and three dogs. Helping others has always been a main focus for her. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and baking.
Mollie grew up in Indiana. She fell in love with the outdoors while working at a state park nature center in high school. This early experience in outdoor recreation and educational programming would lead her to work as a zip line guide and team building facilitator after college. Mollie spent three years in the field honing her facilitation skills and helping thousands of clients overcome personal and professional challenges.
Her ability to establish rapport and managerial experience landed her a job as Program Specialist with Bradford Woods Outdoor Education Center, an extension of Indiana University. Her work there overlapped with the recreational therapy department and she was able to serve a wide variety of populations; from veterans suffering from PTSD to children with chronic illnesses to young adults with disabilities to international students.
Two summers later she accepted a job in upstate New York as Director of Pok-O-MacCready Outdoor Education Center. Moving to the Adirondack Mountains was a life changing experience, especially for a Midwesterner. Mollie spent nearly four years adventuring in the North Country, soaking in the wilderness and enduring the harsh winters.
Ready for a change of scenery and shift in career, Mollie sought out the Pacific North West for her next endeavor. In learning about Dragonfly, she instantly connected to the mission and values of the organization. The move to Oregon was challenging- driving across the country during the outbreak of the pandemic- but has been well worth it. Mollie has been able to draw on her years of experience in relationship building, experiential education, and her empathetic intuition to create intentional and thoughtful connections with students and motive them to uncover the best version of themselves.
Mollie earned her BA in Studio Art and is an artist at heart. In her free time you can find her painting, dancing, hiking, paddling, or reading in her hammock.
Born in New York, Jon grew up in the Adirondack Mountains. For close to a decade Jon spent his summers teaching swimming, wilderness survival, working high ropes, and leading 50-mile canoe treks. His passion for education and the outdoors lead him to study at SUNY Potsdam where he earned a degree in Sociology and Wilderness Education. Afterwards Jon spent two years working as a Community Organizer before leaving his desk job for the Appalachian Trail. Jon brought these experiences with him as he spent the next few years working for a prominent Wilderness Therapy company in Utah. There he learned the value of turning inwards, how to examine and expand one’s emotional world, and how to find your way out of the desert. In his own time Jon developed a passion for canyoneering, white-water rafting, and Dungeons & Dragons. In 2018 Jon followed some close friends to Klamath Falls where he began working at Dragonfly. When he isn’t on campus Jon can be found rafting the Deschutes, playing games, and making excuses to avoid running.
Geneva was born and raised in Klamath Falls, and grew up on a small farm doing 4H and FFA with hogs. She enjoyed spending time on the farm and caring for the animals.
Prior to joining the Dragonfly team, Geneva worked for a local organization as a job coach helping adults with disabilities learn skills to obtain and hold a job in the community. She was attracted to Dragonfly because of her passion to help individuals overcome various obstacles in life. She enjoys her role as a mentor at the Homestead because it provides her the opportunity to combine helping others with her love for animals.
In her spare time, Geneva enjoys hunting during the winter, riding horses and being an active 4H leader in the community. In the future, she would like to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology.
Dani was born and raised in Nebraska, and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she was a member of both the cross country and track teams. During her time at UNK, she developed an interest in human connection and mental health, which encouraged her to earn a BS in Sociology.
After graduating and eager to work with young adults, she made her move to Southern Oregon and found Dragonfly to be the perfect fit. Dani hopes to share the importance of humor, natural & human connection with today’s young adults and believes there is nothing better or more contagious than a happy face and a hearty laugh.
In her free time, you can find Dani hiking, paddle-boarding, or camping with her Golden Retriever, Rooney.
Austin was born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. He moved to Oregon on a college baseball scholarship with his partner Kate. While attending the Oregon institute of technology (OIT) Austin received his BS in applied psychology. For the last year and a half, Austin has been working with OIT teaching mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being. Austin’s hope for working at dragonfly is to develop meaningful connections with students and serve as a positive role model in their lives. He enjoys pairing his psychology background with humor and fun to relate to our students and meet them where they’re at. In his free time, Austin likes to go paddle boarding with his partner Kate and dog Finn, Play D&D and try out new restaurants in and around Oregon.
Karen has lived in Klamath Falls for 12 years. She is a fun, hard working, energetic mom of 3. Before Dragonfly, Karen worked at the local hospital as a security officer in the emergency room for 8 years. In this role she was able to interact with with a diverse group of individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Karen receives praise from her co-workers, family and friends for her empathetic style and enjoys talking with students and helping them process their day.
In her spare time you can find Karen fishing, hiking, swimming and doing any other activity that her kids want to do.
Winston was born and raised in Klamath Falls before he left the area to play collegiate basketball. Two years into college, Winston suffered a back injury that redirected his life and ended his basketball career. After spending a few years between Salem, OR and Seattle, WA, Winston moved back to the place he has always called home. Hardship and personal challenge have landed Winston in a special place in life where he feels that he can offer the positivity and relational approach needed to be an effective mentor. Winston currently works as a night mentor at the Homestead. In his free time he enjoys mountain running, alpine climbing, everything else outdoors, and riding his bicycle as much as he can.
Asher was born in Seward Nebraska and has lived all over the Midwest and in N’Djamena Chad, Africa for a year while on a mission trip with his family. Upon returning to the States, he and his family returned to the Midwest.
Asher attended Gillette College in Wyoming on a cross country scholarship where get earned an associates degree in psychology. After graduating, Asher proceeded to coach the program for two years leading the men’s team to a fourth and fifth place finish at nationals.
When the cross country program was cut, Asher decided to move back to Klamath falls to be near his family and began working at Dragonfly. He incorporates his love of the outdoors and active lifestyle into his work as he mentors young adults.
In his free time, he loves running, runs for the Ultimook Track Club and will frequently run over 100 miles a week while getting ready for various ultra marathons. Drinking coffee and living a very simple life are things he is keen about.
Born and raised in Ohio, Mark moved to Oregon and enrolled at Oregon State University in 2007. After graduating with a B.A. in History in 2011, Mark and his partner Katie travelled to the southern cone of Africa for adventure and service work. There Mark developed his interest in organic gardening while WWOOFing in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mark has worked as a manual laborer for 25 years. These jobs include mowing grass, throwing hay, building carnival rides, working in many restaurants, several factories, as a driver, as a maintenance man, as a furniture mover, as an antique and then furniture delivery person, and as a general jack of all trades. In 2011 he began working in the landscape/nursery industry, in order to develop skills for organic gardening.
A tough childhood and difficult transition into adulthood built empathy in Mark and led to his desire to make a positive impact on youth by sharing lessons learned along the way. Mark worked with Integral Youth Services as a Summer Work Crew Leader in 2019 working on environmental projects with at-risk youth in a project funded by Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. Mark’s belief in the efficacy of experiential education tailors with the mission of Dragonfly Transitions.
Mark’s passions include canoeing, hiking, disc golf, cooking, rock collecting and reading. After moving to Klamath Falls in 2016 Mark began volunteering to work on the Moore Park Disc Golf Course in the spring of 2018. Here passion and skill transformed into joy and serendipity as a longtime disc golfer realized the potential for positive transformation available through volunteer work. Despite the daunting nature of the immense task of landscaping the woods, the work is rewarding and provides a unique connection to the community.
As an uncle of 13, Mark has always enjoyed the energy and perspectives of young people. The ability to work with youth in a life-modeling role is a dream come true for him. Throughout his career as a manual laborer Mark has often worked in a leadership role and has always enjoyed providing counsel for co-workers. The exponential potential of positively impacting others, especially youth, provides Mark with hope and purpose.
Max was born and raised in Wisconsin, where he began to find his passion for health and wellness. This passion led to him earning a degree in health promotion and wellness. Within this coursework was experience in developing, implementing and evaluating programs from a holistic lense. These skills along with a workplace internship abroad provided a deeper understanding of the wellness industry and insight from a global perspective.
An emphasis of his work has been with clients of varied physical and mental abilities as well as leading group exercise classes, personal training, health coaching, and yoga. He has carried personal training, certified medical exercise specialist, 200 hour registered yoga teacher, and Yoga for 12 step recovery certifications. After working in the fitness Industry for years Max decided to use the interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills he learned into the wilderness therapy field. He sought out this work to have a deeper connection with nature, adventure, community, and self. He worked for a prominent company in Utah for several years followed by a company in Hawaii. Within these companies he became interested in what the next step of treatment was all about. This curiosity and thirst for deeper understanding of transitional living led Max to Dragonfly.
Being involved in many different working environments has given Max strength to be adaptable and flexible within life. A strong passion to serve others and help people achieve personal well-being drives him to be a lifelong learner, student, and teacher.
Lauren was born and raised in a small Indiana town where she spent much of her childhood enjoying the outdoors with her family. Throughout high school and college Lauren worked at a state park doing trail work, environmental restoration projects, and leading nature hikes and programs with her role as a Naturalist. It was through interpreting and sharing her passions and knowledge of the natural world that led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
Since graduating, Lauren has worked for two unique wilderness therapy companies, which has proved to be a milestone in her career path. Each company offered a different model of therapy in which Lauren gained valuable experiences and skillsets. The Utah based company offered a backpacking model focusing on primitive skills, hiking, and natural challenges the wilderness brings. After living and working in Utah for a few years Lauren was drawn to another company based out of Hawaii that offered a holistic therapeutic model and horticultural therapy.
While at these companies Lauren worked her way up to being a lead guide and resident supervisor role. Working wilderness taught Lauren that patience, empathy, love, and understanding for self and others are essential components of the growth process. Lauren brings passion to her work by bringing creative facilitation, role-modeling authenticity, and approaching students with an empathic, non-judgmental mindset. Role-modeling to students the importance of healthy coping skills, sustainable life skills, exercise, healthy eating habits, and the understanding the mind-body connection has proved to be the most powerful and rewarding career path that Lauren has been apart of.
In her free time, you can find Lauren spending time with her partner Max and two fur children-Miko the kitty and Koa the pup. Lauren believes wholeheartedly in the mind-body connection and loves any form of movement and meditation practice. A few of her favorites are: Yoga, Qi gong, ecstatic dance, primal flow, aerial arts, etc. You can also find Lauren spending time outdoors hiking, camping, paddle boarding, swimming, and biking. Connection and community are high values of Lauren’s so potlucks, face timing, and catching up with friends and family are always an important piece to her personal life.
Lauren started Dragonfly in June of 2020 and is excited to be apart of the Dragonfly Community. She is looking forward to learning and growing alongside both the students and staff!
Ruby was born in Big Sur California and moved to Ashland Oregon at the age 2 where she spent her young years till her teenage years there. Ruby struggled as a teen and later, her struggles would guide her to travel, helping teens she met along the way navigate through their own life struggles. She was able to use the experience she went through and transform it into a positive life journey that would later guide her into working with at-risk youth struggling with drug addiction, trauma informed care, suicide prevention and collaborative problem solving. She also helped families find local resources and programs with good ethics and services that could help their families become a more solid unit. She also advocated for better treatment of children in programs and helped formed an alliance for children all over the united states that would help them get the services they needed while having a safe space for them to focus on healing.
It wasn’t until 2015 that Ruby found herself having to go back to work after being a stay at home mom for years and decided to follow her passions with working with at risk youth again and pursued a career working with teens with behavioral and addiction issues professionally. She worked as a Residential Treatment Counselor for 11-18-year olds for four and half years. In 2019, Ruby decided she wanted to broaden her experience and work with young adults as well which led her to Dragonfly.
Ruby believes that our past does not define who we are and that working through trauma and focusing on healing ourselves can open up a vast amount of opportunities to connect us to our higher selves as well as the world around us.
When Ruby is not at work, she is with her 4 children and their family dog, skateboarding, paddle boarding, hiking and backpacking through the mountains, writing, reading, doing art and studying a broad variety of many different subjects as well as expressing herself through dance.
Ruby’s life motto has been to embrace the duality of herself, falling in love with her faults and striving to be a better person who she was the day before.
Ivy was born and raised in Bend, Oregon where she learned to love and appreciate the outdoors and all of the people she met along the way! She has lived in Klamath Falls since 2009 and loves the small-town vibe and the wide variety of weather. Ivy lives here with her boyfriend, son and dog and loves to take them hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, biking, or anything outdoors. She is super crafty, and kind of a handywoman. Ivy is currently attending college for my bachelor’s in psychology. She is looking forward in using her studies and skills here at Dragonfly to help others!
Ivy is so honored and happy be to a part of the Dragon fly team, to teach and to learn from staff and students.
Born in Trumansburg, New York, Ciaran moved to Eugene, OR when he was three years old and grew up surrounded by the green of the West Coast where he fully embraced the lush and vibrant surroundings. To this day, he spends his time rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, scuba diving, trail running, split boarding, reading and writing, cooking, painting and sketching, photography – you get the picture! Prior to joining the Dragonfly team, Ciaran primarily worked in domestic and international adventure trip programming and leadership. He worked for three years with Southern Oregon University’s Outdoor Program as a trip guide and program mentor. In that position, Ciaran was able to lead numerous rock climbing and backpacking adventure expeditions while attending the school’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership undergraduate degree program. While in school, he focused on international programming skills, adventure guiding skills and minored in the Spanish. For Ciaran’s capstone project, he spent three months in Ecuador working with a sustainable community in developing an outdoor program for their young people. Upon graduation, Ciaran was introduced to the world of wilderness and adventure therapy by some of his peers as well as professional interactions with members of a program in Bend, OR. Having experienced the positive effects nature has on a sustainable lifestyle, Ciaran was drawn to Dragonfly’s mission and the parallels it drew to his professional goals and personal beliefs. Ciaran’s goal is to work with individuals at Dragonfly to adapt the skills and benefits encountered in the outdoors into their transitional work.
Abbie was born in Harrisburg, PA and grew up to love sports and playing outside. She found Appalachian State University, the perfect home to foster a love of the mountains and community service. While working on an undergraduate degree, she gained the Climbing Wall Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor Certifications through the American Mountain Guide Association. She worked at the climbing gym on campus, led climbing trips for fellow students and local schools and took a year off to work at Hobbiton Outdoor Education Centre in South Africa. After graduation, she found wilderness therapy guiding and worked at a well-known program in Utah. Sitting in the dirt with the students, cooking in the cold, and finding joy and success through outdoor recreation defined her years in the program and a belief in the transformational power of nature. She facilitated climbing itineraries and trained co-guides on how to guide climbing, discovering a passion for guide development and training. Abbie solidified her personal values of compassion, adventure and vulnerability while learning many therapeutic and life skills. She worked closely with the students and therapists to maximize the potential for weekly growth. Navigating the red deserts, snow-capped peaks, daily challenges and frustrations, laughter, tears and endless, rewarding sunsets, she witnessed students thrive. Abbie then entered Southern Oregon University for the Master of Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership. Her Graduate Assistantship consisted of opening and managing the new Climbing Center on campus. After completing her graduate degree, Abbie was drawn to Dragonfly for their commitment to adventure, education and supportive relationships. She is happy to be working in therapeutic health, particularly through the avenue of the outdoors and with such incredible staff.
Born and raised on the Southeast Coast of Massachusetts, Alyssa moved to Arizona to earn her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Upon graduation, Alyssa began work at an integrative community behavioral health center, specifically working with adults struggling with mental illness and addiction. It was at this job where she led a mindfulness & movement group and saw how impactful both are in alleviating overall health conditions. Inspired by this, Alyssa began work at a holistic residential treatment center that served adults struggling with physical ailments, addiction, and mental illness, where the focus was teaching awareness of the self in overcoming life challenges and illness. With a strong belief that everyone holds the ability to create the world around them, Alyssa is passionate about empowering others and shining light on everyone’s strengths and gifts they bring to the world. She was drawn to Dragonfly Transitions, and the Homestead specifically, because the program seeks to assist in the development of the self while connecting with and learning from the natural world around them. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, reading a good book, writing, driving back roads and listening to music, and spending time in nature… especially by the water!
Holly is an alumna of Oregon State University where she studied agriculture science. She was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She has spent her life enjoying the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer with camping, hunting, and fishing. She is married to her high school sweetheart of seventeen years. Together they have a young daughter who is the light of their life. Holly enjoys the country lifestyle and the tranquility it offers. She raises chickens, loves gardening, and relishes wide open spaces.
Holly enjoys helping students process and lending an open ear to those who need someone to talk to. Dragonfly has provided her with the best of both worlds. She able to connect with others and help them on their journey and also get her hands dirty on the farm while putting her studies in agriculture to work.
Originally from Gilroy California, Amber moved to the great state of Oregon in 2006. Since living here, she has earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from Oregon Institute of Technology as well as her associate’s degree and addictions studies certificate from Klamath Community College. Through obtaining her BA degree, she was given the opportunity to do her externship with Dragonfly and then officially became part of the team May of 2018 after being offered a mentor position. She is proud to be part of the Dragonfly team as well as part of a such an amazing program that helps young adults learn the skills they need to succeed in life. In her free time, Amber enjoys doing anything outdoors weather it’s hiking in the forests, swimming in beautiful Oregon lakes, or camping on the coast. She also loves gardening, yoga, and adventuring with her partner and their three dogs.
Cat comes to Dragonfly with many years of experience working with at risk youth. She was raised in the small agricultural town of Watsonville, CA. Before she moved with her family to Oregon in 1982, she fostered at risk adolescents in her home. She continued to work with and foster at risk adolescents when she moved to Southern Oregon. She re-established the Jackson county foster parent association with a little help from some very committed and passionate foster parents and DHS caseworkers.
The commitment to helping adolescents led her to a job that started her working with youth in a treatment setting in Ashland Oregon where the goal for the adolescents was treatment, education, work experience and independent living skills. She continues to use this past experience with the young adults as a Mentor at the Dragonfly Transitions Ashland campus. She loves to camp, listen to music, is an avid reader and loves to drive to parts unknown.
Melissa was born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in Klamath County, Oregon. When she was a child, Melissa’s family had a small farm where she learned the value of working with animals while helping to raise chickens, rabbits, milking goats and a milking cow. While in high school from 1991 to 1996, Melissa was a structural/wildland fire fighter and EMT, and she later earned an AA in Agriculture Science from Klamath Community College. Melissa graduated in 2013, which was one of the greatest accomplishments of her life. In 2010 while working on her degree, Melissa met and married her biggest supporter and best friend, Ed. Together Ed and Melissa have 2 beautiful and talented daughters. In 2014 Melissa headed back into the work force to work for Klamath County in a teen girls’ lockdown facility. That job gave her the positive push into the work she does now as a mentor for Dragonfly Transitions.
One of Melissa’s passions is helping people and paying it forward, and this type of work is rewarding for her. Melissa also likes to meet new people, and in this job field she is always finding new people. She is an outdoorsy person and loves to fish, hunt and go camping. Gardening and preserving food is another love of Melissa’s. She also has a lifelong passion for working with and being near horses. Her long to term goal is to learn from her current job and use her education to continue to be a positive mentor to youth and others in the community.
Starr was born and raised in Sacramento CA. At a young age she began associating with the wrong people and started her young adult life as a perplexed and apprehensive individual. After spending much time in and out of treatment, finally, at the age of 21 she was diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder and was able to get to the root of her drug addiction and a handle on her mental health.
In the last 10 years, Starr returned to school to complete her high school diploma and continued her education in Addiction Studies. She has worked with a variety of settings with diverse populations including: federal and state parolees, detox, those suffering from co-occurring disorders, and chronic homelessness. Now, thanks to Dragonfly, Starr gets to center her experience and knowledge around helping young adults specifically.
Starr recently decided to move to Klamath Falls to reconnect and be closer to family. When she is not at work, you’ll find her spending quality time with her children and family doing various activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and exploring Oregon and its many beautiful destinations!
Derek grew up on the West Coast, from Southern California to the beautiful beaches of Oregon. After marrying his high school sweetheart… and soulmate, Derek and Chelsea moved to Idaho to attend Northwest Nazarene University, followed by budding careers in teaching and nursing.
Derek taught middle school for nine years which provided an opportunity to coach boys and girls basketball as well as teach a variety of courses. He found his heart invested in the growth and success of his students and players. He strives to help others find their higher self.
Following his time in Idaho, Derek and family moved to Portland for a big shift. Derek began working for Nike, first in the Photo Studio as a Producer, then in Sports Licensing as an Approvals Coordinator. Portland was a stopping point full of memories, friends and growth.
Derek and Chelsea have three children they adore to pieces. Not long ago, the Inman’s finished a year of family travel in their 5th wheel as they expanded their views and perspective throughout the western states. Family is an essential part of Derek’s life, and he strives to bring a spirit of unity and compassion to the Dragonfly house.
Derek has fostered a love for nature and adventure. He’s a huge fan of basketball and most sports in general. He appreciates yoga, mountain biking, traveling, music of all sorts, and chillin’ with his feet in the river.
Derek is an educator with the drive of a coach, the organizational and collaborative skills of a leader, and a deep desire to build a compassionate community. Whether as a parent, musician, husband, teacher, coach, travel-buddy, confidant, producer, or friend – Derek brings with him a love for people and a deep desire to enrich and influence.
Steve worked in Wilderness Therapy for more than four years and enjoyed field guiding, leading adventure trips, teaching, and coordinating transitional programming for young adults. While having an irrefutable enthusiasm towards building relationships and engaging in activities, he loves to have fun and promote lifelong learning for himself and those in his life. Steve graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Earth Science Secondary Education, accompanied with minors in Biology Secondary Education and Music. Before joining Dragonfly Transitions, he completed an extensive Academic Life Coaching course.
Steve appreciates communities that openly navigate the challenges of finding purpose and creating joy. Whether it be crises, ceremony, failure or success, Steve wants to be there and share the experience. In addition to the well-being of students and quality of programming, staff development and employee engagement are among Steve’s top professional priorities.
When not at a Dragonfly Campus, you’ll probably find Steve with his friends seeing some live music, playing in the snow, biking on a mountain side, or floating down a wild and scenic river.
Stacey Rowlett is originally from California and moved to Klamath Falls in 1993. She is a wife and mother of three children. Stacey volunteered as youth director at Harvest Outreach C.C., and C.F.W.C. from 1993-2015. Stacey and her husband currently work as associate pastors, and worship directors for Community Family Worship Center.
In 2015, after caring for a terminally ill relative, Stacey decided to pursue her dream of becoming a registered nurse. She put her fears aside, took the first step, and enrolled in college. Stacey has completed all the prerequisites required to apply for the nursing program and has remained on the President’s List throughout her college experience. Stacey also worked as a TRIO tutor, and helped students achieve better grades and more confidence in Anatomy & Physiology. Stacey will be applying for the nursing program in May of 2019 and hopes to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing by June 2022.
In her free time, Stacey enjoys singing the national anthem with her family at various high school and college graduations, OIT basketball games, and other community events. Family is very important to Stacey. She enjoys camping and visiting the coast and spending time with her husband and children.
Originally from the east coast, Annie has spent most of her life exploring the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. Annie earned her B.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in International Affairs from East Tennessee State University. She has co-lead youth development and outreach events, worked at summer camps for children with special needs, volunteered for AmeriCorps, taught English abroad, and worked as a graphic designer at her alma mater.
Annie feels that there is a strong connection between therapeutic healing and the natural world. She is passionate about facilitating activities that get folks outside and connected with nature – whether that’s through hiking, climbing, kayaking or taking a stroll through the park. Annie has also studied holistic plant medicine and believes that overall well being stems from balancing emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health.
In her free time, Annie enjoys traveling and exploring new places, spending time in local coffee shops with a good book or conversation, experimenting with new film photography techniques, and practicing yoga.
Sean has over twenty years of experience in the teaching, mentoring, and guiding of staff, students, business operations, and government departments, both internationally and in the US. He has twelve years of experience instructing and facilitating wilderness therapy programs.
Sean has led mountaineering, backpacking and river expeditions in Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and South America. He brings to Dragonfly an extensive knowledge of natural history, years of instructor training experience, and some very top-notch teaching skills. Sean is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) with 900 days in the field.
His emphasis has been on helping create self-awareness and confidence through education and support systems, while developing foundations through field manuals and hands-on staff and community development. His college course was centered on education, biology and general science.
When Sean is not in the wilderness, he enjoys spending time exploring Klamath Falls with his wife, Rachel, and their dog Buckeye.
Raised in Missouri, Elliott found himself moving often in his early twenties working short-term jobs at summer camps, outdoor education camps, and wilderness therapy. In 2010, Elliott started working at Second Nature Uintas, and spent the next three years finding a passion for the clinical side of that job, then he moved in a position at Gateway Academy in Salt Lake City as an Outdoor Experiential Education Mentor, after two and half years there he moved on and spent some time travelling and finding his passion, which led him to Dragonfly Transitions.
He brings many years of experience working with young people in many ways, especially in the outdoors. He has led young people on expeditions through narrow slot canyons, rafting down roaring white-water rivers, skiing down epic powder, hiking and backpacking into the depths of wild mountain ranges, and climbing up intense vertical rock faces. Elliott is a WFR (Wilderness First Responder) since 2011. Through it all Elliott uses the wilderness as a place for healing and peace, as well as a path to self-discovery. Over the past 9 years Elliott has come to focus on self-reliance and resiliency when working with clients, using nature as a powerful teach tool.
When not working, Elliott spends time his time as craftsman and artist, working on endless projects. Drawing, painting, carving, sculpting, leatherwork, sewing, beading, wire-wrapping, and much more. Elliott also spends a lot of time in the wild woods, his source of inspiration, practicing his primitive skills such as fire-making, shelter building, and flint knapping. He also enjoys his time camping, hiking, backpacking, rafting, canyoneering, fishing and hunting.
A transplant to Klamath Falls, Joe hails from the northern midwest, having lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. Joe graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Michigan in 2011 with a B.A. in history and environmental studies. After completing his degree, Joe traveled to the Live Free or Die state, New Hampshire, to complete a 10 month internship with the Student Conservation Service, a member of the Americorps program. There he became a wilderness first responder.
Joe taught environmental science to 4th graders and built trails all over the state, even into Maine. After the internship, Joe moved to Indiana and taught at Indiana University’s outdoor nature school, Bradford Woods. After leading 5th graders on hikes up and down the hills and enlightening them to the beauty of coyote scat, Joe moved to Klamath Falls.
Joe can be found at Dragonfly working on projects that need to be done. When not at work, Joe is usually tinkering in his basement, taking his dog for a walk, or just trying to see what the high desert has to offer.