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.
Travis is a licensed clinician and motivational leader with over fifteen years of experience providing direct care services and crisis management for struggling teens, young adults, and their families. Travis has worked as a therapist and program administrator in a variety of settings including wilderness, residential, and transitional living. As the Clinical Director at Dragonfly Transitions, Travis is focused on motivating change at both the individual and organizational level.
He completed his clinical internship with Adams State University where he earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition, Travis holds a certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He completed a yearlong training and clinical consultation focused on depth-oriented sandplay and expressive art therapy and was the recipient of a national award from the American Horticultural Therapy Association for his contribution toward developing a neurosequential approach to therapeutic garden design. Travis has also published research and presented at national conferences on the integration of nature-assisted therapy, neurodevelopment, and trauma informed care.
His therapeutic approach and programmatic leadership places a high regard on the power of choice and life-long learning. This is evident not just in the way that Travis works with individuals and families, but also in the way he fosters a work environment that values creativity, professional growth, and innovation.
In his free time, Travis enjoys playing music, soaking in mountain hot springs, and working in the garden with his wife and two children.
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!
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.
Yvette has over ten years of experience working with families, clinicians, and referring professionals creating pathways for communication, outreach, and treatment advocacy. She elicits warmth and trust within the organization and aspires to create a culture of acceptance and understanding for families and young adults in treatment.
Yvette is dedicated to developing tools and resources that help explain the many facets of the Dragonfly experience. She embodies our core values of empathy, service, trusting relationships, and growth, and seeks to honor the personal journey of our students by celebrating their success.
Yvette earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Texas State University and soon after began working as a Field Instructor for a wilderness therapy program in southwest Colorado. She then moved to Hawaii and was part of the Outreach team for a prominent outdoor behavioral healthcare program.
In her spare time, Yvette enjoys yoga, reading, gardening and exploring in nature with her husband and two sons.
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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Admissions and Systems Coordinator
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 rocking out with her ukulele.
Recovery Specialist and Therapist
Originally from Chicago, Cory joined Dragonfly looking to integrate his professional experience in therapy and personal love for the outdoors. Cory began his counseling career at University of Illinois at Chicago, where as an undergraduate, he volunteered and eventually became a leader for a crisis hotline. Cory found that his calm demeanor and empathetic style naturally assisted his work and he found great pride in what he was doing.
Since his early high school years, Cory has been an avid rock climber. Although going to school, working, volunteering and living in the flat planes of the Midwest limited the time he could expend to go on adventures, his passion for the sport never left him.
After undergraduate, Cory ventured in to the world and expanded his cultural experience by teaching high school in the small rice-farming town of Shinshiro, Japan, located 4 hours south west of Tokyo. After 5 months abroad, Cory returned home to Chicago and began a full time position working with adults with mental illness and going to graduate school. Cory received his Masters in Community Counseling from Argosy University in Chicago. Soon after graduating, he was transitioned to a position in his job that allowed him to do individual therapy and group therapy.
While at his previous job, Cory tested and was awarded his Licensed Professional Counselor Certification and received additional training that allowed him to pass his licensing test to become a Certified Drug and Addiction Counselor in Illinois.
Cory is an outdoor enthusiast who has been limited by the flat surrounding of Chicago and is eager to explore all that Oregon has to offer. Cory believes in treating the mind, body, and spirit and takes an existential and humanistic approach to both therapy and life.
Coming from a background in wilderness therapy, Peter is a nature lover at heart. Originally raised in the Midwest, Peter has come to enjoy calling Oregon home and embraces the opportunities for adventure it provides, personally and with students. Peter engaged multiple terms of Americorps service devoted to environmental stewardship simultaneously with developing his passion for working with young adults. He recognizes that all people have to weather storms in order to grow deeper roots and strengthen their sense of who they can become.
Receiving a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Sociology from Iowa State University, Peter commands a strong ability to work with people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. His passion for outdoor learning and leadership grew into helping teens develop job skills in land stewardship. After receiving his Master’s in Counseling from Oregon State University Cascades, Peter became a wilderness therapist. He devoted himself to clinically intensive work with youth struggling with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, addictions of technology and substance use, and trauma. Peter has specialized training in Brainspotting and the Comprehensive Resourcing Model. These modalities can help students address trauma and emotional distress at a deeper level that allows a release from neurological pathways stuck in fear and doubt. Peter utilizes mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Choice Theory into his work with students.
In his free time, Peter enjoys camping, martial arts, disc golf, strategy games, hiking, and biking. He is especially fond of exploring forests and reflecting next to water.
Casey received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in Health and Wellness. While earning her Master’s, Casey worked in refugee resettlement, a day treatment program for young women, and as a weekend social worker at Children’s Hospital of Colorado where she provided support to parents and families around trauma, grief, and loss. Casey believes in the innate wisdom of each student and uses a trauma informed, person-centered approach in her therapeutic work. She draws from CBT, mindfulness, and internal family systems.
Born in Barrow, Alaska and raised in central Pennsylvania, Casey’s curiosity about culture and travel began at an early age. Over the past 9 years, Casey has had the opportunity to work with adolescents and young adults in a variety of capacities. After receiving her BA in sociology and film from Bucknell University, Casey returned to Alaska to work on a conservation corps with young adults. From there, she went on to work in wilderness therapy and then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa for two years. The power behind learning a new language, building gardens, and coordinating youth empowerment activities reaffirmed for Casey that confidence, growth and change does not occur in isolation, but as a part of a community.
Casey’s own life has been transformed through the act of taking pictures, turning compost piles, and sleeping on mountains. She is humbled to be a part of the Dragonfly team and looks forward to using creativity and curiosity in her work with students. Casey is joined by Jada, her professional therapy dog from Freedom Service Dogs in Colorado. For those students who would benefit from the unconditional love and acceptance offered by dogs, Jada will gladly snuggle or retrieve a box of tissues on command.
In her free time, Casey enjoys backpacking, practicing her handstands, hiking, yoga and capoeira. She re-reads books by Barbara Kingsolver on a regular basis and is always in search of live bluegrass music.
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.
Zoe specializes in helping young adults who struggle with anxiety disorders, depression, attachment issues, addictions of any sort, the failure to launch/thrive, ADHD, trauma, and autism spectrum disorders. She earned a Master’s in Family Therapy from Friends University and a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services Education with an emphasis in Addiction Counseling from Emporia State University. Zoe uses her systemic training to view all relational aspects of the presenting issue, often implementing interventions of Bowenian Therapy and Family Systems Models, which she pairs with Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapies.
Zoe has additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma informed care, person-centered case management, and play therapy (PT) with adults. She also incorporates nature and holistic care into her work. Zoe’s professional experience includes working in wilderness therapy in Costa Rica, working with clients of dual diagnoses, serving as a substance abuse counselor, and offering therapy to young adults and family systems. She often implements experiential strategies with clients by incorporating play, humor, and movement into session.
Zoe was born and raised in a small town near Kansas City, KS. While pursuing her studies, she volunteered part time for a crisis hotline, as a “Big Sister,” and at the local Community Shelter. Zoe also worked the overnight shift as a dispatcher for the campus police station. With this experience, Zoe learned that she held a passion for helping people through community involvement as well as resourcing individuals with a toolbox of coping skills.
When not working, Zoe enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, white water rafting, paddle boarding, biking, camping with friends and her dog, and is forever searching for the best Mexican food.
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.
Kalia engages with clients from a humanistic approach and works from a trauma informed care perspective. She frequently employs Internal Family Systems and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and strives to build a nurturing therapeutic alliance founded on genuineness, compassion, and empathy. Prior to joining Dragonfly, she gained clinical experience in community mental health settings and at the SOU Student Health and Wellness Center.
Kalia grew up in California and lived in New York and Colorado before making her home in Ashland. In her undergraduate studies at Bard College she double majored in Religious Studies and Dance, with a concentration in Environmental Studies. After spending time working on organic farms and leading youth in wilderness travel and environmental conservation projects, she realized her true passion was working closely people, and she returned to school to get her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern Oregon University.
Kalia loves experiencing new places and cultures and has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. In her free time, Kalia enjoys gardening, skiing, doing yoga, dancing, and spending time adventuring throughout Southern Oregon with her dog and family.
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.
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.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Ria received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 2012 and moved to Utah shortly thereafter to work as a wilderness therapy field instructor for Second Nature Uintas. After two years “in the field,” she took some time to travel internationally and completed her 200-hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India along the way. In 2015, Ria moved to southern California where she taught yoga and meditation at several different studios and treatment centers. During this time she also worked as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for The Ojai Foundation, a 40-acre nonprofit retreat center dedicated to facilitating connection with self, others, and the natural world.
Ria has been working with folks in the outdoors since she was a child, spending summers with her father who directed a camp for the severely and profoundly disabled. She’s been a certified Wilderness First Responder since 2013 and has experience with trekking and sport climbing throughout the USA and abroad. She’s grateful for all the communities who have encouraged and supported her growth. In her free time she enjoys a good read, a long walk, or a fun climb.
Born in Southern California, Crystal moved to Oregon as a young girl. She was raised in Klamath Falls where she attended local schools and graduated from Klamath Union High School. After working in the sales industry for several years, Crystal attended Klamath Community College where she earned her Associates of Arts degree. While earning her AA, Crystal gained valuable experience working with local runaway and homeless youth. She also had the opportunity to be part of a Relationship Building program, which helps families with cases in the Oregon Department of Human Services to learn skills and resources that will help them strengthen and better familial relationships. Crystal is currently completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Oregon Tech.
As a mother of two daughters, Crystal keeps a full schedule between parenting, working and finishing her education. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, beading and new outdoor experiences. She and her daughters also enjoy spending time with their new dog, Sweet Pea.
Billy has experience facilitating groups focused on DBT, CBT, trauma informed therapy, yoga, horticultural, experiential rites of passage, adventure, and culinary therapy. Born and raised in Chicagoland, Billy received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2012. He then spent 6 months as an extended stay volunteer, rebuilding Tuscaloosa Alabama in the wake of an F5 tornado and delivering relief supplies to New Orleans after Hurricane Isaac.
After moving back to Chicago, Billy worked at an intensive outpatient therapy program for teens and young adults and then spent a year working at a residential treatment center in Champaign Illinois for victims of child abuse. Billy then spent 7 months volunteering in Europe and New Zealand serving homeless people and refugees. Before working at Dragonfly, Billy spent two years as a guide in Hawaii for a wilderness and horticultural therapy program for young adults.
Billy enjoys hiking, surfing, biking, camping, and developing genuine connections with people around the world. He has traveled to 20 countries,taught surf lessons in Raglan, New Zealand, and has saved at least 8 lives. Billy spends his free time playing basketball, staying in touch with friends and family, and reading scientific papers. He bikes for transportation and tries to live as sustainable a life as possible.
Originally from Nashville, TN, Olivia got her BA from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and completed her Masters degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. Olivia has been working with young people for as long as she can remember. She comes to Dragonfly with experience in working with kids who have disabilities and social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She has also worked extensively at summer camps, after school programs, as a nanny, and guiding both internationally and domestically. Olivia has been a certified wilderness first responder since 2011 and is incredibly thankful that she has rarely had to use those skills.
In her spare time, Olivia loves to rock climb, hike, bake, read, and ride her bike. She is thrilled to be living on the west coast and is always happy to seek adventures and discover new places.
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.
Adam has been working with at-risk youth and young adults since 2005 in residential, farm, and wilderness settings. He has a passion for education and adventure. In addition to working at Dragonfly, Adam enjoys tinkering with small hobbies (Juggling, Art, Gardening…coffee), exercise, whitewater, and playing music. He loves how much Dragonfly embraces creativity and diversity, and he is proud to be a part of this team and this community.
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 Oregon in 2006 and earned her BA in Applied Psychology at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Through OIT, she did her externship through Dragonfly Transitions and officially became part of the team May 2018. Amber also received her Associates degree and Addictions Studies certificate at Klamath Community College. She is proud to be part of the Dragonfly team and part of such an amazing program!
In her free time, Amber enjoys doing anything outdoors whether it is hiking, swimming, or camping. She also loves gardening, yoga, adventuring with her boyfriend and two dogs, and playing on the local Roller Derby team.
Keegen has many years experience in employee development, marketing and human resources and returned to Klamath Falls from Los Angeles where he was a Coordinator for a large soccer organization that spans throughout the United States and the UK. There he learned to work with a variety of youth spanned through San Francisco, LA, Orange County and San Diego with which he helped oversee the program.
Keegen is an avid soccer fanatic who keeps up with the game as much as possible. He loves any kind of outdoor activity and puzzles. Keegen also loves making a difference in the community, exploring, and traveling with his wife and dog.
Sasha is a Night Mentor at Dragonfly where she conducts security and bed checks in town, precisely administers medications, and is willing and available for students when they need to talk, or needs someone to listen. Sasha has lived in Klamath Falls for the past 8 years, and she is originally from Estacada, Oregon. Before coming to Dragonfly, Sasha worked with homeless and runaway youth for 7 years. She has also written and published a book series, which has previously a lifelong dream for her. Sasha has also served in the United States Army, and since being back from the Army she is continuing to pursue her bachelors degree in Applied Psychology at OIT. Sasha intends to further use her degree to help the students at Dragonfly.
Sasha enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her husband and her dog Smokey. She also enjoys watching a good movie or tv series.
Sean grew up in the suburbs of southern New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia, and has always been passionate about mediating conflicts. After spending 3 years making pizza for a popular wholesale retail store Sean knew he needed to do something more meaningful with his life, so he moved out West to attend Colorado Mountain College where he received a degree in Outdoor Education. While going to school in Leadville, Sean received his Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, volunteered with the local Search & Rescue, and fell in love with the mountains. Upon graduating Sean moved to Utah and began working as a Wilderness Adventure Guide for Aspiro; it was there that he discovered the transformative powers of wilderness and self-efficacy. Since joining the Dragonfly community Sean has taken on the tasks of Saturday Activity Coordinator.
Utilizing his natural approachability and drawing from past tribulations, Sean has been able to mix his outdoor leadership abilities with a strong rapport that allows him to engage with the students on a personal level. Outside of work, Sean enjoys adventures, planning for school, and basking in the presence of his feline and canine companions, Francis and Kaya, respectively.
Born in Chicago, Jessica graduated from Illinois State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and a focus on Women and Gender Studies. Looking for a fresh perspective, she moved to Colorado where she gained a passion for the outdoors. While working for a treatment program in Boulder, she found herself seeking a way to combine her draw towards nature and her passion for helping others. She moved to Hawaii to pursue working in wilderness therapy with adolescents.
Jessica has always been drawn toward helping others as she brings compassion and a holistic approach to working with a variety of populations. Most recently, she completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training and is passionate about the mind body connection. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys playing music, hiking, traveling, and practicing yoga.
Born and raised in a small mountain town of Northern California, Cassie has always been a lover of nature and enjoys hiking, climbing, and camping outdoors as much as possible. She has worked in many settings with young people and enjoys witnessing them test their own boundaries and grow. Cassie studied Psychology and Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Barbara. She finds the intersection between these two areas of study to be especially powerful and believes that nature is a very supportive facilitator for people’s healing process.
Cassie is a certified trauma informed yoga teacher and brings these skills to her role as a mentor. She also offers a unique perspective as a body positive advocate. In addition to being in nature as often as she can, Cassie loves to practice yoga, make art, and host potlucks.
Jace took a non-linear path through education, which ultimately led him to earn a B.S. in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. He has previously worked with adolescents in horticulture therapy where he learned and practiced many new aspects of working within a therapeutic setting. Jace has also coached youth and high school cross country and track and plans to return to higher education to become a health teacher in the future.
Coupled with his prior experience and skill set, Jace has found great satisfaction and purpose in working with his love of exercise and with young people to find betterment in both body and mind. Jace eventually felt a magnetic pull bringing him back to the Rogue Valley where he previously worked with at-risk youth in high schools and now works with young adults at Dragonfly.
Jace loves to keep things simple, live a deliberate life, and reduce negative stress in all aspects of life. Running, climbing, learning, juggling, and wearing sandals are some of his favorite things.
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.
Canan is originally from Santa Rosa, CA but calls Ashland home. He greatly appreciates the number of outdoor recreational opportunities that southern Oregon has to offer. Prior to Dragonfly, Canan taught children primitive survival skills with Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. He has also worked with the Portland Water Bureau’s education division to introduce students to Portland’s drinking water supply at the Bull Run Dam outside Sandy, OR.
Witnessing his students’ excitement and wonder as they interacted with the natural world during those two experiences inspired Canan to return to college to pursue educational opportunities related to outdoor education and wilderness therapy. Canan is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Clinical First Responder, and he is currently completing his Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Adventure Leadership with a minor in psychology at Southern Oregon University. Previously, Canan studied sustainable agriculture at the Santa Rosa Junior College and creative writing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. After graduating, Canan plans to earn a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing.
In his free time, Canan enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, sea and whitewater kayaking, and adventuring throughout the region with his dog, Trooper.
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.
An Oregonian born and raised, Kendra is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up in Veneta, Oregon and graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Willamette University. Since then, she has continuously worked in settings focused around youth: summer camps, community pools as a swim coach, as well as service learning and cultural education trips in New Orleans, Denver and the Portland metro area. She spent two years working for a local nonprofit in Salem, Oregon doing vocational training and mentoring for at-risk youth. She later traveled to Leadville, Colorado and worked for the Department of Human Services doing strength and team-based family support as a High-Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator. A lover of the outdoors, she took the opportunity to get her Wilderness First Responder certification while living in the mountains. During her year of cross-country travel, Kendra realized how much she missed her home state and has moved back to be closer to family. She is thrilled to be doing hands-on work with young adults in teaching them important life skills so they can thrive.
When Kendra is not at work, she likes to travel, spend time with friends and family, and to be active. Get Kendra to run around and she is the happiest person in the world. She also likes to roast her own coffee and wants to learn how to sail. She is new to the Klamath Falls and is looking forward to exploring the area and familiarizing herself with a part of Oregon that has been unknown to her.
Ryder was born and raised in a small fishing town along the southern coast of Massachusetts. Growing up, he could often be found exploring the rugged mountains to the north in New Hampshire and Maine. Ryder earned his B.A. in Sports Management with a focus on Recreation paired with minors in Marketing and General Business from a small private university in Florida. Ryder has been a Wilderness First Responder since 2013 and is always looking to grow his knowledge and outdoor skills through educational courses and certifications. He is passionate about using the natural world as a source of personal growth and reflection and believes that effective growth is rooted in experiential learning. Ryder enjoys the outdoors, adventure, and helping others to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
In his free time, Ryder is an avid outdoor and adventure enthusiast most often with his dog, Maverick, by his side. Prior to Dragonfly, Ryder fueled his need for outdoor adventure through becoming an avid “weekend warrior” on weekends by climbing mountains, backpacking and camping, chasing waterfalls and seeking out cliff jumpin’ swimming holes. He has completed through hikes of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail as well as the 272-mile Long Trail and has climbed the One Hundred Highest Mountains in New England. Ryder also enjoys mountaineering, snowboarding, gardening, nature and landscape photography, DIY projects, fishing, mountain biking, and playing or watching team sports- specifically football.
Jasper comes to Dragonfly with previous work experience as a lead behavior specialist in Seattle. He has also worked with youth in the public school system who were struggling with various behavioral and emotional challenges. Additionally, Jasper has led experiential summer camp excursions in Washington for students who were challenged by behavioral and emotional issues. With the students he explored various museums and parks, and drove out to Snoqualmie Falls once a week for trail work and to spend time outside.
Jasper also previously volunteered with the organization Reap Benefit in Bangalore, India to help educate the public on waste management and distribute simple, low-cost solutions to those who are receptive. With Reap Benefit, he assisted the team in developing a pre & post assessment for the students they worked with and enjoyed visiting a number of schools to lead several class sessions.
In his free time, Jasper loves hiking, riding his bicycle, cooking, camping, traveling, reading, writing, and playing sports (including frisbee).
As a Night Mentor for the Homestead, Peggy’s brings her professional background and experience of working with youth and adults to the Dragonfly team. She previously served as an after-school teacher for the YMCA and a camp counselor for 10 years, and she has provided In-Home care for adults with disabilities.
Peggy likes helping people and working with kids, reading, painting, and exploring. She enjoys hiking, dancing, seeing live music, camping, and just about anything outdoors.
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.
Phil graduated at Oregon Tech with a degree in Applied Psychology. Prior to OIT, Phil attended school and played baseball at Lane College (Eugene, Oregon) as well as Saint Martin’s University (Lacey, Washington). When not at work, Phil spends his time on the Oregon Tech campus as the assistant baseball coach, preparing the Owls for the upcoming baseball season.
He is also involved in the community by helping youngsters with their baseball skills. Phil enjoys living in Klamath Falls and loves the crisp air and sunshine it offers almost every day.
“How do you go from where you are to where you want be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.”
Education and Program Coordinator
Rae has been on a dynamic path exploring holistic living practices since her college graduation in 2008. After spending time in New York City working in business administration she became a Waldorf preschool teacher in Sedona, Arizona and focused on childhood development. Among the many things that inspired her while living in Sedona, her interest in nutrition led to an internship in kitchen management at the Hawaiian Sanctuary, a sustainable retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rae then worked as a supervisor for Pacific Quest in Hawaii where she trained field guides and further developed her interests in rites of passage, horticulture, and eating delicious tropical fruit.
The draw of her spunky nieces and nephew brought Rae to Southern Oregon where she likes to trail-run and backpack in the mountains. She enjoys sharing her passion for learning and exploration with Dragonfly students, and she encourages spontaneous adventure for self-discovery.
Rae is an alumna of Michigan state University where she studied Psychology. She spent four years working in group homes for mentally-ill and developmentally disabled adults before discovering her passion for growing food. Rae spent two years learning to farm on small organic farms in Northern Michigan. She was then able to combine her passion for motivating young people and growing food working at at small Michigan boarding school. She created a year round food growing and composting program that connected students and staff to their food systems and brought awareness to the waste stream.
She is passionate about growing food, getting that food into the kitchen, and composting what is left! Rae enjoys making sustainability accessible and delights in the endless learning and discovery involved in farming. Her experience is that farming offers incredible opportunities for self discovery and growth. As a new transplant to Oregon, she can’t wait to see all it has to offer!
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.
Fitness and Nutrition Coordinator
Nikki was born in Pendleton, Oregon and raised in Northern California. She and her husband moved back to Oregon to raise their family. Nikki enjoys helping people learn to live a healthy lifestyle. She has worked with many programs including The Outstanding Teen program, Klamath Reads, Klamath Cares, and many elementary and high school health classes. Nikki has a passion for helping motivate others to reach their fitness goals. Nikki has over twenty years experience in the fitness industry. She holds certifications in Group Fitness, Personal Training, Sports Flexibility & Strength, Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D, Spin, Turbo Kick, Piloxing, and Sports Nutrition. She is a Lifestyle Coach and loves to coach others to accomplish their goals and teach them about balance in their life.
Nikki enjoys taking family vacations: camping, going to Disneyland, visiting Venice Beach and Palm Springs, California. Most the time you can find the Crawford family at a soccer, football, basketball, or volleyball game.
Building Maintenance and Project Manager
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.