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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Primary Therapist - Klamath Campus
Anne was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. Growing up, she always had a desire to help and support others, which influenced her education. Anne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Christopher Newport University. She chose this field of study because of the one on one experience it provided with people. She enjoys building relationships with others and helping them during difficult times in their lives. After graduating, Anne worked for a year as a behavioral counselor with elementary aged students who had behavioral problems in the classroom. She realized the most important piece of her work were the relationships she built with the students. In her work with these students, she also learned she wanted to continue her education in counseling. Anne earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. During graduate school, she took an interest in working with young adults and had the opportunity to work as a counseling intern at a local university in Virginia Beach. There she enjoyed creating a place where students could feel heard and understood. In her experience in the therapeutic field, Anne saw a crucial piece was missing – treating the person holistically. She saw what students desired was for someone to not only help them, but to work with their family system and their daily routine. When looking for jobs after graduate school, Anne was drawn to work at Dragonfly for reasons both personally and professionally. Personally, she saw the influence the program can have on a family first hand. Professionally, she valued how Dragonfly treats their clients and their passion for enriching the lives of young adults. Anne comments, “During my time at Dragonfly, I am excited to experience holistic treatment first hand and work side by side as students are working on finding who they are as a person and improving their lives.” In her free time, Anne enjoys spending time with friends, family, watching movies, and being outside. She also enjoys going on adventures, which led her to go across the country and start a new chapter of her life in Oregon.
Primary Therapist - Klamath Campus
Jackie holds a BA in Psychology and MA in Human Development Counseling, with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy, from the University of Illinois Springfield. Jackie’s work history reflects her dedication to service, collaboration, and relational based intervention. Her experiences include serving individuals with severe mental illness in a psychiatric hospital, working with adolescents and young adults struggling with behavioral and psychiatric disorders in wilderness and residential treatment, and providing family-based support and clinical interventions at an inpatient recovery and rehabilitation center. Jackie’s experience and background has allowed her the opportunity to effect change in the lives of individuals and families struggling with a range of issues including grief and loss, trauma, depression, and anxiety. In addition, Jackie’s recent experience working in a college counseling center helped to inform her understanding of the life transitions and unique developmental challenges facing young adults and their families.
Jackie brings a calm presence to a room and excels at creating a safe space for a person to be vulnerable and foster self-awareness. She works best with young adults dealing with life transitions, family struggles, relationship issues, and the development of the self. Jackie has a family-systems perspective and utilizes Attachment Theory and Emotionally-Focused Therapy as the basis of her work. She uses elements of existentialism, DBT, CBT, the transtheoretical model, outdoor therapy, motivational interviewing, art therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, experiential methods, and the use of metaphor.
Jackie was born and raised in central Illinois, where as a child she was eager to explore the great outdoors. Nature has been the driving force in Jackie’s life, and it brought her to the mountains of Colorado for seven years, and eventually to beautiful Oregon. In her free time, Jackie can be found hiking, snowboarding, or mountain biking. She loves traveling, playing board games, spending time with family and friends, snuggling with her dog Jack, and drinking tea while reading YA fiction. Jackie also earned an AAS in Professional Photography and continues to enjoy occasional photo shoots.
Primary Therapist - Klamath Campus
Leah is recognized as a Nationally Certified Counselor and received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University where she graduated with honors. Leah is committed to helping individuals rediscover themselves by cultivating a sense of belonging and rootedness throughout the therapeutic process. Her experience comes from over a decade of intervention with client populations in therapy settings ranging from residential, community-based, outpatient and wilderness therapy.
She utilizes integrative approaches to help individuals foster awareness, clarify strengths, and gain insight. She believes recognizing cultural factors and traumatic stress symptoms are key to developing appropriate therapeutic interventions. Moreover, her techniques to strengthen and empower clients vary but can include dialectical behavioral therapy, interaction with multisensory materials, and mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy. Regardless of the modality, Leah believes the most important factor predicting success is sincere and authentic connection.
She enjoys exploring wild places, engaging in artistic creation, and sharing space with her incredibly charming 4-legged companion, Hero.
Primary Therapist - Klamath Campus
Ashley holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University. Ashley has worked in multiple settings, including hospitals, crisis centers, inpatient substance abuse centers, and mental health outpatient settings. She has experience as both a case manager and a clinical therapist, which allowed her to partner with clients as they develop imperative life skills in addition to improving their psychological and emotional health.
As a therapist, Ashley has specialized in treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, trauma, and psychotic disorders. She believes in utilizing a holistic and integrative therapeutic approach and incorporating the healing of the body and mind. In her practice she has utilized CBT, ACT, mindfulness, meditation, and experiential therapies in individual, group and family settings. She is passionate about the importance of a strong therapeutic alliance, built on safety and trust.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her animals, and finding space for silliness and fun.
Primary Therapist - Klamath Campus
Andrew is originally from Portland, Maine. He has spent most of his life in North Carolina, most recently in Asheville. He then traded the southern Appalachian Mountains for the southern Cascades in Oregon to be part of the Dragonfly team.
Andrew holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Bachelors degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a National Certified Counselor.
As a therapist, Andrew utilizes a person-centered approach that is warm and engaging. He engages clients primarily using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or simply “Act” as it is frequently called). ACT is a third wave behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and uses mindfulness and behavior-change strategies to assist clients in developing more meaningful and value-driven lives even in the presence of discomfort. In addition to ACT, he is also proficient in the use of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Previously, Andrew has worked in a therapeutic wilderness program, community mental health settings, and in private practice. In his wilderness position, he had several roles including clinician, group/workshop facilitator, and event coordinator. In his community agency setting, Andrew served as the agency liaison who worked with the local Department of Juvenile Justice, ensuring all outpatient clinical needs were being met. Additionally, he has worked as the clinical lead for both an intensive in-home team and a middle school day treatment program.
In his personal life, Andrew has many interests and hobbies that include reading and writing, hiking and backpacking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and frequent motorcycle rides through the mountains.
Primary Therapist - Ashland Campus
Casey received her Master’s in Social Work for 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 the 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 10 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. Casey uses creativity and curiosity in her work with students at Dragonfly. She is joined by Jada, her professional therapy dog from Freedom Service Dogs of Colorado. For those students who would benefit from the unconditional love and acceptance offered by dogs, Jada will gladly snuggle and accept belly rubs and armpit scratches.
In her free time, Casey enjoys backpacking, practicing her handstands, hiking, yoga, and doing puzzles. She re-reads books by Barbara Kingsolver on a regular basis and is always in search of live bluegrass music.
Clinical Coordinator - Ashland Campus
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.
Clinical Coordinator - Homestead Campus
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.
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.
Though the proverbial hats have wildly differed—teacher, outdoor adventurer, horse trainer, actress, singer, co-producer, yoga teacher—the foundational approach of care, empathy, and understanding has remained the same. It is Charlotte’s belief that in order to provide an environment where emotional maturity and personal growth may be fostered, respect must be shown in a non-judgmental manner. Charlotte spent the first eighteen years of her life in Rhode Island. She hiked, learned to ride horses, sang in a choir, attended public school, played trombone, and took part in theatrical productions. She attended and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. While in school, she found on-campus employment with the Husky Union Building Campus Information desk, and later interned with the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Through her communities, she experienced a multitude of interactions and opportunities that broadened her perspectives. It was from these designs that Charlotte devised post-graduation plans for thirteen months, or so she thought, of frugal travel around Europe – where she independently setup work-exchanges, India – where she would attend a Sivananda Yoga TTC, and SE Asia – where she lived and worked for nearly six years. Creating a life in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Charlotte took the initiative to learn the Thai language through immersion, allowing her to assist Thais and foreigners by bridging cultural gaps and daily language barriers. She acted in various English-speaking plays with the Gate Theater Company, co-produced a mixed media production, lead 2000+ Thai students in morning yoga, served as city and backcountry tour guide, horse trainer, translator, and cultural ambassador. In the five years she taught as an English as a Foreign Language instructor, she gained insight and access to the Thai educational system, noting benefits, drawbacks, and best practices to most effectively educate and empower her students. Upon repatriation to the States in March 2018, Charlotte hiked over 700 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She is currently First Aid & CPR certified and has previously been WFR certified. Through her travels, Charlotte has felt a keen and heightened awareness of her skills and adaptability, as well as a deep concern for the welfare and well-being of others. It is Charlotte’s belief that resilience as an imperative to success, is most aptly achieved through a person’s internal worth and self-respect; yet it also requires external support bold and encouraging enough for the individual to independently strive to make healthful decisions, without fear of retribution in potential missteps. It is her sincerest hope to continually be a source of empowerment, and to serve as an asset to the students and team of Dragonfly Transitions.
Alex was born in San Jose, CA but spent his developmental years traveling throughout Southeast Asia with his family. Alex eventually settled in Raleigh, NC where he completed his primary education and enrolled at Appalachian State University. Throughout this time, he found himself struggling with low self-esteem and anxious thought patterns which manifested itself in poor performance in school and a need to isolate himself from the outside world. After a truly disastrous year in college, Alex and his family decided to find a program where he could address his personal struggles. This search led to Alex’s first exposure to Dragonfly Transitions. At Dragonfly he learned to navigate the ever-changing social fabric of adolescent and young adult life, coping skills to combat previous thought patterns, and most importantly, he learned to love himself again. After graduating from Dragonfly, Alex moved to Tacoma, WA where he received a BA in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound. While in school, Alex worked for the World Trade Center Tacoma as a Market Researcher and Intern Supervisor and assisted his professors in academic research into food insecurity in the greater Seattle area. Upon graduation, Alex began working at a law firm as a paralegal with the goal of entering law school within a year or two. After a year at the firm, Alex found himself pining for a more personal and fulfilling connection with clients. While evaluating various options, Alex thought back to Dragonfly and its impact on his life. He was drawn to the individualized and relationship focused treatment that Dragonfly provides its students and wanted to be a part of that process. Alex is excited to bring his unique perspective as a previous student at Dragonfly to the individual processes of its current students. In his free time, Alex can be found exploring the high desert, petting dogs, and spending time with friends.
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.
Benji brings a wealth of experience to the Dragonfly team in Ashland. He has experience working in the educational, horticultural, and medical fields. Most recently, Benji led young adults in rites of passage on the Big Island of Hawaii and voyaged around the Hawaiian Islands. In the past, he worked on a Permaculture farm in rural Costa Rica, published a travelogue about his experiences through Eurasia, and explored his roots in southern India. In his role as a Mentor, Benji helps students build independent living skills by engaging with them in outdoor adventures, building on their creative outlets, and cooking ethnic and healthy foods. As a mentor, he aspires to set an example as a passionate and caring leader and to hold students accountable to their hopes and dreams. Drawing from his medical experience, Benji is also the Ashland medication manager and oversees the proper organization and communication of all student medications. Benji sees the world as his classroom and seeks to embrace compassion and empathy daily. On his off time, he loves trail running, spending time outdoors, writing poetry, and playing guitar.
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!
Josh (also known to some by his middle name “Dakota”) was born and raised on the East coast in Maryland. Throughout college, Josh volunteered at the campus counseling center to educate peers on topics related to mental health and physical wellness. Josh graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. While in Maryland, he gained experience in a diverse range of medical settings including the Kennedy Krieger’s family therapy and neurobehavioral clinic, as well as the Sheppard Pratt adult crisis stabilization unit. Believing in the benefits of holistic treatment, Josh moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he worked at a horticultural therapy program for over a year. In his time as a guide, Josh was able to combine his passions of the outdoors, developing community, and empowering others to take ownership of their thoughts, actions, and emotions. Josh also led groups in a rites of passage experience designed for deepening personal insight, spiritual understanding, and setting lifelong intentions. Now beginning a new venture as a mentor with Dragonfly, Josh hopes to instill mindfulness approaches while assisting students in their journey to find healthy balance. Josh is thrilled by the opportunity to step into a role that will enable resourcefulness and continuity in the relationships that he fosters. Josh is fascinated by the interweaving of culture, society, and familial conditioning to understand how a person has been individually shaped. Josh is in his most joyful state when playing or watching basketball, cooking vegetarian meals, and discovering beautiful paths in nature.
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.
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.
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.
Sasha is a Mentor at Dragonfly and works one on one with students and offers support to the team. 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 seven 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.
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.
Academic & Program Coordinator
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.
Academic & Vocational Coordinator
Originally from Nashville, TN, Olivia earned her BA from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and completed her Masters degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. Olivia brings extensive experience working with young people – including students with disabilities and social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She also has experience working at summer camps, after school programs, as a nanny, and guiding trips both internationally and domestically. Additionally, Olivia has been a certified wilderness first responder since 2011.
As the Academic Coordinator at Dragonfly, Olivia is responsible for completing academic assessments for new students, assisting students in registering for classes, communicating with professors about student’s progress, and connecting students with disability services and activities around campus.
Olivia also assists with vocation options, where she is responsible for connecting students with jobs and internships, getting them to local organizations that Dragonfly collaborates with to complete their resumes and work with a job coach. She also helps with following up with student internships to see how they’re doing and provide feedback from them.
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.
Program Coordinator - Klamath Campus
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.
Program Coordinator - Klamath Campus
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.”
Program Coordinator - Homestead Campus
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.
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.
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.