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.
Jennifer received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She received a B.S. in Nursing from Linfield College. She has over fourteen years experience working with at-risk youth and families. Jennifer sees her practice through the lens of the family systems model. She approaches her work objectively, meeting her clients where they are and empowering them to guide their own treatment.
Jennifer has worked in the county mental health setting, schools, residential programs, as an expert witness in the court system and most recently in young adult transition programs.
She has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Jennifer is eclectic in her approach and will often try many different techniques and styles to help clients find success. Jennifer was raised in Klamath County on a working cattle ranch.
After seventeen years away she returned to the area to be near family. She enjoys hiking, rafting, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite part of working at Dragonfly is the recreational time she gets to spend with students and getting to know families during Family Workshops.
Academic Director and Therapist
Phillip brings years of experience as a therapist, school social worker, and teacher to the Academic Director role. He previously worked in the Illinois and Oregon public school systems for over eight years and has over a decade of experience in reading, writing, and accommodating IEP and 504 plans. Phillip has also spent the past four years working as a therapist at Dragonfly Transitions.
As the Academic Director, Phillip works with students and families to assess and identify academic needs and goals. Every student comes to Dragonfly with a unique academic history, and he works with each student and family to develop an individualized academic plan. This process can include evaluating necessary steps for high school completion or working with a student and their current college to identify appropriate courses that will support a specific academic trajectory. Phillip utilizes his trainings in Social Thinking and executive functioning to help students develop their own realistic and attainable goals. Throughout each student’s academic journey, Phillip also explores vocational options and opportunities that will provide students with valuable exposure for professional growth and development.
Phillip began his collegiate journey attending a junior college on a full ride tennis scholarship. He then transferred to a four-year college where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. After graduating, Phillip worked in the Illinois public school system; taught English overseas; and traveled throughout the states acting, directing, and training staff with the Missoula Children’s Theatre Company. Through his experience as a teacher and working in theatre, he decided to focus his education and career on behavioral health. Phillip then completed his Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Within the greater Klamath Falls community, Phillip serves as a trustee on the Klamath Community College Foundation and is a board member for Youth Rising. He also volunteers as a basketball coach with the Special Olympics and coaches a variety of his own kids’ sports teams. He spends his downtime glamping and exploring the vast outdoor opportunities in the area with his family.
Outreach and Systems Director
Sara brings her collaborative leadership style and years of experience working in wilderness therapy and transitions facilitation to the Dragonfly Transitions team. With a background in guiding and organization, Sara coordinates tours and outreach communications, and monitors Dragonfly documentation systems. She enjoys working with the team at Dragonfly and supporting the student process of self-discovery and movement towards independence.
Coming from a unique and holistic background, Sara has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications. She grew up on the East coast and has also lived in the Southwest and Bay Area. Sara loves living in Southern Oregon and enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, meditating, doing yoga, and building community with friends and family.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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.
Clinical Coordinator and Therapist
Gary grew up in Oregon and earned his BA in Philosophy from Whitman College, and his MA and PhD in Philosophy from Emory University. More recently, he has earned an MA in Counseling from Southern Oregon University. He took some detours and has had many adventures along the way. He took a year off college, working and then heading off on a solo bicycle tour through the western United States, followed by another tour through Europe with a friend. After college and further adventures traveling in Asia and working in Seattle, he began graduate studies in philosophy. He has taught for 15 years, and was a tenured member of the faculty at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD.
Gary has spent his teaching career working with young adults. At St. John’s he was part of an intense academic community where classes are run as small seminars in which all students participate. As a teacher, and now as a therapist at Dragonfly, Gary sees his work as supporting students on their own life journeys. He views therapy from an existential, interpersonal (including family systems), and psychodynamic perspective; and he embraces a range of approaches (including ACT, CBT, and mindfulness) in order to meet his clients where they are.
In 2012, the year his first book was published, Gary and his wife left their jobs in Maryland and moved back to the Northwest. After some soul-searching, Gary decided on a new career path and began a Masters program in counseling at Southern Oregon University. In 2015 he began interning at Dragonfly in Klamath Falls. In 2016 he joined Dragonfly’s great team of therapists and now works at the Ashland campus. Gary enjoys writing, reading, the company of good dogs (and other friends), trail running, hiking and backpacking, music, gardening, escrima, and yoga.
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.
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 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.
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.
Matt has lived a large portion of his life in the Klamath Falls area, and in 2011 he received a BS in Applied Psychology at OIT. After graduating Matt worked at Dragonfly Transitions for a year and a half before working for Child Protective Services with the state of Oregon. He has recently returned to the Dragonfly family. Matt has also lived in Columbus, Georgia while serving in the Army Infantry. He has additionally served in the Navy as a Nuclear Power Plant Electrician in Florida, New York, and Virginia. Matt returned to the Klamath Falls area after serving i the military and worked for the BNSF railway for 13 years as a Conductor, Switch Forman and Yardmaster.
Matt enjoys spending time with his children and his dog Pugsley. Matt enjoys playing golf (regular and disc golf), hiking, camping, playing video games and watching movies.
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.
Cece is an Oregon transplant, originally from New Jersey. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology from Southern Oregon University and is involved in both the SOU and greater Ashland community. She became interested in the mental health field after struggling with depression and anxiety in her late teens. One thing that Cece feels especially passionate about is wilderness-based rites of passage, and she brings this enthusiasm for ceremony and intention to Dragonfly.
Cece enjoys being active and exploring the Rogue Valley as much as possible. She regularly enjoys camping, yoga, meditation, jogging, and occasionally, practicing her ukulele. She also loves live music and spending time with her friends.
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.
Jules grew up in a small town with more cows than people in the woods of New Hampshire. She has always had an affinity towards working in the social services, volunteering from the age of 14 onward. She went to the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy. Jules circumnavigated the world on a boat for college credits in 2012 and found that all people, from those living in Africa to those in India, crave a very similar experience, which is that of community and connection. When we connect to the greater whole, we are able to see beyond what holds us back and work towards becoming what sets us free.
Jules brings her inspiration, creativity and unconditional presence to each student at Dragonfly. While at University she worked as an art therapist and mentor. Following her education, she moved to California and worked in the pine forests as a counselor and Wilderness Therapist. She is now settled in Ashland, OR and happy to be with Dragonfly Transitions. In her free time, Jules keeps bees and loves frolicking the forests, playing music with friends and growing her own food and medicine.
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.
Jace is equally at home in the biting cold and pouring rain thanks to his upbringing in Minnesota and Washington. He also lived in Spokane, WA while pursuing his B.A. in Psychology. Jace took a year off after graduating to pursue cooking, and as a result decided that cooking was more of a creative than professional pursuit. After volunteering with RISE (Reinforcing the Importance of Support in Education), Jace realized that he enjoyed working with young adults and discussing life issues. He is currently working on his thesis about common factors in psychotherapy at the Mental Health Counseling program at Central Washington University.
When not at work, Jace enjoys creating social connections with new people, playing ultimate frisbee, Magic the Gathering, and soccer, going mountain biking, cooking, playing board games, and reading books. He’s also opened a few tauntauns in his time. His favorite books, movies, and tv shows are Enders Game, Game of Thrones, anything by C.S. Lewis, Equilibrium, Dead Poets Society, Firefly, and The Office.
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.
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, and isn’t afraid to admit that his fiancé beat him in a chainsaw competition.
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 with his fiancé.
Joe can be found at the homestead, usually in the shop or walking around, working on other 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.
Jeremiah is an Oregon native and was raised on a farm with cows and growing grains. He has Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering. He plans on furthering his education to a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling. Jeremiah has always had a passion to serve and mentor. He spent many years volunteering with Junior High and High School students. He has been a leader on two trips to Mexico and numerous community outreaches. He and his wife of 22 years also taught marriage courses and led groups to strengthen and repair broken relationships.
When not working he spends time with his wife and 6 children and all their activities (4-H, Civil Air Patrol and Home Schooling). He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, fishing, hunting, photography, woodworking and BBQ.
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.
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.
Manager of A Leap of Taste
Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jay moved to Klamath Falls in 2003 after accepting a job with the U.S. Forest Service. Upon arrival, he realized the need for an outlet for organic, and locally produced foods. In 2005 he opened and operated Nightfire Natural Foods where he and his team cultivated a popular community resource for whole living and self healing through nutrition, and alternative medicine. It was during this time, through the store, that Jay became involved with helping young adults gain valuable work experience, developing a positive work ethic, while encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. He holds a strong belief that personal change can be achieved through positive reinforcement, promoting self-sufficiency, and building upon each individuals strengths and abilities.
Jay is honored to join the Dragonfly team in the position as manager of A Leap of Taste! He carries on the excellent reputation that Leap has earned, while helping the Dragonfly team achieve their goals in improving the lives of young adults on their journey self discovery, and their transition into healthy productive individuals. Jay welcomes new challenges, loves learning new skills and enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life. He brings to the table his years of experience in food service, his team building skills and his ability to provide a positive work experience for anyone he has the pleasure to work with.
Jay enjoys spending quality time with his two children, and together they enjoy camping, hiking, swimming, wildcrafting and discovering the abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities that Southern Oregon has to offer.
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.