Meet the Team
Kelly Elliott, MSW, LCSW
Position: Klamath Falls Clinical Director
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, with a BS in Applied Psychology, BS in Communication Studies, and a Dispute Resolution Certificate. Kelly has completed additional graduate coursework in Behavior Analysis. Kelly has a small community private practice in addition to the work she does at Dragonfly.
The Oregon Air National Guard brought Kelly and her husband, Jeff to Klamath Falls in 1987 where they have raised a large family and currently enjoy being grandparents. Kelly provided foster care in Klamath County for 23 years for high-risk infants and currently has a graduate certificate in Providing Therapy to 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 need to work together to create a functioning system.
Kelly has been a part of the Dragonfly Community since 2003 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 spending time with her family, Kelly likes to attend ballet, tap, jazz, or modern dance classes.
Anthony Liufau, LPC
Position: Clinical Director Ashland and Homestead
Anthony is very proud of his Samoan culture and upbringing, and comes from a huge immediate and extended family. Born in Southern California and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Anthony relocated to Ashland after high school and has made Southern Oregon his home for most of the last 20 years. Anthony enjoys traveling and considers himself a foodie; but much of his energy these days is geared towards being a father to his son and spending quality time with family members across the USA.
In 2008, Anthony received a Masters Degree in Applied Psychology/Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. Prior to this, Anthony had traveled abroad to the University of Guam as an undergraduate for his Junior year; where he was also afforded an opportunity to travel to various countries in Asia too. Anthony believes that this experience, coupled with his rich cultural upbringing while living in the USA has really contributed to his seamless ability to get along with just about anybody; especially because he finds the variety of differences that exist amongst people fascinating.
In the mental health field, Anthony began work as a part time behavioral health specialist for several years before landing an internship and employment opportunity as a Mental Health therapist with the Veterans Health Administration(VHA) in White City, OR. After 7 years in White City, he took an opportunity to relocate/transfer to the Anchorage, Alaska VHA as a residential Mental Health therapist there for 2 more years before moving back to Southern Oregon in September 2017. Anthony was a therapist, quality assurance manager and director for a local non-profit agency for the last four years before becoming a Clinical Director with DragonFly Transitions in February 2022.
William Bunn, DO
Position: Psychiatrist & Clinical Consultant
Dr. Bunn earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University in English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric. Prior to Medical School he was a full-time English instructor at BYU and was honored as a Meyhew Teaching Award Finalist. Dr. Bunn has written publications in the area of doctor-patient communications and medical education. His most recently published article discusses how to help medical students develop more empathy for the mentally ill. Dr. Bunn attended medical school at Des Moines University with clinical training at Ohio University. His psychiatry training was completed at the University of Utah, where he received outstanding Junior and Senior Resident Awards and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. He currently provides psychiatric care for a number of organizations including the BYU Student Health Center, UVRMC, Universal Health Systems, and Innerchange. In addition to this, he is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Dr. Bunn takes a conservative approach to medication management.
Position: Clinical Intern
Anna is a Clinical Intern at Dragonfly Transitions in her third year of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Oregon Institute of Technology.
Anna is trained in Family Systems Theory as a backdrop to her work. As a family therapist she is passionate about supporting families and individuals in reaching their goals through positive family functioning. Anna incorporates somatic methods, dialectic behavioral therapy and solution-focused approaches as well as other resources to support the journey of others!
Azure Samuels, MA
Position: Primary Therapist (Ashland)
Azure spent the first half of her career in academia, educating, advising, and supporting students as they navigated the complexities of the university system. As the senior education specialist at George Washington University, Azure was responsible for implementing and managing a program for medical students who wished to engage in international service opportunities. As the academic case manager at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Azure provided individual support for students who were struggling to reach their academic goals due to emotional, social, or financial difficulties. As a mental health professional Azure has supported survivors of sexual assault, both in the US and internationally. She has worked as a school-based therapist in the Portland and Asheville Public Schools.
Azure approaches therapy through a person-centered, trauma-informed lens focused on creating a safe, nonjudgmental space for individuals to explore and process their inner worlds. Informed by neuropsychology, Azure’s focus is on supporting and empowering young adults during this critical neurodevelopment period. Azure’s therapeutic approach is based on mindfulness, polyvagal, and somatic therapies. Through this integrative approach, Azure assists students in identifying their developmental edge as they explore their growth potential. By engaging in the relationship between mind, body, brain, and behavior, students are able to increase their emotional and mental wellbeing and in turn increase their levels resiliency, motivation, and hope.
Elias Ayala, MSW
Position: Primary Therapist (Ashland)
Elias comes from an honorable 24 years of military background serving in the U.S. Marine Corps & retiring from the U.S. Air-force. His goal is to bring awareness of the mental health crisis and breakdown the stigma that has been instilled in our society, preventing us from seeking help when the season arrives w/our mental health needs. Elias uses a client-centered approach, motivational interviewing, cognitive Behavior Therapy, and solution-focused therapy to encourage his clients to identify the strengths that lie within them.
While stationed in Puerto Rico, Elias obtained his Bachelors of Nursing at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico (Metro campus). He later attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas where he earned a Masters in Social Work with a specialization of “Service to Hispanic Children and Families.”
When he is not working, you can find him riding the waves of the ocean or snow dust from the mountains. Additionally, he enjoys jogging, gardening, and exploring new places to eat.
Lindsey Walasek, MSW
Position: Primary Therapist (Homestead)
Social worker by day, Wisconsin sports fan by night. Lindsey earned her BSW at UW-Oshkosh, focusing on social justice and followed this degree with her MSW, with a focus in trauma informed practice and human rights at Southern University of New York, Buffalo. Lindsey comes to us with a background working with youth with severe and persistent mental health diagnosis, individuals experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence, violence prevention and different realms of the child welfare system. Through these experiences, Lindsey has worked with a multitude of unique and diverse individuals, placing value in these traits and individuality in the therapeutic process. Through practice, Lindsey has developed a strong interest in incorporating non-deliberative practices (such as art, rhythm, movement, sound, and sensory approaches) and explores with clients if and how this would be beneficial in their process. Lindsey holds a strong belief that there is growth in connection and utilizes this belief while building rapport and continuing through the therapeutic process.
Though Lindsey grew up in Wisconsin, she has been in Oregon since 2017 and has been finding a sense of home while here. In her spare time, Lindsey spends most of her time with her animals, her dog Zen and Pluto her rabbit, as well as indulging her right brain with painting, creating mosaics, writing poetry, drawing, and singing like nobody is watching! Through the chains of change, Lindsey has found great comfort, meaning ,and guidance from the following statement, “when you’re headed in the right direction, the universe follows”.
Briana Cullen, RN
Position: PRN Nurse (Homestead)
Bri is local to Klamath Falls, OR, and has been a Registered Nurse for 4 years. Most of her nursing background is in acute care as a hospital RN, but her passion for mental health stems from personal and professional experience living in a rural community. During her undergrad, she volunteered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Just Talk Suicide Prevention. She also created a platform titled “The Tree of Life,” meant to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness by providing opportunities at various local events for people to talk about how mental illness has impacted their lives and share how they were able to cope through their most difficult times.
The 2020 pandemic slowed down Bri’s ability to volunteer and instead increased her time at the hospital bedside. As the mental health needs of her patients and their families increased, it became apparent the impact on healthcare workers as well. The lack of available mental health resources pushed her to advance her degree in nursing and become a PMHNP. As a current student at the Western University of Health Sciences, she anticipates completing her advanced-practice degree in August 2024. Her intent is to practice locally and help increase access to mental health care in the community she was raised in.
When Bri isn’t nursing around, she enjoys quality time with her husband and three kiddos. They share 2 large dogs, a cat, and 4 chickens. As a family, they love summertime and enjoy all the local history and outdoor activities to do here in Klamath County. She loves working at the Homestead as it has truly allowed her to get in touch with her farm-animal loving side.
Katie Bruner, RN
Position: Registered Nurse (Homestead)
Katie was born and raised in Klamath Falls. Katie brings 25 years of nursing experience and has worked with Dragonfly students through the local Primary Residency Clinic with Dr. Jackman for about 15 years.
“I’m honored to be a part of such a magical program that helps make things better in this world.”
Position: Medication Coordinator
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.