Keoni has a Masters Degree in Psychology and is an Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor for the state of Utah. He has worked with adolescents for over 17 years and is experienced with many different skills for helping teens with addiction problems. Keoni has presented at several professional conferences about the many different approaches available for addiction treatment.
Keoni has been married for 25 years and has one daughter and one son. He is fluent in the Spanish language and enjoys movies, fishing, hunting, singing, writing songs, and playing guitar.
Jaime has enjoyed working with adolescents and their families for over 15 years. She believes in a therapeutic holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and spiritual healing. Jaime values and understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship. She recognizes that clients often forget what is said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Jaime has had extensive training and experience in treating trauma, self harm, eating disorders and anxiety. Jamie received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. She is EMDR trained and has completed the first year of Somatic Experiencing and level one of TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model). She is also certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). Jaime has most recently completed level one Brainspotting training and is currently participating in first year NARM training (Neuro-Affective Relational Model). Jaime is passionate about being in the moment while living life to the fullest. She finds balance by spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors mountain biking or hiking.
Toni earned her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in education from University of New Hampshire and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health from University of Phoenix. She has been working with adolescents and their families for close to twenty years in a variety of settings including wilderness, residential and home-transition. She has experience working with complex trauma, attachment issues and family systems. She is trained in EMDR as well as DBT. She believes in holistic wellness and helping clients heal as well as build skills and confidence in navigating life. She moved to Utah from New England to explore the mountains and deserts and enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, yoga and working in her garden.
At the age of 18, Eliza, a Utah native from a small town, took a chance traveling to the city of Jinan, China, to work temporarily as an English teacher. Unbeknownst to her at the time, this adventure would become her lifelong passion, developing youth.
Shortly after returning to her home in Fruit Heights, she landed a job at a local treatment center and began her career in counseling trauma and addiction victims. After working in treatment for five years, she found her second family, Journey Home.
Over the span of her 11 years in the field, Eliza obtained certifications in Counseling and Life Coaching with the goal of empowering struggling youth to achieve their goals and become well-rounded adults. Connecting residents with local activities, festivals and recreational activities has brought her closer to her residents and allowed her to spark joy within their treatment journey.
As the Director of Journey Home West, Eliza is in close contact with Journey Home families, communicating with them on how their child is doing, goals they have accomplished, and what they are working on therapeutically. Ultimately, Eliza’s end goal is to have the resident build a communicative relationship throughout their stay so that near the end of their Journey Home stay, the resident will mostly be organically communicating to their families, a skill that they can take with them throughout the rest of their lives. This process involves a hands-on approach in open communication and transparency, two values Eliza believes strongly in and works hard to teach all of the Journey Home Residents.
By specializing in attachment, DBT, CBT, and relapse prevention, Eliza was able to help rebuild the Journey Home program to better serve the Journey Home Residents. “I love my job,” She says, “I’m proud to work for a treatment center that I would feel comfortable sending my own loved ones to.”
Kim has a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University. She has been employed at Solstice and Journey Home since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now Admissions Director. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the young ladies who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.
Jenn has over 16 years of experience working in residential programs—serving positions as a human resource director, as well as operations director. Her vast experience in the field, along with her exceptional relational skills, make her a great fit as our director of admissions. Jenn loves the warm family feel at Solstice and the relational approach we take with our students. Most of all, Jenn enjoys spending time with the families from the beginning (through all of the difficult emotions) to seeing healing unfold, and their child reach completion of their Solstice journey. Outside of Solstice, Jenn enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, along with her fur & feathered children.
Julie started her career at the Solstice programs in 2017, after working for a large medical corporation where she worked for over 16 years and focused on Customer Service, Marketing & Sales. She was drawn to Journey Home because of the warm, small, nurturing family environment it provides and is excited to be part of something so special. Working at Journey Home has not only helped her grow professionally, but had an even greater impact on her personally, being supported by the whole Journey Home team, when it has come to her own adopted son and learning the best ways to support him.
Julie has been married for almost 20 years and has two teenage boys that keep her busy. She also has two dogs, Bruno and Charlie, and loves that she is able to bring them to work with her, and let the students love on them. Julie likes to work hard but plays harder. She loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, biking and being outdoors. She loves going to the mountains with her boys or hiking with her friends as often as possible.