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.
Rachael received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She has over 15 years’ experience working with youth and their families. Having worked with people from diverse backgrounds, from all different walks of life, Rachael has come to believe in the human spirit and has adapted a strengths based therapeutic approach; focusing on building on the unique strengths of each individual leads to mind, body and spiritual healing. Rachael has extensive experience in treating trauma, abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, self-harm and other women’s issues. She has a certification in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). Rachael loves spending time with her family, adventure and her culture. Rachael is an enrolled member of the Ute Indian Tribe.
Eliza has been working in the mental health field for over 6 years. She has worked at the Journey Home since 2014, where she worked as a Shift Supervisor for 3 years. She enjoys hiking, biking, playing board games, painting and playing the piano with the residents at Journey Home. Eliza has always loved working in this specific field, but loves the warm and family-like setting that Journey Home has to offer. She believes that it is a wonderful place for residents to really grow into the young adults they want to become. Eliza was born and raised in Utah and has spent the majority of my life here; apart from a 6 month span where she lived in Jinan, China teaching youth. She loves traveling and being able to experience different cultures around the world and looks forward to the times she is able to do so. When Eliza is not at the Journey Home, her time is spent with her husband and amazing little girl.
Kami received her Master’s degree in social work from The University of Utah. She has over 17 years of adolescent treatment experience and her areas of expertise include trauma, attachment, identity, self-worth and promiscuity. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She utilizes this modality as one of her many tools to address the core issue that feeds the behavior. She’s also trained in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) which she utilizes with the clients and training for staff. Kami strongly believes in the family therapy approach and loves working with the whole family to help improve relationships. Kami has a great love for camping with her 3 children and husband, biking, yoga and hiking in Utah’s beautiful mountainside.
Julie came from a large medical corporation where she worked for over 16 years and focused on Customer Service, Marketing & Sales. Julie was drawn to Solstice because of the warm, small, nurturing family environment it provides and is excited to be part of something so special.
Julie has been married for 16 years, has two teenage boys as well as a dog, Bruno that is very much part of the family. Julie likes to work hard but play harder. She loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, biking and being outdoors. She loves going to the mountains with her boys to camp, ride four-wheelers or hike with her friends as often as possible.
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.
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 the Winter Team 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.
Jane received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She has over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in all levels of care including residential, day treatment, IOP and outpatient. She has developed and managed programs in addition to directing treatment teams and supervising students, and is on the faculty at the University of Utah College of Social Work. She has also provided extensive clinical care during this time treating children, adolescents and providing family therapy. Jane has treated a variety of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, complicated grief, PTSD, ADHD, ODD, ASD and attachment issues. She is trained in DBT and EMDR and uses many approaches in her practice including CBT, developmental approaches, systems theory, trauma focused CBT, Theory of Mind and attachment based therapies. Animal assisted therapy has also been a part of her work with clients to help with attachment issues. Additionally, she has experience running many types of therapy groups including mindfulness, psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational ones. She emphasizes mindfulness practice to promote emotional regulation, as becoming and staying healthy requires a mind/body approach. Most importantly, she emphasizes a strength-based, relationship approach with clients. She has been married for 27 years, raised two children, enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, walking her dog and spending time with family.