For us, being a Chrysalis leader is its own reward
Position: Executive Director
Position: Program Director
MacKenzie is originally from St. George, UT where she first began her journey as a youth mentor at another one of Innerchange’s programs for teenage girls. She was there for several years and held multiple leadership positions while also learning how to facilitate lasting change in youth and their families. Mackenzie enjoys working with the whole family system and being able to witness the moments when the family shifts towards a life worth living. While in St. George, Mackenzie studied both criminal justice and psychology at Dixie State University. In early 2018 was when MacKenzie eagerly accepted the Program Director position here at Chrysalis! Besides having the amazing opportunity to work with the staff and the students here at Chrysalis, MacKenzie is excited to take advantage of the snow and learn how to ski and snowboard. She also enjoys hiking in the nearby national parks, kayaking, traveling, and reading a good book.
Position: Director of Admissions
Robin was born and raised in a small ranching community in central Montana. She loved growing up in that environment and the time spent riding horses, doing ranch work and being outside. Robin later moved to Oregon where she became employed with the State of Oregon Judicial Department and worked in the court system for several years. After her first daughter was born, Robin started her own business doing legal transcription and enjoyed that for many years. In 2005 she moved back to what will always be home – Montana. Robin started working at Chrysalis in 2011. She began in the business office and soon learned that her favorite part of her work was the interaction she had with students and their families. With that goal in mind, she took the position of Case Manager at Lake House, and then as the Residential Manager. She loves that her job is ever-changing, fun, and fast-paced, with no two days the same. Robin is thankful and humbled that she is is able to witness the growth and change that girls and their families experience at Chrysalis, and grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with them. Robin is married to her wonderful husband, Kelly, and has two daughters, Cami and Katie. They have a dog, two cats, and one very stubborn and tenacious beta fish. They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and most any other outdoor activity that living in beautiful northwestern Montana affords.
Position: Clinical Director
LCSW, EMDR Trained Therapist
Kendra was born and grown in the mountains of Montana. She is passionate about exploring the world around her, loving her community and family, and challenging predictable notions. She has a vast amount of experience mentoring young women, utilizing the natural world to enhance awareness and agency. Kendra spent much her time since 2005 working in wilderness therapy, with 1500+ field days as a guide. Kendra earned a Dual Masters degree in Social Work and Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Health from Southwestern College. While utilizing CBT, DBT, mindfulness and other therapeutic modalities, she strives to provide a trauma informed approach to therapy as well as relying on the healing power of wildness, kinesthetic/adventure therapy, and a strong therapeutic alliance. Kendra finds eternal optimism to be a cornerstone to leaning into the tough and arduous work necessary for a well lived life.
Position: Academic Director
Krysten is the Academic Director for Chrysalis, and prior to this role she was the Special Education Coordinator and English Teacher.. Through her time at Chrysalis she has taught English 9, 10, 11, 12, Standards Based English, American Lit, British Lit, World Literature and more. Krysten grew up in Oregon and attended college in Montana. She completed her student teaching in Australia while earning a BA in English teaching. She also has a Masters of Science in Special Education. Krysten has worked in therapeutic group homes for teens as part of the direct-care staff and managed weekend programming. She has worked as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional, mainly in special education and English classrooms. Outside the classroom, Krysten enjoys participating in local community theater as well as volunteering to teach hunters, promoting safety and stewardship. For relaxation, she goes for Nordic skiing, hiking and, of course, reading.
Position: Adventure Director
Nick received his BS with a focus on Human Biology from Michigan State University. During this time, he worked at a resort in Northern Michigan as a professional ski and snowboard instructor and also in Big Sky, Montana where he specialized as a freestyle ski coach. His love for adventure and the outdoors coupled with zeal toward hospitality has brought him to pursue various interests including SCUBA/freediving, mountain biking, and many other outdoor activities.
For nearly five years Nick worked at an outdoor behavioral health program on the Big Island of Hawaii. He began as a program guide and shifted his focus to training the next generation of guides as a supervisor. He eventually transitioned to the role of Adolescent Program Manager, helping oversee daily operations and working closely with his Field Manager team. He has a passion for whole-person wellness and its clinical implications and sees nature as a creative canvas that helps motivate others to realize their potential.
Nick spent his childhood in the Czech Republic and learned to ski from a young age while visiting his grandparents in Switzerland. He fell in love with the mountains and nature, and realized that he wanted to find a way to inspire others in an outdoor setting. He is glad to use his passion for working with students through teaching and creating magical moments through the Chrysalis adventure program.
Position: Director of Outreach
Carrie is originally from Illinois, where she earned a bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College studying human needs and global resources. She grew to love experiential education during a semester and several summers at HoneyRock Camp in northern Wisconsin, where she led wilderness trips for junior high and high school students. Carrie’s work with adolescents spans 15 years, with a special focus on at-risk youth. After working at a residential home for street girls in South Africa, she knew that she wanted to help youth and their families in a holistic way. Since then, she has worked as a wilderness therapy field instructor in Utah, a summer club coordinator for refugee students in the Chicago suburbs, as a case manager at Chrysalis for two years, as the Chrysalis Admissions Director for five years, and she currently serves as the school’s Director of Outreach. Carrie enjoys spending time with family and friends, and just about anything the great outdoors has to offer – especially hiking, skiing and camping. She loves living in northwest Montana, and enjoys teaching others about Chrysalis.
Position: Director of Operations
Jeremy began working with young people in therapeutic programs over a decade ago. Like many of the students he works with, his first step on this journey was working in a wilderness program, where he spent four seasons in the Utah backcountry before returning to school as a nontraditional student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in adventure education from Plymouth State University in 2007. Jeremy jumped in with both feet at Chrysalis in January 2008 as a residential and adventure staff member. He continued on to become the designated Lake House parent with his wife, Nikki, from November 2009 to February 2014. In May 2013, Jeremy became the school’s first residential director. Adventure experiences continue to be a special component of the Chrysalis program to Jeremy, as he witnesses the impact they have on the growth and development of students. However, his focus is on strengthening the residential team and the relationships they have with the Chrysalis student community. In addition, Jeremy is a talented landscape photographer and holds an associate’s degree in photographic technology. He’s also renowned on campus for inventing key lime pancakes and continues to jump in with both feet – as the first one into the lake every spring.
Position: HR Director
Heather has been with the Embark/Innerchange family for over seven years now, working in many different capacities. She started as an on-call youth mentor at another Innerchange residential treatment center to earn money to get her through college, in hopes of gathering clinical experience for a medical career as a pediatrician. She quickly learned that the change wrought in each student’s short stay was life-altering and worthwhile to be a part of and she was hooked. While attending college at Southern Utah University and Dixie State University, she majored in Biology and Chemistry, with a minor in Psychology. She worked in various leadership capacities at Chrysalis’ sister school in Southern Utah for three years, and then moved to the corporate office in Provo, Utah to help families seeking resources to help children, adolescents, and young adults in need of mental health services. Working hand in hand with admissions teams and directors, she was able to streamline and improve Innerchange’s call center to assist with admissions pre-screenings for all Innerchange’s programs and directed a team there. In July of 2019, Heather and her husband made the leap of faith to move to beautiful Montana to join the Chrysalis family. She has loved building relationships with the students and watching their therapeutic journey, as well as the challenge of recruiting compassionate employees to guide the girls on the right path. Heather also is excited to join the leadership team to help facilitate the best care and support to our students, staff, and families we serve. When she isn’t working, Heather loves to cook and create beautiful food, travel and explore new places, read good books, enjoy the beauty of nature, spend time with her family and friends, attend football games and concerts, and look for opportunities to serve in her community.