Residential Staff

Nick Vejvoda

Position: Program 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.

Nick Vejvoda

Program Director

Jennifer Ceynar

Position: Cottage Manager

Jennifer was born at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. When Jennifer was a few months old her family moved to Texas, where she was raised amongst a huge family. In 2004 she married her husband, Tim, and together they raised six amazing children.  In 2015 Jennifer and her family took a big family vacation to Montana and fell in love. In 2017 Jennifer was able to transfer with her current management job to Kalispell, Montana, and moved her family to the small town of Eureka to live. Shortly after arriving in Eureka, she heard of Chrysalis and toured the campus, met some of the amazing staff, and heard of all the life changing work that was done here. She knew she had found her calling. Finally in May of 2018, Jennifer started working at Chrysalis as a part time Youth Mentor and quickly moved up to Supervisor, and is currently the Cottage Residential Manager. Jennifer loves to share her passion for crafts and cooking with the girls and has an even bigger passion for helping our students have a comfortable and loving experience with their stay at Chrysalis.

Family is a top priority to Jennifer, and her mission is to make the house feel like a home as much as possible for students. When not at work, Jennifer can be found making something crafty, spending time with her family, or curled up with an enjoyable book.  

Jennifer Ceynar

Cottage Manager

Bob Coffman

Position: Head Chef
Bob has over 30 years of culinary experience, and has been the head chef at Chrysalis for more than six years. He graduated from Western Culinary School in Portland in 1998. He has worked in the restaurant business, but has found his years at Chrysalis to be one of his best employment experiences. He is thankful for the platform to connect and serve the Chrysalis families through delicious, healthy meals. He especially values the connection of food, family, and service.
Bob is the proud father of two daughters, and he is a passionate cyclist. You can often find him biking to work year-round.

Bob Coffman

Head Chef

Melissa Lynch

Position: Milestones Program Manager

Melissa (Missy) brings fifteen years of mentoring youth – and the staff that supports them — to her role as Residential Manager of Transition House. She holds the young women enrolled at Transition House to high standards, as she knows them to be fully capable of meeting those standards. Her deepest joy is to lead a program that is helping these young women recognize their irreplaceable value to their families and to society.

After college, Missy ran a residential program in Massachusetts for fourteen girls in the state’s foster-care system, a position that required her to ensure the safety of both children and staff. She was also program director for a camp in Massachusetts, directly overseeing the special-needs campers, as well as director of a recreational program in Maryland serving adults and youth with medical and developmental differences.

In her free time Missy enjoys being with family and friends, biking, and traveling.

Melissa Lynch

Milestones Program Manager

TBD

Position: Lake House Manager

TBD

Lake House Manager

Kyle Lefler

Position: Adventure Manager
Kyle was born and raised in the mountains of Western Maryland. Her parents taught her to love the natural world and she spent her childhood exploring by foot, bike and canoe. An avid reader & writer her whole life, Kyle received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mary Washington in VA, studying English with a concentration in Poetry. Following graduation, she began her journey in direct care, working with unhoused women and children in the Metro DC area.
Kyle moved to Montana in 2014 to pursue her childhood dream of working at summer camp year-round, serving as the Retreat Host, Program Director, and eventually, Associate Director at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Lakeside.  At FLBC, Kyle grew in her love for hospitality, outdoor education, creative program management and leadership of young people. Along the way, Kyle hosted several Mother Daughter retreats for Chrysalis (at FLBC!), and her curiosity for and interest in therapeutic care grew.
Kyle moved on from FLBC in 2020, and began her journey at Chrysalis, serving on the adventure team. She is passionate about getting students outside and empowering them to be their truest selves through challenging and fulfilling experiences on trail. She loves learning from and alongside Chrysalis students and her fellow staff.
Away from work, Kyle takes full advantage of the landscape of NW Montana, spending her days biking, hiking, running, skiing and swimming.

Kyle Lefler

Adventure Manager