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MacKenzie Hall, BS

By Chrysalis School / January 10, 2024 / Comments Off on MacKenzie Hall, BS

MacKenzie’s journey in the mental health field began in her hometown of St. George, UT. During her college years, she gained experience as a direct care staff at another Embark program and gradually transitioned to various management roles. In 2018, MacKenzie relocated to Montana and assumed the position of Program Director at Chrysalis School, where…

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Nina Gilkenson

By Chrysalis School / November 20, 2023 / Comments Off on Nina Gilkenson

Originally from Maryland, Nina Gilkenson made the move to tranquil Montana in 2018, and has been enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of her new home ever since. Nina has years of experience working with children and individuals in a variety of settings. Her previous roles include working with clients to find and hold jobs in…

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Jenn McMurry

By Chrysalis School / May 8, 2023 / Comments Off on Jenn McMurry

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain states, Jenn developed a passion for raising small livestock, gardening, and rockhounding at a young age. For over twenty years, Jenn has been involved in long-term residential treatment, beginning in Human Resources before moving into Admissions & Outreach. She brings a wealth of experience in assisting families,…

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Sara Bauer

By Chrysalis School / September 2, 2022 / Comments Off on Sara Bauer

Sara was born in Colorado and raised here in Eureka Montana. She values her upbringing without much tech or even television, as it allowed her to be out in nature and connect relationally with people of all ages. Sara started traveling and doing service trips at the young age of 16, and fell in love…

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Niki Gaither

By Chrysalis School / March 30, 2021 / Comments Off on Niki Gaither

Niki was raised in the mountains of Northern California but has called Montana home for the last 25 years. She lives in one of the most unique parts of NW Montana, the West Kootenai, where people choose to live because of it being off the beaten path and one with nature. Niki has been working…

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Jeremy Meyer

By Lindsay Howick / September 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Jeremy Meyer

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…

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Krysten Fitzsimmons

By Lindsay Howick / September 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Krysten Fitzsimmons

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.…

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Kendra Meiklejohn the Clinical Director of Chrysalis Therapeutic Boarding School demonstrating foundational strength, longevity, and experience in the mental health field.

Kendra Meiklejohn MS, LCSW

By Lindsay Howick / September 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Kendra Meiklejohn MS, LCSW

Kendra Meiklejohn, LCSW, Clinical Director, was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Montana, where she developed a deep appreciation for the natural world. She earned a Dual Masters degree in Social Work and Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Health from Southwestern College,…

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Corey Hickman

By Lindsay Howick / September 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Corey Hickman

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Corey earned his undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation from Brigham Young University and is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. After several years of working as a recreation therapist and serving in leadership roles in residential treatment settings, Corey completed a master’s degree in human resources from…

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