We understand that this is a big decision, and we are here to support you every step of the way! With staff dedicated to your experience and success, you will always have a team of experienced, compassionate professionals right there with you. Our people are what make our program special, and we can’t wait for you to meet everyone. We have years of cumulative clinical team experience, and over a decade of experience creating programs that work with young women. With our passionate team and high staff to client ratio, we know we can give you the individualized support you need.

  • Keoni Anderson, MS, ASUDC
    Keoni Anderson, MS, ASUDC
    Executive Director
  • Toni Mazzaglia, LCMHC
    Toni Mazzaglia, LCMHC
    Primary Therapist
  • Amanda Huaracha
    Amanda Huaracha
    Program Director
  • Jenn McMurry
    Jenn McMurry
    Admissions Director
  • Kim Peterson
    Kim Peterson
    Admissions Director
  • Julie Sheppard
    Julie Sheppard
    Director of Business Development
  • Shea Hamilton
    Shea Hamilton
    Education & Career Specialist
Keoni Anderson, MS, ASUDC
Executive Director

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 child and one son. He is fluent in the Spanish language and enjoys movies, fishing, hunting, singing, writing songs, and playing guitar.

Toni Mazzaglia, LCMHC
Primary Therapist


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.

Amanda Huaracha
Program Director
Amanda joins the team with over 10 years experience in the mental field industry. Amanda started her journey at an adolescent program that focused on family teaching and behavior correction practices. She gained much of her knowledge from the family teachers she worked with as well as the experience of creating meaningful and intentional relationships with her students.
Amanda spent almost 4 years in Texas where she was a Residential Director at a program for young adult women, much like the students at Journey Home Young Adult. She was directing day-to-day treatment with the students as well as relationship building and bonding, not only with them but with additional staff as well.
Amanda feels extremely grateful to be part of the Journey Home team. She finds that there is something very special about residential treatment and the beautiful impact the relationships made during the hard times, that leads to more fruitful happy times. Amanda is originally from California but has grown up in Utah. She loves graphic novels, live music, art, and tacos. She has two younger sisters who she is very close with and a Great Dane, Atticus that is the love of her life.
Jenn McMurry
Admissions Director

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 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 their fur & feathered children.

Kim Peterson
Admissions Director

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 since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now Admissions Director at Journey Home Young Adult. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the teens who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.

Julie Sheppard
Director of Business Development

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 Young Adult because of the warm, small, nurturing family environment it provides and is excited to be part of something so special.  Working at Journey Home Young Adult has not only helped her grow professionally, but had an even greater impact on her personally, being supported by the whole Journey Home Young Adult 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.

Shea Hamilton
Education & Career Specialist

 

Shea and her husband have spent the last twenty one years traveling the country as motivational speakers, to youth ages 14-18. She also spent that time training young adults to work, and counsel, with teens. Shea is currently working on getting her marriage and family therapy degree. She has been employed at Solstice since 2017, and loves the friendly environment found there. Shea loves to see the progress each girl makes, on their journey through treatment, to help them reach their full potential.

Shea has been married for twenty three years to her best friend. She has three beautiful children, who are teenagers, and are growing up faster than she likes. Shea loves to laugh and have fun. She enjoys traveling, crafting, music, skiing, gardening, reading, baseball, football, going to the beach, and being with her family as often as possible.

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