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.
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.
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.
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.
Julie is new to both Solstice West and the residential treatment industry. She 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.
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 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.
Folola has worked in the residential treatment field for 12 years and is excited to be joining the staff at the Journey Home. She looks forward to growing and learning alongside the amazing individuals at the Journey Home. Folola is from Utah and enjoys spending spare time outdoors exploring. She loves a good book, movies, biking, trying new and different foods but mostly, loves having family dinners and game nights with her extensive family.
Latu has 6 years of experience working in the residential treatment field, Latu believes that everyone deserves to live their best life, and gives her best to help make that manifest for everyone she comes in contact with, she is currently working toward her Associate Degree in Marriage and Family Studies. Latu lives in Utah with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl, she is from a big Polynesian family and loves spending time with them, she enjoys being outdoors and playing volleyball, and laughter is must in her life.
Kate has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and has worked in various modes of mental health treatment for 4 years. Kate has a passion for working with young adult women, especially in recreational therapy and trauma recovery. Kate believes in a relational approach, in which genuine connection and relational modeling provide a powerful atmosphere for healing and personal development.
Kate was born and raised in Northern California, but now finds it hard to leave Utah because of the greatest snow on earth! Kate enjoys skiing, playing music, working with refugees in her local community, hugging strangers, and is fiercely loyal to grocery shopping at Trader Joes.