Lara Strobel- CBRS Worker My name is Lara Strobel and I am from Oakland California. I graduated from Brigham Young Univeristy-Idaho in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. I have been working in the mental health field since 2009 engaged in different positions such as an aide in an after school program for children, service coordination and CBRS. I have earned my Certificate in Children's Psychiatric Rehabilitation and want to continue my education. I thoroughly enjoy the work that I do and working closely with families and individuals to create and reach goals that will better oneself and learn the necessary skills to help one live a successful and meaningful life. I believe CBRS is a valuable tool in achieving these things and will do everything I can to assist and support you in that process. I love being with my family and friends and my favorite things are eating chocolate after every meal, shopping, playing games, laughing, things that are free, my favorite tv shows, reading blogs and any kind of celebration! I hate public speaking- I get nervous just even thinking about it, being cold and that I second guess myself too often.
Brent Packer-Idaho Falls office Manager I grew up in Idaho. I've spent the last 7 years working in the helping profession on and off, from State Hospital South, to Wilderness Therapy, to CBRS. I believe that every person has the opportunity to change, and leave their past behind them. I also believe that finding a better quality of life is worth striving for. None of us are exempt from opportunities to improve, and I see CBRS as a time to work alongside, doing what we can to meet the goals you may have. Personal Info: Name: Brent Packer Position: Office Manager/CBRS Height: 6'7" Interests: Hiking, camping, basketball, tennis, frisbee golf, guitar, piano, ukulele, reading, drawing/painting, writing, travelling. Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Marcia Roberts; LCSW Counseling and Play Therapy (all ages) Specializing in all areas of mental health, grief and loss, all abuse, end of life, EMDR, IBSR. Marcia is from Idaho and has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. Marcia's Mission statement and goal: to help others build coping skills, help them appreciate who they are and find ways to enjoy life. "There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides." -Quoted from A Course in Miracles Grow spiritually, emotionally- completely-
Kalle Green LSW- Service Coordination Supervisor/ Rexburg Office Manager Kalle has been working in the Helping Professions field for over 8 years. She has experience in working with drug courts (she is MRT certified and ran group therapy sessions), as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist and is now the Supervisor of Case Management and Service Coordination at Reach Beyond. Kalle also has experience working with troubled teens through the Bear River Middle School In School Suspension Program. As a part of this program, she worked with teens to learn to follow rules, focus, control their behaviors and reduce risk taking behaviors. Kalle will be able to assist in delivering services within the scope of this contract as both a professional working with families and as a valuable resource for helping them connect to community resources. Kalle’s favorite food is chocolate and her favorite color is green.
Rhonda Gray B.S.- Owner of Reach Beyond As the owner of a successful agency which provides Community Based Services, Case Management, Medication Management, Individual Counseling and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Rehabilitation, Rhonda has had extensive experience with the populations of Idaho Falls, Boise, Rigby, Rexburg, and Ashton. She has worked in the Helping field for over 15 years and is able to provide competent and effective oversight and supervision of these services. Rhonda started working in Autistic Group Homes during her undergraduate years at the University of Utah. This experience provided her training and education in behavioral modification techniques, running treatment steps, proper menu planning, budgeting and shopping for group homes. When she completed her degree she moved to her home town in Ashton and worked with the adolescent residential treatment Alcohol and Drug Program where she gained experience in working with and treating families who struggle with addictions and the dynamic that creates within the homes. In 1998, Rhonda began working in the psychosocial rehabilitation field. She has 15 years’ experience as a CBRS worker and has evolved into case management. She also worked with ARFIP program when it was first started. She worked with the State as a treatment foster parent and is certified as PCS home. As such, she has extensive experience with child protection cases, CASA, adoption and other child programs. She has completed her training for IBI and has her Children's Certificate from USPRA. She is also certified in CAFAS and PECFAS. Rhonda started Reach Beyond and has built the company for the last three years. Rhonda has extensive experience with children and adults with different backgrounds. She has worked as a team unit in many of her fields including the State with the foster care programs.
Mallori Warren-Contract Manager/Program Director Mallori has worked with children who have severe behavioral and emotional disturbances, and some that have developmental and learning disabilities as well as children who have been removed from their homes (State Hospital South, Juvenile Detention, Respite Homes, etc.) due to the severity of their behaviors and the resulting legal issues. Mallori has been able to teach the parents and children in these families basic parenting, communication, discipline, budgeting, hygiene, nutrition and coping skills which enabled the children to be placed, successfully, back in their homes. Mallori also has an Habilitative Intervention Certification. She maintains this credential today and has significant previous experience working with children with developmental and learning disabilities. At Reach Beyond, Mallori is responsible for the daily operations of the organization. She also carries her own case load and continues to work effectively within Community Based Rehabilitative Services programs to help adults and children learn many of these same skills. In addition to her work as a Supervisor and CBRS, Mallori is working to start an Alcohol and Drug program at Reach Beyond and is working on her supervision hours toward her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential. She is currently certified in Moral Reconation Therapy. This experience has helped Mallori deal competently with families that are struggling with substance abuse. Mallori is the mother of four children and has been happily married to her husband for over 7 years. She loves to read action/adventure stories (series) and spends most of her down time playing with her children. She likes Italian, Chinese and Mexican food. She enjoys singing in the morning, cooking and baking when she has time, and sitting around with good company.
Jacobi Spresser Position: CBRS Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, running, skiing, and snowboarding, skydiving, horseback riding, swimming, piano, movies, and spending time with friends. Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - MLK jr. I am from Kansas, where I've lived my whole life, except when I'm traveling and exploring around the world. I recently graduated from Pittsburg State University with double Psychology and Spanish majors and spent the last two summers studying abroad in Spain. I have experience in group PSR and am looking forward to this new opportunity here with Reach Beyond.
Ashley Kirchner My name is Ashley Kirchner. I have spent the majority of my life in Southeast Idaho. I have a bachelor's degree from American Intercontinental and have been working in this field for nearly a year now. Prior to this I spent the last 6 years focused in Physical Health and Well-being. I feel that both forms of healthcare are essential to a person's quality of life; and in this everyone deserves the chance and opportunity to better themselves for whatever reasoning.
Dawna Chester LSW- CBRS Supervisor, CBRS My name is Dawna Chester, I am a supervisor and CBRS worker for Reach Beyond. I have worked for Reach Beyond for 2 years. I graduated from Idaho State University with a bachelor's in Social Work in June 1997. Since graduating I have worked in the mental Health field for approximately 15 years. I have worked with both adults and children. Most of my experience has been working with children in a Partial Care setting. I also have experience in early childhood education. Before graduating college I worked 3 seasons with the Idaho Migrant Head Start. While working for them I took college classes through ISU in child development and education. I have also worked 1.45 years with regular Head Start. I greatly enjoy working with children and their families. I am in the unique position as a Mental Health professional and the parent of an adult child with a mental illness. He started services at the age of 3 and has needed services off and on all his life. I have been able to experience both side of the Mental Health field. I believe this gives me the advantage of being empathetic to the fami.ie I work with. I understand the difficulties they are facing and can use both mu education and experience to best serve them. I have three children. My oldest daughter is 22, my oldest son is 19 and my youngest is 7. Family is very important to me. I love spending time with my family doing activities such as camping, gardening, fishing, playing games and watching movies.