At Turning Winds, it’s the people who make all the difference. Over the course of more than 12 years, we’ve built a team of some of the world’s finest academic and therapeutic professionals, all of whom share the same goal: to provide help for troubled teens and get them re-engaged with their lives, their families, and their futures.

We’d love for you to visit us in northwestern Montana to meet with our amazing staff in person. Contact us online for more information, or call us at (800) 845-1380. If your call isn’t answered personally, one of us will get back to you shortly.

Being a part of the Turning Winds team is a labor of love for our approximately 30 employees, many of whom have come from points far and wide to work at our beautiful facility. They each bring with them a passion for saving lives, inspire kids, and give back. They come to be a part of a world-class team of professionals that takes a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. Working collaboratively, our team tailors a clinically driven, totally personalized treatment plan for your son or daughter that optimizes his or her physical, emotional, spiritual, and academic strengths.


So thank you for developing your program and for hiring such caring and dedicated people for the program! They all seem to work beautifully together! They have made a real difference in the life of our son and in our family!


Administrative Staff

These are the people that keep our therapeutic boarding school running smoothly, day in and day out. They represent more than a half-century of combined experience, and each of them has been with Turning Winds for many years.


Owen Baisden

Owen Baisden, CEO

Owen Baisden oversees the day-to-day operations of Turning Winds. Owen has a breadth of knowledge and experience in working with teens and their families in many different settings and capacities. Owen has worked with teens and families for nearly 17 years, helping nearly a thousand teens who have come through our program. This experience has allowed him to understand the “change” process and to become effective in connecting with and inspiring teens to work through their challenges and help them to build a life of purpose and well-being.

Owen earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has been a director of Turning Winds for 12 years. In addition, he has worked in the trenches with the students in nearly every capacity. His favorite time now with the students is leading backpacking expeditions and other educational/recreational trips that inspire change.

When Owen is not at work he enjoys spending time with his spouse and 6 children. He loves the outdoors and enjoys fishing, hiking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and scuba diving when he can.


Carl Baisden

Carl Baisden, Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Carl consistent pursuit is to better himself and his team members to ensure that the best quality of treatment services and practices are utilized in all day to day operations. Carl has been working with adolescents and their families for the better part of two decades. Specializing in the fields of behavioral and mental health, Carl has worked with well over 1000 families.

Carl brings a unique set of skills and strengths to the Turning Winds organization and the families they serve. Because of his lengthy, far-reaching industry experience, Carl’s expertise and strengths include program development, organizational leadership, and a unique ability to inspire change in clients, their families, and his professional team members.

Carl’s passion for adolescent treatment stirs a consistent desire to better himself. Carl holds a strong belief that the individuals working in the ever-evolving field of adolescent treatment need to adhere to the highest level of professional and personal ethics and standards. It is this view that drives his own personal development by seeking out ongoing industry specific training and knowledge to ensure that the best treatment practices are being utilized by Turning Winds professionals.


Enoch Stump

Enoch Stump, Operations Director

Enoch has been working with adolescents for more than 20 years. He has been in a leadership role at Turning Winds for more than 9 years. Enoch is a certified Crisis Prevention Institute trainer and helps to train and develop all of our staff in prevention and intervention techniques. As an avid outdoorsman and former athlete, Enoch believes strongly in incorporating experiential activities such as sports, hiking, and other team building activities to inspire growth and self-worth in adolescents. The opportunity to intervene in a struggling adolescent life by building meaningful relationships and offering strong support and structure guides Enoch’s work at Turning Winds.


Fawn Goddard

Fawn Goddard, Operations Manager

Fawn Goddard is one of the operations managers at Turning Winds. Fawn has many strengths in leadership, organization, and in working with the students that help her to be effective in her position as an operations manager.

Fawn has been with Turning Winds for 4½ years and has worked in many different capacities. In addition to her experience at Turning Winds, Fawn has spent many hours developing stronger compliance, accreditation, and safety in other health care organizations.

Fawn enjoys snow catting, playing softball and spending time with her family.


Matthew Blodgett

Matthew Blodgett, Admissions & Outreach

A Montana native, Matthew Blodgett is the Outreach Director for Turning Winds and has been working with children, adolescents, and families for several years. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Communication from Montana State University in Billings.

Prior to working for Turning Winds, Matthew devoted much of his time to working within community-based programs and residential services and has been most notably recognized for being able to help families find appropriate care and placement for their children’s needs despite some of the most challenging situations.

As the Outreach Director, Matthew serves in a multi-disciplinary role of helping families and providers connect to Turning Winds, guiding families through the admissions process, assisting in discharge planning, and helping to evolve services at Turning Winds. When Matthew isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the great outdoors of Montana.


Marcine Holmes

Marcine Holmes, Executive Assistant

Marcine Holmes, the executive assistant at Turning Winds, has been with the company since 2011. Marcine is invaluable in keeping all of the important processes going at Turning Winds. She is instrumental in the communication, compliance, and planning areas of Turning Winds.

Marcine has worked in corporate business for more than 20 years as an administrative assistant and office manager for a variety of companies, at one time working with the world’s second largest explosives company in their corporate office. Her years of experience organizing, creating documents and assisting executives to handle the daily work demands have given her a wealth of office experience and knowledge. She most enjoys helping others and seeing how she can make the day run smoothly for those with whom she works.

Marcine is fortunate enough to live on 20 acres in rural Montana, enjoying her time there with her husband as they make their place more beautiful.


Clinical Staff

Our licensed professional clinicians will work with you and your child to identify problems and develop goals for personal growth. Your child will meet weekly with one of our amazing clinicians, who is dedicated to his or her success. These highly trained and deeply dedicated individuals also lead group therapy and psycho-educational group activities designed to address some of the problems these teens commonly face, including substance abuse


April Christman

April Christman, LCSW, Clinical Director

April has been working with youth and families for more than a decade, after having gone through a wilderness intervention program and young adult transitional program herself. April has worked with youth in a wide variety of settings including a primitive wilderness intervention program, residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient programs, home-based services and school-based services.

April completed her master’s in social work from the George Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis which was recently ranked the #1 School for Social Work in the country. April focused on mental health and substance abuse in her studies and integrates many different treatment modalities such as dual-diagnosis, CBT, DBT and motivational interviewing from a person-centered, strengths-based approach. April also has an interest in animal-assisted therapy having one dog certified as a therapy animal and working to certify a second.

April enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, hiking, fishing, and body building. April recently competed in her first women’s figure body building competition and is training to compete again in the future.


April Christman

Allison Sande, MA - Clinician

Allison Sande recently relocated from Redding California where she received her Master's degree from Simpson University in counseling psychology. Prior to this, she graduated from Washington State University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Allison has worked with children ages 4 to 18 with a variety of diagnosis and behavioral issues.

Allison enjoys working with teens and family members specifically to evoke change and reestablishing a family connection. Sande employs treatment modalities such as emotion-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and family systems theory coupled with a strengths-based approach to guide her students through a self-realization process that helps them to take accountability for their actions and aid them in realizing their capacity for change and true self-discovery.

Allison is working to become certified as an art therapist and enjoys incorporating these techniques with the students attending Turning Winds. She believes art can be used to release emotions and feelings that keep individuals locked in negative behavioral patterns and by allowing these to the surface one can find healing and resolution.

Allison loves to participate in physical activity such as dance, yoga, and working out. She believes the body and mind connection is a powerful component in how we perceive the world around us. She hopes to inspire others to live at their full potential and strongly emphasizes gratitude, self-worth, and personal exploration.


Emily Cobb

Emily Cobb, MSW, Clinician

Emily has been with Turning Winds for several years and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, where she attended college and graduate school. Emily received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a personal interest and research area in neuroscience and physiological psychology.

Cobb received her Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling with a specific focus and licensure in secondary school counseling. Emily has spent the past four years working with a diverse population of students with substance abuse disorders, gang involvement, mood and anxiety disorders, and a wide array of behavioral and emotional challenges.

Emily started her work in an intensive summer residential and wilderness program in New Hampshire. There she taught English as well as worked with teenagers ages 14-18 with attachment and behavioral disorders. Emily spent the next few years completing her masters and working in both public and alternative inner city schools, counseling her own caseloads of students.

Emily enjoys using multi-modal approaches in counseling including the use of expressive therapies, such as painting, drawing, and writing, when appropriate, as well as exercise and outdoor therapy. Emily enjoys sports, especially soccer, and has experience coaching both genders in multiple sports. She enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and rock climbing, and hopes to increase her mountaineering skills in beautiful northwest Montana.


Lizzy Theissen

Lizzy Theissen, MSW - Clinician

Lizzy Theissen is a native Montanan who has been working with kids and families in a variety of settings for many years. She received her undergrad in psychology and criminology with a minor in forensic science. After her undergrad completion, she continued on to complete a Master’s Degree in forensic psychology as well as a Master’s Degree in social work. Her studies focused on mental health, sexual trauma and abuse, and addictions counseling.

Lizzy has worked with various populations including at-risk youth and their families, substance abuse in adolescents and adults, domestic violence and abuse survivors, and children of sexual abuse. She first began her career working with impoverished youth and young adults on a local reservation. This has allowed her to integrate various clinical techniques such as CBT, DBT, expressive therapies, strength based, and narrative therapies to ultimately improve and eliminate certain behavioral tendencies.

In her free-time, Lizzy enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys and three dogs exploring all of the natural wonders that Montana has to offer. She enjoys all outdoor activities including snowboarding in the winter, exploring Glacier National Park and the surrounding mountain ranges in the summer, as well as boating, dirt biking, fishing, and mountain biking. Although she loves Montana and all it has to offer, she plans to ultimately retire young and spend her days exploring the world from port-to-port with her husband by sailboat.


Robert Wenzel

Robert Wenzel, LCPC - Clinician

Robert Wenzel, LCPC, is a Licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor and he utilizes both traditional and non-traditional methods in addressing individual, couples and family issues. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from CU-Colorado Springs, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Metro State College in Denver and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Ononadga Community College in Syracuse, New York.

Robert has over 32 years working with adolescents with an approach that addresses specific strength based activities that facilitate reinforcement of appropriate structure, limits, and expectations. These teachings will enable participants to re-learn necessary skills and concepts of accountability to function on a more respectful level at home, in school, and in the community.

Robert also has a parental component that focuses on specific issues as addressed in the above statement. These sessions were designed to piggyback upon and will help by explaining the concepts of structure, limits, and expectations in detail. As one progress through the process, one's understanding of self-reliance, self-control, and the self-esteem as it applies to their children, will increase. As this process occurs so will one's understanding of how this applies to oneself, increasing one's ability to parent their children appropriately.

Dr. Sparks

Dr. Sparks, M.D. - Medical Director / Psychiatrist

Dr. Sparks is a board-certified psychiatrist based in western Montana. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University. After a brief period of time as an actuary, she returned to school to earn her MD from Ohio State University. She completed residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

HShe has over ten years of experience in a wide variety of settings including homeless shelters, urban private not-for-profit facilities, rural community hospitals and outpatient clinics, short-stay units, and state hospitals. She enjoys working in the entire spectrum of mental health, including inpatients and outpatients, adolescents and the elderly.

Dr. Sparks has a particular interest in non-pharmacological treatments including nutrition, exercise, sensory modalities, and wilderness therapy. Her partner, Richard, is also a psychiatrist and they enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, bird watching and traveling -- basically anything outdoors, even in the Montana winters.


Dr. Holt

Dr. Holt, M.D. Psychiatrist

After studying Literature and Philosophy at New College, Dr. Holt served as a forester in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, and taught second grade in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He completed medical training at the University of Florida, followed by Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he also conducted research in brain stimulation and functional neuroimaging.

He has been in clinical practice for over ten years, during which time he has worked primarily in Minnesota and New Zealand while continuing to pursue research interests in quality and safety in mental health care systems. He moved to Montana along with his partner, Dr. Kristen Sparks, in 2015. His interests include cross country skiing, backcountry hiking, bird watching, fly fishing, hunting, and golf.

Dr. Holt

Dr. Joshua J. Cluff, PsyD

Dr. Cluff received his Bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on Trauma Studies and Multicultural Counseling. He subsequently obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Dr. Cluff has worked with a wide range of populations, including adolescent victims of sexual/emotional abuse, elementary-aged inner-city youth, at-risk adolescents and their families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth and adults, adult perpetrators with developmental disorders, adults in a community mental health setting, and university-aged students, faculty, and their families.

Passionate about crisis intervention, he worked for nineteen months as both a phone-based crisis counselor and a clinical member of the Berkeley Mobile-Crisis Team, providing field-based and on-site crisis intervention, response, assessment, de-escalation and mediation for the city of Berkeley, California. He then completed a pre-doctoral internship with the American Psychological Association accredited Counseling and Psychological Services at Oregon State University, providing psychotherapeutic and outreach services to students, faculty, and their dependents. He also worked in a private community counseling center working with adults, adolescents, and families.

Dr. Cluff returned to wilderness therapy in 2007, working with adolescent and young adult clients before committing to a full-time assessment practice, providing psychological evaluation and consultation for clients in both wilderness and residential programs. While continuing his assessment practice, he served as the clinical director of a therapeutic boarding school treating adolescent boys with Asperger Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and other neurological impairments impacting executive functioning, emotional regulation, and social/interpersonal functioning. Throughout his clinical career, he has had the opportunity to design and lead parenting seminars, couples intensives, and workshops supporting adolescents and young adults struggling with life transitions.


Dr. Joshua J. Cluff

Foster W. Cline, M.D.

Foster Cline, is a psychiatrist and physician, and co-founder of The Love and Logic Institute. He runs Turning Winds parents workshops and offers training for the Turning Winds clinical department as well as support services for our client’s families. He is also the author of numerous books on parenting, teaching and dealing with difficult children and their families. Perhaps best known are Parenting with Love and Logic and Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, co-authored with Jim Fay. These books are among the nation's best-selling parenting books, in their 32nd printing, and have been translated into seven foreign languages.

His most recent book co-authored with Lisa Greene is Parenting Children with Health Issues, published by Love and Logic Press In addition to presenting workshops around the world for teachers and parents, Dr. Cline and his wife, Hermie have been conducting couples seminars for more than 35years. They have authored Love and Logic Marriage.

Although he now has an international reputation, Dr. Cline began his professional career by founding Evergreen Consultants, a multidisciplinary clinic located in Evergreen, Colorado where children and their parents come for treatment from throughout the world. Dr. Cline has taught extensively for the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, University of Idaho and other institutions of higher learning. He was awarded in 1985 for Outstanding Contributions to Children by the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Dr. Cline graduated Cum Laude from the University of Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. His internship was spent in the Panama Canal Zone at Gorgas, the Federal Hospital and he completed his adult and child psychiatric residencies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Cline has spoken on numerous occasions to the Colorado Bar Association and the annual meeting of Colorado Judiciary in Vail Colorado. In the last few years, Dr. Cline presented workshops and seminars to professionals in many countries and most states. Foster and his wife, Hermie, married in 1960 and have raised birth, foster and adoptive children.


Education Staff

All of our teachers are fully credentialed, and bring extensive training and experience to their roles. During the admissions process, they begin their assessment of your child’s academic needs. They create an individualized academic program for your child that takes into consideration previous transcripts, diagnoses of learning disabilities, personal interests, talents, and other specific needs or accommodations outlined in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Our educators build on your child’s strengths, and through this one-on-one approach, our students experience the satisfaction of academic success, many for the first time. Thanks in large part to the dedication and passion of our educational staff, almost all of our students go on to college after graduation.


Manon DeMaagd

Manon DeMaagd, M. Ed., Math Teacher

Manon DeMaagd teaches math at Turning Winds and she is a very good teacher and the students love her. Before moving to Idaho, Manon lived her whole life in Michigan where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

For 20 years Manon taught math and English in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  There she worked with regular education as well as alternative education students.  She particularly enjoyed working with students in juvenile detention for a number of years. 

While teaching in Michigan Manon earned a Master of Education degree specifically in mathematics education from Western Michigan University.  After that she was able to work at the junior college level teaching mathematics. 

Manon first heard of Turning Winds when she sent her youngest son to us to overcome issues of anxiety and depression.  Her personal interest in the school provides Manon with a unique perspective for students as she strives to help them be their best.


Russell Thorman

Russell Thorman, Activities Coordinator and Substitute Teacher (Upper-Level Math and Science)

Before transitioning into a mathematics and science teaching position, Russell spent the last 4 years at Turning Winds mentoring, encouraging, and inspiring youth to create positive change. With a big heart and a contagious smile, Russell thrives on making a difference in the lives of others, especially young people. He strives to be a reflection of God’s love to everyone around him and to help guide teens in the process of shaping their lives and their futures.

Russell’s career journey originated in Tennessee where he volunteered at several schools. Shortly after graduating from Southern Adventist University in 2012, he took a position as a resident advisor at Turning Winds in Montana. Along with his resident advising, Russell has been excited to run outdoor trips for Turning Winds, taking students snowboarding and skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking. He started an annual camping week with the goal of bringing students together while teaching them to better themselves.

He also began tutoring math for some of the students and soon discovered that along with helping troubled youth, he also enjoyed teaching. The ideal combination? Teaching math in a place where he could not only share his zeal for numbers but where he could also be an influence.

Russell’s love of mathematics is the sum of his lifelong study and fascination, as well as the product of the knowledge passed down by his math teacher father, Russell’s rational (and sometimes radical) tutor. Together they created the perfect formula of rounding the teacher Russell is today. Some call it passion, others call it eccentricity, but whichever definition you choose, it is clear that Russell is absolutely fantastic at what he does. He sets the bar high in the classroom and encourages the best out of everyone.

When he’s not crunching numbers or working, Russell enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, the love of his life, and their two furry children, a golden retriever puppy and a border collie. Together they share a fondness for the great outdoors and are frequently found exploring their North Idaho home by any means necessary — on foot, on mountain bikes, or snowboards. They enjoy the beauty of nature and the life they share together.


Tony Smith, Social Studies, and English

Tony has spent the last thirty-eight years teaching history and coaching basketball at Troy High School. He has taught required classes in American Government and American History, and developed an elective history series of nine separate classes, including Holocaust History, Native American History, Black Studies, World Religions, America in World War II, America in Vietnam, Social Movements through Music in the 20th Century, Psychology, and a History of the American Civil War. 

In 1995, Tony was one of 40 teachers chosen nationwide to meet with Holocaust survivors and leading Holocaust historians at the official Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, as well as visiting Auschwitz in Poland. Additionally, Tony directed a countless number of dramatic productions at THS, and formed the singing group “Reflection.” In 2009, Tony was inducted into his Alma Mater, Libby High School (MT.) Academic Hall of Fame.

Tony is an avid outdoorsman, one who has hiked 500 of Glacier Park’s 750 miles of trail, enjoys golf, basketball, reading, and music. His primary focus, however, has been the students he has encountered over his many years of teaching. Tony holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Liberal Arts from the University of Montana, and a Master’s Degree (MS) from the University of Oregon in Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology, History, Political Science, and International Relations).


Chase Hill

Chase Hill, M.A., Teacher - English

Chase Hill, currently teaches English at Turning Winds. After traveling to nearly every American state and backpacking across Europe, Chase received his Master's degree in English and his Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northern Arizona University.

He has studied Eastern Orthodox theology, philosophy, and ancient Christian manuscripts. When he's not teaching at Turning Winds, you can find Chase gardening on his land, playing music, exploring the great outdoors, reading, and writing. He finds great joy in education and introducing some of his favorite literary works to the students


Jerome

Jerome, Math & Computer Science

Jerome proudly served in the Air Force from 2001 to 2011. He led men and women while team chief as an electro-mechanical technician. Towards the end of his enlistment, he taught young men and women as an instructor. Jerome left the military shortly after receiving his Master Instructor Badge. It was this love for instruction that brought him to Turning Winds Academic Institute.

After his enlistment, Jerome attended college at Gonzaga University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Math and Computer Science. An avid programmer, he has created multiple cell applications and enjoys spreading his knowledge to anyone willing (or not willing) to listen.


Medical & Operations

We take care of your child’s physical health as well as his or her mental health. Our professional chef works with a nutritionist to ensure that your child enjoys a balanced diet based on his or her specific needs. We have a registered nurse on site, and our students receive routine health evaluations and have the opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have with our medical staff.


Karen Walker Heberling, MS, FNP-BC

Karen is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 18 years experience in Family Health. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners since 1999. She started her career as a nurse in Intensive Care in 1985, working first with neonates and then with pediatric intensive care patients, and finally in adult cardiac and neurologic intensive care units.

Karen graduated from Washington State University with her Masters in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Within two years of graduating, she co-founded a Community Health Center in Bonners Ferry, Idaho from the internal medicine practice of one of her mentors, working there until 2006. From 2006 to 2015, she practiced in Kalispell, Montana. At that time, she moved back to northern Idaho to care for her ailing father until his death. She joined Dr. Geyman's practice a year ago.

Karen has two sons and a stepson, and 6 grandchildren whom she adores. She loves to sing and play guitar, read, hike, cross country, and downhill ski, and do any kind of water sport available!


Charmaine Baisden, Registered Nurse

Charmaine Baisden, Registered Nurse

Charmaine has 20 years of experience in working with adolescents and young adults in the wilderness, group homes, therapeutic boarding schools, and mental health and medical hospitals. She began working as an RN in health care in 2007 at a hospital in Idaho and became a head nurse on the medical and surgical floor.

Since 2010 she has devoted her time solely to Turning Winds. As the healthcare manager at here, she is responsible for all of the healthcare needs of our students. In addition to attending to the healthcare needs of the students, Charmaine is a licensed instructor in CPR and First Aid and trains the staff at Turning Winds in these skills.

Charmaine is also a wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoys spending time with her family.


Shirin Lamp, R.N.

Shirin Lamp, R.N.

Shirin started life in a single parent home, moving out at age 16 and became a mother at age 17. She qualified as being entitled a “troubled youth”. Because of her early start in life, she identifies with and embraces a calling in troubled souls. It is her passion to inspire others toward God, toward a richer quality of life and to serve others with a holistic view of wellness spirit, soul, and body.

Shirin has worked in rural health care for 28 years working in Emergency, Acute Care, ICU, and as Hospital Supervisor. She continues to put in a few shifts a month with a nearby hospital and maintains certifications in ACLS, ENPC, TNCC, PALS. She is an accomplished wife of 25 years, mother, and grandmother. She has and continues to homeschool her children. Her two eldest graduated college with honors, married and currently work as nurses locally.

In 2002 she spent time in Chennai, India with her family doing missionary work, which later turned into a life-long commitment to an orphanage there. She has served in other ministry positions through the years including leading a women's devotional group in Yaak for the past 9 years.

Shirin loves open water swimming, running, camping, harvesting berries and mushrooms, hunting, snowboarding, cross country skiing and a host of other outdoor activities that Yaak has to offer. She enjoys her constant companion, “Zenzi”, her German Shepherd, who accompanies her on all her adventures and is in training for “therapy dog” certification. Shirin was recently crowned “Queen of Yaak” during this year’s “ Yaak Winter Festival” due to her passion for hunting, harvesting and outdoor skills.


Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith, Kitchen Staff

Rebecca Smith, one of the cooks at Turning Winds, joined our staff about a year ago and has been providing nutritious delicious meals to the staff and students ever since.

She comes to Turning Winds with 9 years of experience cooking at a Care Center in the nearby town of Libby, Montana. She thoroughly enjoys cooking and especially enjoys working so closely with the students here.

When she is not cooking, she enjoys hunting, fishing, swimming and spending time with her family.


Veronica Langton

Veronica Langton, Kitchen Staff

Turning Winds has been very fortunate to acquire an excellent international cook, Veronica Langton. Veronica was born and raised in Chile and has always had an interest and talent for cooking new and interesting dishes. She puts her whole heart and love into every meal she prepares.

Veronica's ability to season and prepare excellent dishes has brought a great excitement and eagerness for each mealtime with the students and staff. Veronica has been in the United States for over 15 years where she has worked in the school system as an aide and teaching Spanish in a local one-room schoolhouse.

When she is not preparing yummy meals and pouring over new recipe ideas, Veronica enjoys sewing. She particularly enjoys making costumes and quilting. She and her husband and son live on a small farm, where she cares for her chickens and turkeys.


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