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.
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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!
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, 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, Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operations Officer, 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, 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.
Eric Loesch, Admissions Director
A new addition to the Turning Winds family, Eric is excited and eager to continue his mission to help others discover their true potential and find a new way of life; one of purpose, joy, and success. As Director of Admissions, Eric stands on the front lines guiding families through the admissions process in the midst of crisis and tragedy so that their loved one may receive the help they so desperately need and deserve.
Since an early age, Eric has felt a strong desire to help others and has spent of much of his life doing so. Over the years he has participated in a variety of service trips, volunteer efforts, and community service projects including what he titles the most rewarding, a Spring break trip to New Orleans to assist in the relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After graduating from Seton Hall University magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree, Eric entered into the substance abuse and mental health field where he has worked passionately for nearly a decade. He spent the first several years of his career working face to face with substance abuse and mental health patients and played an intricate role in their day to day activities and treatment. For the past half-decade, Eric has worked exclusively in admissions, speaking with thousands of struggling families and loved ones each year and working with each to find a solution because no child nor family should have to face this battle alone.
A recent newlywed, Eric, his wife and their Yorkie named Clover are excited to explore their new home in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy all the new adventures that await them.
Dr. John Gordon, M.D., P.L.L.C.
Dr. Gordon is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist in practice in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He grew up in Kellogg, Idaho where he graduated from Kellogg High School. After graduation from Whitman College, he finished medical school at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon.
After a Straight Medical Internship in Philadelphia, where he was voted “Best Medical Intern”, he returned to Portland for two years of adult psychiatry and one year of child fellowship. His last two years of training were at the University of Michigan Health Sciences Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he functioned as Chief Resident in his last year. He then became a Clinical Instructor in Child Psychiatry for a year.
He has held the position of Staff Child Psychiatrist at Hawthorne Center in Northville, Michigan in charge of the Outpatient Clinic and later the Psychosomatic Unit. In Idaho, he was Medical Director at Pinecrest Hospital for one year, Child Psychiatrist at Spokane Mental Health for five years and he has been in part-time clinical practice for the past twenty-five years. He is a consultant to Seven Oaks Community Homes in Post Falls and Valley Vista Care Center in Sandpoint.
He enjoys the outdoors and loves to hike, sail and kayak. He likes getting together with friends he grew up within Kellogg and his two grown sons who live in Oregon. He particularly enjoys traveling in his small camper van especially when he can find backroads in remote campgrounds.
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.
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.
Jared Waxbom, Operations Manager
Jared Waxbom, a native of Oregon, moved to Montana 18 years ago, found that he loves it here and now calls Montana home. After having worked at another therapeutic wilderness program for teens, he came to Turning Winds where he has been an exemplary member of our staff. Known for his dedication to his work, he is loved by the students as they learn from him and grow through his direction. Jared has been with Turning Winds now for four years. In his spare time, Jared is an enthusiastic member of the local softball team and serves as President of the Softball Association. His love of fishing, hunting and camping has produced some tasty treats, which he kindly shares with members of the staff as well as the students.
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.
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
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 Onondaga 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 the 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.
Annie Humphreys, LPC & CAC
Annie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor, Level III. received her BA in Psychology and Human Services from Metro State University in Denver, CO in 2007; MA in Clinical Counseling in 2012; and is currently completing her Doctoral Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy by Spring 2019.
Annie has experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy services in both residential and outpatient settings, as well as providing in-home counseling services for adolescents and their families. Annie’s passion has been working with substance use disorder populations, providing DUI Level I and II Education and
Therapy Classes, and counseling services to opioid-dependent individuals. Annie was born and raised in Southern California and enjoys playing basketball, soccer and sand volleyball in her free time. Her favorite pastime is enjoying time with her two kids and traveling
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.
Jewel Robinson, MFT - Therapist
Turning Winds Academic Institute, a therapeutic boarding school, is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jewel Robinson who will join the Clinical team.
Jewel is a Marriage and Family Therapist who comes to Turning Winds from Farmington, Connecticut with a range of experience. She specializes in working with children and adolescents but has also worked with the adult population in substance abuse, trauma and dual diagnosis. She has experience working in a variety of different settings from Schools, Outpatient, In-home, Extended Day Treatment, and Residential programs.
Jewel completed her master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology minor in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University.
Jewel is a systems based therapist, trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She works off creating relationships to meet you exactly where you are. Her philosophy is we all have a self and what we need to succeed in life, but through life experiences, difficulties and transitions we sometimes forget our strengths.
Because all we see is the difficulties in front of us, or we are clouded by the stress. Jewel believes in the process, and we each have our own work and process to journey through.
Jewel is a proud aunt of three adventurous, loving nephews. She enjoys being active and adventurous which includes; playing soccer, basketball, boxing, competing in Warrior Dashes and Tough Mudder's. She was a Division 1 Soccer player who was captain for 3 of the years, and played Semiprofessional for three years.
Tara Stever, LAC Drug and Addictions Counselor
Tara has made a huge impact on many of the Turning Winds students as a drug and addictions counselor, leading group therapy sessions and counseling with them. She has been a drug and alcohol counselor for the past 13 years in central Oregon. Two years ago, she moved to Yaak, Montana to live on her family property.
Before coming to work at Turning Winds, Tara owned the Choices Treatment Center for two years which served adolescents, teens and adults. She has also worked for six years in the adolescent residential outpatient program at Rim Rock Trails in the Phoenix Program which was a part of the Madras Oregon Juvenile Department wrap-around team.
Tara loves to hike, fish and hunt, but she really loves spending time with her wonderful grandchildren.
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, 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.
Tony Smith, Social Studies and English Teacher
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).
Terry Herman, Special Education
Terry obtained her teaching degree from Montana State University - Billings. She began the teaching profession in Browning Public Schools and spent the majority of her time teaching in Troy Public Schools. Terry specialized in designing and implementing individualized educational plans to facilitate student success.
Terry has worked as the educational component at the therapy program in Troy Schools. The last couple of years, Tony has mentored new teachers in the Troy Schools and supervises student teachers for Western Governors University. Terry’s volunteer activities include mentoring students and conducting story time at Troy County Library. Terry loves playing with her grandchildren. She likes to read, garden and do yoga. Her outdoor activities include hiking, river rafting and cross-country skiing.
Jerome Bjornstad, Math and Science Teacher
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.
Jeff Husmann, Teacher
Jeff Husmann, born in the state of Iowa, teaches English at Turning Winds. After earning a Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in Education from the University of Iowa, he started his teaching career in rural Wisconsin before moving to New Hampshire where he has taught the past 16 years. In addition to his teaching experience, Jeff has also coached a variety of sports including soccer and cross country skiing and has lead several adventure based trips throughout the country. Jeff’s enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and ability to connect with students, parents, and staff help contribute to the learning community we strive for at Turning Winds.
When he is not in school, Jeff can be found exploring the backcountry on skis, mountain biking, canoeing, or working on his own poetry.
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.
Brody Hug, RN, Health Care Manager
Turning Winds is fortunate to have recently hired Brody Hug as the Health Care Manager. Brody moved from Michigan and now lives in Montana with his family. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University and as a Registered Nurse, he is our Health Care Manager, managing the three nurses who provide 24-hour nursing care at Turning Winds.
Brody brings a wide variety of experience to this position, as he worked in Critical Care in the Intensive Care Unit at Marquette General Hospital in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has a great passion for helping people and feels that it is important to help others wherever he is. He and his wife spent 6 months working with orphans for 6 months. He also has been a Critical Care Travel Nurse for several years before coming to work at Turning Winds.
Brody also attended school in Ontario, Canada where he learned how to build handcrafted log homes and had the experience of building a log home as part of his schooling. Brody loves working with children and he brings great compassion and knowledge to his position at Turning Winds. He and his wife have three children and they love anything associated with the great outdoors. He particularly loves working with his hands, building and improving things around his home and serving others with his church group.
Megan Tchakarov, L.P.N.
Megan Tchakarov is a Michigan native. The oldest of 5 children, she grew up in a lively, active household. Her parents loved children and valued God and work, and taught all their kids the wonder and fun of a hard days labor.
From drilling water wells with Dad, raising animals on their small farm, and daily domestic duties with Mom, life was far from dull. From the age of 3, Megan’s family fostered children and welcomed over 150 kids of various ages into their home during their fostering years. Children were a part of life for Megan, a passion that she would carry into her adulthood.
Megan graduated from a practical nursing school from Northern Michigan University in 2010 and has a passion for quality care, relationships, accuracy, and thoroughness. Megan worked as a charge nurse for a senior care and rehab center, as well as being Mom to three awesome kids before joining Turning Winds.
She began working as a nurse for Turning Winds in May of 2018, and especially enjoys seeing the change that can occur in a young person life with lots of time invested and hard work.
“I love the Turning Winds team. We are committed to excellence and going above and beyond to investing in our students future. They ARE the future. They matter, and we will give them our very best while they are under our care.”
Megan and her family reside here in the Yaak, and enjoy dirt biking, snowmobiling, sledding, house remodeling, and teaching their kids to fish among many other simple joys. “We are blessed!”
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.
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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