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, 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.


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.


David Armstrong, Operations Manager

As one of the Operations Managers at Turning Winds, David brings a strong knowledge of education, mental health and substance abuse training. David received his Bachelor’s in Education from Montana State University - Northern. He started his career teaching on the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation in Montana and it was at this point he was drawn to working with at-risk youth and their families.

David has experience managing treatment teams, working with at-risk youth, caring for clients with mental disabilities and helping clients overcome substance abuse and other addictions. David prides himself in continually learning, connecting with both his team of professionals and enhancing the experience of the students in the Turning Winds program. David’s passion for assisting at-risk youth change their lives fuels his work at Turning Winds.

David enjoys spending time with his wife and their 4 children, camping, hiking and enjoying the beautiful North Idaho area.

Jared Waxbom

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.


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.


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, 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.


Emily Winebark, 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.


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.


Brian Huff

Brian has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Brian received his Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in Saint Louis in the spring of 2016. Prior to becoming a Therapist for Turning Winds, Brian was employed as the Adult Foster Care Program Manager and the PACT Team Lead Program Supervisor at The Center for Mental Health in Helena, Montana.

During his Master program, Brian was the Program Director for TableWisdom in Saint Louis. Before earning his Master Degree Brian was a Behavioral Health Intervention Services worker at Innovative Counseling and Consulting located in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as the Team Lead at Candeo in Johnston, Iowa. When not working, Brian enjoys hiking, fishing, biking, and exploring the National Forests in Montana.


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.


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.


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

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, 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

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).


Greg Collins

Greg hails from Polson, Montana situated in the Flathead Valley in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, which is a couple of mountain ranges south of Turning Winds Academic Institute. While living abroad, he has enjoyed an extensive international educational/counseling experience (over 30 years), teaching and providing counseling services at private schools with his wife, Elizabeth (music teacher) and their two sons. Both of their sons spent their educational/cultural experiences in private schools in Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Eurasia, Asia, and the USA.

Greg has earned the following university degrees: MS Clinical Psychology, BA Psychology, BA French, holding licensure in School Counseling and teaching licenses in both Psychology and French.

In addition, he has pursued post-graduate (MS.Ed.) work in group psychotherapy and multicultural psychotherapy. Greg is currently a candidate as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) by the state of Montana, where has performed therapy work as an LCPC candidate within a school district near his home in western Montana. In addition, he has extensive experience as an international university placement counselor, facilitating applicants’ admissions to some of the premier universities and colleges in North America, Great Britain, Europe, and the rest of the world.

Greg enjoys the outdoor opportunities in which living in the pristine Rocky Mountains offers with his family and this wolf-like dog, Mischa: including fly fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, and participating in completive 5K running events, whether in a foreign country or in western Montana. An avid reader, Greg’s beloved book is A River Runs Through It (Norman Mcclean, 1976).


Terry Herman

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, 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.


Dr. Milan Patel

In November 2016, Dr. Patel enthusiastically accepted the position of Medical Director of Turning Winds Academic Institute in Yaak, MT to work with adolescent patients. Dr. Patel was born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area. He completed his undergraduate education at Boston College, graduating magna cum laude in 1999.

Following a successful career in corporate finance and business development, his growing interest in the relationship between the body and brain led him to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Patel completed his medical education at the State University of New York in New York City. He completed his psychiatric training with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch, serving as Chief Resident during his final year.

Dr. Patel was awarded the Outstanding Psychiatric Resident Award in 2015, Robert B. White Award For Clinical Excellence in 2014 and nominated for the university’s notable Outstanding First Year Resident Award in 2012. Dr. Patel joined the medical staff at Montana State Hospital in 2015 to focus his practice on the medical care of individuals suffering from the most severe forms of mental illness.

In 2016, he was appointed President of Medical Staff at the hospital. In addition, he provides limited community consultations. Dr. Patel’s previous practice activities have most recently included serving as the lead psychiatrist at The Watershed Addiction Treatment Program of Texas supporting individuals in the earliest stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Other staff appointments include Kingwood Pines Hospital (Kingwood, TX), Timberlawn Mental Health System (Dallas, TX) and Devereux Texas (League City, TX) caring for children, adolescent and adult patients.


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 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 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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