For us, being a Chrysalis leader is its own reward.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Corey earned his undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation from Brigham Young University and is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. After several years of working as a recreation therapist and serving in leadership roles in residential treatment settings, Corey completed a master’s degree in human resources from Utah State University. His desire to study both recreation and organizational leadership came from a deep belief that, in order to help students achieve positive growth, the organizational culture must provide them with an enjoyable, healthy environment conducive to change. Early in 2015, Corey accepted the position of executive director at Chrysalis School in Eureka, Montana.
True to his profession as a recreational therapist, Corey lives to recreate! Corey’s hobbies include distance running, golf, camping, snowboarding and wakeboarding and visiting America’s national parks. He is passionate about college football. He and his wife, Jessica, have three energetic young children, and they love living in an area that has so much in the way of outdoor recreation.
Jake has always had a passion for people and their families, and a commitment to creating lasting change within families. His intuitive therapeutic approach and his calming personality are great assets in working with Chrysalis girls and families. Jake has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University. Since 2008, Jake has been working with youth and their families in a variety of therapeutic settings. Jake spent 2 years working as a staff member of a treatment center for adolescent boys and girls. He has worked as a therapist in a community mental health clinic at Utah State University, and in the Weber State Counseling and Psychological Service Center. His specialties include the treatment of anxiety and depression, emotion regulation, couples, and family therapy.
Jake loves to hike with his wonderful wife and daughter in the outdoors. He also loves all kinds of sports, music and photography.
Darla was born and raised in northwest Montana. She’s had “Eureka moments” ever since calling Eureka home. She graduated college in Montana (with one year of her study completed in Maine) and went on to graduate school at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Darla holds BS and MA degrees in education with a specialization in reading. She has taught all levels of students, from preschool through college, and has enjoyed each and every grade. Creating cross-curricular unit studies is Darla’s all-time favorite educational pursuit.
In keeping with her comprehensive approach to teaching, Darla has immersed herself in various aspects of our therapeutic boarding school since joining us in 2007 – a major Eureka moment for her. Initially, she joined our program staff, then became food services coordinator, taught English 9 and English 11 and has become our academic director. Darla’s extensive background in education makes her an important and valuable leader as she fulfills her directorial role.
Motivating and encouraging the excellent staff of teachers at Chrysalis is an aspect of Darla’s position that is especially rewarding to her. That said, educating kids has never faded as one of her passions. So along with Darla’s responsibilities as academic director, she continues her commitment to transforming young lives one-on-one by teaching English 9.
Over 30 years ago, Darla fell in love with a Midwestern boy named Marty. She’s still in love with him today. They have five children, three of whom are married, one who works and lives nearby and one teenage daughter at home. Three grandchildren immensely bless their lives as well.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Jeremy began working with young people in therapeutic programs over a decade ago. Like many of the students he works with, his first step on this journey was working in a wilderness program, where he spent four seasons in the Utah backcountry before returning to school as a nontraditional student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in adventure education from Plymouth State University in 2007.
Jeremy jumped in with both feet at Chrysalis in January 2008 as a residential and adventure staff member. He continued on to become the designated Lake House parent with his wife, Nikki, from November 2009 to February 2014. In May 2013, Jeremy became the school’s first residential director.
Adventure experiences continue to be a special component of the Chrysalis program to Jeremy, as he witnesses the impact they have on the growth and development of students. However, his focus is on strengthening the residential team and the relationships they have with the Chrysalis student community.
In addition, Jeremy is a talented landscape photographer and holds an associate’s degree in photographic technology. He’s also renowned on campus for inventing key lime pancakes and continues to jump in with both feet – as the first one into the lake every spring.
Carrie is originally from Illinois, where she earned a bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College studying human needs and global resources. She grew to love experiential education during a semester and several summers at HoneyRock Camp in northern Wisconsin, where she led wilderness trips for junior high and high school students.
Carrie’s work with adolescents spans 12 years, with a special focus on at-risk youth. After working at a residential home for street girls in South Africa, she knew that she wanted to help youth and their families in a holistic way. Since then, she has worked as a wilderness therapy field instructor in Utah, a summer club coordinator for refugee students in the Chicago suburbs, as a case manager at Chrysalis for two years and has now been working in admissions at Chrysalis for over three years.
Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband and son, family and friends, cooking and just about anything the great outdoors has to offer, including hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, running and gardening. She loves living in small-town Montana and looks forward to helping you explore how Chrysalis can help your family.
Dave grew up in Upstate New York where he also attended college at SUNY Oswego studying Chemistry and Cognitive Science. He grew up as the fourth generation on land that had once been part of the family farm, just down the road from the farmhouse where his grandfather was born. From an early age his parents encouraged him to spend as much time outside as possible which began a lifelong love of outdoor pursuits.
Dave left NY to begin working at his first Wilderness Program. Quite by accident he found the profession that would become his career. Dave’s passion has become sharing the lessons he has learned through the years with newer Residential Staff.
Dave has worked in the therapeutic field for more than a decade in various capacities. A majority of that time has been spent working in direct care positions with teenagers and young adults. It also included a few years at a therapeutic nursery school while living in Alaska.
Dave and his partner share many outdoor passions. Their playful sense of competition pushing each of them towards new horizons, whether snowboarding, backpacking, cycling, white water rafting, or running. Dave also enjoys reading, working on his truck, and playing in the kitchen.
Admissions Counselor and HR Recruiter
Admissions Counselor and HR Recruiter
Robin was born and raised in a small ranching community in central Montana. She loved growing up in that environment and the time spent riding horses, doing ranch work and being outside. Robin later moved to Oregon where she became employed with the State of Oregon Judicial Department and worked in the court system for several years.
After her first daughter was born, Robin started her own business doing legal transcription and enjoyed that for many years. In 2005 she moved back to what will always be home – Montana.
Robin started working at Chrysalis in 2011. She began in the business office and soon learned that her favorite part of her work was the interaction she had with students and their families. With that goal in mind, she took the position of Case Manager at Lake House, and then as the Residential Manager.
She loves that her job is ever-changing, fun, and fast-paced, with no two days the same. Robin is thankful and humbled that she is is able to witness the growth and change that girls and their families experience at Chrysalis, and grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with them.
Robin is married to her wonderful husband, Kelly, and has two daughters, Cami and Katie. They have a dog, two cats, and one very stubborn and tenacious beta fish. They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and most any other outdoor activity that living in beautiful northwestern Montana affords.
Vicki and her family moved to Montana, from Colorado, 34 years ago. Her home is the log house that Vicki and her husband, Ken, built for their family. They love the Eureka area – the beauty, the small-town atmosphere, the people, and the wonderful activities available.
Vicki became a part of the Chrysalis family in 2002 and worked for five years with the students as cook, mentor, transporter, and shopper. With a background in accounting, she began to work in the business office and for five years worked in the Chrysalis accounting department. Vicki now serves as the Outcomes Administrator for Chrysalis. She has opportunity to talk with the girls on a regular basis and very much enjoys helping them to utilize the OutComes Tools. Vicki also serves as administrative assistant in the business office where each day there are new opportunities to learn and grow.
Vicki finds work at Chrysalis extremely rewarding, as she sees the transformation of young lives during the time they spend on our campus. In her spare time, Vicki loves to play with her ten grandchildren, to cook for her large family, to read, to sew, to play music, and to ride her Harley Davidson with her husband.