Management Team

jchristensen@utahvalleyfamilysupport.org

Janelle Christensen, MSW
Executive Director

Janelle has been involved with the Family Support & Treatment Center in various ways since 2010. Starting out as a volunteer, Janelle spent time with children in the nursery while completing her undergrad program and stayed for her internship. She has since been the agency’s Houseparent, Education Specialist, Parent Advocate, and even receptionist for a little while. She returned to Family Support after completing her MSW at Columbia University. Janelle is passionate about helping individuals and families live a happy, healthy life and truly believes that the services offered at Family Support make a lasting difference for our community. She feels incredibly fortunate to work with and be a part of such a fantastic team.

When she isn’t at work, Janelle enjoys going on walks, watching cooking shows, reading young adult novels, and mostly playing with her two children.

Joy O'Banion

Joy O'Banion, LCSW, RPT-S
Director of Strategy

In November 2012, the Board of Directors of the Family Support & Treatment Center officially named the building in honor of Joy A. O’Banion to recognize her unwavering personal commitment and ongoing years of service to the organization. Joy served as the agency’s Executive Director for over 25 years from August 1989 through September 2014. Currently, as Director of Strategy, Joy remains an integral part of decision making and adherence to the agency’s mission. However, she now spends more time as a therapist, working directly with the individuals, children and family she loves. She holds Master’s degrees in both Sociology and Social Work; she is licensed at the LCSW level; and she is certified as Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Joy’s clinical experience includes working with both adult and child victims of abuse as well as other issues related to trauma. She specializes in Play Therapy and especially enjoys working with children and parents who struggle with relationship difficulties.

Stuart Harper

Stuart Harper, LCSW, RPT-S
Treatment Coordinator

Stuart received his MSW degree from BYU and has worked at Family Support for more than twenty years. As the Treatment Coordinator his time is shared between administrative, supervisory and therapy responsibilities. He is extremely committed to the often undervalued principle of the therapeutic relationship being most essential in the healing process. Because of this, Stuart is drawn to practice models that are grounded in Carl Rogers’ Client Centered theory. It is his belief that working with people’s abuse, trauma, attachment, loss or other general mental health concerns is  considered an honor. His love for children motivates him to maintain the post-graduate credential of Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Stuart also teaches child safety classes at the Utah County Children’s Justice Center, and is an adjunct professor at BYU in the graduate school of social work.

When not working he can be found spending time in the outdoors, cheering his children on at soccer events, watching the History Channel, or scrounging thrift stores for vinyl records.

Rachelle Hardman
Prevention Coordinator

Rachelle began working at the Family Support & Treatment Center in 2007, after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Social Work from Utah Valley University. As the Parent Advocate, she traveled nearly a third of the state, providing parent education to many families who had limited access to resources in their communities. She is passionate about showing all families dignity and respect, and her own experience as a single parent helped her to manage the delicate balance of advocating for both parents and children in difficult situations.

In 2012, Rachelle became the Coordinator for the agency’s Crisis Respite Nursery, a position in which her relaxed manner quickly puts both children and parents at ease. She is able to see past the frustration parents feel or the rage in a child’s eyes to help them express their feelings of fear and pain. As the current Prevention Coordinator, she supervises a team of Education Specialists in addition to her responsibilities to the Crisis Nursery and its staff.

In April 2018, Rachelle was honored as the recipient of the Professional of the Year award by the Utah County Child Abuse Prevention Team. Her service to the agency, its children and families, and to the community at large represents a belief that each of us matters and together we can accomplish great things.

Treatment Team

Rachel Blaylock

Rachel Blaylock, LCSW

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. She has been working at Family Support & Treatment Center as a therapist since 2012 and has treated children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma. She
has previous work experience advocating for individuals in Mental Health Court and working with children in the school setting. She has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and other various modalities. Rachel feels privileged to witness the healing process and strongly believes that each person has an innate capacity for healing and growth. She enjoys seeing individuals connect with their inherent worth and feel empowered in their lives.

When not at work, Rachel enjoys spending time in the mountains, reading, being with family and going to the theater.

Leslie Bingham

Leslie Bingham, LCSW

Leslie Bingham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her bachelor degree in Social Work from BYU-Idaho in 2011 and her master degree in Social Work at BYU in 2016. She is from Idaho and is passionate about people, books and traveling. Leslie enjoys being a part of an agency that works to prevent and treat trauma as well as helping families to heal and thrive. She has been at Family Support & Treatment Center since 2015 and works with children, families and adults.

Leslie has been an advocate for children for many years. It was during her three years of working at DCFS in Idaho that she decided to become a therapist who works with children who have experienced trauma. It was at that time that she recognized the importance of helping children navigate life’s struggles and develop needed coping skills. Leslie has specific training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and EMDR. She is passionate about helping people and healing.
Emily Steele 2

Emily Steele, CSW

Emily Steele has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma. She has worked with children and their parents in several settings, including Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Utah State Hospital. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2015 and 2017, respectively. She has conducted and presented research studying parent-child relationships as well as various treatment modalities used to address combat trauma. Emily takes a client-centered approach to therapy, believing that the client is the expert. She enjoys helping people discover their own solutions and is confident in the ability that all people have to heal and progress. Emily’s specialties include trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, parenting and family relationships. Emily has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.

Emily enjoys traveling, hiking, art, music, and candles that smell nice. When not in the office, you will likely find Emily in the mountains or at a Thai restaurant.

Kelli Murray

Kelli Murray, LCSW

Kelli Murray’s love for children and drive to help them heal motivated her to become a social worker.  Since receiving her MSW from the University of Utah in 2009,  Kelli has worked with children through Wasatch Mental Health, Utah Foster Care, and the Family Support & Treatment Center, where she currently works as a therapist. Kelli is passionate about working with victims of childhood sexual abuse. Kelli is devoted to teaching abuse prevention and helping families and loved ones support victims through the healing process.

In addition to her professional work, Kelli enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, reading, board games and doing puzzles.

Kerri Robison

Kerri Robinson, LCSW

Kerri Robinson received her MSW from Brigham Young University and has worked as a psychotherapist at Family Support & Treatment Center for twenty years. She is committed to her work at this agency with children, teens, adults and their families in their own individual journey to grow and to heal. She believes that the interaction between the therapeutic relationship and the power inside an individual to make changes does positively affect his or her life. She feels honored to be able to facilitate and witness the healing process in her work as a therapist. She has experience working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, divorce, single-parenting and step-family adjustment. Her love includes working with children using play therapy and experiential modalities.

Outside of her clinical practice, Kerri has written an article in Helping and Healing our Families: Principles and Practices published by Brigham Young University about single parent dating, addressing and balancing the issues and needs of both the parent and child.

Lindsay Howard

Lindsay Howard, CSW

Lindsay received her bachelor’s degree (Family Studies) and MSW from BYU. Before her work at FSTC, she worked with victims of abuse at Utah County’s Children’s Justice Center, as well as youth and adults in crisis. Lindsay’s focus for the last several years has been helping children, teens, and adults heal from trauma and abuse. She also helps individuals with general mood and anxiety disorders. Lindsay has received training in play therapy, sand tray, CBT, DBT, Trauma Focused CBT, and parent-child relationships. She uses her knowledge of these methods in her practice.

Lindsay loves to go to new places and on adventures, big and small. Lindsay appreciates her time outside camping and hiking. She enjoys painting with watercolors and acrylics. Lindsay likes to begin art projects and learn new forms of art. In her free time, she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her family and friends.

Chase Morgan, CSW

Chase grew up in Provo, Utah and received his MSW from Brigham Young University. He specializes in working with anxiety, depression, and trauma. He previously worked for four years with teenagers and has also worked at an adult crisis center and a substance abuse treatment facility. Chase likes to take a client-centered approach to therapy and has received training in Sand Tray, Play Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT, along with interventions from CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, and mindfulness practice. Chase enjoys working with the parents of his children and teen clients to help them feel empowered. Chase is also fluent in Spanish from time spent in Central America and Spain.

He loves to travel and be adventurous with his young family. He loves all things sports, particularly golf, baseball, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. He uses his love for the outdoors to connect with his clients and help them find the potential within them.

Chase grew up in Provo, Utah and received his MSW from Brigham Young University. He specializes in working with anxiety, depression, and trauma. He previously worked for four years with teenagers and has also worked at an adult crisis center and a substance abuse treatment facility. Chase likes to take a client-centered approach to therapy and has received training in Sand Tray, Play Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT, along with interventions from CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, and mindfulness practice. Chase enjoys working with the parents of his children and teen clients to help them feel empowered. Chase is also fluent in Spanish from time spent in Central America and Spain.

He loves to travel and be adventurous with his young family. He loves all things sports, particularly golf, baseball, skiing, rock climbing, and hiking. He uses his love for the outdoors to connect with his clients and help them find the potential within them.

Prevention Team

Cassie Strate

Cassie Strate:
Education Specialist, Parenting

Cassie has been with Family Support and Treatment Center since 2016. She graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Public Health and emphasis in Child Development, and is currently working on her Masters in Public Health. Before becoming an education specialist, Cassie worked with pregnant refugees and their children in Salt Lake which sprouted her passion for helping families find joy. She is originally from Colorado, loves traveling, gardening, and soaking up the sun!

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis:
Education Specialist

Lauren recently graduated from Utah Valley University in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Studies. She is a licensed Family Life Educator and is certified in Trauma and Crisis Response. Lauren believes many of the issues families and individuals face today can be improved, and more importantly, prevented, by education on how to develop healthy relationships. She is passionate about creating happy, healthy families and excited to have her own someday!
Jenna Labrum

Jenna Labrum:
Volunteer Coordinator

Jenna started working for FSTC in 2016 as an education specialist, and recently became the volunteer coordinator. She has a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies and is currently working on her Masters of Social Work at BYU. While working for FSTC, Jenna has developed a passion for child and teen mental health and empowering individuals through prevention education and treatment. She is originally from Vernal, UT and a lover of popcorn, volleyball, boating, and pickleball.

Claire Hinckley:
Adoption Respite Specialist

Claire has been with the Family Support & Treatment Center since August of 2017 as the Adoption Respite Specialist Coordinator. She received her Bachelors degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She enjoys sewing, comfy sweatshirts, Chick-fil-a, and making homemade pasta.

Administrative Team

Ruth Mitsuda:
Business Manager

After receiving a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Ruth’s work experiences transitioned into the accounting field. Previous to joining our team, she worked at a non-profit, Friends Of Youth, in Washington state for over 8 years in their accounting department. She has been with Family Support & Treatment Center for over 12 years in the billing department. Ruth has established a consistent relationship with insurance companies and state agencies. She enjoys that her role allows her to be involved with all programs at the agency.
Ruth has 5 children and eleven grandchildren. She loves spending time with grandchildren and family.

Aimee Lohner:
Billing Assistant

Aimee has loved being a part of the Family Support & Treatment Center team.  She is a strong advocate for families and is grateful for the opportunity to help individuals and families get the help and support they need.  She brings more than fifteen years of medical billing and customer service experience to the agency and enjoys working on the administration team.  She loves the outdoors and living close to the mountains.  She also loves running, hiking, boating, dancing, being with friends and spending time with her family.

Andra Koether:
Office Manager

Andra has been with the agency nearly seven years and has 15+ years experience in an office setting. She considers Family Support a second home and has grown to love everyone she gets to work with. She enjoys being the office manager because of the opportunity it provides to work closely with both clients and coworkers. An avid puzzler, Andra is able to problem solve and multi-task to coordinate scheduling, as well as other needs of the agency. Some of her biggest loves outside of work include spending time with her two children, hiking, camping, and going to the symphony or opera.

Monse Lopez

Monse Lopez:
Afternoon Receptionist

Monse has been with the agency for a little over a year now. She is currently a student at Utah Valley University studying Health Services Administration. Monse is passionate about the agency’s values and goals and enjoys working with children every day. During her free time she enjoys Latin dancing, reading, and traveling.