Chris Austin MA, LPC, NCC
Chris recently relocated to the Lake Ozark area from Kansas City for the specific purpose of becoming a member of the CALO clinical team. She left a private practice of 25 years to pursue this position, after hearing of the meaningful work being done at CALO, and recognizing the parallels between her own philosophy in the treatment of children and adolescents with trauma and attachment needs, and the philosophy and practices at CALO. Chris received a Masters degree in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she graduated with honors. She also holds a degree in Special Education, and worked as a teacher and school counselor for ten years prior to entering private practice. Early in her career, Chris recognized the need, and became aware of her strong passion for helping children and adolescents and their families with the challenges of facilitating healing and growth following experiences of early childhood neglect, trauma, and family separations. Her practice focused on children who were adopted, were in the process of being adopted, or were in the foster care system awaiting some type of permanency in their lives. She has extensive experience in individual and family therapy services, both in the office and in the home setting. Through the course of her work in private practice, Chris worked for ten years with an associate professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who specializes in attachment and trauma, along with a team of therapists from around the country, treating families through intensive treatment experiences. This experience provided her with valuable training in working with families in crisis. Through this process she participated in a research study and co-published the results of that study documenting the success of the intensive treatment model. Chris is very excited about the opportunity to work with the students at CALO and their families, as well as the specialized team of professionals. She feels privileged to be a part of the growth and positive change of the CALO students and their families. Chris and her husband, Scott are looking forward to enjoying the lake area, with many visits from their three adult sons and their families, which include two grandchildren.
Stephanie Dixon MS, LPC
Stephanie joined the Boys Clinical Team in August 2015. She spent her childhood growing up in Iowa until her family moved to Missouri. After high school, she attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. She has since completed certificate programs in both Forensic Child Psychology and Crime Victim Advocacy. Stephanie has spent most of her career working with adults and teenagers who have been the victims of violent and sexual crime, and has extensive experience with crisis intervention. She continues to teach Psychology courses for Missouri State University in order to share her ongoing passion for the field. Stephanie has completed 7 half marathons and is currently training to conquer a full marathon.
Tom Belshe MS, LPC, NCC
Tom is a Missouri native who joined the CALO team after 22 years of experience in the mental health field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biology and Psychology and his Master of Science degree with a dual emphasis in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Central Missouri State University. His early experience involved working in Community Mental Health with Dual Diagnosis patients suffering with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders followed by five years of experience with the Missouri Division of Youth Services where he worked as a Youth Specialist and Regional Family Therapist serving 12-21 year old youth and their families. After leaving the Division of Youth Services, Tom joined a private practice in Osage Beach while also developing his own Private Practice which he operated for the past 15 years. The majority of the clients served through his private practice setting were youth within the foster care system and pre and post adoption cases with children often dealing with PTSD, developmental trauma and attachment related concerns.
Josh Nordean M.S. LPC
Josh joins the Calo team after relocating with his family from Tulsa, OK where he has worked with teens in a variety of settings for the past 14 years as a teacher, coach, youth mentor, case manager, pastor and therapist. After learning about Calo, he was inspired by the synergy between his own treatment philosophy and the relational emphasis of the Calo model as it focuses on addressing the underlying issues of trauma and attachment rather than solely on behavior. Josh graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University w/ a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Counseling after spending a year working at the Tulsa Boys Home, a residential facility serving students with a variety of issues related to substance abuse, trauma and attachment. Most recently he has worked as a therapist for the mental health crisis team in Tulsa County serving over 700,000 residents and working with law enforcement and various inpatient facilities to ensure the safety of those in crisis as well as the severely mentally ill. He has experience working with clients and families from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and is excited to join the Calo family and bring his experience alongside the variety of dynamic therapies provided at Calo to help facilitate healing for students and their families. Josh enjoys anything related to sports and being outdoors and loves spending time with his wife and three sons.
Makayla Stanton, LMSW
Makayla rejoined Calo after previously working as a residential coach with the teen boys program from 2014-2015. Makayla moved to Colorado after leaving Calo to pursue both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work. Makayla graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado with a Bachelor of Social Work degree with honors. While completing her undergraduate degree, Makayla worked as a direct-care staff at a residential treatment facility for adolescent and young adult males, many of whom had extensive trauma histories. Following that, Makayla attended the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in Denver, Colorado and completed the Advanced Standing program in 10 months’ time. She earned her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in mental health, as well as an Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate. Throughout her academic career, Makayla focused on the impact that trauma has on attachment, as well as the human-animal connection as a modality for treatment and healing. Makayla had the opportunity at the University of Denver to work with her personal dog, Boone, and he is currently certified as a therapy dog through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. Though the decision to leave the beautiful state of Colorado was difficult, Makayla truly believes in the mission of Calo, making it an easy decision to return to the place that marked the beginning of her career!
Olivia recently moved to the Lake Ozark area from Ann Arbor, Michigan to join the Calo team. The mission and philosophy of Calo resonated so profoundly with Olivia’s values that she decided to take the risk of relocating. Originally from the New York City area, Olivia received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has always had a great passion for building supportive relationships and being a part of empowering and healing environment for youth. Before Calo, Olivia worked as a therapist in a short-term crisis shelter for at-risk adolescents. Her past experiences also include working as a school social worker, an after-school educator, youth-program developer, community-center counselor, youth mentor, and camp counselor. Olivia’s clinical work is deeply trauma-informed and attachment-based and is rooted in empathetic listening, building healthy relationships, effective communication and providing a safe space for youth to express themselves. When not at Calo, Olivia can be found outside, reading whichever book is on top of the closest pile of her many collections of books at home, writing poetry, exploring the area, trying to find the best local coffee shop, or baking bread!
My name is Josh Kelley and I am the Team Lead for the Chiefs. I was raised through my high school years here at Lake of the Ozarks. In April of 2014, I became a full-time member of the Calo team. I have held multiple positions while here at Calo from a daytime coach, to overnight coach, to shift lead and now in the role of team lead of the Chiefs. I have worked in the boys program at Calo for over 3 years now and am excited to get the opportunity to work alongside the kids and be apart of their growth.
Chad Hickam B.S, Masters in History
My name is Chad Hickam, I have been at CALO for almost 1 year now and am currently a Team Lead for the Spartan’s Team. I am a single father of a great son named Riley; who is 14. Prior to coming to CALO I have served both in the military and in civil service in Law Enforcement. I have college education in various backgrounds of Exercise Science, Nutrition, History, and Criminal Justice. I also work in the fitness field and compete in Strongman Competitions(As seen on TV). I have a sports background of Football, Hockey and Rugby as well as studying the martial art of peace in Aikido. Another passion of mine is Radio where I part-time moonlight as a on-air DJ for a local radio station. I look forward in working with our students and helping in any way I can for their future success in life. Sincerely, Chad Hickam Spartan’s Team Lead
I am a family man with two daughters and a wife. I have a love for the outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing.
I started as a coach in the Teen Boys program and was then promoted to the Irises Team Lead. I love what I do here and am fully invested in changing the lives of the young people I come in contact with every single day. I am married and have a 3 year old son. My experience prior to Calo is varied. I am a U.S. Navy Veteran of 4 years where I served as a Sonar Technician on the USS Russell DDG 59. After my service, I went into the Oil Field as an Electronics Technician for 2 years until the oil field was unstable. I then decided to move closer to family out here in Missouri and found Calo. Once I started here at Calo I knew that this was where I was supposed to be. I love working with the students and couldn’t imagine being happier anywhere else.