At Calo, we take pride in our rigorous hiring process. Our Residential Team is hired based on cultural fit. We look for people with servant hearts and growth mindsets. Calo’s coaches are the unsung heroes. Many of our front-line coaches have been with Calo for years; unheard of in a field where 1 to 2 year stints are the standard. Many of our coaches are also adopted and have deep empathy for what your child has been through.
Program Experience Manager
Susi was born, and also adopted, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised, along with her two adopted siblings, in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from the Winchester-Thurston School, she attended Gordon College in Wenham, MA. There, she met her husband, Gary, to whom she has been married for 23 years. They have two sons whom Susi has homeschooled throughout their lives. Susi spent a number of years working for American Express in Boston. She also worked for several years in a county social services office in North Dakota while also working as a juvenile tracker with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. Susi's favorite and most fulfilling job was, however, being a stay at home mom. Susi has also been involved in youth ministry for years through Young Life and at Calvary Chapel Lake of the Ozarks. Her life experience as a person who has struggled with past trauma and attachment issues is just part of the reason she feels so at home at Calo. She loves to see young people and their families find healing and joy and is honored to be a part of that process. Susi often tells people that since beginning her journey at Calo 5 years ago, she has never gone to work, as she considers this her second home. She cannot imagine "working" anywhere else!
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.
I am a family man with two daughters and a wife. I have a love for the outdoors. I enjoy hunting and fishing.
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 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.