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 over 4 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!
Chris Summers, B.A
Chris was born in St.Louis, MO and has lived at the lake for 5 years, but he has also lived in Ohio, Delaware, and Wisconsin. Before coming to Calo, Chris was a youth pastor and has a B.A in Youth Ministry. In the summer of 2009, Chris and his wife Mindy spent time in Los Angeles ministering to the homeless as well as to hurting teens. He has a heart for teenagers and believes Calo is the perfect fit for him. He currently resides at the lake with his wife Mindy and three children.
Jaasiel lives in the lake area with her husband Cody and their two children, Sailor and Ava. Growing up as a missionary kid overseas gave Jaasiel an understanding of the challenges of a cross-cultural childhood. She is passionate about working with teens, and strives daily to help them feel proud of who they are. After more than ten years working in early childhood education, Jaasiel switched gears and began working at Calo as a residential coach for the girls' program. Jaasiel is now in the role of Team Lead for the Jasmine team. She loves her job at Calo and is proud to be part of such an amazing vision!