Chris Perkins Chief Executive Officer
Chris is the Chief Executive Officer for the Calo Lake Ozark campus which is comprised of both Calo Teens and Calo Preteens. Prior to Calo, Chris was the CEO of an acute hospital in Texas. Possessing 25 years of experience in behavioral health, Chris is passionate about the clinical specialization offered by Calo.
Nicole Fuglsang, MA, LPC, NCC Owner, Co-Founder, Vice President of Admissions Operations
Nicole has worked for over 20 years with adolescents and their families as a youth leader, therapist and Admissions Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Her graduate focus was in child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy, and course work allowed her to complete all academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. Nicole's clinical experience includes work in community and crisis counseling centers, national youth service and ministry organizations, long-term residential treatment programs, and short-term behavioral health care facilities. In these environments she has provided a broad range of mental health and general support services including individual, group, and family psychotherapy, clinical assessments, treatment planning, case management, and referral services. Her areas of clinical expertise include facilitation of adolescent behavioral interventions, treatment of mood and motivational difficulties, eating disorder treatment and prevention, and family crisis management. Nicole is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a trained and experienced clinician, she provides a depth of expertise to inquiring families and referral sources not often found in admissions departments. Nicole and her husband Matt, live in Osage Beach, Missouri with their three children, Jacob, Abigail and Matalyn.
Vicki Wagner Human Resources Director
Vicki joined Calo in August of 2008. Although she left in 2014 due to unavoidable circumstances, she never stopped living the Calo Culture and waiting for an opportunity to return. In August of 2017 the opportunity was there and she accepted. "In my role, it is my priority to provide exceptional service to every one of our employees. I take pride in addressing each request or inquiry, while building confidence and rapport to achieve and uphold positive relationships". Vicki resides in Four Seasons with her husband, Richard. She has three sons (Ryan, Kyle and Rich), two daughter-in-laws(Erica and Natalie); and three beautiful granddaughters (Brooklyn, Kennedy and Aubrey).
Scott Kuenneke, MS, LPC, BCN CALO Program's Director of Neurotherapies
Scott Kuenneke joined our team in March 2015 and began comprehensively increasing the capabilities of our NFB department. Scott was born and raised in the river city of St. Louis Missouri. He has always been interested in helping others and being an active participant in people’s transformation and change. His undergraduate degree was in psychology and religious studies from Webster University, where he spent most of his time learning about the biological underpinnings of mental health along with eastern practices of meditation and philosophy. Once he completed his Bachelor’s degree he decided to take a position with the Division of Youth Services (DYS) where he began to develop an interest in helping young kids overcome their challenges. The next step Scott took was to take a position at a clinic in St. Louis that specialized in biofeedback practices including neurofeedback and quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). For 8 years he trained and studied the art and science of neurofeedback training and qEEG diagnostics. In 2009 he became a Board Certified Neurotherapist from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Later he finished a Master’s of Science in Mental health counseling from Walden University. This accomplishment led him to his mental health counseling training and professional experience which includes work at The St. Louis Family Courts Juvenile Detention Center and Private Practice in the St. Louis Wellness Center. Scott is very excited about being at CALO, and having the opportunity to help teens grow and develop in the healthiest ways possible. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking in the woods, and connecting with friends and family.
Abby Mayer Academic Director
Abby was born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri. She attended Central Methodist College and graduated with a degree in History and Political Science with an emphasis in education. She married her college sweetheart, Morgan, and together they have 4 little girls; Scout, and Molly, and twins Kinley and Reagan. Abby's mother was a teacher and some of her earliest memories are going to school in the summer with her mother and helping to set up her classrooms. Throughout her life, she has always wanted to be a teacher and has most enjoyed working with with challenging students and those with special needs. Abby has been at CALO since September of 2008 and has loved all the opportunities that she has been blessed with.
Douglas Young Program Director
Doug has been working at Calo for four and a half years and has recently been team lead with the Gemstones and Tiger Lillie's before becoming the Team Lead Supervisor. He is a single father of a 22 year old son and 18,17 and 10 year old daughters. His 17 and 10 year old daughters lives with their mother in North Dakota. As a parent himself, he has a sense of how hard this must be on our Calo parents and somewhat understands some of the frustrations and concerns they might have. Doug knows how hard it is to be away from what matters to us most and to trust someone else to keep our child safe. It is one of the hardest things he has ever went through. Doug is very big on structure and consistency because he feels that all children need this, not just Calo students. With these two things we can offer the utmost trust, care and safety that our Calo children need. Anything he can do to help, he will. He wants to be as big a help to our Calo families as he can. Lastly, our Calo students are Doug's inspiration for what they have gone through and what they struggle with every day. He asks himself daily if he would have the strength to deal with what they have gone through and to deal with the inner struggles they have. He is not sure that he would. Because of our students Doug is a better person and a better father and for that he is grateful and will give them everything he has, every single day. They are truly his inspiration and his heroes.
Chris Austin, MA, LPC, NCC Clinical Director -- Boys Program
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.
Michael Sharpmack Adventure Therapy Director
Mike has spent the last 12 years working with youth and their families. He graduated college from Grace University in Omaha Nebraska with a B.S. in Bible and Christian Education with an emphasis in youth ministry. After college he joined a non profit called Youth For Christ. He was an area director and personally responsible for the weekly programs in 3 schools. He then accepted a position as a youth pastor of a mega church in Omaha. There he learned a lot about relationships between students and parents and how to bridge the gap when students and parents have trouble relating to each other. Mike then got involved in working with youth in the outdoors. He spent time working in different student adventure organizations in Wisconsin, South Carolina and Idaho. He spent four years in Idaho as the operations manager for YD Adventures. There he developed leadership programs and curriculum to help students succeed in the program. He moved to Lake Ozark a year ago and is now running our adventure therapy program.
Heidi Stanfield, MA, LPC Clinical Director Teen Girls
Heidi started working as a girls' teen therapist at Calo 3 years before achieving the position of clinical director for the girls' program. Heidi has a Bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks located in Point Lookout, Missouri near Branson and achieved a Master's degree from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. Heidi has experience in private practice as well as residential care settings. Heidi is trained in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Heart Rate Variability, Brainspotting, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and is knowledgeable and experienced in treating developmental trauma and attachment related disorders. "Helping families find meaning through suffering, develop greater intimacy, and develop new neural pathways in experiential ways is incredibly rewarding. I have a gift in my ability to help others through therapy and feel fortunate to be able to serve in this way."
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