Chris Perkins Division President
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.
Art Hickman, MBA Executive Director
Art is the Executive Director of the Calo Teen Program located in Lake Ozark. Prior to Calo, Art was a Regional Director for a residential treatment center in Alabama for 22 years. Art received his bachelors degree from Columbia College and his MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Art has worked in the past as a house parent, in admissions, marketing, and operations of several treatment locations. Art fundamentally believes in our purpose to profoundly change lives and create joy. One of the reasons that Art came to Calo was because Calo seeks to create joy. Art has a firm belief that there is a difference between happiness and joy and seeks to help our students be able to find joy. He believes that joy is a result of a shared experience and that joy can be found no matter their circumstance. Art has two children that are in college and loves spending time outdoors.
Chris Austin, MA, LPC, NCC Clinical Director Teen Boys
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.
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."
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.
Andrew Steward Adventure Therapy Director
Andrew grew up in southern Illinois in a town just outside of St. Louis called Edwardsville. He spent most his young life playing baseball and soccer. Andrew was able to achieve his goal and played soccer in college and then took it to the professional level. Andrew really enjoys the outdoors and one of his favorite memories is living in Colorado and working on the top of a mountain. Some of his hobbies include weight lifting and crocheting. Andrew's favorite quote is "There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going". He tries to live his life by this and uses it to help influence our students in their journeys through life.
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 Osage Beach 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).
Kristy Ensley, BA Student Services Manager
Kristy has been at Calo for 4 years. She works alongside staff and leadership in areas such as scheduling, training, and development. Outside of Calo, Kristy enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid reader.
Nicole Fuglsang, MA, LPC, NCC 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.
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