Turning Point staff has a long history of working with troubled teens in foster homes and through residential care. This rich and varied experience lends to a nurturing environment with opportunities to grow.
Joe Kealamakia is our Program Director. Prior to moving to Utah in 1992 he worked for the State of Hawaii Corrections Division for nine years. In 1992 he started working with youth at a private troubled youth ranch in Cedar City as a line staff. In 1993 he became the Program Director. In 1995 Southwest Center Mental Health introduced there first Juvenile Sex Offender Program (Eagle Quest). Here is where he gained his experience working with juvenile sex offenders. The program offered a therapeutic environment where youth received psychological, psychiatric and psychosocial assessments; individualized schooling was also provided there along with recreational activities. In 1999 he became Program Coordinator, some of his responsibilities were hiring of all staff and training, and making sure all clients were current on all court obligations as well as coordinating transportation for all court appointments. This position provided him the opportunity to increase his experience with the administrative aspects of the program, working directly with caseworkers and those responsible for licensing and auditing the program.
Rick first began working with youth in 1996 in the capacity of a line staff at Eagle Quest, which dealt with youth who sexually acted out. The 5 years at Eagle Quest provided Rick with the opportunity to understand and relate with the youth on an individual level. This experience has helped him as a therapist to understand what the youth go through on a daily basis. He quickly realized that he wanted to work with youth for a career and decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah. After graduating, he worked in a wilderness program that focused on helping youth overcome substance abuse addiction. Although he really enjoyed working in the substance abuse field, he realized that his interest lied in working with youth who have sexual behavioral issues. Rick has been part of the team at Turning Point Family Care for over 5 years and is the Clinical Director over the foster care program.
Outside of work Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. They enjoy going camping and participating in sports with his children. He also volunteers at a local high school; coaching wrestling.
Brent has worked with troubled youth since 1981. From 1981-1987 he served with the Division of Youth and Family Services as a youth services worker. This position provided individual and family therapy for young men and women who were beyond the control of their families, the school system or the juvenile court.In 1987 Brent had the opportunity of going to the Division of Youth Corrections as a supervisor over a secure care unit. The youth in this program had been placed there by the court system. They were there for serious acts of criminal behavior. It was in this program that Brent first started working with adolescent sexual offenders. This program eventually became the first secure unit in the State of Utah to house 100% sexual offenders. At about the same time as part of his private counseling practice he became the Clinical Director of two adult units of the Intermountain Sexual Abuse Treatment Center. In this setting he had the opportunity of increasing his experience by treating adults who had these same sexual issues and who were housed in a satellite unit of the Utah State prison. In addition to his work with adolescent and adult offenders Brent has had a private counseling practice in Cedar City for 25 years. In this environment he has the opportunity of working with all ages of clients and with a variety of family and individual problems. He is especially skilled in working with depressive and anxiety disorders. Brent believes the family is the key to many problems young men may face especially in their placement at Turning Point and he welcomes as much family involvement with the youth as possible.
Dan began working with youth with the State of Utah after completing an undergraduate internship with Juvenile Justice Services. This experience lead to working with JJS for 6 years in serving in both detention and secure care environment. During this time Dan enjoyed working with the youth in the role as a mentor and felt compelled to continue with his education and become a therapist and work more in-depth with the youth and their struggles. Dan graduated from the University of Phoenix receiving his masters in Mental Health Counseling and is licensed as an LPC with the State of Utah. Dan's therapeutic experience has been diverse with working in public mental health settings which focused on acute mental illness as well as working with youth and family in private residential facilities. Dan has also had the opportunity to work as an Adjunct Facility member in the Psychology Department at Dixie State College. Dan has been with Turing Point Family Care for almost a year and has found it to be rewarding working with youth and their sexual behavior issues.
In his free time Dan enjoys spending time with his family. Dan enjoys the outdoors and spends a lot of his time in the mountains. Dan's recent hobbies have been focused on learning to play the guitar and ukulele.
Rashell first began working with adolescents in 2004 as a staff member in the Detention and Secure Care Units under Utah Juvenile Justice Services. This was a great experience for Rashell to work with youth and she decided that this is the career she wanted. Rashell obtained her Master of Counseling in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix to become a counselor to continue to work with the types of youth that she saw while working in the Secure Care Unit. She has worked as a counselor for Turning Point Family Care since 2008. She loves the opportunity to work with youth that have a desire to change and the challenges that they overcome.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.
John had a wide range of internship experiences at the university including work as a supportive counselor at a county mental health clinic, counselor at an alcohol and substance abuse outpatient center, and therapist at an adoption center. John graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master's in Social Work in 2004. His first professional experience started as a therapist at a residential center for adolescents with alcohol, drug, and behavioral problems. John has worked at Turning Point since May of 2006. At Turning Point, he has worn many hats including individual, group, family, and marriage therapy. John has worked with foster kids, residential students, and private clients. John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor. He is certified by Utah's NOJOS (Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually). John has spent most of his career working with adolescents. He has a special passion for youth and a positive way of connecting with adolescents.
Outside of work John enjoys family life and marriage. He has 6 kids in following order; boy, girl, girl, girl, girl, and another boy at the tail end. John plays basketball 3 to 4 times a week in order to stay sane. He enjoys running with his wife and has run 2 marathons. John volunteers time at his church.
Kelly was born in Murray Utah in 1973. He was the six child in a large family of 8 kids. He graduated from Pine View High School and later attended Dixie College. Kelly’s family is the main focus of his life putting most of his energy into to raising his three young children. His hobbies include snow skiing, waters sports, scuba diving, hiking, climbing, camping, and enjoys just about any kind of active sports. Kelly is ambitious to have a positive impact on his community by serving others and working with the youth that have had challenges in their lives. His goal is to help them overcome adverse situations in life, by establish a healthy life style with healthy relationships. Kelly loves southern Utah and wants to live out his life here.
Gordon Reid is very passionate at what he does. He is the residential coordinator and supervisor over one of the three pods. He graduated from Snow College with his Associates of Science Degree and then earned his Bachelors degree while attending Southern Utah University in secondary education/coaching. After receiving his bachelor's degree from SUU, he realized that he had a passion for working with trouble youth. Gordon has 10years experience working with troubled youth, of which, the last 6 years have been with Turning Point Family Care. Gordon teaches life skills classes and is in charge of our Day Treatment Program. He is trilingual; speaking fluently in English, Spanish, and Samoan. During his free time Gordon enjoys playing sports and spending time with his family.
Tyler (TJ) earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Utah University in Business Management in 2007. TJ began working with youth as a staff member at Eagle Quest in 2002. He transitioned with us when we took over the Eagle Quest program. He has been a staff supervisor in our program since 2007. TJ oversees one of the three Pods in the facility, is a PCS instructor, and manages the youth allowance money and medication management where he works hand in hand with our facility nurse. TJ enjoys the work he does with the youth, and takes great satisfaction when the youth leave the program successfully. TJ enjoys spending time outdoors snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, hiking and spending time with his wife. He earned his private pilot's license at Salt Lake Community College and enjoys flying whenever possible.
The ladies adore their coworkers and all aspects of their job. They like to welcome all the clients with warm friendly smiles. Their favorite part of the job is being part of a team that makes a difference in people's lives.Necia Martin
Necia is an experienced and versatile addition to the office. She has been with Turning Point Family Care since 2008, but has 12 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Necia has an Associates in Medical Office Management, as well as, a Bachelors in Psychology. She enjoys the camaraderie of the employees at Turning Point Family Care.Beth Bosshardt
Beth has been a benefit to Turning Point Family Care since 2006. She has held many positions in the office over the years. This has given her the opportunity to learn the many functions of each position, helping her as the office manager. Beth has a Bachelors in Management and Marketing. She is a great support to the youth that come through Turning Point Family Care.Crystal Hemsley
Crystal is a native to the South Coast of California. She joined our team in 2011 and enjoys the beauty and diversity of Utah. Crystal is a great asset to Turning Point Family Care with her experience. She acquired this from her knowledge as a business owner, as well as, her many years in office management positions. She enjoys working with the clients.
Photo: (from left) Necia Martin, Beth Bosshardt, Crystal Hemsley
In addition to our clinical director we currently have three other master level therapists who are licensed in the State of Utah to practice in this field. All of these therapists have years of experience in the helping profession. Their experience is rich in a diversity of issues and they are all well qualified to do individual, group and family therapy. Youth who come to our program will be assigned the therapist for their individual therapy who we believe will be the most beneficial for them.