Our Clinical Team
Our team brings a wealth of experience and strives to provide exceptional programs in a culture where everyone is encouraged to give it their all. Together, we are transforming the lives of young families and building stronger communities.
Amber joined the Florence Crittenton team in 2019 as a SafeCare Home Visitor. Upon graduating with her master’s degree in social work from Walla Walla University’s adjunct campus in Missoula, she transitioned to the role of Clinical Therapist with our residential programs in late 2020. Amber originally comes from Minnesota where she completed her undergraduate degree in social work with a minor in human relations. There she worked as and Case Manager for adults living with developmental disabilities until moving to Montana to complete a year of service with AmeriCorps and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
Amber is passionate about supporting families with the belief that every individual cultivates their unique perspective of this world through the lens of their upbringing. Creating a healthy world starts at the root of each individual- their childhood experiences.
Understanding the impacts of adverse childhood experiences on the life span has been an influential focus of Amber’s studies, she works to integrate this trauma- informed care as a foundation to build upon cognitive behavioral, solutions focused, strengths-based, and person-centered techniques. Amber strives to provide each client with an individualized therapeutic experience tailored to meet their needs in the safety of a judgment free environment where every client feels heard and accepted.
Kendall has been a part of Florence Crittenton as a Licensed Addictions Counselor for about three years. Kendall works with residential and outpatient clients in both an individual and group setting. Kendall has been in the field of addictions for 7 years and is currently licensed through the state of Montana. Kendall has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, as well as a Graduate Certification in Licensed Addiction Counseling both from Montana State University. Go Cats! Kendall is currently in school full-time pursuing her master’s degree in social work. Kendall has recognized the need for dually licensed providers for client success. Kendall will graduate in June and pursue hours to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Kendall grew up in Helena and moved to Bozeman to pursue her education. As a young single mother herself, she realized her passion for wanting to help young mothers and families, which brought her back to Helena and to Florence Crittenton. Kendall wholeheartedly believes that compassion and empathy can help clients and their families live a purposeful, and joy-filled lives. Kendall looks forward to supporting and empowering all of her clients on their journey in recovery.
When not at work you can find Kendall at the lake, getting outside with her 5-month-old and 4-year-old sons, or in the mountains hiking.
Bob joined Florence Crittenton in 2018 and serves as our Medical Director. Bob has practiced in Helena for over 23 years both in private practice and on a contract basis with other agencies.
Most recently Bob worked with AWARE, Inc. and prior to that he was a psychiatrist for the PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) at the Center for Mental Health.
Bob has extensive experience in both public and private psychiatry including inpatient, outpatient, consulting and addiction psychiatry. He has also held faculty appointments at the University of California, Davis and at the University of New Mexico. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music, a Masters in Computer Science and his Medical Doctorate from UNM.
In his spare time Bob enjoys music and sings in the Helena Symphony Chorale as well as taking occasional parts in Helena’s local Ballet Company. He is an avid private pilot and enjoys flying kids in the Young Eagles Program.
Bob is excited to draw on all the skills and experience he has accumulated during his career to help the young families at Florence Crittenton.
Emily became a mom at age 31 and in those beautiful, emotional, difficult first weeks, her bleary eyes were opened to the monumental change that is motherhood. Having worked at Florence Crittenton for two years before this, she knew how resilient and strong our young mothers and families were, but the title of “mom” gave her new wisdom to realize how brave our moms are to forge ahead so young and often without the built-in supports that life had afforded her. She came back from maternity leave resolved to cheer our young families toward their personal victories.
Emily is passionate about doing work that matters, which makes her 6 years here a celebration, where she gets to support parents through parenting classes and hands-on “I’m right there with you” encouragement. On the job, you’ll find Emily in her element facilitating parenting classes with residential and community parents and encouraging staff to utilize the nurturing parenting lenses we teach in parenting classes in their work with our clients. Off the job, you’ll find her drinking good coffee, spending time with her beautiful children and husband, trying out a new recipe and enjoying sunshine wherever she can find it.
Jolene Van Valkenburgh is the Program Manager/ Case Manager for the Residential Programs at Florence Crittenton Homes and Services. Jolene joined the Florence Crittenton team May of 2017, and found working with pregnant and parenting women rewarding. Jolene finds fulfillment in connecting clients to comprehensive resources and advocating for individuals and their families.
Jolene brings 18 years of experiences from work at the Montana Development Center, Alternative Youth Adventures/ Youth Dynamics Inc., Acadia of Montana, and Intermountain Children’s Home.
Her experiences spans from direct client care, supervisory roles, school base services, to managing residential programs at Florence Crittenton Home and Services.
Jolene is a Certified trainer with Crisis Prevention Intervention, trained in trauma informed care, and is a Licensed Foster Care provider.
Andrea Holmes serves as Florence Crittenton’s Director of Strategic Growth and Programs. Andrea has 14 years experience serving many professional roles in areas related to education; trauma-informed organizational development; trauma-informed educational supports; childhood traumatic stress; complex trauma; early development and attachment; suicide prevention; and management in interventions and supports for children and their families. Prior to joining the team at Florence Crittenton, Andrea worked at the Institute for Educational Research and Service’s National Native Children’s Trauma Center at The University of Montana providing training and technical assistance to schools and community agencies in Montana and across the United States. She has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction/Psychology from the University of Montana and holds Teaching and Special Education Teaching licenses. Andrea’s enduring passion to build sturdy foundations of support for young children and their caregivers is what brought her to Florence Crittenton. She is a Montana native and enjoys spending time in the pristine mountains, rivers and lakes across the state.
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