Meet Our Team
The Heart of Our Integral-Recovery Model
With an unwavering dedication to serving others in their lives and careers, out team of highly-trained professionals have made immense contributions to their individual fields of expertise. Read more about how their knowledge, compassion and innovative methods are changing the face of mental health.
Jami Sturges, MPH, RD, LDN
CFO, Admissions, Nutritionist
With a Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition from Pacific Union College, as well as a master’s degree of public health in nutrition from Loma Linda University, Jami Sturges has a lifelong passion for transforming the lives of young people. Her in-depth experience working as a nutritionist in various public and behavioral-health settings, such as the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, Stanford University and the Behavioral Health Center in Redlands, California, gave her a greater understanding of how diet affects the overall function of the body’s systems.
After relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 1993, Jami continued her career as a consultant working to educate patients suffering from eating disorders and mental health concerns. She co-founded the Innercept Residential Treatment Center in 2004 and the Coeur Assessment Center in 2020 to help young people through an all-encompassing therapeutic-assessment approach. She serves on the admissions team, helping individuals and their families navigate the process.. Jami’s range of expert knowledge is a vital part of our team’s ability to successfully change the face of mental health for our residents.
George Ullrich, MD
Medical Director, Board-Certified Psychiatrist
Originally from Maryland, Dr. George Ullrich graduated from West Virginia University Medical School, completing his general psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After finishing a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center, he started his career by accepting a faculty position at Loma Linda University, also serving as the medical director of in-patient and day-treatment programs for adolescent services.
After moving to Idaho, Dr. Ullrich spent fourteen years as the medical director of Kootenai Behavioral Health Center’s Youth Services and a consultant to numerous residential programs in the region. These experiences ultimately led him to co-found both Coeur Assessment Center and Innercept Residential Treatment Center to pursue his life calling of empowering young people to reach their full potential. Dr. Ullrich’s roles in leadership and as a physician-owner enable our team to deliver transformational care by focusing on the whole person.
Chris Laviola, PsyD.
Transition Programs Clinical Director, Therapist
As a licensed psychologist, Chris Laviola is deeply committed to helping others reach their full potential through an all-encompassing approach to wellness. With nearly two decades of experience, he has worked in many mental-health care settings, including outpatient, emergency, crisis stabilization and therapeutic boarding schools. Dr. Laviola completed his internship at the Wyoming State Hospital and went on to earn his doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in 2009. He completed his post-doctoral residency at a rural mental-health care center in the same community.
Leveraging these experiences, he helped develop and oversee the addictions-treatment and chronic-pain programs at Northern Montana Hospital. Dr. Laviola’s ability to engage even the most resistant individuals by establishing therapeutic relationships is making a positive impact in many lives.
Lynn Wierdsma, PsyD.
Intensive Programs Clinical Director Therapist
With specialties in family forensics, neuropsychology, as well as extensive experience in trauma-informed and trauma-focused treatment, Dr. Lynn Wierdsma, a licensed clinical psychologist has been helping others in need. With a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, she has worked extensively in various areas of the psychological and behavioral arenas – from teen group homes and community mental health to child protective services, juvenile probation and adult correctional facilities. Her experiences with the intersection of mental health and the legal system not only led her to pursue a doctorate in this area, but also convinced her of the power a cross-disciplinary, multi-faceted approach to treatment.
Innercept Residential Treatment Center and Coeur Assessment Center’s commitments to changing the face of mental health for young people through therapeutic assessment and integral-recovery principles presented Dr. Wierdsma the unique opportunity to leverage her expertise in more effective ways. In returning to the adolescent and young-adult population closest to her heart, she continues to live her passion and purpose both personally and professionally.
Intensive Programming Director
Upon graduating with honors from Western Baptist College (now known as Corban University) in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies, Sarah Stevens’ dedication to serving others began with the Spokane County Sheriff’s department, where she served six years as a deputy sheriff.
After taking some time to raise her four children with her husband, Sarah continued her pursuit of helping others by joining the direct-care team at Innercept Residential Treatment Center working in every program with special emphasis on stabilization. With nearly a decade of experience in transforming the lives of young people, she now leverages her strengths and expertise by serving as a program director and manager for Innercept Residential Treatment Center and Coeur Assessment Center. Sarah is also deeply committed to enriching the lives of young people in our community by serving as a soccer coach at both high-school and club levels.
Carrie Kralicek, MSN, ARNP, PMHN-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Wellness Director
Originally from San Diego, Carrie Kralicek has been at the forefront of child, adolescent and young adult psychiatric and trauma treatment for nearly two decades. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a master’s degree in nursing from Gonzaga University, Carrie is passionate about assessing and treating the whole patient to promote optional function and long-term wellness.
Her depth of experience in trauma and disabilities, as well as her extensive collaboration with multidisciplinary teams in a broad range of treatment settings are an invaluable part of achieving Innercept’s mission.
Carrie’s personal passions include sharing her knowledge and expertise through continuing education, where she has taught for Gonzaga University in the Masters/Doctoral program. She also tours the country with her husband raising awareness on the topic of trauma and living with disability. Carrie also enjoys creative cooking, the arts, hiking, boating and writing.
Andrea Rice, LPC
Andrea began her journey to mental-health counseling after earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Idaho. She then went on to get her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from Gonzaga University. Andrea has attained licensing in Idaho as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and is working toward becoming licensed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She has experience working with family court and reunification therapy, as well as providing therapy to children, adolescents and their families.
Andrea was drawn to Innercept because of her passion for helping adolescents and young adults overcome their personal barriers to achieve successful and meaningful lives. She loves the integral-team approach that Innercept provides to its residents and their families. She has found that living a healthy lifestyle in all aspects can enhance one's physical and mental capabilities, and wants to support others in their journey to becoming the best version of themselves.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Andrea has an innate love for travel and learning about various cultures. She enjoys being involved in her church and loves going on adventures with her husband, her daughter and her great dane, Brutus.
Yendi Labelle, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
Yendi is an AANP board-certified family nurse practitioner who came to Innercept with years of experience in compassionate healthcare. Prior to earning her MSN as a nurse practitioner, she worked as a licensed RN and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Her experience working with patients of all ages and from all backgrounds has made Yendi extremely adaptable and sensitive to each individual’s specific needs. In particular, her time spent employed as a school nurse helped prepare her for her current role ensuring the health and wellbeing of the residents at Innercept. Yendi is also bilingual and loves opportunities that allow her to use Spanish in her practice. Yendi’s skill, dedication and passion for helping others pursue healthy, fulfilled lives makes her an unequivocal asset to Innercept and its residents.
John Drozd, PhD., ABMP
John Drozd is a licensed clinical psychologist and a board-certified medical psychologist. After receiving his doctorate, John completed residency training at Andrews Air Force Base and served as an active duty Air Force psychologist from 1997 to 2002. John served as the vice president of clinical affairs at Lexicor Medical Technology, and as the clinical director of the NeuroAssessment Centre.
As a committed scientist-practitioner, John is involved in the development and delivery of evidence-based assessments and interventions for children, adolescents and adults. He has authored and co-authored multiple publications in the areas of psychotherapy research, clinical-outcomes management, trauma and the collaborative assessment and management of suicidality. John’s credentials and treatment philosophy align with the Innercept integral approach and further strengthen our ability to help adolescents and young adults realize their full potential.
John is passionate about helping others in his spare time, with a particular interest in veteran’s causes. John spent time mentoring high school students academically and athletically as they prepared to be first-generation college students.
Timothy Carver, MFT
T.J. Carver graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and business management from Whitworth University in Spokane. He enjoyed studying both subjects, but decided on the psychology field soon after he graduated. T.J. continued his education and earned a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy at Whitworth. During his two years in the program, he worked with a variety of clients, such as couples and families, and left with a particular interest in working with adolescents and young-adults. T.J. made the move to Innercept in 2017 to fulfill this passion and purpose.
When not at work, T.J. enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, listening to music, playing video games, reading sci-fi/fantasy books or watching Arsenal Football Club play.
Karen Romani, MS
Karen Romani volunteered with the Peace Corps after graduating from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She has lived and worked in Senegal and Guinea, West Africa teaching English and supporting female literacy and women’s rights. Later, she worked as an educator for children with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and dyslexia . She also directed an education-based aftercare program for at-risk youth for several years, while studying yoga and Reiki, achieving her yoga therapy and Reiki master certifications in 2008.
While obtaining her Master of Science degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 2010, Karen conducted relaxation and restorative yoga classes for those with HIV, chronic pain and related affective disorders, addiction and stress. She is currently completing her PhD. in clinical psychology at Walden University.
Christine Summering, MA
Chrissy began her journey into counseling in the Winter of 2011 when she moved to South Dakota to pursue her Graduate Degree in Human Development and Educational Psychology from the University of South Dakota. Her research focused on utilizing the holistic treatments of meditation and Reiki as stress reduction tools in a therapeutic setting for young adults and those making the transition to college. Towards the end of her program Chrissy decided she wanted to implement her findings and in the Fall of 2013 she began the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of South Dakota. Currently, she is working on her PhD in Developmental Psychology through Walden University where she is focused on Child and Adolescent Development and issues around attachment and the parent-child relationship. Chrissy has her Bachelors in Musical Theater and is dedicated to utilizing the arts therapeutically. She has a passion for working with youth, most recently as an instructor for professional children’s theater in Portland, OR and assistant theater program director at Camp Lindenmere in Stroudsburg, PA.
Chrissy came to Coeur d’Alene after a visit to the city on a road trip to her hometown of Portland, in 2011. She fell in love with the mountains, lakes, and small town kindness and decided to make Coeur d’Alene home. Chrissy has been a practicing Reiki practitioner since 2013 and enjoys being out in nature as much as possible. She has a love for music and can be found singing around town in a local classic country band.
Jennifer Schindler, MS
Holding both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix, the focus of Jennifer Schindler’s studies centered on eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
She has worked in a variety of roles and settings, including volunteer work finding appropriate services for low-income families and a therapeutic-boarding school. She received her certification in addiction counseling from Montana State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Jenn has been an integral part of the Innercept team since 2012, working with residents as a mentor for the young-adult intensive program, as well as our adolescent intensive, transition, and aftercare programs.
Diana Kelsey, LCPC
Diana Kelsey began her professional career in 1997 teaching preschool. Through this work, she found a particular need for better services to help families struggling with mental illness, addiction and abusive relationships. This need inspired her to go back to school where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Master of Education degree in community counseling and vocational rehabilitation from the University of Idaho.
Specializing in the impact co-morbidity of mental illness and substance abuse has on the individual, as well as their relationships, Diana has focused her efforts in working with children and adolescents who are diagnosed with RAD and PTSD. She has extensive experience teaching social and basic living skills to adults and children, as well as counseling families in both residential and out-patient settings.
Diana’s personal interests include running, hiking, weight-lifting, camping, gardening and various home projects. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as attending community events.
A proud alum of Eastern Washington University, Sharene earned her master’s degree in Social Work. She then achieved her clinical endorsement two years post graduate school and has been providing mental health and substance abuse therapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Sharene is also licensed nationally as a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC).
With 20 years of experience serving adolescents, adults, couples, and families in North Idaho, Sharene continues to be driven to partner with individuals and families on their journeys to experiencing full and authentic lives. Because no single approach is effective in cultivating universal change and growth, Sharene especially appreciates Innercept’s philosophy of Integral Psychotherapy. This approach has allowed her to use the eclectic skills, training, and professional development she has gleaned throughout her career of helping individuals heal.
Originally from Redondo Beach, California, Sharene loves the ocean and takes every opportunity to be oceanside with her family. Recently, she began exploring her passion for the arts by learning to paint. Sharene is also an avid writer and enjoys time with pen and paper.
Steve Yates, MA, LMFT
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Steve Yates has more than 30 years of counseling experience. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and rehabilitation, as well as a master’s degree in psychology and counseling, Steve specializes in alcohol and drug treatment, crisis intervention and emergency-psychiatric care. While working as a mental health emergency services coordinator for the city of Alamosa, Colorado, Steve was certified by the FBI as a hostage negotiator.
Steve was drawn to Innercept’s integral model of treatment that allows him the freedom to express his unique style of therapy. Steve places emphasis on holistic healing with a focus on spirituality.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys competing with his wife in the United States Pickle Ball Association in and around the Northwest.
Deborah earned her Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work from Walla Walla University in East Missoula, MT. Since beginning her career as a therapist, she has gained considerable experience working with individuals from all stages of life and helping them overcome their own unique challenges. Her background working as a social worker and case manager in the criminal justice system allowed her to develop the skills needed to assess a resident’s complete situation and needs and implement the appropriate treatment and approach towards total wellbeing.
Deborah is especially adept at leading psycho-therapeutic and psycho-educational groups and providing family therapy to help bring healing to clients’ entire familial systems. Her deep compassion and commitment to helping others realize their potential and worth makes her a wonderful asset to the clinical staff at Innercept.
Michelle has a deep-rooted passion for helping others and is personally fulfilled by partnering with people to help them navigate life. After spending many years as a volunteer, Michelle received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently completing EMDR Training which will be a tremendous value in helping people process trauma and alleviate anxiety and paralyzing fear from life altering experiences. Through her faith, experience, and close family relationships, Michelle fully understands and appreciates the need for a holistic approach to healing in order to guide people towards a fulfilled life by which they can use their own experiences to share in the joy of helping others.
Michelle has worked as a volunteer for American Red Cross and Women and Children. Through these experiences she has provided comfort, care, and counseling to a wide range of people including victims of domestic violence, drug dependency, criminal reintegration, and at-risk children. The sum of Michelle’s experiences as a substitute teacher, coach, and a manager in the business world have all contributed to her formal training and career in counseling.
Jackie Huff, LPN
Jackie joined the Innercept nursing team while also finishing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology through the University of Idaho. Even prior to coming to Innercept, she was driven by her passion for furthering mental health care, and worked at Kootenai Behavioral Health where she focused on chemical dependency, youth acute psychiatry and adult psychiatry. She also worked at the county jail as a nurse where she was able to help inmates with an array of mental-health disorders. In the future, Jackie plans to continue her education and become a nurse practitioner in mental health.
She was drawn to Innercept because she saw it as an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of others. Jackie was also attracted to Innercept’s holistic approach to patient care as she feels this is vital to the success of any patient. She has never found a company who is so invested in the health of their residents and staff.
Jackie moved to the Coeur d’Alene area in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She and her family go hiking nearly every week and take backpacking trips a few times a year. They are often out on the lake on paddleboards, and Jackie and her husband enjoying scuba diving in Lake Coeur d’Alene. They live on 8 acres with a small, growing farmstead, are very involved in their church and community and give back to their community through volunteerism as often as possible.
Culinary arts and hospitality have always been central to Gretchen's life. After humble beginnings helping in the kitchen as a youngster, and then taking over the family-dinner preparation while still in elementary school, growing up to become a chef was a certainty. After professional culinary and pastry training in France and then earning a bachelor's degree in culinary arts management from the CIA in the United States, Gretchen owned and ran a successful personal-chef business in the San Francisco Bay area for over a decade.
That career path was cut short by the sudden onset of a serious illness. When the medications she was prescribed failed to provide a way back to health, she had to look for answers elsewhere. Known by her personal chef clients for her love of vegetables and healthy cuisine, she turned to food for answers. Delving deep into the research done in food-as-medicine, Gretchen was able to recover - even from chronic-health conditions. After formal training in the field, she decided to use everything she learned to help others heal. She loves having the opportunity to nourish the residents here at Innercept with healthy, healing foods.
When not in the kitchen, Gretchen can often be found in nature, hiking, swimming, and camping with her own two children. She also loves writing, paper crafting, embroidery handiwork and occasional songwriting on the ukulele.
Tamara Selent, LPN
As a full-time nurse at Innercept, Tamara Selent provides care for our transition residents. A graduate of North Idaho College’s Practical Nursing Program, her experience includes working with adolescents and young adults struggling with mental illness, behavioral and substance-abuse issues in a variety of program settings throughout the Inland Northwest.
When not working or continuing her nursing education, Tamara enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family hiking, camping and traveling. Tamara values health and fitness and believes in always striving to better oneself.
Chris Finch, MEd
Innercept Academy Principal
Mr. Finch comes to Innercept with almost 20 years of educational experience in grade levels ranging from preschool all the way through college. His bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is from California State University at San Bernardino and his master’s in education is from National University in La Jolla, California. Chris began teaching career in Northern California where he taught 3rd-8th graders. After a short adventure teaching near Wellington, New Zealand, Mr. Finch returned to California and began his career as a Principal/Administrator. After leading a school in California for several years, he and his family made the move to beautiful North Idaho to administrate a pre-K-12th grade school in Post Falls.
Innercept is a place that truly focuses on the individual and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. In a traditional school model, achieving this level of individual focus can be difficult due to restrictions on time and resources. At Innercept, Chris gets to serve students who are working towards their high school diplomas and college degrees, as well as those working towards success in their careers of their choice.
When Mr. Finch is not at Innercept, he can most often be found at home on his "hobby farm", outside of Coeur d'Alene spending time with his wife, two kids, and furry menagerie of animals. Chris also loves to travel whether by plane, by RV or, most recently, sailing the Caribbean.
Laura’s background as both a teacher and therapist made her a natural fit for Innercept. After earning her degree in secondary education from the University of Montana, Laura spent four years helping excite high-school students about the world in her social-studies classes. She then turned her focus to pursue work as a habilitative interventionist therapist, working with her clients one-on-one to help implement behavior plans that enhance their lives, as well as those of their families.
Since joining the Innercept education team, Laura has returned to her love for teaching and now partners with the residents to inspire them in their educational journeys. Her ability to listen to the students’ needs and find ways to explain concepts creatively and memorably is an asset to every resident enrolled at Innercept Academy.
Bio to come
Amy Tarbutton, BA
Amy Tarbutton received her Bachelor of Arts in English through Union University along with her teaching certificate. Following graduation, Amy lived and worked in rural Ethiopia teaching English as a second language at Hope Learning Center.
After moving back to her hometown of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Amy joined the Innercept team as an educator in both the adolescent and young-adult classrooms. She also assists residents with dual enrollment with local colleges, high school-to-college transition, volunteer placement and vocational portfolios.
Amy enjoys playing soccer, running marathons, participating in triathlons and savoring the great outdoors of the Northwest, including backpacking, rock-climbing, and snowboarding.
Mr. Little's career began by teaching electronics in the Navy in 1990. After joining civilian life, Rob had several "normal jobs" that included working as a youth pastor and a community-based rehabilitation service provider. However, Rob returned to his love of teaching by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education in 2009. In addition to his BA, Mr. Little also holds an Idaho State Children's Certificate from his time serving students and youth through Family Support Services of North Idaho. He has now worked as a full-time middle school and high school teacher for the past eight years and has taught almost all core classes.
Rob gained experience working with clients on mental and developmental health issues during his early years of teaching. He loves that at Innercept, he can support his students both academically as well as emotionally. Since joining Innercept’s education team, he has enjoyed making connections and instilling academic skills to some incredible students.
Rob and his wife are foster parents and they enjoy spending time with family in the North Idaho wilderness. He has also taught classes in outdoor education and wilderness and survival and he loves to provide his students with exposure to all the beautiful things this world has to offer.
Beth graduated with a degree in International Studies and German from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Having been born and raised internationally, she takes every opportunity to explore and experience the world through travel and languages. She especially has a passion for education and helping young people discover and pursue their own talents and interests. Before joining Innercept, Beth spent four years living and teaching in Shanghai, China where she had the privilege to work with adolescents and through that work, ignite their curiosity about the world and all the opportunities that lay ahead of them. During this time, she also completed a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language.
Innercept first piqued her interested because of its mission to help adolescents and young adults overcome their unique challenges and realize their own worth and potential. As an educator, she loves that Innercept’s programs don’t aim to simply solve crises, but that they equip residents with the skills they need to experience full, successful lives long after they’ve left.
In her free time, Beth enjoys studying new languages, reading classical German novels, and quiet evenings tending to her needy cat’s every whim. After living in four countries scattered across three continents, she is happily settled in North Idaho and loves exploring the beautiful mountains, lakes, and serenity of the region with her wonderful husband.
Paula Perry has more than 15 years of work experience in office management and over 10 years functioning as a financial coordinator. Her extensive background includes work in the healthcare industry. She comes to Innercept with an understanding of the importance of confidentiality, both in the clinical and financial realms.
Paula is committed to supporting our residents and their families by helping them through every step of the financial aspect. She loves getting to know the residents and providing them with the information they need to navigate the various organizations, including school districts, guarantors and mental-health agencies. Paula's solution-oriented approach and can-do attitude align perfectly with Innercept’s foundational values and provide great peace of mind to those we serve.
A resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho from a young age, Jason Underdahl has attended a number of colleges in the U.S. and was chosen to travel abroad and represent his university in their international-studies program. Currently a senior psychology student at the University of Idaho, after graduation, he plans to continue his studies in a post-graduate program.
Jason joined the team at Innercept to gain additional experience in the field of psychology and quickly came to love his job. Working as a team-manager-in-training, he enjoys spending time with the residents, helping them overcome challenges to grow and achieve their goals. Jason’s passion for life and serving others make him a valuable asset to the Innercept team.
Josh Martin, BA
Manager, Personnel and Operations
Josh Martin was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Between mountain biking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter as a youth, he found a passion for working with children through parks and recreation and after-school programs.
His interest in kinesiology and its effects on daily life grew. and Josh sought out college opportunities in that field. Josh attended Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) graduating with a bachelor’s degree in recreational program management, facility management and a minor in coaching. During this time, he played soccer, managed elementary-age summer camps and worked with Boys and Girls Club.
In recent years, Josh has continued to work with youth in various settings, including helping struggling students find resources for success locally, coaching soccer and managing a soccer-training facility. Since joining Innercept in 2015, Josh has worked multiple campuses in different roles and currently manages the team at the adolescent campus. Through his knowledge, passion and experience, Josh works to positively affect change in the lives of those around him.
Manager, Young-adult Intensive
Travis Roper has spent the majority of his adult life serving in the U.S Navy as an air-traffic controller and brings a wealth of knowledge and life experience to his work with the residents. After moving to the Inland Northwest to be closer to family, Travis began work as the manager of a therapeutic boarding school. It was here that he discovered a hidden skill set in supporting adolescents and young adults to identify and actualize their potential.
As team manager of the young-adult transition program, he finds the supportive environment at Innercept valuable in establishing a genuine connection with residents. Travis’ calm, yet energetic personality provides the perfect foundation for building rapport with his students, and his programming delivers a stable structure for them as they move into independence. He utilizes his compassion and kindness to motivate and inspire residents to find their calling and passion in life.
In his free time, Travis can be found sharpening his musical skills and spending quality time with family and friends.
Manager, Young-adult Transition
Nikki Margeson was born and raised in North Idaho and has been working in the therapeutic industry for nearly a decade serving in various roles, including program manager at a residential school and as a certified nursing assistant. She is currently our young-adult team manager and also serves as a nurse for our Team Water transition program. Through her experiences in both work and life, she discovered her real passion was helping young people in recovery learn to realize their full potential.
In 2015, Nikki won a Service of Excellence award through the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and is continuing her education in social work.
Nikki’s interests include spending time with her children and coaching their sports teams, as well as everything nature has to offer.
Manager, Young-adult Ingage Program
Charlene Christman began her work at Innercept on the administrative side, but soon found her passion was working directly with the residents in our programs. From being a part of direct-care staff on Innercept’s young-adult intensive campus to serving in our stabilization unit, Char has served in a variety of support roles, and is currently the manager for Team Sky in our young-adult program.
Char’s positive attitude and commitment to helping our residents achieve their full potential makes her a well-respected and integral part of the team. Prior to Innercept, she mentored women and worked with patients in a recovery program.
In her free time, Char enjoys horses, her two grandchildren and spending time outdoors.
Tonya moved to the Coeur d’Alene area at a young age. During high school she attended groups and was involved with community volunteer work. She especially enjoyed working closely with the principal as a T.A. to help struggling students. After graduation, she studied massage therapy as she has a passion for finding more natural ways of healing.
Prior to starting at Innercept, Tonya worked as a manager, overseeing a wide range of stores and businesses. Working in retail and hospitality environments helped her discover the fulfillment she receives from helping others, and she loves that she gets to continue to do this at Innercept. Having the opportunity to get to know the residents and be kind and considerate is just one way that Tonya feels she can help them as they heal and grow.
She is a huge fan of photography and loves to explore that creative outlet outside of work. Tonya’s five-year-old daughter is her life and model. She spends most days with her coloring, reading, or being outside when the weather allows it.
Ambar worked for Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) for four years before moving to North Idaho and joining the team at Innercept. She found her time at LLUH to be a privilege and appreciated that she got to be a part of a faith-based organization where she could serve the community with wholeness and compassion. Empathy and compassion are just two of Ambar’s strongest characteristics as she enjoys building relationships and playing a role in families’ journeys to healing.
The philosophy and beliefs that Innercept follows are very similar to the LLUH core values, and Amber is thrilled to be working once more at a place where she can make a difference in the lives of others.
Ambar enjoys spending free time with her husband, four children, and German Shepard. She likes to cook and have frequent movie nights with her family.
Manager, Adolescent Programs
After 5 years of military service, Azlan decided to move to the Coeur d’Alene area with his wife to start a new life. While serving as a team leader in the Army, he was able to complete his bachelor’s in business administration in addition to an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Azlan began working at Innercept because of his passion for helping others which he found while working as a firefighter in Florida before joining the military. Azlan’s managerial experience combined with his love for helping others quickly turned into a perfect match for Innercept’s core practices and beliefs. When Azlan isn’t working on management material, you can find him immersed in the milieu positively reinforcing the residents and pushing them towards their individual and program goals in a supportive and understanding manner.
During his free time, Azlan enjoys exploring the beauty of North Idaho and Montana with his wife, creating music, working out, and studying biology and psychology.
Barb Younger, RN
Young-adult Transition & Ingage Nurse
Ms. Younger graduated from Spokane Community College first as a licensed practical nurse and began a career in the mental health field at Pine Crest Hospital. This was a challenging position working in the area of mental health on acute care psychiatric units for children, adolescents, and adults. After several years experience in the acute psychiatric hospital setting Ms. Younger remained in the psychiatric field but in the new setting of outpatient practice within the office of Northwest Psychiatric. Ms. Younger also has several years nursing experience working with the elderly in assisted living facilities.
Ms. Younger then again graduated from Spokane Community College as a registered nurse. She has worked with Innercept since it’s inception in several capacities always with dedication and attention to detail.
In her free time Ms. Younger enjoys spending time with family, pets, nature, and teaching young people the art of riding horses. Environmental Therapy as a method of treatment progression.