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Meet the Saprea Retreat teams


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Intake Clinical Team
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Sarah Burton, C.M.H.C.

Intake Clinical Manager
Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Utah State University and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field primarily working with women and adolescents. Sarah’s post-graduate training includes Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Substance Abuse Treatment, and Psychodrama.

Sarah has worked with women in a residential substance abuse treatment setting. This experience gave her the passion to assist women with acknowledging and honoring the healing power they have within themselves. She feels grateful and honored to be a part of Saprea’s mission.
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Shanna Gwilliam, L.C.S.W.

Intake Clinical Therapist
Shanna graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Utah State University and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Kentucky. She has over 22 years of experience in the field with the development of a trauma specialty over the last decade. Shanna’s post-graduate training include EMDR and Brainspotting. She has had the pleasure of working in a variety of settings, but especially enjoyed her work at a weight loss retreat and being in private practice. Missing a team, a shared mission, and being part of the retreat experience, Shanna joined Saprea. She’s witnessed participants accelerated healing and growth at retreats and finds it to be incredibly rewarding. Outside of work, Shanna enjoys photography, traveling, hiking and spending time with her husband and their dogs.
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Katie Wilson

Intake Coordinator
Katie has four years of experience in the field of substance abuse and trauma. She has worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers where she taught groups on relapse prevention, family healing, and self-care. She has a passion for working with others and using her past experiences to assist in the healing process. Katie is a mother of three and enjoys time with her family, camping, hiking, and exploring new places.
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Maddie Nelson

Intake Coordinator
Maddie has four years of experience working with teenagers and young adults in treatment centers that specialize in sexual abuse and trauma. She was a counselor and coach in different programs throughout Utah during which she was studying at Brigham Young University working on her undergraduate degree. She graduated in 2020 with her bachelor's in Sociology and has a passion for helping others in any way she can. She strongly believes that mindset and goal-setting can drive tremendous change in people. She cares about influencing and uplifting others despite challenges we face in our daily lives. She enjoys traveling and searching for the most unique places to visit, is constantly looking for new adventures and hobbies, and strives to always live life to the fullest.
Clinical Team
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Betsy Kanarowski, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Chief Program Officer
Betsy is committed to helping individuals, families, and communities effectively understand and navigate the many aspects of sexual trauma healing, and she is a strong advocate for education regarding sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities. Betsy is an experienced therapist, trainer, and educator with over 20 years of experience as a mental health professional. Being part of women’s unique healing journeys is especially close to her heart. Betsy is honored to have worked with survivors of domestic violence, women struggling with addiction, and in women’s services in medical settings.

Betsy received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Utah, her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, and her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wyoming. She is a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W.) and certified sex therapist. She loves the outdoors, travel, reading, and spending time with her family and ridiculously spoiled dog.
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Jarretta Mahalko, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Clinical Therapist
Jarretta earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and master’s degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University. Jarretta’s clinical experience includes working at the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment in the Day Treatment Program. Jarretta also worked at the Utah State Prison in the women’s in-patient mental health program. She has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and has completed post-graduate certification at the University of Michigan in Sex Therapy.

She had the privilege of growing up in the military and has lived in some interesting and unique places. This fostered her ability to respect and love different cultures, traditions, and peoples. As a child she used to love to watch people and their behavior with curiosity. She was also the one who always brought home every stray animal to love. As an adult, she has transferred that passion and compassion to facilitating growth and empowering women. She loves her family, the beach, and her dog, Harley. She is passionate about her work with Saprea and is excited to do all she can to help trauma survivors heal.
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Annette Curtis, L.C.S.W.

Senior Retreat Manager
Annette earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Before working at Saprea, she worked with children, adolescents, and families for over 23 years, primarily with youth in the foster care system due to abuse and neglect. She has worked extensively with clients who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma as well as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has used this technique in helping survivors work through past trauma.

She has trained and presented locally and nationally on the subjects of healthy sexuality, warning signs of abuse, and how to respond to sexual abuse. She has enjoyed her time working at Saprea and is dedicated to helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse heal from their past. Annette has been honored to be a part of the healing journey for many survivors. She is amazed at the strength and resiliency she has witnessed with the women at the Saprea Retreat. When she is not at work, she can be found spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys having fun, laughing, and going to Disneyland with her family.
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Saria Karhunen, L.C.S.W.

Senior Retreat Manager
Saria has over 20 years of experience as a mental health professional dedicated to helping those who struggle with trauma, addiction, and developmental disabilities. She received her master’s degree from Brigham Young University in Social Work and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Family Sciences and Art History, graduating magna cum laude. She is a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W.) and completed post-graduate training in Motivational Interviewing and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Prior to her work with Saprea, Saria was a Program Manager at Foothill Treatment Center, a residential treatment program serving women and men struggling with substance use disorders. She was born and raised in Finland and moved to the United States when she was nineteen. Her passions include travel, opera, food, cats, reading, yoga, hiking, and camping.
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Alexis Hamilton, L.C.S.W.

Clinical Manager
Alexis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Social Work degree from Southern Illinois University. Alexis has over 10 years of experience in the field serving both children and adults, most recently with an emphasis on clinical work with survivors of trauma. She has also served as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer. Alexis has a passion for empowering individuals by working together to develop the tools and skills needed to live a happy and healthy life. She feels honored to have the opportunity to be a small part of a survivor’s healing journey. Alexis is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and Psychological First Aid. Outside of work Alexis enjoys reading, traveling to new places, and spending time with her loved ones.
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Kelli Murray, L.C.S.W.

Clinical Therapist
Kelli received her MSW from the University of Utah. Before joining our team, Kelli worked with both adults and children through the Family Support & Treatment Center, Utah Foster Care, and Wasatch Mental Health. In these positions Kelli developed a love for working with all ages to heal from trauma. Kelli likes taking a client-centered approach in therapy to help clients feel more empowered and whole. Kelli is trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Crisis Response Planning, Sand Tray, and Play Therapy. Another passion of Kelli’s is working with children to prevent child abuse as a Radkids Instructor. Outside of work Kelli loves reading, playing board games, doing puzzles, and spending time with her husband and three children.
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Sierra Balfour, C.S.W-I

Clinical Therapist
Sierra Balfour graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University and is a graduate level-intern from Utah Valley University. During her education she worked in a residential treatment center for female adolescents addressing complex trauma, neglect, and substance abuse. She also worked with a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients using experiential therapy, with horses as part of her client sessions. Sierra came to Saprea with over 10 years of experience in human service roles as an advocate for people with diagnosed disabilities, case manager, certified nursing assistant, and self-defense instructor. Sierra is known for her big heart, work ethic, compassion, and creativity. She enjoys incorporating art activities, music, writing/journaling into therapy. Outside of work Sierra loves traveling, scuba diving, and spending time with family.

Case Management Team

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Ashley Buchanan

Case Manager
Before working for Saprea, Ashley worked with a range of populations including adults and children who struggled with issues of trauma, abuse, neglect, addiction, and mental health. Ashley has previously worked at a dual diagnosis residential treatment center and with the foster system in Georgia. She attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cats. She has a great passion for helping others and making a difference.
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Crissy Seabolt

Case Manager
Crissy is a single mother of a 7 year old daughter. We live in Dahlonega, GA with our 2 dogs. My daughter does karate, gymnastics and cheer. I enjoy Netflix, cooking, camping and horse shows. I have worn many hats career wise from taxi driver to waffle house cook and have experience in the medical field clinically and on the clerical side as well. I am very excited to become a part of Saprea and believe whole heartedly in their mission.
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Gabrielle Leonce

Night Case Manager
Gabrielle Leonce was born in Bayshore, New York. She received her bachelors of science in Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Family Studies from Andrews University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. She enjoys volunteering, traveling, riding, and cooking in her free time. Gabrielle is passionate about advocating for the vulnerable population and dedicated to making a difference in this organization.
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Lindsay Lester

Night Case Manager
Lindsay earned her EMT license and certification at North Georgia Tech where she studied EMS professions. During her program, she also volunteered as a firefighter to gain further hands-on trauma-related experience. After receiving her EMT certification, she began her long desired journey to make a difference in the world. Two years prior, she started working as a contracted EMT for Saprea. Now, she is officially a part of the Saprea Family as both an EMT and Case Manager.

Lindsay believes that having the privilege to work for this company has grown her education and developed her awareness of the survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She is currently perusing her training in Coping Skills and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and continues to strive for further trauma and mental health-related education. The most rewarding part of her position is having the pleasure of meeting and becoming acquainted with such strong and determined women during retreat. Every passing retreat reminds her that there is so much more work to be done in raising awareness and lowering the number of 1 in 4.

During her free time, Lindsay is usually in the gym where she finds her stresses melting away. She also has a love for hiking, running, writing poetry, yoga, and reading anything written by Nicholas Sparks. Her favorite animals are owls (as she loves all kinds) and has them spread around her room and in her car. She also has a passion for journaling and practicing mindfulness whenever and wherever she can.
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Lisa Sumner, RN

Case Manager
Lisa is married to her junior high school sweetheart and is a mother of five children. She enjoys life and loves snow skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, cooking, learning, art, quilting, and traveling.

Lisa earned her RN degree from Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. She has over 32 years of nursing experience. She has worked for seven years in Behavioral Health Nursing, specializing in Eating Disorder Residential Treatment and Substance Abuse Nursing. Prior to this, she worked in Laser and Aesthetics, Neurology, Critical Care, and Transitional Care Nursing. Lisa loves working with women and adolescents and has worked to heal women with trauma of child sexual abuse through treatment. She feels gratitude and respect for these strong, motivated women and is grateful to be working in an area that impacts so many people for good.
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Julie Cattani

Case Manager
For 21 years, Julie proudly held the full-time title of COO for the Cattani Clan. From PTA president to room mother, volunteer to chauffer, she enjoyed each moment with her children. Her previous experience includes working with cancer patients at a rehabilitation clinic and Director of Operations for a company that produced halftime shows for college bowl games. Julie is grateful to be engaged in a work that promotes hope and healing in the lives of beautiful, deserving women. She finds it a privilege to learn from the examples of many brave survivors. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than spending time with family and running on trails in the beautiful Utah mountains.
Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor

Night Case Manager
Hannah has four years of experience working in classrooms with children with disabilities, and recreationally with children living in lower income areas. Just before joining the Retreat Team, she worked with youth in a residential treatment facility. Hannah's passion is serving the community, and she is excited to help improve women's lives through teaching art journaling and vision boarding classes at the Saprea Retreat. Some of her favorite activities include dirt biking, playing racquetball, camping, and skiing.
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Kimberlee Sorensen

Trust & Safety Specialist
Kimberlee attended Utah Valley University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. She is a certified EMT and continues to grow her knowledge in the medical field. She has a passion for working with trauma survivors and helping them on their healing journey. She has experience facilitating support groups, and her desire to help continues to grow. She is a part of the Army National Guard and has enjoyed serving others. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, riding dirt bikes, boating at Lake Powell, cliff jumping, and spending time with her cute niece.

Online Course

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Mark Hartvigsen

Online Course Manager
Mark Hartvigsen has worked at Saprea since the beginning of 2017. Prior to his work at the organization, he taught at the college level in a variety of fields. He is passionate about the power of education to help survivors on their healing journey, and he is grateful for the opportunity to interact with the amazing women who attend the Saprea Retreat. Mark is also a music aficionado and has played the piano for almost his whole life. He is currently having fun struggling to learn to play the cello. Additionally, he enjoys hiking and skiing in the beautiful mountains of Utah.
Ciara Green

Ciara Green M.A, L.P.C

Clinical Therapist
Ciara has lived in Georgia most of her life, but still feels connected to her New York roots. She earned her master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia Southern University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is currently pursuing her certification as a professional counselor supervisor (CPCS). Ciara’s clinical experience includes working within a community mental health agency, crisis stabilization unit, and private practice. Ciara also provided group, individual, and family counseling to diverse populations that addressed trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and substance abuse. Ciara’s passion for the mental health field intensified when she had the opportunity to work with a program that provided refuge to adolescent female human trafficking and sexual abuse survivors.

Ciara is a proud cheer and soccer mom who enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and creating DIY crafts/projects. She is grateful to be part of the healing journey for the women attending the retreat. Ciara is looking forward to empowering and educating survivors, as well as inspiring hope.

Logistics Team

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Marsha Dickerson

Logistics Manager
Marsha was born and raised in the small town of Dahlonega, Georgia. After graduating high school, Marsha joined the Army where she served multiple tours in states and overseas. After transitioning from the military, she started her career assisting homeless veterans—particularly women—find gainful employment. Marsha has held many positions where the focus has been helping others. She is very passionate about her work and feels honored to help women learn how to heal through education and empowerment. Marsha is currently pursuing her master’s in Social Work and she loves to volunteer whenever possible. In her free time, Marsha enjoys caring for and going on adventures with her two daughters, as well as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and playing piano.
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Lacey Larson

Logistics Manager
Prior to her work at Saprea, Lacey worked at a residential treatment center for women with drug and alcohol dependence, domestic violence, and sexual trauma. Lacey has held many positions that focus on her main passion: helping others. She has a degree in Psychology and Human Services. Lacey has volunteered with United Way and Primary Children’s Medical Center, assisted with first responder training, and loves volunteering in her children’s school classrooms. In her free time, Lacey loves to have adventures with her two cute kids. She also loves jogging, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Culinary Team

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Colby Hall

Executive Chef
Chef Colby studied culinary arts at Utah Valley University and has worked in the culinary industry for over 12 years. With experience in all aspects of food service from working at fine dining restaurants to catering events he has always loved the power that food has on people and humanity. Colby loves to cook modern but accessible food that you feel like you could incorporate at home.

Colby believes food can become a deep part of someone's life to help connect with others and their cultures. His goal at the retreat is to provide food that will be healthy, nourishing and fun. He wants to introduce new food while serving some familiar favorites as well. Colby lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife, Shannon, and their Shiba Inu puppy, Amaya. His hobbies include soccer, gaming, and crying when the Utah Jazz lose.
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Greg Cornelius

Executive Chef
Chef Greg has been in the restaurant industry for over 25 years as an executive chef at fine dining restaurants, private clubs, and multi-unit operations. Chef Greg has placed an emphasis on locally sourced whole foods and using quality healthy ingredients. His culinary style is wide ranging and diverse and he likes to employ cultural influences, both international and regional. Chef Greg believes food is medicine, and his objective at the retreat is to provide creative, healthy, healing, and comforting foods. He also plans to build a database of recipes and cooking demonstrations to share with our retreat guests and friends. His hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, beekeeping, gardening, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Alexis Torres

Alexis Torres

Culinary Lead Cook
Alexis comes from a large family, and cooking became second nature to her. She eventually enrolled in culinary school to refine her skills, attending Spokane Community College in Washington State. She has five years of experience working in restaurants and involved in catering for weddings, graduations, and funerals.

Her favorite hobbies include skiing, kayaking, and obviously cooking with, and for, her family.

With a heart to help people, Alexis has spent time volunteering in local food banks and at Second Harvest. In her own journey she found that food can be nourishment for the soul and hopes this can be an enjoyable part of your healing journey too. She's excited to be introducing new foods into your diet in hopes that you can take these dishes home with you.

Bon Appetit!
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Madison Threet

Culinary Cook
Madison was born and raised in Utah. She attended Utah Valley University and received her degree in culinary arts. She has been working in the industry for 5 years. Madison loves to cook with comforting, fresh, and healthy ingredients. She has learned the healing powers of food and loves the joy food can bring. She wants to share that with others.

Madison worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center where she developed a love for working with those who are on a healing journey. She feels thankful for the opportunities she had to work with such people, and the opportunities she will continue to have in the future. Madison loves listening to music and going to concerts. She also loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping with family and friends.