Dean is a Livingston native and knows of no better place on Earth to live. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Addictions Counseling graduate program at Montana State University. Ultimately, he intends to work with adults and adolescents with Substance Use Disorders and their families. He strongly believes that overcoming the barriers of addiction will strengthen the individual, their family, and the community. Currently, Dean works as an Adult Day Treatment group facilitator, Adult Mentor, and Youth Mentor. In his spare time, he loves to fly the big skies of Montana, hike, camp, and fish. He is also involved with the Shriners (Shrine Clown), Civil Air Patrol (pilot and communications) , and referees youth recreational, competitive, and high school soccer.
Janella Johnson has lived in Livingston with her husband for 20 years; she has raised her son here and now he raising his own family here as well. She graduated from MSU with a Bachelors Degree in Community Health and during that time she completed an internship with a mental health crisis stabilization center. Janella will complete her Masters in Social Work graduate degree from Walla Walla University, Billings satellite campus, in June of 2019 and is certified in implementing EMDR therapy. Throughout her Masters of Social Work internship career, she has worked for L’esprit as an Adult Case Manager, an Adult Mentor, provided outpatient therapy, and assists in the group effort of implementing an Adult Day Treatment program for our community. In her spare time, Janella loves spending time with her family, reading, camping and yard/gardening work or doing just about any activity that gets her outside.
David Drake, SWLC
I began working at L’Esprit in October of 2015 and since then have worked as a youth mentor, adult mentor, youth case manager, adult case manager, and outpatient therapist. Currently, I am working as a CSCT Therapist at Sleeping Giant Middle School. In June of 2017, I completed a Master of Social Work degree at Walla Walla University – Billings. Previously, I earned a BA in Psychology and an MA in Scandinavian Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I spent four years as a teaching assistant and seven years as a program administrator. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, photography, playing drums and guitar, and hiking.
Nicolle Bellerive, LCSW
Nicolle has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Social Work. She worked teaching in the Bozeman public school district and for Great Beginnings Montessori School. Her work with children who required a different educational experience started her journey with clinical social work in mental health. Nicolle has worked with L’esprit since the agency opened in June 2015. Her experience with the Park County School District started as a CSCT therapist with East Side School 2015-2016, Park High School 2016-2017 and presently as an Outpatient therapist and Clinical Therapist Supervisor. Nicolle is a certified Right Response Advanced Instructor in de-escalation and is a Board Certified Clinical Supervisor. Nicolle enjoys the typical Montana life style and outdoor amenities of the area, including hiking and running with her dogs, fishing, skiing, and playing in the Yellowstone River.