Brayden Sloan, Therapist, East Side Elementary School
Brayden Sloan was born and raised in northern Montana and pursued undergraduate studies of psychology in the desert of Southern Utah. She graduated from Montana State University with a masters degree in mental health counseling. While in Southern Utah, she visited and fell in love with Livingston, Montana and jumped on the opportunity to live and work here. Her experience in the mental health field has included working at a community counseling clinic, working at the sexual assault counseling center, counseling and advocating for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and working for L’esprit as a CSCT therapist with elementary aged children.
Zane Barnes, Therapist, East Side Elementary School
Jonathan Bateman, Therapist, East Side Elementary School
Jonathan currently works as a CSCT therapist at East Side Elementary. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English-Writing at the University of Oklahoma, and his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Montana State University.
Heather Harrison, Therapist, East Side Elementary School
Marie Mumma, Behavioral Specialist, East Side Elementary School
Marie Mumma is from San Diego, CA and moved to MT in Oct/2016. She came to Lesprit from Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility where she was a Corrections Counselor. When she is not working for Lesprit, she is working on finishing my PhD in Forensic Psychology. Her hobbies include anything outdoors in the sun.
Courtney McInerney, Therapist, Sleeping Giant Middle School
Courtney McInerney is a Montana native who grew up in Great Falls. She received a B.A. in psychology from Carroll College in 2014, and began working as in adult case management for Center for Mental Health in Helena. She received her M.S. in Mental Health counseling from Montana State University in 2016, while completing a year-long internship as a behavioral health counselor at Community Health Partners in Bozeman and Belgrade. Courtney has worked as a CSCT therapist in Sleeping Giant Middle School since May 2016. When not working, Courtney enjoys spending time in the great outdoors of Montana hiking or playing with her dog Toolah.
Leah Brand, Therapist, Sleeping Giant Middle School
I am a Montana native, born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Montana. (Go Griz!) After graduation, I moved to Portland, Oregon. I lived and worked in Portland for 10 years and received my Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University. During that time, I had the opportunity to work and internship in a variety of areas, including education, homeless services, pediatric oncology and department of corrections. After 10 years in the city, I decided it was time to return to my Montana roots. I’m very happy to be back under the Big Sky! I am thrilled to be a part of the L’esprit team at Sleeping Giant Middle School. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, knitting, cooking, hiking, skiing and collecting baseball cards.
Courtney Skeahan, Behavioral Specialist, Sleeping Giant Middle School
Courtney Skeahan is a new member of the L’esprit team and is currently working as a behavior specialist at Sleeping Giant Middle School working with therapist CourtneyMcInerney. Courtney graduated Montana State University in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education and Child Services. She currently is studying at Walla Walla University in Billings to obtain her Masters of Social Work Degree. Her past experience working with children was in the classroom or daycare setting throughout her undergraduate degree.
Morgan Bremingham, Behavioral Specialist, Sleeping Giant Middle School
David Drake, Therapist, Sleeping Giant Middle School
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.
Kari Reno, Therapist, Park High School
Kari Reno recently moved to Montana from Denver, but is originally from Washington. Kari graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University, and her Master of Social Work from University of Denver with a concentration on Youth and Healthy Development. Kari enjoys spending time outdoors, especially when it involves being on the water in some form, and playing with her new puppy, Obi.
Taylor Wirkus, Therapist, Park High School
Sarah Barnes, Therapist, Arrowhead School
Sarah Barnes has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from MSU, and is an LCPC license candidate working with children and their families to increase their resilience, wellbeing, and happiness. Sarah believes everyone has within them the capacity for growth and success, and is inspired by journeying alongside others as they find their path. She believes in treatment tailored to fit clients’ needs, because people are unique and deserve to be treated accordingly. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being outdoors, reading, traveling, listening to music, and spending time with her family.
Iona Yabut,Therapist, Arrowhead School
Jennifer Lund, Behavioral Specialist, Arrowhead School
Jennifer Lund moved to Montana from Denver at the start of 2016. Although she is originally from Chicago, Jennifer has taken to the Montana lifestyle and enjoys every minute of living in such a beautiful place. Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University in 2006 and went on to pursue two master’s degrees. She graduated from Indiana State University with a Master of Science in Criminology in 2007 and continued her education in Denver. At the University of Colorado – Denver she completed a Master in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Domestic Violence in 2011. Jennifer began her career in youth corrections in Colorado but went on to work at youth residential treatment facilities where she found a career she was passionate about. When she had enough of living in a large city and having a one-hour commute to work she made the decision to relocate to Billings and worked at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch for almost two years. Jennifer was then offered a position as a correctional counselor at Yellowstone County Youth Services Center. She left that job after getting married and moved to Livingston with her husband Nick and their two dogs Maverick and Goose.
Alli McClennen, Behavioral Specialist, Arrowhead School
Alli McClennen is a Behavioral Specialist for L’esprit. She has worked with Livingston youth for the last 17 years. When she isn’t working, Alli spends time reading, knitting and playing board games with her family.
Kyle Jacobson, Therapist, Winans Elementary School
Jen Eames, Behavioral Specialist, Winans Elementary School
Tasha Drake, Therapist, Washington School
Tasha is the CSCT therapist at Washington Kindergarten and has worked for L’esprit since July 2017. A Livingston transplant, she is originally from the Midwest. Attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tasha received her BA in English Literature with a certificate in LGBTQ studies before moving West. After settling in Livingston, she completed a Master of Social work degree in June of 2017 through Walla Walla University-Billings; while working toward her Master’s Degree, Tasha was an intern therapist at Community Health Partners where she worked with adults, adolescents, and couples. When not working she enjoys reading, gardening, running, cooking, and hiking.