Executive Team Clinical Team Academic Team Medical Team
Craig Christiansen, MA - Founder and Owner
Craig has been developing programs for children, adolescents and families for over 40 years. He received his BA and MA degrees from California State University in Chico, California before entering the youth and family services field. He has developed numerous programs and schools for special populations, and has extensive experience in legislative advocacy for children at the local, regional and national levels. Craig and his wife Christy founded New Leaf Academy, the first therapeutic boarding school for younger girls in the country, in 1997 in response to inquiries of parents seeking help for their children prior to the onset of older adolescent emotional and behavioral issues. In his free time Craig and his wife Christy like to mountain bike and spend time at the lake with their grandchildren and family.
Christy Christiansen, BA - Owner, Founder and Business Manager
Christy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in Marin County. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Chico, CA in 1973. Following college, she worked in banking and insurance prior to a career in payroll and accounting with a number of school districts, fire districts, non-profit agencies and small businesses. Together with husband Craig, they founded New Leaf Academy. Christy was instrumental in developing our trademark, award-winning 4H Bunny Program (Honey Bunnies) and remains its enthusiastic leader and mentor today.
Deveney Marshall, BA - Executive Director
Deveney attended the University of Oregon where she earned her B.A. in Journalism and International Studies. Her introduction to working with at risk youth was in 2002 when she worked in wilderness and adventure therapy as a field instructor. She also facilitated corporate and team building trainings on both low and high ropes courses. After relocating to Bend she became a counselor at New Leaf Academy. She then quickly worked her way up to the Program Director, Associate Director and now Executive Director due to her skill in managing staff, students and logistics. Deveney brings leadership, enthusiasm and integrity to our staff and students.
Jennifer Parker, BS, CPC - Director of Admissions and Marketing
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA in Recreation Administration. Jen has worked at New Leaf Academy for over 15 years, starting as the Activities Coordinator, then working as a Residential Coach/Counselor and Human Resources/Operations Manager before moving into the Admissions role. Prior to working at NLA, Jen worked with various youth organizations providing activities and sports programming for youth, teens and families. Jen has lived in Bend for over 24 years and loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband and two children. She enjoys skiing, camping and biking.
Dyer Snider, LMSW – Clinical Director
Dyer has worked in behavioral health since January 1995. He earned his Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. Dyer has worked in a number of settings including psychiatric inpatient, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, assertive community treatment, and outpatient. He has worked with clients ages 5 to 75. Dyer has served in a number of leadership roles and has trained and supervised staff since working in the field in 1995.
Dyer was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but considers Oregon his home. Prior to working as a therapist and supervisor, Dyer had a previous career of teaching white water kayaking and outdoor living skills. He is thrilled to be back in Oregon and returning to enjoying the outdoors.
Joshua Goldstein, BS, MAT – Academic Director
Shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1995, Josh discovered his passion for working with kids. His Bachelors in Biology informed his joy for helping young learners see wonder and curiosity in the world around them, and to see opportunities in the challenges they face. This newfound passion was sparked by his first job out of college as an educator in an environmental education camp. Since that initial experience in education, Josh has held positions at a number of experiential education camps, charter schools, a residential treatment center, public schools, and a 'science at sea' sailing classroom. In 2000 he earned his Masters in Teaching from Southern Oregon University. Out of the gates, he has been balancing his passion for educating and guiding youth with the behind the scenes tasks of growing healthy educational environments and collaborative teams. He also works to find balance between his career, a busy family life raising two precocious kids (his greatest teachers), and playing outside in beautiful central Oregon on trails, rivers, and mountains. He has lived in Bend on and off since 1978 and has no plans to leave anytime soon.
Naomi Healy, MS, CTRS – Program Director
Naomi is originally from Texas and made the move to Oregon this year to be closer to the natural world instead of large cities. Naomi holds a BS in Kinesiology and a MS in Therapeutic Recreation. Naomi has over 15 years of experience working with organizations that promote diversity & inclusion, healthy youth development, strengthen resiliency skills and teach wellness to youth of various backgrounds. Naomi is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, a Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts and has held various certifications as an American Red Cross instructor as well as for adventure-based activities. Naomi enjoys spending time amongst the trees, backpacking, climbing, having adventures with her dog Talia and stargazing.
Stacie Fox, BS – Director of Operations/Human Resources Manager
Stacie has lived throughout the Northwest her entire life, settling in Bend in 2008. After graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education, Stacie pursued a variety of careers in academic and experiential education settings throughout the country. Stacie spent many years working in the wilderness therapy field prior to joining the New Leaf Academy team as a therapeutic advisor in 2013. Stacie moved into the Program Coordinator position with New Leaf Academy in 2015 prior to the birth of her daughter and most recently moved into the role of Human Resources Manager in 2017. Stacie enjoys cooking and spending time in the outdoors with her husband, daughters and dog.
Wendy Jensen – Finance and Administrative Assistant
Wendy was raised in Oregon and has worked in administrative accounting and bookkeeping since 1994. This experience has included a broad range of assignments for various CPA firms prior to joining the New Leaf team. Wendy loves her work at the Academy because “I get to put my skills and experience to use for something I believe in”. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, biking, skiing and spending time with her 3 children in beautiful Central Oregon.
Dyer Snider, LMSW – Clinical Director and also a member of the Executive Team. See BIO above.
Camber Perrigan, LCSW – Therapist
Camber attended Idaho State University where she earned her BA in Social Work. She had the unique opportunity of playing collegiate basketball at the University. It was during that time when she received her introduction to working with at risk youth through mentor programs and an internship in a family services program. Camber began working for New Leaf Academy in 2004. In 2008 she decided to go back to graduate school. She continued to work for New Leaf Academy throughout her time in graduate school. Camber graduated from Portland State University in 2011 with a Masters in Social Work. During her free time, Camber enjoys spending time with her family and participating in various volunteer activities.
Breana Stanford, MSW, CSWA – Therapist
Breana grew up in the Midwest and spent most of her life in the small town of Valparaiso, Indiana. She recently moved to Bend to be part of the New Leaf team. Breana completed her BS in Social Work with minors in Criminology and Psychology at Indiana State University. After completing her bachelor's degree, Breana was offered a graduate assistant position at ISU to help her obtain her MA in Social Work.
Breana's early work experience includes residential psychiatric care for adults. Over the past few years, she has focused on working with children and adolescents in school settings. She has worked with a variety of students with different needs including ADHD, trauma, attachment disorders, addiction, depression and anxiety. When working with her students, she utilizes DBT modalities to improve interpersonal skills and regulate overwhelming emotions. She comes from a strength-based practice and focuses on the family system to help create unity among family members. She believes in working with the family to help support better functioning for the youth she serves.
In her free time, Breana enjoys spending quality time with her dog, Jude. She loves to be in the outdoors and her favorite activities include kayaking, camping and hiking.
Maddison Montana, MA, LPC Intern– Therapist
Maddison (she/her) grew up in the slow beach town of Aptos, California and recently moved to Bend to join the New Leaf Academy team. Maddison completed her BS in Psychology and Minor in Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. After living in sunny beach towns for too long, Maddison made the move to the rainy city of Portland, OR to complete her MA in Clinical Psychology (Child and Adolescent emphasis) at Pacific University. Maddison has experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings including child and adolescent psychiatry, secure residential facilities, child and family outpatient therapy and in schools. She has worked with a wide variety of populations and identities including youth in foster care, LGBTQA+ youth, individuals experiencing trauma and grief, youth who engage in self-harm and have suicide ideation, families with intergenerational trauma, and families who solely need some extra support to better their functioning.
Maddison is beyond grateful to be able to be a support system and secure base for the students at New Leaf Academy and their families. Her goal is to help each student live their authentic life, increase the quality of family interactions and healthy relationships and increase their overall level of confidence and wellbeing. When Maddison is not working, she is most definitely cuddling by the fire with her cat Randall, cooking a delicious meal, going on long walks, exploring new corners of Bend, or reading a good book.
Krysta Ivens, M.Ed., LPC Intern– Therapist
Krysta grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she completed her BA in general studies with a minor in counseling. She then moved to Ohio University to complete her Masters in Education with a dual major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Krysta is a LPC in Ohio and is a LPC Intern in Oregon while also holding a Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Certification. Krysta's clinical experience includes working with clients ages 5-65 with a wide variety of diagnosis.
In her spare time, Krysta enjoys cooking, reading and spending time outdoors enjoying all Bend has to offer with her dog.
Cathryn Perkins, MA, LPC – Aftercare Program Coordinator/Therapist
Cathryn was born and raised on the beaches of Southern California, then ventured north to attend University of the Pacific where she earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology and played D1 field hockey. Prior to settling into her career in mental health, Cathryn traveled the US indulging numerous personal passions. After discovering a passion for supporting adolescents and their families while working in a residential treatment center in Arizona, she moved to New York and completed a Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling from University at Albany (SUNY). Cathryn has been a member of the New Leaf Academy team for 10 years, is a licensed therapist in Oregon and is certified in EMDR. Recently, Cathryn transitioned into the role of aftercare coordinator, spearheading and developing NLA's aftercare program.
Susan Wallace, BA – House Manager and Therapeutic Advisor
Susan attended the University of Oregon where she earned her BA in Social Science. She began working with at risk youth was in 2005 where she worked for a residential treatment center. Susan joined New Leaf Academy in 2008 and is currently the house manager and advisor in the Sagebrush house. Susan brings her dog Bentlee with her to work each day to play with and support the girls. Susan spends her free time enjoying her family while camping and exploring all the nature has to offer.
Nicole Lawson, BS – Therapeutic Advisor
Nicole was born in Wisconsin but grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she studied Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation and Disability Studies. Nicole has worked with a wide range of youth throughout her career as a teacher, tutor and education assistant. She has found her passion in working with youth and looks forward to being a kind and consistent support in helping youth grow and heal. When not working, Nicole enjoys reading, stand up paddle boarding, drinking tea and spending time outside with her husband and dog.
Carson Lyness, BS – Therapeutic Advisor
Carson grew up in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She completed her BS at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where she started her journey in leadership, mentorship and the outdoors. Over the past few years, Carson has been working with youth both in the classroom as a substitute teacher and tutor and in the outdoors as a NOLS field instructor. Carson came to NLA after working at a wilderness therapy program as a field guide and mentor. She joined the NLA team as a houseparent and was promoted to the advisor position. In her free time, Carson enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, skiing and reading a good book in a hammock by the river.
Amber Simmons, BA – House Manager and Therapeutic Advisor
Amber was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She received her undergraduate degree in Family Studies from Manhattan Christian College and went on to pursue a career in social services. Amber feels most alive when she is in an environment where she can use her skills to help others grow into the best, most flourishing versions of themselves. Amber has a background of working within the school system as a therapeutic aide for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since moving to Central Oregon in 2016, she has worked extensively with at-risk youth as a case manager in a residential program and has been an advocate for victims of human trafficking and crime. Amber is passionate about being a positive, supportive and consistent presence in the lives of young people. When Amber is not at work you can find her spending time with her family and friends, snuggling with her kitties, spending time in nature and sipping on iced lattes.
Joshua Goldstein, MAT – Academic Director and also a member of the Executive Team. See BIO above.
Kimberly May, BA, MAT – Teacher
Kim May graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA; she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching and teaching license at Western Oregon University. In addition to her classroom teaching experience, Kim has also collaborated with students at a youth shelter to create a community art exhibit, and she served as a crew leader for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. Outside of the classroom, Kim enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, ballet, and travel.
Keith Elliott, BS – Teacher
Keith joined the New Leaf Academy team after being a public school teacher in Los Angeles, CA for six years. He taught at Title-1 schools and is experienced in both Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Leader in Me models. Keith received his teaching credential from the University of La Verne and attended Citrus College for his Associate Degree and Concordia University Irvine for his Bachelor's Degree. Keith recently moved to Bend with his wife and pets. In his free time, Keith enjoys tabletop games, cooking and spending time outdoors.
Cassie Markins, BA, M.Ed. – Teacher
Cassie was born and raised in Oregon. She spent many seasons as a backpacking guide and ski instructor in New Mexico. After graduating in Earth and Environmental Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Cassie committed to Teach for America in Memphis, TN. Cassie's teaching experience ranged from an underserved urban environment to the top magnet school in Memphis. Cassie earned her Master of Education from Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Cassie, her husband and her golden retriever relocated to Bend in 2021 to be closer to family. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, backpacking/hiking, and traveling.
Maryann Deke, BS, MAT – Special Education Teacher
Maryann grew up just outside of New York City. She graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She earned a Masters for Teachers from Pace University. After that, she added a Special Education Endorsement from Eastern Oregon University.
Prior to joining the New Leaf Team, Maryann worked with special education students in various settings. She supported students who were unable to attend school to due to physical or mental illnesses. Additionally, she has worked with special needs students in life skills classrooms. She has also taught elementary school in both New York and Oregon.
In her free time she enjoys road biking, mountain biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and hiking with her husband and 3 children.
Brooke Guess, MS – Physical Education Teacher and Activities Coordinator
Brooke grew up in the bluegrass state of Kentucky and learned to love and care for the outdoors by camping and exploring with family as a child. Her love for nature compelled her to attend Western Kentucky University where she obtained her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. This program introduced her to the world of environmental education. From there she has been in outdoor education in a variety of roles from Educator with Fish and Wildlife Resources in Kentucky to Director of Outdoor Education in Idaho. Wanting to explore more of the world of Environmental Education, Brooke found the graduate program at the University of Idaho, McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) intriguing and completed her M.S. in Natural Resources with a certificate in Environmental Education. This program opened the door to the beautiful Pacific Northwest as well as a newfound knowledge to aid youth and adults to find their own transformative experiences in nature. She believes that the experiences and connections we make with natural places as youth can hold the key to more positive and fulfilling interactions as adults. Brooke has over 13 years of youth development, alternative teaching and outdoor recreation experience and is excited to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to New Leaf Academy! She holds many outdoor certifications such as Leave No Trace Master Educator and Wilderness First Responder. Brooke enjoys her time doing as many outdoor activities as possible with her partner and dog.
Dr. Angelina Montoya, MD – Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Angie grew up in Wenatchee, Washington and has lived in the Bend area since 2005. She is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. After her residency and fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, she lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming where she had a busy practice as 1 of only 3 child psychiatrists in the state. Angie has worked with New Leaf Academy students for over 12 years.
Dr. Erin Christiansen Sutton, MD – Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Erin is a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist specializing in individual, group and family therapy as well as comprehensive medication management services. Most recently, Erin was with the Cognitive Psychiatry group in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Erin graduated from the University of Colorado with a double major in Biology/Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. She attended medical school at St. George’s University, with coursework in Newcastle, England and Grenada, West Indies. Following her internship in Bangkok, Thailand, she worked rotations at various hospitals in New York City, including Manhattan Psychiatric Center. Erin completed her residency at Loyola University in Chicago and completed her fellowship in Psychiatry at Duke University in Durham, NC. Erin is the daughter of founders Craig and Christy Christiansen and grew up in Bend, OR.
Kathy Tiller, RN – Program Nurse
Kathy has been the Program Nurse at New Leaf Academy for 10 years. She was born and raised in Southern California. Moved to Bend in 1990 with her husband. She graduated from Central Oregon Community College with a degree in Nursing and has held her Oregon Registered Nurse license for 26 years. Her experience has included working in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Allergy, and Mental Health. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and enjoy the incredible outdoors of Central Oregon.
Tara DeGaetano, BA – Student Health Coordinator
Tara was born in Carlsbad, CA, although her family has long been a part of the Central Oregon community. She received her BA in Human Development with a counseling focus and a minor in psychology from California State University, San Marcos in 2016. She moved to Bend in 2017 as this has always felt like home. Over the past few years Tara has worked with a variety of populations from seniors to infants, with programs such as Meals and Wheels and the State of Oregon, Department of Human Services. Tara was a houseparent at New Leaf Academy prior to moving into the Student Health Coordinator role.
Tara has a passion for nutrition and is currently obtaining credits needed to pursue a masters degree in Nutrition. In her free time Tara enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and walking her dog.