Originally from New England, Emma graduated with her Bachelor of the Arts in US History from Bates College in Maine. During her time at Bates, she was the captain of the women‘s varsity lacrosse team and organized a youth outreach program connecting children in the local Lewiston-Auburn elementary school system with the Bates’ varsity collegiate teams for mentorship programs and gamedays.
After graduation, she decided to follow her love for the mountain west and moved to Jackson, which she has called home since 2015. Within Teton County, she has worked in many different jobs, but has always strived to connect with the local community through volunteering and other outdoor activities.
Emma is the assistant coach of the girls high school lacrosse team through Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club. In the winter season, she is a ski patroller for Snow King Mountain Resort. She believes in the empowerment of youth through sports and the outdoors, and is very excited to be continuing this as a member of the TYFS team!
Kilee was born and raised in Jackson. She went to college at Northwest Junior College in 2002 where she also played volleyball and then went on to Montana State University from 2003-2006 where she studied Elementary Education. Kilee returned to Jackson where she volunteered as a victim’s advocate for Community Safety Network while working at the hospital and Coaching Volleyball at Jackson Hole High School. She started working at Red Top Meadows as the program administrator. She has been with Teton Youth & Family Services since 2008. Kilee loves the outdoors, is married and has 4 children.
Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. She works with children, adolescents, families, and individuals providing therapy and family advocacy support. She currently lives in Jackson with her husband and three children.
Kayla Barglowski MSW
Originally from Connecticut, Kayla has always loved the mountains and is so excited to be in Jackson. Kayla first received a BS in Childhood and Special Education from New York University in 2017. After teaching for a few years, she began the shift to social work, wanting to support children and families in meeting their needs. Kayla received a Master in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 2023 and is thrilled to be a part of the TYFS family. She strives to empower youth and their families through processing stressors, understanding emotions, and identifying skills and strategies that work for them.
Originally from Michigan, Jen is a clinical social worker whose work experience makes her an ideal team member for the Hirschfield Center for Children. Having spent the last 20 years owning restaurants, working as a program manager for the Art Association and raising two kids, Jen will be the first to tell you that nothing can fully prepare children and families for the obstacles they may face. After receiving her MSW from Simmons University, Jen instills a receptive space where clients can feel safe and comfortable to start taking the necessary steps to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
Cassidy grew up in a small town in Oregon on the Deschutes River. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2015 with a BS in Athletic Training. After graduation she moved to Jackson, where she was lucky enough to combine her passion for working with children and love for the outdoors by running the Jackson Hole Leadership Program. She’s happy to be transitioning into her full time position with TYFS.
Van Vleck House
Jeremy is from Shelburne, VT, he attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a BA in French in 1992. He then attended the University of Wyoming where he earned his MSW in 2001. He moved to Jackson in 1992 and has worked for TYFS since 1993.
Arty has a B.A. from the University of Southwestern LA. He previously worked in wilderness programs and in residential treatment. He has worked at the Van Vleck House since 2002. email@example.com
Matia is originally from Vermont where she received B.As in Psychology and Anthropology and began her work with youth in the field of Special Education. She moved to Jackson in 2012 to work as the Head Wrangler at a local dude ranch and explore the mountains. Moving to Laramie, WY she attended the University of Wyoming for her Master of Social Work. While at the UW she worked with student veterans and undergraduates through the University’s counseling center and focused her degree on clinical practice and community outreach. Matia moved back to Jackson to pursue her passion of working with young adults and teens, aiming to take a systemic approach to therapeutic interventions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Olive grew up in North Carolina where she attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington and graduated with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 2017. She began working at camps her junior year of highschool and has continued exploring and working with camps across the globe. Shortly after graduating, she spent six months with Camp Adventure in Germany studying Outdoor Experiential Education and has also worked with several camps for kids with serious illnesses and disabilities. Olive has seen how camp can be the most important time of year for some individuals and understands the significance of creating a safe and fun environment for exploration and skill building no matter one‘s age, language, or ability level. When she’s not at camp, Olive can be found crafting, gardening, rafting, or playing her banjolele. She enjoys soaking up sunshine and quality time with the people she loves. email@example.com
Hailing from all corners of the country, Van Vleck Child Care Staff are tasked with the daily care and supervision of our residents. Each of these individuals excels at building relationships with our clients and creating a safe and predictable environment. Creating this environment requires establishing healthy boundaries, reinforcing choices and behaviors through the use of natural and logical consequences, helping residents develop internal self-control by highlighting new growth and change as well as engaging in enriching activities. Child Care Staff undergo 30 hours per year of in-service training on topics including:
- Professional ethics and conduct
- Strengths-Based, Solution Focused and Competency-Based treatment approaches
- Understanding the effects of trauma on child development
- Right Response system of crisis management
- Emergency procedures
- Medication management
- Suicide Prevention
- Adolescent development
Red Top Meadows
Tom received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1988, and came to Red Top to work for the next ten years. Tom went to graduate school at Pacific Lutheran University, earning a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2002. After graduating he worked in community mental health in Seattle and Tacoma Washington for four years. Tom returned to Jackson to be the therapist at The Van Vleck House. After eight years in this position Tom became the Director at Red Top Meadows in January 2015.
Wes is from Minocqua, WI and received his Bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. From 2015-2020 Wes taught 8th grade general science in Hayward, WI. While teaching he obtained his Master’s from the University of Wisconsin Superior. In summer 2020 Wes moved with his wife to this area and immediately began teaching at Red Top Meadows. After one year of teaching at RTM, Wes stepped into the Director of Education role and is fulfilled by the role in shaping our youth’s education while in treatment.
Ted has been working within the field of experiential education in various capacities since 2006. Joining the Red Top staff in 2012, he worked as child care and wilderness field staff before assuming his current position. Ted has experienced, lead and learned from every aspect of the Red Top wilderness experience. The positive effects and skills that can be gained by traveling in small groups through the mountains has been made evident through these trips. He is thrilled to provide excellent wilderness and residential programs for youth at Red Top Meadows.
In 2020, McKenzie graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Southern Oregon University. During her time as an undergraduate student, she simultaneously worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) in various capacities, providing essential support to families.
While working at ODHS, McKenzie realized her desire to work more directly with young individuals, she transitioned to becoming a School Social Worker at a public high school in Southern Oregon. In this role, McKenzie offered support to high school students, addressing their social, emotional, and behavioral needs.
In 2023, she earned her Master of Social Work from Portland State University, further expanding her expertise in the field. With over eight years of experience working with youth and families in the public sector, McKenzie is thrilled to join the TYFS team. As a therapist at Red Top Meadows, McKenzie provides comprehensive therapy services to the youth residents of the residential treatment and therapeutic wilderness program. With her knowledge, compassion, and dedication, McKenzie is committed to empowering young individuals and guiding them towards a brighter future.
Youth Care Staff
Red Top youth care staff are active in all components of the program. They supervise daily living as well as work in the school and on wilderness trips. They receive 80 hours of annual training and regular direct supervision. Topics covered annually include but are not limited to:
- Professional ethics and conduct
- Solution based treatment approaches
- Understanding effects of trauma on child development
- Right Response system of crisis management
- Emergency procedures
- Wilderness education curriculum
- Wilderness First aid and CPR refreshers
- Medication policies and procedures
- Crisis management and suicide prevention
- Parenting and childcare skills