About Us

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan

We are a child and family organization that cares for troubled children and families. Teaching Family Homes was brought to Upper Michigan in 1981 to help troubled children and families in the region. Our private, non-profit organization began as a single residential group home serving just six children.

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For over thirty-one years, Teaching Family Homes has grown to become the largest private child welfare organization in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It has grown by offering new programs at numerous locations around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as providing training and  consultation services to school district and other child care organizations as far away as Hawaii.

We are a non-sectarian agency that welcomes donations to help fund our operations on behalf of troubled children and families.

Our Annual Report is available for download.

2011 – 2012 Annual Report

Staff Directory

Administrative Office – Marquette Main Campus
Telephone: (906) 249-5437

The administrative office is the headquarters for Teaching Family Homes. Administrative staff provide clerical and financial support to all programs. Qualified support personnel specialize in treatment supervision, staff training, support and evaluation. The office also coordinates contract development, community training services, community relations and fund development for the agency as a whole.

- Cathy Enright, MPA – Chief Executive Officer
- Jamie Dieterle -Director of Residential and Home Based Services
- Linnea Wyma - Office Manager
- Mike Smith - Events Coordinator/Facilities Manager
- Rich Rossway - Public Relations/Fund Development/Volunteer Coordinator
- Dave Mastric - Service Learning Coordinator
- Gina Olson – IT Manager/Program Support
- Micheal Plashek- Program Support Assistant
- Jessica Feller-Program Support Assistant

BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

- Jill Krah – Director of Business Services
- Marti Nachtman – Accounting Clerk
- Tina Carlson – Bookkeeper
- Marilyn Lempesis – Bookkeeper

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES (5 locations)

- Jamie Dieterle – Residential Program Manager

Regional Treatment Center – 1010 Silver Creek Road – Marquette, Michigan

This residential group home provides treatment for children with severe emotional or behavioral problems through individual and group therapy. The program, which operates in conjunction with regional behavioral health agencies and Marquette General Hospital, accepts youth psychiatric referrals, focusing on special needs for intensive treatment and care.

- Nicole Pepin - Consultant/Supervisor
- Gail Kristola – Supervisor of Direct Care Workers
- Marie Linsmeier- Supervisor of Direct Care Worker
- Em Masterson- Community/Education Liaison

Cedar Creek Teaching-Family Home – 1020 Silver Creek Road – Marquette, Michigan

Community-Based group home, co-ed, 8 youth, aged 5 – 17 years. Serves abused and neglected children. Behavioral treatment for developing social / emotional, academic and independent living skills. Staffed by a live-in couple or individual, assistant and family specialist who works with the family while the youth is in placement. Youth attend local schools and obtain support services in the community.

- Kyle James - Consultant Supervisor
- Kelly Hillman- Community/Education Liaison

 

South Bluff Teaching-Family Home – 1005 Silver Creek Road – Marquette, Michigan

Community-Based group home, co-ed, 6 youth, aged 5-17 years. Serves delinquent children. Behavioral treatment for developing social / emotional, academic and independent living skills. Staffed by a live-in couple or individual, assistant and family specialist who works with the family while the youth is in placement. Youth attend local schools and obtain support services in the community.

- Jake Bilodeau - Consultant/Supervisor

Indian River Teaching-Family Home – 1015 Silver Creek Road – Marquette, Michigan

Community-Based group home, co-ed, 8 youth, aged 5 – 17 years. Behavioral treatment for developing social/emotional, academic and independent living skills. Staffed by a live-in couple or individual, assistant and family specialist who works with the family while the youth is in placement. Youth attend local schools and obtain support services in the community.

- Nicole Pepin- Consultant/Supervisor
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Josh Vopat- Community/Education Liaison

Lakes Area Staff Secure Facility – 7820 State Highway M 123 – Newberry, Michigan

Residential program serving 8 male youth ages 10 – 17. Behavioral treatment for developing social / emotional, academic and independent living skills. On-site accredited education program. Staffed by highly trained youth care workers, program managers, a teacher and social worker/ counselor.

- Dave Edie – Supervisor
- Nic Greenwood – Supervisor of Direct Care Workers
- Brian Wiggins – Supervisor of Direct Care Workers
- Alexa King – Community/Education Liaison
- Cynthia Dorie – Teacher

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Our Campus offers a Day Treatment classroom for students who are unsuccessful in the public school system. The Social Skills Classroom serves the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Services Area. It is comprised of three components including social skills teaching classroom for part-time to full-time special education students; outreach support services to regular education classroom teachers in an effort to prevent out-of-school placements; and teacher training and education around student behavior issues and methods. Individualized behavioral treatment plans are developed to assist the student and school staff.

- Jamie Dieterle – Consultant/Supervisor
- Dawn Pape – Teacher
- Sandra Bannan - Teacher

HOME BASED SERVICES 

- Jamie Dieterle – Home Based Program Manager

FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAM

Intensive in-home counseling & education service for families in crisis. Teaching Family Homes’ Family Specialists directly work with these families to build upon their strengths, teach new skills and keep them together as a functional and vital family unit.

-Western Upper Peninsula

Serving Gogebic, Ontonagon,Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties along with the KBIC

- Nicole Ubinger – Supervisor
- Meghan Immel – Family Specialist
- Pam Ekdahl - Family Specialist
- Angella Paulson- Family Specialist

-Central Upper Peninsula

- Jessica Gasso – Supervisor
- Dana Remer – Marquette County
- Christine Sommers – Dickinson/Iron County
- Dyan Engel – Menominee County
- Julie Johnson – Marquette County

FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM

Family Support Program (FSP) is a home-based program that provides a range of services to families including parenting skills education, family, individual, marital instruction, and/or life/home management skills. The Family Support Program (FSP) provides individualized family interventions. Family Support Program focuses on the family’s strengths. The family is regarded as the expert in identifying their needs and the family is a fundamental part of the development of the service plan. The Family Specialist and the family will work together to achieve the family’s goals. The Family Support Program (FSP) worker will meet in the family’s home during times that are convenient for the family.

- Julie Hardy – Alger/Luce/Schoolcraft County Family Specialist

JUVENILE JUSTICE DIVERSION and REINTEGRATION ALTERNATIVES (JJDRA) – Chippewa County

Established to preserve families and avoid out-of-home placement, with a dynamic approach to intervention in the lives of delinquent youth and their families. This program also assists transitions from placement to a home environment. Trained staff work with each youth, helping them reintegrate back into their home town while providing educational opportunities through school and community resources.

- Ron Saari -Supervisor

COUNSELING & ASSESSMENT SERVICES

Teaching Family Homes provides general counseling services to children and adults. Accepting most insurances, therapists are available in our Marquette and Escanaba offices.

- Mary Chavez – Clinical Director
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Melissa Carlson – Therapist
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Paula Bur – Therapist

FOSTER CARE / ADOPTION

Teaching Family Homes has safe and secure homes for children who need more specialized care than they can receive in a traditional foster care placement.  Foster Care Workers provide services in the home with the parent and the youth.  They facilitate the establishment of home rules, consistent discipline, positive and negative consequences, as well as to assist parents with other barriers to family reunification. Foster care licensing and adoption services are also provided.

- Mark Holliday- Supervisor
- Robyn Hill-Consultant