About Us

Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan

Teaching Family Homes is a private, non-profit child welfare agency, providing a continuum of services to children and families in need.   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.  Today we provide a wide range of services from our scenic forty acre campus located in Marquette, as well as satellite offices across the Upper Peninsula.

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For over 33 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 districts 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.

Staff Directory

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

The Christine S. Myers administration building serves as the headquarters for Teaching Family Homes. A facilitative administration provides professional development, clinical consultation, continuous quality improvement, clerical and business support to all programs. Qualified support personnel specialize in treatment supervision, staff training, case consultation and evaluation. The office also coordinates contract development, community training services, community relations and fund development for the agency as a whole.

Mark HollidayInterim Chief Executive Officer
Nicole PepinDirector of Residential Services
Jill KrahDirector of Business Services
Linnea WymaOffice Manager
Dave MastricDirector of Facilities Management/Events
Michael SmithTraining and Development Coordinator
Micheal PlashekProgram Support Assistant
Karol CardoniProgram Support Assistant
  BUSINESS DEPARTMENT
Jill KrahDirector of Business Services
Marti NachtmanAccounting/Benefits Manager
Tina CarlsonBookkeeper
  RESIDENTIAL SERVICES (5 locations)
Nicole Pepin Director of Residential Services
Regional Treatment Center, 1010 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, Michigan This is an intensive, specialized residential group home serving children with chronic patterns of emotional or behavioral impairment. Psychiatric diagnosis and prior hospitalization are a prerequisite for placement. This program provides mental health and behavioral stabilization in a staff secure environment, with a low staff to child ratio. On-site schooling, individual and group therapy is provided
Dashauna RathbunProgram Managerr
Allie Siegler Assistant Program Manager
Katy Bigger Assistant Program Manager
  Cedar Creek Teaching-Family Home , 1020 Silver Creek Road , Marquette, Michigan Cedar Creek is a community-based group home, serving up to 8 abuse/neglect youth, aged 5 - 17 years. When possible, this program serves all girls. This program is staffed by a live-in couple or individual, as well as support staffing and a Community & Educational Support Liaison. Cognitive behavioral treatment focuses on developing social/emotional, academic and independent living skills. Individual and group therapy is provided. Youth attend local schools and obtain support services in the community. On-site schooling is available as needed.
Alina KaruzasConsultant/Supervisor
BreAnna TrailProgram Manager
Kimberly BergerAssistant Program Manager
  South Bluff Teaching-Family Home , 1005 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, Michigan South Bluff is a community-based group home, co-ed, serving up to 8 youth, aged 5 - 17 years, with delinquency issues. This program is staffed by a live-in couple or individual, as well as support staffing and a Community & Educational Support Liaison. Cognitive behavioral treatment focuses on developing social/emotional, academic and independent living skills. Individual and group therapy is provided. Youth attend local schools and obtain support services in the community. On-site schooling is available as needed.
Consultant/Supervisor
  Indian River Teaching-Family Home, 1015 Silver Creek Road, Marquette, Michigan Indian River is a community-based group home, serving up to 8 abuse/neglect youth, ages 5 - 17 years. When possible, this program serves all boys. This program is staffed by a live-in couple or individual, as well as support staffing and a Community & Educational Support Liaison. Cognitive behavioral treatment focuses on developing social/emotional, academic and independent living skills. Individual and group therapy is provided. Youth attend local schools and obtain support services in the community. On-site schooling is available as needed.
Johanna Huskey Consultant/Supervisor
Johnny MularzProgram Manager
Antione WilliamsAssistant Program Manager
  Lakes Area Staff Secure Facility, 7820 State Highway M 123, Newberry, Michigan This is an intensive, specialized residential group home serving boys, ages 10-17, with delinquency issues including aggression, sexual conduct and substance abuse. This program provides mental health and behavioral stabilization in a staff secure environment, with a low staff to child ratio. On-site schooling, individual and group therapy is provided.
Glen PittmanConsultant/Supervisor
Nic GreenwoodProgram Manager
Jim WhalenAssistant Program Manager
  FOSTER CARE/ADOPTION Teaching Family Homes has safe foster and adoptive homes for children ages 0-21, who are in need of a stable loving home. Child placements may be planned or unplanned for emergency situations. Foster Care Workers provide services and behavioral support in the home with the parent and the youth. Extensive training and support are provided to foster parents to assist in helping children build relationships with peers and adults, develop coping skills, improve academic performance, refrain from substance use and learn self-discipline. Foster care workers assist parents with barriers to family reunification. Foster care licensing and adoption services are also provided.
Mark HollidaySupervisor
Robyn HillFoster Care Worker
  EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Teaching Family Homes provides on-site educational services, in cooperation with the Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency, for students who are unsuccessful in the public school system. Students pursuing a GED or who have struggled to maintain adequate credits while in public school can received individualized instruction at their own pace in order to reach their goals. Individualized behavioral treatment plans are developed to assist the student and school staff. A Summer Learning Program focusing on academic remediation and credit recovery in core subject areas is also provided. In addition to academics, this program also offers experiential learning, service learning and vocational skills components.
Mark HollidayConsultant Supervisor
  HOME BASED SERVICES 
Director of Home Based Services
FAMILIES FIRST PROGRAM Families First is an intensive, in-home family preservation program for families in crisis. Teaching Family Homes' Family Specialists work directly 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 Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
Jake BilodeauProgram Manager
Angella PaulsonSupervisor
Lucia DubeFamily SpecialistOntonagon/Houghton Counties
Pam EkdahlFamily SpecialistBaraga/Houghton counties
Annette RungeFamily SpecialistGogebic
Central Upper Peninsula Serving Marquette, Menominee, Delta, Iron and Dickinson Counties.
Jake BilodeauProgram Manager
Maegan WickstromSupervisor
Casey LeachFamily SpecialistDelta County
Molly KujalaFamily SpecialistDickinson County / Iron
Steve LeBoeufFamily SpecialistMarquette County
Emily WalkerFamily SpecialistMarquette County
Cassandra EversFamily SpecialistMenominee County / Dickinson
FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAM
Jake BilodeauProgram Manager
Dana KoziaraConsultant/Supervisor
Isabella ElyaTeam Leader
Amanda Broxton-KippolaFamily Worker
Rich LedyFamily Worker
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 SaariSupervisor
Dwayne EvansFamily Specialist