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 thirty 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.

Our Annual Report is available for download.

2011 – 2012 Annual Report

2012 – 2013 Annual Report

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.

Cathy Enright, MPAChief Executive Officer
Jamie DieterleDirector of Residential and Home based Services
Linnea WymaOffice Manager
Rich RosswayDirector of Fund Development/Public Relations
Dave MastricDirector of Facilities Management/Events
Jake BilodeauTraining and Development Coordinator
Gina OlsonIT Manager/Program Support
Micheal PlashekProgram Support Assistant
Jessica FellerProgram Support Assistant

 

BUSINESS DEPARTMENT

Jill KrahDirector of Business Services
Marti NachtmanAccounting/Benefits Manager
Tina CarlsonBookkeeper
Marilyn LempesisBookkeeper

 

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES (5 locations)

Jamie DieterleDirector of Residential Services
Nicole PepinAssistant 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

Nicole PepinConsultant/Supervisor
Em Masterson Program Manager
Johanna Hardy Community/Education Liaison

 

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.

Kyle JamesConsultant/Supervisor
Kelly KovarikProgram 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.

Kyle JamesConsultant/Supervisor
Grant PatientProgram Manager
Cody VilleneuveAssistant Program Manager

 

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.

Mike SmithConsultant/Supervisor
Brock MercierProgram 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.

Dave EdieConsultant/Supervisor
Nic GreenwoodProgram Manager
Cynthia DorieTeacher

 

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.

Jamie DieterleConsultant Supervisor
Dawn PapeTeacher
Sandy BannanTeacher
Andrew DallionTeacher

 

HOME BASED SERVICES 

Jamie DieterleDirector 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.

Jamie DieterleProgram Manager
Nicole UbingerSupervisor
Meghan ImmelFamily SpecialistOntonagon/Houghton Counties
Pam EkdahlFamily SpecialistBaraga/Houghton counties
Angella PaulsonFamily SpecialistGogebic

Central Upper Peninsula
Serving Marquette, Menominee, Delta, Iron and Dickinson Counties.

Jamie DieterleProgram Manager
Jessica GassoSupervisor
Dana RemerFamily SpecialistMarquette County
Dyan EngelFamily SpecialistMenominee County
Julie JohnsonFamily SpecialistMarquette County
Sandy St. AubinFamily SpecialistDelta County

 

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