“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Burket's past professional experience includes working to support the emotional growth of teenagers at a therapeutic boarding school, developing a mountain sports academy for adolescents, and advocating for teens as a volunteer. His role at CRYJ is to support youth and families as they navigate the often challenging realities of being human.
Next time you are at CRYJ, see if Burket is available for a game of chess or Dominos.
DIrector of Community Engagement
"Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep going” – Mary Oliver
Catherine has been with CRYJ since 2008, in a variety of roles, and has learned much along the way. She is currently enjoying her position of Director of Community Engagement as an opportunity to share the story of CRYJ and finding the many ways we overlap and make connections. Her favorite part of it all is being able to have an endless curiosity–about how things work, about how people feel and things they believe and the fact that there’s always another good question waiting to be asked.
Trellis program director
"Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there” – Rumi
As the Trellis Program Director, Tracy uses her brain power, passion, and love of working with youth to dream up creative ideas and projects, create amazing opportunities for teens, and attempt to make our wish-list projects a CRYJ reality. She is currently working on expanding and developing CRYJ’s Trellis Project. Tracy’s expertise is largely grounded in integrative mental health, outdoor education, wilderness therapy, creating meaningful opportunities for growth and development, rite of passage work, and empowering youth to be become their most authentic and wonderful selves. Tracy is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine: Integrative Mental Health and is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Montana.
Restorative Justice Specialist
“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't then it is of no use to us.” ― Carlos Castaneda
Jordan directs the Restorative Justice program at CRYJ. Having made plenty of mistakes himself, Jordan is well equipped in aiding youth in examining the impacts of their actions and works with them to create the means for redefinition after an offence. Before finding his way to CRYJ, Jordan spent four years working with adolescents in a therapeutic boarding school setting supporting youth in their personal growth. Jordan lives in Kalispell with his wife Angela and their son Brer.
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." – derived from Xunzi by Xun Kuang
Mara enjoys her time at CRYJ up in Frontlandia answering the phone and emails, among other things. Her favorite part about being at CRYJ is being involved with a strong group of community members and learning more about restorative justice. Before landing at CRYJ, she worked at a few other non-profits in the Missoula area and the Flathead Valley.