“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.
Youth program director
"I long, as does every human being, to be home wherever I find myself." -- Maya Angelou
As Youth Program Director at CRYJ, Andrea co-coordinates positive youth development workshops including job/life skills, understanding the role teens play in our world, and mind-body awareness. Andrea began volunteering with CRYJ as a Yoga Instructor, and has experience working with young people through Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center as well as multiple years working on farms, facilitating creative-arts workshops, and coordinating non-profit programs. She holds a degree in Youth Empowerment Studies from the University of Michigan.
Outside of CRYJ, Andrea hosts a podcast and wellness retreats when not wondering the woods and waterways with her dog, Porter.
Restorative Justice director
“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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CLAUDINE JOHNSON- President
DAVE BAILON - Vice President
MARJ DEZORT - Secretary/ Treasurer