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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

  • Charlie Falatea
    Charlie Falatea
    Executive Director
  • Andrea Jones, LCSW
    Andrea Jones, LCSW
    Clinical Director
  • Kirk Simon, MD
    Kirk Simon, MD
    Psychiatrist
  • Yuki Vellinga
    Yuki Vellinga
    Program Director
  • Kim Peterson
    Kim Peterson
    Admissions Director
  • Jenn McMurry
    Jenn McMurry
    Admissions Director
  • Julie Sheppard
    Julie Sheppard
    Director of Business Development

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Charlie Falatea
Executive Director

Charlie has worked in the mental health field since 2002. He has extensive experience organizing, developing, and operating programs. Charlie enjoys working directly with youth, families, and his staff. Charlie focuses on the relationship which helps you feel his peace and guidance through difficult times. Charlie’s passion is in creating a healthy and healing environment.

Personally, Charlie is a huge sports fanatic, especially the NFL! One thing that will become very evident is his loyalty to his team…the 49ers. In his spare time, Charlie is a high school football coach. He is also the Founder and President of a successful youth basketball program called Se Soia. Charlie developed this program to help kids who cannot afford to play competitive basketball. Charlie enjoys giving back to his community in these ways and many others.

Charlie is proud to be a father of eight children, four boys, and four girls. He and his beautiful wife, Jamie, have a slogan in their home that they very much adhere to: “If not for the kids, then why?” This statement exemplifies Charlie and his life dedicated to working with the youth of today, with the understanding that they are the hope for tomorrow.

Andrea Jones, LCSW
Clinical Director

Andrea received her Master of Social Work from the University of Utah in 2013. She has over 15 years of experience in working in the social work field primarily working with kids, adolescents, and young adults with varied backgrounds in family dynamics, socioeconomic background, and sexual orientation. She has worked in all levels of care including residential, day treatment, and outpatient. She has developed and carried out programming in these levels of care. Her therapeutic approach is based on a person-centered and strengths-based perspective. She incorporates approaches in DBT, CBT, and Narrative therapies. She believes strongly in building skills, such as coping skills, life skills, and social skills in order to help improve mindfulness as well as emotion regulation in order to work through distress in more effective and healthy ways. She has experience in treating clients with PTSD, RAD, Anxiety, Depression, DMDD, Self-harm, ODD, ADHD, among other diagnoses.

Outside of work, Andrea enjoys time with friends and family. She has a strong passion for music and has played the violin and is interested in learning new instruments. She also enjoys spending time recharging and enjoying activities to laugh and have fun.

Kirk Simon, MD
Psychiatrist


Dr. Simon is a triple board certified psychiatrist in the areas of pediatrics, child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree at Creighton University, then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Utah. Dr. Simon has presented on topics including eating disorders, somatization disorders and difficult diagnoses in patients and families. In 2003, Dr. Simon was honored as nominee of the year. In 2005 and 2012, he was awarded teacher of the year by the triple board and child psychiatry residents. He approaches students in a holistic, strength based manner to foster greater resiliency. Although he used to enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking and photography, his time has now been replaced with raising two little boys.

Yuki Vellinga
Program Director

Yuki has been with Journey Home since December of 2017. She started as a House Parent and was then promoted to Assistant Director. What started as a job to get out of the house has turned into a career that she never imagined, but loves nonetheless. She has worked with youth for 4+ years and it has become a career that she is very passionate about. Growing up in a very diverse community in Anchorage, Alaska has made connecting with people from all walks of life a passion of hers that comes without a second thought. She is a great listener, giving space when necessary, but also a wonderful sounding board for those who are looking for collaboration.

Outside of work, Yuki loves to travel with her husband and two children. She also enjoys reading, playing volleyball, embroidering, and getting outside.

Kim Peterson
Admissions Director

Kim has a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University. She has been employed at Solstice and Journey Home since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now Admissions Director. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the teens who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.

Jenn McMurry
Admissions Director

Jenn has over 16 years of experience working in residential programs—serving positions as a human resource director, as well as operations director. Her vast experience in the field, along with her exceptional relational skills, make her a great fit as our director of admissions. Jenn loves the warm family feel at Solstice and the relational approach we take with our students. Most of all, Jenn enjoys spending time with the families from the beginning (through all of the difficult emotions) to seeing healing unfold, and their child reach completion of their Solstice journey. Outside of Solstice, Jenn enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, along with her fur & feathered children.

Julie Sheppard
Director of Business Development

Julie started her career at the Solstice programs in 2017, after working for a large medical corporation where they worked for over 16 years and focused on Customer Service, Marketing & Sales. She was drawn to Journey Home because of the warm, small, nurturing family environment it provides and is excited to be part of something so special.  Working at Journey Home has not only helped her grow professionally, but had an even greater impact on her personally, being supported by the whole Journey Home team, when it has come to her own adopted son and learning the best ways to support him.

Julie has been married for almost 20 years and has two teenage boys that keep them busy.  She also has two dogs, Bruno and Charlie,  and loves that she is able to bring them to work with her, and let the students love on them.   Julie likes to work hard but plays harder.  She loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, biking and being outdoors. She loves going to the mountains with her boys or hiking with her friends as often as possible.