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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

  • 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
  • Bailee Gacioch
    Bailee Gacioch
    Primary Therapist

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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.

Bailee Gacioch
Primary Therapist

Bailee has 10 years experience working with adults and adolescents in residential treatment, juvenile detention, criminal court, and division of child and family services, case management for individual experiencing trauma, addiction, domestic violence, child abuse and child neglect. She also has training in CBT, DBT, and forensic interviewing. Bailee works from a strengths based and trauma informed approach to foster empowerment and self advocating. She studied psychology and criminal justice undergrad from Weber State University and graduated with her MSW from Indiana University.

Bailee believes in balance of diet, exercise, self care, relationships, sleep, stress management and challenging your mind leads to a healthy lifestyle. She has been married 7 years, has 3 adorable kids and loves the outdoors, sports, and spending time with her family.