Chris Perkins Division President
Chris is the Chief Executive Officer for the Calo Lake Ozark campus which is comprised of both Calo Teens and Calo Preteens. Prior to Calo, Chris was the CEO of an acute hospital in Texas. Possessing 25 years of experience in behavioral health, Chris is passionate about the clinical specialization offered by Calo.
Abby Mayer Academic Director
Abby was born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri. She attended Central Methodist College and graduated with a degree in History and Political Science with an emphasis in education. She married her college sweetheart, Morgan, and together they have 4 little girls; Scout, and Molly, and twins Kinley and Reagan. Abby's mother was a teacher and some of her earliest memories are going to school in the summer with her mother and helping to set up her classrooms. Throughout her life, she has always wanted to be a teacher and has most enjoyed working with with challenging students and those with special needs. Abby has been at CALO since September of 2008 and has loved all the opportunities that she has been blessed with.
Vicki Wagner Human Resources Director
Vicki joined Calo in August of 2008. Although she left in 2014 due to unavoidable circumstances, she never stopped living the Calo Culture and waiting for an opportunity to return. In August of 2017 the opportunity was there and she accepted. "In my role, it is my priority to provide exceptional service to every one of our employees. I take pride in addressing each request or inquiry, while building confidence and rapport to achieve and uphold positive relationships". Vicki resides in Osage Beach with her husband, Richard. She has three sons (Ryan, Kyle and Rich), two daughter-in-laws(Erica and Natalie); and three beautiful granddaughters (Brooklyn, Kennedy and Aubrey).
Michael Sharpmack Preteen Executive Director
Mike has spent the last 12 years working with youth and their families. He graduated college from Grace University in Omaha Nebraska with a B.S. in Bible and Christian Education with an emphasis in youth ministry. After college he joined a non profit called Youth For Christ. He was an area director and personally responsible for the weekly programs in 3 schools. He then accepted a position as a youth pastor of a mega church in Omaha. There he learned a lot about relationships between students and parents and how to bridge the gap when students and parents have trouble relating to each other. Mike then got involved in working with youth in the outdoors. He spent time working in different student adventure organizations in Wisconsin, South Carolina and Idaho. He spent four years in Idaho as the operations manager for YD Adventures. There he developed leadership programs and curriculum to help students succeed in the program. He moved to Lake Ozark a year ago and is now running our adventure therapy program.
Kathy Abeln, MS, LPC Clinical Director
Kathy Abeln, MS, LPC. Kathy is a provisional liscensed professional counselor. Kathy received her B.A. in Psychology at St. Louis University and her Masters in Counseling at Missouri Baptist University. Kathy has experience in private practice where she specialized in adolescent and child therapy. She is also trained as a crisis counselor in the school setting. Kathy's passion is working with children who have suffered traumatic life events. Kathy has three children who are very active in sports and school activities. In her free time, she likes to scuba dive and spending time on the water.
Samika Johnston, Bachelors in Biology Team Lead Supervisor
My name is Samika Nichele Johnston. I am from St Louis Missouri and Iam a graduate of Lane College. I graduated in 2013 with a BS in Biology initially headed towards the nursing path. After Undergrad I wanted to start getting some life and work experience so I moved to Missouri to help My Brother that was to soon Deploy into the middle east. I started to work in Residential treatment Facilities and soon realized that I was following the right calling by working with people and that I wanted to stay focused in the field, I just did not realize what exactly I should pursue. After a year and a half of working in two different facilities and recognizing that I really did not understand most of the Administrative parts of running a Hospital/Facility and wanted to know the intricate details. This curiosity has become a passion and I am now in pursuit of my Masters Degree and am motivated and excited to move forward with this program while still gaining the work experience and knowledge that can only be gained by having boots on the ground and working.
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