Art Hickman MBA
Art is the CEO of the Calo Teen and Calo Preteen Programs located in Lake Ozark. Prior to Calo, Art was a Regional Director for a residential treatment center in Alabama for 22 years. Art received his Bachelor Degree from Columbia College and his MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Art has worked in the past as a house parent, in admissions, marketing, and operations of several treatment locations. Art fundamentally believes in our purpose to profoundly change lives and create joy. One of the reasons that Art came to Calo was because Calo seeks to create joy. Art has a firm belief that there is a difference between happiness and joy and seeks to help our students be able to find joy. He believes that joy is a result of a shared experience and that joy can be found no matter their circumstance. Art has two children that are in college and loves spending time outdoors.
Michael Sharpmack BS
Mike grew up in the Chicago area where he enjoyed spending time outdoors and eating deep-dish pizza. He attended college at Grace University in Omaha where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. Following college, he pursued his dreams of outdoor leadership and working with youth in a variety of positions across the country. Mike moved to the Lake of the Ozarks area in 2013 where he first joined Calo as a residential staff, working with the teen boys. He later joined the Adventure Therapy department before moving to the Preteen program leadership in early 2018. Mike currently serves both the Teen and Preteen programs as the Chief Operating Officer.
Kathy Abeln, MS, LPC
Kathy is a provisional licensed 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.
Abby Mayer BA
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 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.
Apryl Welch RN
Apryl grew up in a small town in rural Missouri. After graduating from high school she attended Missouri Baptist Medical Center School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO. She became a Registered Nurse in June 2000. Apryl and her family moved to Lake of the Ozarks in June 2008. She has one son, Owen and one daughter, Olivia. Apryl and her family love the outdoors and exploring the adventures that Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. She joined the CALO Health Services team in 2014 as the Quality Assurance nurse for the department. In July 2016 she was promoted to the Director of Health Services. She has a passion to help students and their families by utilizing our CASA model and living our core values.
Rachel Vandevoort BA
Rachel grew up in southeast Iowa. After high school she attended Central College in Pella, Iowa where she initially studied business administration but due to her interest in social issues and helping others she changed to a sociology major. She moved to the lake area with her husband in 2011. She soon learned about Calo and was excited to have the opportunity to do truly meaningful work with students who experienced early trauma. After working as a front line staff for over three years Rachel moved to the Admissions department where she currently works as the Director of Admissions. Rachel loves working with new families and is grateful to be able to share her experience and knowledge of Calo with others.
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