Chris Perkins Chief Executive Officer
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.
Sue Blankenship, RN Preteen Executive Director
Sue has been a practicing RN for 30+ years in multiple areas and management levels of nursing services. She was certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Sue’s experience in behavioral health and pediatrics is quite extensive. She joins our team after serving five years as the Health Services Coordinator for Camdenton R-111 School District. During summer vacations from her school responsibilities, Sue sees patients in a private clinic practice with a local physician. She has served as clinic operations officer for a psychiatric hospital satellite clinic in Osage Beach and previously, owned and operated her own statewide nursing quality assurance company working with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services to correct formal “Plans of Correction” issued to residential facilities throughout the state. Before moving to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, she resided in Columbia where she completed two years of service with Fulton State Psychiatric Hospital establishing policies and procedures for appropriate admissions to the hospital. Her nursing experience also includes service as Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator for Skilled, Intermediate and Residential Care with Lenoir, Inc. in Columbia, Missouri. She has taught many certified nurse aide and medication technician courses throughout the years and accepts public speaking requests of her presentation, “Health Services Alive!” which focuses on empowering nurses and health administrators to expand programs of wellness.
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.
Todd Odell, MA, LPC, NCC, TAC Clinical Director
Todd was raised in Houston, Texas. Throughout his youth and young adulthood, he has had many diverse and growing opportunities. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Human Development from Utah State University. He graduated from the University of Akron with a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy/ Counseling. Early in his career it was apparent that he would focus a lot of his time and energy on adolescent youth and young adults. While in college he worked for two residential programs which focused on different youth populations. He spent five years working as a therapist for a wilderness program in Utah. He also spent three years working for a local mental health and substance abuse agency in Utah. Over the years, he has received specific training in multiple diagnosis; and disorders. They are substance abuse, trauma, ADHD, adolescent issues, and reactive attachment. He also has specific training in several Family Therapy models, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In 2012 Todd and his wife, Randi, adopted a wonderful boy named Mykiel. This has driven Todd to focus more on youth with developmental trauma. Most recently Todd became TAC Certified, which means that he is certified to work with children with developmental trauma and adoption struggles. Todd and his family enjoy playing games, laughing, and camping.
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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