Ryan Stolworthy, MD
Ryan Stolworthy, MD, has been an emergency physician for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Utah State University Liberal Arts and Sciences program, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Loma Linda (CA) Health Sciences emergency medicine residency. He has served on the Intermountain’s Sports Medicine team for local Cache Valley high schools and Utah State University. He loves working with youth in many capacities including coaching. He has seen a dramatic increase in anxiety and depression and wants to ameliorate this. He is married to his best friend, the former Jennifer Davis, and together they have six daughters.
Esterlee A. Molyneux, MS, SSW
Esterlee has an unquenchable passion for working with children, youth, and adults. As a volunteer, service provider then administrator at two non-profits over a 35 year span, she most enjoys helping people discover their strengths and building upon those. She graduated from Utah State with a master’s degree in Psychology and is a licensed social service worker in the state of Utah. Her skill set is in working with people who have experienced trauma, and teaching wellness practices to help people experience the joy that life is intended to give. She is married to her incredibly supportive husband, Justin, and is a mother of three amazing children.
Born and raised in Logan, Utah. Educated in Logan City Schools. Started working in the food service industry at the age of 14 and retired in the food and hospitality business at the age of 64.
He is married to Debi, they have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Alicia Conley, JD
Ali Conley is a Cache Valley attorney who provides legal work for Paz Wellness. She is grateful to be involved in Paz Wellness and to support its faith-based mission to promote good mental health and wellness in our community.
In addition to providing legal work for Paz Wellness, Ali runs her own law firm, Azure Legal Services PLLC, where she provides estate planning and business legal services for her clients.
She enjoys her work there because she feels that it supports healthy family relationships.
Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in marriage and family studies from BYU-Idaho and graduated
from BYU Law in 2021. She is licensed to practice law in Utah and Idaho.
In her spare time, Ali enjoys watching the sunset with her husband, playing games and singing with her family, and cuddling her new grandson.
Todd Crandall has been an Entrepreneur, Technology Executive, and management consultant for 25+ years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Business Administration. Throughout his career he has started and advised successful start-up companies and assisted some of the world’s most successful businesses improve business performance and operations. Today, Todd has a passionate interest in expanding the availability of mental health awareness, education, and treatment for all ages and social classes.
Reed Ernstrom is a graduate of Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in food science and business administration. He has worked with several companies over his career, finishing as CEO/President of Bear River Mental Health from 2007-2018. He and his wife Julie served as senior LDS missionaries after retiring. He is passionate about helping others find peace through appropriate mental health services.
Danny Macfarlane, MS
Danny graduated from Utah State University with his MS in Civil Engineering. He went on to start Civil Solutions Group, Inc, a professional services company in the civil engineering and surveying industries. The company grew from one person to over 35 employees with multiple locations throughout Utah. Since 2013 Danny has also developed his passion for property investing and land development. He quickly realized he loves this part of his professional life, so he sold Civil Solutions Group, Inc in 2022. He then started Stack Dev LLC, which has a primary development focus on entitlement, horizontal construction, and vertical construction in Multifamily, Single Family, Office space and Self-Storage. He loves spending all his available time with his wife Lesli and their four children. He enjoys lifting,mountain biking, skiing, coaching youth sports and living in Cache Valley.
Vonda Jump Norman, PhD
Dr. Vonda Jump Norman is an Associate Professor in Social Work at the Brigham City campus of Utah State University. Vonda directed the SAMHSA Category III Trauma Resilience project and developed and directed the Better Together/Juntos Es Mejor program at The Family Place, based in Logan, Utah. She has a strong interest in promoting positive parent-child relationships and the optimal development of children impacted by adversity. She is also an Executive committee member of the Utah Coalition for Protecting Childhood, worked as a consultant with ZERO TO THREE’s Military Projects on trauma, grief, and loss issues, and is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow.
Caring deeply about our children and feeling a responsibility to add a helping hand.
Emily Stauffer was born and raised in Cache Valley and has loved raising her own family here. She and her husband, Eric, have 4 children and enjoy spending time together with their family, playing games and enjoying great food. She loves gardening, reading, and playing the piano. Through her own experience and the life challenges of those she loves deeply, Emily feels passionate about the cause of Paz Wellness. She wants to help in any way she can to offer support and warmth to those looking for help.
Eric Stauffer, MS
Director of Education
Eric Stauffer was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Education, both from Utah State University. While attending USU, he met his incredible wife Emily. They have 4 children who teach them life’s most important lessons. They reside in Providence, UT. Professionally, Eric has been a religious educator for 22 years and an adjunct online professor for 10 years. In his free time, Eric enjoys pickleball, food, golf, travel, and time with his family. Due to challenges that have hit close to home, he is deeply committed to improving mental health awareness and education and is honored to be associated with Paz Wellness.
Julie Swensen, LCSW
Julie Swensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is an owner of Peak Mental Health and the clinical director of Paz Wellness in Logan UT. Prior to moving into private practice, in 2015, she worked in the acute hospital setting, as well as, working with individuals and their family in the home health/hospice setting. Julie specializes in treating the multitude of ways anxiety, depression and trauma manifest in life, as well as, helping people navigate their ADHD.
Julie is a proud Aggie and USU graduate. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2000 and her Master’s degree in 2010. In her downtime Julie can be found spending time with her amazing family, enjoying the great outdoors, studying mental health, eating chips and salsa and sitting in her massage chair.
Debbie’s bio is coming soon!
Lauren Tree, RN is the co-founder and Director of Living Tree Medical Group and Urgent Care. She grew up in Alabama and South Carolina and moved to Utah 7 years ago with her husband, Jeron and 4 boys, Ammon, Alex, Jason and Jeff after her husband retired from the Army. Lauren has a passion for helping people with their physical and mental health and wants to be involved in changing healthcare to be more patient centered.
Medical Advisory Board
Nathan Call, MD
Dr. Nathan H. Call is a family medicine doctor in Logan, Utah and is affiliated with Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Utah School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years. Dr. Call completed his residency at the Hamot Family Practice Program in 1996. His specialities include family medicine.
Kevin Duke, DO
Dr. Duke, DO, grew up in Perry, Utah and graduated from Box Elder High School. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1994. He attended medical school from 1995-1999 in Missouri at A.T. Still University. He accomplished a three year family practice residency program in 2002 in Mesa, Arizona. He returned to Cache Valley in 2002 and has practiced family medicine in Providence, Utah ever since.
Barrett Labrum, DO
Dr. Labrum enjoys family vacations, golfing, and spending time outdoors. His favorite food is Asian or Kansas City BBQ. His favorite color is AGGIE blue. If he could be any superhero, he would be Batman! When he was growing up, he wanted to be a doctor or a basketball player. Dr. Labrum received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University in public health. He attended AT STill University in Kirksville Missouri for medical school, and did his residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. His medical interests include general pediatrics and community health with population health management.
Education Advisory Board
Richard P. West, PhD
Education Advisory Board
Dr. Richard P. West is an Emeritus Professor at Utah State University where he served as professor and administrator for 35 years. He co-directed the Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families At-Risk (SCYFAR). He is the Past President and board member of the Utah Family Partnership Network, and sits on the advisory boards of two public charter schools. He founded the Utah State University’s Center for the School of the Future and served as its executive director for 15 years, where he and his staff focused on the development and promotion of best practices in human behavior analysis and the prevention of antisocial behavior. His recent research has focused on systematic improvement of human services systems through the identification and enhancement of critical conditions for learning and behavioral support. He has directed over $35 million in research, training, and demonstration projects throughout his career. He authored and directed projects funded by the US Office of Substance Abuse Prevention promoting risk focused prevention of substance abuse among high-risk youth. Prior to his appointment at Utah State University, Dr. West was the director of a treatment program for children and youth with serious emotional problems.
Dr. West has devoted his career to researching models of behavior support, prevention of antisocial behavior, and the development of data tools for behavioral, learning and programmatic decision-making, especially at the system level. In collaboration with his associates at Utah State University and more recently at TetraAnalytix, Dr. West developed assessment tools used in more than 3000 organizations. He has developed video-based instructional tools, and computer software for gathering data from instructional and behavioral programs, and determining appropriate modifications to those programs based upon a systematic analysis.
Dr. West earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology with emphasis in behavior analysis from the University of Utah, an M.S. in special education (emphasis in behavior disorders) and a B.A. in psychology also from the University of Utah.
Dr. West has served as guest or consulting editor of seven national journals and has authored six books, 14 book chapters, more than 75 articles in national refereed journals, more than 50 additional articles and instructional products including video-based training programs and computer software, and more than 200 papers presented at national and international conferences.
Scott Wyatt, JD
Education Advisory Board
Scott Wyatt is the immediate past president of Southern Utah University and the past president of Snow College. He is currently a senior executive director in the Utah Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, responsible for educational innovation research and design and serves as a consultant to various colleges and universities. Over the past decade, Scott focused his work on supporting students through expanding access and improving student outcomes. He did not raise tuition during his time at SUU, reduced tuition for online students, and reduced student fees. During his final three years at SUU, Scott drove an initiative to expand online degree program offerings and increased enrollments of online students more than 10-fold. Retention and completion rates soared during his time as president; the number of students who completed their degrees per year more than doubled. He is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the lucky husband of Kathy Wyatt; they have four children and five grandchildren.
Emily Keele, MBA
Education Advisory Board
Emily Keele graduated from BYU with a degree in Marketing Communications and will receive her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Utah University in December 2023. Prior to having children, she worked for several years in marketing and recruiting. For the past 5 years she has been a full-time religious educator and loves working with youth and young adults. She and her husband, Tom, have four children. They love to travel, run, eat out, and remodel their home one room at a time. Emily is excited about the mission of Paz Wellness and grateful to be involved with it.
S. Dee Barrett, MAC
A Cache Valley native, S. Dee Barrett graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. He later earned a Masters degree in Education Counseling. However, his passion for teaching young people led him to a 36 year career as a religious educator. He was energized by this work and came home from work most days ready to plan a party. His wife, Aleece, helped keep this in check as they were busy raising 4 beautiful children, all of whom he coached in several sports while they were growing up. He is a gifted coach using his innately positive style and his innately loud voice to reach any child anywhere on the court or in the field. When he was a child his teacher told his parents that he had never learned to whisper. Although he knows how to whisper now, he can still project a whisper to the far ends of a classroom.
He has loved training youth and young adults in leadership skills and mentoring them through planning events for their peers. He was able to use many of the same skills while being the Utah North Area Director mentoring principals and teachers.
Dee enjoys almost all sports and has recently finds himself on the pickleball court most days of the week. He is enjoying spending time with family including his nine amazing grandchildren. He now looks forward to reconnecting with and supporting young people through Paz Wellness.
Jason Dalton, LCSW
In working with teens and adults as a therapist for over 20 years, I have developed a strong love for being with people-whether as individuals, as a couple or as a family-in a compassionate and containing way as they explore the strengths, struggles and variety of difficulties in their lives.
I work from the idea that good mental health comes from and is strengthened by healthy relationships. Anxiety and depression are never isolated to the individual. Mental and
emotional struggles connect to imbalanced coping and the ways we develop and maintain connections with one another.
ADHD, addiction, anxiety, coping skills, depression, family conflict, relationships, and trauma are some of my areas of focus. As I work with my clients, through these, and other challenges, we will access difficult and positive emotions, creating better ways to handle the challenges in this life while embracing the good.
Jill Dickey, ACMHC
Jill knows life’s challenges can be overwhelming, but she also believes that personal and relational growth is more than possible if you have the right road map to follow. Support can be invaluable and Jill is passionate about providing that support for individuals, couples, and families.
Jill implements a trauma informed, integrative therapeutic approach to treatment and has experience with modalities that treat mood and anxiety issues (especially OCD and scrupulosity), anger, grief, low self-esteem, food and body acceptance struggles, religious concerns, and perinatal mood and anxiety. Jill is especially passionate about couples’ relational and sexual health and uses a Relational Life Therapy approach to help couples and families navigate the often-difficult realities of intimate relationships.
Jill got her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University, and loves teaching, but is enjoying her passion for mental health. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Utah Valley University in May of 2023 and is working toward licensure.
When she isn’t working with her clients, she loves to enjoy nature (especially hiking in the mountains), playing card games (with anyone who will play with her), reading, and finding new recipes to perfect. Mostly she finds the most joy working with people and helping them become the best versions of themselves.
Alex Hansen, CMHC
Alex Hansen is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and School Guidance Counselor working in the Cache County School District. Alex has worked in the field of substance abuse and addiction recovery for the past 10 years in addition to his work in the school environment. He has an incredible wife, Mindy, and five amazing children. In addition to the counseling work, Alex has a passion for working with teens, coaching baseball, skiing, as well as attending concerts and musicals. Alex has a bucket list that includes attending a MLB home game of every professional baseball team, performing in a musical, and playing in a band, all of these are still a work in progress.
Becca Harvey, MAC
Becca Harvey graduated from Utah State with a degree in Human Development with an emphasis in adolescent development, and will soon receive her Masters of Counseling from Boise State University this coming spring of 2024. For the past few years she has taught as a religious educator and has a joy for working with youth and young adults. As a mental health professional she finds great value in bridging the gap between religious beliefs and mental health support. She believes that everyone is capable of change and that positive connections can make all the difference. She loves to spend time with family and friends, bike, travel, and eat delicious food. Becca is passionate about the mission of Paz Wellness and is beyond grateful for the opportunity to be involved with such a great cause.
Scot Irwin, MEd
J. Scot Irwin grew up in the Bountiful area. After serving a mission in the Illinois, Chicago North Mission he attended the University of Utah, receiving a degree in Psychology followed by a master’s degree in Education from Weber State University. Scot spent thirty-eight years with Seminaries and Institutes working with youth in Utah, Washington, Colorado, and most recently New York. One of his most rewarding professional experiences was during his assignment at the Logan Institute in Cache Valley. He and his wife Denise are the parents of five children and have seventeen grandchildren. Scot recently retired from full time education and looks forward to spending time with his family boating. Scot and Denise have also enjoyed spending time together riding their motorcycles across the country.
Christina Ledesma, MPH, MSW Intern
As a lifelong learner, Christina has gone back to school to pursue her second master’s degree in social work from Utah State University and is looking forward to graduating in the spring. Her first master’s degree is in Public Health, and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Nutrition from the University of California Davis. A first-generation daughter of Mexican immigrant farmworkers, Christina is fiercely passionate about learning and education and is proud of the strong work ethic her parents instilled in her. When her nose isn’t in a book, Christina loves to go on nature walks, swim, celebrate with friends, and be with her beautiful familia.
Rebecca Martinez, CSW
Rebecca Martinez is a Certified Social Worker. She currently works as a high school social worker as well as doing individual therapy in a private clinic. Prior to getting her MSW, she worked as a medical and crisis social worker for 19 years in both Utah and Arizona. She was recruited to a start-up company where she helped grow the company and obtain multiple contracts with Arizona Medicaid providers. She loves policy and research. She has a straightforward approach to assisting others. She believes that everyone is doing the best they can with the information they have and in the situation they are in, and understands that life can just feel really difficult and hopeless at times. She believes that education, both formal and informal, unlocks the door to improvement and change. She is thrilled to be able to work with Paz Wellness to provide education and support to our community. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. She is determined to find a way to enjoy the long Cache Valley winters. If you know any secrets, let her in on them.
Brian Mickelson, MS
Brian Mickelson grew up in Northern California, served as a missionary in Texas and graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Business Administration and an MS in Human Environments. He and his wife, Janese, have five children ranging from teenagers to adults. Brian has spent his career in the Church Educational System as a teacher and administrator in the seminary program as well as the institute adjacent to USU and in Brigham City. When he’s not teaching he’s hanging out with his family, hiking, traveling, bird watching, playing tennis, working on photography, announcing for the local high school sports teams, or trying to keep up with a garden.
Jill Ostergaard, LPC
Jill Ostergaard has been married to her husband, Richard for 48 years, and they are the parents of five amazing daughters, and grandparents of 16 outstanding grandchildren. She graduated from Southern Utah University in 1975 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 2004, she earned a dual Master’s degree from Adams State College in School Counseling and Clinical Counseling. She has worked in the field of counseling for 20 years. Jill and Richard have served three senior missions together, as well as served as junior missionaries in their youth. They have lived and traveled all over the world, working with Primary, Seminary and Institute-age youth in the church. Jill’s passion is learning new things and becoming acquainted with new cultures and people. She enjoys reading, playing with grandchildren and solving word games. Her secret pastime is to sit in the sun and enjoy the heat, especially on cold winter days. She has a testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ and His restored gospel and lives to serve Him and those around her.
Megan Ostler, RD
Megan Ostler is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Megan Jane’s Plate, LLC. She has a master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Utah State University. Before starting her own private practice–which focuses on personal and group nutrition counseling–Megan worked as a clinical dietitian at McKay Dee hospital and then as the Director of Nutrition for iFIT. Her lifelong passion for service, science, and food led her into nutrition, and she has been successfully helping patients, clients, friends, and coworkers ever since.
Megan believes that nutrition is about connection. Connecting with the world, yourself, and others. She helps her clients sift through the noise, and find a nutrition plan that aligns with their goals and allows flexibility and connection. She believes balanced, healthy eating should be enjoyable, culturally appropriate, sustainable, and include your favorite foods. This is why her approach at her private practice is called “positive nutrition” and focuses on cultivating not only positive eating habits, but also a positive relationship with food.
Megan currently resides in Cache Valley, Utah with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not working with clients, she treasures time with her family traveling, gardening, hiking, and sharing delicious food.
Kate Packer, LCSW
Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked for Intermountain Health for 10 years as a crisis worker in the emergency department and a therapist in the inpatient behavioral health unit. She also works for Primrose Hospice as a medical social worker spending time being with amazing people at the end of their lives. Kate has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in Education from Weber State University. She has a passion for education and mental health as well as suicide prevention. She understands the importance of educating and helping children, adolescents, and adults learn how to manage life stressors in healthy ways. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new places, cultures, and meeting amazing people. Spending time with her best friend and husband, Brysen and their three kids is the most important thing to her.
Heidi Perkes, LCSW
Heidi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She works at Intermountain Health in the Emergency Department as a care manager and a crisis worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Utah State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Prior to working in the Emergency Department, Heidi worked as a therapist and specialized in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She works with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship difficulties, and much more. She loves educating those she works with on the importance of prioritizing mental health and providing educational ways to do so. Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, camping, gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and 2 children.
Curtis Snelgrove, MEd
Having been raised in Kamas Ut by two amazing parents Curtis Snelgrove finds the most peace and joy when he spends time with his family and in the outdoors, so when the two combine “amazing things happen”. Curtis graduated from Utah State with a Bachelors in Human Movement Science and a Masters of Education. Curtis married the love of his life and they have two wonderful children, his family is his whole world. Curtis is a Recreation Coordinator where he loves connecting with and strengthening the community through recreation. He also has a passion for helping others know how to respond and assist others with both physical and mental health situations. Curtis has a desire to truly help others, especially when it comes to strengthening connections with others, “we all need connection, that is what will get us through our personal storms, our connections to others, people who we know are there for us through the highs and lows of life.”
Dr. Ryan Stolworthy, a 20+ year emergency physician, noted a 400% increase for pediatric visits to the emergency department for anxiety, depression, and suicide beteween 2015-2019 (pre-pandemic). In 2018, he felt impressed that he needed to do something more “upstream” in order to help mitigate this mental health crisis.
Concurrently, Esterlee Molyneux, former executive director of a family strengthening, abuse prevention and child abuse shelter, had the honor of working with children, youth, and adults who had experienced trauma. She observed over her 25+ year career the intensity, and frequency, of mental health challenges increasing locally and nationally.
When both of these well-respected professionals connected in 2018, they united their efforts with the Resilience through Caring Connections (RC2) group. With a team of professionals in the community, they planned a conference on resilience in 2019 and worked to implement a program connecting senior citizens with school age children in the local school district. Both Dr. Stolworthy and Ms. Molyneux then resumed their work helping others in their individual spheres.
In October 2021, Dr. Stolworthy felt impressed to reach out to then retired Ms. Molyneux to talk about service gaps in the community. They met over a Coke and were brought to tears when each of them shared an identical, bullet-pointed list of what mental health needs they felt inspired to address. Without any communication between them for over two years, it was remarkable that they were each impressed to develop what is now known as Paz Wellness.
Since then, a remarkable team of volunteers and staff have come together to consecrate their gifts and talents for the sole purpose of supporting others along their mental health journey by recognizing spirituality and faith as instrumental in the process. We are humbled to be working with these selfless and caring individuals. We would also like to acknowledge Tracy Pharis, another founding member, who helped inspire this journey with her time, talents, fortitude, and insight.