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Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Overnight Care Staff Supervisor

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation | Nutrition | Exercise | Relationships | Service | Spirit

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DETAILS

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  • With Northwest Passage since 2018
 

Tami Soleim, LMFT

Tami Soleim, LMFT

Therapist

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Relationships

“It’s about feeling connected to our planet and people around us.”

  

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“Hope, to me, means finding our purpose and from there we excel.”

Favorite quote: “If we never try, how will we ever know?” ~ Author Unknown

DETAILS

  • Specialties: LGBTQ, trauma, adolescent, and family system issues. I also enjoy fishing, and anything that has to do with the outdoors.
  • Education: Edgewood College, MS Marriage and Family Therapist, 2015
  • With Northwest Passage since 2020
 

Justin Stariha

Justin Stariha

Expressive Arts Teacher

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Relationships| Spirit

“I live out the PassageWay by keeping an open ear and mind, free spirit, and allowing nature to sooth the soul. I believe it is important to understand that we are all mirrors, shining as a positive beacon for those lost in the dark.  The beauty of it is that it works in reverse, and the positive rays reflect back and recharge your attitude and spirit. To me, the PassageWay is opening damaged minds to the wonder of the great outdoors and teaching the residents the healing powers that can be found within it.  Through Nature Photography and Experiential Therapy, I am able to open doors and reconnect them with something that is inherently part of all of us.”

 

PROFILE

Justin has been transforming the lives of youth at Passage through outdoor education for nearly two decades. He has lead the charge in innovative therapeutic outdoor recreation and restoration at Riverside – from shore line restoration projects to wilderness ventures – he has been there through it all. These days he guides the boys on therapeutic nature photography adventures that expose the beauty of both nature and themselves; reveling ordinary miracles, every single day. Justin has devoted himself to our mission of restoring hope to the residents at Riverside. Using his greatest gifts, a kind heart and open ears, he is able to channel his inner Dr. Seuss and help to bring our “lost boys” back from the brink. He strives to open doors for our boys, many they didn’t know where there. His spirit and zest for life overflows and lifts all those he connects with up; finding hope and healing in the ordinary, Justin is Passage.

“When you’re young at heart and honest, the kids feel that realness and they bond quickly. It allows me to open doors to Hope and lead our kids down the path to Healing.”

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Outdoor Education, Fishing, Canoeing, Hiking
  • Education: Wilderness Training
  • With Northwest Passage since 1999
 

Ben Stevens

Ben Stevens

Youth Development Specialist

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation | Nutrition | Exercise | Relationships | Service | Spirit

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  • Education:
  • With Northwest Passage since 2008
 

Missy Switzky

Missy Switzky

Case Manager

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation | Nutrition | Exercise | Relationships | Service | Spirit

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  • Education:
  • With Northwest Passage since 2019
 

Carly Tebo, MSW

Carly Tebo, MSW

Therapist

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Relationships | Nutrition | Service | Exercise | Recreation | Spirit | Relaxation

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  • With Northwest Passage since
 

Ben Treichel

Ben Treichel

Expressive Arts Teacher

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Recreation | Nature | Relaxation

“I try to stay balanced by being active yet still taking time to stop and smell the roses.”

  

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“I am passionate about helping the kids discover new talents and interests they did not know they had. I believe my personal journey in learning how to tell stories has given me the ability to help the residents learn how to tell their own through filmmaking.”

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Storytelling, Film (directing, cinematography), Creative Arts, and Pottery
  • Education: BA, English (Gustavus Adolphus College) MFA, Film Production (Florida State University)
  • Awards: “Best Short” at the Fame Film Festival
  • With Northwest Passage since 2004
 

Brooke Treichel

Brooke Treichel

Case Manager

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation | Nutrition | Exercise | Relationships | Service | Spirit

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  • Education:
  • With Northwest Passage since 2014
 

Xander Waters

Xander Waters

Youth Development Specialist

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Recreation | Relaxation | Nutrition | Exercise | Relationships | Service | Spirit

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DETAILS

  • Education:
  • With Northwest Passage since 2019
 

Harm Weber

Harm Weber

Transport Driver

Favorite PassageWay Elements

Nature | Service | Exercise

“Nature, service, and exercise are most important to me.” 

       

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“Hope to me is being able to see beyond the present circumstance to a better future.”

DETAILS

  • Specialty: Driving
  • Education: M.A.
  • With Northwest Passage since 2019
 

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