Meet Mark Miller: Veteran and Clinical Supervisor

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Today we celebrate veterans and especially all of our employees that are veterans and have served our country. One in particular with a phenomenal story is Mark Miller, Clinical Supervisor in our Chattanooga, Tenn. office. To join Mark’s team, apply for a position in our Chattanooga office at and read his story below.

Mark J. Miller has served his country with honor, distinction and courage. During deployments to Iraq and other classified deployments, Miller earned the Purple Heart, Army Commendation medals for valor and many other medals during his service. Miller is a member of the Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He has earned distinguished awards, and is a member of the Veterans Hall of Fame for the state of Georgia and 23 Infantry Division. Read more of this post

Bicoastal costume competition: Oregon vs. Massachusetts

Our employees got in on the Halloween fun in addition to the kids last week. Staff from the Christie Campus in Oregon and the Germaine Lawrence Campus in Massachusetts competed in a “Who Wore It Best?” bicoastal costume contest. Staff from each campus randomly selected one of five themes to compete against their counterparts from the opposite coast. The event was spearheaded by the campuses’ fun teams, Team REIGN (Christie) and the GLUE Team (Germaine Lawrence). Both teams share a mission of creating a fun and exciting experience for recognizing employees and their hard work. Check out their costumes below.

A) Christie Campus (Oregon) and B) Germaine Lawrence (Massachusetts)


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Meet Whitney Malone, Recreation Manager at our Bartlett Campus

rec staffWhitney Malone, Recreation Manager at our Bartlett campus, obtained her Bachelor of Science from Southwest Baptist University in Community Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She has worked at our residential campuses in both Linden, TN and Memphis, TN.

What do you love about Recreation Therapy?

I love seeing youth feel better after an activity than when they started an activity. I also love seeing a youth’s light bulb go off when they get the life lesson in the activity.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Days that the youth struggle.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping children and actually seeing a change in the youth.

To join our Therapeutic Recreation team, visit and apply to be a Recreation Therapy Specialist!

Supervisor earns Regional Suicide Prevention Award

Deanna%20YVCDeanna Doran, program supervisor for Youth Villages’ Specialized Crisis Services program in Chattanooga, has received the 2014 Southeast Regional Suicide Prevention Award from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

Doran was honored along with the other regional award winners at the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s statewide Suicide Prevention Awareness Day on September 10 in Nashville.

Doran began working for Youth Villages in 2010 as a specialized crisis counselor and was promoted to program supervisor in 2012. She holds a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Andrews University. She is a licensed master social worker and is pursuing certification as a licensed clinical social worker.

Join the Crisis team at Youth Villages by applying at

Specialized Crisis Services at Youth Villages

While many might be familiar with our in-home and residential services, not as many people know that Youth Villages is the primary provider of psychiatric emergency services to youth in the state of Tennessee. We have the unique opportunity of providing assessment and evaluation and follow-up services to youth in extreme crisis. This all is possible because of our Triage Counselors and mobilized Specialized Crisis Counselors. Our Triage counselors are experts at de-escalating and assessing situations over the phone. Our mobilized Crisis Counselors can respond to emergencies across the entire state and help youth by assessing and de-escalating their situation, and providing recommendations to best serve the youth and their family. We have a number of opportunities to join this program. Our Specialized Crisis Counselor positions do require a Master’s degree and experience working with at-risk youth.

updated crisis map

Youth Villages Crisis program serves the colored areas above.

We have part-time positions as well as full-time positions in this program throughout the state!
To learn more or apply, visit

Wellness Spotlight – Brendan McNassar

Brendan McNassarBrendan McNassar has worked for Youth Villages/Christie Care in Oregon for four years. He worked for two years as a teacher counselor and has worked for the past two years as maintenance technician. Read his story to find out why he is our wellness spotlight this month.

“Since losing both my father and my oldest son to cancer, I’ve started working on building a quiet mind and a healthy body. My first step was quitting my 17-year smoking habit for the very last time. I succeeded and have been smoke-free for nearly two years. I began looking for opportunities to motivate myself toward positive change. I learned about the YV Wellness Log while attending the 2013 Employee Conference. I came back to Oregon enthusiastic and ready to go. Oregon has had teams participate in each of the challenges thus far and my co-workers participating alongside of me have been sources of great inspiration. My fitness goals for this first year have been moderate weight loss, but more importantly to work on heart health and diet. The YV Wellness Log has helped me pay closer attention to what I put into my body and the benefits of my workouts as well. The 2014 YV Satellite Race was my launch point into running. After completing the race in pretty good time and using the 10k pedometer challenge as a daily motivation to move and exercise, I decided to join YV Oregon’s first ever Hood To Coast team. HTC is a 199-mile, 12-person relay from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast. That has been my latest motivator to get up and run every (well, almost every) morning. I have worked hard to get here but there is a long way to go. My running gives my time to sort my thoughts and give myself a little pat on the back as well. We all need that. My new motto: No shortcuts.”


North Carolina Emerging Leaders celebrate another successful year

NC Emerging LeadersFifteen North Carolina Emerging Leaders united at Beach Music in the Park in Greensboro to celebrate the completion of the nine month leadership development program. After each staff was recognized for his or her unique talents, the group relaxed to the soothing sounds of The Magnificents Band and enjoyed savory snacks from local food trucks.

Participants reflected on their overall experience in the Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program includes monthly interactive leadership webinars, several leadership classroom courses and a behind-the-scenes look at senior leadership roles. The program provided them with a wide variety of trainings that equipped them for many potential leadership scenarios. Additionally, the personalized job shadowing allowed for unique adaptations for each individual’s desired path for growth.


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