Heather Owsley, Regional Manager of Indiana, loves working in Madison

Heather head shot November 2012Meet Heather Owsley, Youth Villages’ Regional Manager of Indiana programs. Consider joining the growing team as a Master’s Level Family Intervention Specialist and change the lives of youth in the state. Visit www.youthvillages.org/jobs.

What was your educational/experience background before coming to Youth Villages?

Before I came to Youth Villages I had my bachelor of science in both psychology and social work. While at Youth Villages I obtained my Master of Science in Community and Agency Counseling. I also received my LPC-MHSP. [Heather has had a long history with Youth Villages in different locations and leadership capacities – one of the great things about Youth Villages is the opportunity for advancement!]

What do you love about living in your town? What do you do for fun?

I LOVE that Madison is a small town with tons of events going on. I never thought that I would be able to live in a smaller town. However, the city of Madison does a lot to draw in tourism for this river town. There are festivals and events every month, live music, art shows, wineries, local restaurants and shops. Main Street, located in the historical downtown, is lined with shops and restaurants. Overall, Madison is a very charming town that’s great for anyone to get away to!

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What is the most challenging part of your job?

The most challenging part is embedding Youth Villages into a state that already has several well-known providers. We really want everyone to see how different we are, the unique proactive culture that we flow down, and the long-term success rates that we have. This, in turn, saves taxpayer dollars.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to build great teams. I have the best staff and all of us support each other. I’m one of the happiest bosses because I have strong employees who love helping children and families live successfully!

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