Our Team

OUR TEAM

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JACK HINMAN, PSY.D.

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Jack Hinman is the Founder and Executive Director of Engage Transitions. He has been providing mental health and administrative services to individuals and families in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, wilderness therapy programs, residential...

Jack Hinman is the Founder and Executive Director of Engage Transitions. He has been  providing mental health and administrative services to individuals and families in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers and community mental health for over 20 years. Jack is a licensed clinical psychologist who is a passionate and committed clinician and administrator in helping young adults cross that bridge into healthy and engaging independence. This blend of clinical and administrative experience has provided Jack a comprehensive perspective of the therapeutic journey.  He believes through the power of connection we thrive. Jack’s clinical foundations are driven in attachment theory and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Jack has also served on the board of directors for the National Association of Therapeutic Programs and has a local private practice working primarily with young students from the local community. Jack loves living in the outdoor rich area of Cedar City with his wife of 23 years and their two teenage children. Jack is an avid mountain biker and a coach for his son’s high school mountain bike team.

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BREANNA BERNARDUCCI

Director of Student Life

Brea brings 7 years of experience as a field instructor, mentor and recruiter in the wilderness therapy world to the Engage team. Brea facilitated group therapy and emotional education and taught empowering leadership skills in a backcountry setting, primarily with teenagers and their families. Brea has...

Brea brings 7 years of experience as a field instructor, mentor and recruiter in the wilderness therapy world to the Engage team. Brea facilitated group therapy and emotional education and taught empowering leadership skills in a backcountry setting, primarily with teenagers and their families. Brea has always found joy in guiding people to get outside their ‘comfort zone’ and into the ‘growth zone’ both physically and emotionally. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, with a minor in Outdoor Education. These days, Brea gets excited about rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, dancing to live music, paddle boarding, camping with her husband and 3 year old son, and feasting with friends. Brea is our Director of Student Life and is incredibly excited to be here. 

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LACEY HEINZELMAN, LMFT, LCMHC

Senior Therapist

Lacey comes to Engage with extensive clinical experience from highly regarded treatment programs. Lacey received her Master's Degree from Abilene Christian University. She was a wilderness therapist and most recently the clinical director for Moonridge Academy. Lacey is licensed as a...

Lacey comes to Engage with extensive clinical experience from highly regarded treatment programs. Lacey received her Master's Degree from Abilene Christian University. She was a wilderness therapist and most recently the clinical director for Moonridge Academy.

Lacey is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with advanced training in Brainspotting, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma Center Sensitive Yoga, Natural Lifemanship and Heart Math. Lacey is an esteemed therapist with over 10 years of experience leading teams, training and supervising, and speaking at national conferences.

Lacey’s attunement to young people and their families makes her a great addition to the Engage team in guiding young adults with attachment distress to reach their full potential. Lacey's vast clinical knowledge of treating trauma in residential and wilderness settings will be instrumental in creating an engaging therapeutic environment for young adults with attachment and relational trauma to experience safety and confidence as they explore the world.

Lacey is a clinician that blends traditional therapeutic approaches in experiential and outdoor settings. She is an outdoor enthusiast spending most of her time exploring and playing in national and state parks. Lacey is a die hard Packers fan and enjoys listening to live music.

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SIDNEY DANG, PSY.D.

Consulting Psychologist and Group Therapist

Dr. Sidney Dang is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago with a specialization in working with children, adolescents, and families. He approaches his work from a culturally responsive, strengths-based perspective...

Dr. Sidney Dang is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago with a specialization in working with children, adolescents, and families. He approaches his work from a culturally responsive, strengths-based perspective while integrating evidence-based practices. Dr. Dang conducts psychological evaluations similarly in order to provide a comprehensive assessment and practical recommendations for the individual. Since 2009, he has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds and a variety of treatment settings including but not limited to residential treatment, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Dang has Foundational Certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and has been trained in the following evidence-based practices: Managing Adaptive Practices (MAP), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS), and Seeking Safety.

Dr. Dang co-authored a book chapter entitled “Exploring the Healing Powers of Hip-Hop: Increasing Therapeutic Efficacy, Utilizing the Hip-Hop Culture as an Alternative Platform for Expression and Connection,” as well as a research article (“When Diagnostic Labels Mask Trauma“). Additionally, he has presented at a number of professional conferences to share his work related to utilizing multicultural and experiential approaches, as well as disseminating information about the adolescent subjective experience of treatment. Sidney lives in Southern Utah where is loves to explore new trails with his dog, Phife Dawg, and engage in rock climbing.

 
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NICOLE CUMMINS,
PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole was born and raised in Southern Utah Hurricane). As an undergrad she attended Dixie State College and Utah Valley University for her prerequisites, RN and BSN degrees. She worked for 4 years as a Nurse in both Orthopaedics and...

Nicole was born and raised in Southern Utah Hurricane). As an undergrad she attended Dixie State College and Utah Valley University for her prerequisites, RN and BSN degrees. She worked for 4 years as a Nurse in both Orthopaedics and Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry before going back to school. She attended Vanderbilt University for her Masters Degree where she earned the degree of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and became board certified through the ANCC.

She continued to work at DRMC/St George Regional Hospital in the Psychiatric unit where she treated patients in crisis. During this same time she has worked in a psychiatric clinic in Las Vegas doing medication management.

For the last 4 years, she has done Psychiatric Evaluations on the Medical floors learning how to specialize in Geriatric care including Dementia with sundowning and agitation with aggressive behaviors. She currently works at several youth residential treatment facilities doing medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia related disorders and aggressive behaviors associated with Autism and RAD.

Having worked in Inpatient Psychiatry she is also well versed in treating adults with Schizophrenia related disorders, Bipolar disorders, Major depressive disorders, Anxiety disorders, and does Medication assisted substance abuse treatment.

In her free time Nicole enjoys doing outdoor activities with her family such as camping, jeeping, going to the beach, and road trips. Her husband Brian with 3 adult daughters have been very supportive during her journey and are very excited for more free time with her.

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LISA ANDERSON

Nurse

Lisa started her career as a Recreational Therapist and has spent many years working with adolescents. In 2015 she returned to school to complete a second Bachelor's degree in nursing.  She has been working as a youth treatment nurse...

Lisa started her career as a Recreational Therapist and has spent many years working with adolescents. In 2015 she returned to school to complete a second Bachelor's degree in nursing.  She has been working as a youth treatment nurse since graduating from the Southern Utah University nursing program.  She is currently enrolled in a Master's program and is working toward becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Lisa enjoys gardening, sewing and reading, especially listening to audiobooks so she can multi-task. Born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Lisa loves spending time outdoors with her husband and four children.

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BILLIE-JEAN SESSIONS

Nutritionist

My name is Billie Jean Sessions and no, I do not play tennis nor do I claim to be Michael Jackson’s lover. I grew up as the oldest of 3 in a small town in Eastern Utah. I chose to study nutrition in college early on in life because my brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when we were young. It was through years of helping manage that condition that I realized...

My name is Billie Jean Sessions and no, I do not play tennis nor do I claim to be Michael Jackson’s lover. I grew up as the oldest of 3 in a small town in Eastern Utah. I chose to study nutrition in college early on in life because my brother was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when we were young. It was through years of helping manage that condition that I realized the impact food can have on an individual. I quickly realized my passion was not in diabetes education, however, and was able to get experience working with parents, infants, and children at WIC; with a diverse group of adults in clinical nutrition; and with college students at SUU from 2016-2021. I decided to open a private practice in 2021 focusing on intuitive eating and healing food relationships after seeing the need among my years of experience. My husband, Zack, and I have 2 adorable daughters with another on the way in Summer 2022. We love to spend our time outdoors camping, grilling, and hiking. I enjoy trying new recipes, jigsaw puzzles, planning and hosting parties, and listening to a wide range of podcasts. 

 

Eating is an act of self-care, but also a way to promote connection and satisfaction in our lives. I promote the ideas of adequacy, variety, and enjoyment in regards to eating experiences. Individualized nutrition is necessary to allow for unique needs, cultural differences, budgetary constraints, and preferences. 

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JOSH GARDNER, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Josh Gardner earned a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA at Southern Utah University where he was a member of the varsity Track & Cross Country teams. He has served as controller and subsequently as CFO at Havenwood Academy since 2015, and CFO of Vive Adolescent Care since...

Josh Gardner earned a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA at Southern Utah University where he was a member of the varsity Track & Cross Country teams. He has served as controller and subsequently as CFO at Havenwood Academy since 2015, and CFO of Vive Adolescent Care since 2019.Josh specializes in developing financial systems that align the organization with its core values and strategic mission. He has presented on behavioral healthcare finance at conferences around the United States. His hobbies include mountain biking, running, and watching reruns of The Office. He lives in Cedar City with his wife and two sons.

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JANIE SABIN

Director of Licensing

Janie handles all of the compliance at Engage, which she feels is a great fit for her background in law. She's an incredibly important part of ensuring Engage is held to high standards of treatment through Utah state regulations and accreditations that Engage holds and plans to attain...

Janie handles all of the compliance at Engage, which she feels is a great fit for her background in law. She's an incredibly important part of ensuring Engage is held to high standards of treatment through Utah state regulations and accreditations that Engage holds.

Janie Sabin is a paralegal. She has worked in a law firm as a paralegal for 12 years. Janie has experience in business law, family law, criminal law, contract law and adoption law and is passionate about laws and regulations.

Janie attended Southern Utah University where she received a degree in criminal justice with a legal studies minor. Immediately after graduating from SUU, Janie started working at Hofeling, Wayment and Marchant, LLP handling criminal, corporate and adoption law.

Janie has 2 active young boys and loves to spend time with her family outdoors camping and playing board games. When Janie is not with her family you will find her reading, doing puzzles or planning

LIFE COACHES

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Vanessa “V” Arreola (she/they) is a senior at Southern Utah University studying psychology with a minor in family services, with career goals in marriage and family therapy and academia. As a Las Vegas native, she appreciates fun...

Vanessa “V” Arreola (she/they) is a senior at Southern Utah University studying psychology with a minor in family services, with career goals in marriage and family therapy and academia. As a Las Vegas native, she appreciates fun parties, good food (especially sushi), and the great outdoors. When not studying or working, she can be found hiking, rock climbing, off-roading, or curled up on the couch with a good book or movie.

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HEATHER

I am an Utah native and have a passion for being outdoors. Summertime and fall are my favorite seasons because of all the outdoor activities that are available with living in Southern Utah. I have my bachelor's in Psychology and Biology...

I am an Utah native and have a passion for being outdoors. Summertime and fall are my favorite seasons because of all the outdoor activities that are available with living in Southern Utah. I have my bachelor's in Psychology and Biology and understanding the connection between the body and mind is what I love about Engage and the work we are doing. 

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SAMANTHA

Samantha Peterson was born and raised in Utah, and loves the many adventures that can be found there. She loves sports, especially soccer, and enjoys anything that can be done outdoors. Sam loves people and is working to...

Samantha Peterson was born and raised in Utah, and loves the many adventures that can be found there. She loves sports, especially soccer, and enjoys anything that can be done outdoors. Sam loves people and is working to get an education that will enable her to help others for the rest of her life.

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ANGELA

I was born and raised in West Virginia, I lived there with my 10 siblings. When I was 9 I became an aunt and helped babysit and raise the kids. I love being kind and helpful to others. I have worked in multiple care facilities and loved...

I was born and raised in West Virginia, I lived there with my 10 siblings. When I was 9 I became an aunt and helped babysit and raise the kids. I love being kind and helpful to others. I have worked in multiple care facilities and loved seeing the people make progress through the time being involved there. I am looking forward to having the same experience here and becoming someone who can be a role model for those that stay with us here! 

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MELANIE

I am a recent graduate of SUU that loves all things outdoors. I enjoy weight lifting and gardening. I love listening to music and playing with my dogs. I am a life coach because I want to help others live a balanced life.

I am a recent graduate of SUU that loves all things outdoors. I enjoy weight lifting and gardening. I love listening to music and playing with my dogs. I am a life coach because I want to help others live a balanced life.

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My name is Ali Rosquist. I was raised in a small town called Ephraim in the middle of Utah. I went to Manti High school where I played softball and soccer. In 2012 I earned the MVP award for the 2A class. I later attended SUU...

My name is Ali Rosquist. I was raised in a small town called Ephraim in the middle of Utah. I went to Manti High school where I played softball and soccer. In 2012 I earned the MVP award for the 2A class. I later attended SUU where I studied history and archeology. Recently I coached the Cedar High School freshman softball team and that's where my love of coaching really blossomed. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a life coach and I can't wait to see these young adults grow and succeed. 

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Luca Mills was born and raised in Iowa and has been a resident of Utah for the past 8 years. Luca has had a passion for helping others since a young age. For 9 years Luca has spent his time working with...

Luca Mills was born and raised in Iowa and has been a resident of Utah for the past 8 years. Luca has had a passion for helping others since a young age. For 9 years Luca has spent his time working with adolescents in a residential setting. He enjoys backpacking, hiking, fishing, and watching good documentaries. Luca is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with Young Adults that are transitioning out into the world.

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ELIZA

My name is Eliza Wray! I was born in Nevada but have lived in Southern Utah most of my life. I am currently studying psychology at Utah Tech University with hopes of becoming...

My name is Eliza Wray! I was born in Nevada but have lived in Southern Utah most of my life. I am currently studying psychology at Utah Tech University with hopes of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. Some of my hobbies include: longboarding, spontaneous adventures, and visiting historic sites.