Our Team

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JACK HINMAN, PSY.D.

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Jack Hinman (He/Him) is the Founder and Executive Director of Engage Transitions. He has been providing mental health and administrative services t...

Jack Hinman (He/Him) 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 (She/Her) brings 7 years of experience as a field instructor, mentor and recruiter in the wilderness therapy world to the Engage team. Brea facilitated group..

Brea (She/Her) 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

Clinical Director

Lacey (She/Her) comes to Engage with extensive clinical experience from highly regarded treatment programs. Lacey received her Master's De....

Lacey (She/Her) 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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REBECCA THIEGS, ACMHC

Primary Therapist

Rebecca (She/Her) has extensive clinical experience from highly regarded treatment settings. She received her Master's Degree from Loyola..

Rebecca (She/Her) has extensive clinical experience from highly regarded treatment settings. She received her Master's Degree from Loyola University of Chicago and furthered her training at the C.G. Jung Institute. Rebecca is licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with advanced training in Brainspotting and meditation.

Rebecca's attunement to young people and their families adds to Engage's clinical sophistication in guiding young adults with mental health struggles that are limiting their independence, helping them reach their full potential. Her clinical knowledge of treating trauma in a residential setting is instrumental in creating an engaging therapeutic environment for young adults with relational trauma, allowing them to experience safety and confidence as they explore the world. Rebecca is a clinician who blends traditional therapeutic approaches with experiential and outdoor settings. She is an outdoor enthusiast, spending her time exploring and playing in national and state parks.

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CHELSEE ROBINSON

Yoga Instructor

Chelsee Robinson (She/Her) is a devoted mother, passionate yoga instructor, and believer in the transformative power of yoga. For...

Chelsee Robinson (She/Her) is a devoted mother, passionate yoga instructor, and believer in the transformative power of yoga. For the past seven years, Chelsee has specialized in trauma-informed practices, creating a safe space for physical and emotional healing. Through engaging lessons infused with mindfulness and body awareness, she empowers individuals to discover inner harmony and embark on their self-discovery journey. Chelsee is an advocate for holistic wellness and mindful living, aiming to guide others towards balance and fulfillment. When not teaching or nurturing her family, she draws inspiration from Utah's natural landscapes. 

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NICOLE CUMMINS, APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Nicole (She/Her) was born and raised in Southern Utah Hurricane). As an undergrad she attended Dixie State College and Utah Valley...

Nicole (She/Her) 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 orthopedics and behavioral medicine/psychiatry before going back to school. She attended Vanderbilt University for her master’s degree where she earned the degree of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and became board certified through the ANCC.

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BILLIE-JEAN SESSIONS

Nutritionist

My name is Billie Jean Sessions (She/Her) and no, I do not play tennis nor do I claim to be Michael Jackson’s lover. I grew up as the...

My name is Billie Jean Sessions (She/Her) 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 (He/Him) earned a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA at Southern Utah University where he was a memb...

Josh Gardner (He/Him) 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 (She/Her) handles all of the compliance at Engage, which she feels is a great fit for her background in law..

Janie (She/Her) 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

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SHANNON HINMAN, M.Ed

Academic Coordinator

Shannon Hinman (She/Her) earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Missouri State University and a Masters in School Leadership from Southern Utah University..

Shannon Hinman (She/Her) earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Missouri State University and a Masters in School Leadership from Southern Utah University. In addition to working with the young adults at Engage, she is also a Literacy Coach for the Iron County School District and works with teachers to help them improve teaching and learning to increase student success. Shannon is passionate about helping our young adults explore their interests and develop career goals. She engages students in career conversations that help build critical 21st century skills, like adaptability, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Shannon has two teenage children and her family enjoys running and mountain biking together.

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JOCELYN BROWN, R.N.

Nurse

Jocelyn Brown (She/Her) was born and raised in the Cedar City area. She moved to Ogden, Utah in 2015 to pursue her nursing degree. She graduated from Weber State University..

Jocelyn Brown (She/Her) was born and raised in the Cedar City area. She moved to Ogden, Utah in 2015 to pursue her nursing degree. She graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelors of Nursing in 2019. Jocelyn started her career at Utah Valley Hospital where she spent almost 4 years working on the same day surgery unit of the hospital. She recently found an opportunity to move back to Cedar City and has since joined the Engage team. Jocelyn loves spending time outdoors, especially here in Cedar City. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, running, reading, and anything that allows her to spend quality time with her husband and 2 kids. 

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MCKENSIE NEMELKA

Administrative Support Cordinator 

Mckenzie (She/Her) grew up in northern Utah and moved to Cedar City when she got married in 2020. She graduated in 2022 from Utah Valle...

Mckenzie (She/Her) grew up in northern Utah and moved to Cedar City when she got married in 2020. She graduated in 2022 from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling in the future. McKensie is passionate about wellness, mental health, and connection with others and has found her passion for this through her work in treatment centers and as a Life Coach. McKensie loves cooking, reading, yoga, traveling, and finding time to spend with loved ones. 
 

CASE MANAGERS

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BOSTON

Case Manager

Boston (He/Him) spent his teen years working at his grandfather's veterinary clinic, where he became fascinated with our ancestral connection to horses. His studies...

Boston (He/Him) spent his teen years working at his grandfather's veterinary clinic, where he became fascinated with our ancestral connection to horses. His studies in SUU’s Equine Science program would draw attention, and in 2019, Boston was approached to become part of the western horsemanship team at a newly founded center for young men. Blending principles of natural horsemanship with his devotion to helping others heal and grow, he would coach foundational relationship skills using the immediate metaphor of the horse. Boston is excited to bring his passion for serving others into his role here at Engage. When he is not with us or looking after animals, you can find him working in his private studio; where he carves and constructs heirloom quality leather goods.

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LIV

Case Manager

Liv Wilmarth (She/Her) As a young mother Liv has devoted herself to understanding social and emotional development. With a passion for inne...

Liv Wilmarth (She/Her) As a young mother Liv has devoted herself to understanding social and emotional development. With a passion for inner child healing and self improvement she is always learning more about human relationships and the vital role they play in everyone's life. This has led her to working in youth residential facilities in the past as well as savoring her time as a stay at home mother. She is excited to be working in a relationship focused environment. In her spare time she enjoys blasting her favorite tunes, goofing off with her kids, and always deepening her spiritual practice.

LIFE COACHES

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ZOE

Zoe (She/They) is originally from Florida but moved to Cedar City as a teenager, and graduated from Cedar High school. Zoe is currently a junior at SUU studying art education. She enjoys help...

Zoe Walters (she/they) is originally from Florida but moved to Cedar City as a teenager, and graduated from Cedar High school. Zoe is currently a junior at SUU studying art education. She enjoys helping others and doing her best to lift and support the people around her. She loves the outdoors, her husband, their crazy puppy and all things art. 

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ELISE

Elise (She/Her) graduated from Southern Utah University in 2023 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Music Education with an emphasis in choral music. After teaching choir & piano to high...

Elise (She/Her) graduated from Southern Utah University in 2023 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Music Education with an emphasis in choral music. After teaching choir & piano to high school students in Cedar for her student teaching and working with adolescents in residential treatment for 2 years, Elise knows that she wants to help people for the rest of her life. In her free time Elise can be found laughing with her husband, playing pickleball and tennis, reading, trying new restaurants, and watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 

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CONNER

Conner (He/Him) was born in Henderson, Nevada and has been living in Cedar City, Utah since 2017. He has been attending SUU as a student off and on since that time, changing majors three times until...

Conner (He/Him) was born in Henderson, Nevada and has been living in Cedar City, Utah since 2017. He has been attending SUU as a student off and on since that time, changing majors three times until discovering his passion for working with youth and young adults. Currently, he is majoring in Business Education with the end goal of being a vocational high school teacher, teaching about finances, economics, and business. For the past two years, Conner has worked at residential treatment centers and summer programs dealing with developing effective life habits and study patterns. Conner participates in community musicals and loves to game online, read books, play soccer, and make connections. He is absolutely enthralled with his wife, Holly.

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Cyrus

Cyrus (He/Him) was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and grew up on the island of O’ahu. He moved to Salt Lake City in 2017 and then to Cedar City i...

Cyrus (He/Him) was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and grew up on the island of O’ahu. He moved to Salt Lake City in 2017 and then to Cedar City in 2023. Cyrus’ curiosity, flexibility, and open-mindedness led him to employment opportunities across different industries: Insurance, Retail, Hospitality, and Restaurant Management to name a few. He recently completed two years as a Wilderness Therapy Field Mentor, supporting adolescents and young adults on their mental health journeys in an outdoor setting. As a Life Coach at Engage, Cyrus leverages his experience, knowledge, and empathy to give clients the best care possible.

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RAFAEL

Rafael (he/him) is an adoptee who grew up on the east coast and moved to Utah to work in wilderness therapy. Growing up, he was...

Rafael (he/him) is an adoptee who grew up on the east coast and moved to Utah to work in wilderness therapy. Growing up, he was a competitive gymnast as well as the head coach of a boys team and a coed tumbling team. With over a decade of experience in coaching, mentoring, and teaching others, Rafael finds meaning and value in the sharing of lessons and experiences to uplift, motivate, connect with, and guide others in an impactful way. In his free time, Rafael enjoys skateboarding, learning new languages, reading, working out, martial arts, and spending time with loved ones.