Chantelle Plauche´, LCSW
Chantelle Plauché is the founder and executive director of L’esprit. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2006 and has since worked with a diverse range of individuals and families as a mental health counselor both in schools and in her private practice. She has formed strong working relationships with many local organizations and school and community program leaders. Through her work, she became aware of the much larger, unmet need for further youth mental health services in the community, thus, giving her the idea for L’esprit which she opened in June of 2015. Since then, L’esprit has added youth day treatment, adult day treatment, adult mental health services and chemical dependency for youth and adults under the leadership of Chantelle. When she is not working, Chantelle enjoys spending time with her 3 children, gardening, raising chickens, and traveling.
Maria Mulvaugh, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer/ Outpatient Therapist
Maria Mulvaugh has worked for L’esprit since January 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Master’s in Social Work. She worked in the non-profit sector for ten years prior to returning to graduate school to focus on social work. Maria focuses her clinical work within middle and high school populations, with an emphasis on anxiety and trauma-focused modalities. She is working with the Strong Star Network, helping to provide structured PTSD modalities to individuals with complex trauma histories.
Leah Brand, LCSW
Chief Operating Officer/ Clinical Supervisor/Outpatient Therapist
Leah Brand, LCSW, is a Montana native, born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley. In 2018, Leah joined L’esprit as a CSCT Therapist at Sleeping Giant Middle School. Leah currently provides Outpatient Therapy to youth and supports L’esprit staff as a Clinical Supervisor. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Montana and after graduation, she moved to Portland, Oregon. She lived and worked in Portland for 10 years and received a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University. During that time, she had the opportunity to work and internship in a variety of areas, including education, homeless services, pediatric oncology and the department of corrections.
Peer Support Specialist/Case Manager
Jackie Saccent began working with L’esprit in 2019 as a Substance Use Peer Support Specialist and Billing Administrator. Peer Support provides one on one interactions with peers that have overcome or are in the process of overcoming substance use and the trauma that comes with it. Her job duties include: Advocating for people in recovery, Leading recovery groups, sharing resources and building skills, building community and relationships, mentoring, and goal setting. As for billing Jackie Submits and oversees the billing for L’esprits mental health and substance use recovery programs.
Comprehensive School & Community Treatment Staff
Brenda Stephani, LCPC
CSCT Supervisor/Outpatient Therapist
Brenda Stephani, LCPC began her work at L’esprit in 2020. She is currently the CSCT supervisor and a therapist who provides individual, group, crisis-based, and family therapy as desired to youth within the school and community-based settings(s). She also supervises CSCT staff, maintains program requirements, maintains healthy working relationships with Livingston School District schools and serves as CSCT representative on L'esprit leadership team. Brenda received her bachelors from Grad-Prescott college and then after she obtained her Masters's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling focusing on equine-assisted mental health. Additionally, Brenda provides training on healthy technology use, parenting with technology, and/or identifying problematic technology use in youth to L'esprit staff and community members. Brenda came to L'esprit with specific training in problematic technology use and technology addictions and continued to engage in treating technology use disorders with CSCT youth as able.
Courtney Skeahan, LCSW
HSS and OPT Therapist, Wellness Coordinator
Courtney Skeahan, LCSW is a CSCT Therapist at Sleeping Giant Middle School alongside CSCT Behavioral Specialist Emma Yardley. Courtney has worked for L’esprit since January of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Child Services at Montana State University in 2016 and completed her Master of Social Work degree in 2018 through Walla Walla University-Billings. Courtney originally started working for the company as a behavioral specialist at Sleeping Giant Middle School and transitioned to CSCT Therapist following completing her master’s degree of Social Work.
Madi Szoboszlay, SWLC
Madi Szoboszlay joined L’esprit in 2021 as a CSCT Therapist at East Side, providing mental health treatment to 3rd-5th graders with serious emotional disturbances. She studied at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2021 where she received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Additionally, Madi has clinical experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and with adults in a crisis setting.
CSCT Behavior Specialist Supervisor
Alli McClennen, Behavioral Specialist Supervisor, joined L’esprit in 2015, working as a behavior specialist in the CSCT program. Alli provides support and training to all new behavioral specialist hires as well as maintains a caseload in the Livingston schools as a CSCT behavioral specialist. She received her Bachelors in Early Childhood development at the University of Montana.
CSCT Behavior Specialist and Quality Control Officer
Jennifer Holland began her journey at L’esprit in 2018 working as a Quality Control Officer and a behavioral specialist. Jennifer is heavily involved in the Comprehensive School and community treatment program at the East side school. She graduated from the university of Madison Wisconsin with a bachelors in Community and environmental sociology.
CSCT Behavior Specialist at SGMS
Eileen Hess, BSW, is from Minnesota and moved out to Montana in the Fall of 2020. Eileen currently serves as a Behavioral Specialist at Sleeping Giant Middle School since Fall of 2021. She graduated with her bachelor's in social work from Bethel University in 2020 and is currently going back to school at Winona State University in an online Master of Social Work program. Eileen had multiple internships throughout her undergraduate program. Such as working with foster children and in education.
Nicole Hardy, LCPC
Nicole Hardy joined L’esprit in 2019, who now serves as a CSCT therapist for severely emotionally disturbed youth and families in our community. She is a Livingston, MT native and graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Health Development with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Nicole completed her Master’s in Family and Couples Counseling at Montana State University in 2019. Previous work experience included working with couples, families, and individuals seeking therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, rafting, and spending time with her cat, family, and friends.
David Drake, SWLC
David Drake joined the L’esprit Mental Health Agency in 2015 as an outpatient therapist. David is the Adult Day Treatment Supervisor as well as the head Clinician at L’esprits main location, which includes intern supervision and training of new employees. He graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the Walla Walla billing program and also received a Masters in Scandinavian Literature from the University of Wisconsin. During David's internship at L’esprit he worked as a youth mentor, adult mentor, youth case manager, and adult case manager. He also served as a CSCT Therapist in Sleeping Giant Middle School for one year before shifting into Outpatient Therapy and Adult Day Treatment. Moreover, David is an avid hiker, likes to play the drums in a local band, and is also a serviceable cook.
Janella Johnson, SWLC
Janella Johnson, SWLC, began her work at L’esprit Behavioral Health Center in 2018 as a case manager, mentor, and working with adults with severe disabling mental illness in the Adult Day Treatment Program. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work in 2019 and now serves as an outpatient therapist with a focus on working with adults with SDMI and has been trained in implementing EMDR. Janella also works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for L’esprit, actively participating in community coalitions for suicide prevention and crisis response. Additionally, she serves as the chairperson for the Park County Human Trafficking Task Force where she collaborates with leaders throughout the state on combating and ending human trafficking through prevention, protection, and prosecution.
Case Manager Supervisor
Kelsey Denison started working at L’esprit as an administrative assistant and a case manager in 2021. Kelsey graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor's in Family and Consumer Science. She then went on to study at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, completing courses in sustainable community development and working with the vulnerable population experiencing extreme poverty. Additionally, the last three years Kelsey was living on Maui Island, working at Head Start as a Family strengthening Manager, served as a volunteer AmeriCorps member, and in Tijuana Mexico helped build homes for the local community and orphanage.
Taryn Redmond began working at L’esprit in 2016 as a youth Case manager where she provides vast knowledge to the agency and to the families she works with. She can work at a quick pace, ensuring that her clients receive top care from top providers within this community as well as the surrounding communities. Taryn graduated from The University of Montana in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation, Taryn began working in the Mental Health field as a Youth Case Manager serving Community Families, as well as Therapeutic Foster Care. Taryn has developed a strong sense of devotion to the mental health field, working with all ages of children to ensure that success is the only outcome for the youth and their families.
Substance Use Recovery Program Staff
John Thomas, CLAC
Substance Use Recovery Program Supervisor
John Thomas started at L’esprit in 2020 at the Adult Day Treatment program his senior year practicum. After graduating John transitioned to the Substance use recovery program where he now provides outpatient counseling for substance use and addiction. He is focused on improving harm reduction services and education in the community to combat drug-related overdose and death. To that end John is now a certified Naloxone Master Trainer, which can provide trainings on the use of Naloxone to reverse opioid overdose and can dispense it to the public.
Ashly Holland Fry, CLAC
Prime Life Instructor
Ashly Holland Fry was born and raised in Montana and enjoys hiking, motorcycle riding, music, and anything outdoors. Ashly began working at L’esprit in 2020 where she is completing her first-year internship acting as the Prime for Life instructor for MIP and DUI classes. She is currently working on her master's degree in Social Work at Boise State University, ID. Previously Ashly was a substance abuse prevention specialist for Southwest Chemical Dependency Program for seven years. Her duties included managing a substance abuse prevention block grant, in-school drug and alcohol prevention education, teaching alcohol serve-safe class to local alcohol retailers, and more. In the future, Ashly's goal, when she completes her education, is to work with individuals that are suffering from substance and gambling abuse as well as those that have experienced trauma.
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