MEET THE STAFF

OF SKY RANCH

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Anna Bertrand 
Executive Director

Anna Bertrand graduated from Wayne State College in July, 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. She is currently finishing her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health, to be completed in Spring of 2022. She began her career at Sky Ranch as an intern in May of 2010, and was hired as a full-time Reunification Worker a few months later. She was first promoted to a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist in 2011, and then to the Associate Director position in 2019. 

“I see true growth potential for the agency as a whole and look forward to actively engaging and investing in the clients we serve, the Siouxland community, and our providers who do meaningful and profound work.” Anna's background is in behavioral health though her goals for the agency include expanding current services to better meet client needs. 

Sammie Kavanaugh 
Case Management Director

Sammie Kavanaugh has worked at Sky Ranch since 2012. Sammie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State College. She says the best part about working at Sky Ranch is that she never feels alone. “With a team approach on several clients, that feeling of getting overwhelmed is diminished. There are always other staff members you can turn to for questions.” Sammie enjoys working with younger clients and their families to help improve family relationships and also aims to help break the stigma associated with mental health.

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Mitch Kulawik, CDAC
Substance Use and Development Director

Mitch Kulawik has worked as a Substance Use Counselor for over 10 years.  He graduated from Creighton University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, but after finding recovery himself in 2006, he decided to become involved in a field that helps other addicts find recovery.  In 2014, after spending a few years working as a recovery coach, behavioral health intervention specialist, peer support specialist, and substance use counselor, he started KCS outpatient treatment program to better help individuals find new ways to overcome their struggles with Substance Use and Problematic Gambling Disorders utilizing a mix of 12 Step and evidence-based treatment programs and improving whole health awareness.  “It is my goal to help these individuals find the courage for everyday living.”                                                                      

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Rachael Conolly 

Behavioral Health Specialist

Rachael Conolly was hired at Sky Ranch Behavioral Services in September 2019. Rachael graduated from Wayne State College in 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Human Service Counseling. She completed an internship with The State of Nebraska Probation.

“I enjoy working for Sky Ranch because I get to see positive changes by helping others lean towards a positive direction.“

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Simone Youssefpour 
Behavioral Health Specialist

Simone Youssefpour graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota in May of 2021. Additionally, she obtained her Minor in Psychology. Simone started her journey with Sky Ranch shortly after graduating and states, "I enjoy working for Sky Ranch because children are extremely vulnerable to risky behaviors. The slightest improvements I can offer children will ultimately lead to better behaviors in their future."