Meet Our Team
Our vision is to help foster a world committed to eradicating the stigma of addiction.
Patrick Hawkins is a Licensed Addictions Counselor with over 25 years of experience. During his career, he has worked with over 5,000 young men in primary treatment. Since 1995, he has been dedicated to working with adolescents and young adults. With a national reputation, Patrick has presented at multiple conferences and is considered a leader in treating young men, especially in an outdoor/experiential type setting. He has led 50+ expeditions accumulating over 1,100 days in the backcountry guiding hundreds of clients on their journeys through the wilderness and into recovery. Patrick brings all this experience to the young men in treatment daily while also imparting it to the entire team.
Check out his interview on Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy
AJ Frithiof (pronounced Fritch-off) is a licensed clinical social worker and is the clinical director of Triple Divide Lodge. She began working with adolescents and young adults in 2006 and has held a variety of clinical and programming positions in residential and wilderness treatment settings. During her career, she has focused on working with clients with dual diagnoses.
AJ has extensive training and experience with clients with high-acuity mental health disorders, trauma, attachment injuries, and dual diagnosis. She believes in looking at addiction through an attachment-based lens. She supports clients in uncovering the root of their difficulties, detaching from their addictive substance, and finding healing through healthy relationships.
AJ is well-versed in the 12 steps and uses brainspotting, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, HeartMath, experiential, and emotionally focused family therapy in her work. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M and spent her 20s working in the wilderness with adolescents and young adults. Due to her experience of over 1300 days as a wilderness instructor, AJ understands the power and depth of learning what clients can gain from wilderness experiences and adventure activities. This work was the impetus for her return to school at the University of Alabama where she completed a Master of Social Work to deepen her work in a clinically focused manner.
In her free time, AJ enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing with her rambunctious Labrador, whitewater kayaking, skiing, drinking coffee, and afternoon napping. She’s also very particular about eating good BBQ as any true southerner should be.
Chase has been working with individuals seeking recovery and personal growth for over 15 years. His passion was created out of his own journey in recovery beginning in 2005. Since then, he has worked within several organizations including recovery residences, an intensive outpatient program as a counselor, an adolescent and young adult substance use disorder center, and a dual diagnosis treatment program. In addition to working with substance use disorders, Chase also worked for a number of years at Onsite Workshops assisting individuals, couples, and families, both nationally and internationally, seeking recovery from trauma and codependency. In his position as Business Development and Admissions Director, Chase brings passion, experience, and authenticity to everyone he works with.
In his personal time, Chase enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Hayley and their daughter Adaline.
Glenn Brown has grown up working and playing in the outdoors of western Montana since 1978. He is a US Air Force veteran, husband, and father of three. Glenn spends his “free” time adventuring, either solo or with his family, in the surrounding mountains and rivers. He is passionate about backpacking, rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, trail running, all forms of skiing and helping people. Since 2006, Glenn has spent over 880 nights in the wilderness, working with young men who were struggling with addiction. He spent 15 years working as a field guide and lead instructor at a wilderness treatment program. In addition to his experience, Glenn is also a Wilderness First Responder and has a Level 1 avalanche certification.
Paul Kenney has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Associate’s of Arts degree in Addiction Studies. Paul has been a Licensed Addiction Counselor since 2019 and previously was a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC III) in California since 2016. Paul has worked in residential addiction programs for most of his career. It has been Paul’s goal to continue to learn and grow as a professional in the addiction field. In his free time, Paul enjoys movies, swimming, and outdoor activities.
Samantha Jackson has a passion for helping people of all ages grow, learn, and transform their lives – body, mind, and spirit.
Samantha has been teaching for 11 years and spent 13 years in an academic environment, including being a Headstart teacher, after-school program administrator, and working locally in the Whitefish school district. Her teaching philosophy centers around identifying what each individual needs, partnering with the client to set goals, and providing them with the tools and help needed to reach those goals.
Not only does Samantha draw on her educational background, but also utilizes the 10 years of experience she has in the fitness industry as a business owner, coach, and freelance fitness and yoga instructor. Yoga has helped her transform her life and the lives of others.
Samantha is a nature enthusiast; in her spare time, she loves to garden, do yoga, hike, and just be outdoors enjoying nature.
Hannah Moore has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and has been a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) since 2018. Hannah has worked for and been adjacent to wilderness and residential addiction programs for the past 7 years. It has been Hannah’s goal to create a program that supports and serves its employees and clients. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, creating art inspired by Kirigami, fly fishing, hiking, and has recently taken up archery.
Chef Jeff Brown has been in the culinary profession for over 30 years he is an award winning chef with a background in Paleo, Ketogenic, gluten free, and diabetic diets. He is a certified Nutrition Specialist. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Mast Instructor in Tae Kwon Do, and a Primal Life Coach. Jeff’s specialties are Southern style BBQ, wild game and fish, southwest, and classical Italian cuisine. He has taught numerous cooking classes and has worked with young men and women most of his adult life. Jeff takes pride in the fact that he uses the best ingredients he can find from local markets and that all of his food is made from scratch.
Angel Berry has enjoyed working in the dietary field for quite a while and worked at a residential treatment center for three years in varying roles. She had decided to combine her dietary skills with her desire to help others on their road to recovery, so that they may live their lives to the fullest. Angel enjoys reading, visiting museums, and hiking.
Originally from northern Minnesota, David grew up in the Midwest and has had a lifelong love of hiking, camping, snowboarding, and fishing. After a couple of years of college and traveling, David enlisted in the Marine Corps and became a Reconnaissance Marine, learning advanced land navigation skills, survival techniques, scouting, and many other disciplines. He has a heart for working with youth and helping them gain a love for the outdoors and passing on the lessons he has learned. David enjoys spending his free time exploring the wilderness of NW Montana and building a home with his wife.
Kristel Bowden is a life learner that loves delving into the dynamics of groups. Some of her passions are dancing, reading, learning about food science, working with youth, and being in nature. Kristel’s experience with outdoor education started over 7 years ago working with a YMCA camp, then on to completing her Bachelors in Recreation Park and Tourism Administration, with a Minor in Outdoor Leadership. While getting her Bachelors, she went on a 4-month long expedition called, Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition (ECOEE) through Western Illinois University. The expedition started in Canada, where a group of 10 canoed 200 miles of the Missinaibi River in Ontario Canada, then road-tripped the western part of the U.S.A. and Mexico. Since this expanding experience, Kristel has gone on to work at the Philadelphia Outward Bound School and Wingate Wilderness Therapy, accumulating over 115 backcountry field days.
Peter Loyda has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Peter has worked in the field of education for over 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent, and athletic director. Peter has a strong background in sports as a high-end athlete and Coach. Peter also works with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Department and Posse Program. It has been Peter’s goal to serve students, families, and community members. He is committed to fostering a quality learning environment, building positive relationships, earning a solid reputation and rapport, and being a positive role model for others to look up to and network with. In his free time, Peter serves on the Marion Fire Department Board, and the Sheriff Posse Board, and enjoys exercise, hiking, and staying active with quality friends and family.
Jamie has honed his outdoor skills as a camera operator for outdoor adventure TV shows everywhere from Alaska to Argentina. He has worked in residential programs for five years. At Triple Divide Lodge, Jamie is able to combine his experience in a new way. Jamie is results-driven and contributes to multiple local programs to help improve positive outcomes in the community.
In his free time, Jamie enjoys exploring camera technology, mountain biking, and paddleboarding.
Matt is a recovered alcoholic that is heavily involved in service work, sponsorship, and the AA program. Matt seeks to help the clients feel at home and adjusted here at TDL. “I want the clients to feel like they can be themselves around me.” It’s his hope to create an environment that is conducive to recovery. Matt has lived in the Valley for 17 years and knows the area well. He spends time fishing and camping but his real passion is gaming.
Charles Strauss is an Eagle Scout with an Associate’s degree in Emergency Medicine. A former EMT Charles has spent the last seven years as a shift supervisor for six different gas stations with three different companies. Dedicated to hard work and helping others, Charles has moved to Montana from California to seek out better opportunities to hone his skills and help others do the same. An avid outdoorsman he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. On his off time, Charles enjoys collecting military gear, antique Zippo lighters, and coins.
Living most of her life in Alaska, Shirley and her husband moved to Montana 7 years ago. Shirley graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Her long-standing history of working with young adults and adolescents includes acute care, residential programs, therapeutic boarding school, therapeutic pre-school, private practice, juvenile services, and academic teaching and counseling. Shirley is professionally licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist, and recently retired as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Montana, parallel to Alaska, continues to support her family’s love for the outdoors. Shirley enjoys a wide variety of backcountry adventures with her husband and Border Collie side-kick, Koda. Her personal goal is to continue collaborative efforts to support the positive growth and development of young adults.
Rick Delaughder has been working on the property for 17 years, first for the previous treatment program on this location and now Triple Divide Lodge. Rick is a vital member of the team as he ensures that everything from the tractor to the buildings are in working order and running smoothly.
Mattie is a black Labrador Retriever that enjoys greeting everyone who comes to Triple Divide Lodge. Her favorite activities include following Patrick wherever he goes and retrieving tennis balls for anyone she can get to throw them for her. When not chasing balls and getting in the pond, she is an avid waterfowl and upland hunter.
Koda is a Border Collie and is Shirley’s sidekick on all of her adventures and volunteering work. Koda is highly compassionate and enjoys spending time with clients.