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Cheltsea Swensen

Cheltsea’s journey in the mental health industry began 18 years ago as a field guide for a wilderness therapy program in southern Utah. She has held several positions in three different youth programs since then. Her goal is to continue as a therapist after she completes her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a mother of two, Cheltsea enjoys talking to parents and helping them feel confident in their decision to choose the right program for their child. She has a passion for the outdoors and believes in the power of connecting to the natural world. That’s what she loves about Kokua Recovery. The adventures at Kokua give youth a chance to experience nature in an exciting way and learn from what it has to offer. Cheltsea’s own life adventures include mtn. biking, kayaking, rock climbing, primitive living skills and dancing.

Ken Huey

Upon graduating from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Huey worked as a therapist, Clinical Director, and Business Development Director in residential treatment. Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of adoptees in residential treatment (he is adopted himself). He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year. He sold Calo and retired in June of 2015. He came out of retirement in 2017 and founded Kokua Recovery, trauma-informed residential drug and alcohol treatment with sites in Colorado.