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For Women By Women

Meet the women behind RedCliff Recovery



Meet AJ Frithiof, LCSW
RedCliff Recovery Program Director


AJ Frithiof, LCSW is the RedCliff Recovery program director and a licensed clinical social worker. She brings extensive experience in creating and implementing wilderness, recovery, and other programming across wilderness, residential, and university settings. She is passionate about facilitating novel and impactful experiences in the wilderness and helping women find a solution in recovery. AJ is trained in TF-CBT and has extensive experience with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, oppositional defiance, boundaries, and much more.

About AJ...

AJ began working with adolescents and young adults in 2004 as a wilderness instructor, and this experiences ultimately led to graduate school for an MSW. She has a wide-range of experience as a wilderness instructor, course director, program developer, staff trainer, therapist, recovery specialist, therapist supervisor, and program director across wilderness, residential, and university settings.

AJ completed a Master in Social Work from the University of Alabama and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. She is passionate about carrying the message of recovery in her local 12-step community, adventuring outside, spending time with friends, eating BBQ, drinking coffee, and hanging out with her dog, Wyatt.


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Emily Novakovich

HR DIRECTOR
About Emily...
Emily Novakovich was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She first joined the RedCliff Ascent family in the summer of 2013. As a Head Instructor, she worked with both students and staff in the field and has witnessed first-hand the real transformative power of wilderness therapy. Emily left RedCliff Ascent to finish her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Utah State University. While a student, she also interned in the United States Senate during the 2016 presidential election. After graduation, Emily returned to Southern Utah and rejoined RCA. She now combines her passions for law and the remarkable people who make wilderness therapy possible through working in Human Resources at RedCliff Ascent. When not working, Emily enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and otherwise enjoying the beauty of the Southern Utah desert and ample public lands of the area. She also has a border collie named Mckinley whom she enjoys training, and who often joins in on the adventures.
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Karen Hiatt

MEDICAL DIRECTOR
About Karen...
Karen became part of the RedCliff team in July of 2008. She earned her nursing degree from Weber State College and has worked in family practice, hospital setting, and ob/gyn setting. When she is not working, she has her hands full at home with a husband and four children. They enjoy traveling, supporting each other, and just being together. Karen is happy to be back in the Enterprise area and has already seen the positive effect that the wilderness experience can have on people.
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Darcy Holt

ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
About Darcy...
Darcy grew up in Greenbrier, Arkansas where she graduated high school and attended Arkansas College in Batesville. After her parents retired, they moved to Enterprise, Utah and Darcy transferred to Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Darcy has over 19 years of experience working as a mentor and sponsor with adolescents and adults that suffer from the disease of addiction. She spends many hours speaking at rehabilitation centers and some local high schools in hopes of sharing her own experience, strength, and hope with others. Darcy feels she has found her dream job; a place Like RedCliff where she can make a difference. If you ask her, taking families through the graduation process is one of the most fulfilling things she has ever done. Darcy also gets to take the pictures while a student is here at RedCliff. She loves it when a student who wouldn’t talk to her or look at her at first gets all excited and wants their picture taken by the end of their stay. She says, “watching that light come on is amazing!” Darcy lives in Enterprise, UT with her husband and two boys ages 13 and 10. She has served on the Enterprise City Council for four years and has run the local Easter Egg Hunt for eight years. She feels that being of service to her community and being a part of RedCliff is her chance to pay it forward.
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Andrea Burgess

EVOLVING WOMEN
About Andrea...
Andrea has always known that she would be involved in some aspect of therapeutic services. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science at Brigham Young University, she volunteered at The Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center as well as the Utah Valley Crisis Line. Once she graduated from Brigham Young University, she completed a graduate certification from the University of Utah as a certified addictions counselor. Her 22-year journey in the adolescent treatment industry began as a direct care staff and then a supervisor in a Residential Treatment Center for adjudicated adolescent males. She was then promoted to the Director of Individual Residential Treatment, a program that is tasked with placing adjudicated males from a Residential Treatment Center setting into the homes of approved and trained families. Andrea then transferred to RedCliff Ascent, a premier therapeutic wilderness program. She began her role as a member of the RedCliff Ascent Management Team as a Parent Liaison and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director. In 2002, Andrea became the Executive Director of RedCliff Ascent and served in that capacity for 12 years. During her tenure as RedCliff Ascent’s Executive Director, she served as vice-chair for the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council from 2011 – 2013, an industry association that promotes program standards, ethics, and risk management as well as facilitating outcome research of the efficacy of wilderness programs. In the fall of 2011, Andrea co-founded Evolving Women, an industry association for women in the adolescent therapeutic industry. Evolving Women’s mission is to provide networking opportunities, professional development, and service. The organization continues to grow in membership and influence for some of the industry’s most talented women. Andrea is dedicated to providing a program that is safe, therapeutic and effective for students and families. She and her husband have two boys, two dogs, and two cats and enjoy the outdoor life in Southern Utah.
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Kaylie Corrigan, CSW

THERAPIST
About Kaylie...
Kaylie Corrigan is a therapist with RedCliff Ascent and has been working in the wilderness therapy context for the last 9 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fort Lewis College and a master’s in social work from Arizona State University. Kaylie’s journey began in 2008 as a field guide and since has worked her way into various leadership positions including Outdoor Program Director for an adventure therapy program and Executive Director for a residential women’s dual diagnosis substance abuse facility. She has been actively involved and responsible for developing and designing various programs, creating policies and procedures and administering treatment programs over the years. These experiences are combined with various community mental health positions where she worked with low-income children and families as well as working at a holistic health center that detoxed clients off of prescription medications. These diverse and unique practices allow her tailors her therapeutic interventions to meet the needs of each individual. She uses a holistic, strengths-based, humanistic approach, believing that unconditional positive regard allows for a foundation of rapport and healthy therapeutic alliances. She believes that a client-centered approach allows for clients to identify their authentic self and partners with her clients to actualize the best version of themselves. Kaylie specializes in working with drug and alcohol abuse clients and is deeply passionate about supporting and assisting people on their road to recovery. She has particular experience in working with oppositional defiance, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and failure to launch clients. When she is not being of service to others she enjoys hiking, climbing, snowboarding, yoga, meditation, exploring and anything that makes life an adventure with her dog Luna.
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Ryan Walton

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR
About Ryan...
Ryan joins the team as the Director of Marketing and Admissions for RedCliff Ascent. His career has spanned a range of medical services, from acute care adolescent psych to most recently at a therapeutic boarding school. His true passion is working with teens as they navigate a challenging time in their life, ultimately helping to heal future generations. A transplant from Maryland, Ryan’s calling to the wilderness has landed him in Utah and ultimately with RedCliff Ascent. When not in the office, Ryan can be found mountain biking, skiing, or coaching lacrosse. Ryan is perfectly prepared for assisting the students and families as they navigate the processes associated with Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. Having worked in various administrative and therapeutic environments over the last 10 years, Ryan is excited about the opportunity to join the RedCliff Administration team. “We are excited to have Ryan join our team. He brings a unique blend of administrative and therapeutic experience. We look forward to Ryan continuing our commitment to healing families through the process of outdoor experiential therapy that works so well in the teen treatment environment.” said, Scott Schill, Executive Director. RedCliff Ascent is a fully accredited and licensed Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare program and a recognized leader. They have been involved in third-party research efforts for over fifteen years and have operationalized research informed wilderness enhanced treatment.
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Kaitlyn Agee

ASSISTANT FIELD DIRECTOR
About Kaitlyn...
Kaitlyn Agee grew up in Utah hiking, off-roading, canyoneering, backpacking, and adventuring outdoors. She started her work in Wilderness Therapy just under two years ago as a field staff at RedCliff Ascent. She fell in love with the healing power of adventure and wilderness. She has since held the roles of Field Instructor, Head Instructor, Assistant Field Support Manager and is currently a Field Support Manager for our team. Kaitlyn received her Bachelor's Degree in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism with an Education emphasis and has since been in a number of outdoor leadership roles. She has been leading outdoor adventure trips for adolescents, young adults, and families for more than 4 years as an adventure guide and river guide. She is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician and a Wilderness First Responder. When she's not at work she can be found in the desert heat exploring new areas, hiking, trail running and enjoying the company of friends and family. Kaitlyn has a great passion for this work and believes in everything wilderness therapy offers to the students who attend the program.

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