The Team

For Women By Women

Meet the women behind RedCliff Recovery

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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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Stacy Sturtevant

FIELD DIRECTOR
About Stacy...
Stacy began working for the RedCliff Ascent family in early 2013 after graduating from Brigham Young University. Stacy has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. Her love and understanding of the healing powers that come from the wilderness started at a young age. She grew up in northern Minnesota near a small town. As a child, she enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, and just being outside. Stacy has spent her professional career working with adolescents and young adults. She spent 3 years as Women’s Program Director at a young adult transition program in southern Utah. While at RedCliff, Stacy has held many positions including Head Instructor, Field Support Manager and now Field Director. Her high warmth along with clear expectations and appropriate boundaries define her style. Stacy met her husband at RedCliff in 2013. They have 2 dogs that join them on many camping and traveling adventures. Stacy also enjoys working on art. You can often find her working on stained glass, loom beading, and gourd carving.

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