All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
Kaizen Academy, located in Spanish Fork, UT, announces the hiring of Kris Kilpatrick, MBA as their new Executive Director. "We're excited for the breadth of experience Kris brings to Kaizen, and the additional talents he adds to the team," said Clark Hammond, Ph.D, Director of Outreach and Special Projects at Kaizen Academy. "Kaizen has continued to grow and improve since day 1. Kaizen is thrilled to have Kris play a role in our continued strategic growth." The management team at Kaizen has remained the same, Lynn Loftin, Corbin Linde, both on the Board of Directors, Josh Miller LCMHC, Clinical Director and Clark Hammond.
Learn more below about Executive Director Kris Kilpatrick with his interview with Clark Hammond:
CH: Tell us about your background in the mental health/residential treatment world.
KK: I started working in this industry back in the year 2000, and haven't left. Even at the beginning as a front-line staff in a girls' treatment center, I knew I wanted to be around - and make an impact in - an environment that existed solely to help others. Over the 17-year period, I got to experience the residential treatment world from nearly every position. From being a direct-care staff, moving up to supervisor, then residential director, program director, and then to executive director.
CH: What are your three most significant strengths you bring to Kaizen that will make a positive impact?
KK: I would say that the first strength is that I deeply care for this industry, and profoundly believe that we are literally saving lives. I'm passionate about helping our clients and their families through these dark times in their life. Secondly, I bring an ability to provide the clarity and concrete steps required to help teams identify and reach their objectives. Kaizen has some ambitious goals, and I look forward to helping to lead this team to accomplishing them. Finally, loyalty and commitment are 2 of my core values. These help me do what it takes to be successful, and I look forward to achieving our goal of remaining the leader of this industry when it comes to helping boys with sexual behavior issues.
CH: What was most intriguing to you about the opportunity to lead Kaizen Academy?
KK: There were a couple of things, actually. First, I love the program philosophy. I believe in truly relationship-based approaches, and I was impressed that at Kaizen, these are not just marketing buzz-words. They have invested a ton in helping the staff (from top to bottom) understand what that should look like, feel like - how to really implement it. Secondly, I also was impressed that Kaizen is not only concerned with positive outcomes for their clients, but they have a bigger agenda. They are involved in promoting sexual health and safety throughout our entire society. We see allegations of rampant sexual misconduct nearly every day. In a world that is fraught with sexual harassment and abuse, I want to be a part of changing that. So, I'm honored to be leading a team that works with these tough issues one boy at a time, and I also see us continuing to promote the message of healthy relationships and sexual safety far and wide.
CH: Help us get to know you on a more personal level. For example, what are your favorite hobbies? What kinds of movies do you most enjoy? And what would be your version of an ideal vacation?
KK: As far as my hobbies, I'm really into sports. I love watching them, playing them, coaching them. I even referee some of the community basketball leagues - so you kind of have to love it to put yourself through that! As a kid growing up in Maryland, I was really into basketball, baseball and golf. I also love all kinds of movies, but I have to say that my favorites are those true stories that are so inspiring! Anytime I can learn from people who have overcome tremendous obstacles - whether placed there through personal disability, social injustice or crazy-hard goals - you can't help but be inspired and want to be better. As far as what my ideal vacation would be, it would be one of these two things: either the beach or the mountains. I love any kind of getaway that includes a warm beach with clear water, but I also really enjoy camping and fishing in the great outdoors.
CH: Kris, thank you for sharing a bit about yourself with me. And, welcome to the team! We're thrilled to have you be a part of the great work we're doing at Kaizen!
About Kaizen Academy
Kaizen Academy, located in Spanish Fork, UT is a residential treatment center that assists teenaged boys who are struggling with sexual behavior problems and compulsive pornography issues. Our clinical and residential program is founded on the concepts of attachment theory and trauma-informed strategies to assist these young men reclaim hope and find healing through a truly relationship-based approach.