Meet our Team

Jessie Funk

Executive Director

Jessie Funk holds a leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame, is a certified life-coach, holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology, as well as a M.A. in Theater- emphasizing in how to use the arts as a healing modality for teenagers. Jessie is a former leadership facilitator for Franklin Covey and has also been a professional youth speaker and life-coach to teens for fourteen years, keynoting for high schools and leadership conferences all over the country. She is a 6-time published author and her passion to help teens led her to start an international non-profit organization called “Ivy Girl Academy,” a confidence and leadership training program for teen ladies.


She is also pursuing a life-long dream of earning a doctorate degree in social work. She has chosen to dedicate her life to educating, empowering, and investing in young people. 

Jake Collett

Chief Executive Officer

Jake Collett has extensive organizational and community development experience. He has developed and managed a 30-show national conference, was awarded Sandy City Employee of the year for his exemplary efforts in building community events. Jake developed and executed multiple community events- varying in size from 1,500 to 25,000 participants. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Recreation Management and Organizational Communication from Utah State University. 

Jed & Missy Wright

Program Directors

Jed & Missy Wright are two of the most driven, motivated, hard-working humans. Missy started running marathons at the age of 12 and Jed pursued is life-long dream of becoming an FBI agent and reached that goal. They care about empowering teenagers because they both have overcome and have learned to manage incredibly difficult challenges. Missy used her passion for running to help with anxiety and Jed fought to make his FBI dream come true even through facing a brain tumor. These good-hearted people are ideal mentors and leaders and we feel honored to have them and their four adorable kiddos on our team.

Karley Skinner


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Jennifer & Kasey Thompson

Equine Therapists

Kasey and Jennifer are the proud parents of four beautiful kids, 

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