Les has been involved in helping children who have experienced trauma for over twenty years. He has served foster families in the Uintah Basin for fourteen years as a trainer at Utah Foster Care.
As an employee with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, he trained, and subsequently consulted with, foster parents and caseworkers alike on the use of the effective behavioral intervention strategies to help them manage some of Utah’s most difficult children. In addition, Les provided CORE training to new caseworkers both in Utah and Nevada. He brings with him a wealth of information concerning the needs of youth who need to learn to transition to adulthood. In fact, he most recently authored the statewide transition to adult living curriculum for parents in the State of Utah.
Les graduated from Boise State University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science. He later completed his Master of Social Science degree at Utah State University and his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While completing his Master’s degree, he was also able to complete the requirements to become a Certified Public Manager.
Les loves to mountain bike during the warm months, and snowboard during the cold ones, activities he finds useful to relieve the stress from working in such a challenging field.