Meet Our Clinicians
We provide highly-trained and compassionate staff to help you meet your wellness goals. Certain mental health professionals work best with specific issues and demographics. When you meet with our access team, they will match you with a mental health professional that best fits your needs. We encourage you to get to know our clinical team by reading more below.
Peer Support and Crisis Intervention Specialist
At 18, Aidan was formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This led him on the extraordinarily difficult path of learning how to fight and manage the disability in his day-to-day life through various therapies, medicines, and hospitalizations.
This daily wrestle has provided him with a deep personal understanding into the many forms of mental illness, as bipolar gives him the ability to relate to others following similar paths to his. Aidan is now constantly challenging himself and pushing the boundaries of his disorder.
He’s become a probationary firefighter and first responder for Joseph Fire, a crisis line operator, and previous hotline manager for SafeHarbors, and most recently a peer support and crisis intervention specialist here at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness.
He’s dedicated himself to meeting others where they are at in life and providing personal experience into the nuances of mental illness to his coworkers. He hopes that his long and ever-continuing story can be a beacon to those who are where he once was.
Case Manager and Skills Trainer
Andi is a Case Manager. Case managers help individuals manage day-to-day life, navigate systems, and provide skill training. Her goal is to help each client live a hopeful and secure life. She works mostly out in the community with clients so you rarely see her at the office.
Andi comes to us with a diverse background. She has been a long-line deckhand, short-order cook, wilderness trail builder, tree planter, and librarian tech. Andi has also worked as a Fish Range and Forestry Biologist for private, state, federal and tribal agencies and as a firefighter, irrigator, wrangler, and alongside her cowboy husband at the McClaran’s Ranch.
Besides her extensive career, she has been a child advocate for 20 some years and a foster parent for some of that. Andi has always been fascinated by how people shape themselves and others and is excited that her role with us will help others to grow and shape themselves in positive ways.
Youth Partner & Skills Trainer
Ashley is a youth partner and a skills trainer at Enterprise School and Joseph Charter School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health from Western Oregon University. She is a former foster youth, first-generation high school and college graduate, with years of personal lived experience using resources similar to those provided at the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. Ashley is determined to use all of the challenges she faced as a child and teen to help youth find their voice and encourage them to have an active role in meeting their goals in order to have a successful future. She has experience working with kids of all ages in a variety of settings and has a passion for making sure they feel heard and seen. As a youth partner and skills trainer, she will be working one-on-one with youth to include them in the conversations about their strengths and visions for their lives.
Brandon Miller, CSWA, CADC-R
Mental Health Clinician
Brandon is a Clinical Social Work Associate and Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor-R. He enjoys helping people to live their life to the fullest extent, by using therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existential Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (DBT), and many others. Brandon is able to meet you where you are at, using Trauma-Informed methods, to help you accomplish the goals you have set out to accomplish. Whether your goals are related to mental well-being or recovering from an addiction, Brandon is here to walk with you down the path of building resilience, recovery, and growth.
Specialty: Adults, First Responder, Faith-based
Education: Master of Social Work (MSW), Boise State University and BS in Psychology, Capella University
Carrise Murray, QMHP
Mental Health Clinician
WRAP and EASA Program Coordinator
Carrise is a Master’s of Social Work intern and works as a school counselor and WRAP and EASA Program Coordinator for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. Carrise loves working with youth and helping them face the unique challenges and stressors that come with navigating through adolescence. Many adolescents experience anxiety and depression, and Carrise works with them to develop healthy coping skills and develop positive outlooks on life while working through their current struggles.
Carrise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is currently working towards her Master’s in Social Work. Carrise also has many life experiences that aid in her ability to empathize and understand challenges people face, including being a veteran, a single mother, a grandmother, and a parent of youth who have struggled with losses, depression, and anxiety.
Daniel McRee, MSW
Mental Health Clinician
Daniel is a mental health clinician and school counselor for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. He has a passion for working with marginalized and vulnerable youth and young adults, helping them navigate challenging systems and build their lives on their own terms. He has previously worked with people facing incarceration and young adults experiencing homelessness. Originally from Southern Appalachia, Daniel is excited to be a part of the Wallowa County community and graduated from Portland State University’s School of Social Work with his Master’s degree.
Veteran Peer Support Specialist
Dr. Josh Boverman
Dr. Boverman (or Dr. B as he is affectionately called) is proud to be a psychiatrist and Medical Director for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. He received his medical degree from the Oregon Health & Sciences University in 1993, and completed his specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Washington and at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University. He has been in practice since 1998. He has worked as a teacher, clinician, and educator in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the Oregon Health & Sciences University. He also worked overseas for the US Department of State, providing psychiatric care to Americans serving abroad in the State Department, the military, and other branches of government.
Individuals often meet with Dr. Boverman because they have symptoms like depression or anxiety, and wonder if a medication could help. Sometimes they wonder if their medications should be stopped, or adjusted. He also prescribes psychiatric medications when needed. Sometimes your counselor recommends you for medication management, to help towards a diagnosis, or to consider laboratory/medical assessment. When this happens, you will see Dr. Boverman.
Dylan Edwards, CADC II
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Dylan Edwards is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor for our Substance Use Disorder Program. Dylan brings a wealth of experience working with adolescents and facilitating therapeutic wilderness experiences to his work. His clinical focus is on establishing a deep and supportive understanding of your life to help begin working toward an active and satisfying life. Dylan will cheer you on to success whatever your individual goals. Your happiness and well-being are his number one priority.
Specialty: Substance Use Disorder
Youth Partner and Skills Trainer
Ella is an outpatient youth partner and skills trainer, currently working on the school support team at Wallowa School. After dedicating much of her career to assisting individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, Ella's journey naturally evolved into a new chapter as she shifted her focus toward working with youth.
Ella is passionate about empowering young people to be active participants in their care and personal development. She believes there is no “one size fits all” approach to life and strives to meet people where they are. Currently, on a path toward a degree in Ayurvedic Wellness and Integrative Health, Ella aspires to bring a holistic approach to her work.
When she is not working or studying, Ella enjoys spending time in nature with her dog, Jade, going on walks, and channeling her creativity by sketching, while enjoying a cup of tea.
Eva Oveson, QMHA
Assertive Community Treatment Case Manager
Eva is one of the Assertive Community Treatment Case Managers and has been with the organization for over 11 years. Eva brings a deep passion and compassion to the organization and to the clients she serves. She loves what she does and enjoys working with the clients and being another support person in their life.
Eva takes time to get to know her clients so she can do her best to truly understand what they are going through and works to be their support system so their lives can flourish. Once you are in Eva’s life, you are in Eva’s life for good. Many times her passion for her clients continues beyond their time with us. Eva is known for sending holiday and birthday cards to everyone she has ever worked with. Eva’s dedication to her life work shows through her caring, sincerity, and her love of her job. She is truly an asset to our community and clients.
Geunia Funches, LMSW, CSWA
Deputy Clinical Director
Geunia Funches is a licensed master social worker with a concentration in family and children and military veterans. Geunia’s approach to providing love-filled care is based on active listening. She understands that when someone seeks services, what they need is someone to actually listen to them because people in the outside world do not understand what is going on with them and what they are experiencing. Geunia understands that you’re here to be heard and she is here to listen. She likes to build a plan for you that builds on the skills that you already have that can be used to help you improve your overall wellness. She works with your personal level of comfortability and self-awareness. Geunia is highly skilled in working with many populations including those in the military and veterans, youth and adolescents, and those 65 and over.
Jacki Russell, DNP, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jacki received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Oregon Health & Science University with a specialty focus in psychiatry, in hopes of increasing access to mental health services in her home community. She believes that nursing is both an art and a science and with compassion, aims to deliver personalized, holistic care to enhance your overall well-being. Drawing from her experience in social services, she places great importance on fostering a collaborative, team-based approach to address your goals, whether they involve medication management, therapy, or accessing community resources. Outside of the office, she finds joy in spending time with her family amidst the captivating landscapes of Wallowa County.
Jammie Rodighiero, CSWA and CADC I
Mental Health Clinician
Jammie is a skilled Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-1 (CADC-1) with a wealth of experience in various domains of social work. Throughout her career, Jammie has engaged in diverse roles, including supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, addressing domestic violence, and contributing to program development for nonprofit organizations, among other responsibilities. Driven by her passion for continuous growth and learning, Jammie pursued further education through Walden University's social work program, with a focus on advanced clinical social work.
With a strong background in community mental health and substance use treatment, Jammie has honed her skills in working with adolescents and adults. Her approach to therapy is marked by versatility, as she values employing an eclectic range of therapeutic techniques to cater to each individual's unique needs.
Jammie firmly believes in the importance of autonomy and self-determination for her clients. Recognizing that every person is an expert in their own life, she fosters an environment that encourages active participation and decision-making in the therapeutic process.
Peer Support Mentor
Supported Employment Specialist
Josie Ambroson, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician
Kelly Bigsby, Registered Nurse
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Nurse
Peer Support Mentor
Dr. Laurence Colman, MD, MPH, FAPA
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Laurence grounds his work with children and teens in the incredible complexity of our bodies as biological and psychological/spiritual systems, and within the added complexity of our social lives. Regardless whether you’re seeing him for problems with attention, mood, excessive worrying or fears, school problems, suicidality, hallucinations, or anything else, you’ll always start with a 1 to 2-hour get-to-know-each-other session so you and he can develop trust in your work moving forward. And while he’s extensively trained in medication strategies, he never rushes to use medications. He does love when medications can play a helpful role, but he never sees medications as your whole solution in themselves. He coordinates closely with your primary care doctor to ensure both a more holistic understanding of you and a whole-community approach in helping you work toward your individual health goals.
Maggie Hunt, CADC II
Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Maggie Hunt has been an employee at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness since 2000 and has over 20 years in the addiction’s treatment field. She is a level II certified addiction’s counselor for our Substance Use Disorder Program and is also certified in the treatment of problem gambling.
Maggie believes in a motivational stage-based approach to services and meeting people where they are at in their recoveries. She works with individuals, families and groups and uses an eclectic mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-centered Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, and psycho-education.