Michelle Jones | LCSW CRADC CS COO
Michelle is the co-founder and COO of New Beginnings as well as a counselor. Michelle started working with children and families in 1998 and has filled out her career experience working on psychiatric units, for hospice companies, alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as working with inmates at the prison in St. Joseph, Missouri (WRDCC) with Gateway.
"I wanted to work in a place where the main focus was the client and how to get them the best possible treatment at an affordable rate. This inspired me to work with a partner and create that environment for this community in New Beginnings; a place where I know that I am able to place the individual and their needs at the top of our priority list."
Diane Courtney | BS CRADC SQP CS
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Director
Diane has been counseling for sixteen years (as of 2018) in various capacities, including working for an Adjudicated Juvenile Facility, Department of Corrections, and outpatient counseling. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology and is a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol Drug Counselor with a SATOP certification, and her Clicinal Supervision.
"I love doing what I do because I love seeing individuals finally have that, "aha!" moment and their eyes light up again, in that moment it's all worth it! I vowed to pay it forward for the rest of my life to help all kinds of people, because the man upstairs helped me!"
Kristi White | LCSW
Kristi graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 with her Master's in Social Work and has worked with the homeless, hospice, acute mental illness, those with developmental disabilities, and teenagers. Kristi does mental health as well as drug and alcohol counseling. She has been in this field for over ten years and we are so happy to have her on our team!
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Bonnie joined our team in 2018 and has been a valuable asset ever since. She teaches groups, individual counseling, and is always ready to help anyone who puts in the work and wants to make a better life for themselves.
Erin helps manage the office by scheduling appointments, keeping up with organizing files, dealing with the financials, and helping clients feel welcome and assisted in their personal path with our company.
Jenny organizes our office space, keeps files organized, and helps our clientele with whatever they need. She always greets with a smile!