Chantay has served as the Executive Director since 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with a child, couple and family emphasis, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Chantay’s 13-year history in the mental health field includes working with children in an inpatient psychiatric unit at Children’s Hospital, private practice, Administrator of Wallowa River House, a Residential Treatment Facility for people with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Outpatient Mental Health Clinician, and WVCW’s Operations Officer from 2013-2015. Her varied background also includes a 10-year partnership in a commercial marine electronics company for cargo vessels managing 13 staff and a $4.2 million budget, and 3 years as a buyer for The Bon Marche.
Chantay believes that everyone can discover improved health, mentally, physically and emotionally by creating communities and environments that support this. Improved health is derived through active support of families and communities, knowing one’s purpose, healthy lifestyle choices which include nutritional focus, natural movement, connection and improved social determinants of health. As the Executive Director, she incorporates this vision and staff self-care in to the daily management of Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. Chantay’s self-care includes spending time with family and friends, trail running, backpacking, water skiing and snow skiing. She’s a native of Wallowa County and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to return to such a remarkable community.