Petty Creek Ranch uses a unique mentoring process that allows us to relate to each child and to identify their individual strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences.
Michael Morso has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Montana in Missoula and has been living and working with at-risk teens for the past 7 years in a residential setting. During that time, Michael has co-founded 2 youth programs and has helped over 200 struggling teens and young adults regain control of their lives. Michael is a member of several professional councils and associations, holds multiple credentials and certificates, and is currently pursuing graduate coursework in adolescent psychology. Michael’s belief in providing holistic care and delivering a “no-nonsense” reality-based therapy is informed by his Catholic faith, from which he uses the concepts of self-denial, examination of conscious, and forgiveness as themes when mentoring the boys. His goal in working with the youth is to create strong, self-reliant men that are committed to finding and following their own unique purpose in life. Michael has 2 children and enjoys the outdoors, reading, and creative writing when he is not at work.
Amanda Morso has a B.A. in Business from the University of Montana in Missoula and has also been working with Michael in serving the youth for the past 7 years. As a mother of 2 extremely energetic toddlers, Amanda has a caring and nurturing presence at Petty Creek Ranch and will oversee all of your son’s basic needs such as scheduling appointments, managing medications, and monitoring academic progress. Amanda is also an outdoor enthusiast and die-hard football fan that enjoys camping, riding horses, and spending time with her family.
Jason LaVigne has a B.A. in Business from the University of Montana in Missoula and has started several successful businesses in the local community. Over the past 12 years, Jason has performed volunteer work and has discovered a talent and calling in working with at-risk teens that has led him to sell his businesses and start a youth program with his college friend, Michael Morso. Jason is an avid outdoorsman and extreme sports enthusiast; whether it is skiing, hunting, fishing, rafting, camping, or mountain biking, Jason enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with others. As the Field Director at Petty Creek Ranch, Jason has an extensive knowledge of the forest systems of western Montana, is a Wilderness First Responder, a MANDT Instructor, and holds several other certificates associated with outdoor safety.
Julie Fleck graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her MSW in 1986 and became a board member for the Virginia Association of Health Care Social Workers shortly after. In 1992, Julie moved to Eureka, Montana and began working with children and families, focusing on therapeutic foster care case management and outpatient therapy. She was part of a small coalition of professionals in the Eureka area who created mentorship programs, outreach programs for young parents, parenting classes, shaken baby educational programs, scholarship programs for youth to attend dance and art classes, social skill programming in the schools, and family-based intervention programs to help children remain in their homes and communities. Julie is a past board member of Montana National Association of Social Workers and is a current board member for the Behavioral Alliance of Montana. She is on the state-wide advisory board for Child Protective Services. She is employed as Executive Director of Sunburst while continuing to work as a Sunburst therapist and parent educator in the Circle of Security program and currently calls Saint Ignatius her home.
Megan has been working with children and families in a therapeutic capacity in the Missoula and Flathead Valleys for close to a decade in a variety of roles from crisis management and substance use disorder treatment to psychotherapy. Megan believes strongly in a holistic client centered approach and utilizes a variety of evidence-based modalities to help children and their families achieve their goals in the ways that work best for them and their family values. Megan was appointed by Governor Bullock to the Protect MT Kids coalition, serves on the state's Children and Family Services State Advisory Council and is also on the State of Montana's Behavioral Health Board.
Sam Ore has been working with children and families in the Missoula community for over six years, most recently as a clinician in a Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) program at a local middle school. Working from a person-centered perspective, Sam sees mental health as a daily practice and strives to work collaboratively with his clients to meet their needs in a holistic and sustainable way. When he's not catalyzing social change on an individual level, Sam spends his time playing music in local bands or going on adventures with his wife and son.
Petty Creek Ranch is always looking for energetic and caring individuals who are interested in joining our team. If you are interested in employment or volunteer opportunities with us, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.