TKJ has a high quality, motivated, smart and energetic staff. Staff members are devoted to the people which they support. They are trained to understand and accommodate individual behavioral needs. Click here to read more about TKJ’s management team.
TKJ is never closed for business. Its staff works 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year, including all weekends and holidays. Administrative staff members are available at all times.
Direct Care Staff
TKJ’s Personal Outcome Support Staff Employees (POSSE) are committed to providing supports each day to their clients. TKJ POSSE are bright, energetic, dedicated and creative individuals. Many of these staff are pursuing higher education goals through local universities and colleges. TKJ is proud of the ambition and motivation of our direct care staff.
The TKJ management team and staff consist of trained and licensed social workers, behavior specialists and individuals with extensive experience working with individuals who have cognitive, and severe emotional and behavior problems.
Terry Jensen assisted in starting the first group homes in Utah for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities in 1971. In 1978 he founded TKJ Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in social work in 1971 from the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work. Under his direction, TKJ has received two three-year accreditations and the Award of Excellence from the Council on Quality and Leadership. He has been a member of the Utah Licensing Board, a board member for the Utah Association of Community Services, and a member on the board of Utah’s American Association on Mental Retardation. Terry led TKJ to receiving two Ila Marie Goodey Awards from the State of Utah and was honored with the President’s Award by the Utah provider association in 1999.
James Jensen has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities most of his life. He received a bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in social work from The University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker. James is currently on the licensing board for the Department of Human Services. He is a member of American Association for Mental Retardation (AAMR) and has held a variety of leadership positions in the Utah Association of Community Services. James has done volunteer adoption work and is currently a National Board Vice Chairman for Families Supporting Adoption.
Karen Jensen co-founded TKJ Inc. in 1978 with her husband, Terry. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Utah in 1966 and taught in public schools for more than seven years. Karen started working with individuals with cognitive disabilities in 1972. She has overseen the finances of TKJ for 26 years and has helped the agency maintain fiscal solvency.
Director of Program Services
As the director of program services, Jeff Jensen supervises and oversees all the TKJ programs. He received a bachelor degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work. He is a licensed clinical social worker and an auxiliary faculty member for the University of Utah School of Social Work. Jeff is a member of the School of Social Work Alumni Board. He is also a member and former Utah Chapter president of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) and has served as a state board representative for ANCOR, a national organization that represents and advocates for services for people with disabilities. He has more than sixteen years of experience working with people with cognitive disabilities.
Marian Hunt received a bachelor degree from Brigham Young University in education and a master’s degree in special education from Utah State University. Her graduate work focused on behavior management and applied behavior analysis. She has 30 years experience working with people with cognitive and developmental disabilities and severe behavior problems. Her experience includes advising in early intervention programs, teaching students with severe emotional and behavior problems, and serving as a cluster leader and a district special education consultant. For the past ten years Marian has worked with programs in the community supporting people with developmental disabilities and dual diagnoses. These programs focus on supporting people with severe mental health diagnoses and problem behavior. Marian is a well-known consultant and trainer for parents, para-professionals, and professionals that support people with severe problem behaviors. She speaks at numerous conferences in Utah as well as out of the state.
Quality Enhancement Director
Rian Jensen graduated from Brigham Young University in 1994 with a bachelor of arts degree in English and from the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work in 1996 with a master’s degree in social work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked with people with disabilities for more than 15 years. She is the quality enhancement director at TKJ and also facilitates individual and group therapy, as well as other assigned duties. Rian has served as a board member and Utah Chapter president for the American Association on Mental Retardation and on several committees for the Division of Services for People with Disabilities. She has been a clinical field instructor at the University of Utah, a presenter at local colleges and local and national conferences, and a trainer on several Interagency Outreach Training Initiative grants. Rian has done contract work for the State of Utah, Utah Association of Community Services, Valley Mental Health, and other providers. She has performed volunteer consultation for several organizations who are also accredited with The Council on Quality and Leadership. Rian is also a project author for the “Support, Options, Actions for Respect” interaction program. Rian has done volunteer adoption work and is currently a National Board Vice Chairperson for Families Supporting Adoption.
Jennifer Parry currently works as the organization’s office manager. She received a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer studies from the University of Utah. Jennifer has worked as a direct care staff, program director, and a behavior support assistant for TKJ prior to her current position. She has served on the Human Rights Committee for Avatar and coordinates TKJ’s Human Rights Committee. As TKJ Office Manager, Jennifer completes payroll services, addresses Social Security and benefits supports for TKJ clients, assists in completing monthly financial reviews for all clients, and supervises, plans, organizes, and directs office management functions. She has also overseen and organized consultation and training support services.
In the spring of 1999, Kim received a licensed practical nursing degree from Utah Valley State College and began working at Crosslands Health Care Center in Sandy, Utah. She received her associate’s degree at Utah Valley State College in Registered Nursing in 2001. She has worked with StarMed and in various setting in the nursing field throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Kim has been working with TKJ since 2002.
Barbara Allen has worked with TKJ for more than 13 years. She studied at Idaho State University and received a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation management from Brigham Young University in 1982. She is a licensed and certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Barbara has worked in community rehabilitation and recreation therapy with people with disabilities at the Oregon State Hospital, the Utah State Training School, and the Utah State Hospital. As personnel director for TKJ, Barbara assists in hiring new employees, maintaining personnel files, overseeing volunteer placements, assuring completion of employee performance appraisals, participation in correction and disciplinary actions, assisting with writing and updating TKJ policy and procedure manual and staff training manuals, and updating OSHA exposure control plan. She is also the liaison with Worker’s Compensation Fund of Utah and maintains payroll files, insurance, and retirement eligibility.
Quality Assurance Director
Lorie Domina is TKJ’s Quality Assurance Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and has more than 13 years experience working with people with cognitive disabilities. Lorie has superior abilities in management, planning and organization. Lorie completes monthly quality assurance inspections in TKJ homes and manages housing, federal, and state inspections. She trains new program directors on proper procedures needed to complete paperwork, finances, time management and organizational skills. Lorie has certifications in crisis management, behavioral supports, abuse prevention, and is a supported employment specialist. Lorie is a member of the American Association on Mental Retardation Board Member (Utah Chapter) and a member of Salt Lake Advocacy and Community Training.
Jeff Hunt has been the Price unit director since 1988 when TKJ began providing services in Carbon and Emery counties. He works closely with the Price Division of Services for People with Disabilities, the Castle Valley School, and the People’s First council. Jeff supervises the supports for twelve individuals in four residential homes, five married couples in apartments, six individuals living in their own apartments, and seven living with family members. Jeff received the Direct Care Staff Award in 2002 and 2003 from the Utah Consumer Advisory Council. He also was presented an Appreciation Award from the DSPD Eastern Region for caring, efficiency, and professionalism. Jeff has served on interview committees for DSPD and was a member and trainer for Self-Determination Initiatives. Jeff has an associate of science degree from the College of Eastern Utah. His education has included courses in educational psychology, language and communication for people with disabilities, assessment of exceptional children, child development, and special education.
Paige Thornock has been working with TKJ since 1993. She has been a direct care staff member and a program director for three years and has been working as a unit director for more than six years. Paige has worked on focus groups for Outcomes and has contributed to conferences on staff development and self determination for people with disabilities. She has been involved with The ARC service programs and the Castle Valley Center in Price, Utah. She supervises seven homes that provide supports to 20 people with disabilities. Each home has a program director and her unit has more than 40 Personal Outcome Support Staff Employees who work as direct care staff. She has been awarded the TKJ Employee of the Month award.
Linda Ketchum received an associate’s degree in social work from Rick’s College in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science from the University of Utah in 1999. She has worked with TKJ since 1997 and has over seven years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities. She has been a direct care employee, a program director, health care assistant, and is currently serving as a unit director. She is a licensed health care assistant and is certified and instructs staff members and people served in First Aid and CPR skills as set out by the American Red Cross guidelines. Linda oversees eight residential supported living facilities, and provides training, role modeling and coaching to program directors. She also trains personnel to assure the successful functioning of her assigned programs.