Greg Nickles, CMHC - CEO
Greg Nickles graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2003 with a Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling. His current licensure is CMHC and he is passionate about counseling and being a positive influence in the lives of others. Greg and his wife, Nicole, started Hopeful Beginnings in 2011 because of their passion for working with families and children, and taking part in seeing them work together and improve their lives. Greg is dedicated to being a leader in the mental health community and taking services into the home. He is the father to 5 children, 2 of whom are adopted. He enjoys fishing (especially ice fishing), camping, scuba diving, and “kickin’ it to hip hop and rap music especially while driving.” He is a die-hard STEELERS fan and never misses a game.
Nicole Nickles, B of Ed - CFO and Office Administrator
Part owner of Hopeful Beginnings with husband, Greg, Nicole Nickles is the company’s CFO and Officer Manager. She manages all of the client files and employee files. Along with her team, Nicole makes sure that the highest possible quality is achieved. She is in charge of making sure all billing is completed, and the needs of the company’s staff are taken care of. Prior to Hopeful Beginnings, Nicole taught 4th grade in Granite School District for 10 years. She also worked with an educational software company where she had the opportunity to travel throughout the Western United States and work with teachers. After the Nickles’ third child was born, she opted to stay home to raise the children, in addition to her responsibilities at Hopeful Beginnings. “I am so grateful for my husband and his desire to work with the community and his vision he had when starting up Hopeful Beginnings. I love coming to work and being able to work side by side with my husband, and the wonderful staff we have here at Hopeful Beginnings. I get excited to share with those I meet about the many services we are able to provide, along with our wonderful team coming out to the homes of those we help to better serve them.”
Tamra Parko, SSW - Social Services Director
Tamra Parko has been working in the field of social work for twelve years, the first three with DCFS in Tooele, followed by seven years in Licensing. Since joining Hopeful Beginnings in 2011, Tamra has acquired a number of hats: she is the Social Services Director, which keeps her busy seeing a small number of clients as well as overseeing the employees who provide Skills Development, Respite, Peer Support services and the Community Closet. Tamra also manages many HR responsibilities. Tamra is a wife, and mother to two awesome kids. She loves warm weather, visiting any beach she can find and scuba diving when she has the opportunity.
Amy Firth, LCSW - Clinical Director
Amy Firth grew up in Bountiful, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology before attending Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, where in 2005 she received a Master of Arts in Psychology. Amy returned home and began to search for employment opportunities that matched her desire to help others. In an effort to work more directly with her clients, Amy returned to school at the University of Utah and in 2008 received a Master of Social Work Degree. Since then she has been working with children and families to promote hope, healing and resiliency. In her spare time Amy enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with friends and family, especially her dog Diesel.
Lennie Knowlton, CMHC - Clinical Director
Lennie Knowlton, CMHC, is a psychotherapist with over 10- years of experience working with relationships, attachment, adoption, and trauma. Lennie has extensive experience as a clinical therapist, speaker, supervisor and educator, with a goal to increase awareness surrounding trauma and attachment issues and increase shame resilience throughout the community. Prior to coming to Hopeful Beginnings, Lennie worked as a clinical post adopt therapist and educator for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. Lennie is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is certified in The Daring Way™, an experiential shame-resilience curriculum based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown.
Mandy Erickson, MS, ACMHC - Intake Manager and Contract Specialist
Mandy is a Wyoming native who began her career in mental health 16 years ago in residential treatment. Mandy graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Bachelor degree in Psychology and was active as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. Mandy went on to receive her Master's of Mental Health Counseling degree in Utah and enjoys doing psychotherapy. Mandy specializes in trauma and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy but enjoys working with all areas of mental health. Although Mandy states she feels like she has spent most of her life in school, she is contemplating pursuing a Doctorate degree.
Anna Wayman, SSW - Respite Supervisor
Anna Wayman has served families for the past 18 years across residential, community, school, and public health settings. She enjoys hiking, biking, dancing, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family. The Respite Program allows her to provide families the opportunity for growth in skill enhancement, hobby development, and mentoring in a community-based setting.