Kris has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and is a Certified Addiction Counselor with International Reciprocity. She has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. Kris has extensive training and experience in providing the following: comprehensive substance abuse evaluations, individual counseling and group therapy, and driver license evaluations. She has a deep and sincere passion for the welfare of people with substance abuse issues, as well as their families. Recovery and healing are possible.
Kristy Howell is a Child Welfare Specialist for Catholic Social Services. Kristy works out of the Iron Mountain office, on a team of Child Welfare case managers who provide foster care, adoption, and foster home licensing across the Upper Peninsula. Kristy brings to CSSUP a well-rounded child welfare background in Foster Care Case Management and Foster Home Licensing recruitment and retention and will be adding Adoption services to her repertoire. Kristy graduated in 1999 from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. Kristy came to CSSUP in September of 2017, after working 17+ years as a Services Specialist for the State of Michigan, Department of Health & Human Services in Dickinson County where she did Foster Home Licensing, Foster Care Case Management, Child Protective Services, and Juvenile Justice Case Management. Kristy has a sincere passion to seek out and encourage others in the community to become foster and/or adoptive parents and make a difference in the lives of the children we serve!