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Joanna Rupe, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP

Employee Relations Director

Joanna joined the Open Sky leadership team in July 2018 as the Employee Relations Director. Joanna felt an immediate connection to the Open Sky Wilderness Therapy mission, core values, and belief that all people have the capacity to thrive. Her own life experiences have shown her the importance of compassion and family support in dealing with addiction and mental health issues.

Joanna has more than 20 years of human resources management experience. She is a certified Human Resources Professional through the University of Southern California at Santa Barbara. She holds a SPHR-CA and SHRM-SCP.

Over the years, Joanna has worked in a variety of business sectors. She has handled many complex human resources issues. Those experiences have enabled her to grow as an HR professional. Joanna is passionate about people and approaches HR from a relational standpoint, always seeking the good in people. She strives to be business-minded while also being fair, balanced, warm, and helpful.

Joanna enjoys being active in the local community. In her spare time, Joanna loves to spend time gardening, cooking for her family, and horseback riding. She is married with children in California and Durango.

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About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.