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Talesa Flenniken

Human Resources Director

Talesa Flenniken (she/her), a dedicated professional with a passion for cultivating strong relationships, brings her expertise to Open Sky Wilderness Therapy. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and 12 years of valuable experience in human resources, Talesa is adept at fostering respectful work environments and navigating the complexities of organizational dynamics.

Rooted in her Native heritage, Talesa carries a profound respect for every individual, underlining her belief in the transformative power of equity and inclusion. Recognizing the critical role of inclusivity in driving organizational growth and innovation, she carefully selects candidates who align with the organization's values, thereby ensuring sustainable development.

Talesa is not just a skilled professional but also a mentor who excels in guiding others towards their potential. With an ability to adapt to varying communication styles, she bridges gaps between teams, thriving in dynamic, fast-paced environments.

Beyond her professional role, Talesa cherishes the splendor of the great outdoors. She enjoys hiking and snowshoeing through Colorado's stunning landscapes, capturing the allure of alpine wildflowers on camera, and volunteering for Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery. Her culinary interests are equally diverse, finding joy in discovering unique dining experiences, preparing authentic Japanese and Vietnamese dishes, and exploring the local food scene.

Talesa was drawn to Open Sky Wilderness Therapy due to its commitment to leveraging the wilderness as a tool for transformation and growth for individuals and families. The convergence of her belief in the power of nature, her passion for people, and Open Sky's mission deeply resonated with her. As she embarks on her journey with Open Sky, Talesa looks forward to contributing to an environment that aligns with Open Sky's vision, leaving a positive impact on the team and the wider Durango community.

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.