our team


Clinical Director

        Raylene earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow. 

        She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She also taught secondary mathematics, worked in IT for Phillips Petroleum, and for the Department of the Navy as a computer programmer.  She is married and has a married son.   In her office hangs this quote: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.  Always." 

        Raylene is all about the children and adolescents she serves and all about healing.


"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.  Always."


I grew up in Southern Oklahoma and currently reside in Claremore.  I spend most of free time with family, exploring new hiking trails, and walking my senior pug.

Shala is a graduate of Claremore High School and has received the following degrees: 

    Associate of Arts in Sociology/Psychology    

    Bachelor of Social Work  and

     Masters of Social Work. 

Her practicums included DHS, Children’s Advocacy Center, and Tulsa Fire Department and has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Botvin Life Skills, Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality, Mindfulness, Strength Based and Trauma Informed approaches. 


"I am passionate about working with adolescents  towards their goals. I believe therapy should be a safe space where one is able to explore behaviors, feelings and thoughts without any judgement."



 I grew up in Claremore and moved back with my  husband, Eric  to raise our family.  We have 3 children, Nathan 22, Lauren 20, and Erin 17.  We enjoy spending time as a family talking about life, playing games, playing  tennis together and riding bicycles.

After graduating from Northeastern State University and teaching high school science for two years, Stephanie returned to school and received her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Tennessee in Memphis   She has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 25 years in hand therapy, pediatrics and in the schools.  She is completing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. 

"I enjoy getting to know  people on a more personal level. Supporting  families through difficult seasons of life is a small way that I can help others in my community.  I have been blessed by  many wonderful people around me through life and I am honored to be there for others. "

My passion is to encourage, equip, and rescue families in Rogers County to help them reach their full potential. I enjoy providing services for all ages but specialize in family therapy.

Noah is a graduate of Sequoyah High School and has received the following degrees: 

  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma Baptist University

  • Masters in Christian Education with an Emphasis in Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Bachelors in Christian Education with an Emphasis in Children from Oklahoma Baptist University

  • Associate of Liberal Arts from Rogers State University


"I have worked with kids and families since 1999, mostly in the Claremore area, before entering the mental health field. Through these experiences the tremendous need for families to receive encouragement, be better equipped, and a need to be rescued became extraordinarily evident to me. As a result, in January of 2019 I began to put my full focus towards becoming a therapist who can impact Rogers County in a positive way through working with kids and families in the community that I love."

Madison Boyd

Prevention Specialist

Ellen Thomas

Prevention Specialist

I grew up in Collinsville, and currently reside in Oologah, OK. I graduated from Rogers State University with a Bachelor’s in Community Counseling with a minor in Psychology. I ran track and cross country from a young age all the way through college. I love spending time with my friends and family, playing with my dogs, and trying new things! Coffee, chocolate, and breakfast foods are my favorite! 


I’ve always loved helping others. In high school, I saw firsthand some of the struggles that come along with mental health and ever since that is where my heart has been. My goal is to help individuals grow, love themselves, and succeed in whatever they might do.

"When things change inside you, things change around you."

Kerri Shaw

Behavior Rehab Specialist


I am a Behavior Rehab Specialist, under supervision, offering crisis intervention, teaching life skills in group and individual settings, behavior evaluation and management planning as well as  effective rehabilitation and treatment planning.

I'm currently earning a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Oklahoma


Why I do what I do:


C.S. Lewis once said, “I have learned how that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”  My passion is to be a person who is safe and who will listen and encourage those who need courage.


Becky Nordberg

Graduate Therapist

 I grew up in Claremore but now reside in Oologah.  I have three daughters and am engaged to be married.  I enjoy spending time with my family and at the lake

Becky is a graduate of Claremore High School.  She has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelors Degree in Justice Administration, and is finishing her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  

"I chose to get into this field because I love helping people live their best life.  Children need a voice and a safe place they where they can talk about difficult things.  I want to be that for them."

Amber Isaac

Graduate Therapist


 I grew up in Perry, Oklahoma and really enjoyed the experience of small-town life. My favorite thing to do is spend quality time with friends and family, whether we’re eating food, drinking coffee, playing games, watching movies, or just sharing stories!

Amber Graduated from Perry High School.  She received a Bachelor’s in Psychology with Minor in Family and Community Service from OBU and is currently working toward Master’s in Counseling from JBU, with the goal of becoming an LPC.


"My work over the years has primarily been with children ages preschool through sixth grade at school, camp, and church settings."

David Garroutte

Prevention Specialist

 I grew up in Tahlequah, OK and am the third of four children.  My wife and I moved to Claremore in 1985 and have raised three children here.  I enjoy playing golf, spending time with my family, and watching any kind of sports.  

David has earned a BS in Mathmetics Education and Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Public School Administration.  His career in education spanned 33 years, nine as a classroom educator and 24 years as an administrator. 

"I started coaching and teaching because I had an excellent Christian role model in high school.  He was my head football coach  and had a very positive impact on my life.  I have always felt called to help others and have a positive impact on kids.  Students need all the help we can give so that they can make positive life decisions."

 I grew up in the small rural town of Elmore City, Oklahoma, where I graduated high school and lived with my parents and older brother. I married my wife Stephanie in 2001 and we have 3 children. We love to do things as a family in general: sports, the outdoors, and traveling. We are OU Sooner and OKC Thunder fans!


Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2018. He is a licensed and ordained minister and has worked in churches and schools for 20 years. Since 2013 Scott has worked closely with churches and schools in Ghana, West Africa at many levels, leading over 25 mission trips all over Ghana.

"I am passionate about encouraging others, especially families, in a variety of ways. Growing up, a handful of people were strong influences in my life and I desire to be that positive influence in my family and others in my community."


Prevention Specialist


Herb McSpadden

Executive Director

 I grew up in Chelsea, OK .   I met my wife while attending the University of Oklahoma, and we moved to Claremore after the first of our three kids were born - Rogers County is where we wanted to raise our kids.  I fell in love with youth work when I served as youth leader in the Methodist Churches in Chelsea and in Norman.  

Herb earned a bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Business Management.  He began his work at RCYS in 1994 as a community based counselor.  He left for a time to serve as the Deputy Director of a juvenile detention facility and then as the director of Brush Creek Boys Ranch.  He returned to RCYS as the Executive Director in 2000. 

"We will all face obstacles, suffer through hardships, and experience trauma at some point in our life.  I believe these experiences make us stronger, wiser, and more compassionate people if we allow it. I love working with children and youth because of the resiliency and strength they possess.  Regardless of the depth of trauma and abuse they have experienced, with the help of caring individuals, I've seen so many kids overcome and achieve great things in life."

Marble Surface



Past President