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Leadership

Every member of our team shares a vision for the heart, character and educational achievement of Shelterwood students. We have a dynamic team of professionals, many considered at the top of their field. This team lays the firm foundation for our incredible success as a leading residential treatment center.

Shelterwood teens are surrounded by remarkable young adult role models at all times in every setting, offering a community driven approach to treatment. Professionals with top credentials lead our counseling, therapeutic and educational efforts — even our groundskeeper is a professional therapist. Caring adults also interact regularly with our students, pursue relationships, counsel and encourage . . . no matter what.

Rujon Morrison, President and Executive Program Director

Rujon 200x300 LeadershipAs Shelterwood’s Executive Director, Rujon Morrison puts her background in clinical training and dynamic ministry experience into practice. Rujon studied psychology, education, science, leadership and organizational development. She began her career in education, serving students with learning and behavior disorders, and also worked as an educational consultant in the Southeast for more than 10 years. She continued her work with adolescents as the educational director at Georgia’s Brawner Psychiatric Institute, where she initiated inpatient program models and led the educational department. Also at Brawner, Rujon became clinical program director, using her work as the pilot program for partial hospital programs nationwide.

Rujon then moved from secular mental health to a Christian model, serving as clinical program director for Rapha Hospitals at Atlanta’s inpatient unit. She directed the first Christian partial hospital program, as Rapha’s national special programs coordinator, and also served as educational consultant for one of the nation’s largest juvenile court systems. Furthermore, Rujon has developed nonprofits, led retreats and pioneered spiritual growth opportunities. Also a writer and speaker, Rujon influences a variety of audiences. She has contributed to a number of books and publications, including Christian Counseling Today, and has spoken in more than a dozen countries.

Executive Director since 2011, Rujon is responsible for program operations, intake assessments and much more. She has a heart for teens and believes they are the leaders of the future. She prays Shelterwood has an impact on teens’ lives and their families’ live in an redemptive way. Rujon loves to garden, both at Shelterwood garden and at home. She and her husband enjoy exploring Missouri and spending time with their seven grandchildren.

Leadership Team

Rujon Morrison
Rujon Morrison , M.A.
President and Executive Director Bio
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Rujon Morrison , M.A. // President and Executive Director

As Shelterwood’s Executive Director, Rujon Morrison puts her background in clinical training and dynamic ministry experience into practice. Rujon studied psychology, education, science, leadership and organizational development. She began her career in education, serving students with learning and behavior disorders, and also worked as an educational consultant in the Southeast for more than 10 years. She continued her work with adolescents as the educational director at Georgia’s Brawner Psychiatric Institute, where she initiated inpatient program models and led the educational department. Also at Brawner, Rujon became clinical program director, using her work as the pilot program for partial hospital programs nationwide.

Rujon then moved from secular mental health to a Christian model, serving as clinical program director for Rapha Hospitals at Atlanta’s inpatient unit. She directed the first Christian partial hospital program, as Rapha’s national special programs coordinator, and also served as educational consultant for one of the nation’s largest juvenile court systems. Furthermore, Rujon has developed nonprofits, led retreats and pioneered spiritual growth opportunities. Also a writer and speaker, Rujon influences a variety of audiences. She has contributed to a number of books and publications, including Christian Counseling Today, and has spoken in more than a dozen countries.

Executive Director since 2011, Rujon is responsible for program operations, intake assessments and much more. She has a heart for teens and believes they are the leaders of the future. She prays Shelterwood has an impact on teens’ lives and their families’ live in an redemptive way.  Rujon loves to garden, both at Shelterwood garden and at home. She and her husband enjoy exploring Missouri and spending time with their seven grandchildren.

Shelly Moss
Shelly Moss
Director of Admissions Bio
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Shelly Moss // Director of Admissions

Shelly Moss has been a Shelterwood parent liaison for the past five years. In her role as Director of Admissions, she uses her business and legal background to help families find the help they are seeking for their struggling teens. Shelly is proud to be a Texas Aggie; she graduated from Texas A&M with a business degree in 1987. She also holds a Law Degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in  Birmingham, Alabama. Happily married for 25 years to her husband, Rodney, Shelly is the proud mother of their four children. Her relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important in her life; she is humbled and blessed to work with families at Shelterwood.

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John Lawrence , M.S. Ed. // Principal

To John, Shelterwood’s family retreats fuel his passion for his work. “During these times, I see the impact that we make as a team on these families. We get to see families come back together — it’s really a time to see the fruits of our labor,” he says.

John Lawrence received his Bachelor of Arts in Administration from California State University and his Master’s in Education from Walden University, with a focus on integrating technology into the classroom. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education, having taught in both public and private school settings.

Getting “sent to the principal’s office” takes on new meaning at Shelterwood: John welcomes students to his office frequently, for academic mentoring and more. As Principal, John manages the teaching staff, oversees curriculum development and manages classroom technology. He’s proud of Shelterwood’s accreditation through AdvanceEd, and John is also certified to serve as a lead evaluator for AdvancEd to assist in accrediting schools in and around Kansas City.

John isn’t the only Shelterwood team member in his family: his wife, Jane, works in the school office as Executive Assistant to the President. Outside Shelterwood, John enjoys spending time with Jane and their two daughters. An avid sports fan, John especially enjoys cheering on Kansas City’s soccer team, Sporting KC.

Jessica Wood
Jessica Wood , Psy.D.
Shelterwood Academy Clinical Director Bio
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Jessica Wood , Psy.D. // Shelterwood Academy Clinical Director

Jessica Wood earned her doctorate in psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the state of Missouri. Her areas of study included psychological testing and evaluation, substance abuse treatment, marriage and family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and general child and adolescent psychology/treatment. Jessica focused her continuing education on adolescent trauma, treatment methods and dialectical behavioral therapy to assist in treating self-injurious behavior and other complex emotion regulation disorders.

Prior to Shelterwood, Jessica worked in an outpatient community mental health service center providing individual therapy; an outpatient substance abuse treatment center for families and adolescents; and provided individual, group and family therapy in a child and adolescent treatment center.

Jessica has a passion for working with adolescents and their families and loves seeing relationships and lives restored. She was drawn to Shelterwood because of the unique faith integration approach to treatment, and she is always eager to work with students to transform young lives and families.

Outside Shelterwood, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and baby girl, as well as bike rides, walks, working out, traveling, visiting friends and relaxing in the sun.