Eva Carlston Academy

Kristi Ragsdale

MPA - Executive Director, Founder

After many years providing leadership to residential treatment programs, Kristi founded Eva Carlston to fill a critical gap she noticed in treatment options for adolescent girls.  “Many of the young women I worked with needed clinically intensive treatment,” says Kristi, “but would have gained much more therapeutic traction in a highly nurturing setting—one that truly felt like home. My vision for Eva Carlston is to provide that balance.”

Kristi’s professional experiences include serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, an educator and admissions director for residential treatment programs, and the program director for a girls’ therapeutic facility.  She also spent several years providing family-preservation in-home services.

Kristi earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah and has been certified in the Teaching-Family Model.  In her free time, Kristi enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, traveling the world, and practicing yoga.