Foundation for Family Life Framework


Successful individuals & families experiencing relationship harmony & growth through life’s joys & challenges.


To help families & individuals learn, practice, & commit to healthy communication, effective parenting, enriched relationship skills, & lasting recovery.


To empower individuals & families to improve their lives through quality programs & services.


  1. Family: We honor parents & believe families have an eternal impact on individual development & progress
  2. Relationships: We believe we have a stewardship in promoting love, joy, hope, & harmony in our relationships
  3. Individual: We believe each soul has worth, agency, & the ability to find purpose
  4. Education: We believe education enhances meaning, problem solving, relationship development, & prosperity
  5. Service: We believe there is a healing power & growth that comes through serving others
  6. Spirituality: We believe spirituality undergirds healthy families, self-worth, & individual purpose.


  1. To launch the Family Life Center services for the local community
  2. Host an engaging Family Life Conference for academics, professionals, practitioners, & community members
  3. Maintain MentorWorks Healthy Transition Home services for individuals transitioning from incarceration
  4. Provide exceptional addiction recovery treatment through Redwood Recovery
  5. Promote principles of spirituality, self-reliance, self-worth, & healthy relationships through all FFL activities.

Founder’s Story

The Foundation for Family Life was created in 2010 by Dr. Joseph White to help promote healthy family and individual life experiences.

Listen to Dr. White share his personal story as well as insights on “Inspired Parenting Across the Life Course.”  

Dr. Joseph White has worked in the prevention sciences field for over two decades. His work has focused on substance abuse prevention, responsible fatherhood, psychosocial development, and risk prevention programs and strategies for adolescents and adults. He is president of the Foundation for Family Life and has developed the following programs and services for improving family life: The Family Life Center provides a variety of family services to the local community that include counseling, mediation, parenting classes, and family life coaching. Redwood Recovery is an Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse recovery. MentorWorks is a program providing Healthy Transition Homes for those trying to change their course in life, especially with respect to developing a sober life style. The Family Life Conference provides a forum for family scholars and practitioners to share ideas and insights on what works best in serving families.

Dr. White previously served as vice president of the Institute for Research and Evaluation. Prior to that he was a professor in Human Development and Family Studies for 10 years at South Dakota State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1997. He co-founded the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative, co-authored the book Why Fathers Count, and has designed, developed, and implemented fatherhood programs in a variety of settings. He also worked with Dakota and Lakota tribes throughout Indian country to develop a culturally-specific, family-oriented alcohol, drug, and suicide prevention program called Takoja Niwiciyape: Giving Life to the Grandchildren. Dr. White and Alice, his wife, have been married for over 30 years and have 8 children and 2 grandchildren.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Clay Neves

Board Chair

Joseph White

Vice Chair

Cliff Harman

Past Board Chair

Kelsey Green

Secretary / Treasurer

Board Members

Dustin Caldwell

Chief Technology Officer

Natasha Dansie

Family Life Consultant

Keith Denning

Business Consultant

Kevin Green

Family Life Professional

Bryan Merrell

Financial Wellness

Mark Pepper

Clinical Consultant

Parker Syphus

Business Consultant

Jeff Teichert

Legal Support

Cathy Butler

Family Life Coach

Zachary Bloomer

Legal Support

Alice White

Artistic Committee


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