Launch Team

Dave Welsh

Dave has over 20 years of experience with special needs populations. He enjoys coaching young adults in practical life skills as they prepare to take the first daunting steps toward living away from home. In his own life, Dave has found that creativity can be a great outlet not only for self expression, but also for managing anxiety, something many Vanguard students cope with daily. As an avid adventurer and lover of the outdoors, Dave also helps Vanguard’s counselors on the New Mexico trip offered each summer. Dave loves being a part of his students’ journeys as they experience new things and stretch to reach new goalswhether it be in the classroom, working on a wood shop project, or learning to balance a checkbook in the Launch Program. Dave is a dedicated cheerleader for his students as they grow and gain confidence each step of the way.

Khiara Mills

Khiara Mills is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a National Counselor Certification. She received her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. Khiara has experience working with at-risk children, teens, and young adults since 2010, and specializes in helping teens and young adults reach their full potential by overcoming social, emotional, behavioral, school and life transition challenges.


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