We are a national publishing, consulting, training and media company working with leading industry experts to develop effective, evidence-based materials that assist individuals in making positive life change. Our products and services are used in the fields of prevention, treatment, impaired driving, criminal justice and healthcare. Our mission is to put the most effective tools at the lowest possible cost, into the hands of the end user working to make positive life changes.


Interactive Journal

Interactive Journaling®

For more than 24 years The Change Companies® has been creating Interactive Journals. These change tools are designed with the collaboration of industry leaders in behavioral change and are tangible, engaging, and change-focused journals that guide an individual through life-change. This innovative approach is widely praised and helps to enhance the therapeutic engagement between providers of service and their participants. Read customer testimonials.

In the course of gathering immediate and relevant information related to the problem areas, participants map out where they have been, where they are now, where they wish to go and how to get there. This structured and experiential writing process leads participants through a series of core behavior change content, targeted questioning and effective behavioral change strategies toward positive, pro-social life changes.

To date, we have served over 20 million individuals in their exploration and engagement in life changes.


Who We Are

Company Leadership

Product Development

Customer Service

Distribution

  • Bill Calhoun

    Bill Calhoun

    VP of Business Development

    For the past decade, Bill has trained and mentored the sales and customer support team that serves The Change Companies®' nationwide client base. Bill provides service to hundreds of program directors, facilitators and industry leaders in addiction treatment, criminal justice, impaired driving, youth prevention and intervention and health improvement. His practical knowledge of The Change Companies®' products and services helps providers in each of our markets make correct programming decisions.

  • Scott Covert

    Scott Covert

    Sr. VP of Sales and Training

    In his role, Scott oversees training for clients of The Change Companies®. His responsibilities include providing on-site and off-site training for key clients, specifically "train the trainer" coaching and implementation of Interactive Journaling®. Scott has comprehensive knowledge of The Change Companies®' products and curricula. An excellent communicator, Scott specializes in teaching and leading groups using his strong presentation and facilitation skills. He also is certified in training design from the Bob Pike Group.

  • Christy Degenhart

    Christy Degenhart

    Regional Sales Director

    During her six years at The Change Companies®, Christy has worked as National Customer Support Director, Regional Sales Director, Wellness Coordinator and even an actress for numerous in-house films. Her area of expertise is working with our tailored accounts such as state DUI/DWI programs or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

  • Jose Diaz

    Jose Diaz

    Maintenance

  • Jessica Fanaselle

    Jessica Fanaselle

    Proofreader

    Jessica joined The Change Companies® in 2012 after completing her Master’s in English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her love for words and sharp eye (when wearing glasses) help her in her duties as proofreader and writer.

    A native of Minnesota, Jessica enjoys hiking around the mountains near Reno and laughing at terrible puns. No matter where she is or what she is doing, she probably has a book nearby.

  • Adam Holwerda

    Adam Holwerda

    Web Development Lead

    A graduate of Michigan State University, Adam joined The Change Companies® in 2009. Infinitely confident and skilled in every trade (he says), he's used to juggling projects and roles - most recently taking on responsibilities as web development lead, where he directs the future of The Change Companies®' suite of electronic products.

    Adam spends his free time performing stand-up comedy in small rooms in front of crowds of furniture.

  • Holly Josephson

    Holly Josephson

    Customer Accounts Manager

    Holly loves spending time with her family, playing board games, going to the movies or at King's Beach (especially in the summer). Her hobbies include photography, knitting, crochet and crafting. Her true passion, however, is finding bargains at vintage thrift and antique shops, so she can add to her collection of framed art.

  • Mike Judnick

    Mike Judnick

    Vice President of Justice Services

    Few professionals have had the opportunity to view the numerous areas of justice services as thoroughly as Mike. Working at the federal, state and county levels of government, Mike brings the latest research on behavior change to the programs and products that can be used with prison, probation and court populations. For more than a decade, Mike has connected the dots so that practical, cost-effective solutions can be applied to a wide range of programming for both youth and adults.

  • Don Kuhl

    Don Kuhl

    M.S., Founder of The Change Companies® and the developer of Interactive Journaling®

    Don founded The Change Companies®in 1988. Since founding this company, Don has worked with approximately 150 agencies and corporations to tailor Interactive Journals to serve unique populations. His collaborative efforts in Substance Use, Justice Services, Impaired Driving, Healthcare and Education have consistently focused on helping individuals begin the process of positive personal change.

    Earlier in his career, Don worked in many industries including hotel management, publishing, higher education administration and healthcare business development. Along the way, he created numerous companies, experiencing both successes and failures. Don received his undergraduate degree from The Hiram Scott College. It went defunct shortly after he graduated. He has his M.S. degree from Iowa State University.

    Don is most proud and appreciative of the outstanding employees who have shaped The Change Companies® for over two decades.

  • Frankie Lemus

    Frankie Lemus

    M.A., L.M.F.T., L.A.D.C., Sr. VP of Clinical Development

    Frankie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Supervisor. He is the liaison to the national research community, and ensures the effective integration of evidence-based strategies in all of The Change Companies®' programs and curricula. He has contributed his clinical oversight to more than 50 of The Change Companies®' curricula in the substance abuse, offender treatment, impaired driving and health-improvement fields.

  • John Livesay

    John Livesay

    Warehouse Manager

  • Kevin 'Kip' Lowe

    Kevin 'Kip' Lowe

    Ph.D., Vice President of Training

    Kip provides oversight of training development delivery and consultation. He is a nationally recognized expert in adult learning and has presented workshops on training techniques in several states. In his 28 years of state service, Kip served as Chief of the Office of Victim and Survivor Services, Deputy Director for the Office of Prevention and Victim Services and Assistant Deputy Director for the Institutions and Camps Branch for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

  • David Mee-Lee

    David Mee-Lee

    M.D., Senior Vice President of The Change Companies®

    David's philosophy of promoting empathy, compassion, communication and flexibility is precisely aligned with The Change Companies®. He's well-known for focusing on participant-centered services that uphold clinical integrity, high quality and cost-consciousness. David has long believed in empowering and engaging clients to be active participants in their own treatment. A noted expert in the field of behavioral change, David has authored numerous articles and training materials to serve a treatment-focused audience. Read more

  • Teri Moen

    Teri Moen

    Printing

    While she began as a writer for The Change Companies®, Teri spends most of her time these days printing and assembling counselor guides, trainings, and anything else that needs to be done.

    Teri loves landscaping and building things. Her latest project is a picnic table she's been putting together for the new warehouse parking lot.

  • Ted Moore

    Ted Moore

    Multimedia Designer

    Ted brings his years of experience as a newsroom director to his role as The Change Companies®' resident video geek. His "I can do it" approach to every task makes him a valuable asset when deadlines loom, and his sense of humor ensures he's a joy to be around (most of the time).

    Ted spends his time away from The Change Companies® working to become a master chef.

  • Sherry Newsom

    Sherry Newsom

    Owner of The Change Companies®

    As Owner, Sherry has led The Change Companies® from a small, regional publishing shop to a major corporation serving 4,000 clients in all 50 states. During her tenure, Sherry has created a unique process for sophisticated telephone sales, established an error-free system for shipping and developed an employee training, evaluation and compensation program that motivates and guides all staff members.

  • Stefen Newsom

    Stefen Newsom

    Assistant to the President

    Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Stefen joined The Change Companies® in 2008 in the printing and distribution department. Following that she served as Customer Accounts Manger. In her newest role, Stefen assists the President in his daily tasks. Stefen loves spending time with her family and enjoys traveling. She also is a darn good stained glass artist.

  • Shane Newsom

    Shane Newsom

    President

    Shane directs web and video production and oversees warehousing, distribution and shipping operations. His team has led The Change Companies® into the digital realm, creating new possibilities for training and programming delivery.

  • Cyntha Pennington

    Cyntha Pennington

    Client Resources Manager

    Cyntha spent her first year and a half at The Change Companies® as a Regional Sales Director. Now, as Client Resources Manager and director of ChangeU.net, Cyntha is an expert at making clients happy. She likes gardening, camping, and building stuff. Weird fact: she has a mushroom collection in pictures.

  • Susan Peterson

    Susan Peterson

    Senior Editor

    Susan serves as National Director of Responsible Driving Institute of The Change Companies®. Throughout her nearly 20 years with the company, Susan has developed a passion and level of expertise in curricula for impaired driving and offender populations. Her primary role is to work with state contacts to develop, update and edit impaired driving program materials.

    A Michigan native, Susan is a devoted Detroit sports fan and University of Michigan enthusiast.

  • Scott Provence

    Scott Provence

    VP of Product Development

    Scott Provence has an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. A native of Seattle, Scott enjoys demonstrating the many applications of an English degree, which so far have included everything from teaching college courses to performing in halftime shows for the NBA.

  • Brianna Sheck

    Brianna Sheck

    Marketing Director

    Brianna Sheck has an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University and a BS in Technical Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, but moved to Tahoe from Minnesota to exchange 10,000 lakes for one big blue one.

    Brianna is often seen doling out spirited high-fives (both warranted and sarcastic varieties) or busting out a yoga headstand in hopes that all the wayward creative juices will flow to her head.

  • Kenny Smith

    Kenny Smith

    Order Fulfillment

  • Jill Tharpe

    Jill Tharpe

    Regional Sales Director

    Jill started at The Change Companies® in 2009 working for Lifestyle Center of America, and is now a Regional Sales Director working with 9 states and The Salvation Army. Prior to her work with The Change Companies®, Jill owned and operated a multi-site retail health and wellness business, and took personal responsibility for staff training and development. In her spare time, Jill enjoys spending time with her daughter, Madisyn.

  • Chris Wales

    Chris Wales

    Web Developer

    Chris comes to The Change Companies® after an 8 year stint writing and producing shows for several nationally televised home shopping networks. In his new role he strives to create user-friendly interfaces and useful tools to support The Change Companies®' suite of electronic products.

    Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Chris can usually be found searching the northern Nevada landscape for his errant tee shots.

  • Todd White

    Todd White

    Multimedia Developer

    Todd worked in television production for more than 15 years in Los Angeles, and as part of the development team at The Change Companies®, embraced the company philosophy of helping people make positive life change. He now works with the sales staff.

    Todd enjoys quality time on local rivers and streams fly fishing, playing the drums (poorly) and producing videos for his small side business (so long as he's always behind the camera).

  • Lisa Winge

    Lisa Winge

    Regional Sales Director

    In the time Lisa has been with The Change Companies®, she's used her sense of humor to put clients at ease and always has a laugh to share.

    In her spare time Lisa likes gardening, reading, journaling or letting loose on her motorcycle.

    If you happen to get hit with a ball at The Change Companies®, chances are Lisa threw it.

  • DuAne Young

    DuAne Young

    B.S., M.S., VP of Special Projects

    DuAne is currently the Director of Special Projects for The Change Companies®, where his main focus areas are research, development and project management. Previously he was the Assistant Administrator for the Court Alcohol and Drug Program of the Indiana Judicial Center. He coordinated and conducted program certification, training and staff development for the 56 court-based alcohol and drug programs in Indiana, which are probation, community corrections and treatment center based. For five years he served as the Mental Health Evaluator for Marion County Probation, one of the largest urban probation departments in the nation.

Senior Advisor - William R. Miller, Ph.D.

William R. MillerDr. William Miller's research on motivation and behavior change has had a profound effect on addiction treatment, and more generally on health services. He is the original developer of Motivational Interviewing, an internationally recognized method for helping people change by evoking their own intrinsic motivation. The Institute for Scientific Information lists Dr. Miller as one of the world's most cited scientists. Read more...

Dr. Miller is the author of 40 books and more than 400 articles and chapters, including the innovative books (with Stephen Rollnick) Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change and Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior. He is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and served as co-director of UNM's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA). He served as a consultant to the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Miller is a Senior Advisor to The Change Companies® which has for 20 years, applied client-centered change strategies throughout all of its products and services. He brings to The Change Companies® his expertise in editing and developing clinical resources. According to Dr. Miller, Interactive Journaling® is an effective method of engaging a client in the change process.

"I do like very much the method of Interactive Journaling®. Our Motivational Interviewing research indicates that it is important to elicit clients' own language and for people to be actively involved in their own positive behavior change. Interactive Journaling® is a method designed specifically for this purpose – to engage each person actively in the thought and behavior processes of change, rather than being a passive recipient.

At each progressive step along the way, clients reflect on and generate their own language about material relevant to important changes, and how it applies in their lives. Whatever the therapeutic modality – residential, outpatient or intensive day treatment – clients do the personal work needed to make important life changes."

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We're Also Known For...

Custom Journals

Customization

For over two decades, The Change Companies® has partnered with medical and treatment teams, alcohol and other drug educators, criminal justice organizations, state agencies and healthcare companies to create tailored materials and programs to support behavioral change for special populations. Each collaboration has led to new products and new conceptualizations of our core content. The customized materials we create deliver our evidence-based models through a unique medium that most effectively speaks to each participant.

If your needs call for a special Journal designed specifically for your program and clients, give us a call. Describe your ideas and The Change Companies® will develop a plan and a budget that will fit your precise circumstances. Our staff goes right to your site and works with your professional team. Together we create the "right tool" for your program and clients. And your logo, name, colors and message can be shared with your target audiences to enhance the journaling experience.

Training Workshops

Training

Our strength rests with bringing the best in research to specific audiences in a manner that is most appropriate to achieve the goals of the organization. The "one box fits all" approach doesn't work when the goal is to bring real change to an organization and to the individuals it serves. The Change Companies® takes the time to listen and collaborate with its clients so that the services rendered are tailored to meet agreed upon goals.

Part of what we offer is the ability for your organization to come to us in Carson City, Nevada for specialized group training. Here, you can see first hand how Interactive Journals are made and meet the people behind them. You too can experience a BOP session!

If you're not able to come to us, we offer several different training options including: Seminars, e-Learning, Workshops and more! This helps enable your organization to fully understand and teach the principles of Interactive Journaling® to its full potential in a cost effective manner.