As managing director of partner operations, Katja Russell oversees all collaboration and growth through provider partners and manages the Youth Villages partner relationship team and the program support team.
Russell previously served as executive director of Youth Villages' Alabama and Mississippi programs. She joined Youth Villages in 2001 as an Intercept family counselor in the Nashville office after completing a successful internship at World Relief, a refugee resettlement organization.
After serving in the counselor position for two years, she was promoted to clinical supervisor. Russell was later named senior clinical supervisor and oversaw the development and operation of the CHOICES team in Nashville. In 2005, Russell became regional supervisor for Intercept in Cookeville, Tennessee. A year later she moved back to Nashville where she served in various regional management roles in Intercept, foster care and YVLifeSet.
Russell holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University.