Robert's Place opened on February 28, 2021, in Sandy, Utah.
Dottie Alo, Ed.D, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah is Co-founder and Executive Director of Robert’s Place. Dr. Alo retired from Granite School District, after 21 years as a high school administrator and a former school counselor. She has been involved with Pacific Islander families throughout her career and looks forward to serving her beloved community on a much broader and collaborative scale. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys watching sunsets in the summer with her husband.
Falepule Alo is Co-founder of Robert’s Place. He has been involved with Pacific Islanders for over 25 years in the Juvenile Justice System, holding both leadership and counseling positions. He is a long time entrepreneur in Martial Arts and is on the Board of Directors with American Kenpo Karate International. His greatest love is coaching and mentoring Pacific Islander youth in football since 1996, as they moved forward to becoming successful young men.
Simon Timms was born in England and moved to the United States to pursue his education. He earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University and then a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is currently the Clinical Director for Sundance Canyon Academy in Salt Lake County working with adolescent boys. He is a father of two sons and a daughter, and has been married for 18 years.
Lloyd Togisala has a Master’s Degree in Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry & Military Science. He is an Army Officer Veteran in Communications (Signal) & Acquisition (Business). He has worked in business consultation, security, and martial arts. Lloyd is also an accomplished musician, writer, and composer.
Ruth Wilson, LCSW, MBA has over 35 years of experience serving individuals and families with mental health and substance use challenges. She is passionate about serving the most vulnerable, under-served populations whose voices often are not heard. Ruth is bi-lingual and grew up in Mexico. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and their dog, Beau. Currently, Ruth is the Clinical Director for Live for Life.
Kalosi Pe’a has been in the Banking & Mortgage industry for 28 years in origination and servicing. The majority of his experience is working as a Compliance Analyst with major Banks and Financial institutions. He spent one year away from Mortgage and Banking in the Probation system working for Salt Lake County in drug rehabilitation for convicted drug felons.
Certified Cultural Navigators are available to help individuals in crisis. We answer questions and guide patrons to access appropriate specialists for immediate safety or for other services.
We provide events, programs, and resources to educate cultural communities about risk and protective factors for suicidal ideations and behaviors. This includes increasing mental health knowledge and making cultural connections surrounding conflicts to promote
healthy family relationships.
Recovery programs are available for individuals and families who are suffering the loss of a loved one from suicide. Certified Cultural Navigators are available as check-in support for individuals who are working with their therapists. Robert’s Place offers support at any time.