Meet our Team

A Unique Living and Educational Experience for Young Women

Administrative Staff

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Betsy Jacobson Warren, BS
Program Director
bjwarren@academyatsisters.org

  • 20 years experience working with at-risk youth and families in therapeutic residential settings
  • Executive Director – Ponca Pines Academy Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls (2008-2012)
  • Director – Academy at Sisters Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls (1994-2005)
  • Executive Director – Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center ( 2006-2008)
  • NATSAP – Board of Directors (2000-2003)
  • NATSAP – Annual Conference Chairperson, and NW Regional Chairperson (2003)
  • ICF Certified Parent Coach
 

Janice Cummings, BA
Admissions Director
jcummings@academyatsisters.org

  • 17 years experience working with at risk youth and families in therapeutic residential settings
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing
  • 10+ years experience in leading outdoor recreational activities for at risk youth
  • Trained in Project Adventure Leadership

Academic Staff

Rick Buening, MA Rick Buening, MAT
Academic Director
rbuening@jbarj.org

  • 27 years in alternative education; 22 years as Academic Director
  • Oregon teaching certification in Social Studies
  • Member of National Council for the Social Studies
  • Member of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Past Chairperson and member of the Oregon Advisory Committee for the Northwest Accreditation Commission/AdvancEd
mona Mona Mensing, M.Ed
Lead Teacher
mmensing@academyatsisters.org

  • Reading Specialist Endorsement from George Fox University
  • National English Teacher Association registration
  • National Social Studies Teacher Association
  • National Gilder Lehrman American History Teacher Association

Program & Equine Staff

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Brooke Hare, BA
Program Manager
bhare@academyatsisters.org

  • 8 years experience working with at risk youth
  • Certified in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Trained in Child Abuse Prevention
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Sandy Vaughn, BS
Equine Director
svaughn@academyatsisters.org

  • 16 years experience working with at-risk youth in wilderness and residential programs
  • Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Certified in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in Preventing Sexual Coercion among Adolescents, Child Abuse Prevention, and Self Defense from the Inside Out (SDIO)

Clinical Staff

Suzy Rosen, LCSW
Clinical Director
srosen@academyatsisters.org

  • 17 years working with children and families in multiple therapeutic settings
  • Certified EMDR therapist
  • Focus on strength based, gender specific, trauma informed therapy
  • Experience in creating and implementing gender specific curriculum and educational materials for parents, therapists, educators, and multiple therapeutic residential programs
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Gemma Biancucci, LPC
Therapist
gbiancucci@academyatsisters.org

  • 11 years experience working  in mental health in public, private and therapeutic residential treatment settings
  • 6 years experience as an assistant in Supported Education with the Bend-LaPine School District
  • 6 years experience working with young adults with mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Relational Model
  • Experience in leading outdoor recreational activities for youth and young adults
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Chesley Strowd, MS, NCC, LPC-i
Therapist
cstrowd@academyatsisters.org

  • ICF Certified Parent Coach
  • 14 years experience working with youth and families in therapeutic boarding schools
  • NW Regional NATSAP Chairperson for eight consecutive years
  • Trained in Systemic Family Intervention Model, QPR Suicide Prevention and more
  • Volunteer experience working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Emphasis on tools to build internal resilience through use of Mindful Self-Compassion and the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)