Administrative Staff

Brooke Hare, BA
Program Director
bhare@academyatsisters.org

  • 12 years experience working with at risk youth and families in a therapeutic residential setting
  • Certified in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Trained in Child Abuse Prevention

Janice Cummings, BA
Admissions Director
jcummings@academyatsisters.org

  • 18 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

Clinical Staff

Suzy Rosen, LCSW
Clinical Director
srosen@academyatsisters.org

  • 17 years experience 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

Gemma Biancucci, LPC
Therapist
gbiancucci@academyatsisters.org

  • 15 years experience working  in mental health in public, private and therapeutic residential treatment settings
  • Experience as an assistant in Supported Education with the Bend-LaPine School District
  • 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

Danielle Snyder, LCSW
Therapist
dsnyder@academyatsisters.org

  • 6 years experience working with at risk youth and families
  • Experienced in Child and Family Therapy and Crisis Management
  • Focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Experienced in Building Resiliency and Support for Adoptive Families
  • Experienced with LGBTQIA research and gender questioning individuals

Academic Staff

Rick Buening, MAT
Academic Director
rbuening@jbarj.org

  • 29 years in alternative education; 25 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 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

Alyson Messersmith, BS
Teacher
amessersmith@academyatsisters.org

  • 6 years experience working with at risk youth
  • Certificate of Secondary Education, Columbia College
  • National Science Teacher Association
  • Math tutor for Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II
  • Trained in Differentiated Instruction
  • ChickTech Volunteer

Program & Equine Staff

Sandy Vaughn, BS
Equine Director
svaughn@academyatsisters.org

  • 20 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)

Mindy Elliott, BS
Lead Treatment Coordinator
melliott@academyatsisters.org

  • 14 Years experience working with at risk youth and families in a therapeutic setting
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention
  • Trained in Child Abuse Prevention
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing

Karin Ahlstrom
Treatment Coordinator
kahlstrom@academyatsisters.org

  • 27 years working with incarcerated adults and at risk youth in a therapeutic residential setting, practicing cognitive behavioral change
  • 13 Years working with at risk youth and families in a therapeutic residential setting
  • Apprenticeship in police sciences
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified  in QPR Suicide prevention
  • Certified in Child Abuse Prevention

Kate Boismenu, BS
Treatment Coordinator
kboismenu@academyatsisters.org

  • 5 years experience working in residential treatment facilities
  • Trained in leading support groups for women in transition and crisis
  • Experience teaching in early childhood education
  • Trained in Motivational Interviewing
  • Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA)
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in QPR Suicide Prevention

Paige Edwards, BA
Activities Coordinator
pedwards@academyatsisters.org

  • 3 years experience working with youth in therapeutic settings
  • 5 years back country guiding experience
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Certified in Aegis Solutions