Meet the Board

Jennifer Taylor

Board Chair

Jennifer Taylor, leads JET ED Consulting ,, and specializes in helping families find educational and therapeutic programs and schools for their child. Her resources include wilderness therapy, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of San Francisco School of Law, she is a nationally published author, speaker and advocate on issues of parenting, education, special needs children and adolescent mental health. The parent of three children who needed boarding or therapeutic options for education, Jennifer brings incredible empathy to her work. In her free time, Jennifer shows her passion by facilitating a parent support group, Willows In the Wind. She is a Professional Member of IECA (

Shayna Abraham

Board Secretary

Shayna Abraham is a Therapeutic Consultant based in the San Francisco bay area. She is one of the co-founders of the Therapeutic Consulting Association, a national association for therapeutic consultants and other referring professionals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Eating Disorders from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has completed additional course work in chemical dependency at California State University, East Bay. Prior to full time consulting, she worked therapeutically with a wide range of clients including adults, adolescents, children and families.

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Joanna Lilley, MA, NCC

Board Member

Joanna holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from West Virginia University. Prior to launching her consulting practice, she worked therapeutically with adolescents and young adults in wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment, a K-12 system, and two institutions of Higher Education. She saw firsthand the flight of college students leaving campus in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment, and is now dedicating her life to being a resource to these young adults and their families. Joanna recognizes the stigma that still exists around seeking help while on a college campus, and wants to help families find peace, stabilization, and explore returning to studies after a leave of absence. Joanna is fiercely passionate about her work in supporting this Emerging Adult population, and subsequently refers to herself as a “Young Adult Treatment Specialist.”

Carrie Thompson

Program Representative – Non Voting Member

Carrie began her career working at the Oakley School, a therapeutic boarding school, in 2001. Watching young men and women gain insight and maturity while preparing for the next steps in their lives inspired Carrie to seek further career opportunities in the mental health field. Carrie served as the Admissions Director at the Oakley School from 2004 until 2012. In 2012, excited by the opportunity to work with a unique population and with a well-respected team, Carrie accepted a job as Director of Admissions at Gateway Academy in Draper, Utah, where she remained for 5 years. In 2017, Carrie joined the inaugural director team at Bridge House, a residential program for adults specializing in assessment, stabilization and diagnostic services. She is energized to be a part of a unique and innovative approach to assessment and treatment planning, the backbone to any successful outcome in mental health care. Carrie serves as the Director of Admissions and Business Development at Bridge House.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins is a Therapeutic Educational Consultant, Advocate, and Coach who works with people of all ages to help them transition into a life in which they can be proud.

In his role supporting families, Michael refers adolescents, teens, and young adults suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and learning differences, and other closely related disorders, to the most appropriate treatment programs and professionals nationwide.

As an independent consultant, Michael is not affiliated with any program or institution but, rather, concentrates on what is best for your family and your child by providing objective recommendations that lead to helping your child to feel better faster.

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Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant, LPC is a Relationship Based Therapeutic Consultant and Psychotherapist with specialties in family, attachment, and trauma healing. Kimberly has been supporting youth and families in various professional capacities since 2008 and is the Founder of Roots Healing Family Services based out of Boulder, CO. She holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and continues her clinical training in effective, progressive therapy modalities alongside ongoing research and relations with therapeutic programs and schools.

Mike Balotti

​Mike has worked closely with adolescents and their families since 1998. He has supported students and parents in a variety of important roles including writing curriculum and teaching at a residential environmental education center in California, helping to develop and establish an international therapeutic boarding school in Central America, as Director of Admissions for a successful therapeutic wilderness program, and guiding students and families through their personal and academic journeys as an Educational Consultant in Philadelphia for over 10 years.

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Lexy Spett

As a teenager in a boarding school, Lexy was connected to therapy that turned her life around. After experiencing the immense benefits that come with the right help, she knew that she wanted to support others in the same way. Later in life, when she discovered that she could be the connecting point between families and treatment options, her life came full circle.

She has been an Educational and Therapeutic Consultant since 2003, providing crisis intervention and treatment planning for thousands of families experiencing a variety of issues. From helping children with psychological and behavioral problems to substance abuse issues and more, she is passionate about affecting change in young people and connecting families to appropriate treatment opportunities.

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