Passionate, Caring Expert Staff

Your family’s team will include your child’s primary therapist, a family therapist, a medical coordinator, a certified teacher, and an equine specialist and many more. Together, this team of experts will work to understand your child’s behavior in various contexts – family, peers, school, recreation, and alone. Combined, these diverse perspectives allow our team to customize your child’s treatment plan so they can experience success throughout their life.

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Graham Shannonhouse

Executive Director, Founder

Graham Shannonhouse has been actively involved in wilderness therapy for more than twenty years. Graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1991, she spent the following decade working with a leading wilderness therapy program in central Idaho, serving as a hands-on Field Instructor, Field Supervisor, and finally Wilderness Program Manager. She returned to her Carolina home in 2002 to serve as Executive Director of a therapeutic wilderness program, where she remained until she resigned in 2008 to form Trails Carolina.

Clinical Team

Our highly skilled clinical team creates individualized treatment plans for each child and family. As a parent, you can expect to be working with therapists who will help your child gain personal insight, provide treatment, and produce a thorough assessment of your child. Combined, our clinical team has many decades of experience working with teens and their families. 

Jeniveve Rollins – LCSW

Clinical Director

Jeniveve leads the clinical team with their therapeutic process.

Jacob Thomason – LPC

Parent and Family Specialist

Jacob works with Trails’ innovative family programming.

Ashley Brown, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Primary Therapist

Ashley utilizes her extensive experience working primarily with Girls ages 14 – 17.

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Shalene Pierce – MSW, LCSW

Primary Therapist

With Trails since the beginning, Shalene leads girls groups ages 14 – 17.

Todd Green MSW, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Todd uses his depth of experience to lead Boys ages 14 – 17.

Justin Messinger, MA, LPCA, LCASA

Primary Therapist

 Justin is a therapist that works directly with our families

Amanda Mojave, LPC

Primary Therapist

Amanda leads and works with our younger girls group, students ages 10-14.

Sarah Hutchison, MSW, LCSW

Primary Therapist

 Sarah is a Primary Therapist who works closely with families and students at Trails Carolina.

Greg Ostler, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Wilderness Family Therapist

Greg works closely with Trails Carolina families throughout the therapeutic process.

Jana Eilermann, MA, WFR, NCC, LPC-A

Primary Therapist/Family Therapist

Jana works closely with Trails Carolina students and families throughout the therapeutic process.

Melissa Turner, MSW

Wilderness Family Therapist

Melissa helps guide Trails Carolina families throughout the therapeutic process.

Kaitlin Kertesz, MSW, LCSWA

 Family Therapist

Kaitlin works closely with Trails Carolina families throughout the therapeutic process.

Admissions Team

Our admissions team understands that the decision to send your child to a wilderness therapy program is a difficult one. We’re here to help you to understand the value of our program and if it is the right fit for your child. You will be met with professionalism and compassion as our team works to meet your family’s individual needs.

Dottie Lank

 Director of Admissions

Dottie works directly with families to help them make the decision and transition to Trails.

Julia Andrick

Admissions & Outreach

Julia began working in the therapeutic school and program field in 2000. Since that time, she has worked with countless families and witnessed the profoundly powerful impact wilderness therapy has had on their children.

Candace Bynum

Admissions Coordinator

Candace helps families successfully transition to Trails that are referred to us by, EC’s, Other Schools, and Previous Parents for Admission to Trails.  She is also the Family Service Coordinator.

Wilderness Team

Expert wilderness and adventure camp staff for student success and safety

Above all else, our wilderness team is there to ensure your child’s safety. Dedicated field instructors provide direct, individual care to students as they explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as Field Staff work alongside our Clinical Team and Medical Coordinator to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of your child are tended to.

Jeremy Whitworth

Program Director

Jeremy leads and oversees all day to day operations.

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Rachel Bisker

Recruiter

Rachel Supervises our Field staff on their tasks

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Thor Jones

Field Supervisor

Thor Supervises the field staff on their tasks.

Residential Team

The Residential Team provides quality programming in the classroom and beyond. Our dedicated teachers work hard to design an engaging curriculum, and accreditations ensure that credits earned by your child will transfer to most other schools. Beyond the classroom, our equine specialist facilitates students’ connection with our herd of horses, helping them connect with their emotions and better understand non-verbal communication.

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Steve O’Neil

Ecology Specialist

Helping our students understand the misunderstood through experiential learning

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Lindsey Young

Medications Coordinator

Manages student medications and coordinates with local pharmacy

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Dr. Tony Fisher, MD

Consulting Physician

Tony does our physicals and basic medical stuff!

Anne Westall

Equine Specialist

Anne oversees the horse programming for Trails.

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Betty Ervin

Office Manager, Parent Liaison

Betty is the “glue” involved in all aspects of Trails.

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Debi Whitmire

Risk Management Specialist

Debi oversees risk management

Ben Holtzclaw

Facilities Director

Ben manages all facilities at Trails Carolina.

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