Passionate, Caring Expert Staff

    Trails is owned and operated by Graham Shannonhouse.  We believe local ownership improves the quality of care and commitment.

    Your family’s team will include your child’s primary therapist, a family therapist, a medical coordinator, a certified teacher, and an equine specialist. The team takes into account your child in the context of family, peers, school, recreation, and self. This provides a deeper understanding of each student and allows our team to customize your child’s treatment plan so that s/he can experience success throughout their varied aspects of life.


    Graham Shannonhouse

    Executive Director, Founder

    A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graham Shannonhouse has been actively involved in the wilderness therapy field for more than twenty three years. After receiving her degree in 1991, Shannonhouse spent 10 years working with a premiere wilderness-based therapeutic program in south-central Idaho. During her tenure, she served three years as a hands-on Field Instructor, three years as Field Supervisor, and the remaining time as Wilderness Program Director.

    Clinical Team

    Our highly skilled clinical team individualizes treatment plans for each child and family. Therapists work with parents and educational consultants to intervene, provide primary treatment, and offer parents a thorough assessment of their child. The Primary Therapist and Family Therapist are the primary points of contact as your child achieves success at Trails.

    Jeniveve Rollins – LCSW

    Clinical Director

    Jeniveve leads the clinical team with their therapeutic process.


    Jason McKeown – MS, LMFT, CPE, BC-TMH

    Parent and Family Specialist

    Jason works with Trails’ innovative Family Institute programming.

    Ashley Brown, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

    Primary Therapist

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

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    Derry O’Kane – MS, LPC, NCC

    Trailblazers Primary Therapist

    Derry works directly with our trail blazer girls ages 10 to 14


    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

    Kristin Becker, MA

    Trails Carolina Therapist

    Kristin works with students at Trails Carolina

    Amanda Mojave, LPC

    Primary Therapist

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

    Sarah Hutchison, MSW, LCSW-A

    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.

    Admissions Team

    Our admissions team understands that the decision to send your child to a wilderness therapy program is a difficult one. You will be met with professionalism and compassion as our team works to meet the individual needs of your child and family.

    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

    Our wilderness adventure camp team’s number one priority is your child’s safety.  A dedicated team of field instructors provides direct care to students as they explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Field staff also work with our medical coordinator to ensure the health and well being of your child are always tended to.  Click to learn more about our Wilderness Team.

    Jeremy Whitworth

    Program Director

    Jeremy leads and oversees all day to day operations.


    Rachel Bisker


    Rachel Supervises our Field staff on their tasks


    Thor Jones

    Field Supervisor

    Thor Supervises the field staff on their tasks.

    Residential Team

    Our Residential team provides quality programming that will take your child from wilderness adventures to the classroom and the horse pasture.  Our teachers design an engaging curriculum that provides transferable credits.  Our equine specialist facilitates students’ connections with our herd of horses, helping students find greater connection to their emotions and non-verbal communication. Click to learn more about our Residential Team.


    Steve O’Neil

    Ecology Specialist

    Helping our students understand the misunderstood through experiential learning


    Lindsey Young

    Medications Coordinator

    Manages student medications and coordinates with local pharmacy

    Dr. Anthony Fisher, MD-1

    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.


    Betty Ervin

    Office Manager, Parent Liaison

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


    Debi Whitmire

    Risk Management Specialist

    Debi oversees risk management

    Ben Holtzclaw

    Facilities Director

    Ben manages all facilities at Trails Carolina.