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.

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    Jeniveve Rollins – LCSW

    Clinical Director

    Jeniveve leads the clinical team with their therapeutic process.


    Jason McKeown – MS, LMFT, CPE, DCC

    Family Clinical Director

    Jason leads 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.

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    Tai Kulenic – MPS, LPC, ATR-BC

    Primary Therapist

    Tai is a primary therapist working directly with our students


    Todd Green MSW, LCSW

    Primary Therapist

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

    Justin Messinger, MA, LCASA

    Primary Therapist

     Justin is a therapist that works directly with our families

    Sarah Hutchison, MSW, LCSW-A

    Family Therapist

     Sarah is a Family Therapist who will work with Trails Carolina

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    Andrew Kerbs, BS

    Clinical Intern

     Andrew is a clinical intern who will work with Trails Carolina

    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.

    Aleshka Cleveland

    Marketing & Business Development

    Aleshka helps to build relationships and networks with families and ECs.

    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.

    Ian Kirkland

    Common Ground Field Staff

    Ian’s bio is coming soon!

    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