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Dedicated Professionals Working to Restore Families

The staff at Lake House Academy brings together education, skill, experience and a love for what they do. Each of these individuals understands the complex family dynamics our girls come from. Our goal is to help your daughter rediscover the confident, resilient and fun-loving person you know and love.

Corey Hickman

Senior Executive Director

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Corey...

Mackenzie Hall

Executive Director

Mackenzie is originally from St. George, UT where she first...

Erika Mackey, M. Ed.

Admissions Director

Erika attended the University of Connecticut and earned a Bachelor...

Deana Collins, M.Ed.

Academic Director

Deana attended Beloit College and earned a Bachelor of Science...

Alex Hamilton, M.Ed, LCPC-C

Clinical Director

Alex received her Master’s of Education in Counseling at Montana...

Carson Ray, LMFT-A

Therapist

Carson completed a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor...

Aubrey Jobes, LCMHC

Therapist

Aubrey attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and received...

Nadia Hernandez, LCMHC-A

Therapist

Nadia earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at...

Bailey Ragan, RN

RN Health Services Coordinator

Bailey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from...

Leslie Denton

Residential Manager

Leslie Denton joined the Lake House team as a Residential...

Celine Armijo

Residential Manager

Celine Armijo graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a...

Robin Siedman, MA

Academic Team Lead

After completing her bachelors and masters degrees in Criminal Justice...

Carla Silver, BA

Teacher

Carla graduated from UNC-Asheville with a degree in Literature and...

Carey Stewart, M.ED.

Teacher

Carey  attended West Texas A&M and obtained a Bachelor of...

Noel McKelvey

Teacher

Noel is a native of Greensboro, NC but comes to...

Corey Hickman

Position: Senior Executive Director
Email: [email protected]

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Corey earned his undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation from Brigham Young University and is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. After several years of working as a recreation therapist and serving in leadership roles in residential treatment settings, Corey completed a master’s degree in human resources from Utah State University. His desire to study both recreation and organizational leadership came from a deep belief that, in order to help students achieve positive growth, the organizational culture must provide them with an enjoyable, healthy environment conducive to change. Early in 2015, Corey accepted the position of executive director at Chrysalis School in Eureka, Montana. True to his profession as a recreational therapist, Corey lives to recreate! Corey’s hobbies include distance running, golf, camping, snowboarding and wakeboarding and visiting America’s national parks. He is passionate about college football. He and his wife, Jessica, have four energetic young children, and they love living in an area that has so much in the way of outdoor

Junior High School Favorites

Band: U2

Hobby/Sport/Activity: Snowboarding and Wrestling

Most Prized Possession: My Snowboard

Mackenzie Hall

Position: Executive Director
Email: [email protected]

Mackenzie is originally from St. George, UT where she first began her journey as a youth mentor at a program for teenage girls. She was there for several years and held multiple leadership positions while also learning how to facilitate lasting change in youth and their families. Mackenzie enjoys working with the whole family system and being able to witness the moments when the family shifts towards a life worth living. Prior to joining Lake House Academy, Mackenzie  worked with families at Chrysalils beginning in 2018 as the Program Director.

Mackenzie is eager to explore all that the NC Mountains has to offer and expand upon her love of hiking, kayaking, travel or simply reading a good book.

 

Junior High School Favorites

Band: We The Kings

Hobby/Activity/Sports: Cheerleading

Most Prized Possession: My big square iPod

 

Erika Mackey, M. Ed.

Position: Admissions Director
Email: [email protected]

Erika attended the University of Connecticut and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations. She continued on at Georgian Court University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education. From there, she began a thirteen year career working as an educator in both private and public schools. In 2013, she was drawn to assist families seeking guidance in treatment for their children and worked independently as an educational consultant specializing in therapeutic programs. Prior to joining Lake House Academy, she has worked as an Admissions Associate for New Vision Wilderness.

Erika brings a strong background of knowledge and experience working with children, complex family systems, and diverse academic and mental health histories. She values providing families and referring professionals a high standard of quality care, responsiveness, and collaboration, as evidenced by her strong relationships within the industry and with families who have benefitted from her support.

Erika lives in North Carolina with her two daughters and their dog Ffynn. In her free time, Erika can be found volunteering with her daughter’s theater company, spending time with her family and watching college basketball.

Junior High School Favorites:

Band-New Kids on the Block- Hangin’ Tough!

Hobby/Activity/Sport: Swim Team, youth group, playing the clarinet(poorly I might add!), reading my Seventeen Magazine

Most Prized Possession: My Neon Transparent corded phone that would light up when it rang and my curling iron to curl by bangs back!

Deana Collins, M.Ed.

Position: Academic Director
Email: [email protected]

Deana attended Beloit College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education. She continued at Jacksonville State University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. During her career she has worked both in the classroom as a special educator teacher as well as in the leadership role of an Academic Director.

Deana brings with her a strong background using specific strategies, resources and assessments that cater to the needs of the learners and allow for individualized instruction. It is a process that ensures students are given guidance and flexibility in their learning process, enhancing their academic growth. She also brings well developed leadership skills and strong interpersonal skills that make effective and well-informed decisions in collaboration with both teachers, parents, and students.

Deana enjoys spending time being active outdoors by running, road biking, and mountain biking. She and her husband enjoy attending any type of sporting activity: basketball, track, volleyball, football. She is an avid reader and can often be found on a front porch with a big mug of coffee and good book.

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Tiffany and George Michael

Hobby/Sport/Activity: Basketball, Volleyball, Track

Most Prized Possession: Telephone in my bedroom!

Alex Hamilton, M.Ed, LCPC-C

Position: Clinical Director
Email: [email protected]

Alex received her Master’s of Education in Counseling at Montana State University Billings. As a licensed clinical counselor and certified school counselor, Alex has worked with adolescents and families in a therapeutic residential setting as well as the public school system.  Having a variety of professional experiences, Alex uses her neuro-developmental knowledge to address the client’s needs.

While she is SMART Recovery trained, she also leans on the use of person-centered therapy, family systems, REBT and DBT skills. Combining the power of rapport and relationships with the skills to communicate and regulate. Facilitating meaningful authentic moments for a family using unconditional positive regard and direct guidance is a joy for Alex. One of her many strengths is using creativity and playfully challenging the family system towards growth.

On her down time, you can find her and her husband rock climbing, mountain biking, playing guitar, and enjoying the excitement of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Junior High School Favorites

Carson Ray, LMFT-A

Position: Therapist
Email: [email protected]

Carson completed a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University. She then attended Appalachian State University, where she received a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Carson completed a year-long internship where she worked at a community mental health clinic, providing free individual and group therapy.

Carson enjoys working with young people and families, and has fun hiking and exploring with students!

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Fleetwood Mac

Hobby/Sport/Activity: guitar and flute

Most Prized possession: Harry Potter books

Aubrey Jobes, LCMHC

Position: Therapist
Email: [email protected]

Aubrey attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She continued her education at the Middle Tennessee State University and earned a Master’s of Education in Professional Mental Health Counseling. Aubrey sees value in incorporating an experiential component into sessions and uses her experience and training to meet clients where they are at and to foster an environment of growth and empowerment.  She has experience with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills. In her free time she can be found scoping out new hiking trails, spending time with her dogs, and eating chocolate brownie extreme blizzards from Dairy Queen.

Junior High School Favorites:

Band– Yellowcard

Hobby/Sport/Activity– Gymnastics

Most prized possession– a stuffed cheetah named Whiskers

 

Nadia Hernandez, LCMHC-A

Position: Therapist
Email: [email protected]

Nadia earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lenoir Rhyne University in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to this she completed her B.S. in Psychology with Emphasis in School Guidance. She has worked with a diverse population of students from Hawaii, California, Texas, and North Carolina. Through her professional journey she has identified the power of nature and exploration to find healing and peace. She has experience in a variety of settings such as group homes, intensive in-home, teaching, and mentorship for the past six year. It was during this time that she identified her passion to work and empower young women. Students will often describe Nadia as playful, creative, and warm. Nadia believes in the power of attachment, unconditional positive regard, and creating a safe place. She enjoys integrating expressive arts and movement to support students who have difficulties with verbalizing their emotions and feelings.

When not at work, Nadia loves exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway, National parks, and the Appalachian trail. You will often find her hiking, chasing waterfalls, camping, practicing yoga, karaoke, and playing with her dachshund Houston.

 

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Avril Lavigne

Hobby/Sport/Activity: Piano, violin, and singing

Most Prized possession: My video camera

Bailey Ragan, RN

Position: RN Health Services Coordinator

Bailey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Valdosta State University. She furthered her education and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Career experiences have included work  in a Neuro ICU at a Trauma 1 hospital, a post-anesthesia care unit and most recently as Nurse Care Manager where she advocated and managed every aspect of her client’s care.

In her free time you can find her adventuring outside with her dogs, Birdie and Sunny. She also enjoys playing sports, gardening, reading and Thai food.

 

Junior High School Favorites:

Band: Taking Back Sunday

Hobby/Activity/Sport: Soccer

Most prized possession: stereo and soccer ball

Leslie Denton

Position: Residential Manager
Email: [email protected]

Leslie Denton joined the Lake House team as a Residential Caregiver in the Summer of 2019. Since then she has held roles as a Shift Leader and became the Team Lead in March of 2020. Leslie has a long history of service, caregiving and working with canines. One of her favorite parts of working for Lake House is planning Saturday activities for our students. When Leslie is not at LHA, you can find her hiking, camping and traveling to National Parks with her husband.

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Evanescence

Hobby/Sport/Activity: Reading

Most Prized Possession: iPod

Celine Armijo

Position: Residential Manager
Email: [email protected]

Celine Armijo graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in Criminal Justice before relocating to the Western North Carolina region. Celine has held positions as an Assault Crisis Advocate, a Court Advocate Trainer and an assistant at a behavioral health center. She joined the Lake House Team in 2019 as a Residential Shift Lead and immediately connected with our students, our families and our clinical model. When not at LHA, Celine can be found in the community and local colleges leading trainings and support groups!

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Fall Out Boy and Luke Bryan

Hobby/Sport/Activity: softball, concerts, and many trips to the mall to hangout with friends

Most Prized Possession: My 3rd generation iPhone with a bright pink case and anything from Forever21

Robin Siedman, MA

Position: Academic Team Lead
Email: [email protected]

After completing her bachelors and masters degrees in Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s University, Robin joined the Lake House Academy team in the summer of 2013. While working as a Residential Coach, she quickly came to realize that being a part of the growth process for Lake House’s girls and families is her life’s passion. In early 2014 she became a Lead Residential Coach and joined the Program Management team in the Fall of 2015. Robin enjoys creating strong bonds with students, focusing on a “jump in the mud” attitude to role model success. Her favorite activities include celebrating holidays with our students, planning fun activities and playing in local bowling and volleyball leagues.

The student’s favorite fun fact about Robin: she used to work as a clown and can make amazing balloon animals!

Junior High School Favorites

Band: Boyz II Men

Hobby/Activity/Sport: Soccer

Most Prized Possession: My soccer ball

Carla Silver, BA

Position: Teacher

Carla graduated from UNC-Asheville with a degree in Literature and Academic Licensure. She experiences great happiness watching when a student understands a concept and in turn experiences their own joy. When not teaching, Carla enjoys reading, walking her dachshunds, traveling, cooking, baking, crocheting, volunteering in the community, and enjoying time with family.

Carey Stewart, M.ED.

Position: Teacher

Carey  attended West Texas A&M and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a focus in Agribusiness. During her time at West Texas A&M Carey was awarded by the National Society of Leadership for showing strong leadership and academic potential. She then continued her education through William Woods University and earned her Master’s in Education. She comes with experience teaching in a classroom setting and covering topics of science. During her career she has been a college Instructor teaching Animal and Equine Science. Developing programs and curriculum that fit many different styles of learning. Being passionate about education and youth development is what drove Carey to obtain a higher degree in Education and pursue teaching as a career.

Carey enjoys spending time with her family on their farm. Competing professionally a few times a year in equine events, and trail riding in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains are her favorite things to do. Her husband and two kids also have a love for horses and riding. Hiking to local waterfalls is another favorite past time.

 

Noel McKelvey

Position: Teacher

Noel is a native of Greensboro, NC but comes to Lake House after teaching in New Bern, NC for 5 years. She has taught students from preschool to adult, but her specialty is in History and English with secondary schools students.  Noel is also a visual artist and has sold her paintings everywhere from NC to Australia! She has two daughters with whom she loves to spend her time. She loves animals, the arts, and gardening. In her free time, you will find her reading, hiking or playing with her kitties.

Junior High School Favorites:

Band – Anything R&B/Motown

Hobby/Activity/Sport – archery club, art club, & volleyball

Most Prized Possession – Her yellow hairbrush. She would spend so much time “singing” in front of the mirror. Her hairbrush was her “microphone” and between it and her radio, you couldn’t stop the daily concerts!

 

 

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