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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.

Deana Collins, M.Ed.

Academic Director

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

Nonnie Cullipher, M.Ed

Teacher

Nonnie Cullipher has a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from...

Ethan Mays, BA

Teacher

Ethan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina...

Lou Torchio, MA

Teacher

Lou is a graduate of Western Governors University where he received...

Carla Silver, BA

Teacher

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

Robin Siedman, MA

Academic Team Lead

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

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.

Nonnie Cullipher, M.Ed

Position: Teacher

Nonnie Cullipher has a B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from St. John’s College, and a M.Ed. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Over the last 22 years, she has taught History, English, Math, and Science in a myriad of settings around the United States. Nonnie currently teaches World History and Civics and Government at Lake House Academy and helps with individualized student interventions.

Nonnie recently published a book of stories told by bestselling author and Jungian Analyst, Robert A. Johnson, and is currently in the studio working on the narration of the audio version for Audible.

During her free time, Nonnie is an avid hiker, swimmer, and dancer. She is the proud mother of two daughters and is expecting her first grandchild in January!

Ethan Mays, BA

Position: Teacher

Ethan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has a degree in Biology and a focus in Cellular and Molecular Biology. His favorite thing to teach is experimental design and execution. He is an expert at engaging students with games and role-playing scenarios like Sushi Go! Rise of Tribes, and D&D. Additionally, he is a handyman when needed. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys cooking for his Fancy Dinner Nights, listening to indie music, gaming with friends, and being a dad to his two beautiful cats, Pickles and Cheese.

Lou Torchio, MA

Position: Teacher

Lou is a graduate of Western Governors University where he received his Master of Arts in Teaching. Lou enjoys working with students of all mathematical abilities. He especially is passionate about building a students’ resilience and overcoming their negative beliefs in mathematical abilities. He believes math should be fun. When he is not at LHA, he is home with his son, Louis, swimming, or playing music.

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. 

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!

 

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