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Executive Team

Heidi Strand

Heidi Strand
Executive Director

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Before joining Calo Programs in 2013, Heidi worked for more than 20 years as a professional in organized camping. She has created successful programs and business models for traditional and special needs programs for children, adults, and families in the Midwest. While providing opportunities for individuals and groups to learn and grow through their experiences, Heidi’s main areas of focus have been in organized camping/experiential living and learning, domestic and violence prevention and education, and professional and organizational management.

In 2013 Heidi joined New Vision Wilderness’ Wisconsin therapy program as Executive Director. In 2017 she joined Calo’s residential team, preparing to open a residential treatment center for teen girls specializing in attachment, anxiety, and depression.

Heidi earned her BA in the Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University.

Heidi has served on local Boards of Directors in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, and the American Camp Association. She has served on steering committees for the NATSAP Mid-West and various regional and national professional conference. She is a member and mentor of Evolving Women. When she’s not in her office Heidi enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, planning community parades, and meaningful discussion and hearty laughs with her nephew and nieces.


Catherine Tucker, PhD

Catherine Tucker, PhD
Clinical Director

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Catherine holds a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. Her career path is highlighted by her work in academia having earned her tenure at Indiana State University and as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor maintaining a private practice. Most notably she served as the Research Director at The Theraplay Institute.

In addition, Catherine has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters on counseling related issues. She has conducted training on children’s mental health in several U.S. states, India, Kenya, Thailand, and Cambodia. Catherine was President of the Association for Counseling Children & Adolescents from 2017-2019, a division of the American Counseling Association.


Bridget Camacho, LCSW

Bridget Camacho, LCSW
Program Director

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Bridget earned her Master’s in Social Work with an Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate at the University of Denver. She has worked in therapeutic residential programming, as a clinical therapist with adolescents, conducted research with the Institute for Human Animal Connection, and served as an Adolescent Program Manager for a mental health program.


Erika Mackey, M. Ed.

Erika Mackey, M. Ed.
Admissions Director

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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. Most recently, 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 husband and three children. In her free time, Erika can be found volunteering with her daughter’s theater company, spending time with her family and watching college basketball.


Deana Collins, M.Ed.

Deana Collins, M.Ed.
Academic Director

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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.



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