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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.


Jordan Siegel, MSW, LCSW

Jordan Siegel, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director

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Jordan received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin & Marshall College and earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her work in the field by facilitating and developing positive youth development programs in conjunction with her college and local nonprofit organizations in the surrounding inner-city area. While in graduate school, she worked with people of all ages in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and as an outpatient therapist for children and adolescents ages 3 to 17 at a community mental health center in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining Lake House Academy, Jordan worked as an adolescent and family therapist at a private therapeutic boarding school for high school-aged adolescents. Her approach to treatment is grounded in attachment theory and attachment development. She also draws from trauma-focused treatment interventions, cognitive behavioral interventions, and family systems/structural family therapy.

In her spare time Jordan enjoys anything creative, artistic and active, from painting pottery to CrossFit workouts. She also spends a lot of time exploring the outdoors with her canine companion, Calvin.


Maggie Wiener

Maggie Wiener
Program Director

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After graduating from St. Lawrence University with a bachelors in English, Maggie Wiener began working in the Recreation Therapy industry, leading trips around the continental US, Belize and Costa Rica. Maggie joined Lake House Academy in the Fall of 2013 and immediately fell in love with the company, the girls, the mission and the staff. Since then she has held positions as a Residential Coach, Recreation Coordinator, Program Manager and her current position as Program Director. Her main focus is to create an environment that encourages students to develop their hope, resiliency and confidence through a balance of structure and fun! Maggie utilizes a success based approach, always encouraging students to try something new, confront their failures and widen their comfort zones. Maggie especially enjoys planning Lake House's adventures, ranging from day trips in Asheville to week long canoeing adventures, or beach camping trips.

In her spare time, Maggie enjoys playing with her dog Yogi, whitewater rafting, shark fishing and taking naps in nature.


Susan Hardy, M.E.D.

Susan Hardy, M.E.D.
Academic Director and Special Education Specialist/Social Studies & Language Arts

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Susan completed her master’s degree in special education at Vanderbilt University. This experience launched her into a career of more than 20 years helping students with behavioral and learning needs and their families. Her first position was as a special education teacher in central Tennessee. She joined Three Springs Duck River as director of education, where she helped create a positive academic experience for the students. Under Susan’s leadership, Duck River was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Susan’s skills led her to become administrator of a program in southern Arizona with tribal Native American students, their families and their spiritual elders. Susan next embarked on successfully growing a wilderness program in the Adirondacks of New York State. The long winters and intense cold have brought her back to the mid-South where Susan created a world-class special education school for boys with ADHD.

Outside the classroom, Susan enjoys meditation and delights in spending time with her three grandchildren. A lifelong birder, she is also an avid gardener, specializing in native plantings that feed birds and butterflies.


Mary Jo DeGrandi, M.S.

Mary Jo DeGrandi, M.S.
Interim Director of Admissions

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Mary Jo comes to Lake House Academy with more than 20 years of experience working with children and complex family systems in a variety of treatment settings, including residential, outdoor behavioral health, outpatient, therapeutic boarding schools and home/community based programs. She began her career as a child advocate, working on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, and continued to focus on working with children and familes as a clinician, coordinator of parent programming, workshop facilitator, director and program administrator. More recently, Mary Jo has served in roles focused on clinical outreach, admissions, and business development with the goal of increasing awareness of treatment options.

Mary Jo’s master’s degree from Antioch New England University focused on ecopsychology and child development, including the ways in which disconnection from the natural world contributes to issues with physical, emotional and mental health, as well as ways in which reconnection with nature contributes to healing. She also focused on the ways in which society is impacted by having fewer meaningful and intentional rites of passage into adulthood.

Mary Jo is married with 2 young children and 2 young adult stepsons. Her hobbies include cooking (and eating!), hiking the woods of Vermont, traveling and exploring new places, getting her hands dirty in the garden, and enjoying time with family.


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