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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.


Rob Gent, MA, LPC

Rob Gent, MA, LPC
Interim Clinical Director

Rob Gent is the Chief Clinical Officer and one of the founding members of Embark Behavioral Health. He obtained his BA from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Rob’s dedication has led him to the pursuit of his PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on development and attachment.

Rob has led the Embark organization in clinical development and growth of numerous programs and is the lead developer of the proprietary CASA Developmental Framework which is pervasive throughout Embark’s programs. Through his dedication to the advancement of clinical development, practice, and research, he has become a nationally recognized expert in the field.


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.


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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