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Executive Team

Kyle Shepard, LRT, CTRS

Kyle Shepard, LRT, CTRS
Executive Director

Kyle is a great asset to the students of Lake House Academy, having spent over seven years serving a variety of roles at LHA. Prior to taking the position of Executive Director, he served for four years as the Program Director. During that time Kyle gained invaluable experience running the day to day operations of Lake House while ensuring the students had a structured, safe and fun environment to work on treatment goals. Kyle has worked in residential treatment since 2008. He began his career working at a residential treatment center for adolescents, specializing in attachment disorders called Calo. It was here that Kyle was introduced to recreational therapy and was blown away by how powerful and influential it was in the treatment and lives of his students. That experience led Kyle to return to school and pursue certification as a recreational therapist, adding to his bachelor’s degree in recreation administration, earned in 2005 from Central Methodist University. Kyle completed his master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University in 2017. Between Calo and LHA, Kyle worked at a local nonprofit PRTF working with youth with more acute therapeutic needs. Throughout his experience, Kyle has always felt and fostered a normalized treatment setting where “kids can be kids” while working towards returning to their families.

In his spare time, Kyle enjoys spending time with his Fiancé Karyn and their two dogs, Bear & Quinn. You might find them heading out for their next adventure in the surrounding area on mountain bikes, going for a hike or just taking a swim in an area swimming hole. Kyle greatly enjoys traveling as well as taking on his home improvement project as a “do it yourself.”

Amanda Woolard

Amanda Woolard
Admissions Director

Amanda has a passion for working with families and students in need of therapeutic services. Amanda comes to Lake House Academy with more than eight years of experience in the field where she first served as an educator, activities coordinator and later as director of admissions for Auldern Academy. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in science from North Carolina State University.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending NC State football and basketball games, and being outdoors.

Jordan Siegel, MSW, LCSW

Jordan Siegel, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director

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

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

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.

Debra Davis
Nursing Director

Debbie was Born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 22 years. Debbie has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career from the ER to inpatient Psych. Seven of her 22 years were spent specifically in psychiatric settings. Debbie has worked specifically with youth in psychiatric settings at Eliada Homes for Children in Asheville and at Park Ridge in patient psychiatric unit in Fletcher, NC. Throughout her career she has worked as a nursing consultant, trainer, and director. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family. Debbie has a daughter, Wendi; a son, Dustin; and 6 grandchildren. She is a woman of strong faith, she loves laughter, dancing, water and great hugs. Along with her tremendous experience, Debbie brings an unrivaled passion and caring for patients and students. Debbie is very excited to be joining the Lake House Family!

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