Nestled on the backdrop of a small Western North Carolina Lake, Lake House Academy provides our girls with a warm, home away from home, that creates an optimal therapeutic setting. With a 1:6 staff to student ratio, our students are able to build strong relationships with our staff through their everyday activities. For our younger students, the staff to student ratio is 1:3, providing them extra individualized attention. Our team of dedicated Residential Caregivers provide outstanding care for our girls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We believe this is essential to creating an atmosphere that allows for long-lasting change and allows us to provide the nurture, safety and attunement that is essential for their growth and healing.
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.
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!
Christa Blumm is Lake House Academy’s Health Services Coordinator. Christa earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Blue Ridge Community College in 2016, and became a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant through the National Healthcare Association that same year. She has worked in the medical field since graduating from high school, spending 16 years working at Pardee Hospital, with 14 of those years specifically focused on supporting the Surgical Associates. She also has experience working as an in-home aide through Four Seasons Home Care. Christa especially appreciates helping to support Lake House students through co-regulation, offering extra support and care-taking in her role. In her spare time, Christa enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 daughters, vacationing, creating new crafts, and reading.
Carson Ray Residential Team Lead
Carson completed a bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University. She then attended Appalachian State University, where she received a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Carson completed a year-long internship where she worked at a community mental health clinic, providing free individual and group therapy.
Carson enjoys working with young people and families, and has fun hiking and exploring with students!
Jake Sund Residential Team Lead
Jake graduated with a bachelors degree in Secondary English Education from Mississippi State University before beginning his career as a Wilderness Therapy field instructor. He also has experience as a English teacher in a variety of classroom settings, program coordinator and agricultural development. Jake joined the Lake House Academy Team in 2017 and has since developed Lake House's Farm and Chicken program and has taken on a Team Lead Role for the Lavender Room. Jake enjoys engaging students in hands on experiences as well as continually expanding how the residential program implements the clinical model.
When not at work, Jake can be found hiking, camping, fishing, biking or writing with his trusty golden retriever, Midas.
Leslie Denton joined the Lake House team as a Residential Caregiver in the Summer of 2019. Since then she has held roles as a Shift Leader and became the Team Lead in March of 2020. Leslie has a long history of service, caregiving and working with canines. One of her favorite parts of working for Lake House is planning Saturday activities for our students. When Leslie is not at LHA, you can find her hiking, camping and traveling to National Parks with her husband.
Celine Armijo graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in Criminal Justice before relocating to the Western North Carolina region. Celine has held positions as an Assault Crisis Advocate, a Court Advocate Trainer and an assistant at a behavioral health center. She joined the Lake House Team in 2020 as a Residential Shift Lead and immediately connected with our students, our families and our clinical model. When not at LHA, Celine can be found in the community and local colleges leading trainings and support groups!