Virginia Jreisat, MA, LCPC

Virginia Jreisat, MA, LCPC

Virginia approaches coaching from a collaborative perspective, working together with students to develop innovate approaches to meet their goals.  While working with young adults, Virginia engages in a variety of evidenced-based techniques on their journey to become happier, healthier, and more productive individuals. Virginia’s diverse background of experience includes working with a variety of individuals and families as they navigate…

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Kellen Holden, MA

Kellen Holden, MA

Kellen’s takes a relational approach in working with students, and his passion to help others grow to discover and reach their full potential shines in his interactions with others. Kellen use of experiential interventions when coaching students assists them in altering patterns of behavior as well as developing new, healthy approaches to addressing situations.  Kellen relocated from Wisconsin where he…

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Claudia Gates, Ed.D.

Claudia Gates, Ed.D.

Dr. Claudia Gates specializes in specializes in facilitating student mastery executive functions such as time management, self-monitoring, and study skills.  With a passion for teaching literacy skills to elementary, middle school, high school, and collegiate students, Dr. Gates became inspired to teach once after volunteering to help struggling readers comprehend written texts.  The process helped her understand and master the ability to help…

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Tara Maloney

Tara Maloney

With a background in improv and theater, Tara brings an exciting and energetic approach to her work with students.  As EDGE’s Career and Social Engagement Coordinator, she maintains responsibility for assisting students in the development of social and vocational skills, as well as linking students to volunteer and work opportunities in the Chicago community. Tara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in…

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Dorian Hawkins

Dorian Hawkins

After initially pursuing a career in hotel hospitality, Dorian applies her culinary and organizational skills at EDGE with the students as well as coordinating with the property management team.  Dorian is passionate about helping students develop good habits and skills. Dorian is a graduate of Purdue University (BS).

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Jennifer Ventrelle, MS, RDN, CPT

Jennifer Ventrelle, MS, RDN, CPT

Jennifer Ventrelle is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified personal trainer consulting in the Chicagoland area with individuals and organizations interested in behavior change for healthy living.  She designed and delivers the nutrition and fitness curriculum at EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community.  Jennifer is on the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush University…

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Brian McKenna, LCSW, CAADC

Brian McKenna, LCSW, CAADC

Brian McKenna develops programs that cultivate life passions into purpose.  With over 20 years in the field, he possesses extensive knowledge and experience in working in the areas of anxiety and depression, clinical supervision, organizational leadership development, parent coaching, relationship skill building, and substance abuse. Brian is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BS) and the Jane Addams College of Social…

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David J. Ventrelle, Psy.D.

David J. Ventrelle, Psy.D.

Dr. Ventrelle holds a passion for innovation and advancement in the field. His belief in therapeutic intervention as a means to assist people in accomplishing and achieving their goals has fueled his work over that time. Dr. Ventrelle has been privileged to work with individuals and families in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings, as well as serving significant leadership roles…

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Jack Flight, LCSW, RDDP, CSOTS

Jack Flight, LCSW, RDDP, CSOTS

Over his career, Jack has held leadership positions in residential, group home and acute hospital settings where his passion and expertise in supporting children, adolescents, and young adults, many mental health issues could be utilized. Jack is a graduate of Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work where he currently is an adjunct facility member. Jack is also an adjunct…

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