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Our Staff

"Passion, commitment, and resilience is what brought me to the Academy in 2020. Each day I get the opportunity to make a positive impact on members lives."

Vanessa Alcantara

Business & Tech
"The Academy is a great place to make use of my skills and abilities and make a difference in the lives of the members I work with."

Ben Burnside

Culinary Arts
"Working with our members as they continue their mental health recovery is such a privilege. The energy and the spirit here are palpable and contagious. I am truly grateful to be part of the process."

Joanne Campbell

Arts & Multimedia
"I love working at the Academy because my daily work has meaning and positive impact on others. It is an amazing place to work, full of caring and passionate people."

Patricia Haltinner

Culinary Arts
"It has been an honor to be part of the Academy's mission since we opened in 2017. Each day, I am witness to the power of collaboration, camaraderie, and mutual respect."

Jeffrey Jean

Program Coordinator
"I have had the privilege of being involved in the Academy since 2015, when shared dreams led to decisive action. Our journey together has been an inspiring, once in a lifetime experience."

William McKeever

Director
"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work at the Academy. I am able to use my passion for multimedia to support our members in their rehabilitation process."

Dariel Paredes

Arts & Multimedia
"I've been working with this amazing community for 2 years and this experience has brought me so much joy. My inspiration is to help others achieve their dreams and make a difference in their lives."

Idanes Paredes

Business & Tech
"I am honored to work at a place where staff are dedicated to such an important cause and members are so kind. I hope to inspire the members here as much as seeing their fortitude inspires me."

Autumn Peterson

Culinary Arts
"Working at the Academy with members and staff has enriched my own life at least as much as it has enabled me to serve others. I’m grateful to be on this journey of shared discovery and reflection."

Jodi-lee Weiss

Employment Director