Our Team

Our Leadership

Our leadership, staff, and instructors all embrace our core values of hope, truth, and love, creating a connected community that encourages growth and development of our students while supporting their families. The Jacob’s Ladder team is highly educated, qualified, and specially trained in our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care. As well, we are committed to creating loving environments where students find joy in developing their abilities.

We effectively partner with mental and physical health professionals and complementary educational and therapeutic teams. This ensures caring continuity across all aspects of students’ lives.

Amy O'Dell

Amy O'Dell, M.Ed., LPC, TRS, CNC

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Amy is a licensed professional counselor with extensive training in neurodevelopmental processes and is certified as a neurodevelopmental consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Activity Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Clemson University. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, including Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, and Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Clayton, Georgia, where she served as director of activity therapy and director of adolescent psychiatric services.  She is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of education and rehabilitation for individuals with neurodevelopmental challenges.

“I firmly believe that the human body, mind, and soul will move toward healing if given what is truly needed. Today, my son Jacob is a thriving 28-year-old educator at our school bearing his name, profoundly gifted in helping individuals who face difficulties similar to his. My family moved from darkness to light; from fear to hope. Through our work at Jacob’s Ladder, I have witnessed dramatic transformations in thousands of children and young adults that enabled their families to do the same.”

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Aubry York

Co-Founder, Chief Human Resources Officer, Director of Animal Program

Aubry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Communication from Kennesaw State University and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is trained as an Animal Assisted Activity Provider. She has extensive experience in Neurofeedback, EEG recording and Brain Mapping, along with Mental Health and Integrative Nutrition. She is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.

 “I was drawn to work at Jacob’s Ladder because of the mission, life-changing services, and support we offer. As Jacob’s sister and Amy’s daughter, I have found my place as a sibling in our family dynamic and know how challenging that can be for an individual (the sibling) because, understandably, so much attention and support must be channeled to the child or person in need. From my own personal experience, I hope to encourage and inspire healing for not only the client or student who comes to Jacob’s Ladder, but also for the sibling(s) and their entire family.”

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Brent Young

Chief Finance Officer

Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a Master of Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Georgia State University. He has been a financial leader for over 20 years with companies such as WebMD and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. His experience includes financial leadership, budget management, mergers & acquisitions, organizational restructuring, and financial & strategic planning both nationally and internationally.

“I was drawn to Jacob’s Ladder after learning from Amy O’Dell her long-term vision for the program. I was seeking to leave the corporate work environment for an opportunity that would satisfy my desire to work for good. Very quickly I concluded that Jacob’s Ladder would more than fulfill that desire for me.”

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Sarah Smith

Director of Clinical Training

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development with dual concentration in Child Life and Child Development from Georgia Southern University. She gained extensive clinical experience in multiple settings including the Child Development Center, Memorial Health, and completed a Child Life Practicum at Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital. Her certifications include Child Life, Integrated Listening Systems, and TheraSuit Method. She is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.

“My role at Jacob’s Ladder allows me to daily help others and serve those in need of support. I have the opportunity to meet a lot of our students and families at one of the first moments they step onto our campus, often at their most vulnerable, and provide them with a clear path forward and hope in the possibility of change and untapped potential.”

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Megan Finnegan

Director of Academic Programming and Compass Outreach

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Marian University Indianapolis and is a Licensed Learning Behavior Specialist with graduate course work and additional certifications in Special Education and Secondary Education.  She brings over 19 years of extensive academic experience to Jacob’s Ladder. She is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.

“I was drawn to work at Jacob’s Ladder because of their commitment to pursuing each child’s full potential. Knowing and understanding how a child takes in new information- and what we can do to maximize that on an individual basis is the ultimate reward.”

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Allegra Saunders

Chief Clinical Officer

Allegra leads the clinical team and has primary responsibility for completing the global initial assessment and treatment plan development. She is a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care and is a Dialectal Behavioral Therapy Professional trained in providing Trauma-Informed Care. She completed her undergraduate work at Florida State University. Her extensive certifications and training include Advanced TheraSuit Method, Integrated Listening Systems, and Quantum Reflex Integration.

 “One of my favorite things that I get to do at Jacob’s Ladder is support families through the Initial Evaluation process. We take the time to assess and understand each individual’s unique circumstances and are able to provide a deeper understanding of each client’s true needs, as well as an individualized plan for addressing their primary goals through a comprehensive plan of care.”

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Evan Feldman

Senior Director of Staff Management

Evan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She is trained and certified in the Therasuit Method and the Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) method, and has extensive experience utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis interventions while working with children with Autism and emotional-behavioral-relational challenges. She is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.

“What continues to draw me to Jacob’s Ladder to this day is how that same story of perseverance, vulnerability, the desire to remain intentional and faithful to the call, and the power of transformation continue to be ever-present on this campus”.

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Ashley Likes

Ashley oversees student care for the Ladder Program and holds a Bachelor in Exercise Science from Georgia College and State University. She completes training and onboarding for all new staff at Jacob’s Ladder. She has a longstanding passion for working with individuals with neurodevelopmental needs. She is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.  

“What I love the most about each day, is walking out our firm and steadfast mission: believing every brain is capable of change. This is how we help every person recognize their own cherished, extraordinary, and unrepeatable potential from within—the path of hope lies before them, and we have the privilege to walk hand in hand with our students.”


Jacob Wuttke

Co-Founder, Hope School Provider

Jacob is the son of Amy O’Dell and the Namesake and Mission Holder of Jacob’s Ladder. Jacob’s journey - one of steadfast perseverance, hope, and love alongside Amy, is the reason Jacob’s Ladder came into existence. He works closely with Amy on organizational culture, mission, and vision integrity, ensuring the core values of JL remain the utmost important facet of the organization. Through his keen understanding, insight, and rapport-building, Jacob partners alongside students to help them reach their full potential.

Jacob has served as a teacher’s assistant in the Ladder program, as a member of the teacher support team, and as a provider within the Foundations program. Since 2015, he has worked as a senior Neurodevelopmental teacher in the Hope School program. Additionally, Jacob is part of the Early Drop Off (EDO) team and supports our JL Powerlifting team as one of the assistant trainers.

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Jaclyn Rhodes

Chief Operating Officer

Jaclyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University and a Master of Art in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Argosy University. She brings over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources and Management to the organization and has been at Jacob’s Ladder for 13 years. In her role as Director of Operations she oversees Human Resources, Marketing, Admissions, and Development.

“When I found Jacob’s Ladder, I was searching for purpose - something to fill my soul with meaning and passion. I stand in awe and wonder of the work that I get to witness every day, not only of the transformation of the kids but the transformation of the staff as well. This mission is more than just educating children – it is a place of healing for all people.”

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Ericka Cooper

Senior Director of Client Programming

Ericka holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston. She is in her 10th year at Jacob’s Ladder and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, and is a certified Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Trainer. Ericka uses her extensive Applied Behavioral Analysis background combined with her knowledge in the Jacob’s Ladder Methodology to design treatment plans for in-home wraparound services. She is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.

“Providing wrap around support and education to families is an area of passion for me, as it is paramount for the success of both the students we serve and their family dynamic as a whole, especially within the Hope School program.”

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Sarah Cannon

Director of Ladder Programming

Sarah graduated from Georgia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and Psychology and is a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care. She interned with Make A Wish Georgia, is Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certified, and has extensive experience working individually with children experiencing ADHD and learning difficulties. 

"I was originally drawn to work at Jacob’s Ladder because of the atmosphere where hope and love truly reside. The staff are committed to serving whole-heartedly and the support that both staff and students feel is unmatched.”

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Oscar Mendez

Oscar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University with a minor in research analytics. He has worked at Jacob’s Ladder for 7 years and is a certified Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Trainer.  He is on the Digitization Team working alongside our Software Development Team for the customized buildout of the AHAVA Digital Platform. He is also a Certified Clinician in the Jacob’s Ladder Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care.

"My favorite experience at Jacob’s Ladder has been watching the growth and transformation of this school over the past seven years. When I started, we had one campus with around 40 teachers and now we have two campuses and over a hundred teachers, giving us the opportunity not only to help more families in the community but across the globe.”

“What I love the most about each day, is walking out our firm and steadfast mission: believing every brain is capable of change. This is how we help every person recognize their own cherished, extraordinary, and unrepeatable potential from within—the path of hope lies before them, and we have the privilege to walk hand in hand with our students.”

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Michelle Donley

Occupational Therapist

Michelle Donley is one of our Occupational Therapist and has actually been a Senior Clinician evaluating JL students with Jacob’s Ladder over the last 15 years. Michelle has had 2 of her own children go through our program. 

Student Care & Administration

Abby Brackett
Hope School Pod Lead

Adrienne Achille, LPC
Mental Health Therapist

Andrew Church
Hope School Pod Lead

Angela Cremers
Compass Pod Lead

Ayana Van Dyke
Client Program Specialist - Clinical Support and Model Integrity

Barrett Stanford
Extra-Curriculars Oversight

Corey Barbre
Compass Pod Lead

Dani Duguay
Business Office Manager

Devin Kisiel 
Marketing & Operational Support Coordinator

Elyse Stokes
Compass Pod Lead

Elaine Horii
Ladder Pod Lead

Hunter Cooper
Client Program Specialist - Model Integrity

Isabella De Los Rios
Front Office Administrator

Janie Pickett
Client Program Specialist - Teacher and Clinical Support

Joanne Cork
Nursery Director

Kalin Bagwell
Client Program Specialist - Socio-Emotional Model Integrity and Family Wrap Around

Kathy Milans
Human Resources Administrator

Katie Cagle
Client Program Specialist - Clinical Integrity

Kim Berry
Program Services Administrator

Leighton Persell, CAATP
Senior Provider and Hope School Floater

Lindsey Craven
Ladder Pod Lead

Lisa Parish
Hope School Pod Lead

Madeline Rogers
Hope School Pod Lead

Megan McLaughlin
Community of Care Client Program Specialist

Michele Soteres
Front Office Administrator


Morgan Agnew
Hope School Pod Lead

Patricia Sison
Hope School Pod Lead

Rachel Reimer
Ladder Pod Lead

Rebecca Hart
Client Program Specialist - Clinical Admin Support

Sam Reynolds
Senior Provider and Hope School Floater

Sarah Jenkins
Client Program Specialist - Teacher and Clinical Support

Sara Demlow
Ladder Pod Lead

Sarah Magee
Ladder Pod Lead

Sharon Hurst
Director of Advancement

Shona Hurt, BCN
Lead Neurofeedback Practitioner

Stephanie Strong
Compass Pod Lead

Taylor Wade
Admissions and Outreach Coordinator

Tricia Simonds
Registered Dietitian

Ulany Bradt
Ladder Pod Lead

Our Staff

Alex Nida
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Aimee Nida
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Alison Grimm
Infant Care Team

Allison TeBeest
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Andrew Vilar
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Angelica Delia
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Ashley Wood
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Becca Dideum
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Bradi Jorda
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Brian MacDonell
Facilities Team

Carol Atwood
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Chelsea Wainwright
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Chuck Harley
Facilities Team

Esther Griffin
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Emalyn Rainwater
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Esmeralda Lira
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Jen Stowell
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Julia Alvarez
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Juliana Novellino
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Karson Rosenberger
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Katie Wisnewski
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Latryce Calton
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Maddy DuBois
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Makaila Powe
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Maureen Halvorsen
Infant Care Team

Maxine Witteveen
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Morgan Sanford
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Olivia Garrett
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Sheila Firmino
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Shelby McMichael
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Stephanie Leland
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Taylor Witte
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

Veronica McClanahan
Neurodevelopmental Teacher

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Jacob's Ladder School & Therapy Centers
Roswell (Main Campus) & Atlanta (Buckhead)
407 Hardscrabble Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

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