Meet the We R H.O.P.E. Family

Our team is comprised of a group of caring people who work every day to live up to the values of We R H.O.P.E. Our team is united by their care, compassion, and commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of those that they serve.

Leadership

Sean Perry — Founder and President

Sean Perry has two decades of coaching experience and working with youth. He ran two residential treatment centers for mental health and observed firsthand that mental health care was supporting “the haves” rather than the “have nots” more than anyone would like to admit. The lack of equality in mental health support services pushed Sean to create We R H.O.P.E. Inc. We R H.O.P.E. hopes to create change in mental health by bringing mental health support at a much younger age and breaking the stigma of mental illness at the school and community level. Sean is the President and Co-Founder of We R H.O.P.E. Sean is a certified Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Coach, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Specialist/Instructor, certified in Childhood Trauma, Exposure Response Prevention Specialist, Signs of Suicide Prevention trainer, trained in collaborative problem solving, international trainer in Emotional CPR, and one of the curriculum writers and trainers for Youth Emotional CPR and the first to bring youth eCPR to a school setting. Sean sits on the Board of Directors for the National Empowerment Center (NEC) and the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC).

Contact Sean:
sean@werhope.org
802-234-3581

James Reinstein – Founder and Vice President

James Reinstein has been working in the Mental Health field for nearly a decade. James is the Vice President and Co-Founder of We R H.O.P.E. He is determined to break the stigma surrounding mental health by bringing education to not only the youth we have today, but communities all together. James is a Nonviolent Intervention Specialist and an Exposure Response Prevention Specialist. He received his Bachelor Science in Human Services from Lyndon State College. James is trained to be a facilitator of eCPR and is also trained to train staff in the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.

Contact James:
james@werhope.org
802-227-7419

Our Coaches

Megan Smith

Megan Smith has over a decade of experience in mental health and hopes to make an early preventative difference in mental health in a young person’s life. Megan was inspired to become a Certified Life Coach supporting young students in the school system that struggle with anxiety. Megan is trained in ARC Framework, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention including emotional first-aid, crisis co-regulation, and behavioral support techniques. Megan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is also currently the Adult Living Coordinator for Mount Prospect Academy supporting young adult males transferring from residential life to adulthood by helping them develop independent living and job skills splitting her time with her coaching at We R H.O.P.E.

Katie Dewey

Katie Dewey grew up Randolph Vermont. She has been a certified licensed nurse for 15 years. She worked with many different age groups during that time helping them set personal goals and watching them succeed, but always deep down loving children and what potential they truly had. As of late Katie became a certified life coach for WRH in order to follow her dream to help youth regularly and at a deeper level. Katie loves the time she gets with her family, cooking big meals, bringing her children to the movies and doing fun activities outside like skating or hiking.

John Parker

John Parker comes to We R H.O.P.E. with a background in business consulting and a formal education in Sociology and BA in Psychology from Northern Vermont University. He has been working in mental health/substance abuse assisting youth and their families whose lives have been complicated by the challenges faced by their own or a loved one’s addiction. He is a trained motivational interviewer and SMART group recovery facilitator and is involved with Upper Valley Coalitions which focus on youth substance abuse and suicide prevention.  John is passionate about the self-empowerment and positive mission of We R H.O.P.E. He sees life not as a journey but as a series of experiences we can choose to define us or we can learn from to become the best version of ourselves we can imagine.

Emily Faust

Emily Faust is a recent college graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Northern Vermont University in Lyndon, Vermont. With her education, Emily has in-depth knowledge on various therapeutic approaches, mental health disorders, child development, and mindfulness practices. Being new to the field, Emily has a strong passion for supporting others in need. Her passion for pursuing the mental health field was sparked by her own experiences battling with mental health. She found that even through her struggles, there is hope, and she wants to share that hope with others who are going through difficult times. 

Cameron Heiser

Cameron (Cammie) Heiser is joining We R H.O.P.E after spending the past few years as a devoted single mother.  She is looking forward to using the challenges and lessons she has experienced raising two high energy, intelligent, and independent young boys to help coach others on their journey. Cammie is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a degree in Global Studies. Cammie has worked as Para-Professional and Teacher’s aid in New Hampshire and Alaska public schools, as well as mentored adults with autism.  She has traveled extensively and studied abroad in New Zealand and Senegal, as well as spent 5 years living off grid on the outskirts of Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska. Cammie is an avid outdoor enthusiast, having worked with helicopter skiing companies and Dog Mushing guides in Alaska as well as being a Ski Instructor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  These life experiences will help her to assist others into stepping into their own innate wisdom and learning their own ways to adapt, overcome, and evolve through a multitude of life’s challenges and she is beyond excited to start her new journey working with We R H.O.P.E.

Autum Siegler

Autum Siegler has over eight years of experience working with children of all ages and is a Certified Youth Life Coach. Autum has been trained in a framework for wise education, mindfulness, CBT, anxiety coaching, herbalism, circus arts. She is also a hoop coach, and permaculture designer. She loves integrating her love of the circus arts into youth life coaching. She has found that through play children can learn while gaining skills in focus, confidence, and self-regulation.

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Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham is a Certified Life Coach and has been using coaching techniques in her massage practice such as meditation, breathing exercises for anxiety, aromatherapy, and other modalities for over 2 years. Most recently she’s been studying with Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Success Principles coaching program) This training method is used around the world for people of all ages with anxiety, depression, grief or fear. Her greatest source of understanding children’s anxiety is through her relationship with her grandson, who lives with ADHD and anxiety. Michelle has a passion to help empower children and adults so they may live a life they truly want to live and be authentically them. 

Christie Isom

Christie is from Pine Bluff, Arkansas and has a Bachelor of Science in Business. She began her career working in finance but recognized she was longing to move into a role where she could work with children. Christie became a substitute teacher and later received a Child Development Associate Credential while opening her own childcare facility.

Christie is currently taking 100 hr, Certified Meditation Teacher Training at the Yogamu Institute Online and is a Certified Life Coach.

Shaquenia Nelson

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Shaquenia graduated from Cass Technical High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film from Ferris State University, where she graduated with honors all while raising her young daughter.  Currently, Shaquenia is pursuing a Masters of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Shaquenia is a Certified Life Coach, Anxiety Coach, Breakout Coach, Poet, Author, and Speaker.  Her work is informed by the trauma of her past and the calling to help others live the best lives that they can.

Angela Yacono

Angela Yacono is a trained Youth and Recovery Coach, who is passionate about helping and supporting others while they accomplish their goals and realize their true potential. Angela is knowledgeable in the field of anxiety and mental health due to her background in Psychology as well as her own personal journey to mental health recovery. Angela was introduced to the world of mental health by struggling to gain control and support over her daily battle with anxiety. She knew that there had to be a better way to support our youth and each other through our everyday mental health struggles which inspired her to help others through her career in life coaching.

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith is a Life Coach from Arizona. She is passionate about providing the appropriate tools/resources with the hope to serve as long-term preventative measures to adolescences/youth. Lindsey holds her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She has experience working with diverse populations including, adolescents/youth, families, and Veterans. Lindsey has seen how each person is unique and has different needs with mental health and overcoming barriers in their lives. She is committed to identifying the individual’s needs and providing necessary support.

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Eric Fournier

Eric Fournier comes to We R H.O.P.E. with over nine years of experience in the Human Services field. He has worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities and worked with adolescents with extreme behavioral problems in residential settings. He has spent the majority of his adult life working with people to help them be able to live a better life and engage with their communities. In 2009, he received the William E Grant Spirit of Youth award for overcoming strife during his own life and giving back to his community. He has also given back to his community through his years of service in the Vermont Army National Guard.

Amber Archer

Amber Archer graduated from Northern Vermont University in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology. In college, she started working with adults with intellectual disabilities which helped her find her path in wanting to help those who do not know how to express themselves. Amber uses her past experiences to help her find new and innovated ways to interact with the students.  Being able to work one on one helping them find the answers they are looking for is rewarding to Amber. With her training in sociology, she is able to work and adapt to any situation. Amber is a certified life coach and has seen the hardships that families go through while living in a small town. She wants to help students find their voices and be able to express what they are experiencing. 

Support Staff

Wesley Wolter MA, MS, LADC, RYT200- Affiliate Clinical Director and Owner and Founder of Milldale Farm Center for Wellness

Wesley Wolter is a psychotherapist practicing in Vermont helping individuals with mental health and addiction challenges. Wesley holds a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College and a Certification as a Registered Yoga Instructor/200hr from the Sivananda Ashram School of Yoga. Wesley is trained in EMDR, mindfulness, and other research-based therapies and has expertise in working with adults and children, that struggle with challenging and high-risk behaviors, addiction, trauma-related disorders, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, anxiety, and depression.

Adam Burak – Director of Development

Adam Burak is the Director of Development at We R H.O.P.E. and is responsible for the community outreach, fundraising, and strategic marketing of the organization. Adam joined We R H.O.P.E. because he is passionate about transforming the way mental health services are delivered due to his own personal mental health challenges, many individuals close to him struggling with their mental health, and one of his best friends committing suicide in 2020. He believes his mission and purpose is to help normalize and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and he strives to fulfill this mission every day. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. where he is currently receiving his Master of Arts in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University with the goal of helping individuals through work in the public sector and public policy. Adam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware in 2017.

Stacey Gibbons – Retreat Yoga Instructor

Stacey Gibbons is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher who holds certifications in Power Vinyasa and Jaguar Path Yoga. She is passionate and devoted to empowering young women and men on their healing journey. As a lead counselor, she created and taught a yoga, mindfulness and meditation program for Mountain Valley Treatment Center which provides residential treatment for teens with anxiety, depression, OCD, and other nervous system imbalances. She teaches yoga and wellness retreats, workshops, and certifications worldwide and teaches at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, as well as the Omega Institute.