Program Founder and Admissions
University of Idaho – M.Ed, LPC, Ed.S
Dan Hanks grew up in the Northwest, making stops in locations such as Alaska, Seattle, Montana, and finally landing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dan is the founder of Northwest College Support and Cultivation Counseling. Dan describes himself as “A paradoxical combination of therapist, nerd, philosopher, and distance athlete”. Dan competes in Ironman, Triathlon, International Skijoring and Adventure Sports. Dan also enjoys sailing, paddleboarding, and snowboarding. Dan graduated from the University of Idaho and holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and School Psychology. Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified School Psychologist. Dan is passionate about people meeting their highest potential. He realizes that each individual is different and each person walks a unique path towards a goal. At Northwest College Support, Dan works in business development, admissions approval, and administration of Cultivation Academy.
Clinical Director – Northwest College Support Coeur d’Alene
Arizona State University – LMFT
Julie grew up in Northern California and Southern Idaho. She earned her associates degree from North Idaho College and then earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in family studies from Arizona State University. Julie continued on at ASU to earn a masters in marriage and family therapy. While completing her masters degree, Julie practiced counseling through ASU’s counseling clinic and worked as a family consultant for Jewish Family and Children Services. Julie completed her supervised clinical experience working at a residential treatment program in Coeur d’ Alene, as a therapist and Adolescent Clinical Coordinator. Julie started working at Cultivation Counseling in 2014 and quickly started to find opportunities within the Northwest College Support program as well. She became a clinical supervisor and provides clinical supervision to multiple therapist in the company. Most recently, Julie became the Clinical Director of both Cultivation Counseling and Northwest College Support. Despite her progression into supervision and management she values above all else the opportunity to provide counseling and maintain her own client load. Julie has a passion for counseling with couples, families, and children. Julie practices cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation/mindfulness, DBT skills training, and she uses a systems-centered approach to therapy in order to address challenges and issues surrounding the family system. By teaching family members to focus on creating strong relationships within the family, Julie believes that individuals can reach a fuller and greater potential.
Idaho State University – PhD
Marisa is from St. Louis and recently relocated to Coeur d’Alene for her partners’ work. She’s thrilled to be in such a beautiful area of the country and excited to be part of the Cultivation Counseling team! She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho and will be working as a part-time clinician as she also enjoys teaching and supervising at an online University with counseling graduate students. Marisa earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University and her PhD in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. Marisa’s passions are working with adolescents and adults struggling with a wide variety of adjustments, transitions, and mental health concerns. Marisa has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, substance abuse, and behavioral/process addictions. In her personal time, Marisa enjoys backpacking and hiking the endless trails of Idaho with her partner and their golden retriever, Cedar.
Student Life Manager
Boise State University – MSW
Zack grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho and also lived in Boise for many years. He is now happy to call Coeur d’Alene home. Zack received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lewis and Clark State College. While working on his Bachelor’s degree, Zack worked at Panhandle Autism Society. Zack went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from Boise State University, and while doing so gained experience working at Benewah Medical Center in the Substance Use Disorder Division. When working with clients, Zack is an advocate of Solution-Focused Therapy.
In his spare time, Zack enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time on the beautiful lakes north Idaho has to offer. Zack is also an avid golfer, and spent many years working at the famous Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.
Admission Coordinator – Northwest College Support – Coeur d’Alene & Initiate Northwest
University of Idaho
Francesca was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Hillside, New Jersey. She joined the Navy shortly after graduating High School. She met her husband, a Couer D Alene native while stationed in Italy on a submarine tender. Francesca moved to Couer D Alene in 2008 where she attended North Idaho College and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at University of Idaho. Francesca has worked in the mental health field for 10 years providing administrative support for programs such as medication management, counseling and managing a respite services program for a local outpatient mental health agency. Francesca is passionate about helping others reach their education and career goals. She enjoys boating, reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and raising her three boys.
Jenell grew up in North Idaho. She graduated from North Idaho College and Christ For The Nations Institute (CFNI) in Dallas, Texas. At CFNI she received her Bachelor’s in Practical Ministry. She has been on many mission trips across the globe and is working with her church to train interns for the mission field. She currently resides in Hayden, Idaho and does administrative work as well as life coaching at Northwest College Support. As a life coach Jenell works with the college students, helping them with life skills and daily living activities. Jenell also performs many of the administrative duties for NWCS in addition to life coaching. When Jenell is not working, she likes to travel, go boating, read, connect with friends, and spend time with her family.
Director of Education
Colorado State University
Jamie grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. At CSU she received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Social Studies teaching concentration and a minor in English. She obtained a secondary Colorado state teaching license and went on to teach 9th grade geography in Aurora, Colorado. After this she moved to Vigo, Spain where she taught English to primary level students and traveled around Europe for over eight months. Jamie recently moved to Spokane, Washington where she acquired her secondary Washington state teaching license in Social Studies.
Jamie has a passion for learning as well as the overall well being of her students. She is dedicated to the development and success of her students and is invested in their growth as individuals. Outside of work Jamie enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.
Savannah grew up in Lewiston, Idaho and attended college at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. At Gonzaga, she received a Bachelor of Education in Special Education and was an active member of Gonzaga’s Volleyball program. After graduating, she competed for a professional volleyball program in Linz, Austria. Once she made the move back to the U.S., she spent some time substitute teaching and coaching high school volleyball in Lewiston.
Savannah is driven by helping others learn and succeed, not only in academics, but in life. Outside of work, Savannah enjoys anything outdoors, traveling, connecting with others, and coffee.
Ashley grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and lived there for 29 years. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at University of Alaska and graduated in 2014. Ashley also acquired her Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University in 2017. Ashley is certified as a highly qualified teacher in Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming. She has taught 6th grade, 5th grade, and Kindergarten. Ashley considers herself a life-long learner and loves inspiring others to learn more about the world. She enjoys helping others and looks forward to assisting college students with realizing their academic goals.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her sons and her dogs. She loves animals and the outdoors, and also enjoys hiking, trips to the lake, reading, writing, and doing art projects.
Eastern Washington University
Shem is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with two Bachelor of Arts degrees. Shem enjoys learning about history, playing basketball, watching the Denver Broncos, and local theatrical performances. As an aftercare specialist, ensuring the students that he works with are successful in school, as well as life, is his passion. He believes in the words of Aaron Sorkin that, “education is the silver bullet.” As well as Pericles of Athens who said, “All good things must flow into the boulevard.”
University of Nevada
Haley grew up in the Reno/Tahoe area. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. At North West College Support, she works as the Reset Supervisor and a Life Coach. She enjoys helping students with goal setting and personal growth so they discover their true potential. Her ultimate goal in life is to make a difference in people’s lives. On her free time, she values spending time with friends and family. She likes boating in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.