Residentially Based Services

Residentially Based Services

Jill ReesResidentially Based Services Clinical Director

With TLC since 2001

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Meridian University, Petaluma, CA, 2006.
Concentration:  Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Cultural Leadership and Transformative Learning.
Master of Arts in Psychology, Meridian University, Petaluma, CA, 1999.
Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Exercise Science, California State University, Sonoma, Rohnert Park, CA, 1992.
Licensed in the State of California
PSY 23030

Work Experience
Jill Rees, Ph.D. has been a part of TLC Child and Family Services since 2001, working in the capacities of therapist, social worker, and program developer. She is currently the Residentially Based Services Clinical Director and supervises the case management and residential treatment for all of our residential teens. Dr. Rees is a TLC staff trainer and program developer providing leadership, teaching, and vision for the ongoing success of the TLC organization. Dr. Rees sees a number of teen clients and their families for individual and family therapy and leads a weekly after school therapy group.

Jill can often be seen on the TLC campus with her yellow Labrador, Brutus who has been a part of the TLC family his entire life.  Brutus provides anti-depressant treatments such as wagging, receiving massage, and smiling at the teens and adults on campus.  His hobbies include fetching, digging for gophers, carrying his blanket everywhere, and lounging in the therapy rooms.

Jill’s other work includes her role as staff trainer and facilitator for a teambuilding and leadership training organization that utilizes an outdoor challenge ropes course.  In her younger days, Jill played soccer, college basketball, and rugby; however, she now spends the majority of her time discovering new hiking trails and finding perfect beaches all over the world.


Stephanie Tower, MSW

 With TLC since June 2010

Masters in Social Work, California State University, Hayward 2009
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Psychology, California Sate University, Sonoma 2007

Work Experience
A “born and raised” native of Sonoma County, Stephanie spent her years prior to TLC in the Army, traveling the world, working in child welfare as a child protective services worker for the counties of San Diego and Contra Costa.  She also worked as a parent educator for the California Parenting Institute in Santa Rosa and as a THP client advocate in Oakland.  Stephanie was pleased to find her way back to Sonoma County in June of 2010 and find a home working on TLC’s dynamic residential team.  Stephanie is a passionate advocate for each youth and family on her caseload as she strives to provide strength-based, quality treatment tailored to each family’s unique needs.

In addition to case management, Stephanie is an integral part of staff development and program implementation as well as co-facilitator of the Phoenix House Connections Group. Stephanie makes her way around campus with her handsome sidekick, Simba, a golden retriever who plays basketball, fetch, and offers cuddle time to the residents. When Stephanie isn’t at TLC, she is likely to be camping, exploring a new country, or planning a gourmet meal to share with her family and friends.


 Scott Matsuura, MSWResidential Social Worker, Coast and Orchard Houses

With TLC Since 2010

Masters of Social Work, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 2010.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of California Santa Cru, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010.
Associate Social Worker ASW

Work History
Scott first discovered his passion for working with adolescents when he counseled at a residential treatment home in South Lake Tahoe in 2004. This experience and his love for the outdoors led him to Utah where he gained valuable experience working with teens in a wilderness program.  Scott experienced a deeper calling for working with youth and gained a deep appreciation for the creative clinical interventions found in a wilderness setting, which integrated traditional and current therapeutic practices.  After wilderness, Scott returned to Northern California and worked as a therapeutic behavioral aide, case manager, and therapist.

Scott moved to Sonoma County and started working at TLC after he graduated in 2010 is a residential social worker for Coast and Orchard Houses.  Scott can also be found co-facilitating the Phoenix Connections group, collaborating in staff meetings and wearing a cape with his fellow Avengers.

Scott enjoys the positive environment TLC embraces, because it provides a deeper sense of belonging to each youth as it empowers the youth to individuate healthily. He is also moved by TLC’s connections philosophy as he witnesses youth develop strong relations to self, others and community.  When he’s not biking to and from work, Scott enjoys fishing, diving, and gardening.

Dawn Jackson

 Lyz Moeckel - Coast House Manager


Ramiro “Marcos” LeonPhoenix House Manager

With TLC since 1995

Work Experience
Marcos came to TLC in 1995 and over the years has held the positions of youth counselor, night watch, morning support, medical coordinator and house manager. Marcos is truly gifted with the youth as he brings an authentic and caring heart along with high expectations for each young man who comes through Phoenix House. Marcos came to TLC after a number of years working in residential programs including Rites of Passage.

Marcos was born and raised between Santa Rosa and Reno and makes his home in Santa Rosa with his family of four.  Because of their love for kids, over the years, Marcos and his wife have provided foster care for a number of young children in need of homes.  Marcos is an avid 49er’s fan and spends his time tracking their progress while creating new recipes for the family barbeque.

Elizabeth Barone - Orchard House Manager

With TLC Since 2011

Associates Degree from SRJC.

Work Experience
Liz worked with TLC Orchard House as Senior Counselor in 2001 and 2002.  She has been back now as Facility Manager at Orchard House since September 2011.

Liz grew up in Sonoma County, playing soccer, and  has been working with at risk youth since 1999.  She spent time living in Costa Rica, South Lake Tahoe, and Coeur d’Alene, ID before returning to Sonoma County and TLC.

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