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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
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.
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
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.
Stephanie can be reached at (707)823-7300 ext. 217
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
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.
Scott can be reached at (707) 823-7300 ext 253
With TLC since 2008
Studied behavioral science at Santa Rosa Junior College
Dawn began her residential care career at Plumﬁeld Academy in 2005. Dawn started working at TLC in 2008 as a residential counselor working in the milieu with the residents. She became manager of Coast House at the end of 2008.
Dawn was born and raised throughout California. She has lived in Sonoma County since 1997. She enjoys spending time and sharing interests with the residents when she is not doing managerial duties. Dawn is constantly ﬁnding new ways for the residents to discover and reach their full potential while becoming successful adults.
Dawn adores her two Pomeranians and pampers them as often as possible. She enjoys exploring new places with her family and making her own adventures on her free time. She can be reached at (707) 823-7300 ext. 320.
With TLC since 1995
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.
With TLC Since 2011
Associates Degree from SRJC.
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.