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Our Team

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

Executive Director and Founder, Jacob's Ladder

Ms. O’Dell holds a degree in Activity Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Clemson University. She is a licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and South Carolina and also has extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings. Beginning as an intern with Shephard Spinal Center in Atlanta, Ms. O’Dell has held the positions of Director of Activity Therapy and the Director of Adolescent Psychiatric Services at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Clayton, Georgia.

Following the birth of her son, and recognizing that he would require additional help and support to succeed, Ms. O’Dell’s focus shifted in order to care for Jacob’s unique needs. She began intensive training on the Neurodevelopmental approach, cumulating in certification as a Neurodevelopmental Consultant. This training led Ms. O’Dell to further research and develop the Jacob’s Ladder Methodology, incorporating the process of evaluation, program design, and therapeutic implementation into a cohesive model.

After founding Jacob’s Ladder in 1998, Ms. O’Dell has had the privilege to serve over 4,000 children with diagnoses ranging from developmental delays, seizure disorders, genetic or chromosomal diagnoses, or emotional/social/behavioral disorders. After realizing that the need for therapeutic interventions is not limited to the United States, Ms. O’Dell is currently developing an additional arm to Jacob’s Ladder; one with a global impact. Thru the creation of a global ministry, Jacob’s Ladder hopes to reach children from impoverished nations who may not have access to modern medicine. By aiding children and their families both local and abroad, Ms. O’Dell hopes to continue improving the quality of life and inspire HOPE for more children and their families.

Governor Nathan Deal appointment Ms. O’Dell to serve on the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency as the expert in the field of Autism where she served a 3-year term. Ms. O’Dell currently serves on the Zac Brown Camp Southern Ground Board of Advisors for the Autism focus, as well as current service on the Board of Directors for HINRI (The Healthcare Institute for National Renewal and Innovation).

“From time-to-time I think about the experience of getting to know you and your staff at Jacob’s Ladder. The impression is deep and lasting… and for good reason. In my over forty years of hanging out at schools around the nation, I have not found a school as deeply committed  at every limb and fiber of every person who works there to the cause of helping children learn.”

Bobby Welch

Jaclyn Rhodes

Director of Human Resources & Admissions

Jaclyn Rhodes is a graduate of Chapman University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has also completed her Masters of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Jaclyn has worked with children and adults with all types of neurological challenges starting at a very young age, the first personal experience being her older brother.  Jaclyn was actively involved in various clubs and committees and it was her desire for serving others and making a difference in the lives of those around her that led her to Jacob’s Ladder. Jaclyn began her time with Jacob’s Ladder as a dedicated volunteer, substitute, Neurodevelopmental Teacher, and now serves on the Leadership Team as the Director of Human Resources & Admissions. Jaclyn assisted in the development of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program, is a member of the Emotional Development/Behavioral Services team, and proudly assisted Jacob’s Ladder  acquire SAIS-SACS Accreditation in 2010.  Currently, Jaclyn oversees the Human Resources Department, admissions, and student enrollment while is actively involved in all aspects of the day to day operations.

Molly Parish

Director of Client Programming

Molly Norris graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor degree in Family Studies with an emphasis on child development and a minor in Psychology.  Her background with children includes serving as a daycare manager, soccer coach, camp counselor for children with cancer, volunteer with Girl Scouts of America, member of the Family Studies Organization at WMU, Team Captain for Relay for Life, and volunteer in New York assisting individuals suffering from terminal illnesses. Molly began at Jacob’s Ladder in 2008 as a Neurodevelopmental Teacher and has thus trained closely with Amy to now oversee all client programming at Jacob’s Ladder. She began intensive training on the Neurodevelopmental approach and completed full intensive training in the Jacob’s Ladder Methodology and Implementation. During this time she was educated on the process of evaluation, program design, and implementation for children with developmental delays, and continues to work closely with Amy to refine all clinical tools and resources for Jacob’s Ladder.  She is a Certified Provider of The Listening Program with Bone Conduction, Integrated Listening Systems, as well as Quatum Reflex Integration. Molly completes Initial Evaluations under the guidance and supervision of Amy, conducts Parent Trainings for Jacob’s Ladder and oversees Program Integrity for all students at the Jacob’s Ladder Roswell Campus, as well as internationally.

Allegra Saunders

Director of Teacher Development

Allegra Saunders is the Director of Client Programming—Teacher Development at Jacob’s Ladder.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with an emphasis on Dance Therapy and Psychology from Florida State University.  Allegra has a variety of experience working with children, including working as a special needs nanny for several families, as well as teaching dance to students of all ages.  She has also danced professionally with StaibDance, in the Atlanta area.  Allegra started as a volunteer at Jacob’s Ladder in October of 2010, and immediately fell in love with the children and the unique atmosphere.  Mrs. Saunders is a Certified Provider of Integrated Listening Systems and Quantum Reflex Integration.  Allegra’s role includes overseeing Teacher training and performance, supervision of the Jacob’s Ladder Roswell campus, Caseload Management for out-of-center clients, assisting with Initial Evaluations, and overseeing the additional service departments including Neurofeedback, Integrated Listening Systems, Quantum Reflex Integration, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

Ericka Cooper

Director of Emotional Development & Behavioral Services

Ericka Cooper graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Her experiences prior to Jacob’s Ladder include working with children with various needs in India, as well as working with elementary aged students at day camps and providing in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis Interventions in Charleston, SC.  She began working full-time at Jacob’s Ladder in February 2012 as a Neurodevelopmental Teacher and began working closely within the Behavior Department in January 2013.  Ericka is the Program Director for The HOPE School Program and is a Certified Crisis Prevention Intervention Instructor and is certified in First Aid, CPR, and has training in medical protocols.  She is also an evaluator and the Director of Emotional Development and Behavioral Services, which encompasses Independent Living Transition, Self-Regulation Intervention, in-home support, and communication.

Gillian Glauber

Director of Student and Organizational Care

Gillian Glauber graduated from Emory University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Dance & Movement Studies. Her past experiences include working as a camp counselor for special needs children, an assistant preschool teacher for children with and without autism in an integrated classroom setting, a research assistant at the Emory Child Study Center, and volunteer work with children of all ages in a variety of academic and recreational settings. After starting at Jacob’s Ladder in 2008 as a Neurodevelopmental Teacher, Gillian soon went on to deepen her knowledge of the Jacob’s Ladder Methodology as an Evaluator and currently serves as Director of Student & Organizational Care. Gillian’s role includes ensuring program integrity through detailed and thorough teacher documentation, as well as overseeing student and communal supplies and initial setups for new clients. She is also involved in training new staff members and volunteers, supervises the completion of projects by Teacher Assistants and Administrative Staff, and is a Certified Provider of Integrated Listening Systems.

Pam Davidson

Physical Therapist

Pam Davidson, PT is a Georgia and Florida Licensed Physical Therapist with 37 years experience.  She is the Owner and Director of Unique Therapy Services, LLC. in Roswell, Georgia. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor, an NDT Certified Therapist in Pediactrics, is WATSU Certified, and trained in CranioSacral Therapy, Pediatric CST, Somato Emotional Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Acupressure & Visceral Manipulation. She is also trained in Myofascial Release & Unwinding. She has worked extensively with neurologically involved individuals, and those with brain injury, ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum disorders, the mentally challenged, and incorporates Sensory Integration techniques in her work. She also has experience in such areas as Orthopedics, Sports Injuries, Oral Motor, Low Vision, Hearing Impaired and Gastric/Intestional challenges. Her practice also specializes in Aquatic Therapy and has an Adaptive Aquatics program for those (0-90) with many and varied disabilities. Additionally, she helped create and offers the “Serenity Dolphin Program” for the past 18 summers. This unique program, for children with special needs and their families, provides a week of therapeutic interventions including swimming with Wild Dolphins in Panama City Beach, Florida.  Pam also has a small private clinic, “The Healing Place”, in Roswell where she does “land sessions”.

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. She has always been our on-site OT on a contract basis and is now offering direct treatment on a part time basis.

Katy Miles - LCSW

Mental Health Professional

Katy Miles graduated from the University of Georgia with dual degrees in Journalism and Gender Studies. Her experience with children includes volunteer and internship experience with The Cottage, Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocacy Center in Athens, Georgia. She also worked as a Community Support Intervention Specialist through a community mental health agency serving children and adults in Greene County Georgia. Ms. Miles completed her Masters of Social Work through Kennesaw State University in 2014, where she also completed the Stewards of Children training, focused on recognizing and preventing sexual abuse. She is certified as a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in the state of Georgia. Katy has worked in clinical mental health as well as in-home settings with individuals experiencing neurological challenges. She is excited to be part of the Jacob’s Ladder team where she conducts mental health sessions with our students and provides direct treatment and leads the Sibling Support Groups.

David Sherwood - LAPC, MFT

Mental Health Professional

David has spent the last decade teaching high school students Spanish, Biology, and about God, sex, love, relationships, spirituality, and the Scriptures. While he loved to facilitate learning experiences in a classroom, his duties as a teacher always seemed to take second place to what he loved to do most with his students — connect with them one-on-one through conversations about their trials and struggles and about what was most meaningful to them. Since making the transition from educator to full-time counselor, David has realized that his passion to help people navigate difficult seasons of life is not relegated to teenagers and their parents, but anyone who is hurting or recognizes a need for personal change.

  • Terese Howard

    Insurance & Billing Specialist
  • Amber McNeely

    Admissions and Outreach
  • Aldyn Sires

    Academic Lead
  • Virginia Clark

    Clinician and Research & Methodology
  • Dan Ellis

    Operations and NFB
  • Anandhi Jambunathan

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Michelle Gripado

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Chelvi Selvanayagen

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Katie Wisnewski

    HOPE School Teacher
  • Evan Feldman

    Teacher Support and Pods of Care Provider
  • Jacob Wuttke

    Mission Holder
  • Sarah Smith

  • Vicki Bishop

    Learning Environment 3 Co-Lead
  • Shona Hurt

    Lead Neurofeedback Practitioner
  • Oscar Mendez

    Clinician and Neurofeedback Practitioner
  • Leighton Persell

    iLs Practitioner and Animal Facilitator
  • Chloe Romocki

    Learning Environment 3 Lead Teacher
  • Zach Harrison

    HOPE School Teacher & Adventure Team Lead
  • Katie Isaac

    Learning Environment 2 Lead
  • Jay Lowery

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Daniel Stanley

  • CC Cofer

    PODS of Care Traveling Team
  • Carly Kozar

    HOPE School Lead Teacher
  • Gary Wright

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Jordy Chalker

  • Brenda Barr

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Ally Martin

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Amanda Burns

    Buckhead Clinician
  • Chloe Cooper

    PODS of Care Traveling Team
  • Leslie Franz

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher & NFB
  • Lisa Parish

    Teacher Support Staff
  • Michele Soteres

    Buckhead Operations
  • Olivia Trunfio

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Paige Matthews

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Renee Barber

    PODS of Care Traveling Team
  • Stephanie Halvorsen

  • Sam Reynolds

    HOPE School Lead Teacher
  • Sarah Cannon

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Sheila Firmino

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Hayden Blighton

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Amanda Ward

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Caroline Baum

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Winnie Clearly

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Trina Bacon

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Aubry Wuttke

    HR & Operations Coordinator
  • Casey Voyles

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Becca Mertins

    Pods of Care Traveling Team
  • Maddie Smith

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Hanna Bacon

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Clair Larkin

    HOPE School Teacher
  • Kendall Stumpe

    Learning Environment 1 Lead Teacher
  • Taylor Johnson

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Megan Finnegan

    HOPE School Co-Lead
  • Rachel Fagan

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Janie Pickett

    Learning Environment 2 Co-Lead
  • Laura Martin

    HOPE School Teacher
  • April Bloom

    Nursery Director
  • Jacob Namynanik

    HOPE School Teacher
  • Allison TeBeest

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • April Williams

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Brandi Roach

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Brittney Randel

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Chelsey Murphree

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Elizabeth Jahn

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Hope Carnathan

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Jenna Breadwell

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Jodi White

    Learning Environment 3 Co-Lead
  • Kelsey Landers

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Lauren McKay

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Lindsey White

    HOPE School Teacher
  • Molly Urhman

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Morgan Philliber

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Rachel Welch

    Pods of Care Traveling Team
  • Ryan Olliffe

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher
  • Scott Hunter

    Property Manager
  • Trisha Gross

    Neurodevelopmental Teacher