November 24, 2015

About Us

About Us

Jan Johnston-Tyler, MA
Founder and CEO
Program Development; Career, Transitional, Executive Functioning Assessment & Counseling

JanFor her third career in as many decades, Jan Johnston-Tyler earned her MA in Counseling from Santa Clara University in 2007, and founded EvoLibri Consulting with the goal of bringing services to those who are ‘too high-functioning’ for regional centers, but who still have barriers that stand in the way of success.

Drawing on her previous experience in Silicon Valley tech management (technical communication, instructional design, and customer support) she has authored two books — The Mom’s Guide to Aspergers Syndrome and The CEO of Self: An Executive Functioning Workbook, and her work appears in peer-reviewed journals (most recently, in Career Planning and Adult Development Journal Volume 31, Number 4, Winter 2015-2016). Jan also has written the vast majority of EvoLibri’s proprietary curricula and assessment tools, and still insists on mucking about in Illustrator and InDesign from time to time.

With her extensive corporate experience, Jan brings energy, creativity, and vision to her work. As a counselor and coach, she brings practical and empathetic solutions to all of her clients. Finally, as the mother of a college graduate with Aspergers Syndrome and a middle schooler with ADHD, she knows first hand what interventions can do for neurodiverse populations, and how exceptional these people are. In her free time, Jan loves to travel, craft, cook, write, garden, learn, and spend down time with her partner and children and their Corgi, Dachshund, and tabby cat, the world’s most friendly feline, unless you are a mouse or a lizard. She also loves gaming — both board and electronic.

You can contact Jan by clicking here.

About EvoLibri’s Staff 

One of the great joys of running EvoLibri is the amazing people we get to work with. We have been absolutely blessed in finding a truly top-notch group of people to help provide services to our clients, and we’re proud to sing their praises. We know you will be, too, once you get to know them!

Rachel Roth, M.Ed. – Director of Transition Services

Rachel comes to us with twelve years of teaching experience, the last six of which were in Special Education.  Rachel has worked at all levels from K-12 but enjoys working with high school students the most.  She got her Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2009 after realizing that her passion was helping students who were struggling to achieve their fullest potential.  She prides herself on working with both the student and their families to create a plan of action that leads to success.  Rachel’s passion for learning and her desire to open pathways for all students led her to looking for something more beyond the classroom.  She has always been interested in helping teens navigate the world between high school and the great world beyond and helping them discover the pathway to the future that is ideal for them.  She wants to help schools and families work together to bridge the “transition gap” for students who benefit from additional support as they leave high school.

While not working, Rachel enjoys her time with her husband, who is on the spectrum, and their young son, who had a heart transplant when he was 4 months old.

Contact Rachel by clicking here.

Shawna Tran – Job Developer & Manager of Employment Services

With a Bachelors in Economics from University of California, San Diego and a professional background in nonprofit, small business, and corporate, Shawna joins the EvoLibri team as the Job Developer and Program Manager of Employment Services. She runs one-on-one Job Development, as well as the Workplace Adaptability Program, otherwise known as Group PVSA classes. For Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) questions, Shawna will be your primary contact.

Contact Shawna by clicking here.

Angelique Bagley, LMFT – Director of Therapy & Behavior Services

Angelique is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has extensive experience working with all different types of clients and specializes in working with children, adolescents and young adults. Her experiences include working in school settings, private practice, agencies specializing in children and adolescents, and an outpatient hospital. She loves supervising the next generation of therapists. For many years, she has also helped to create the California licensing exams for marriage and family therapists. We are excited to have her on the EvoLibri team!

Contact Angelique by clicking here.

Cynthia Haartman, LMFT – Therapy & Case Management Services

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Coffee addict, comedy movie junkie, lousy recipe-follower, and named “jump rope queen” in first grade! – in case any of that becomes relevant. Cynthia’s passion for helping others began at a young age, and blossomed while earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University.  She has a background working 1:1 with clients, group settings, in residential care, and teaching Independent Living Skills.  She also maintains a private practice and is training her dog to hopefully one day be a psychotherapy dog, but he’s a stubborn little pug, so it’s taking some time.  All of these experiences helped deepen the passion and enrich the quality of work she provides in her therapy and case management care today at EvoLibri.

When not working, she can be found with her pug at the dog park, grilling MEAT outside with the hubs, in a sweaty Bikram yoga studio, or playing games with her family.  She loves games; her grandfather taught her to play poker as soon as she could count and hold a hand of cards on her own.  And if all else fails, she will be watching old reruns of comedy sitcoms, on the couch, with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s P.B. & Cookies Non-Dairy ice cream (that pesky dairy allergy!) We are happy to have her aboard!

Contact Cindy by clicking here.

Taz – Therapy Dog

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Please welcome Taz to the EvoLibri team! In the spring of 2015, Central Coast Pug Rescue found this handsome gent living on the streets of Fresno and was soon adopted by our very own Cynthia Haartman, MFT. His foster mom at Central Coast Pug Rescue named him Taz after the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character, and after a few minutes of hearing him “talk”, you’ll soon understand why! (He believes in letting us all know exactly what he’s thinking!)

Taz became a registered therapy animal in 2016 and passes on his good fortune by helping others. A true gentle soul, Taz loves to cuddle and be pet. Give him a gentle scratch, a treat, or play him some Christmas music, and you’ve got a friend for life!

Favorite Treats: Chicken, cheese, and anything peanut butter

Best Tricks: Wait, high-five (for treats, of course)

Favorite Places: Butcher Park dog park, the car, dinner at Brown Chicken/Brown Cow, mom’s bed

Loves to be pet: behind the ears, under the collar, chest rubs

Caroline Rains, LMFT – Therapy & Group Services

Caroline started her career serving others in the Health and Human Services Field in 2004. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology, she began working with adults with developmental needs. It was here that she first found her love in helping others find autonomy and living their lives to their fullest potential. Caroline went on to work with the geriatric population and disabled adults, where she helped seniors live independently for as long as was safely possible by connecting them with community services, monitoring their needs, and helping them define meaningful goals for themselves. Caroline went on to pursue her MA in Counseling Psychology with a Holistic Emphasis so that she could work in a more in-depth way with others. Following her graduation from John F. Kennedy University – School of Holistic Studies, Caroline worked to perfect her skills working with children and families, and continued to train and study at the Process Therapy Institute. Caroline has worked with foster youth, and with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Issues. She has also taught parenting classes, including Love and Logic© based parenting classes. Additionally, Caroline has worked with court-mandated domestic violence offenders in a group setting.

Caroline considers herself a “practical holistic therapist,” using what will be effective in meeting client’s on their life journey. She uses techniques like mindfulness training, directive and non-directive play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and sandplay therapy. Caroline works closely with parents, providing parenting coaching so parents can employ skills to make them feel confident in their interactions with their children. Caroline loves seeing the unique spark in each child and working with families to learn what will make life easier for them. Caroline works with a variety of emotional and behavior issues such as ASD, developmental disorders, learning disabilities, childhood depression and anxiety, ADHD, ODD, children with sensory disorders, amongst other things. Caroline is glad to work with LGBTQ families and children. In an endeavor to better serve her clients, Caroline is beginning her EMDR training. EMDR is a new, cutting edge therapy used to treat those with trauma and specific phobias.

Contact Caroline by clicking here.

Parisa Rahimian, LMFT – Therapy Services

Information coming soon! Contact Parisa by clicking here.

Kerry De Lima, Associate MFT – Therapy Services

Kerry is a Bay Area native and has worked with children and families in numerous roles for many years. In 2012, Kerry chose to obtain a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology to further define her career by becoming a therapist. Since the beginning of her career, Kerry has worked with various populations including children, teens, adults, immigrant mothers, adults with disabilities and individuals on the Autism spectrum. Kerry takes a holistic approach to supporting individuals and their families, address challenges, heal and create fulfilling lives. Currently Kerry is a therapist at a high school and because of her passion for working with individuals on the spectrum, she also works part-time at EvoLibri…. And she loves it! EvoLibri invites creativity and thinking outside of the box in all of its service delivery. It is a place where everyone can thrive, both clients and staff!

Contact Kerry by clicking here.

Lauren Kufer, OT – Occupational Therapy Services

Lauren Kufer is an occupational therapist who completed her education at Dominican University of California. She is a member of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national occupational therapy honors society. During her time in graduate school, Lauren took advantage of opportunities to study circus arts and was part of two pilot programs in the emerging field of circus therapy! In her free time, Lauren enjoys juggling, riding her unicycle, traveling, and knitting.

Contact Lauren by clicking here.

Utana Baxter – Paraprofessional

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A native of Santa Clara, Utana explored various educational options to make the most of her academic experience as a child. She attended a progressive parent-participation elementary school; went to a traditional public middle school and high school; homeschooled for one year; and supplemented her secondary education with classes at a junior college. Utana took advantage of her dual French-American citizenship and spent a gap year living in France before attending Santa Clara University. She graduated with summa cum laude honors, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in French and Francophone studies. Utana has also lived in South Korea where she taught kindergarten at an English language school. Back again at Santa Clara University, Utana is now working on her Master’s in Counseling Psychology, with the goal of becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a 4th-Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, with experience training in and teaching a variety of martial arts styles. Her passion for helping others began when she was just a young child, teaching martial arts to other children.

Get in touch with Utana by clicking here.

Jennifer Flick – Paraprofessional

Jennifer has three children, and autism affects her oldest son. In addition to her 25 years of experience working in the automotive industry, Jennifer has been employed as a paraprofessional at a private school and has completed advocacy training through NAMI. In 2009, Jennifer started a non-profit organization that provides different kinds of support to families with special needs children. Her other passions are cars, animals, and tattoos—and she has lots of all of them! Jennifer enjoys getting to go autocrossing or tracking her car when she gets the chance. She also loves to cook and is a pro with all kinds of special dietary needs accommodations.

Contact Jennifer by clicking here.

Juan Villanueva – Paraprofessional

Juan graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s in Global Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. Juan worked at various elementary schools as a Teacher’s Assistant during his college years. He developed the interests in working with children of all ages at a Spanish immersion school and soon after began working with an agency as a Behavioral Therapist. Juan continues to work as a Behavior Therapist and has committed his extra time to EvoLibri as a facilitator and paraprofessional, devoting and sharing his diverse background with our clients. Juan enjoys going out to the movies, is into cars, and likes to hang out with family and friends.

Contact Juan by clicking here.

Allison Goldman – Paraprofessional

Allie graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s in Psychology. She is now a student at Santa Clara University, pursuing her master’s in counseling psychology. She began working with the neurodiverse population in high school, and has experience with Applied Behavior Analysis. Allie runs our Workplace Adaptability Workshops, and helps out with our EvoClubs. She also helps facilitate our summer camps and PEERS program. Allie’s favorite travel destination is Africa, where she visited in the summer of 2015. She also enjoys running, hiking, and dancing. Allie is an extremely energetic and optimistic person, who enjoys working with the neurodiverse population.

Contact Allie by clicking here.

Megan Knight, LMFT – Administrator and Keeper of All Knowledge

Megan Knight is an MFT, currently working as our administrative assistant — meaning, if anyone knows what is going on, she will! As the mother of two kids on the Spectrum, Megan knows only too well the struggles that parents and clients face, and she brings her no-nonsense, pragmatic attitude to all she does. Megan is such an integral part of EvoLibri, we sometimes forget that she lives in Temecula! Contact Megan by clicking here.

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