November 24, 2015

About Us

About Us

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

For 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 four books — The Mom’s Guide to Aspergers SyndromeThe CEO of Self: An Executive Functioning Workbook, LifeLaunch and Workplace Adaptability 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 young professional with Aspergers Syndrome and a high 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, bake sourdough bread, cook beautiful food, write, garden in their suburban homestead and spend down time with her partner and children and their rescue Dachshund, aging tabby cat, six chickens and three parakeets. She also loves gaming — both board and electronic.

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!

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.
Caci Tassano, AMFT – Therapy Services Caci studied Art History and Fine Arts at the American University of Paris and Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media from Otis College of Art and Design. In 2013, Caci graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Since completing his Master’s degree, Caci has been working as a therapist with families and youth in the Santa Clara County. Caci values therapy as a collaborative and creative process that is designed to make life more enjoyable. Contact Caci by clicking here.
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.
Cynthia Haartman, LMFT – Therapy & Case Management Services evobiopic 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 has a private practice and has trained her stubborn little pug, Taz, to work alongside her as a certified therapy dog. 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 Cynthia by clicking here.
Ileana Gomez – Paraprofessional Silly, quirky, coffee addict, Halloween- and Disney-lover—these are just a few things that describe Ileana. Growing up in a traditional Mexican household with her four brothers, Ileana has always been a hard-working gal. Ileana is the first in her family to graduate from college, receiving a BA in Criminology with a concentration in Forensic Science and a minor in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development from Holy Names University. She will be continuing her education at Holy Names in the dual Counseling and Forensic Psychology program with the goal of working with at-risk youth in the juvenile system to help them get back on the right path for a successful future. Ileana was in the process of joining the SJPD as a detective until she chose a career change. After working with children and young adults for over 10 years as a teacher’s assistant in the Oakland and Fremont Unified High School Districts as well as being a peer mentor in college for incoming freshman, she realized her love for working with children. Upon completing college, she started working as a Behavioral Therapist using ABA with children with Autism. During her free time, Ileana enjoys spending time with her family and her Pomeranian, Poochi, as well as going on adventures to new places—especially the beach. When alone, she enjoys reading, drawing and binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix. She also enjoys listening to music and going to concerts with her bother. Aside from pursuing a career with at-risk youth, Ileana wants to eventually open up a small coffee shop to show off her baking skills. Contact Ileana 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.
KamRon Perry – Program Manager / Paraprofessional Kam is a recent Whittier graduate with a BA in Psychology. He earned his AA in Social Sciences at De Anza College and he has a passion for helping kids. Kam has worked as an ABA therapist, a tutor, and a volunteer coach. Additionally, Kam has experience with web design, art work, event coordination, and peer mentoring. Kam focuses a lot of his free time on improving his skills so he can better serve his community. When he is not at work, Kam usually spends his downtime working out, playing video games, or listening to music. Kam hopes to one day obtain an MA and continue to help people. He is particularly interested in serving underprivileged communities. Contact Kam by clicking here.
Kerry De Lima, LMFT – Therapy Services Kerry is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working with trauma, LGBTQ issues, high functioning autism and clients dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, difficulty in relationships and existential issues. She is passionate about special challenges such as adolescent and young adult life transitions and emotional experiences. Kerry takes a holistic approach to supporting individuals and their families so they can heal and create fulfilling lives. As a holistic therapist, Kerry believes in exploring how we hold our experience mentally, emotionally and physically. Knowing each person is unique in their needs, Kerry likes to pull from different theoretical orientations to meet the needs of her specific clients. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative therapy, play therapy, psychodynamic perspectives, and Family Systems. Additionally, Kerry is certified in EcoTherapy and finds using nature and mindfulness to be a very healing modality. While therapy can be challenging at times, Kerry wants her clients to find comfort and safety in their sessions. It is her hope that more often than not, you will look forward to therapy and you will see your efforts paying off in your life and relationships. Contact Kerry by clicking here.
Matt Newton – Program Manager / Paraprofessional Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Matt Newton stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished…” Well, not exactly. While Matt is not Dr. Sam Becket, he does feel as though he is blessed to have jumped through several rewarding life experiences, including enjoying careers as a U.S. Army linguist, an advertising executive, a marketing coordinator for a multi-global corporation, and a behavioral interventionist. Recently graduating with a degree in Psychology from San Jose State, Matt brings his multi-faceted background to EvoLibri as a jack-of-all-trades, producing the newsletter, working with clients, and strategizing on marketing endeavors. In addition to a richly varied work life, Matt’s personal life also runs the gamut, as he enjoys martial arts, surfing, reading, movies, traveling, and, most importantly, being a husband to an amazing high-school teacher and father to three wonderful children. Contact Matt 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.
Rebecca Ochoa, LMFT – Therapy Services / Professional Job Coach Rebecca Ochoa is a California transplant, coming here from the Midwest to attend her Master’s program. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Purdue University in Indiana, then earned her Master’s in Holistic Counseling at JFK University in San Jose, California in 2013. She completed her hours of practice and was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2018. During her years in school and as an intern, she worked primarily with children and young adults. She also gained a focus during that time with children of all ages on the autism spectrum. She has enjoyed co-facilitating the PEERS class and leading the parent component of PEERS at EvoLibri. Rebecca appreciates an eclectic approach to therapy and working with each individual based on the perspective that human beings are a mind, body, spirit collective. Her preferred tools include a mix of expressive arts, somatic awareness, psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, process therapy and mindfulness. She has additional training in Buddhist psychology, Depth psychology and the Process Model. Additionally, she has a certification in iRest® meditative practice and Soul Collage® expressive arts practice. Her joy is watching individuals or families work to gain confidence and self-esteem to practice new skills and face their unique challenges in life. While therapy can be intimidating and difficult at times, Rebecca believes the rewards of understanding oneself are vital to living life to its fullest. Rebecca’s loves are being next to turquoise water, traveling to new places and time spent with friends and family celebrating anything! She also has a strong focus on health and wellness in her life including a love for strength training and yoga, as well as cultivating creativity through food, art and spirituality. Contact Rebecca by clicking here.
Shawna Tran – Director of Employment Services With a Bachelor’s 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 Director of Employment Services. She runs one-on-one Job Development and supervises the Workplace Adaptability class (PVSA) and Executive Functioning class (CEO of Self). For Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) questions, Shawna will be your primary contact. Contact Shawna by clicking here.
Taz – World’s #1 Therapy Pug 14463255_10154173376508089_4759068357025057945_n 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
Utana Baxter – Program Manager / Paraprofessional 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. Contact Utana by clicking here.
Vincent Ngo – Paraprofessional Vincent is a fun-natured day dreamer with a passion for serving others. As a current MFT student at Santa Clara University, Vincent spends most of his days bingeing textbooks at various coffee shops. When he’s not daydreaming about opening his own private practice, he likes to lift weights, cook, play video games, and volunteer at his church. Contact Vincent by clicking here.
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