All Kinds of News for February 08, 2017
Jessica Potter-Bowers, M.Ed., has joined Montford Hall as Director of Student Life.
Jessica has spent over a decade designing, developing and implementing educational and other programming for at-risk youth and families. After earning a B.A. in Spanish and Public Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006, she created and ran the Family Connections and Latino Mentoring programs at CARING for Children, an Asheville organization that provides comprehensive support services to families in crisis.
In 2012, Jessica earned an M.A. in Science Education from the University of Washington; during graduate school and following, she designed outdoor educational curricula for disenfranchised students at various organizations in both Seattle and Western North Carolina. Most recently, she founded a nonprofit farm and nature school outside of Asheville. In addition to serving in administrative roles, Jessica has also worked directly with clients as a teacher, mentor and advocate, and trained others to do the same.
"Jessica is an ideal addition to our team," says Alex Kirby, Psy.D., Montford Hall's Executive Director. "She has that rare combination of big-picture vision and day-to-day discipline, both of which are critical to a young and growing organization like ours."
As Director of Student Life, Jessica will be expanding Montford Hall's extracurricular programming, supervising direct care staff and helping students identify and work toward individualized extracurricular goals.
Located in Asheville, NC, Montford Hall, (www.montfordhall.org/) is a nonprofit residential recovery program for boys 14-17. The program combines comprehensive clinical care for substance use and co-occurring disorders, innovative academics, 12-step facilitation, family support and a wide range of health/wellness and recreational activities to give students an integrated, individualized and inspiring recovery experience. Montford Hall is licensed as a therapeutic boarding school in the State of North Carolina, and is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).