Allison Hinkle

Allison (she/her) comes to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy with a wealth of experience in case management, program design, and recruitment. She has worked locally in the Central Oregon community for the past five years, supporting different non-profit organizations. During this time, Allison gained a strong understanding of community needs and built connections to create accessible resources…

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Mary Catherine Mareno

Mary Catherine originally hails from Austin, Texas, and is enchanted by central Oregon’s beauty and unique ecology. With a master’s degree in conservation biology, she is passionate about nature’s power to affect positive change in our lives. This passion drew her to the work of Deschutes Wilderness Therapy. She believes connecting people to the earth…

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Sarah Golemon-Mercer

Sarah joined Deschutes Nest Family Services as a Family Specialist in the summer of 2021. She graduated with a BA in Religious Community and Environmental Studies, which continues to nourish her understanding of systemic and individual healing. Sarah is passionate about family services and strives to support transformation and growth by facilitating the daily schedule,…

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Allison Twidwell

Allie grew up in Missoula, Montana where her love for the outdoors began. She went to college in Portland, OR at Lewis & Clark College, where she worked as an Adventure Expeditions Guide for many summers. After college, Allie joined the Deschutes Wilderness Therapy team as a Wilderness Field Guide for about three years. Now…

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Savanna DeLuca, M.A., LPC

Savanna joins the Deschutes Wilderness team in 2022 excited to engage with family systems work. She brings a warm and collaborative approach to her work with clients and believes that every person has a valuable perspective and qualities that contribute to a cohesive family system. It is her goal to help families see and appreciate these…

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Lori Vallelunga, PhD

Dr. Lori Vallelunga is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than a quarter-century of clinical and program administration experience. She comes to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy with an adventurous spirit and a passion to help others become their best selves. As Clinical Director of the Adolescent Program, Dr. Vallelunga’s skills in team building, staff communication, and support as…

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Barbara Lang

Barbara comes to Deschutes Wilderness Therapy with a wealth of experience in the digital entertainment marketing space, where she worked for nationally recognized brands including SPIN, Billboard, and the Hollywood Reporter. It was in those roles that she developed a deep understanding of building trusting relationships and creative marketing strategies. Barbara’s introduction to wilderness therapy…

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Matt Lauziere, MA, LPC

As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in relationship building, healing, and the exquisite complexity of the human mind. I’ve endeavored to understand the roots of suffering and I’ve searched extensively–reading countless books, inquiring with experienced teachers, and attending a variety of training–for the tools to help people find their way…

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Tamara Mathiesen

Tamara Moved to Bend in 1995. She has two teenage children who keep her hustling. Tamara received her degree in Education and Psychology from Western Oregon University. Tamara taught Kindergarten and 4th grade before finding her way to Deschutes Wilderness therapy. Tamara is an advocate for creature comforts. Tamara likes warm fires and delicious foods.

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