Flint

Canine Companion

Flint spends his time with our adolescent boy’s group. He is fun-loving and likes to run off with our students’ socks and gloves, but he always brings them back. Flint is very playful and enjoys a good hide-and-go-seek game. Flint holds the record for the largest stick found and carried. He adores playing fetch and…

Ember

Canine Companion

Ember is one of the most energetic, silly, and playful canines in the field. When you pet her, she flops to the ground and rolls over. Ember spends her time with one of our adolescent girl’s groups, and they describe her as “wiggly” when she gets excited. She is dynamic and full of spunk one…

Cedar

Canine Companion

Cedar spends his time in one of our adolescent girl’s groups. His dad is Flint, and he is the youngest canine in our program. Cedar makes silly “growling” noises in the morning and is a loving and affectionate pup. Not surprising that Cedar is super high energy and always excited to start the day. He…

Mandy Demetrious, CWSA

Field Therapist

Mandy Demetriou is the field therapist for the young adult program at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy and is a clinical social work associate in the State of Oregon. In 2017, Mandy completed her BS in Outdoor Education with an emphasis on group work/interpersonal relationships and psychology at Georgia College and State University. Mandy worked as an…

Allison Hinkle

Recruiter & HR Generalist

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…

Mary Catherine Mareno

Administrative Assistant

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…

Sarah Golemon-Mercer

Family Services Specialist

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,…

Allison Twidwell

Experiential Education Director

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…

Savanna DeLuca, M.A., LPC

Family Therapist

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…

Lori Vallelunga, PhD

Clinical Director, Adolescent Program

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…