Jake Steinmetz, MS
Jake received his bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism education from Indiana University. After graduation, he taught a variety of courses from American Literature to Communication at the high school level. He found a passion for helping students meet their personal goals and overcome various obstacles. Through these experiences, Jake went on to earn a master’s degree in Special Education. Using that training, he had the opportunity to teach students with developmental, emotional and intellectual disabilities in various classroom settings. While working in these roles, Jake had the opportunity to help develop an alternative school and its curriculum as well as help lead Positive Behavior Support training and the implementation and use of the Boys Town Educational model.
Jake went on to complete an educational leadership program and was licensed as a K-12 administrator. He spent the next 9 years working as an administrator within elementary schools, where he led various areas such as: special education and English Language Learners programming, the Response to Intervention (RTI) process, universal screening and progress monitoring and coordinating annual case review conferences.
After working in public school systems, Jake then transitioned to working within a residential program for students with autism and other learning differences. While working within the organization, he coordinated programming in social skills and wellness. Shortly after joining the organization, he was promoted to director of the residential program. In this capacity, he was responsible for staffing, programming and the recruitment of students.
Jake lives in Bloomington with his wife, Jennifer and his three children, Drew 15, Delaney 14 and Ian 13.
Janell Yonkman, MS, OTR
Janell received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University (IU) in Recreational Therapy. Upon completing her degree at IU she continued her education at Washington University in St. Louis earning her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. Much of her career was spent at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health providing client centered treatment to children with autism. Additionally, she worked for the Automotive Safety Program and specialized in child safety restraints for children with special healthcare needs. For over 10 years she worked at the College Internship Program (CIP) which provided services to young adults with learning differences including autism.
Janell also had the opportunity to work with colleagues conducting research. Some of their published work includes articles in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, OT Practice Magazine for the American Occupational Therapy Association, and two articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Janell will earn her Certificate in Learning Differences and Neurodiversity with a Specialization in Executive Function in January 2021 from Landmark College. She will continue to pursue an additional Specialization in Autism on Campus and Online with a focus on understanding the support for high school and college students. Her current expertise is academic and vocational pursuits for those with learning differences.
She lives in Bloomington with her husband and two sons, Leo 13 and Vic 8.
Jennifer Halloran, MSW, LCSW
Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University. After graduation Jennifer was provisionally licenced to teach special education and taught elementary aged children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jennifer transitioned from working in the public schools to working with clients in residential placements. Her focus was on coordination and management and she worked for Stone Belt and DAMAR Homes until she took a break from work to raise her children. Jennifer returned to work as the lead social skills instructor for the College Internship Program providing social skills training for young adults with autism and other learning differences. In this capacity she became interested in co-occurrences of mental health needs of the clients she was serving so she went back to school and earned her Master’s in Social work from Indiana University. Upon completion of her master’s degree she worked for Milestones Clinical and Health Resources both as a behavioral clinician and as an outpatient therapist. She transitioned into Milestone’s Anxiety and OCD clinic and provided therapy utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure response prevention. Jennifer made her way back to the College Internship Program and oversaw their clinical department again treating young adults with a variety of mental health diagnosis including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
While in graduate school Jennifer was awarded the HRSA TAY fellowship which provided advanced training in the area of mental health issues pertaining to transitional aged youth. She received advanced clinical training in motivational interviewing, trauma, and substance use for this population.
Jennifer has attended training and received certification in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). She has provided care in person and virtually, individually and in groups.