Laura Silverman is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Sociology and Spanish. In 2007, at the age of 24, she entered long-term recovery from alcohol abuse and mental health concerns. Her lived experience inspired her to start a resource and blog created to celebrate multiple pathways to recovery from substance use disorder and mental illness. After spending close to a decade consulting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Laura entered the behavioral health field in a professional capacity. She strongly advocates for mental wellness and volunteers her time with Mental Health America, SAMHSA’s Recovery Month Planning Partners, and the Chris Atwood Foundation. Some of Laura’s hobbies include playing guitar and piano, karaoke, practicing yoga, walking in nature, finding the perfect spirit-free beverage, and spending time with family and friends.
Brooke Brody, LCSW-C, LCADC is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Maryland, and also a licensed clinical drug and alcohol counselor. He received his master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University. Brooke is currently a PhD candidate with the Prescott College “Sustainability Education” doctoral program focusing on mental health and social work education. His areas of specialization have been in the area of therapy with adolescents and young adults and their families, substance abuse treatment, advocacy for students with learning differences, and treatment of mood disorders. Brooke has worked with wilderness therapy programs out west as well as residential therapeutic programs for adolescents. He has also worked in Montgomery County, MD for several years as a clinical social worker with adjudicated and homeless youth. He has post-graduate training in numerous areas that affect the treatment of adolescents and young adults including: training in the assessment of learning differences (with the UNC-Chapel Hill “All Kinds of Minds Institute”); relapse prevention therapy (with Terrance Gorski and the Gorski CENAPS program); brief hypnotic psychotherapy (with the Milton Erikson Institute). Brooke has also completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Behavioral Tech organization. Brooke is an avid hiker and photographer, and combines these two pursuits on regular excursions to national parks and wilderness areas.
Kimball DeLaMare, LCSW, joins our team from northern Utah. Kimball is a three-decade veteran leader and was most recently the Chief Legacy Officer at Innerchange. Kimball will assume the role of Senior Vice President of Potomac Programs. He will counsel the team as they develop shorter-term residential clinical services and will continue his career-spanning engagement in outreach activities.
Kathleen Goughler, an experienced behavioral healthcare executive, has most recently led outreach efforts for New Vision Wilderness. Kathleen is based in Pennsylvania and will coordinate our local and national referral relationships, sales training, and advise on marketing methods.
Dr. Hillary French is a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist, having received her Doctor of Psychology Degree from California School of Professional Psychology- Fresno in 1998. Hillary has dedicated her entire career to providing mental health care for youth, teens, and young adults and is passionate about finding solutions to help young people thrive. Hillary is an expert in knowing the needs of local Bay Area families and for the last 16 years, she has has been providing crisis intervention, educational and therapeutic consulting services for the surrounding communities. She has comprehensive training and experience in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, adoption, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and complex co-occurring psychological and health issues. Hillary’s commitment in working with transgender and gender noncomforming teens has been of great importance. She not only encouraged therapeutic treatment schools and centers to provide gender affirming services, but in 2016 she co-founded the Gender Education DeMystification Symposium (GEMS), now a yearly conference.
On her free time Hillary enjoys spending it with her family going on hikes, traveling, and watching movies together. She also likes to lift weight and get muddy too- as she has completed in over 15 obstacle course races.
Amanda Marlar, MS, NCC joined the Embark family in 2016 and has been in the behavioral health care field for 10 years. She was formerly with Vive Family Support Program and has a passion for admissions. Amanda is located in Florida and now heads up in-home services as the National Coordinator.
After assisting with the merger of Innerchange and Calo Programs throughout the last year, Dustin Tibbitts, LMFT, the former CEO of Innerchange with 25 years’ experience, will lead this esteemed team as the CEO of Potomac Programs. Dustin is based at Embark’s headquarters in Arizona.
Danielle Shelley has had a love for sales and marketing since the beginning of her professional career. She’s polished her sales and marketing skills at companies like Nestle and Group Management Services. When working at Group Management services she grew passionate with helping companies and their employees with healthcare solutions.
Danielle supports the development of the company’s content marketing strategy, all outreach activities, working with multiple referral partners and associations, assisting new admissions on their journey with Potomac Programs, and as needed serving a variety of Embark’s other national behavioral health programs. In her off time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and most of all spending time with her fiancé chasing after their almost two-year-old daughter.
Taïs grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but took a break from the desert heat to spend 10 years in Vienna, Austria where she completed a Masters degree and became licensed as a Gestalt Psychotherapist. She worked with children and adults in an outpatient setting. Taïs is the Admissions Director for Potomac Programs Home Community Services. She is passionate about helping families in need find the right level of care.