Kathy A. Thomas, MS Education, MA Criminal Justice, EdD Child & Youth Studies
Special Adviser for Child & Youth Issues*
*Including Juvenile Justice Involvement, DMC [Disproportionate Minority Contact],
and Developmental Responsiveness
Dr. Thomas is an educational and child development specialist who supports Orchard’s
clients in the areas of specialized learning and developmental strategies.
A former Associate Professor of Education and currently teaches graduate Juvenile Justice
courses for Nova Southeastern University. She has extensive background in direct services to youth
with developmental disorders and within the Juvenile Justice system as well as hands-on experience
developing programs to support youth-at-risk.
Her specialization is in the area of Therapeutic Educational Strategies to help students who are
experiencing some kind of learning problem by searching for a root solution (based upon a careful
analysis of the student’s learning, cognitive, executive function, and memory capacities and strategies).
Ms. LeTisha Bennett is a Certified Educator in Georgia with specializations in Brain-Based Learning and Development. She completed her undergraduate degree in Teaching and Education at Berry College and holds professional Endorsement in Reading. Ms. Bennett brings a heart for children and youth and a passion for teaching and education to create unique solutions to learning and developmental issues. Working as part of Collaborative Care Teams, she helps children work through complex challenges that often involve learning, education, emotional state, and behavior.
In addition to her extensive work in the area of education and learning, Ms. Bennett is an accomplished artist and Certified Art Therapy Practitioner. She helps individuals and groups use artistry and creativity for personal learning, growth and development, and to promote self-confidence and overall wellbeing. Ms. Bennett artfully weaves creative and artistic expression into the curriculum to promote brain-based learning.
Some of LeTisha Bennett’s specialized services include:
- Art Therapy Intervention
- Brain-Based Tutoring & Instruction
- Special Education Services
- General Education Services
- Home School Parent & Student Support
- Reading Intervention & Support
- Mathematics Intervention & Support
- Autism Socialization Training & Intervention
- Socioemotional Developmental Intervention
- Section 504 Consultation & Advocacy
- IEP Consultation & Advocacy
- Gifted & Talented Learning Support
More about Ms. Bennett …
Ms. LeTisha Bennett, fondly called “Teacher Tish” by our clients, is a Professional Educator with advanced training and experience working with children and adults with a spectrum of learning and developmental issues. Teacher Tish works with Gifted and Talented students to help them deal with the challenges unique to high performing learners. In addition, she works with learners with Specific Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyscalculia as well as individuals with neuroatypicality, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Teacher Tish serves clients ranging in age from 3 years of age through adulthood; some clients are in home or public school while others are in technical school or university.
Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MA ESE, MA CMHC, QPPE, PhD Psychology
Director of Program Development & Training
Dr. Darleen Claire Wodzenski is an Author, Speaker, and Interventionist with Orchard Human Services, Inc.
She provides direct services to individuals and families [clinical mental health counseling, special ed advocacy and consulting, parent training, non-clinical psychology and child development intervention] and professional training, development and consultative services in the areas of Child Development, Exceptional Student Education, Juvenile Justice, Co-Occurring Conditions of Youth, and Trauma-Informed Client Engagement.
Author of “Dead Children Can’t Read” and “Marmalade Jam” her specializations include a complex Psychoneuroeducational approach to learning, developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges as well as treatment and intervention for children and families affected by Disorders of Attachment [RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder and DSED or Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder] and Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD].
Dr. Darleen is a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a PhD in Psychology, an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and an MS in Exceptional Student Education. She is Board Certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor and also holds additional credentials as a Qualified Professional Parent Educator, a Teacher Trainer certified under GaBFTS/DECAL, and holds Certification Eligibility as a Pre-K through Grade 12 Special Educator with Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
See the Orchard’s Holistic Model page to learn more about this exciting new approach to whole person wellness.
Jeff Emery Miller, LPC, MAC
Licensed Professional Counselor who holds credentials in addiction counseling.
Dr. Steve J. Wodzenski, BA Div, BA, DC is a holistic healthcare practitioner
with a long history of philanthropic service including board membership for a transitional
housing program for men who are reentering society after incarceration.
He is also committed to supporting service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
He provides technical support to the Orchard in the following critical areas:
Addiction Supportive Services
Orchard’s Executive Director
Denice Maulucci is Orchard’s caring and compassionate Executive Director.
She is devoted to serving children and fragile populations to promote healing, developing, and life satisfaction.
Her philanthropic activities focus on:
Children with Special Needs
Active Service Members
With a strong background in promoting healthy programming and services for the elderly,
Ms. Maulucci brings her determination, focus, and passion to serving Orchard’s populations.
Orchard’s Board of Directors
Orchard’s Regional Advisory Team
Denver/Colorado Springs, CO Area
Carmen Melinda Gutierrez, MA CMHC
is the Orchard’s Multicultural Sensitivity & Responsiveness trainer.
Ms. Gutierrez is a bilingual Counselor in the Colorado Springs area who specializes in serving culturally diverse families and individuals who deal with Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence. Her areas of expertise include trauma, abuse, and PTSD supportive services as well as family coaching.
She is also the developer of a training program to promote Spanish-for-Counselors.
Donna Just, EdD serves as the Educational Consultant and Programs Coordinator for the Orchard.
Rich Soehl, RN is a Psychiatric Nurse and Veteran who provides technical support to the Orchard.