Our Team

We are a team of talented professionals with a wide range of specialized skills and experiences. We have worked in the human services and education field for the entirety of our professional lives, we love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Brendan O’Neil, MSW

Primary Consultant, Founder and Director

Brendan O’Neil, MSW began working in youth programming in 1996 and received his Master’s in Social Work in 2008. With a clinical background in therapeutic wilderness, residential, outpatient, and psychiatric settings, his experiences include service as an educator, residential therapist, psychiatric crisis clinician, and 10 years as a program administrator at a well known therapeutic boarding school for adolescent boys. Brendan has an extensive background in therapeutic experiential education program development, facilitation, and management and brings clinical expertise in adolescent development, young adult development, family and systems theory, the strengths perspective, and cognitive behavioral therapies such dialectical behavioral therapy and rational emotive therapy. Brendan has contributed consistently to the Social Work field as an adjunct professor at his alma mater since 2010. He is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education and Human Development at Lesley University, Cambridge MA.

Specializations: Crisis Intervention, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Executive Function Disorder, DMDD, ODD, Autism Spectrum, Psychiatric Services, Social, Emotional, and Learning Needs. Inpatient, Outpatient, Residential, and Wilderness Programming. Adoption, Early Teen, Teen, Emerging Adult, Young Adult.

Brendan’s Professional Memberships:

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs: Individual Professional Member

Independent Educational Consultants Association: Associate Member

Small Boarding School Association: Associate Member

Jonathan Bruno, Ed.D.

Special Education Services Consulting Advisor

Jonathan Bruno, M.Ed., Ed.D. is a pre-K through 12 certified special education teacher in MA and CT. He is certified in history and ELL (English language learning) in MA. Jon is an international baccalaureate of history and the theory of knowledge. He has 15 plus years in urban and rural education working in the Boston Public Schools and more recently in CT where he serves as the special education director for a multi-grade level public middle and high school system. Jon has developed and facilitated specialized curriculum for students with special needs and currently serves as the vice chair for a regional Massachusetts school committee. Jon earned a BA in History in 2004 at UMass Boston with a minor in Psychology and a minor in African American Studies. He earned a teaching certificate in Special Education, 2006, and a Master’s in Special Education from Northeastern University, 2008. Jon completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (curriculum and development) at Northeastern University in 2019.

Specializations: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Social, Emotional, and Learning Needs, Autism Spectrum, Crisis Intervention, Early Teen, Teen, and Emerging Adult.

Christine Draper, MS, BCBA

Autism Specific Consulting Advisor

Christine Draper, MS, BCBA is the VP of Clinical Services with a prominent Massachusetts based agency supporting clients with developmental disabilities providing education, training, and support to individuals to assist them to live as independently as possible. Christine is a Board- Certified Behavior Analyst. Christine has a BA in Psychology from Plymouth State University and a MS in Counseling and Psychological Services from Salem State University. Christine has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for more than 20 years. During this time, she has had positions of increasing responsibility primarily with The May Institute, AMEGO Inc., and as an independent consultant. Christine began her career at McLean Hospital working with adults with dual diagnosis. Christine has overseen and implemented in-home supports for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, provided clinical support to adults with developmental disabilities in day and residential settings and specializes in providing services and supports to individuals with extreme challenging behavior. Christine has published several scholarly articles on services for individuals with developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.

Specializations: Autism Spectrum, Psychiatric Disability, Crisis Intervention, Social, Emotional, and Learning Needs. Emerging Adult, Young Adult, Adult.

Adam Ruma, BA

School Applications Consulting Advisor

Adam Ruma, BA Psychology, Director of online services agency providing tutoring support for Math, Science, and English Writing Skills.

“Expanding the scope of education is one of the most important opportunities in the world today. Education gives individuals, and groups, the ability to function independently, make healthy choices, and create stability.”

Adam’s focus is on creating pathways towards educational resources which can be made available regardless of a student’s physical location. His goal is to empower students with individualized support as they seek to maximize their writing proficiency while preparing for and initiating the high school or college application process. When applicable, Adam will assist in preparation for school applications.


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