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Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer TaylorJennifer Eve Taylor, JD
Founder and Managing Consultant

Jennifer Eve Taylor, JD, is the Founder of JET ED Consulting, a therapeutic and academic consultation and coaching service based in San Francisco. JET ED Consulting specializes in advising and supporting students and families affected by learning differences and emotional challenges, most of whom need treatment out of the home. Jennifer has extensive experience helping to place students with mental health diagnoses into appropriate therapeutic programs —which vary from acute psychiatric hospitals to wilderness camps and specialized boarding schools.

Navigating the variety of therapeutic options available can be a logistic and financial nightmare, but Jennifer knows her way through, because she’s been there with her own child. She’s personally experienced the endless worry, confusion and lack of understanding that often comes hand in hand with being the parent of a child with a complicated diagnosis. She gets it. Over her career, she’s helped families make difficult decisions, always emphasizing the whole student with a focus on personal growth, emotional regulation and life-skill development.

Ms. Taylor’s expertise is highly sought after as a speaker for parents, educators, conferences and learning institutions including Sonoma State University, Marin Department of Public Health, Marin County Schools and STAR Academy. Some of her more notable engagements include her podcast with Karin Gornick (executive producer for the films AngstScreenagers and Like), contributing articles for the Marin Independent Journal and commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered.

Jennifer has worked with children and young adults for over 30 years as an integral part of her family’s summer camp in Maine:  Her therapeutic and educational experience stems from her own journey and the hundreds of clients she has helped.  Not only does Jennifer attend specialty conferences, she has also been a speaker and panelist.  Jennifer travels to between 50 and 100 residential and day programs each year.

Jennifer is the Board Chair of the Therapeutic Consulting Association and Professional Member of IECA and Founder of the Marin Chapter of Willows in the Wind. She volunteers with Horse Buddies, Bread & Roses and does pro bono work for Saving Teens.

Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of San Francisco School of Law.  A lifelong learner, she is now pursuing a Certificate in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University.

After 360 days, progress is found to be more sustained when a family uses an educational consultant.
(Youth Outcome Data-NATSAP)

Sara Lynch

Sara LynchSarah MacKay Lynch, M.A.
Parent Coach

Sarah is a certified Parent Coach, former high school teacher and the mother of a launching 18 year old. She has been through the residential treatment journey with her own family. She combines this background with current research and her work with hundreds of parents in the Bay Area and beyond to assist struggling families.
Sarah works collaboratively with parents to create the structures and support necessary to begin the process of healing their relationship with their teen, promoting a healthy, balanced, and loving connection within families. Her parenting credo is “Connection before Correction.”

In addition to parent coaching, Sarah is a regular leader of the San Rafael Willows in the Wind support group as well as Oakland-based Family Sanity’s support groups for parents. She also co-leads Transition Support Workshops with Willows in the Wind and Coyote Coast Youth and Family Counseling. She runs online support groups for parents and teaches the nationally recognized Family Connections Course, a DBT-based class offered through NEABPD.

Sarah received a BA at UC Berkeley, her teaching credential at Holy Names College, plus a MA in TESOL at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Sara Lynch

Sara LynchJulie Pelkan Glusker
Managing College Consultant

Julie is an accomplished, strategic, and caring advisor, educator and coach with 30 years of experience across academics and athletics. A specialist in whole student (and athlete) development, college counseling, and essay advising, Julie guides college-bound students with purpose and passion through the application process with a personalized, holistic approach. Students explore this transition through academic opportunities, pursue authentic growth activities (extracurriculars), select relevant standardized tests, set goals and plan, research colleges to build a relevant, balanced target list, and complete a comprehensive, compelling application. With Julie’s support and encouragement, students learn about their strengths, build self-initiative, and determine their college fit. With the process of whole person development, students build confidence, take initiative, and find meaning (and perhaps even some enjoyment!) in the college application journey. Julie works virtually with students nationally and internationally. A list of college acceptances for her students can be found here: JG College Acceptances

Julie earned her B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and M.A. in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She is currently the Director of College Counseling for US Performance Academy and leads her own individual college counseling practice with Aim Advising. From 2013-2020, Julie was the Director of Athlete Career and Education (ACE) for U.S. Ski & Snowboard, where she led the education and career transition initiatives for 400+ student athletes and Olympians.

Julie lives in the mountain town of Park City, where she enjoys skiing, mtn biking and hiking with family, friends, and chocolate lab, Luke. She serves on the advisory boards of Live Like Sam and Community Sport Coalition and is a member of the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists. She served as a member of the Park City Education Foundation board, co-founded the Park Record Spelling Bee and coached for PC Lacrosse Organization and Utah Mamaci.