Meet Our Team

 
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Dan Hanks, M.Ed, Ed.S, LPC

Founder

Northwest College Support was founded on the values of truly treating young adults as individuals. Dan focused on the needs of college-aged students who needed more support to be successful. By combining advanced educational approaches with state of the art therapeutic strategies, NWCS grew into the leading therapeutic college support program. 

Dan graduated from the University of Idaho, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a School Counselor and School Psychologist. Dan is working with students, families, and teams to develop new paths to individual success. 

Dr. Si Steinberg, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Si Steinberg, affectionately called Dr. Si by his patients and staff, is a Double Board Certified Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. He has been working with individuals and families for over thirty years. His philosophy with regards to prescribing medications is that medicine is merely the lubricant to grease the wheels of the machinery of therapy and living fully. Rarely is medication the center or primary component of an individual's treatment. Dr. Si strives to be as minimalistic as possible with medication interventions and encourages the resolution of underlying causes and conditions prior to jumping to conclusions about diagnoses and medication treatment regimens.


Dr. Si lives with his wife Kim and their two golden doodles, Sammy and Nala. They all like to travel, hike, bike, Nordic ski, canoe, and sail. Dr. Si is also a musician and plays many instruments by ear, though he trained on piano and oboe as a child. 

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Bernie Zimmerman MA, LCPC

Director

Bernie joined Northwest College Support to expand the nationally recognized program and help develop the Gemba Boise Gap Program. He is the former Chief Operations Officer for Cherry Gulch and Novitas Academy. He is a former Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). Bernie is registered with the State of Idaho as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and as a Counselor of Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor.  Bernie has been married to his high school sweetheart, Krista, for 27 years, and together they have three young adult sons.

Traci Hanks, MS

Admissions Director

Traci grew up in Puyallup, Washington. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology and a minor in philosophy. She continued her education with a Masters of Science in Psychology, and certification in Industrial- Organizational Psychology. Traci lives in Coeur d’Alene. She enjoys boating on Lake Coeur D’Alene, rooting for the Gonzaga Basketball team, hiking, x-country skiing, and yoga. Traci worked as an academic coach for seven years. In that time she has coached college students with a wide range of challenges towards academic success. These challenges have included serious health issues, mental health disorders, and learning disabilities. Traci has also worked with students dealing with general life issues such as cultural dissonance, grief, and the common problems of adjusting to college life. Recently, Traci has also worked with students in Special Education programs in schools, and run after-school programs for at-risk youth. Traci values education, and the idea of life-long learning. She strongly believes in helping to ensure that all students have a positive experience in their schooling.

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Jennifer Barringer, MA, LCPC

Clinical Director

Jennifer has been a LCPC since 2003.  She moved to Idaho from Alaska in 1994, received her BS in Psychology from Boise State University, and went on to receive her Master's in School Counseling, as well.  


Jennifer has significant experience working with adolescents and their families, as well as the eating disordered population. Her diverse experience ranges from 24-hour care to outpatient counseling. Jennifer is a process therapist who works towards solutions, emotional growth, and mood stabilization to help her clients overcome obstacles and live a more personally balanced life.


In her spare time, she loves camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and dog, Grizzy Boy.

Alejandro Garcia

Residential Manager

Alejandro grew up in Emmett, a small farm town North of Boise, ID. For approximately five years during his time living in Emmett he had the honor of serving his community by working as a volunteer firefighter. Simultaneously, he spent seven years serving adolescents and youth at two residential therapeutic programs. Subsequently, for three years, Alejandro stepped into the non-profit residential program realm, thereof which he supported the runaway, homeless and displaced youth population. 

Alejandro is very family oriented, and enjoys spending all of his free time with his wonderful Fiance and their three amazing children. He enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, paddleboarding and camping with his family among all of the other various outdoor activities Idaho has to offer.

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Christin Fuller, LMSW

Therapist

Christin grew up in Texas. She attended Texas State University in San Marcos where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in child and family development. After continuing her education with a Masters of Arts in Social Work, Christin gained experience working in wilderness therapy, as well as various community mental health agencies. Christin also has experience working in an inpatient hospital settings. In her spare time, Christin enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, long distance running and seeking out tiny moments of joy throughout the day.

David Soon

Residential Manager

David was born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii, and moved to the states during his senior year of high school. As a lover of learning, David is trained in: Arbinger Institute, Collaborative Problem Solving, 3A+, Ruler, Suicide Level Prevention (Jason Foundation), Social Thinking, Child Youth Care Professional Certificate (CYCP). David has over 10 years experience working in residential settings with a wide variety of populations.


David loves the Hawaiian culture and food, as well as sports, learning new things, and learning to navigate a smooth sailing ship.

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Becca King

Direct Care Staff

Bio coming soon!

Kyle McCullough

Direct Care Staff

Kyle was born and raised in Boise Idaho, and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Renewable Materials. Kyle is passionate about helping young men and women become confident, successful adults by providing them with the tools for success. 


Kyle has worked as a youth wrestling coach for the last five years, managing a large club of young athletes year round. Kyle’s background in coaching has given him the ability to understand young adults from all walks of life and adjust his coaching style to match their needs.

His coaching motto is based around the Japanese term “Kaizen” meaning “Continuous Improvement.” This method is effort driven and uses positive reinforcement to keep the youth actively engaged. Kyle is still an active member in the wrestling community, coaching the Idaho National Wrestling Team and at a club called Legacy Wrestling Academy in his free time.

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