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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. 

Rebecca Houston, MA, LCPC

Clinical Director

Rebecca has worked as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for over 20 years.  She arrived in Idaho after spending her early years as an Air Force Brat (a term of endearment within the military) and received her degrees at Boise State University while raising her daughter.  Rebecca has experience in private practice, hospital and residential settings, and addiction recovery, working across the continuum of client populations including children, teens, and adults.  She traveled the US, Europe and Okinawa serving as a counselor for US Military Service members and their families on at least 22 military installations from 2008-2014.  She has a compassionate, direct, client-centered approach with a focus on improving quality of life from the moment she meets her clients.  She uses a variety of therapeutic interventions including, CBT, EMDR, and Mindfulness-Based therapy targeting concerns such as anxiety and depression, mood disorders, PTSD, addiction recovery and ADHD.  

Rebecca has been a meditation and yoga practitioner for 14 years.  She enjoys the active, outdoor life offered here in Idaho, travel, and spending time with her 3 beautiful grandchildren.

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Bernie Zimmerman MA, LCPC

Program 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. He is an active member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Program's (NATSAP) Government Relations committee and regularly travels to Washington DC to advocate for children and their families. Bernie has been married to his high school sweetheart, Krista, for 27 years, and together they have three young adult sons.

Brianna Dill MA, LPC

Therapist

Brianna is a graduate of Boise State University with a Master's degree in Counseling. She has experience working in juvenile corrections as well as several different community agencies. Brianna enjoys working with youth and young adults in mental health settings, addiction recovery, and trauma therapy. Currently, Brianna is working towards becoming certified in EMDR.


Brianna has a trained therapy dog, and enjoys spending free time volunteering as a member of the GO Team - Therapy, Crisis, and Airport Dogs. Brianna enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and anything outdoorsy! She is excited to be a part of the Gemba team!

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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.

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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