Meet Our Team


Dan Hanks, M.Ed, Ed.S, LPC


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. 


Bernie Zimmerman MBA, LCPC


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 received his Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Boise State University.  Bernie has been married to his high school sweetheart, Krista, for 28 years, and together they have three young adult sons.


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.


Amee Hardy, LCPC


Amee started her career backpacking with foster teens in Idaho's wilderness, and fell in love with helping teens and young adults navigate the world. She pursued her degree in counseling, and went on to work with people in many settings including in-patient psych, therapeutic boarding school, wilderness therapy and community agencies. Amee received her bachelor's degree in education from University of Idaho and her master's degree in counseling from Boise State University. Amee is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a clinical provider for Social Thinking, holds an attachment certification, is trained in the Trauma Resilience Model and the Community Resilience Model, and is a facilitator for Arbinger's Outward Mindset and Outward Leadership.

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Dr. Jake White


Coming soon.

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Adam Purcell, LMSW

Program Therapist

Acceptance is the foundation of Adam's approach as a therapist. None of us need to prove our worthiness or our right to exist to anyone else. So often, we hear another message and the result is that we feel fragmented, isolated, disconnected from ourselves and the world around us. Adam will supports young adults in their personal process of reconnecting with who they are. Adam's specific areas of interest include religious trauma, identity exploration and your relationship with your mind and body.

Adam is an Idaho native, but has lived and traveled throughout the US and world. He enjoys reading, woodworking, hiking, live music, and video games.


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.


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.


Jamie Jackson

Education Coach

Coming soon.


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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