Our Team

Jason Wynkoop, LCSW

Executive Director

Jason is particularly adept at working with college students who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and relationship skills. He has extensive knowledge and experience in wilderness therapy, clinical supervision, and work with adolescents, young adults and their families

Jason is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BA) and the University of Chicago (MA) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.

Kyla Cretekos-Gross, M.Ed.

Learning Coordinator

Kyla has a diverse background in education and mentoring, serving students at various developmental levels. Through her experiences in Education, Kyla has developed a passion for working individually with young adults to assist them in developing and reaching their own academic and personal goals.

Kyla is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S.) and of Lipscomb University (M.Ed.)


Carissa Johnsen, MA

Therapeutic Life Coach

Carissa brings to EDGE clinical experience working as an independent life coach and mental health counselor. Her background in health and fitness also gives her keen insight into exercise and nutrition and the role it plays in mental health. Carissa is skilled in assisting students to find a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives. Her expertise is working with young adults with anxiety, depression and negative body image. She helps educate, motivate and empower students to reach their highest potential.
Carissa is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University (BA) and (MA).

Brock Jones, MA, LPC

Therapeutic Life Coach

Brock takes a counselor-advocate approach to helping students identify their own goals and the necessary steps to reach those goals. He brings with him school based and clinical experience in building working relationships and supporting students.  Brock is skilled in helping students reach their potential by learning about themselves and the world around them.
Brock is a graduate of Carroll College (BA) and Seattle University (MA) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois and a National Certified Counselor.

Dorian Hawkins

Operations Lead

After initially pursuing a career in hotel hospitality, Dorian applies her culinary and organizational skills at EDGE with the students as well as coordinating with the property management team.  Dorian is passionate about helping students develop good habits and skills.

Dorian is a graduate of Purdue University (BS).

John Conway, LCSW, CADC

Business Development & Admissions

John has a passion assisting individuals, families, and groups in achieving their potential.  John has spent significant time in the wilderness as a trip lead and wilderness therapist and as the program director of a community based wilderness therapy program.  John has trained guides and therapists all over the world, as well as serving as past chair of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC) and has held several leadership roles on the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) of the Association of Experiential Education (AEE).

John is a graduate of Coe College (BA) and Loyola University, Chicago (MSW) and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor.

Mary Beth Kerf, LCPC, CADC

Regional Outreach

Mary Beth Kerf has provided therapy services in a number of settings, developed programs that impact change and progress in individuals and has served as a clinical supervisor and consultant to countless others in the field. With her strengths-based approach, Mary Beth seeks to empower young people to find pathways to their future success.

Mary Beth is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University (BA) and Eastern Illinois University (MA) and is a Licensed Clinical Professional counselor and Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor.


Brian McKenna, LCSW, CAADC

Chief Operating Officer

Brian McKenna develops programs that cultivate life passions into purpose.  With over 20 years in the field, he possesses extensive knowledge and experience in working in the areas of anxiety and depression, clinical supervision, organizational leadership development, parent coaching, relationship skill building, and substance abuse.

Brian is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BS) and the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago (MSW) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an Adolescent Treatment Endorsement in the State of Illinois.

David J. Ventrelle, Psy.D.

Executive Director - EDGE Programs

Dr. Ventrelle holds a passion for innovation and advancement in the field. His belief in therapeutic intervention as a means to assist people in accomplishing and achieving their goals has fueled his work over that time. Dr. Ventrelle has been privileged to work with individuals and families in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings, as well as serving significant leadership roles in not-for-profit organizations.  As a speaker, Dr. Ventrelle has a passion for assisting parents in understanding and responding to challenging behavior.  Additionally, Dr. Ventrelle specializes in comprehensive psychological assessment for clients of all ages, including intellectual and personality assessment measures.  As the Executive Director for EDGE Programs, Dr. Ventrelle maintains responsibility for strategic direction and oversight of EDGE Learning and Wellness as well as EDGE Counseling Solutions.

Dr. Ventrelle is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BA) and Argosy University (Psy. D.) and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois.