Clinical Leadership Team
Lorraine R. Freedle, Ph.D.
Dr. Lorraine R. Freedle is a board certified Pediatric and School Neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience in clinical practice and administration in children’s behavioral health and experiential therapy. She has extensive experience treating young people and their families impacted by trauma, loss, substance abuse, ADHD, mood disturbances, TBI, and a variety of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders through evidence-based practices and experiential learning. She is also a gifted clinical administrator and staff development specialist committed to developing high performing teams.
Lorraine received her BA in Social Work from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. She also holds an Educational Specialist graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. In addition to earning board certifications in social work, school psychology and neuropsychology, Lorraine completed advanced training and certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT™) through the Child Trauma Academy. She is also an internationally certified Sandplay® therapist and teacher who has conducted award winning research in this modality. Lorraine is the founder of Black Sand Neuropsychological Services, PC where she conducts neuropsychological evaluations, consultation services, and sandplay therapy.
Lorraine combines her education and experience into a “whole brain” approach to learning and development. She is passionate about building resilience by fully understanding a young person’s strengths and needs and tailoring treatment accordingly. She asserts that multi-sensory and experiential treatments are critical in maximizing growth, balance, and learning potential. She has integrated wilderness therapy into her work since 1990, when she first took her clients on an expedition to Molokai. She states, “We become better connected to ourselves, others and the world around us through direct experiences with nature.”
Lorraine was most attracted to Pacific Quest’s whole-person, nature-based model. She states, “A lot of programs talk about such an approach, but PQ actually harnesses the power of nature and practices complete wellness, with qualified staff working together on every aspect. PQ works because it is an individualized, comprehensive and neurodevelopmentally-informed approach. Everyone’s brain works differently. At PQ we can design strategies that reach our students and move them through a deep and lasting change process.”
Lorraine is married to Shannon, her “ku’uipo” of 26 years. She has two children. Her son, Ryan, recently graduated medical school and is completing his residency in neurology at Saint Louis University in Missouri. Her daughter, Angelica, attends college at the University of Hawai’i. Lorraine enjoys golf, fitness, writing, travel, and exploring the wonders of the Big Island of Hawai’i.
Jason Adams, Ph.D.
Dr. Jason Adams is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience treating adolescents and adults.
He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. There he focused his studies on human development and growth. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
He is the founder of Adams Psychological Assessment & Consulting, Inc., and The Parent Mastery Group. Jason has assisted in research studies related to social skills training and the efficacy of family-focused treatment for troubled youth. He has been a radio co-host on various parenting topics and has engaged in the disaster relief program of the American Red Cross Foundation as a volunteer.
Jason’s clinical experiences include work in a variety of outpatient and residential programs with children and adolescents, including community mental health services, outpatient private practice, and inpatient long-term treatment of the severely mentally ill. He spent many years as a consulting psychologist to various wilderness programs through providing psychological assessment services.
Jason’s background includes psychological testing, as well as individual, family, and group therapy. He is skilled at working with adolescents and families of all needs. Jason is also a fluent Spanish speaker. He loves the outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with his family.
Mike Sullivan, MA
Mike earned his BS and BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. His fascination with the wild and natural environment led him to pursue a career in wilderness therapy. Working for a therapeutic wilderness program in Idaho, Mike developed a sincere passion for working with adolescents, where he honed his interpersonal skills and nurtured his ability to connect with teens. Inspired by the power of experiential therapy in the desert of Idaho, Mike went on to earn his Masters in Psychology at Seattle University.
Mike has extensive experience serving youth, adolescents, and families with a diverse range of mental health issues. In addition to his work in a community mental health center, Mike mentored adolescents in a home-based transition program, focused on supporting teens in their transition back to the home environment after attending therapeutic programs and schools. Mike’s areas of clinical experience include adoption and attachment issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and spectrum issues. He utilizes Pacific Quest’s garden for dynamic therapy, assisting students and families in cultivating their true potential.
Mike brings warmth, compassion, and inclusiveness to his work at Pacific Quest. He enjoys the natural beauty of Hawaii where he is able to partake in his favorite hobbies including, surfing, camping, slack-lining and tending to his own garden.
Brian Konik, Ph.D.
Brian received his B.A. in Psychology from The University of Florida, his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Vermont, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Outpatient/Inpatient Neurobehavioral Unit with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Konik’s research background focused on the relationship between anxiety and pain in children. He uses an eclectic CBT- and ABA-focused approach with his clients, which culminated at UVM and Johns Hopkins but which developed over many years in a variety of settings.
Most recently Dr. Konik worked as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Annapolis, Maryland. For 10 years at Spectrum Behavioral Health, he treated adolescents and young adults with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use/abuse, to learning differences, significant behavioral problems, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Konik also has extensive training in and experience with parent/child interaction therapy, parent training, and family group counseling, as well as specialized training in suicide/crisis intervention. While in Annapolis, he served regularly as a contracted behavioral specialist with the local public school system and as a consultant with private, independent day schools, conferring with teachers and administrators on issues experienced by his clients, their families, and educators.
Brian has also coached basketball at the high school and college levels for 15 years, most recently as the Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, where he led a championship level team for 8 years in the competitive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) private school conference. His education, training, and experience allow him to provide a variety of new and complementary services to Pacific Quest’s dynamic wilderness therapy program. Brian has had enriching experiences at outdoor/experiential educational positions in the past and is enthusiastic about transitioning back to this type of lifestyle with his young family.
Christine Riley, LMFT
Christine Riley received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York in Plattsburgh and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2003. Prior to joining the Pacific Quest clinical team, Christine served as the Clinical Director for a prominent wilderness therapy program based in New York state where she supervised a team of clinicians and provided clinically-based trainings for therapists and field instructors. Christine is a respected mental health clinician in the wilderness therapy industry and is recognized for her ability to provide highly-effective individual, group, and family therapy to her clients.
As a LMFT, Family Systems work is her “cup of tea,” including highly-complex family dynamics. Christine also has experience working with victims of trauma through child sexual abuse treatment centers and domestic violence prevention/treatment programs. She also served as a Trauma Education Trainer for Guardian ad Litems, attorneys, and judges who were working cases with families dealing with trauma. She has many years experience working with adolescent girls (in a past wilderness therapy program setting), many of whom were referred, in part, because of trauma-related issues. Additionally, Christine has extensive experience working with adoption and/or attachment struggles, depression and anxiety that may manifest as self-injury, negative body image, and avoidance.
Christine is the author of several psychoeducational books for siblings of troubled teens. She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) as well as a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP).
John Souza, Jr., D.MFT
Dr. John Souza, Jr. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) who specializes in working with at-risk adolescents and their families.
Originally from Oahu, Hawai’i and raised on the Mainland, Dr. Souza completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. He went on to earn his Master of Arts and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Addictions and Psychopharmacology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities.
Dr. Souza is a true family therapist in that his specialty is the development of healthy, sustainable relationships within and between people. His main experiences involve working with families struggling with adolescents dealing with anger, depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency. Dr. Souza has worked in a number of settings including outpatient, intensive in-home, community mental health, and school-based mental health agencies.
As a nationally approved MFT supervisor through the AAMFT, Dr. Souza has also enjoyed supervising clinicians and teaching at the graduate-level. John has also served as the Director of Research and Development at Change Inc., one of Minnesota’s largest marriage and family therapy training institutes. He has presented findings from his work at Change Inc. at several state, regional, and national conferences.
In his personal time John enjoys bonding with his family, playing music, and learning.
Serene Thin Elk, MA, LPC, LACT
Serene earned her Masters of Arts degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The University of South Dakota.
Serene has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults using both traditional and expressive art therapy modalities. She has worked as a therapist in community, private home and outpatient settings, facilitating group, family, couples and individual therapy. Serene believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship and seeks to honor the stories of those with whom she works by engaging in narrative therapy interventions. She utilizes strengths-based and positive psychology approaches and believes deeply in meeting others where they are at before seeking to facilitate the change process.
Serene’s clinical interests and expertise are in the areas of; depression, anxiety, PTSD, emotional and mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance/behavioral issues, ADHD, and she also has considerable experience in culturally competent behavioral health practice and education. She has extensive experience in community-based settings providing crisis intervention, facilitating individual and group therapy and in managing a mental health grant for children, adolescents and young adults with severe mental illnesses. She has a special interest in understanding group and family dynamics and has developed a valued understanding of these dynamics during her experiences as a home-based family therapist and while running groups in a psychiatric hospital and in various residential settings. Serene also has experience running co-occurring groups to address mental health and addiction needs for her clients. In these group settings, she has learned the importance of meeting every individual where they are at with their ideas of spirituality, recovery and change.
Serene was trained as an expressive arts therapist and seeks to utilize creativity as a pathway to self-reflection, transformation and healing. She was born and raised in South Dakota with a respectful understanding of the traditions of her Indigenous life-ways and tribal people. She comes from a large extended family, which taught her the importance of remaining connected to the earth as a way of developing pathways of healing and remembrance.
Omar A. Vega, MA, LPCC
Omar has been passionate about helping young people and families for the past 14 years. Omar received his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice in 1999 and his Masters in Counseling in 2005 from Eastern New Mexico University.
Omar served as a Clinical Director for a large, multi-service children’s mental health center where he trained and supervised a team of therapists in a variety of treatment techniques. In this role, Omar conducted monthly clinical seminars and trainings for all therapists and staff members. He provided individual supervision to therapists and worked with the clinical team on an ongoing basis to develop appropriate techniques, skills, and therapeutic interventions to meet the varying needs of clients.
Omar has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults in a variety of therapeutic settings; providing individual and family therapy and facilitating substance abuse groups. He is skilled in Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and in the facilitation of psycho-educational groups for adolescents and young adults. Omar is also certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) through the Child Trauma Academy. He has experience working with young people who struggle with a variety of mental health issues such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Complex Developmental Trauma, Mood Disorder, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Separation Anxiety, and General Anxiety. Additionally, Omar is also highly experienced in creating safety plans, in crisis assessment with interventions, and in suicide assessment.
Omar was born in Nicaragua and moved to the United States with his parents when he was 13 years old. Fluent in Spanish (his first language), Omar has extensive experience working with bilingual client families. In his free time, Omar enjoys playing a variety of sports, swimming, reading books, cooking, dancing, spending time with his family, and mostly enjoying the beautiful ocean views in Hawaii. Omar was drawn to Pacific Quest as the model dovetailed with his belief that health happens through the mind and body.
Kristen McFee, MA, LPCC
Kristen received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is experienced in providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and families in outpatient clinics, acute hospital care, long-term residential wilderness treatment and intensive day treatment settings. Kristen has experience working in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, parent/child conflict, issues with authority, anger management, attention/concentration, opposition/defiance, low self esteem, psychosis, spectrum, trauma, attachment and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. She utilizes cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior and strength-based approaches.
Prior to completing her graduate degree, Kristen earned her bachelor of science from the University of MN in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies. She worked as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in 2008 and since then has worked as a case manager in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric hospital unit, Intensive Day Treatment Programs for troubled children and adolescents and most recently in an outpatient setting working with children, adolescents, adults and families.
Kristen is excited to use the garden as a catalyst for change to encourage adolescents on their journey to sustainable growth. She believes that each person is unique and deserves unconditional, positive regard. She strives to journey with others in a nurturing, compassionate way. In her spare time, Kristen loves reading, going for walks/hikes, exploring new places and spending time with her husband and little Yorkie.
Maureen Sullivan Riley, MPH, MA
Maureen has called Hawaii “home” since 1999. Maureen received her Masters in Public Health in 1994 from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. She went on to pursue her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2009.
Maureen has extensive experience working with at-risk adolescents and their families, having served as a therapeutic facilitator and mediator for client families in Hawaii. In this capacity she worked with parents, adolescents, social workers, therapists, attorneys and substance abuse counselors through a guided meeting process with the goal of informed-decision making for families. A central component of family-group decision-making is the underlying premise that families ultimately have the wisdom to make important decisions about their children and should be empowered to do so. Through her work as facilitator and mediator, Maureen worked with clients who struggled with a broad range of issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, trauma and/or sexual abuse. Maureen developed a solid reputation for her ability to navigate varying therapeutic needs and complex family dynamics.
Maureen is passionate about issues related to empowerment with a specific emphasis on assisting struggling adolescents to break free from of unhealthy patterns so that they may develop a greater sense of self and healthier means of coping with life’s challenges. In her work, Maureen strives to help young people discover their passions and move forward into adulthood with plans for their education and overall future. Maureen also worked with adolescent young women as a live-in counselor at a residential program for pregnant and parenting teens on the island of Oahu. Through this experience, she gained her deep appreciation for a holistic approach to health and wellness.
In her free time, she enjoys the beauty and abundance of the island. She enjoys hiking, spending time at the ocean and exploring the vibrant farmers’ markets on the island. Maureen has extensive cross-cultural experience and a deep appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity. She served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and lived in Micronesia as well as in American Samoa and she brings these unique experiences to her work with clients.
Bridger Jensen, APC, CTRS, TRS
Bridger Jensen is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with a Masters in Psychological Counseling. Bridger has years of experience working with adolescents in both wilderness therapy, residential and aftercare settings. During his time as Field Director at a wilderness program, Bridger mentored, trained and supported the development of field staff. He wrote programming and assigned field activities for therapeutic expeditions and was instrumental in creating parent and alumni support programs. Most recently, Bridger worked as a Primary Therapist for at New Haven Residential Treatment Program in Utah, providing both family and individual therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation.
Bridger’s past experience also includes developing and facilitating hundreds of workshops for parents and adolescents, assisting in the foundation of a prominent adventure therapy program for adolescents and young adults, and performing extensive research on the need and demand for aftercare programming. Bridger has also published academic research on the vital elements necessary for successful wilderness therapy experiences and overall wilderness therapy efficacy.
Bridger enjoys a multitude of outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.
Phone: (808) 935-5423
Cyndi joined Pacific Quest in 2008 as is dedicated to her position as Family Services Liason and Executive Director Assistant. Cyndi was an office manager for a prominent retail store on Maui for six years before moving into managing a pediatrician’s office in Hilo for another six years. After two years as a preschool teacher, she has returned to the office setting to help keep us all organized and running smoothly. Cyndi is a native of Maui and lives in Hilo with her daughter, Lacie. Cyndi enjoys kickboxing, running and spending time with her daughter.