Our backgrounds combined with our practical and hands-on experience in diverse therapeutic settings provides clients and families with reassurance and compassion as they navigate the therapeutic decision-making process.
Katie Conroy Ciervo has extensive professional knowledge that gives her unique insight into families in crisis. For more than six years she served as Director of Admissions and Outreach for a young adult transitional program, where she developed her expertise and visited countless programs nationwide. She then transitioned to becoming an Independent Therapeutic and Educational Consultant in private practice. She enjoys assessing needs and guiding families through the continuum of care that will best support their children to reach their unique potential.
Katie brings a warm and non-judgmental perspective. Her calming demeanor creates a safe environment for people to share. Colleagues around the industry recognize her dedication to making each family feel heard and understood. Clients appreciate her thorough, individualized approach to placement.
Katie understands the interpersonal struggle and is accessible as a guide. Certified as a parent coach from The JAI Institute of Parent Coaching. Katie comes from a family with deeply rooted values in helping others. Today Katie has a big, blended family of six. Her husband and children have been her teachers, her inspiration, and her passion.
Although Kim has retired, she will always remain as the heart and soul of One Oak.
Randy Kleinman spent over forty years teaching middle school and high school students, and in school leadership in independent schools and special education settings. He has served as a learning specialist in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s program for learning disabled college students, as Principal at York Preparatory School in NYC, as Head of Middle School at Brooklyn Friends School, and most recently, as Head of Middle School and Director of Academic Support at Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in independent schools in the Northeast.
Randy holds a BA from Stony Brook University, an MA in special education from New York University, and an EdD in educational leadership from Seton Hall University. He has many years of experience conducting educational workshops for students, teachers, and families. Randy has presented at conferences for the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and at local schools and colleges. His devotion to working with adolescent learners is driven by the belief that every student deserves to be educated in the most appropriately challenging, supportive and nurturing environment in order to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
Here at One Oak, he draws on this extensive experience as a placement consultant for middle school and high school students with learning difficulties (learning disabilities, ADHD, executive function disorders, ASD, etc.). In addition, Randy provides support for families and students during the IEP process, advocacy and education for college students with learning difficulties and parent and family education.
Evan (he/him/his) is committed to helping clients understand needs, move through pain or obstacles, develop goals for manifesting outcomes, and creating healthy relationships with oneself and others. He has been professionally practicing this intention for 15 years as a therapist, licensed mental health counselor, and experiential guide. He is passionate about showing up for his family, adventuring in the world, practicing health and wellness, and empowering people to actualize the reaches of our human potential. He helps people struggling with emotional imbalance, anxiety, depression, challenges with technology or substance use, social communication challenges, executive functioning difficulties, learning differences and challenges related to successfully launching into independence, emotional self-sufficiency and cultivating healthy, connected relationships.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and subsequent work in the hospitality and human resource fields, Evan earned a master’s degree in counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. Prior to private practice, Evan worked as a wilderness therapist, a licensed mental health counselor in New York City, and as a wilderness guide leading individuals and families on adventure-based experiences throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and the Middle East. After graduate school, he became the Assistant Director for a community-based organization offering social, vocational, academic, and independent living programs for young adults and families. Originally from Long Island, New York, Evan has always felt that the mountains of Vermont feel most like home and so he and his family then moved to Vermont where, as a Wilderness Therapist, Evan worked with families and students on building a healthy self-concept, developing deep understanding of relationships, and cultivating meaningful connections with the self and others.
Evan employs a strength-based, person-centered, and experiential approach that fosters open and honest communication, and draws on Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Compassionate Inquiry as a means for understanding pain, building trust, and strengthening one’s relationship with the self. Evan also utilizes the Gottman Method when helping couples to develop healthier communication patterns. He teaches sensory, somatic, and neurobiological strategies for regulating the nervous system and uses a skills-based, mindfulness approach to help clients attain balance in their daily lives. As a Level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Evan is an expert in trauma-informed approaches, helping clients to build a sense of internal trust and safety, develop self-regulation skills and effectively process traumatic life experiences.
When not working, Evan can often be found cooking or playing outside with his dog and family—tending to the family garden and chickens, or hiking, biking, paddle boarding, ski-touring, and snowboarding in and around the beautiful mountains of the Northeast.
Kellie Bishop graduated from the University of North Georgia with her BS in Psychology and a minor focus in Sociology in 2016. She spent 6 years in healthcare staffing, overseeing all state, federal, and local compliance regulations and deadlines for physicians and advanced practitioners. She has always been passionate about the field of therapeutic programs & empowering the individual, and in July 2022 she began working for Vania Matheus, MA, MS as an assistant. Prior to taking the formal role with Vania, she enjoyed interning and informally shadowing leadership, mentors, and staff within her dad’s network, who was introduced into the therapeutic treatment field in the early 2000’s.
At One Oak, Kellie supports families through the intake process and works alongside the family and their consultant throughout the placement process. She is also passionate about collaborating with clinical professionals and spreading the word about the unique role that therapeutic consultants play in ensuring that families have access to the best programs to fit their needs.
In her free time, Kellie enjoys reading Nancy Thayer novels, spending time with horses, hiking, hanging out with her five cats & Corgi, and being with her loved ones. She makes her home in beautiful Canaan Valley, WV.