Leadership & Partners


Jeff Brain

Jeff Brain, MA, CTS, CEP
Executive Director

Jeff has been advising, counseling, guiding and mentoring youth, young adults and adults throughout his 26 year career. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a certified trauma specialist and a certified educational planner. Jeff has extensive clinical and administrative leadership experience in a variety of residential and outpatient settings and has worked with individuals with a variety of mental health, substance use, developmental and behavioral issues.

Jeff has served hundreds of families as an advisor, advocate, therapist, behavior specialist and trauma specialist working almost exclusively with individuals in their homes and the community. Jeff also developed and co-founded an innovative, residential transition program for emerging adults with mental health challenges as well as founded and leads a therapeutic youth group for adolescents with social skill deficits. He is an expert in anger management, having developed and copyrighted a successful and innovative anger management curriculum for adolescents and young adults.

As Director, Jeff provides leadership, training and supervision to coach-mentors as well as being a liaison to referring professionals, family members and the individual served.

Brittany Horigan

Brittany Horigan
Director of Marketing and Admissions


Brittany studied Marketing and Communications simultaneously at West Virginia University where she graduated in 2009. Not long after graduating Brittany developed a passion for helping young adults struggling to launch successfully into independent adulthood.

Prior to joining Coach-Mentors Brittany spent several years serving in business development and admissions roles for two highly regarded long-term young adult programs. It was through these experiences that she honed her skill set working on a team and serving this population through the multiple executive and management level roles she held. She has an affinity for working with adolescents and young adults in conjunction with their families. She also loves to partake in advocacy work whenever possible and has spoken at rallies as well as in front of U.S. Congress regarding options spanning the full continuum of care for young adults to ensure their best chances at success.

Brittany grew up in Baltimore, MD and Pinehurst, NC. She has a love for golf, the outdoors and animals. She brings an energetic and fun-loving spirit to the Coach-Mentors team.

Karen Fitzhugh

Karen E Fitzhugh PhD
Director of Community Relations

Karen has been in program marketing and operations for programs serving children, adolescents and adults for the entirety of her career. She holds both an MA and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Special Education and has worked at both the clinical management and executive levels. Karen has broad administrative and clinical experience in traditional inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding school settings.

Karen’s passion is sharing information about services with others that really work. She chose to join Coach-Mentors because the application of the Company’s practical and realistic approach to coaching and mentoring support gives clients the opportunity to find real world success that lasts over time.

Karen works directly with Executive Director Jeff Brain and the Regional Supervisors and referral sources to ensure everyone has a chance to access this life-changing program.

Amy Gottheimer

Amy Gottheimer
Service Engagement Supervisor

Amy is an accomplished and award-winning human services professional. Her career initially started in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she worked with Air Force personnel and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, and also managed volunteer services for a 24-hour sexual assault response center. Amy has a Masters of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University. Based in New York City, Amy has worked with individuals and families for over a decade to achieve their goals and lead successful and satisfying lives.

Amy has created and developed multiple successful service models in the non-profit sector. These models have then been replicated and adopted by government agencies and expanded She has also received specialized training in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Critical Time Intervention, and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions. As a Certified Field Instructor, Amy has mentored social workers and mental health clinicians to great success. An expert in team development and leadership practices, Amy is known for initiating new and creative programs that lead the industry in outcomes and has helped existing teams exceed their targets and build communication structures.

Amy is a fan of science-fiction, and greatly enjoys crafting and creating art through many mediums.

Ellen Stewart

Ellen Stewart
Coach-Mentor / Family Support Specialist

Ellen Stewart is a Certified Life Coach who has happily devoted the last 14 years to Life Skills Coaching and helping people to succeed and achieve their goals. She specializes in personal growth, relationships, family dynamics and recovery coaching. In addition to being a Certified Professional Life Coach, Ellen is also a Recovery Coach who has worked with recovering alcoholics and addicts in the Behavioral Health and Addiction Field for 14 years.

Ellen’s training and coaching certification comes from iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching approved by the International Coaching Federation. She is also certified as an Ericksonian Hypnosis Master Practitioner and a member of the International Coaching Federation and the National Organization for Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications and Education from Lehman College of the City University of New York. Ellen has formerly held a New York State teaching license and have taught at the High School and College levels for many years. In addition, she has a background in Human Resources, Vice-President of Public Relations, and has successfully run two independent businesses.

Ellen is a collaborative, solution-focused Life Coach. Through this approach, she provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She also integrates coaching techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored to you. With compassion and understanding, Ellen works with you to help build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to achieving.

Nicole Rousseau

Nicole Rousseau
Coach-Mentor / Career Coach

I love being a coach and helping people. As we all need a hand from time to time in our lives. I am known as an optimistic, creative, supportive coach, manager, and teacher and I enjoy working with people in areas of growth, communication skills, career, and life changes. I have a degree in Psychology from Smith College, an MBA from NYU, and I am a graduate of Columbia University’s Coaching Program with over seven years of training and coaching experience. With my clients, I share experiences and knowledge so they too can find fun, relief, and success in their own lives. I believe seeking insights with the help of a 'guide', leads to tremendous growth, giving you more confidence and options in your future.

Dan Delia

Dan D'Elia

For the past 12 years I have been working in education helping to sculpt the minds of today's youth and future leaders of America. I began my journey after graduating with my B.A. in Special Education from William Paterson University.

After teaching for a few years, I decided to get my Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. I have a very positive philosophy towards life and I make it a daily effort to become a better person mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually than I was the day before. Over the past five years, I have made it a life goal to share my positive attitude and to help others release their full potential by motivational speaking and coaching.

I am extremely excited to work with my clients and I hope to change the world one life at a time. I believe that everyone is equipped with the ability to become the best version of themselves, my job is to help you find the tools and teach you how to use them effectively.