Daria M. Rockholz, Ph.D.
Daria Rockholz, founder and lead consultant, brings more than 30 years of experience as an educator, school administrator, and college counselor to her practice. A former public school director of special education and school principal of a Yale-affiliated therapeutic program for adolescents, Dr. Rockholz has served and advocated for hundreds of families and students with special learning needs and behavioral health disorders. A recognized leader in the field of school and college placement services, she also provides consultation and training for independent schools, public school districts, and the State of Connecticut.
Dr. Rockholz holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA, and advanced degrees in education from Smith College, Fairfield University and Southern Connecticut State University. She is a popular presenter at educational workshops and conferences, visiting nearly 100 schools, colleges, and special programs each year to stay abreast of emerging guidelines and trends, and to maintain relationships with admission counselors and key staff personnel. Daria Rockholz has significantly impacted the lives of children, adolescents and young adults seeking effective, safe, value-laden educational resources.
Outside of her consulting practice, Dr. Rockholz is an avid film enthusiast, committed to the ongoing development of local arts commissions and actively involved in community film events. During the spring season she can be found frequenting the theaters of lower Manhattan, viewing and rating movies at the Tribeca Film Festival, and volunteering her time to enhance the growth and development of the Greenwich International Film Festival.
Peter B. Rockholz, MSSW, LCSW
Behavioral Health Consultant
Peter Rockholz has provided specialized clinical assessment and advisement to adolescents and young adults with behavioral health needs for over 35 years. He works closely with our educational consultants to provide coordinated consultation to families seeking therapeutic services and placements for their secondary and college aged students. Mr. Rockholz is a nationally recognized expert in adolescent substance use disorder treatment, and has developed and operated several highly regarded model adolescent and young adult programs in Connecticut and New York.
A licensed clinical social worker with a Master of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University, Mr. Rockholz has developed a wide range of experience with both private and public sector clients and programs that complement his clinical repertoire gained over the past three decades. His expertise and deep understanding of the struggles of young persons with behavioral and emotional challenges have profoundly and positively influenced the lives of hundreds of families.
Mr. Rockholz has held a clinical faculty appointment at the Yale School of Medicine, is a reviewer for several professional journals, and has published several articles, chapters and papers related to adolescent substance use. In 2004, he was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell as Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – an office he held until 2009. Peter Rockholz is frequently sought as a speaker at regional and national professional conferences, and has consulted and trained in 28 states.
Jean E. Baker, M. Ed.
Jean Baker brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the guidance and college counseling arena, having served as Director of Guidance and College Counseling at high schools in both Madison and Brookfield Connecticut. Her intimate understanding of the high school curriculum, coupled with her knowledge of college admission trends and practices, has been invaluable in preparing students to meet the challenges of competitive selection environments.
As Director of College Counseling Services, Mrs. Baker was responsible for the expansion of a progressive secondary school guidance curriculum within a highly acclaimed college counseling department. She developed innovative programs to lead students and families through the college application process, implementing several community-based events, including “College Bowl”, “Financial Aid Night”, a school-to-career fair, and a college fair that draws over 150 universities – all of which have become annual events at Daniel Hand High School as a result of Mrs. Baker’s leadership.
Credited within her school community for spearheading the initial implementation of Naviance, the leading database for American colleges and universities, Mrs. Baker has established an extensive network of partnerships with admissions staff at local and national universities. Her knowledge, expertise and spirited personality have been a welcome addition to our educational consulting group.
Jenna M. Reinen, Ph.D.
Writing Coach, Graduate School Consultant
Nearing the end of a post-doctoral researcher position at Yale University, Dr. Jenna Reinen completed a Graduate Research Fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Columbia University, where she received PhD and MA degrees in Cognitive Psychology, and an MS degree in Neuroscience. A graduate of Duke University with an undergraduate degree in biology, she began her career as a biomedical research assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, followed by a research position at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Reinen’s doctoral research examined the impact of motivation on learning, memory, and decision-making.
Applying leading-edge brain research to all of her work, Dr. Reinen presents regularly at workshops and conferences and contributes to our website blog, providing articles related to cognition and learning for our families and students. She offers expert essay coaching and advisory services to prospective college and graduate school students.