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co-founders: JOHNNY AND LEANNA TOCK

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Leanna and Johnny Tock were friends in high school, homecoming dates Senior Year, even!  After years of staying connected with occasional check-in phone calls, they reconnected in Hawaii in 2015 and the rest was history! Coming from very different paths, together, the Tocks have a unique and creative vision to help children unplug from technology and find connection again in nature through a retro summer camp model.  Products of the 80s themselves, the Tocks bring a charming level of nostalgia to the kids through adventure and fun, reminiscent of a time before handheld devices. 

Working together with family members and friends with a wide array of resumes in education, social work, multicultural community work, horticulture, and so much more, Youth Unplugged was launched in 2018.

 
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co-founder/executive director

leanna woodley-tock

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co-founder

johnny tock, ms, lmhc

Co-Founder/Board Member, Licensed Counselor

Johnny is part of the leadership team as Chief Director of Admissions and Business Development at reStart, (
www.restartlife.com) a therapeutic residential program in Seattle for adolescents and young adults struggling with technology addiction.  A continuously growing problem in society these days, reStart is currently the first and only residential program for this specific need, serving ages 13-30.  

Johnny is also a licensed professional counselor and received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Hanover College in Indiana.  Johnny has over 15 years of experience working within a variety of different therapeutic environments, including a therapeutic boarding school, group homes, wilderness programs, community mental health facilities, and a high school directly affected by trauma.  He has extensive experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, but is also experienced in behavioral, solution focused, and reality therapy, with the intention of adjusting therapy style around the need of the client. His approach is eclectic, with primary areas of interest and focus in trauma, anxiety, depression, and failure to launch.  Through individual, group, and family therapy, he helped guide treatment in an effective way that elicited substantial growth and identity development within his students.

Co-Creator, Executive Director, Professional Newborn/Family Photographer

Leanna is a writer, actor, teacher, and professional photographer (www.LeannaWoodleyPhotography.com) with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry in Chicago, LA, and New York where she attended Second City Chicago Improv Training, Meisner Conservatory, and completed a Bachelors of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Communications: Television Writing & Producing.  Additionally, Leanna has a K-8 teaching certification from Antioch University in Los Angeles and taught 6th grade in Hilo, Hawaii, and studied at Pepperdine University in the American Studies Masters Program.  Leanna is currently writing a children's book and co-writing a corresponding parent book for Youth Unplugged, as well as a book of short stories about her comical and often unbelievable experiences in Hollywood entitled, Almost.  

 

Additional staff & board members

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Academy development & training leader

Lillian Ortiz-Self

Academy Development and Training Director, Licensed Counselor

Lillian has a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  She has worked across child serving systems, which gives her a deep appreciation and understanding for all human services. Her job experiences include: serving as the Clinical Director of a Mental Health Center, Regional Coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, Education Advisor for the Department of Children and Family Services, and Director and Founder of the CU Project, a center for Latino families and youth.  She is a Mental Health Counselor and a School Counselor as well as the Washington State Representative of the 21st LD.  Nationally, Lillian serves on the National Council of State Legislator’s Education Committee and their Opportunity Gap Committee. She also is a member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Hispanic State Legislator’s.  

 
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indigenous educator, culture & horticultural specialist

randy woodley, ph.d

Board Member, Indigenous Educator, Culture & Horticultural Specialist

Randy is a public scholar and distinguished speaker, teacher and wisdom keeper who addresses a variety of issues concerning American culture,  justice, our relationship with the earth and Indigenous realities. His expertise has been sought in national venues such as The Huffington Post and Time Magazine. Dr. Woodley currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural Studies at George Fox University. His books include: The Harmony Tree: A Story of Healing and Community (Friesen, 2016), Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision (Eerdmans, 2012) and Living in Color (Intervarsity, 2004). Randy was raised near Detroit, Michigan and is a legal descendent of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Randy was also a past member of the Oregon Dept. of Education American Indian/Alaska Native Advisory Board and Greater Portland Native American Climate Council.  He and his wife, Edith, maintain Eloheh Farm and Seeds.

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logistics & marketing specialist

johnny wittich

Board Member, Logistics & Marketing Specialist

Born and raised as a Cincinnati native, John Wittich is a Business Strategist with a diverse background in sales, marketing, business development, and operations.  Through his experience in building and establishing client relations and corporate partnerships, Johnny provides a skillful understanding when it comes to the importance of healthy growth through lasting business relationships.  Johnny received his BA in Communications and Political Science from Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana before moving to Chicago to work for an integrative and functional medicine software company.  There he found a passion in the importance and necessity of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Outside of work you can find Johnny spending time with friends and family.  As a retired collegiate athlete Johnny likes to stay active through his multiple soccer and volleyball rec leagues. Being a true 90's baby he hopes to help Youth Unplugged bring back the day of backyard sports, cul-de-sacs filled with bike-riding kids, and bonfires.