Leadership Team

Janet Courtney


Lighthouse Therapy’s Founder and CEO, Janet Courtney, MS, CCC/SLP, has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist since March, 1994 with a Master of Science from Purdue University. Her passion has always been people. Helping them to become the best they can be in whatever avenue of life their paths cross.

Lighthouse Therapy™ is an online therapy company specializing in telepractice for speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling.
As an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist, Janet has a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry for over 9 years. Her skills in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hearing Impairment Disorders, Language Disorders, Articulation Disorders, Customer Service, Pediatrics, and Public Speaking position Lighthouse with a leader who understands the needs of our school partners and the clinicians we hire.

Carissa Courtney


As COO, Carissa understands that schools need more therapists, and students deserve the care that will help them thrive. Ms. Courtney has worked with Lighthouse Therapy since it was founded. Many of her day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing Human Resources and teaching continuing education webinars to schools. Under Carissa’s leadership, Lighthouse Therapy has grown by more than 600%, allowing more schools to have the therapists they need and students across the United States to thrive.

Michael Courtney


Michael Courtney has his degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Baker College of Jackson Michigan. Mike is a certified IBM Professional and previously worked as a lead application developer for EBUSINESS STRATEGIES. Mr. Courtney has helped with the company since its inception and came on full-time in April of 2020. As Chief Technology Officer, Mike helps schools succeed by implementing and overseeing technology that allows students to receive online therapy services in the safest and easiest ways possible.

Erin O’Connell

Director of Clinical Services

Erin O’Connell, Director of Clinical Services for Lighthouse Therapy, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) who has been serving students for 19 years.  She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education/ Exceptional Student Education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida in 1999.  She earned her Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida in 2003.  Erin also completed a continuing education advanced series in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through the Florida Institute of Technology from 2009-2011.  Erin is licensed and/or certified as a School Psychologist in Florida, California, and South Carolina.    

In 2016, Erin began utilizing teletherapy to provide social, emotional, and behavioral counseling to individual and small groups of students in grades K-12, administer psycho-educational assessments, collaborate with teachers and staff regarding student’s Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and consult with parents in regards to educationally relevant student concerns.  Working online has enriched Erin’s career and demonstrated that rapport can be built and services can be delivered worldwide with an internet connection and a secure therapy platform.  Erin strives to help you (whether you are the teacher, school administrator, therapist, or parent) help your student!    

Mark Wallenwine

Director of Marketing

Mark understands that making vendor decisions can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Mr. Wallenwine loves empowering school leaders to understand the benefits of online therapy services and strives to make working with Lighthouse Therapy easy. Mark has worked in the marketing industry for over ten years. Before working at Lighthouse Therapy, he helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars through major donor events. He is a former StoryBrand Guide and Copywriter. StoryBrand is a proven framework to help simplify complex issues and make clear messaging. In the modern, fast-paced world of education, Mark enjoys using his training to make complex topics easy to understand. So educators can make the best decisions possible. 

Gretchen Bard-Loy

Clinical Manager

Gretchen is an OT with thirty-five years of experience, with the past twenty-three years focused on pediatrics, working with children ages 4 - 21 in their homes and in the schools. The majority of her career has been as an OT in private and school-based practice in the U.S. and abroad. Gretchen has set up OT programs in several International Schools outside the USA. She has also been a middle school teacher as well as an elementary school special education coordinator. OT, family, and learning are her deepest passions. Gretchen says, "I am excited about this emergent field of telehealth/virtual OT and am honored to join the wonderful company of Lighthouse Therapy for my second year in the capacity of OT and Clinical Manager."

Melody Benson

Clinical Manager

Melody has been working as a speech-language pathologist for over 20 years with primary emphasis on children and adolescents in the clinic, home health, school, and teletherapy settings. She is passionate about helping students improve their communication skills, which are vital in everyday life so that they can experience happy, successful lives. 

Shelly Kaufman

Clinical Manager

Shelly Kaufman, OTR/L, has been a practicing Occupational Therapist since 1995 with a BA in Occupational Therapy. Shelly graduated from St. Catherine University and moved from Minnesota to Missouri to practice as a rural therapist for four years servicing the community for any OT needs including pediatrics, hospital, and schools.  Shelly moved back to Minnesota and continued to practice in predominantly pediatrics servicing hospitals, clinics, home health, schools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Early Childhood Family Education to name a few.  In 2003, Shelly focused on a large school district and worked there for 13 years.  Four years ago, she decided to focus solely on pediatric telepractice. 

Nathaniel Courtney

Sales Lead

No one likes a sleazy salesperson. You don’t want to be sold services you don’t need, and you just want to have your questions answered. Nathaniel gets this. Some companies may try to hide that their lead sales rep is related to the CEO, but we believe that this is for our client’s benefit. Nathaniel grew up around online therapy services. He has a firm grasp on what Lighthouse Therapy has to offer and what services can benefit your school.

Jonathan Courtney

Tech Support Lead

When technology doesn’t work it is frustrating, and when there is no one there to guide you through the situation it is absolutely maddening. Jonathan understands this. He leads our tech support so that clinicians, students, parents, and school administrators can all enjoy online therapy services stress-free.

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