Geri Carter, M.A., LMHC
Geri Carter received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She has worked with adolescents and their families for the past 17 years as a Youth Minister and Mental Health Counselor.
Timothy Evans , Ph.D., LMFT
Tim Evans received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, and is an approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed an American Psychological Association internship at the University of Delaware. He has worked in community corrections and in a narcotics treatment program; developed a family therapy program for an adolescent psychiatric unit; and has extensive training in marriage and family therapy.
Living in Basel Switzerland from the age of eight years old to fifteen, gave me a great sense of how a society can work with people cooperating and enjoying each other’s company ,as well as having a great connection to nature. The highly academic school system in Switzerland, was difficult, but it is also where my eyes where opened to the larger world, and where I was challenged to question and think for myself (which was encouraged). After moving to the states and working as a mental health professional at Florida Mental Health Institute, Boley, Directions for Mental Health and Suncoast Mental Health I found myself at an SED center (school for children k-12 diagnosed as Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Oppositional Defiant). It made me realize how much trouble our education system was, and is, in. With the encouragement of Dr. Tim Evans, I opened an Adlerian pre-school with my husband, Greg and later on, we founded and led the Alfred Adler Charter School, over a period of eight years. My passion has always been the students, no matter where I worked (private schools, SED centers or the charter school). The students help me see hopefulness for the future. They get the ideas of democracy and equality, and if allowed they lead with passion and enthusiasm, creativity and courage. It is inspiring to be around them.
Two examples come to mind. When I interviewed many years ago for a guidance counselor position at a traditional school, I brought all my degrees and qualifications; my A++ transcripts etc., but what I had been most proud of, were student letters of recommendation penned by the students with whom I had interacted during the course of my internship. To my surprise, the interviewer was not interested. The other incident was at the SED center when the students, seeing how discouraged I had become with the system, encouraged me to leave, saying: “We may not be able to get out of here, but you can! Save yourself.” Whatever the future holds, I continue to be inspired by these many amazing experiences and by my family and friends. Their inspiration will lead me to my future endeavors.
During the 9 years following high school, which included several stints at both institutions, Greg earned 79 credit hours at the University of Florida and 15 credit hours at St Petersburg Junior College pursuing a wide variety of academic areas of interest including Calculus, Physics, Thermodynamics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Programming and Music Theory, but definitely not Chemistry. It was a true renaissance period in his life, and lots of fun.
He then completed an additional 80 hours to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
He met his future wife of 26 years and counting, Lori, while working as a life-guard at the USF pool. They have one son, Alex.
He earned his Certified Public Accountant credential and began work in the St. Petersburg office of an international accounting firm. He continued in the accounting/financial track while working at a local not for profit firm, and there added significant IT experience.
He returned to earn a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems at USF’s Tampa campus, and was subsequently hired as a Instructor in the MIS department at USF St. Petersburg.
In 2003, Greg and Lori started Learning Adventures Preschool. This was a school based on the principles of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs; steeped in the ideas of Social Equality and the intrinsic value of every human being. The school grew from 8 to 98 students over a five year period.
In 2008, Greg and Lori founded Alfred Adler Charter School based on the same principles that had proven so effective at Learning Adventures. The first year’s enrollment was 37 students in K-1 grades. By the 8th year of their leadership, it had grown into a K-8 school serving many students who first entered Learning Adventures at 2-3 years of age.
In 2016, Greg and Lori have entered a new phase of their lives together actively imagining and moving toward a new arena of contribution; feeling blessed to have been introduced to the teachings of Alfred Adler all those many years ago by Lori’s college professor and their mutual mentor, Dr. Tim Evans.
Nicola Haddak is a licensed mental health counselor and certified marriage and family therapist currently in private practice in Clearwater. Her background in Adlerian theory dates back to when she designed and implemented a residential treatment facility for delinquent youth in Bowling Green, Florida based on the principles inherent in Adler’s work. Despite the challenges of implementing Adlerian theory in a juvenile justice commitment program, this work laid the foundation for the contribution she makes as a Board member of the Florida Adlerian Society, her work with the Alfred Adler Elementary Charter School in St. Petersburg, and as an individual and family Therapist in the community.