Director of Therapeutic Schools and Residential Programs
BS California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Elin is the Director of The Help Group’s Therapeutic Schools; Westview School, North Hills Prep and Parkhill School. She also provides oversight to Project Six/The Commons, The Help Group’s residential treatment program. She received her B.S. in Social Work. After graduation, she began working as a Program Administrator in a residential treatment center with foster youth and provided oversight for a Foster Family Agency. For the past 19 years, Elin has served as an Administrator for non-public schools. Elin has been with the Help Group since 2011.
Head of School
MA Pepperdine University
Matthew has a MA focused in Education, a career emphasis in Special Education, and a PK-12 / Adult Studies Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He is an experienced administrator with a demonstrated history of working in educational leadership, using proven 21st century student-centered teaching techniques, while promoting a stimulating and supportive academic environment. He has a strong background in supporting students with learning differences. Whether it be through his administrative or educational positions, mentoring, coaching, or the various business entities he has spearheaded, he is passionate about making a positive difference in all those around him.
Christa Occhiogrosso, LMFT, ATR
Assistant Clinical Director
BFA Otis Art Institute, LA
MA Loyola Marymount University
Christa studied at the School of Visual Arts, NY from 1979-1982 and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990. She received her MA in Marital and Family Therapy/Clinical Art Therapy in 1997. Christa began working at The Help Group Child and Family Center in 1999 as an outpatient therapist and day treatment coordinator. She transferred to Village Glen West School in 2003 where she provided psychotherapy services, clinical supervision and trainings on the Clinical Applications of Art Therapy. In her current position at Westview she oversees the clinical department, provides clinical supervision and facilitates coordination between the clinical and educational teams in order to best meet our students’ social and emotional needs.
Annette Semedo Jordan
BA California State University Northridge
Annette has been the Dean of Westview for 29 years. She has always had a knack for knowing exactly what is required in order to motivate youth to make life altering decisions that propel them into a more positive academic future. She has implemented a behavioral management system called the Level System that monitors student behavior and rewards students with success.