Our Mission is Prevention Our mission is to prevent/reduce the occurrence of unhealthy coping, mental and physical illness for individuals of all ages, walks of life (socioeconomic status), and geographical locations through inclusive cultural understanding and change.
Through equity of access to resources (such as stigma-free mental health/behavioral health, STEAM Education, cooking & nutritional education) our research not only shows a reduction in substance abuse and misuse and patterns of unhealthy coping mechanisms of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation; it also shows a reduction in chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Between environmental stressors affecting personal health, issues caused by the overuse of technology, and problems with food scarcity/quality, the average person in today’s society has a lot to worry about. Gardening, generally and therapeutic horticulture specifically, act as an accessible way for individuals of all ages to address their concerns and reconnect with nature, themselves, and their communities.
Jenni Guentcheva, LPC, LAC, NCACII
Jenni is the co-founder and the Executive Director of GTI. As a licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in the US, and a Psychologist in Europe, Jenni’s mission is to reveal opportunities for growth to her clients, both individuals, and organizations. She has pursued this goal in developing numerous human services collaborative programs in Colorado, California, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, UK, Spain, etc. In addition to leading the GTI programs, Jenni is also the CEO of Goodneighbor LLC, a treatment, training, and consulting agency with a footprint in both the US and Europe.
Brian Monahan, B.S., CSCS, Registered Psychotherapist Brian is also a co-founder of GTI and a volunteer Business Director/Coach. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration, works on his master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He served his country as a US Army Special Forces Operator (Green Beret); His love of the outdoors, gardening, and learning was first cultivated by his grandparents who were environmental engineers and educators and helped to establish best environmental practices and institutions of higher education all over the eastern seaboard and Midwest. His father was an FBI agent, and his mother was an experienced social services worker. Brian's unique background drives his dedication to help improve the quality of life in the community.
Cole Monahan, CPT, CNS, SES, YES, BCS
As GTI’s Director of Business & Program Development, Cole Monahan works tirelessly to develop community & corporate partnerships, while inspiring organizations of every size to reconnect with nature, themselves, and their communities. A NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, Cole is currently pursuing his Business Degree.