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
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. In addition to running the GTI program, Jenni is also the CEO of Goodneighbor LLC, a treatment, training, and consulting agency with a footprint in both the US and Europe.
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.
Ian Norris, Culinary Rx Specialist, Certified Plant-base Chef
Ian is a Chef specializing in Cooking Rx and Plant-Based Cooking. He has developed various courses of using nutrition knowledge and cooking skills to manage mental health conditions and chronic illnesses. Ian is s unique educator and offers an unparalleled culinary experience for people with disabilities, students of various ages, and cultural backgrounds.