To inspire others by acting with your soul's passion

What is Meraki?

The Meraki Institute of Learning is an outreach and education focused program at Tanager Place. Our purpose is to strengthen people and communities through increasing awareness and providing learning and growth experiences rooted in authenticity, empowerment, and excellence.

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From Mission to Action

Tanager Place is driven every day to create change in our world that allows equal chances for all children and families to have experiences that inspire empower and heal. As a mission and value driven agency, we embrace the responsibility to promote change that enhances the resiliency and wellbeing of children, families, communities and systems.

The Meraki Institute has emerged from the manifestation of powerful change that has occurred through Tanager Place’s unique style of facilitating learning experiences. We have witnessed firsthand how important it is to serve others with passion, authenticity, and altruism.  We believe education and experiential learning key in empowering children, families, communities, and systems to enhance resiliency, wellbeing, and creating innovative and lasting changes within our world. The Meraki Institute provides learning experiences focused on increasing awareness, enhancing family and community connections, and cultivating excellence within individuals, organizations, and systems.

Who we are

We believe all who engage with us become a member of the Meraki community of change makers. Our one of a kind learning experiences and premier resources, and transformative consultation are provided by Institute Leaders, Expert Faculty, and Specialized Trainers.

Leadership Team

Okpara Rice, MSW


Tanager Place

Jennie Null LMFT, RPT-S

Learning & Development Mgr

Tanager Place

Tonya Hotchkin LMFT, RPT, CTrP-C

VP Clinical Services

Tanager Place

Expert Faculty

Lindsey swales lisw, rpt-s

Outpatient Clinic Manager

Tanager Place

Maggie Hartzler lisw, CTRP-C

School Based Manager

Tanager Place

Joella Gerber lisw, rpt

Outpatient Clinical Supervisor

Tanager Place

Emma Harding, LMFT

School Based Supervisor

Tanager Place

Andrew Beer Ph.D. LMFT, RPT-S

Outpatient Clinical Supervisor

Tanager Place

Specialized Trainers

Blake Stephenson, LISW, BCBA

Ashley Deason, BA

Marion Jacobs, MS

Robin Hoffman, LMSW

Join Our Community!

If you are a parent/guardian, community member, clinical provider, professional, or an organization;

You belong in our community!

Meraki Institute of Learning

Family Learning

Are you a parent, caretaker, grandparent, or support person for youth? Are you seeking to strengthen your relationship with your children?

Community Learning

Are you a person interested in learning about Mental Well-Being, Resilience, and cultivating your best self? Do you want to offer support to others?

Professional Learning

Meraki Institute of Learning

Are you a seeking to enhance your clinical expertise and skill set? Are you looking for personal growth with benefits you can pass along to those you serve?

Leadershiip development

Meraki Institute of Learning

Are you a leader wanting to strengthen your authentic self and turn your passion into action? Are you interested in creating and sustaining resilient teams?

Systems Transformation

Meraki Institute of Learning

Is your organization, business, or team seeking to create restorative cultures. Do you want to be a system supporting Mental Well-Being and Resilience as a way to ignite creativity, innovation, & sustainability?