Executive Director of Virtual Hall
Risher has over fifteen years of experience helping students perform at their best. He has worked with hundreds of students with a variety of strengths and challenges, and he prides himself on his ability to meet any student’s unique needs. Beyond his extensive coaching, Risher has also taught in classrooms across the country and he has served on the faculties of UMass Amherst, Emerson College, and Northwestern University. Risher is an avid cyclist, tennis player, and home cook; he is a lover of music, theatre, dance, and art; and he holds a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.
Admissions & Outreach
Jon has spent his career serving youth and families in academic, non-profit and adventure settings. Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Master’s degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Illinois University. Jon was previously the Executive Director of Camp Minikani, which has been part of his life since he first attended as an eight-year-old. When not working, Jon can be found fly-fishing, camping, playing cribbage around a campfire, snowboarding, or just hanging out with his faithful Labrador.
VP, Program Development & Operations
Jasmine received her bachelor’s degree in English and social sciences from Norwich University. She holds a 500 hour certificate in mediation and conflict management. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a psycho-biological approach to healing stress and trauma. Jasmine loves to ponder the big unanswerable questions such as: What does it mean to be human? How does listening transform us? How do we foster community and connection in our lives? She also enjoys cooking, gardening, dancing, reading, jogging, and spending time with her family.
Co-Founder, VP of Co-Founder, VP of Enrollment & Outreach
Focused on empowering students to take increasingly active roles in their own experience, Jake believes in supporting students so that they can achieve their maximum potential. Jake holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Innovation. In addition to his work with Virtual Hall, Jake also oversees Enrollment Management for Mansfield Hall, and volunteers his time as a Commissioner (Board Member) for The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP). When not working, Jake can be found playing music, looking working on his golf swing, enjoying friends and family, or traveling in pursuit of such opportunities.
President & Founder
Author, trainer, speaker, educational advocate, and serial problem-solver, Dr. LaRoque is the founder and president of both Virtual Hall, and its progenitor, Mansfield Hall. Dr. LaRoque received a Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught teachers in a variety of undergraduate and master-level courses. Dedicated to accessibility, inclusion, and improving the success rates of all learners, Dr. LaRoque has shared his many years of experience in his book, Taking Flight: College for Students with Disabilities, Diverse Learners and Their Families. Most importantly, Dr. LaRoque is happily married and a proud father to three wonderful children, who keep him on his toes.
Co-Founder, SVP, Director of Research
With a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and his Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Arizona, Dr. LaRoque has worked in both private practice and educational settings. Committed to utilizing data-driven decisions for better educational and life-goal outcomes, Dr. LaRoque is a published researcher in scholarly journals and text, served as a research associate in the Campus Health Center at the University of Arizona, was an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and oversees ongoing research at Mansfield Hall. Dr. LaRoque lives in Wisconsin, where he is raising three boys.
VP, Human Resources
Casey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, as well as a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Furthermore, Casey is currently completing his Ph.D. in Business Psychology. Casey’s professional experience includes leadership positions and work as a consultant for an internationally recognized math and reading organization. In his free time, Casey enjoys hiking, fishing, cycling, and spending time with his wife and two children.