EXPLORE FROM WITHIN

Reset Outdoors exists to nurture and grow sustainable well-being in the lives of our clients, ourselves, our community, and the environment.

Our Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

This is a living, growing statement. We will be updating the language, concepts, and resource list as our understanding grows.
We warmly invite you to check back regularly to see this growth in action.

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OUR VALUES

INTERDEPENDENCE

Honoring the connections that sustain us all.

DIVERSITY

Valuing differences in perspective
and experience.

BALANCE

Between you and me, our community, and our ecosystem.

CURIOSITY

Nurturing wonder and enthusiasm for learning.

ADAPTABILITY

Adjusting for positive and sustainable growth.

SIMPLICITY

Prioritizing what matters.

COMPASSION

Cultivating sincere appreciation for being.

COLLABORATION

Working together with intention.

FUN

Nurturing joy in all that we do.

OUR TEAM

Aayesha

Aayesha Jan (she/her) received her masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Muhlenberg College. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) authorized to practice in Pennsylvania. She has experience working with individuals, couples, groups, and families in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and behavioral health clinics.

Aayesha’s style of therapy is focused in rational thinking and empathetic listening. Reminding clients to recognize the power they hold in their own lives. She works collaboratively with her clients to increase self-worth and reframe faulty or problematic narratives and patterns. Creating an environment of safety and validation to support individuals in overcoming past and/or current obstacles and creating change in their lives.

She utilizes positive, REBT and reality therapy modalities in her practice, among others. Her multicultural background enables her to have a unique perspective and understanding of clients coming from all different cultures.

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Alishya

Alishya Almeida (they/she) is a program copywriter and facilitator at Reset Outdoors.

Alishya has an MA in English from Lehigh University and an MA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in literature and gender studies from Ashoka University in India. They have worked as an educator for the last six years. As an instructor in the First Year Writing Program for two years at Lehigh University, they led writing courses on population health, love, identity, and environment. They are an emerging poet and have been published recently in Bellevue Literary Review and The World That Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia.

Alishya believes that creativity and collaboration are important tools for problem solving that should be nurtured in everyone. As a collective member of Afros in Nature in the Lehigh Valley region, they create spaces for mindful discussion about identity and environment. Through AiN, they co-ran a book club in 2021 where members read BIPOC authors on nature and ecology, and they will be conducting creative workshops in 2022.

Alishya enjoys gardening, reading, swimming and spending time in and around water bodies.

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Connor

Connor Moriarty (he/him) is the Founder / Director of Reset Outdoors, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania and also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. He earned a dual master’s degree from Arcadia University in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Counseling Psychology with a certification in Trauma and Recovery.

While his work is grounded in validated theories and techniques, Connor is also creative, continuously developing his capacity for meeting client needs with innovative strategies. Connor feels most at peace in the great outdoors. He is most drawn to water and trees, particularly places where there are both! Connor is a certified ACA level 1 kayak and stand up paddle board instructor.

Since integrating CliftonStrengths into his work, Connor’s approach has become even more unique and effective. With a focus on behavioral and organizational sustainability, the Reset Outdoors Ascent program is the first strengths-and-nature based team conditioning program in the United States.

  • Member of American Counseling Association
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Certified as a Psychological Emergency Responder through the Red Cross and Keystone Crisis Intervention Team
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Outdoor Educator trained through the National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Conversational Fluency in Spanish

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Emily

Emily Moriarty (she/her) is the Director of Clinical Services at Reset Outdoors, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, in practice since 2016. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University.

Emily intentionally tailors her approach to each client’s specific needs, utilizing a number of evidence-based therapeutic techniques. She believes each individual already possesses exactly what they need to achieve healing, therefore she works hard to support her clients in their efforts to uncover their own power, resilience, and sense of peace.

While she works with people from all different backgrounds, she specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ population, particularly related to issues of gender and sexuality. Supporting people through social and/or medical transition is a part of her career that she is especially passionate about.

Spending time outdoors is something Emily finds thoroughly restorative. When she doesn’t get the chance to be outside for extended periods of time, noticing the sounds of wildlife around her, particularly bird songs, brings her great joy. While she offers sessions in a traditional office setting, she also loves the opportunity to get her clients out of the office and into the great outdoors.

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Jason

Jason Morgan (he/him) is the Director of Strategic Growth at Reset Outdoors. An entrepreneur for over 20 years, Jason builds and coaches both small businesses and international brands. Jason is motivated to help people develop themselves and share their passions with the world to make a lasting positive impact.

As the director of strategic growth for Reset Outdoors, Jason amplifies the organization’s mission to reconnect people with the natural world, and each other, to live a healthy, balanced life.

In his spare time Jason enjoys building and making, wandering the Wissahickon, getting his hands in the soil in their family vegetable garden, cooking a new recipe, and finding a creative solution to an everyday challenge.

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Jonathan

Jonathan Lepore (he/him) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and has been in practice since 2012. He graduated with his Master’s degree in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Jonathan has also earned post graduate certifications in adventure education, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), clinical supervision, and nonprofit leadership.

Jonathan has experience working with youth, adults, and families from all backgrounds who have endured traumas, as well as those who have experienced other disruptions while working towards their goals and aspirations. His clinical approach is person centered and he believes supporting an individual’s development in multiple domains of life leads to better outcomes. Jonathan utilizes evidence based practices such as CBT/DBT along with more nuanced techniques that work to benefit each client where they are. He believes through a measured holistic approach to emotional, physical, and spiritual well being we can all continue to learn and grow.

The outdoors have been a source of great wonderment for Jonathan. He has a passion for adventure, orienteering, and exploring new spaces. Especially on two wheels. He enjoys developing and sharing outdoor skills with others to better connect ourselves with nature and develop a sense of safety and competence so we can all be “good in the woods.”

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Mandi

Amanda ‘Mandi’ Jimenez is a facilitator and training/development lead at Reset Outdoors.

Mandi credits her passion for community based programing largely to the time she spent with Americorps in Baton Rouge, LA designing and implementing community empowerment programs, including Creative Arts programming for families, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focused summer camp for kids, and an adult basketball league.

Mandi has formal training in both the biological sciences and graphic design and uses these skills to nurture both soil and communities. Mandi has been farming organically in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey for the past 5 years, developing expertise in soil health and the bokashi composting method.

Mandi is one of the founding board members of Afros in Nature, helping to lead the design, building and opening of the Afros Homestead, Cafe, and Educational Garden in Allentown, PA.

When not working, Mandi loves to play disc golf and can be found smashing chains at many of the Lehigh Valleys disc golf courses.

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Sherira

Sherira Fernandes, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, as well as Nationally Certified School psychologist. In addition, she is an expert in Infant Mental health, and independently research reliable on well known tools such as the ADOS2 and ADI-R. She has directed clinical training programs for major research institutions, consulted on national research projects. She has worked in various settings, ranging from early childcare, schools, and universities to large behavioral health organizations. She is published, and has presented her research and clinical work nationally and internationally at hospitals, early intervention organizations, and research conferences.

More importantly, Dr. Fernandes is a parent and individual with personal interest in supporting parents, as well as those from neurodiverse backgrounds, such as those with Autism or ADHD.

Dr. Fernandes is a mother of three, two of whom have special needs, is absolutely in love with Ruthie, her family’s adorable, inconsistently well-behaved, and wildly enthusiastic rescue mutt.

She can be frequently found at the dog park with Ruthie in the morning and loves to bake, hike, and play.

Having lived all over the world, including Oregon, Seattle, India, Dr. Fernandes currently calls Philadelphia home.

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