Advance LA is proud to have a such a dedicated and experienced multidisciplinary leadership team.
Rachel L. Round, M.A.
Rachel earned her Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology and her Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, from Chapman University. Before pursuing school psychology, Rachel received her teaching credential in Special Education from CSUN while working as a teaching assistant at Village Glen School. Rachel has since worked as a Middle School teacher where she taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, dual exceptionalities and other social and communicative deficits. Rachel is excited to lead the Advance LA team as we continue to grow our programs and services! She has the reputation around Advance LA headquarters of being pretty nerdy and gets excited about math, data, and spreadsheets, but Rachel also loves to travel the world, try new restaurants, and hang out with her (equally nerdy) husband and (very quirky) dachshund, Frank.
Michelle Hagen, M.A.
Live Advance LA Program Director
Michelle completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she worked as a Residential Administrator and Operations Supervisor at a 68- bed facility for adults living with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Michelle is, also, experienced in developing Residential Homes for the Elderly and Adults who are transitioning into the community. In addition, she has provided individual, group, and family therapy to clients in an acute psychiatric unit. Her extensive experience in working with varying client populations in different settings has provided her the critical knowledge and experience from which she draws in her daily work.
With her passion for guiding people in achieving a better quality of life and imparting unequivocal support in order to achieve each person’s utmost potential, Michelle is delighted to work with our dynamic residential counselors, amazing residents, and their dedicated families. She enjoys facilitating the growth process and providing support to these young adults as they transition toward self-sufficient adulthood.
Whenever opportunity arises, Michelle loves to travel to different countries with her husband, dive in exotic locations, bake some sweets, spend quality time with family and their two lovable dogs Ashley and Howie.