Cornerstones of Maine is the result of a labour of love for our two founders, Josh and Jake. It is independently owned by them and was established on the foundation of their desire to create a young adult transition program that is based on mental health research and experience. Not only are they the founders, they are also part of our core clinical staff.
Erin Altschule, MS
Co-Founder and Education Director
Erin has a master’s degree in biology with a focus on ecology. She is a certified teacher who has taught in both public and private schools with a focus on experiential education. She has a multidisciplinary background which provides a broad base to draw from in helping students reach their educational goals, while cultivating their passion for learning.
Erin works closely with residents and their families to determine educational goals and provide support. Originally from Colorado, Erin Loves to explore nature (especially waterfalls) with family and friends.
Logan King, M.S. Ed
Logan has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in educational leadership. After spending a number of years teaching various academic subjects abroad, Logan made the choice to return to the US, pursue a graduate degree, and begin working as a humanities instructor and coach at a small New England boarding school. It was there that Logan gained extensive experience successfully supporting students with a variety of learning differences and executive functioning deficiencies. In addition to his experience in a traditional classroom, Logan has also spent time working in the fields of wilderness therapy and adult literacy education. As an Education Specialist at Cornerstones, Logan hopes to utilize his past experience to enthusiastically support and motivate residents in the pursuit of their academic and personal goals. In his free time, Logan enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and dog, strumming a guitar, and supporting his favorite sports teams.
Jakob Gowell, M.A.T
Jakob has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in teaching. After graduation from his Masters program, Jakob traveled to Cameroon to serve as an English teacher in the Peace Corps for two years. Returning to the U.S., Jakob took on a new challenge of becoming a wilderness field instructor at the Evoke Therapy Program in Oregon. At Evoke, Jakob embraced a new challenge, working with young adults with mental health struggles. Jakob found the experience exciting and eye opening and discovered that struggles with motivation were a major contributor to the obstacles preventing these young people from achieving success. Subsequently Jakob worked in a therapeutic boarding school and a mainstream high school. In the role of Education Specialist, Jakob hopes to utilize his training and professional experience to support young people to transform their lives and realize their goals.