Our Team

Tom Robinson | Director of Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd.

Tom has worked with services for people who have developmental disabilities for over 40 years. This has encompassed the areas of  residential; vocational; family support and respite; education; recreational/leisure services; training; health promotion; program evaluation, and behaviour consultation. He has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and has worked in Ontario, North West Territories, and British Columbia.  He founded Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. in 1994.

Juanita Hagman | Executive Director for Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. and Northern Regional Advisor for SCDP

Juanita has worked with children needing extra supports and their families since 1980.  She joined Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. in 2000. She has worked as a Supported Child Development Consultant, Program Coordinator, and Program Director. Since 2011 Juanita has supported SCD programs throughout the north as the Northern SCDP Advisor. Juanita has a Bachelor of Education and Early Childhood Education and Special Needs Certifications.

Sharon Mason | Program Director for Family Services Region

Sharon is a licensed Early Childhood Educator as well as Special Education Assistant and has been working in this field for over 25 years.  Sharon has been with TRCL since 2009 both as a support worker and Consultant (2011). Sharon is dedicated to the inclusion of all children in the communities of Hazelton and area.

Gale Hills | Program Director Youth Services Region and Consultant for Adult Services Program Lakes & Nechako Stuart

Gale started her career with TRCL in 2003 as a support worker in daycares, preschools, and after school programs in Telkwa and Smithers. In 2007 she began working for School District #54 supporting many children with Autism and earned her Special Education Assistant certificate. After moving to Fort St. James, Gale worked for SD #91 and in TRCL’s Autism Support Program as a support worker. In 2019, Gale became a Consultant in the Nechako/Lakes regions.

Charlene Duncan | Lead/Consultant for Bulkley Valley Aboriginal Inclusive Childcare Program

Charlene is from the Gitxsan Nation, she is Lax Gibuu (Wolf Clan) and she belongs to the House of Spookw.  She lives in the Gitxsan/Wet’suwet’en community of Hagwilget which is where she raised her two children and her niece. Charlene’s background is in Early Childhood Education with certifications in Infant/Toddler and Special Needs.  Although she has worked with children for many years in various capacities, Charlene made the transition to TRCL in January 2007.

Taffy Wale | Lead/Consultant for Inclusive Childcare Program in Lakes and Nechako Stuart

Taffy has been working with children and families since 1993.  Her background is in Early Childhood Education with Infant/Toddler and Special Needs Diplomas. Taffy joined TRCL in February 2009, and works as a Consultant in the Nechako region.

Tiffany Houle | Consultant for Northwest Aboriginal/Supported Child Development Program in Smithers and Telkwa

I started working at Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. (TRCL) in 2013 once my children were both in school. My youngest had received support services through TRCL’s A/SCD Program and I appreciated the dedication the company had towards inclusion and family centered goals.

From 2015 to 2019 I owned and managed a daycare, preschool, infant/toddler program and afterschool program but still kept a foot in the door at TRCL as an A/SCD Support Worker and ASL workshop facilitator.

In 2020 I became an SEA with SD54 but continued with TRCL as a support worker in Afterschool Program as well as in the Autism Program.

I have my Early Childhood Educator Certification and I am continuing studies towards a diploma and degree in the field with a focus on inclusion, special needs and the importance of play!

In my spare time, I enjoy everything nature has to offer, dabbling in my former radio broadcasting career, and serenading the TRCL staff (whether they like it or not😉)

Amanda O’Connell | Consultant for Inclusive Childcare Program and Supported Child & Youth and Autism Support Programs in Burns Lake

Amanda O’Connell joined Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. in 2023. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Liberal Studies. Liberal Studies is taken to gain a deeper understanding of who we are and how our values and perspectives have been shaped by our history. This is accomplished using critical thinking, communication, and how to creatively adapt to new challenges. Amanda taught music at Stein Valley Nlakapamux School in Lytton and received her Education Assistant certificate to work as a Special Education Assistant with School District 54 in Smithers. 

Delaney Spink | Consultant for Supported Child & Youth Program in Houston & The Hazeltons; Autism Support Services in Smithers; Out of Home Care Program Houston, Smithers & The Hazeltons
Grace Tucker | Consultant for Inclusive Childcare Program in Smithers & Telkwa

Grace is a certified Early Childhood Educator who will soon have her Diploma specializing in Diverse Abilities.  Her focuses are on ensuring inclusion for all and building positive relationships while working directly with children and families.

Grace was born and raised in the Bulkley Valley and loves working so closely within the community that has always been her home. She is eager to continue her education as a member of the TRCL team and is grateful to have any future opportunities to work with you and your families as an Inclusive Childcare Consultant.

Jess McEwen | Consultant for Family Preservation Program in Smithers and Houston

I realized my passion for working with families while I had the opportunity to volunteer at Cyrus Youth Centre in Abbotsford BC years ago. Since then, I have worked with children, youth and adults in various capacities in Smithers and Victoria. I look forward to continuing to pursue my life goals working with the TRCL Team in the Smithers-Houston Family Preservation Program.

In my free time I enjoy camping and fishing with my family, “nesting” in my home, and spending time alone in nature.”


Leona Becker | Consultant for Adult Services and Youth in Transition Programs in The Hazelton's and Smithers

I worked with adults with developmental disabilities, in residential and community inclusion programs. In 2020 I “switched gears” and worked as a special education assistant.

I joined the Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. (TRCL) team in October 2022 as a support worker in the Aboriginal/Supported Child Development and Autism Support Programs.

I am excited to help develop adult and youth services for community inclusion in The Hazelton’s and Smithers.

Lori den Engelsen | Consultant for Inclusive Childcare and Autism Support Programs in Fort St James

Lori joined Thomas Robinson in 2023 as a Consultant in the Inclusive Childcare and Autism Support Programs. She has been a Registered Nurse for 38 years. For the past 26 years, Lori has specialized in supporting children and families who are living with developmental and behavioural challenges.

Lori has worked as a Support Services Manager, a Key Worker for the Complex Developmental and Behavioural Clinic (CDBC), Infant Development Consultant and Community Action for Children Program Consultant. Lori has added to her knowledge by attending many trainings in early childhood, parenting and neurodiversity.


Marcello Maddalena | Consultant for Autism Support Program in The Hazelton's, Smithers and Houston

I started working with TRCL in March of 2017 as a Support Worker in the Supported Child Development Program and the Autism Programs.

In my free-time, I enjoy the study of play, play theory, and sport. My background as a Snowsports Instructor continues to inform my current studies at Douglas College in the Disability and Community Studies Department where I am completing a two-year degree in Behaviour Intervention.

Marina Robb | Consultant for Aboriginal/Inclusive Childcare Program in Houston

Marina is a certified Early Childhood Educator who has been working with children and youth with developmental disabilities since 2008. She started with Thomas Robinson Consulting Ltd. as a support worker in 2017, and became a Consultant the following year. Marina is an ardent believer in growth through facilitated independence and support existing within the context of the family and their community.

Tanya Teichroeb | Consultant for Inclusive Childcare and Autism Support Programs in Vanderhoof

Tanya Teichroeb joined TRCL in the fall of 2016 as a support worker in the Supported Child Development Program. Eventually, she earned a diploma in Community and Classroom Support with a Behaviour Intervention specialty and joined TRCL’s Autism Support Program. In 2023 Tanya continued her education with an ECE focus and she became a consultant for the Inclusive Childcare Program and the Autism Support Program. Tanya is passionate about supporting families and advocating for inclusion in our region.