A Caring Community
Adoption begins with a caring heart. If you are a parent or child in an adoptive family, we understand the challenges you face.
Adoptive families can face complex challenges. Our professionals will assist you as you navigate the road to success.
One size does not fit anyone. We can teach you how to assemble a suite of services that meet your specific needs.
Patti Pickering, MBA, LPC
MyTreeHouse was founded by Patti Pickering in 2008. Prior to founding MyTreeHouse, Patti spent 25 years in healthcare administration with the Baylor Healthcare System.
She was inspired to create MyTreeHouse after her best friend asked for help in finding support for her adopted daughter. The pre-teen was struggling with anxiety, depression and risk-taking behaviors, while her mother was becoming increasingly desperate for help.
After much research, Patti and her friend were able to find support the family needed. They mapped out a comprehensive plan tailored to the girl’s unique needs and life circumstances. As treatment progressed, Patti facilitated open communication between all those involved.
Over the years, Patti remained a central figure in the treatment of her best friend’s daughter. Watching this young girl emerge from the depths of depression to a life full of hope and optimism had a lasting effect on Patti – she had truly helped change the life of a child…and discovered her own calling along the way.
Rosalind Funderburgh M.Ed.
Rosalind is an educator, consultant and leader in the field of special needs children, adolsecents and young adults. With over 40 years professional experience in a wide variety of clinical and academic settings, she has earned her reputation as an innovator and advocate for special needs students in North Texas.
Rosalind holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and Masters degrees in education, special education administration and curriculum development. A certified teacher, Rosalind is also a licensed educational diagnostician. She developed thetherapeutic programs for a private psychiatric hospital in Dallas and was the founder of the first free standing Day Treatment Program for children and adolescents in Dallas. In 1993, Rosalind founded Vanguard Preparatory School, a therapeutic private school for students with social and emotional challenges. Under her leadership, Vanguard has been recognized as one of the leading private programs for K12 special education.
Board Of Directors
Janda Edwards, BS, PT, MBA,
Chairman of the Board
Janda has worked with Baylor Health Care System since 1983. The first 20 years of her healthcare “life” were in the Physical Rehabilitation ; she became Director of Clinical Services and Administrative Director of Baylor Rehabilitation System. Managing Baylor’s physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and therapeutic recreation services. She transferred to the Office of Managed Care in 2003 where she is employed today, Janda attended Baylor University, prior to transferring to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She subsequently acquired a Master of Business Administration at the University of Dallas.
Dave Kozusko, BBA
Dave comes toMy TreeHouse with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, where he has focused on team and project management as well as consulting. Beyond work, he volunteers and fundraises on a regular basis for a number of organizations dedicated to helping and supporting others in need. These include the Human Rights Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, and Resource Center. It is that passion for helping others – as well as the inspiring work of My TreeHouse founder Patti Pickering that sparked his interest in this role. He looks forward to helping teens discover their own passions and reach their full potential.
Ed Wise, MBA
Ed is the founder and President of Wise Insurance Group, an independent insurance advisory firm assisting individuals, families, businesses and non-profits with their auto, home, life, long term care, and commercial insurance needs. Prior to insurance, Ed spent 22 years in the technology arena working with several hardware, software, and services companies. He serves in leadership positions as a volunteer with his church and other non-profit organizations and is passionate about seeing lives changed.
Jason Mishalanie, Ph.D., BCN
Jay is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice since 2008, treating children and adolescents with emotional dysregulation and behavioral difficulties associated with attachment problems, autism and abuse. He served as the Chief Psychologist at Metrocare Services prior to going into private practice. Dr. Mishalanie graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. He earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Jacksonville State University in 1996. Dr. Mishalanie earned his doctorate in Physiological Psychology from Texas Christian University..He then completed an a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in the area of cognitive rehabilitation.
Mary Mallory R.N., PPCNP-BC
Mary received a Masters of Nursing as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been employed by UT Southwestern Medical Center since 1986 as a PNP. She has for a premature infant research study and providing care to HIV exposed infants and HIV infected infants, children and adolescents. She is the primary provider in the International Adoption Medicine Clinic at Children’s Medical Center.
Mary is the mother daughter adopted from China and is active in the International Adoption Community. She is past President of the North Texas Families with Children from China and has served on the My Treehouse Board since 2010. She is a lifetime member of the Black Tie Dinner, Inc.
Jill Reeves, MPT
Jill is currently an Information Services Director at Baylor Scott and White Health Care System. She received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1999 from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has over 17 years of healthcare experience ranging from direct patient care, leadership roles and information technology. She has been a volunteer with My TreeHouse and since 2012.
Marilyn Moss, MBA
Marilyn has over 40 years of business experience and is the Founder and CEO of Veterinary MRI, Inc. in Dallas. Prior to this, Marilyn was the COO & Executive Vice President of PhyMed Imaging Center and the Vice President, Diagnostic Radiology, Physician Reliance Network. She is a committed volunteer in the community and has a passion for helping teens and adults reach their full potential in life. Marilyn is known for her vision, leadership skills and excellence in all her endeavors.
Jana MacKay, Psy.D.
Dr. Jana MacKay is a Licensed Psychologist; her practice primarily includes working with families to formulate diagnoses and outline intervention and treatment plans for children and parents. Dr. MacKay specializes in working with non-traditional families including adoptive families, foster families, blended families, and families with same-sex parents. She specializes in providing Psychological Testing and Therapy, including differential diagnoses with consideration of attachment patterns, and will design a therapeutic approach that meets the specific needs of the client or family system, based on their unique circumstances and challenges.