Jon is a seasoned professional in the field of youth empowerment. He has worked enthusiastically over the past 30+ years encouraging teens and supporting their efforts to bring their best to the world. He is the founder of the Omega Project, the Legacy program, and Omega Youth Leadership Initiative. Countless teens have participated in programming developed and facilitated by Jon at regional churches, schools and youth agencies.
Jon opened his counseling practice in Adrian in 2010.
Jon utilizes a balanced therapeutic approach that addresses the whole person and strengthens the interconnections between emotional health, cognitive health, physical health, and spiritual health. In addition to trauma work, his areas of specialization include:
- Interventions for at-risk adolescents
- Healing from sexual and physical abuse
- Grief counseling
- Adolescent development issues & support for teens and families
- Crisis intervention
- Wilderness and adventure therapy.
Jon earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and his masters degree at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan, certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and certified as an Advanced Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist with The Wellness Institute.
Ryan is a leader in our community with many roles in support of youth empowerment.
He has dedicated most of his career in the healing arts with a combined 23 years of experience in the fitness and wellness field as a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Bodyworker and Holistic Lifestyle Coach.
His passion to serve the next generation started on his first trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation almost 7 years ago with numerous trips to follow on both the Lakota and Hopi Reservations.
As the newly appointed Executive Director of Wolakota Be Legendary it is with great honor to pursue a legacy of love from the heart infused into everything we do.
The passion to Be Legendary grows as we continue on our mission to share the vision that Relationships.
Ryan Richardson - Executive Director
Alex Robbins - Volunteer
Dylan Murrin - Volunteer
Alistair Rand (Youth Board)
Ben Kerger (Youth Board)
Chris Kelly (Youth Board)
Nolan Johnson (Youth Board)
Advisors to the Board
Kerry Patrick Clark