Amber Lechner

Summer Cohort Residential Advisor

Amber Lechner is enthusiastic. She has been looking forward to working with Focus Collegiate for three years and we are thrilled to have her on board as our new Summer Cohort Residential Advisor.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to be doing all the things I love at the same time,” she said in a recent interview. ‘All the things’ revolve around student advocacy and support, her field since graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida State University. And she received her Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2022.

In pursuit of her degrees, she was a Transition Coach at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in Tallahassee, Florida, where she supported students during their first year in college. She later became a Residential Assistant and Ambassador at Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement’s Summer Bridge Program leading first-generation college students through their first semester.

Since then, she has worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at Emory University’s Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program and has been an Individual and Group Counseling Therapy Intern at the University of Florida Counseling and Psychological Services. She’s been a case manager, a training director, and a peer academic and career coach.

More recently, she worked for five years as an Academic and Executive Functioning Life Coach at Creating Positive Futures (an online coaching program) where she was selected to be interim CEO overseeing operations and managing 27 coaches.

As a professional who actively manages her own ADHD, her dedication to neurodiverse students is not just her field of expertise, it is her lived experience. She is thrilled to bring evidence-based strategies and her own life experience to bear in the support she provides her clients and students.

“I hope my experience and support will make college a little less daunting, that students will gain confidence to navigate change and gain some foundational knowledge and strategies for independence and autonomy over their own decisions,” she said. “I look forward to spending summer with the students. I love seeing them grow and get out of their comfort zone to make new friendships. We’ll be creating core memories we will all have for life.”

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