Leadership Team

Altitude is directed and overseen by a multidisciplinary leadership team and advisory board, which includes leaders in various clinical fields, parents, as well as long-time successful professionals in summer camping. The Chair of the Advisory Board is Executive Director and Founder Dr. Marci Schwartz.

Dr. Marci Schwartz

Founder

marci-150x111Marci Schwartz, Ph.D., LCSW received her MSW and Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. Schwartz has been providing counseling services for parents of children with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. She has offices in Mountain View and Los Gatos, California, and her private practice focuses primarily on parents of children with developmental delays including autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disorders and attention deficit disorders. The emphasis of her work is focused on helping parents better understand their children’s unique way of learning and interacting with their environment. She helps parents implement concrete strategies for their families that incorporate the specific learning styles of all the members of the family. She also focuses on helping parents address their emotional needs, such as issues around frustration, anger, sadness and worry regarding their children. You can learn more about Dr. Schwartz at www.marcischwartz.com.

Kirsten Jensen

Executive Director

photo-self-150x150Kirsten, a graduate of The University of California, Santa Cruz has two decades of experience working with families who have children of varying abilities.  Kirsten has been passionate about working with families since her college years, and found her niche on the administrative side of supporting families when she founded A Special Nanny in 2003.  At A Special Nanny Kirsten recruited nannies and one-to-one aides for families of children with special-needs.  Kirsten’s experiences include tutoring students in literacy using the Lindamood/Bell methodology, working as an ABA Tutor, running A Special Nanny and working as a Special Education Coordinator for a private family.  Kirsten explains, “I believe in each individual being able to achieve their personal highest level of independence, dignity and joy.”  In addition to the above mentioned experience, Kirsten spent her childhood and teen years as a Girl Scout and avid camper.  Kirsten lives in the forest in Unicorporated Los Gatos and has a great love of the outdoors.  Since Altitude is committed to providing fun and rewarding experiences that promote learning, she is proud to be part of the team!