Meet The Staff
Spain Abroad is a family-owned study abroad / GAP year program created by our family: Lily Ortiz and husband and wife team, Johnny Tock and Leanna Woodley-Tock. Together, utilizing our years of working in education and mental health, we started Spain Abroad with a vision to offer students a global, life-changing perspective.
We are currently accepting applications for:
Leanna and Johnny
Leanna and Johnny's story began many years ago in high school in Champaign, Illinois. We were friends and even each other's Homecoming date but went our separate ways for college and beyond. We stayed in contact over the years and would had an almost yearly check in phone call with one another, but we each had very different goals and lived in different parts of the US for many years. Johnny pursued clinical counseling, getting his Master's in Illinois after a time working with students in North Carolina. Leanna spent many years in the arts in Chicago, NY, LA, and Seattle. However, our winding paths led us back together in 2014 in Hawaii. We were married in 2015 and had our daughter in 2016. And the rest...well it's a story that grows richer by the day, including traveling together to Italy, France, England, and, of course, Spain!
We consider ourselves lucky to be able to partner with someone with as much experience as Lily Ortiz to create this unique, family environment for students. A home away from home.
Master's in mental health counseling/
master's in public administration
Lily is our International Education Liaison, serving her ninth session as State Representative of the 21st Legislative District of Washington. She serves as the Majority Caucus Chair, is a member of the Education Committee and serves on the Education leadership team, as well as the Children’s Youth and Families Committee.
Her past experiences include serving as the Clinical Director of a mental health center, Regional Coordinator for the Board of Education, Education Adviser for the Department of Children and Family Services, and founder and former director of the CU Project, a center for Latino families and youth. Her past experiences working in her community, in the schools and child serving agencies gives her a passion to advocate for the issues families face.
Her many years also working as a high school counselor in alliance with higher education has fueled her passion that all students have access to broaden their experiences.
Master's in clinical counseling, LmhC
Johnny is a licensed professional counselor with over 15 years experience working within a variety of therapeutic environments for teens and young adults. His experience includes: a treatment program specifically focused on internet and video game addiction, a therapeutic boarding school, group homes, a wilderness program, community mental health facilities, and a high school directly affected by trauma. Through individual, group, and family therapy, he helped guide his student’s experience in an effective way that elicited substantial growth and identity development.
Johnny strongly believes that relationship building and connection is the most important part of creating change and growth. His passion and strength can be seen in his relationships with students, colleagues and referring professionals through heightened communication, follow through, and positivity.
Johnny is excited to use his experience to support students through self-discovery and future planning.
Leanna is a trained and certified life-coach who looks forward to helping students find their passions in life and how to pursue them practically.
Leanna is also a professional screenwriter and actor with an extensive background in the arts and education. With over 15 years in various aspects of the entertainment industry, Leanna has a BA in Television/Screenwriting, acting training at Second City Chicago Improv School, and Meisner Acting Conservatory in Chicago and New York. Leanna also received her K-8 teaching credential in Los Angeles, was a 6th grade teacher in Hawaii, and taught screenwriting and drama to children and adults in New York and Las Vegas.
Johnny and Leanna also co-founded the nonprofit, Youth Unplugged, helping children learn the importance of technology balance and a healthy lifestyle through outdoor play camps. Due to Covid, we were unable to continue our camps and shifted our focus towards Spain Abroad.
Becca Moriconi MS
Becca is a Licensed Social Worker with a specialization in behavioral and mental health. Becca has over a decade of experience with and mentoring adolescents and young adults in various dynamic roles.
Becca's professional journey has led her to the state of Hawai’i, where she completed her graduate school program. First, she played a pivotal role in a horticulture therapy program, harnessing the therapeutic potential of nature to facilitate the healing process. This experience showcased Becca's innovative approach to therapy and her dedication to holistic well-being.
Additionally, Becca contributed her expertise to a residential eating disorder center, where her compassionate and knowledgeable support was instrumental in creating a safe and nurturing environment for individuals on their path to recovery.
Throughout her career, Becca has also been deeply involved in non-profit organizations across the Hawaiian Islands. Her work within these organizations has reinforced her commitment to making a positive impact on the community.
Becca is known for her strengths-based approach to mentorship and coaching, which empowers individuals to break free from patterns that no longer serve them. She firmly believes in the inherent strengths of every person and strives to help them tap into their potential for growth and transformation.
When Becca isn't working with clients or contributing to her community, she can be found embracing the beauty of the outdoors. Her love for movement takes her on adventures such as hiking and running, and she nurtures her passion for the natural world through gardening. Becca's personal dedication to an active and balanced lifestyle mirrors her professional ethos, emphasizing the importance of well-rounded well-being.
Certified Life Coach
Colin MacDonald is not just a Certified Life Coach; he is a transformational guide poised to propel you towards a life of empowerment and fulfillment. With a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Eastern Washington University, Colin boasts an impressive background in professional sports and a stellar track record of nurturing high-performing sales teams in the tech industry before stepping into life coaching.
However, Colin's journey is not your typical success story; it's a testament to resilience and personal growth. As a teenager, Colin grappled with the formidable challenges of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. His path was marked by multiple stints in treatment facilities, starting at the age of 15. His pivotal transformation unfolded during a two-year period of self-discovery, which included wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding school.
Colin's mission as a life coach was born from his deeply personal journey. He's committed to guiding individuals facing similar struggles, offering them a path towards a brighter future. His unique life experiences have endowed him with unparalleled empathy and insight, as he understands the journey his clients undertake.
Colin's expertise shines in areas such as executive functioning, parent coaching, and future planning. He aspires to be the unwavering friend, mentor, and source of inspiration that he wished he had during and after his own transformative journey. By working with Colin, you'll harness the power to craft a future that not only motivates but genuinely inspires you.