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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:

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Our Story

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. 

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Lily Ortiz,

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.

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Johnny Tock,

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. 

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Leanna Woodley-Tock, 

Certified life-coach

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. 

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Veronica Long
Resident Advisor
Social Media Mangager

Veronica is currently 23 and taking a gap year to explore the Spain culture and lifestyle. She is in her last year of university before she receives her bachelors in Sociology and is hopeful to pursue her masters in Public Health. Veronica is a Cambodian American from Boston, MA who loves staying active by going to the gym, going on scenic walks, and playing fun outdoor games. She cheered competitively in college and held an executive position on the student government association. In her free time, she loves to read, dance, and trying new foods!

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Chuck Wilcox, J.D., C.S.A.C.
FAll 2022 Life Coach

A dynamic consultant, advocate, and mediator, Chuck is both a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and an attorney. Prior to joining Finney Consulting, he had a successful career as Assistant General Counsel and VP for a national telecommunications company after serving as an Air Force Judge Advocate for 27 years. Chuck earned his B.S. at Tulane University and his JD at the University of Texas. His ongoing professional learning is expansive: Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University, Addiction Training Workshop at Harvard Medical School, Dispute Resolution and Negotiations course work at Pepperdine, and Mediator Certification from the Justice Center of Atlanta.

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Beyond his education and training, Chuck has spent most of his career in advising and mentoring roles, with a special interest in well-being and supporting others struggling with mental health, addiction and family problems. He has worked as a counselor in a residential treatment center, trained young professionals in both his military and corporate careers, and has been a guest speaker at Cornell University Law School on the topic of forging meaningful career paths.

 

Committed fitness and outdoor enthusiasts, world travelers, and adventure hounds, Chuck and his wife are the proud parents of two grown children and Rocco, the Wonder Dog. Chuck and his family live near Washington D.C.