Jaclyn Kolodziej

Jaclyn Kolodojieski

Meet Jaclyn:

Jaclyn earned her Bachelors of Arts from Beloit College where she majored in Religious Studies.  She became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) through the National Council For Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) in 2011 after completing Therapeutic Recreation coursework at UW-Milwaukee.  In 2015, Jaclyn became a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).  Jaclyn came to Riverfront in January 2016 and works out of the Janesville location. Prior to joining the Riverfront Behavioral team, Jaclyn began her career in social services by providing direct care and later recreation services to adolescents with severe mental health and behavior disorders in residential treatment facilities. Most recently, Jaclyn has worked as an Activity Director with the senior population in the skilled nursing field where she developed a strong interest on the topic of dementia and how it affects ones behaviors.

Jaclyn provides behavioral services to those within the Riverfront Janesville programs and with others in the surrounding area. She uses the information gathered from completing behavioral assessments and develops plans to help support the individuals in need. She provides additional support to the Riverfront staff to help them better understand and support those we serve.

Jaclyn’s down to earth approach and calm demeanor makes it easy for her to connect with the participants and staff. She enjoys each day at Riverfront because she has similar beliefs that the individuals we serve are gifted, deserve respect and make a difference in the lives of others.

Jaclyn enjoys health and fitness and is a level-1 certified CrossFit coach. Outside of work and the gym she is a die-hard Chihuahua lover who loves spending time with her two dog babies and her husband. They all enjoy music, long walks, and binge watching on Netflix.  

1.Why are you a behavior specialist?

I am a Behavior Specialist because Riverfront is an awesome Non-Profit that serves adults with disabilities, a population of people I love surrounding with, who happens to have a pretty amazing Behavior Department.

2.What does success look like?

Success is accomplishing something that we never thought was possible. I am happy to be a part of the Riverfront family as a whole while being able to help others in whatever way I can.

3.What is a behavior specialist to you?

Being a Behavior Specialist allows me to get in the mindset of the individuals we serve so that I can help them achieve certain goals or overcome specific obstacles.