The Attitude Advantage Program (TAAP) is a comprehensive approach to helping teens build incredible confidence, grit and resilience.

We believe, and the research shows, that building up self-esteem in young people is critical to their development and we provide youth across the country (and abroad) with live motivational speaking events, original content and curriculum teaching vital life lessons to improve self-esteem and positively impact the direction of their lives.

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Jesse LeBeau


Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

Clinical Psychologist

Lindsey Gray

Head Teen Coach

Dr. Jessica Garrett

Leadership Expert & Curriculum Developer

Dr. Jessica Garrett-Southern (Dr. J) has been a career educator for over 30 years. She retired from the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) in November of 2020 with the hope of continuing to sow into the lives of people in a different capacity.

She holds degrees and certifications in Interdisciplinary Studies (BS), elementary education, special education, mid-management (MA), superintendency, and a terminal degree (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. She has served as a special education teacher, an elementary school teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a professor, a department chair, a chair of the Graduate Council, a Provost Fellow, and as the President of the Faculty Senate.

She is the mother of three amazing daughters and has one precious grandson. She values time with her family and nothing makes her happier than transforming the lives of those around her and generally making the world a better place.

Shai Morales

Chief Learning Strategist

Donee Bilderback

Curriculum Developer

Donee is a retired school teacher with over 20 years of experience, who has a passion for helping youth. She works to enhance the learning experience for the teens in all of the TAAP programs. Her work has been instrumental in putting together the TAAP programs for teens, parents and educators. Donee’s focus is on implementing best practices through research and strong learning methodology and pedagogy. 

Adam Episcopo

Director of Creative Content

Tyler Mutton

Philanthropist / Teen Mentor

Tyler “T-Mutt” Mutton is one of the founding fathers of The Attitude Advantage Program. In its early days, he left his job in corporate America to travel around to small Alaskan villages and spread a message of hope, positivity and love. He would like the record to show he was not paid for any of his time on those Alaskan adventures and it is rumored that he still holds a grudge. He’s held many roles and titles over the years and currently works with young people in the TAAP program in a mentorship capacity. He is thrilled to be able to impact teens in a significant way and continues to look for ways to improve and elevate the TAAP Program.