ABOUT TOM AND KISHA
Tom and Kisha Maher are teen/tween girl experts. Through working with girls and their parents for over 10 years, they have discovered that girls respond best when you bring out the best in them.
Family Transformation Experts
Through their Non-Profit Organization, Hailey’s House, Tom and Kisha mentor middle school girls to be the best version of themselves and empower parents with the skills needed to keep them on the positive path. Their approach is very simple, fun, and light-hearted. Girls have fun and parents learn valuable tools to create an environment that brings out the best in their daughters.
As inspirational speakers, Tom and Kisha spread a life changing message to girls everywhere: ‘HOW TO BE AN IT GIRL.’ They believe that all girls have the power inside of them to be something great. Many get jaded by comparing themselves with others. By showing girls the power they have over their thoughts and feelings, girls learn to be confident in who they are, are inspired to just be themselves, and skilled in making good decisions.
THE STORY OF HAILEY’S HOUSE
From the moment Tom and Kisha met, their vision for Hailey’s House was forming.
While they were just dating, Kisha lived and worked as a counselor for troubled teen girls in the mountains of San Diego. These girls were sent to live away from their homes and families due to their poor behavior choices. The hope was that having these girls leave the negative environment and influences that had gotten them down the wrong path would have them gain a new perspective to make better decisions.
Kisha found that nearly every girl that entered the program had a life changing experience and was inspired to make good choices. However, when they would return home from living on the mountain for a solid year, it was only a matter of time before they went right back to their former ways.
She knew that if girls were taught their strengths and mentored to accept themselves while parents had someone guiding and empowering them on specific steps through this difficult time, the families relationships could be saved and their money could be better spent; Relationships lost by families being separated and money lost by paying such high boarding school fees.
Soon after, Tom and Kisha married and began working together with an organization that specialized in behavior modification for recently judicated and severely emotionally disturbed teens. Their positions required them to live in a home with 6 at-risk teen girls whose behaviors were so out of control they were removed from the mainstream foster care system. As legal guardians, role models, and parental figures, Tom and Kisha guided each girl onto the right path.
Through this experience they realized what an impact they had together working with young girls.
Tom and Kisha knew that if this type of ‘middle ground’ home was available for the average, everyday family, Orange County parents could avoid financial strain during an already stressful time and daughters could be led on to the right path without the risk of losing their relationship with their parents.
They set out to either create a place of their own or find one that already existed. Before starting their own, they searched for organizations with similar specialties. Their search led them to accept a position to run a middle school girls 5 day residential program in South Florida.
For the next three years Tom and Kisha thrived as they worked with the average, middle-upper class families of South Florida. Through their experience they created The Simply Family Curriculum. (A 12 step individualized template for families to create their own boundaries, structure, and behavior plan based on their personal values, goals, and unique family situation.)
Never forgetting the need for the average families of Orange County, the time had come for them to return home and combine their years of experience, training, and passion to create Hailey’s House.
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