Evergreen Certification Institute is a non-profit organization that specializes in the certification of
Dialectical Behavior Therapy providers and the accreditation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs.

About Us

Our Mission and Values

  • Establishing credibility for Dialectical Behavior Therapy professionals and trust for clients through certification.
  • Company Values:
    • Leadership: Be a global leader in creating professional value by delivering recognized, evidence-based certifications and solutions that satisfy both our customers’ present and future needs.
    • Innovative: We are committed to continuous innovation and improvement to ensure that we deliver relevant certifications based on evidence-based practices.
    • Awareness: We anticipate, solicit feedback and respond to the needs of healthcare professionals.
    • Integrity: We promise to honor commitments and act with goodwill, integrity and professionalism.

Our Team

Jeff Mares
Jeff Mares  Operations Manager
Jeff Mares brings over 4 years’ experience in developing and managing projects in the continuing education and professional certification industry. He also brings another 8 years’ experience doing everything under the sun necessary to start and run his own business. If you find Jeff outside of our office, chances are you will find him either biking through the woods or the county highways outside of Eau Claire, WI, cooking and testing up some new food idea or cheering on the USA Men’s National soccer team.
Claire Zelasko
Claire Zelasko  Certifications Manager
Claire Watson Zelasko, MBA, has over 10 years’ experience working in the continuing education industry. She specializes in working with experts in their fields to develop educational content for fellow professionals. Additionally, Claire brings years of experience in relationship building, sales, marketing and new product development to her role as Certifications Manager at EVGCI.

Her prior work experiences have included careers in banking and manufacturing.

Born and raised in the UK, Claire emigrated to the U.S, where she completed college and graduate school. She currently resides in northwest Wisconsin but has lived in Atlanta, Chicago, and Paris, France. She is married and enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, travel and photography.

Our Advisors

Lane Pederson, PSY.D., LP
Lane Pederson, PSY.D., LP  
Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP, has provided Dialectical Behavior Therapy training and consultation to over 8,000 professionals in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. A real-world practitioner, Dr. Pederson co-owns Mental Health Systems, PC (MHS), one of the largest DBT-specialized practices in the United States with four clinic locations in Minnesota (www.mhs-dbt.com). At MHS Dr. Pederson has developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs for adolescents, adults, people with dual disorders, and people with developmental disabilities. He has served as clinical and training directors, has directed practice-based clinical outcome studies, and has overseen the care of thousands of clients in need of intensive outpatient services.

Dr. Pederson’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy publications include: The Expanded Dialectical Behavior therapy Skills Training Manual, 2nd Edition (PPM, 2017); Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Contemporary Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2015); and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training in Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Settings (PPM, 2013).

Notable organizations he has trained for include Walter Reed National Military Hospital, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Ontario Psychological Association, and Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Pederson currently serves on the advisory board for the doctorial counseling program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is a peer reviewer for Forensic Scholars Today.
Claire Zelasko
Claire Zelasko  
Claire Watson Zelasko, MBA, has over 10 years’ experience working in the continuing education industry. She specializes in working with experts in their fields to develop educational content for fellow professionals. Additionally, Claire brings years of experience in relationship building, sales, marketing and new product development to her role as Certifications Manager at EVGCI.

Her prior work experiences have included careers in banking and manufacturing.

Born and raised in the UK, Claire emigrated to the U.S, where she completed college and graduate school. She currently resides in northwest Wisconsin but has lived in Atlanta, Chicago, and Paris, France. She is married and enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, travel and photography.
Jeff Mares
Jeff Mares  
Jeff Mares brings over 4 years’ experience in developing and managing projects in the continuing education and professional certification industry. He also brings another 8 years’ experience doing everything under the sun necessary to start and run his own business.

If you find Jeff outside of our office, chances are you will find him either biking through the woods or the county highways outside of Eau Claire, WI, cooking and testing up some new food idea or cheering on the USA Men’s National soccer team.

Who We Are

501(c)(3) organization that promotes the highest standards in accredited certifications for today’s mental health professionals. Our certifications set the standards for excellence in their fields of practice. Certification and accreditation establishes trust and helps consumers, their families, and those who pay for behavioral health services to choose providers and programs with confidence. EVGCI is owned and operated by Evergreen Certifications, LLC.