Boston team


Craig Pearson, M.ED.
Executive Director 


Craig and his wife, Kook, raised their family in Milton, New Hampshire. A 90-minute drive from the city of Boston.

Craig’s professional resume includes having worked as a special education teacher in New Hampshire from 1989 to 1996. From 1996 through 2002, Craig started his own businesses that focused around serving youth and creating alternative education and experiential teaching programs for at risk youth.

In 2013, Craig co-founded Surf House Puerto Rico. In 2016, Surf House partnered with Atlas Life which added additional resources and services to the overall ability to serve young adults.

As the founder of Atlas Life Puerto Rico and Atlas Life Boston, Craig has professionally counseled and supported young adults since 1989. Craig is a strength-based leader with a Master Degree in Emotional and Behaviors Disorders from Notre Dame College. His work with students and their families has helped hundreds of students achieve their goals of independence and improved relationships.

In addition to regularly reading, Craig’s hobbies include mountain biking, soccer, the New England Patriots, surfing, and spending time with his family

Alan Houghtaling

Director - Boston

Academic Director all locations

Alan brings two decades of experience working with teens and young adults in widely varied environments to his work with Atlas Life. The common thread has always been helping them grow, face their challenges and find their inspiration.

Alan is the founder and director of Evolve, an award-winning Boston based company that offers tutoring, college admissions consulting, and teen/young adult life coaching. This work was the initial connection with Atlas , as he and his team supported a number of students academically at Atlas Boston. Through numerous conversations with visionaries Randy Oakley and Craig Pearson, it became clear that there was an alignment of philosophy, values, and vision, and so Alan came on board in a more official leadership capacity in 2018.

In his role as a Director, Alan works closely with the Atlas Boston team in a number of capacities. On the academic front, he supports students in creating their educational blueprint and then works with the coaches to make sure those plans are being carried out. 

In his personal life, Alan is an avid learner, always trying to expand his knowledge base, and pushing himself to remain open to new challenges and experiences. He thoroughly enjoys reading, writing, mountain biking, following the local arts and sports scenes, and being with good friends and family. 


Emily whidden
Life Coach


Emily’s passion for supporting people on their path to empowerment, and working with them to achieve their goals, led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. Emily graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 and is looking forward to applying the skills and knowledge she developed there to her work with Atlas Life.


Emily’s previous experience demonstrates her goal of providing support and empowering others. She has worked with and provided mentorship for young people at various community organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Hyde Square Task Force, and United South End Settlements. In addition, Emily completed two six-month, full-time internships during her time at Northeastern, each with a focus on providing resources and services to address the needs of various populations. Interning at Northeastern’s Center of Community Service provided Emily the opportunity to engage with students, staff, and a number of nonprofit organizations in Boston.

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Mylis Post
Life Coach


Mylis graduated from Pace University in 2018 with degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology.


During her time at Pace, she volunteered for The Alliance NYC, which is where she discovered her love for helping others. Her experience led her to volunteer for the help chatline, STOMP Out Bullying, which focuses on coaching individuals who are victims of bullying.

Following graduation, she continued to volunteer and search for opportunities where she could continue to inspire and help individuals grow.

Mylis was born and raised in Newtown, CT and first started her college experience in Orange, California. She also lived in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and New York City.


Mylis enjoys exploring new places and has mastered being able to adapt so far away from home. She uses her past experiences to help others and loves to inspire people to trust their unique paths.


Zach pearson
Life Coach


After graduating from Keene State College with a B.A. in Psychology, Zach spent a year working as a paraprofessional in a Middle School and as a direct support professional for Monadnock Developmental Services. This led Zach to a discovery that would change his life's trajectory. Zach realized that he loved to help people, and he found he could connect with people on a deep and meaningful level. 

Zach moved to Puerto Rico in the summer of 2016, where he began working for Atlas Life as a residential mentor. He quickly fell in love with the job and the unique opportunities that Atlas and the island of Puerto Rico provided. Zach pushed himself to grow both as a person and a professional while discovering how to help others do the same. Within that same year, Zach was promoted to the role of Life Coach. He had found his calling.

Zach spent the next two years working for Atlas Life in Puerto Rico while also taking some time to go and experience Atlas Life in Salt Lake City and Boston. When Atlas Life announced that they were opening a European Atlas location in Portugal, Zach knew that it was time to embark on the next big adventure. 

Miriam Ervin
Counselor, MA, LMHC

Miriam is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over ten years experience in treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, as well as relationship and family challenges. She believes that when self-awareness is paired with motivation for healthy action, individuals and families can realize their fullest potential.


Her approach focuses on achieving this insight and motivation through establishing trust, building positive self-esteem, and teaching healthy skills for coping. She uses a holistic perspective and treatment approach and believes that all elements of health and wellness need to be addressed to experience balance and fulfilling life.

Each intervention considers all behavioral and environmental factors, history of trauma, stages of development, the family of origin, and cultural components. In addition to traditional talk therapy modalities, building new coping skill sets like meditation, relationship skills, and cognitive reframing. Miriam works with all age groups and specializes in counseling for Adolescents and Young Adults.