This is a  staff list for Ascent Wilderness Intervention in Bonners Ferry, Idaho

(This program is closed and/or no longer operating as Ascent Wilderness Intervention.)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Ascent Wilderness Intervention.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Ascent Wilderness Intervention, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Ascent Wilderness Intervention, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults. 

 

Please donít place your loved one in Ascent Wilderness Intervention and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Trilby Hoover Executive Director History at unnamed* "treatment" facilities.  Hoover is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Ramon Palacios Program Director History at unnamed* "treatment" facilities.  Palacios is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Nikole Brown Clinical Director Nikole Brown has been with Ascent since 1998.  In 1998, Ascent changed ownership from CEDU to The Brown Schools.  It has since changed ownership again to Universal Health Services, the owners of Provo Canyon SchoolNikole Brown is not a licensed medical professional.  Nikole Ahner-Brown (may be a different person) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Idaho and has been since July, 2003.  She does have a disciplinary record due to complaints filed with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.  Click here to see the complaint informationNikole Ahner-Brown (may be a different person) appears to have at one time been licensed with the Idaho Department of Education as well. Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Janice Pannell Admissions Director Janice Pannell has worked at multiple unnamed* "treatment" facilities.  She was educated at BYU in Utah.  BYU is where abusive wilderness experiments on youth were first unleashed.  Pannell is not a licensed medical professional.  Pannell is not a licensed mental health professional.  Pannell appears to have at one time been licensed with the Idaho Department of Education.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Claudia Peterson Admissions Coordinator History at unnamed "private schools for at risk youth".  Peterson is not a licensed medical professional.  Peterson is not a licensed mental health professional.  Peterson appears to have at one time been licensed with the Idaho Department of Education.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Diana Boyer Community Liaison History at unnamed* "programs".  Boyer is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Jolene Hannah Clinical Coordinator Worked for Ascent since 2006.  Hannah is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Dan Tadlock Therapist Educated at BYU and worked for an unnamed "treatment" facility in Jordan, UT before moving to Idaho.  Tadlock is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Jeff Schroeder Clinical Psychologist Schroeder is a licensed psychologist in Idaho.  Schroeder also appears to be currently licensed as an educator to teach small engine repair.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)  Formerly worked for the Texas Youth Commission.  The Texas Youth Commission has continually been investigated for child abuse, child rape, and worse.  Recently (2008), the Texas Youth Commission was facing termination as a program in Texas. 
 
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Kaysie Dannemiller Therapist Dannemiller has worked for various unnamed* wilderness programs for over twelve years.  Dannemiller is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Rachel M. Webster Therapist Webster has worked for various unnamed* "treatment" facilities.  Webster has only been with Ascent since 2007.  Webster is not a licensed medical professional.  Rachel E. Meiland-Webster (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Idaho and has been since June, 2007.  Webster is not a licensed in educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Shawn Wood Therapist Shawn M. Wood (may be a different person) is a licensed physical therapist in Idaho.  Shawn A. Wood (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Idaho and has been since March, 2004.  There are two Shawn Woods that are licensed educators in Idaho.  HEAL requires the middle initial of Wood to determine licensure.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Lynne Urfur-Lovrin Director of Nursing Urfur-Lovrin is not a licensed nurse in Idaho.  Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm
Marlene Stanley Nurse Stanley is not a licensed nurse in Idaho.  Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm
Chris Ankney Experiential Learning Coordinator (cult leader) Ankney is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)

Ankney has been working in wilderness programs for over 10 years.  He has been at Ascent for over 5 years.  The other 5 years are unaccounted for and unspecified.  Ankney currently works for the Juvenile Offender Basic Training Camp in Connell, WA.  He has worked there since November, 2010.

The following is from an e-mail message received by a reported employer of Ankney:

"Here is the information that I have on Chris Ankney as per his resume:
 
2000 - 2001
Referral Incentive Manager
ASIMBA
 
2002 - 2005
Chief Instructor
Brown Schools - ASCENT
 
2005 - 2007
Program Manager
Universal Health Services - ASCENT
 
2007 - 2009
CEO / Managing Director
Universal Health Services - ASCENT
 
He states that he has a BA in Political Science from Montana State University.  No date given, unable to confirm.
 
He states that he was a Sergeant in the USMC from 1990 - 1994
 
He is a member of OBHIC."

 

Denise Forbregd Student Coordinator Denise has been with Ascent for 9 years and has worked in the industry for 19 years total.  There is no information on which programs she worked for prior to Ascent.*  Forbregd is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Erik Nelson Chief Instructor Has worked at Ascent since 2001.  Nelson is not a licensed medical professional in Idaho.  Nelson is not a licensed mental health professional in Idaho.  Nelson appears to have at some point been licensed by the Idaho Department of Education.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Laurie Mires Admin. Asst. Laurie has worked at Ascent since 2005.  Administrative Assistants do not typically require special licensing to perform their duties lawfully.  Therefore, HEAL chose not to do a background/qualification check on Ms. Mires.
Peggy Maas Commissary/Transportation Maas has worked at Ascent since 1998.  In 1998, Ascent was still owned by CEDU/The Brown Schools.  Inventory and Transportation staff do not typically require special licensing to perform their duties lawfully.  Therefore, HEAL chose not to do a background/qualification check on Ms. Maas.
Dena Cook Food Service Cook has been working for Ascent since 1989 (the CEDU years).  Food workers do not typically require special licensing to perform their duties lawfully.  Therefore, HEAL chose not to do a background/qualification check on Ms. Cook.
Daniel C. Sears Asst. Kitchen Mgr. Food workers do not typically require special licensing to perform their duties lawfully.  Therefore, HEAL chose not to do a background/qualification check on Mr. Sears.
Jeffrey W.Gromley Operations Supervisor Gromley has worked for Ascent since 1996 (the CEDU years).  Maintenance/Operations/Facilities managers do not typically require special licensing to perform their duties lawfully.  Therefore, HEAL chose not to do a background/qualification check on Mr. Gromley.
Steven Steele Operations Steele has worked for Ascent since 2000.*  Maintenance/Operations/Facilities managers do not typically require special licensing to perform their duties lawfully.  Therefore, HEAL chose not to do a background/qualification check on Mr. Steele.
Melissa Gray Projects Manager Gray has worked for Ascent since 1995 (the CEDU years).  Gray is not a licensed medical professional in Idaho.  Gray is not a licensed mental health professional in Idaho.  Gray appears to have at some point been licensed by the Idaho Department of Education.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Dwayne McNair Logistics McNair has worked at Ascent since 2006. McNair is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Robin Cortes-Davis Instructor Robin has worked in multiple unnamed* "treatment" programs.  She has been with Ascent since 2006.  Cortes-Davis is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Eric Bender Coordinator Bender has worked at Ascent since 2005.  Bender is not a licensed medical professional in Idaho.  Bender is not a licensed mental health professional in Idaho.  Bender appears to have at some point been licensed by the Idaho Department of Education.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Dusty Cash Counselor Cash worked at another unnamed* "treatment" program for less than 2 years before moving to Ascent.  Cash is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Kristina Russell Phase Manager Russell has worked for Ascent since 1999 (The Brown Schools years).  Russell is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Gary Davis Counselor Davis has worked at multiple unnamed* "treatment" programs for over 15 years.  Davis is not a licensed medical professional in Idaho.  Davis is not a licensed mental health professional in Idaho.  Davis appears to have at some point been licensed by the Idaho Department of Education.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Ted Brauer Phase Manager Brauer has worked for Ascent since 1994 (The CEDU years).  Brauer is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Edna Neely Camp Lead Neely is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Frank G. Davis Night Staff Davis has a black belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do.  Davis has worked for Ascent since 1996 (The CEDU years).  Davis is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Dallas Bell Night Staff Bell has worked for Ascent since 2006.*  Bell is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Denise Raan Night Staff Raan has worked for Ascent since 2005.*  Raan is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Randy Raan Night Staff Raan has worked for Ascent since 2005.  He was formerly a logger, miner, and trucker.  Raan is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Catherine L. Shaw Night Staff Team Lead Shaw has worked for Ascent since 1993 (The CEDU years).  Shaw is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Jared Waxbom Night Staff Waxbom has worked for Ascent since 2006.  He was formerly a logger and a ranch hand.  Waxbom is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Johanna Haraf (sp) Course Instructor Reported by survivor who was enrolled in 2001.  Haraf is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Paul Haraf Staff Johanna's husband.  Reported by survivor who was enrolled in 2001.  Haraf is not a licensed medical professional, mental health professional, nor educator in Idaho.  Sources: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm, https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx, and  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx (respectively)
Caleb (last name unknown) Staff HEAL requires the last name of staff in order to perform background/qualification verifications. 
*(Ascent Wilderness Intervention, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
Rocky Mountain Academy, a now closed CEDU program that ran out of Colorado, employed Nicki Bush of A START (Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic & Appropriate Use of Residential Treatment (a.k.a. apologists for the behavior modification/cult industry)).
Survivor Statement--Peter Orozco Earle

 

 Last Updated: March 20th, 2012

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