This is a  staff list for Aspiro Wilderness & Adventure Therapy Program in Riverton, UT

(a.k.a. Aspiro, Aspiro Wilderness Program, Vantage Point, Kairos, Kairos Young Adult Wilderness Program, Momentum Wilderness Program)

(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 the Aspiro Wilderness & Adventure Therapy Program.  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 Aspiro Wilderness & Adventure Therapy Program, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Aspiro Wilderness & Adventure Therapy Program, 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 Aspiro Wilderness Program and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Justin Robinson Clinical Director Robinson has worked in other programs in both Alaska and Puerto Rico since 1994.  He worked at Kairos Young Adult Adventure Wilderness Program in Puerto Rico.  Robinson has been with Aspiro since 2006.  Aspiro began as a program in 2006.  He also formerly worked at an unnamed residential "treatment" center in Utah.  Robinson no longer appears to be working for the program.  Gordon Day is the new director.  Robinson is a licensed clinical social worker in UT and has been since 2005.  He graduated from the University of UT in 2002.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jessi Irvin-Wacker (female) Counselor Irvine formerly worked for Three Rivers.  A program closed in Montana.  Jessica Linn Wacker (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in UT and has been since July, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Brad Carpenter Psychiatrist Has worked in behavior modification industry for 10 years.  He formerly worked for now bankrupt and confirmedly abusive Hidden Lake AcademyCarpenter is NOT A LICENSED PSYCHIATRIST, medical, nor mental health professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Gordon L. Day Clinical Director Day was formerly with Summit Preparatory School and Outback Therapeutic Expeditions.  There is a Gordon Lee Day (may be a different person) that is a licensed psychologist in UT and has been since 2006.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Josh Watson Counselor Watson has been working in the industry since 1999.  Watson also formerly worked for the confirmedly abusive and now bankrupt Hidden Lake AcademyWatson IS NOT A LICENSED COUNSELOR NOR THERAPIST.  Watson is licensed as a clinical social worker in UT and has been since June, 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Janet Robinson Administrative Director Robinson is Justin's (clinical director) wife.  She has worked in the industry for 13 years and spent some time working for the joke known as Child Protective Services in Utah.  HEAL requires Robinson's middle name in order to verify whether or not Robinson holds any professional licenses in UT.
Amy Olsen Therapist Olsen has worked at unnamed residential programs as well as working as a paid kidnapper (escort/transporter) of unwilling children to undisclosed lockdown camps with no access to communication with the outside world (including family).  Olsen no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires Olsen's middle name in order to verify whether or not Olsen holds any professional licenses in UT.
Michael Escalante Program Director Escalante worked for two other unnamed wilderness programs before joining Aspiro in 2003.  Escalante no longer appears to be working for the program.  Dan Lemaire appears to be the new Program Director.  Escalante is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Randy Oakley Executive Director/CEO Oakley is also the Executive Director for:

Kairos Young Adult Adventures (it has the same staff as Aspiro--same program?)

Oakley also works with Allen Cardoza.  Oakley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Jodi Escalante Field Director Mike/Michael's wife.  She has worked in behavior modification camps since 2005.  She worked for two other programs before joining Aspiro.  Escalante no longer appears to be working for the program.  Escalante is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kevin Hogan Land Use Coordinator He worked at two other outdoor programs in Utah before joining Aspiro.  Hogan no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL chose not to do a licensure verification on Hogan since Hogan no longer appears to work for the program and because logistics staff are generally not expected to have special licensure.
Liz Stika Girls Team Lead Liz joined Aspiro in 2007.  Brigham Young University graduate.  Liz no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Louis E. (no last name) Boys Team Lead Louis joined Aspiro in 2008.  He decided to work for the industry since he graduated a wilderness program himself.  He has been involved with NOLS and Outward Bound.  Louie no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Philip F. (no last name) Vantage Point Team Lead HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Joseph R. (no last name) Aspiro Boys Team Lead Joined Aspiro in 2008.  Philip no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Reo Stika Expedition Manager Reo no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Matt Gauthier Expedition Manager Gauthier is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Dan Lemaire Program Director Joined Aspiro in 2006.  Lemaire is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Shawn P. (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2007.  Shawn has worked in wilderness programs since 2003.*  Shawn no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Aaron T. (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2007.  Aaron formerly worked at Outback Expeditions.  Aaron no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Tyler C. (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2007.   HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Katie H. (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2006.  Katie formerly worked at an unnamed wilderness program in Idaho.*  Katie is a Brigham Young University (BYU) graduate.  Katie no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Nicolaus H. (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2008.  BYU student.  Nicolaus no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Erik S. (no last name) Lead Guide HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Meg M. (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2008.  Meg no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Joe N. (no last name) Guide Joined Aspiro in 2009.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Justin W. (no last name) Guide Joined Aspiro in 2009.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Ben W. (no last name) Guide Joined Aspiro in 2009.  It's funny...  The program descriptions for their employees, Ben included, typically talk about how the employee chose the cult/program and not the qualifications on which they were hired or that would impress people using reasoning skills.  Ben no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Billy N. (no last name) Guide Joined Aspiro in 2009.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Ava C. (no last name) Guide Formerly worked at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA in the in-patient psychiatric unit.  BYU graduate. HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Jeff B. (no last name) Guide Joined Aspiro in 2009.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Kevin O. (no last name) Guide "Graduate" of the Kairos program (Aspiro).  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Jessica W. (no last name) Guide Student at BYU.  Jessica no longer appears to be working for the program.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Brian Church Director of Business Brianís father was one of three original founders of the SUWS adolescent program.  Brian became the admissions director (pre and post Aspen Education Group), and subsequently, the national Marketing Director for SUWS.  If you click on his name, you will see an exchange between Mr. Church and HEAL in November of 2009.  Church is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Christina Oakley Business Operations Randy's (CEO/Owner/Exec. Director) wife.  Formerly, in 2003, program director at an unnamed program.*  Oakley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ryan Coley Admissions Ryan Frank Coley (may be a different person) is a licensed certified social worker in UT and has been since May, 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ariana West Admin. Asst. HEAL chose not to do a licensure verification for West because office staff are generally not expected to hold any professional licenses.
Jamie Kaczmarek Therapist Formerly worked for Aspen Achievement AcademyKaczmarek IS NOT A LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, COUNSELOR, NOR THERAPIST!  Kaczmarek is a licensed clinical social worker only and has been since October, 2010 in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Trevor Allen LPC There is a Joseph Trevor Allen (may be a different person) that is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in UT that has been since September, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

He earned his counseling degree from the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Caitlin Galt CPCI Formerly worked for Second Nature Wilderness in Utah.  Galt has an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor License and has been licensed in UT since April, 2009.  Source:  https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jessica Williamson Clinical Asst. Jessica Paix Williamson (may be a different person) is a licensed certified social worker and has been since May, 2012.  One would expect a clinical assistant to have medical certification and training, not social work.
Brandon (no last name) Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2007.  HEAL requires full first and last names to perform licensure verifications.
Daryn Darr Lead Guide Joined Aspiro in 2007.  Also founder of Canterbury Academy.  Darr is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Aspiro Uses Positive Control Systems model also used by WWASPS and Eagle Ranch Academy.
HEAL received an Aspiro, Inc. contract and we have copied it below with additional information on the terms explained. We have blocked only identifying information at the request of the party who made the submission.

There are some concerns regarding the entire contract.  Problems in the page above include the fact that children coming into the program are strip-searched [search of person] and such searches are conducted whenever deemed "necessary" by staff throughout the duration of the program.  This is often a tool of humiliation used by behavior modification programs.  They use physical restraint whenever deemed "necessary" by staff and only record statements regarding the incident from the adult staff present.  Aspiro also demands that parents allow it to administer medical and psychiatric treatment whenever it deems such necessary.  However, Aspiro does not state in what way it is qualified to administer psychiatric treatment.  Aspiro also requires parents to agree to any medical "testing" it deems necessary without parental or individual informed consent.  In requiring the authority of power of attorney, Aspiro has made itself a fiduciary of the family.  A fiduciary has the responsibility to act in the best interest of those he/she/it represents.  In the following pages, Aspiro unconscionably disclaims any liability for harms (including death) experienced within the Aspiro program and even though requiring the rights of a power of attorney agreement, denies the responsibilities of such an agreement.  This is prima facie unconscionable.

Aspiro requires parents/guardians to agree to unconscionable and arguably illegal terms.  Whether deemed unconscionable and/or illegal by a court, the terms are still considered void or voidable.  The "Risk", "Indemnification", and "Liability" terms are unconscionable because they put all of the liability for any harm, "known or unknown", regardless of responsibility, on the parents/guardians.  If a child is maimed or killed while in the "care" of Aspiro, Aspiro renounces any responsibility for it, even if the laws would hold them accountable for negligence or intentional acts.  This type of "waiver" is unconscionable.  And, a parent does not have the legal right to sign away the rights of their minor children (see: Scott v. Pacific West Mountain Resort, 119 Wash 2d 484, 834 P 2d 6 (1992).).  And, the fact that Aspiro requires parents to agree to illegally waive the rights of a minor child is additional cause for concern.  An agreement that includes unconscionable and illegal terms is void and/or voidable. 

 

Another problem with the contract is the "Mail Agreement".  As stated above, parents do not have the right to waive the rights of their minor children.  It was decided in the case of Milonas v. Provo Canyon School (see: www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm) that it is a violation to open, read, censor, and/or monitor the mail of children in a program.  It is an illegal practice.  The fact that Aspiro includes illegal and unconscionable terms and practices in it's contract is a serious concern.  The "Photograph Agreement" is also a serious violation.  Aspiro, not worried about protecting client confidentiality--but only about sales materials, requires parents to approve the use of their child's photograph in sales literature for the program.  This is an invasion of privacy of the minor's rights and is also an unconscionable term for any service promising or requiring confidentiality.

 

In addition, if a child escapes Aspiro, Aspiro puts the responsibility and expense of recovering the child on the parent even though they are acting in lieu of parental authority per the power of attorney agreement and would be legally responsible for exercising due care to insure the safety of all "participants".  The remainder of the contract reiterates that parents assume all risks involved to their child and their family and releases Aspiro of any "known and unknown" risks of harm, including death.

 

We would highly recommend no family enter any contract containing unconscionable or illegal terms.  Adult children have sued programs with their parents as co-defendants and parents have been found liable for injuries to their children.  It is best to avoid any shady deals with those running fraudulent or abusive programs.

 

To submit your statement regarding Aspiro Wilderness, click here!  

 *(Aspiro Wilderness Program, 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.)

 Last Updated: January 25th, 2017

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