(a.k.a. Aspen Education Group,)
(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
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by
This program is reportedly closed. For more information, see www.beyondbusiness.net/youarenext.htm.
|Chenoa Lenfest||Teacher||She joined Bromley Brook in late 2005.|
|Steve Peters||Teacher||Peters no longer appears to be working for this facility. (See article below for details.)|
|Laura Mack||Academic Director||Formerly a "professional actress".|
|Linda Malachuk||Admin Asst||Mother of Beth Bove (Admissions).|
|Peggy Reif||Exec. Asst.|
|Beth Bove||Admissions Director||Daughter of Linda Malachuk (Admin. Asst).|
Cole came to
|Mary Jo DeGrandi||Coordinator||DeGrandi has worked in the industry since 1995.|
|Sharon Hartunian||Counseling Director|
|Meg Herrington||Therapist||Herrington is also working for Passages to Recovery. Herrington has been with Bromley Brook since 2005.|
|Mary Jane Greenwood||Nurse|
|Mary Sallisky||Operations Director||Mary joined Bromley Brook as Director of Operations on March 1, 2005.|
|Justin Bendall||Community Director||Bendall joined Bromley Brook in 2007.|
|Kimberly King||Program Mgr.||King has been with Bromley Brook since 1995.|
|Sara Krohn||Specialist||She has also taught on the faculties of Burr & Burton Academy and Long Trail School. Krohn no longer appears to be working for this facility.|
|Clemma Dawsen||Teacher||Spent decades in the "Back to the Land" movement.|
In the community he worked on the Trails
Subcommittee of South Burlington, as President of the Burlington Chapter of
the NAACP, and as a Scoutmaster in
She has taught at
|Robin Wimbiscus||Art Director||Formerly worked for King George School in Sutton, VT. King George School was part of the notoriously abusive CEDU cult-based program chain.|
|David G. Hans||Executive Director||Formerly worked for King George School in Sutton, VT. King George School was part of the notoriously abusive CEDU cult-based program chain.|
|Lawrence (Larry) Mutty||Admissions Director||Currently works for FL Chamberlain aka Chamberlain International School.|
|*(Bromley Brook School, 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.)|
|Bromley Brook School is an Aspen Education Group program. Thomas J. Croke, Educational Consultant, has denounced Aspen Education Group for putting profits over the safety and care of children in Aspen programs.|
|HEAL has reviewed multiple Aspen Education Group contracts that appear to be illusory, unconscionable, void/voidable, and arguably illegal. We are in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Bromley Brook School. In the meantime, please see the reviews for Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, Aspen Achievement Academy, Aspen Ranch, Aspen Institute of Behavioral Assessment, and New Leaf Academy. It is our suggestion that families avoid doing business with Aspen Education Group and/or their individual programs.|
Former teacher pleads guilty in teen sex case--April
9th, 2010 (Bromley Brook School)--MANCHESTER – A former educator at the
Bromley Brook School pleaded guilty on Wednesday to having sexual contact
with a 16-year-old student at the school on three occasions between Sept. 1
and Oct. 14.
Stephen F. Peters, 40, of Woodford, pleaded guilty in Bennington District Court to three misdemeanor charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. The state dismissed a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child that had been brought in December.
Bennington County State's Attorney Christina Rainville said the state had dismissed the charge because her office's investigators believed that while the student was credible, the incident did not constitute a criminal act. The lewd and lascivious conduct charge involved a different student who was 12 when she spoke to police.
Under a plea agreement, Peters is expected to serve six to 12 months in prison on each count with the sentences to be served consecutively, but the prison time will be suspended. Instead, Peters is expected to serve five years on probation under sex offender conditions and undergo sex offender treatment. For complete story, click here.
|Former teacher pleads guilty in teen sex case--April 9th, 2010 (Bromley Brook School)--MANCHESTER – A former educator at the Bromley Brook School pleaded guilty on Wednesday to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old student at the school on three occasions between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14. Stephen F. Peters, 40, of Woodford, pleaded guilty in Bennington District Court to three misdemeanor charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. The state dismissed a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child that had been brought in December. Bennington County State's Attorney Christina Rainville said the state had dismissed the charge because her office's investigators believed that while the student was credible, the incident did not constitute a criminal act. The lewd and lascivious conduct charge involved a different student who was 12 when she spoke to police. Under a plea agreement, Peters is expected to serve six to 12 months in prison on each count with the sentences to be served consecutively, but the prison time will be suspended. Instead, Peters is expected to serve five years on probation under sex offender conditions and undergo sex offender treatment. For complete story, click here.|
|Bromley Brook will shut down when school year ends--March 25th, 2011 (Source: manchesterjournal.com) MANCHESTER -- A private therapeutic boarding school for girls will close this summer after as its parent company looks to cut back programs to match faltering demand, impacting about 45 local jobs. The Aspen Education Group announced Thursday that the Bromley Brook School and four others around the country will close by July. Bromley Brook in Manchester is for girls "who have difficulty finding success in a traditional school setting," according to its Website. Students follow individual learning plans that focus on education, self-awareness and family relationships... In addition to Bromley Brook, the New Leaf Academy and the NorthStar Center in Oregon, as well as the Aspen Ranch and SunHawk Adolescent Recovery Center in Utah, are set to close. For complete story, click here.|
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public. We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm, http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case. In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html
d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective. You can request these documents via e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services. Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "How Would You Handle My Out of Control Teen?".
If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general. For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
Last Updated:November 1st, 2019