This is a  staff list for Cedar Ridge Academy in Roosevelt, UT

(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 Cedar Ridge Academy.  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 Cedar Ridge Academy, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Cedar Ridge Academy, 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 Cedar Ridge Academy and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Robert Nielson Program Director/Owner Robert Alexander Nielson (may be a different person) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since January, 1997.  (You may notice that the program was operating in 1996 prior to Nielson's professional licensure.)  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Pamela Nielson Counselor/Owner Robert's wife.  Co-founded the program in 1996.  Nielson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Wes Nielson Director of Operations/Owner Degree from questionable and reportedly fraudulent "University of Phoenix" programs.  Nielson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sean Haggerty Admissions/Owner Haggerty has been with Cedar Ridge since 1998.  Haggerty is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html   Haggerty reportedly no longer owns nor works for Cedar Ridge Academy.
Nadine Nelson Accounting Joined Cedar Ridge in 2005.  HEAL chose not to do a professional licensure check on Nadine Nelson because accounting does not typically require professional licensure nor effect client welfare.
Brent Crane Therapist Brigham Young University (BYU) graduate.  Crane has been with Cedar Ridge since 2002.  Brent Earl Crane (may be a different person) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since November, 2004.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Shane A. Whiting Therapist BYU graduate.  Joined Cedar Ridge in 2004.  Shane Whiting is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since March, 2005.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Josh Miller Therapist Degree from questionable and reportedly fraudulent "University of Phoenix" programs.  Miller joined Cedar Ridge in 2001 and has worked in other unnamed residential and wilderness programs.*  Joshua Emerson Miller (may be a different person) is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Utah and has been since May, 2013.  (You will notice Miller has been a therapist with Cedar Ridge since long before completing his education in 2009 and professional licensure in 2013.)  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Layne Southam Teacher Southam is a licensed educator in Utah.  For endorsements and additional information, please contact the Utah State Office of Education, Licensing department. 
Chad Hamblin Teacher Hamblin is a licensed educator in Utah.  For endorsements and additional information, please contact the Utah State Office of Education, Licensing department. 
Eric Carlson Teacher Carlson is a licensed educator in Utah.  For endorsements and additional information, please contact the Utah State Office of Education, Licensing department. 
Jim Munford Teacher Formerly worked for Second Nature Wilderness and seven years in the military including as security for the 2002 Olympics.  Munford is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: E-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
Jeremy Conotah Teacher Conotah no longer appears to be working for this program.  Conotah is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: E-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
Teri Southam Support Staff Formerly worked for Utah Office of Education.  Joined Cedar Ridge in 2006.  Southam is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Annie Jacobs Support Staff Joined Cedar Ridge in 2001.  Jacobs is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Emery Symonds Residential Redwood Home Mgr.  Joined Cedar Ridge (CR) in 2002.  Symonds is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Steven Oldham Residential Aspen Home Mgr.  Joined CR in 2001.  Oldham no longer appears to be working for this facility.  Oldham is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kevin Hensen Residential Joined CR in 2008.  Hensen is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Darline Allen Residential Ombu Home Mgr.  Joined CR in 2003.  Allen is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Geary Oakes Student Svcs. Joined CR in 1999.  (See article below.  Oakes was charged with sexually abusing two girls in this program in 2009.  How many unreported victims during those 10 years?)  Oakes no longer appears to be working for this facility.  Oakes is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Deon Bradshaw Student Svcs. Joined CR in 1999.  (female)  Bradshaw is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Steve Miller Admissions Director HEAL requires Miller's full name (i.e. Stephen, Steven, etc.), including middle name, and/or license number in order to complete license verification check. 
Don Lewis Academic Director Lewis is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: E-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
Sterling Malin IT Svcs/Tutor Malin is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: E-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
Jacob Auna Therapist Jacob Kawenaokalani Auna (may be a different person) is licensed SOLEY AS A CERTIFIED SOCIAL WORKER INTERN AND HAS ONLY HELD THE INTERN LICENSURE SINCE AUGUST, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html   (Auna did not graduate college until April, 2013.)
Holland Olsen Guidance Counselor Olsen is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: E-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
Laurel Hunsaker Registrar Hunsaker is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: E-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
James Coxson Math Coxson is a licensed educator in Utah.  For endorsements and additional information, please contact the Utah State Office of Education, Licensing department. 
Kimberly Hawks Social Studies Hawks was a licensed educator in Utah.  Hawks license has expired.  For endorsements and additional information, please contact the Utah State Office of Education, Licensing department. 
Kristi Wall English Wall is a licensed educator in Utah.  For endorsements and additional information, please contact the Utah State Office of Education, Licensing department. 
Sam Hoopes Residential Hoopes is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Brad (last name ?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail January, 2015.
Jackie Jackson Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail January, 2015.  HEAL requires Jackson's full name (i.e. Jacqueline M. Jackson) in order to verify whether nor not Jackson holds any professional licenses in UT.
Barbie (last name?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail January, 2015.
Tina Powell Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Renea (last name?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Wanda Smith Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Mark Thal Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Heather Coxson Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Michael Secrest Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Joshua Felts Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Dillon Tabee Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Cody (last name?)   Reported by survivor via e-mail July, 2015.
Greg Burnham Therapist Reported by survivor via e-mail May, 2016 
Name: GREGORY LYNN BURNHAM
City, State, Zip, Country: SPANISH FORK, UT 846605773, UNITED STATES
Profession: MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY
License Type: MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
License Number: 4910479-3902
Obtained By: APPLICATION
License Status: ACTIVE
Original Issue Date: 01/30/2002
Expiration Date: 09/30/2016
Agency and Disciplinary Action*: NONE
Docket Number: N/A

Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

You can e-mail complaints regarding any licensed staff in Utah to: DOPL@utah.gov or visit http://www.dopl.utah.gov/investigations/complaint.html for more options.
     
     

Duchesne nurse charged with sex abuse of teens--December 8th, 2009--(Cedar Ridge Academy in Utah)--ROOSEVELT ó A man who worked as a nurse at a boarding school for troubled teens has been charged with sexually abusing two of the school's teenage residents.

Geary David Oakes, 57, of Cedarview, Duchesne County, is charged in 8th District Court with two counts of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

A nurse at Cedar Ridge Academy, Oakes engaged in sex acts with two 15-year-old students from the school, the charges state.

One of the teens told deputies that Oakes gave him pain medication, according to the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office, and that he "provides pain and sleeping medications for the kids at Cedar Ridge and tells them to keep it a secret." Oakes denied that he had supplied anyone with medication that was not prescribed, authorities said.

Cedar Ridge Academy, located north of Roosevelt, is billed as a therapeutic boarding school. Investigators believe Oakes' alleged activities with the teens occurred at the school and at his home during November.  For complete story, click hereFor more on this story, click here and here.

Fact: Cedar Ridge Academy uses same Positive Control Systems methods as WWASPS and Eagle Ranch Academy.
Duchesne nurse charged with sex abuse of teens--December 8th, 2009--(Cedar Ridge Academy in Utah)-- ROOSEVELT ó A man who worked as a nurse at a boarding school for troubled teens has been charged with sexually abusing two of the school's teenage residents. Geary David Oakes, 57, of Cedarview, Duchesne County, is charged in 8th District Court with two counts of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. A nurse at Cedar Ridge Academy, Oakes engaged in sex acts with two 15-year-old students from the school, the charges state. One of the teens told deputies that Oakes gave him pain medication, according to the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office, and that he "provides pain and sleeping medications for the kids at Cedar Ridge and tells them to keep it a secret." Oakes denied that he had supplied anyone with medication that was not prescribed, authorities said. Cedar Ridge Academy, located north of Roosevelt, is billed as a therapeutic boarding school. Investigators believe Oakes' alleged activities with the teens occurred at the school and at his home during November.  For complete story, click here.  For more on this story, click here and here.

 *(Cedar Ridge Academy, 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: May 18th, 2016

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