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 email@example.com 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 REPORT ABUSE OR OTHER VIOLATIONS AT THIS FACILITY HERE: https://hslic.utah.gov/concerns-incidents
Please don’t place your loved one in Cedar Ridge Academy and rescue them if they are there now.
|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.|
Reported by survivor via e-mail May, 2016
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.
|Millie Harward Anderson||Admissions Counselor|
charged with sex abuse of teens--December
8th, 2009--(Cedar Ridge Academy in Utah)--
|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 — 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.|
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.)
*(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:November 3rd, 2019