This is a  staff list for Center for Change in Orem, UT & Las Vegas, NV

(a.k.a. Universal Health Services, UHS of Timpanogos, Inc.)

(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 Center for Change.  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 Center for Change, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Center for Change, 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 Center for Change and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Lorene T. Hernandez Admissions Joined Center for Change in 1999.  Hernandez worked for 13 years in another residential program prior to the Center.*  Hernandez no longer appears to be working for this program.  Hernandez is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Pam Kidd Director Joined Center for Change in 1999.  Kidd is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Rita B. Woods After Care Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU).  Woods joined the Center in 1998.  Woods is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Collin Wood After Care Graduate of BYU.  Wood no longer appears to be working for this program.  Wood is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Melanie Aldis Regional Director Aldis used to work in media and marketing.  Aldis joined the Center in 2003.   Aldis is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Robin Colson RD Colson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tamara Noyes Business Director Joined the Center in 2007.  Noyes is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Leigh Anderson Regional Director Joined the Center in 2007 and formerly worked for the confirmedly abusive Three Springs programs.  Anderson no longer appears to be working for this program.  Anderson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mike Garone Regional Director Formerly worked in the casino industry.  When that didn't work out, he got into the rehab racket.  Garone joined the Center in 2004.*  Garone no longer appears to be working for this program.  Garone is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
H. Mac Granley Asst. Clinical Director Granley has worked for the Center since 2001.  BYU graduate.  Granley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Nicole Hawkins Clinical Director Dr. Hawkins has also worked at Logan Regional Hospital, USU Eating Disorder Clinic and Laboratory, USU Counseling Center, and Bear River Mental Health.  Interned at the Salt Lake City Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  Hawkins is a licensed psychologist in Bluffdale, Utah and has been since 2000.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Amy Harman Therapist Formerly worked at Weber Human Services.   Harman joined the Center in 2006.  Amy Lynn Harman (may be a different person) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Draper, UT and has been since October, 2008.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 
Espra L. Andrus Therapist Andrus has been involved since its inception in 1996.  Andrus no longer appears to be working for this program.  Espra Lynn Andrus (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Hurricane, UT and has been since June, 1994.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jen Adams Therapist Joined the Center in 2005.  HEAL requires Adams full name (including middle) and/or license number and profession in order to verify licensure.
Julie B. Clark Psychologist BYU graduate.  Clark has been with the program since it opened in 1996.  Clark is a licensed psychologist in Utah and has been since June, 1986.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kim Crossley Therapist BYU graduate.  Formerly worked for LDS Family Services.  Kimberly Ann Crossley (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in UT and has been since June, 2002.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Melissa H. Smith Clinical Director Graduate of University of Michigan--Ann Arbor.  HEAL requires Smith's license number and profession in order to complete license verification. 
Melissa K. Taylor Therapist Graduate of the University of Kentucky.  Formerly worked at another unnamed residential program.*  Joined the Center in 2004.  Melissa K. Taylor is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in UT and has been since February, 2002. Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  Taylor formerly worked for New Haven RTC in UT.
Paul Harper Psychologist Graduate of BYU.  Owns T.O. Paul Harper & Associates, a consulting firm.  T.O. Paul Harper (may be a different person) is a licensed psychologist in UT and has been since 2007.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Wendy Jensen Therapist Graduate of BYU.  LDS Missionary.  And, joined the Center in 2005.  Jensen is a licensed clinical social worker in UT and has been since April, 2003.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Michael E. Berrett Founder/CEO Co-founder of program.  On the board of directors of NATSAP.  He was formerly the clinical director of Aspen Achievement Academy, a confirmedly abusive program.  There is a Michael Berrett (may be a different person) that is a licensed psychologist in Lindon, UT and has been since 1987.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Evan C. Coates Clinical Staff Coates is a licensed clinicial social worker and has been since May, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Emily R. Haynes Clinical Staff Formerly worked for Copper Hills Youth Center in Utah.  Emily Ross Haynes (may be a different person) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Salt Lake City, UT and has been since 2004.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Hayley Giles Dietician Formerly worked for LDS Hospital.  Giles is a certified dietitian in UT and has been since 2006.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Torey Leavitt Dietician Leavitt is not a licensed dietitian in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lauren Absher Dietician BYU graduate.  Absher is a certified dietitian in UT and has been since 2008.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Amber Litchfield Dietician Litchfield is a certified dietitian in UT and has been since 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Rachael Firmage Dietician Formerly worked at McKay Dee Hospital.  Firmage no longer appears to be working for this program.  Firmage is not a licensed dietitian in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  
Kimberly Passmore Clinical Nutrition Director BYU graduate.  Joined the Center in 2005.  Passmore no longer appears to be working for this program.  Passmore was a licensed certified dietitian in UT until 2010 when license expired.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jessica Pearson Dietician Pearson is a certified dietitian in UT and has been since 2007.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Clair Momberger Direct Care Staff Momberger is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Shelby Evans (Satterthwaite) Direct Care Mgr. Joined the Center in 2004.  HEAL requires Evans' full name (including middle name) and/or license number and profession in order to verify whether or not Evans holds any professional licenses in UT.
Doug Pusey Teacher Pusey is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah Office of Education.
Elayne McArthur Education Director Formerly worked at Summit High School and Cascade Mountain High School.  McArthur is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah Office of Education.
Julie B. Clark Teacher Co-Founder of the Center for Change.  HEAL requires Clark's full name (including full middle and maiden name) and/or educator license number in order to verify whether or not Clark is a licensed educator in UT.
Julie Bouche Teacher Bouche is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah Office of Education.
Stan Harward Principal Cascade Mountain High School principal as well.  BYU graduate.  Currently conducting research on children for BYU.  Harward is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah Office of Education.
Susan Strayer Lead Care Tech. BYU graduate.  Joined the Center in 2005.  Strayer no longer appears to be working for this program.  Strayer is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jeffrey W. Anderson CFO HEAL chose not to do a professional licensure check on Anderson because CFO's are generally not expected to interact directly with clients or provide care services.
Kara L. Lowe Therapist Lowe formerly worked for the notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.  BYU graduate.  Kara Lei Lowe is licensed SOLELY as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has been since 2000.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
LeAnne Tolley Yoga Instructor Tolley is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah Office of Education.
Lynette L. Taylor Therapist Taylor is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Spencer Lloyd Therapist Spencer LeGrande Lloyd (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker who HAS ONLY BEEN LICENSED SINCE May, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tasha Antoniak CTRS (Program had her listed as a Therapist on their website which may indicate false advertising on their part) Correction: Antoniak was a licensed therapeutic recreation specialist in UT from 2010-2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Antoniak feels that the above statement is incomplete and asked that we include the following:

"In the interest in correcting a public misrepresentation via the following website: http://www.heal-online.org/center.htm, please make immediate corrective changes to Tasha Antoniak's listing as "Therapist" to Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) during previous employment within the Experiential & Recreation Therapy Dept at Center For Change (CFC). It is also noted that Tasha Antoniak graduated with a BS in Recreation Management & Youth Leadership: Therapeutic Recreation from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2009 and was nationally certified with NCTRC in 2010 and is currently still nationally certified. Therefore, the statement "Antoniak is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah" needs to be removed & updated with the appropriate information."  (E-mail sent by Antoniak on  March 26th, 2016)  HEAL has not verified the statements made by Antoniak regarding education and certification.

Antoniak added:

"The CTRS isn't through Utah Licensing. It is through NCTRC which is the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. You can verify my national certification through them. Since I am no longer working in and/or a resident of Utah, I do not need to maintain a Utah state license which is a TRS. However, it is noted that when I was working at Center For Change as well as a resident of Utah, I did actively maintain both the TRS and CTRS."  (E-mail sent by Antoniak on  March 26th, 2016)

The issue here is that the NCTRC is not a properly accredited program.  It claims accreditation from National Commission for Certifying Agencies and that is not a recognized accreditation agency. Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Agencies.aspx (full list of regionally and nationally recognized accreditation agencies in US)
Melissa Sprague Therapist Sprague formerly worked for the notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School for 12 years.  Sprague no longer appears to be working for this program.  Melissa R. Sprague is licensed SOLELY as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has been since 1992.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Bobbi Condie Billing Joined the Center in 2006.  HEAL chose not to do a professional licensure check on Condie because clerical/office staff are generally not expected to interact directly with clients or provide care services.
Gay Jones Billing Joined the Center in 1995.  HEAL chose not to do a professional licensure check on Jones because clerical/office staff are generally not expected to interact directly with clients or provide care services.
Robert W. Clark HR Director BYU graduate.  He was the director of regional operations for WordPerfect Corporation's European offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and subsequently managed Novell's international support operations in 12 countries around the globe.  Clark joined the Center in 1998.  Clark is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  (Note: There is a Robert Wilford Clark that was formerly licensed as a medical doctor in UT.  The license lapsed in 2012.)
Andrew L. Ellsworth Nurse Formerly worked for VistaCare Hospice.  Ellsworth is a licensed registered nurse in UT and has been since 1994.  Source:  https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Greg Ellis Psychiatrist Gregory W. Ellis (may be a different person) is a licensed physician with a controlled substance license and has been in Cottonwood Heights, UT since 1988.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Iann Johnson Nurse Iann Alyn Johnson (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in UT and has been since 2001.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Meredith Burt Nurse BYU graduate.  Burt no longer appears to be working for this program.  Burt was a registered nurse in UT until 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Courtney Marden (Henderson) Nurse Henderson joined the Center in 2002.  Courtney Claire Marden (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in American Fork, UT and has been since 2007.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Melissa H. Smith Psych. Asst. BYU graduate.  Univ. of MI.   RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF CENTER FOR CHANGE.  HEAL requires Smith's license number and/or claimed profession in order to complete verification of whether or not Smith holds any professional licenses in UT. 
P. Scott Richards Research Director Richards is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Janet Schaertl Admissions Schaertl is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
LaDonna Gale Admissions Gale is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Amanda Aagard Admissions Aagard is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Cassie Riddle Business Developmnt Riddle is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Rita Lawson Business Developmnt Lawson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kari Jacobson Business Developmnt Jacobson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Elizabeth Thomas Clinical Staff Elizabeth Ann Thomas (may be a different person) is a licensed certified social worker in UT and has been since November, 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Aislinn Kelly Burke Therapist Burke is a licensed marriage and family therapist in UT and has been since 2007.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sarah Hubbard Clinical Staff HEAL requires Hubbard's full name (including middle) and/or profession and license number in order to verify whether or not Hubbard holds any professional licenses in UT.
Lauren A. Barnes Clinical Staff Barnes is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has ONLY BEEN LICENSED SINCE April, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kristin Bennion Clinical Staff Bennion is a licensed clinical social worker in UT and has been since September, 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Trent C. Homberg M.D. Homberg is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Natalie Winkler Dietician Winkler is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jennifer Glauser Dietician Glauser is a licensed certified dietitian in UT and has been since May, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Torey Richards Dietician Richards is a licensed certified dietitian in UT and has been since 2007.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kelsey Rich Dietician Rich is a licensed certified dietitian in UT and has been since 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kierstin Holmgren Dietician Holmgren is a licensed certified dietitian in UT and has been since August, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kathy Spencer Direct Care HEAL requires Spencer's full first name and middle name in order to verify whether or not Spencer holds any professional licenses in UT.
Alta Swarnes Experiential Therapy Swarnes is licensed SOLELY as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has been since 1999.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Center for Change.  In the meantime, we have reviewed the Boulder Creek Academy Application.  Boulder Creek Academy is also owned and operated by UHS.
Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities
This program is "accredited" by NWAC.  NAAS was forced to change their name to NWAC after a lawsuit was filed for misappropriating the name of a legitimate accreditation agency.  NAAS was also a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools in 2006.  (Case Citation: Bruce Dungan, et al. v. World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools, Inc., NAAS, et al., United States District Court, Northern District of New York, July 25th, 2006)  The attorneys representing the plaintiffs in this case were Hancock & Estabrook, LLP.  The lawsuit was filed as a class action.  Academy at Ivy Ridge was the basis of the lawsuit.  NAAS "accredited" this school.  Quote:   "Ivy Ridge Academy accreditation rejected:  The Academy at Ivy Ridge will not be allowed to resume issuing high school diplomas.  The State Education Department has rejected the Academy's application, according to stories Friday in St. Lawrence County newspapers and The Watertown Times.  A letter from the State Education Department to Ivy Ridge quoted in the Watertown Times says, "The Department's review revealed that AIR is principally a behavior modification program and not a school..."  For complete story, click here.  So, NAAS/NWAC accreditation does not provide effective assurance that the credits "earned" at Center for Change are transferable.  This is a serious concern.
This program is accredited by the Joint Commission under UHS of Timpanogos, Inc. DBA Center for Change.  It appears it has only been accredited since January, 2013.  Source: http://www.qualitycheck.org/qualityreport.aspx?hcoid=172228.  The Joint Commission has only accredited the program operating in Orem, UT and appears not to accredit the sister facility in Nevada.

 *(Center for Change, 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 9th, 2016

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