This is a  staff list for Discovery Academy in Provo, 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 Discovery 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 Discovery Academy, you have the right to take action.

 

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

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Brent Hall Executive Director Hall formerly worked for notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.  Graduate of BYU (birthplace of abusive outdoor/wilderness model).  Brent Charles Hall (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2004.  Brent Charles Hall earned his degrees at Southern Utah University and University of Utah.  So, it may be a different person as Brent Hall of Discovery Academy claims to be a graduate of BYU and this conflicts with the licensing information.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Robert Crist Vice Pres./Owner Crist was also the founder of the notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School and Silverado Academy/Boys Ranch.
Matt Hendry Clinical Director Matthew Travis Hendry is a licensed professional counselor only.  And, he has been since April, 2009.  He earned his BA at the University of Utah and his MS at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"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.

Laura Elliker Residential Director Elliker has been with Discovery since 1992.  Laura Elliker holds no professional licenses in Utah and is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Triston Morgan Admissions Director Morgan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since August, 2008.  He earned his degree at Loma Linda University in 2005.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mari Allman Admissions Allman has been with Discovery Academy (DA) since 2006.  Allman no longer appears to be working for this program.  Allman is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Casey Pehrson Admissions Pehrson is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jonathan Jones Headmaster Jones reportedly no longer works for this program.  Jones is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lee Jensen Headmaster Jensen no longer appears to be working for this program.  Jensen is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Alan Barrett Business Mgr. Barrett has been with DA since 1989.  Barrett is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Linda Whitely Office Mgr. Whitely has been with DA since 2000.  Whitely no longer appears to be working for this program.  Whitely is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Xolani Radebe Family Coordinator Radebe is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sara Carter Nurse Carter is reportedly not the same individual as the only licensed nurse with similar name in Utah.  Sara Carter-Poole is a Registered Nurse in Utah.  This may be a different person.  Carter-Poole has been licensed in Utah since February, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lindi (last name unknown) Nurse HEAL is unable to verify Lindi without additional information (i.e. full name).
Katie Smith Office Mgr. HEAL is unable to verify Smith without full legal name.
Matt Hendry Therapist Matthew Travis Hendry is a licensed professional counselor only.  And, he has been since April, 2009.  He earned his BA at the University of Utah and his MS at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"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.

Jackie Rock Therapist Rock came to DA in 2005.  Jackie Zahra Rock (may be a different person) is a licensed professional counselor in Utah and has been since June, 2008.  She earned her degrees from Weber State University and University of Phoenix.

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

See below:

"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.

Raoul Willard Therapist Educated in Provo, UT.  Willard is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  He was formerly licensed as an associate professional counselor, but, the license expired in August, 2011.
Dorothy Ah Quin Therapist Ah Quin came to DA in 1992.  Ah Quin is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Nate Mitchell Therapist Mitchell formerly worked as an actor in California and at an residential program for teens.*  Mitchell no longer appears to be working for this program.  Nathan Eugene Mitchell (may be a different person) is licensed as an associate professional counselor only.  He has been since March, 2009.  He earned his degree from the University of Phoenix. 

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

See below:

"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.

David Hillstead Wilderness Formerly worked at confirmedly abusive Aspen Achievement Academy.  David Randy Hillstead (may be a different person) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since January, 2001.  He earned his degree from Brigham Young University (BYU).  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) E. Gene Shumway Therapist Professor at BYU and has worked at DA for over 9 years (as of 2009).  Shumway reportedly no longer works for this program.  Shumway is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  He was formerly licensed as clinical social worker; certified social worker; and marriage and family therapist;  but, the licenses expired in 2004, 1989, and 1983, respectively.  He was not a licensed professional for at least the last 5 years of his tenure at Discovery Academy.
Phil Scoville Therapist There is a David Phillip Scoville that is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah.  This may be a different person.  David Phillip Scoville has been licensed since November, 2009 and earned his degree from Loma Linda University in September, 2005.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Marni Reeve Therapist Reeve is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Janeen Martin Therapist Martin formerly worked for an unnamed wilderness program and unnamed residential program.*  Martin no longer appears to be working for this program.  Janeen Erin Martin is a certified social worker in Utah and has been since January, 2010.  This may be a different person.  She earned her degree at Brigham Young University in April, 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Nate Porter Supervisor Formerly worked at Utah State Hospital.  Porter is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Bekki Saluone Supervisor Saluone has been with DA since 2003.  Saluone reportedly no longer works for this program.  Saluone is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mark Edwards Staff Edwards has been with DA since 1990.  Edwards is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Momi Tu'ua Counselor Tu'ua has been with DA since 1995.  Tu'ua is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kristi Steimle Registrar Steimle has been with DA since 2000.  Steimle is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lee Jensen Faculty Jensen no longer appears to be working for this program.  For teachers, we generally contact the Utah State Office of Education to confirm educator licensing.  Since Jensen no longer works for this program, we will be skipping Jensen. 
Steve Revelli Faculty Revelli is not currently a licensed educator in Utah.  His level 1 license expired.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Robert Stoddard Faculty Stoddard is currently a licensed educator in Utah.  He has a level 2 license that expires in June, 2014.  He is licensed to teach history and political science.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Elaine Layosa Faculty Specializes in bio-chemistry.  Layosa is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Erin Wiemers Faculty Wiemers has been with DA since 2005. Wiemers no longer appears to be working for this program.  For teachers, we generally contact the Utah State Office of Education to confirm educator licensing.  Since Wiemers no longer works for this program, we will be skipping Wiemers. 
Coleen Gleason Faculty Gleason has been with DA since 2008.  Gleason is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Jack Chruma Faculty Chruma has been with DA since 2005.  Chruma is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach biology.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Cory Dixon Faculty Dixon is a licensed level 1 educator specializing in severe and mild/moderate disabilities.  Special Education teacher.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Russ McKell Faculty McKell no longer appears to be working for this program.  For teachers, we generally contact the Utah State Office of Education to confirm educator licensing.  Since McKell no longer works for this program, we will be skipping McKell. 
Clark DeLange Faculty Graduate of BYU and former Air National Guardsmen.  DeLange is not currently a licensed educator in Utah.  He was formerly licensed as a level 2 educator in Utah.  But, the license has expired.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Greg Beveridge Faculty Beveridge has been with DA since 1994.  Beveridge is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach Math and Health Sciences.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
John Moon Faculty Moon is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach science and biology.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Justin Reeves Faculty Reeves is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach English.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Eugene Thorne Founder Eugene Thorne (a.k.a. D. Eugene Thorne) was formerly an owner of Provo Canyon School.  Dr. D. Eugene Thorne founded Discovery Academy in February of 1990. Dr. Thorne was a co-owner of Provo Canyon School until it was bought by Charter Hospital   Thorne is a licensed psychologist and has been since 1967.  He earned his degree at the University of Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Keith Lederhaus Therapist Reported by survivor (2010-2011) via e-mail.  Keith Lederhaus is a licensed certified social worker in Utah and has been since January, 2011.  He earned his degree from the University of Utah in 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Corrie Agnew Therapist Reported by survivor (2010-2011) via e-mail.  HEAL requires at least the last name to complete our staff verification process.  Agnew is a licensed certified social worker in Utah and has been since August, 2010.  She earned her degree at the University of Utah in May, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Samantha Patient Girl's Supervisor Patient holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Patient is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Adam Anderson Therapist Adam Mark Anderson (may be a different person) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Utah.  He has only been licensed since April, 2010.  He earned his degree from Loma Linda University in March, 2010.
OTHER OTHER Discovery Academy is associated with the following programs by ownership:

RedCliff Ascent

Discovery Ranch

Oxbow Academy

Medicine Wheel

HEAL has received the list of calls to Provo Police from 2001 through September, 2012.  The calls include reports of child abuse, forcible sexual abuse of a child, three missing children, rape with an instrument/object, sexual abuse of a child, unlawful sexual activity, and more.  It is HEAL's opinion that no reasonable nor sane person would knowingly subject a child to the environment at Discovery Academy.
Survivor Comment--Ashley Frost: "I went to Discovery Academy (the other program that Dr. Thorne was affiliated with) and encountered several accounts of physical and mental abuse.  I would like to see all places of this kind shut down because they are not helpful and cause more harm than good." (Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Survivor Comment--Nicole Laughlin: "i went to another school called Discovery Academy in Provo Utah. And I say shut all these schools down.(Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Parent Comment--Paula Bryant: "(Mother of Discovery Academy Victim)  good work-these programs have no safeguards to protect children ,they are profit organizations and the government (federal) need to take more concern .Maybe the gov. should impose monetary fines and stiffer penalties-as the schools teaches THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR BAD DECISIONS, and should be held to the same ;if not higher standards(Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Survivor Comment--Nikki Reiman: "I did not attend PCS, but was "locked up" at Discovery Academy, another institute of Dr. Thorne.  I was there from 1993-1996 and am now 27 years old.  I suffer from slight scoliosis, brought on from an abundance of standing (DA's form of punishment) as informed to me from my doctor, and am looking into getting my right knee replaced soon as it is difficult to walk.  Another result of their punishment.  I would LOVE to see these institutions shut down, FOREVER!(Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Discovery Ranch & Discovery Academy use the same Positive Control Systems methods as Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS.
To visit an archived web-forum for Discovery Academy survivors, please click here.
Mother sues school, says son was assaultedPROVO ó A mother of a former student of a boarding school for troubled youth is suing the school, claiming her son was sexually assaulted by other students.  The mother, from Aliso Viejo, Calif., seeks at least $200,000 in damages against the Discovery Academy, 105 N. 500 West, in Provo, and the parents of students identified as John and Jane Does 1-10, according to the suit filed Aug. 14 in 4th District Court.   For complete story, click here.
External Link: Mark Levine Radio Broadcast Exposing Institutionalized Abuse at Discovery Academy: http://marklevine.tv/does-the-city-of-provo-endorse-kidnapping/

 *(Discovery 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 31st, 2013

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