This is a  staff list for Elk Mountain Academy in Clark Fork, Idaho

(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 Elk Mountain 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 Elk Mountain Academy, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Elk Mountain 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 don’t place your loved one in Elk Mountain Academy and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Loretta Olding Co-Founder/Executive Director Co-Founder of the program.  Olding is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Daniel Garman Director of Student Affairs Garman has been with Elk Mountain Academy since 1999.  Garman is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx   Garman is not a licensed educator in Idaho.  Source: Idaho State Department of Education
Julee McKee House Counselor There is no further information on this staff.*  McKee is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Avalon McElhane Accounting McElhane is the second employee of Elk Mountain and has been there since 1995.  HEAL does not perform professional licensure checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they have direct contact with students.
Barbi Flanders Accounting HEAL does not perform professional licensure checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they have direct contact with students.
Mary Larkin Counselor Larkin is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Michael Linderman Clinical Director He has worked at various unnamed programs for over 15 years (as of 2009).  Linderman is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Janice Knight Therapist Educated in Utah. Has worked at various unnamed programs for over 13 years (as of 2009).  Knight is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Carl Olding Co-Founder/Therapist Olding is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Shonna Kelso Director of Academics Also worked for Upward Bound. Kelso is not a licensed educator in Idaho.  Source: Idaho State Department of Education
Chuck Wright Teacher Wright is not a licensed educator in Idaho.  Source: Idaho State Department of Education
Kim Wright Teacher HEAL requires Kim's full name in order to verify whether or not Kim holds educator certification in Idaho.
Matt Donahue Instructor(?) Donahue is also the director of Lakeshore Aftercare  Donahue is not a licensed educator in Idaho.  Source: Idaho State Department of Education
Jodie Redding Residential Director Started with Elk Mountain in 2007.   Redding is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
David Belville Overseer of Therapeutic Labor Crew (slave foreman) Belville is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Clint Corey Residential Staff Corey has no professional training or experience for dealing with struggling teenagers.  He has a history in construction and is a "recovering addict".  These are not appropriate qualifications for someone dealing with special needs youth.  Corey is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Blake Miller Program Director Miller is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Idaho.  Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx
Jamie (last?) Teacher HEAL requires an employee's full name in order to perform a background licensure check.
Jessica (last?) Teacher HEAL requires an employee's full name in order to perform a background licensure check.
Joey (last?) Program Director HEAL requires an employee's full name in order to perform a background licensure check.
     
     
     
*(Elk Mountain 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.)
HEAL has received one parent complaint regarding this program.  This complaint is confidential and unavailable to the public.
Former priest, arrested for sexual battery, confesses he's a sex addict
KXLY.com Staff
Last updated: Thursday, May 31st, 2007 05:54:47 PM
 
COEUR D'ALENE -- The counselor arrested on sexual battery charges at a North Idaho private school for troubled teenage boys has admitted to authorities he had been a long-time sex addict, including the more than three decades he served as a Catholic priest.

 

Louis Wayne Ladenburger, 70, was arrested Wednesday on three charges of sexual battery with a minor after a three-week investigation by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit.

 

Ladenburger worked at the Elk Mountain Academy near Clark Fork for only a few months as a therapist before the first alleged incident involving one of the students. The investigation started three weeks ago after a 17-year-old student told his parents Ladenburger had touched him.

 

Carl Olding, the founder and director of the Elk Mountain Academy, said that no one ever expected something like this to happen. He acted immediately to notify authorities about the situation.

 

"From the first time I found out about this, which was on Saturday May 5th," Olding said. "CPS was called, I personally called the sheriff."

 

Ladenburger was fired and then arrested Wednesday after detectives interviewed 17 students.

 

"I cleaned out his desk and brought his stuff to his son's home so he was never back on campus after May 5th," Olding said.

 

In court Thursday Bonner County Prosecutor Phil Robinson says that during two separate therapy session Ladenburger fondled and touched a 16-year-old boy, put his hands in his pants and eventually performed oral sex.

 

Robinson added that Ladenburger admitted to those allegations.

 

The therapist is also accused of kissing and fondling a 17-year-old student, but Ladenburger did not admit to that crime. The prosecutor says that every student interviewed during the course of the investigation into the allegations against Ladenburger said they felt uncomfortable around him, adding he would constantly give them back massages, touch their legs and ask about their sexual experiences.

 

Ladenburger also admitted to authorities he was a long-suffering sex addict, a problem he'd had since he was a Catholic priest. His admission raised the question of whether there are other potential victims of abuse. The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office is already working to contact former students at the Elk Mountain Academy and parishes where Ladenburger served to question them in their ongoing investigation.

 

Ordained in the Order of Franciscan Minor in 1963, Ladenburger served in a variety of parishes and schools from Seattle to Scottsdale, Arizona. His service took him from Phoenix in 1966 to New Mexico in 1970; In 1975 his service took him to Stockton, California and in 1982 he went to St. George’s Parish and School in Seattle.

 

Three years later he transferred to St. John’s Parish in Las Vegas where he remained until 1989 when he moved to the Christ the King Catholic Community also in Las Vegas. In 1991 he went to the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

In 1993, when he was serving at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Ladenburger took a leave of absence in. According to the Franciscan Friars of California, Ladenburger asked for the leave in December 1993 to "discern his vocation".

 

He later voluntarily petitioned the Vatican for "dispensation from religious life and clerical state" and it was granted by the Vatican in March 1996. The Franciscan Friars report they have no records of past abuse allegedly committed by Ladenburger.

 

Ladenburger is being held on a $100,000 bond on the sexual battery charges; Robinson says it's likely he will face at least a dozen more charges including solicitation.

 

 

 Last Updated: July 29th, 2015

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