This is a  staff list for Eagle Ranch Academy in St. George, 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 Eagle Ranch 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 Eagle Ranch Academy, you have the right to take action. 

 

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

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Paul George Arslanian Executive Director/Co-Founder Formerly Assistant Director of Youth Corp Camp.  Arslanian is also reported to own: Handifone (dba/Doing Business As--Paul Arslanian--at 1902 E. 5775 S., Ogden, UT), PADD Incorporated (1902 E 5775 S, Ogden), Coaches Properties LLC (875 Rio Virgin Drive, #120, St. George, UT).  Arslanian is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Dave/David Arslanian Admissions/Co-Founder David Arslanian is also reported to own: Eagle Quest, LLC (4063 Ross Drive, Ogden, UT), DJP Corporate Services St. George (192 E. 200 N., Third Floor, St. George, UT),   Big Blue Football Camp, Inc. (4063 Ross Drive, Ogden, UT--notice this is the same address for Eagle Quest above), Academic Resources (dba/ doing business as--under David Arslanian--same address on Ross Drive), Eagle Ranch Associates, LLC (4063 Ross Drive, Ogden), Answers for Parents (located at 4063 Ross Drive in Ogden), Eagle Ranch Academy (two address for this listed--one is the 4063 Ross Drive address, the other is 115 W 1470 S, St. George, UT), The Coaches Team (4063...same as above), The Coaches Team Foundation (4063...same...), ARS Properties (4063...same...), Coaches Properties, LLC (4063...same...), and Coaches Team NS, LLC (4063...same...).

Dave Arslanian was fired from Utah State University for hiring his brother Paul against the wishes of the President of the university in 1999.

So, Dave Arslanian tried to "re-brand" with ERA.  The above hyperlink will guide you to the article from which the following quote is derived: "Arslanian, who coached at Weber State for nine years, has not found another job, the lawsuit says, because of damage to his reputation."

 

Within 2 years of Starting Our Business Using The BMI-FOP Worksheet, We Were Able to Successfully Launch a Company That Now Has an Independent Appraised Value of More Than 3 Million Dollars!

Using the Business Management Institute's Financial Operating Planworksheet and procedure, our company was able to maximize theFlex Budget portion to accurately project our financial picture for the coming year and provide a cash flow model that allowed us to plan for needed cash and credit in advance.

This worksheet also gave us the variables in the case that we only did 80% of what we planned or in the case we did 120% of our projections. It allowed us the chance to see what impact our actual results were against what we planned them to be both in terms of percentages anddollars.

Within 2 years of Starting Our Business 
Using The FOP Worksheet, We Were Able to Successfully Launch a Company That Now Has an Independent Appraised Value of More Than 3 Million Dollars!

David Arslanian CEO, Eagle Ranch Academy - St. George Utah

Taken from:  http://www.businessmanagementreviews.com/  (Greed)  Arslanian is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Kelly Jo Miller Program Director Formerly Director of Case Management at Spring Mountain Treatment Center, Clinical/Program Director/Case Manager/Residential Counselor at SunHawk Academy, and Vice President/Owner of Journeys Adolescent Services.  Miller also has a daughter (Cierra/Sierra) that works as staff at Eagle Ranch and the daughter has reportedly been physically abusive with children in the program.

Journeys Adolescent Services is a transport/kidnap-for-hire company that "spirits" children away from their home, families, support, and communities to private wilderness or rural compounds for experimentation by the rural elite.  One of there "kidnappers" is Brett Merle who is "trained in Positive Control Systems".  Positive Control Systems is used by many fraudulent and abusive programs.  See www.heal-online.org/utah.htm

Kelly's husband "Hoss"/Horace, Darrell Benson (ERA Staff too), Katherine Benson (ERA Staff--see below) all work for Kelly as kidnappers-for-hire as well as their positions at ERA. 

Miller is only licensed as an associate professional counselor and has only been licensed since March, 2011 in Utah.  Miller has a transferred license as a substance abuse counselor in Nevada and has been licensed since August, 2003.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Katherine Benson Asst. Program Dir. Formerly with Millcreek Youth Center (Psychologist Assistant) and Sun Hawk Academy (Assistant Program Director.  Married to Darrell Benson listed below.  Benson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Phil Clark Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy (St. George, Utah) , Program Supervisor - New Directions (St. George, Utah), Owner/Program Manager - Cinnamon Hills Youth Center (Confirmedly Abusive), Assistant Youth Manager - Heritage Youth Treatment Center (Confirmedly Abusive), Crisis Team Leader - Farmington Bay (Farmington, Utah), and Youth Counselor - Red Rock Academy (Hurricane, Utah), Resident Manager.  Clark also worked for the State of Utah Correctional Facility.  Clark is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Dan Slaugh Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy (Professional Staff/Teacher) and Rain Dancer Youth Program (Professional Staff/Teacher)..  Dan Slaugh also reportedly owns Resort Retailers, Inc. (a.k.a. 7-Eleven in multiple Utah locations).  Slaugh is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lori Brandt Staff Formerly with RedCliff and SunHawk Academy.  Brandt is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Chris Arslanian Parent Specialist Arslanian is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Eric Pomeroy Staff Pomeroy is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Petina Dutro Staff Dutro is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Heather Fay Staff Married to Alan or Allen Fay.  (Spelling is different on different pages of the Eagle Ranch Academy official website).  Fay is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tyrone Hardward Staff Hardward is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Adam James Lister/Ligster Staff Formerly worked for State of Utah Juvenile Justice System.  Lister/Ligster is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Seattle Umi Staff Umi is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Krystlelie Jones Staff Jones is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sierra Bawden Staff Bawden is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tracy Wardrop Staff Wardrop is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Braxtin Ellet Staff Ellet is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Bob Chaviar Case Manager Formerly with SunHawk Academy and Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center.  Chaviar also worked at State of Utah Correctional Facility as a Youth Supervisor.  Chaviar is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lauren Hill Staff Hill is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Shannon Wellhoff Staff Wellhoff is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Hollie Belair Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy.  Belair is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Chris Cortez Staff Cortez is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Asiah Liuleraega Staff Liuleraega is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Levi Manatai Staff Manatai is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
David Woodbury Staff HEAL requires David Woodbury's middle name or middle initial in order to check whether or not he has any professional licenses in Utah.  There are multiple David Woodbury's licensed in multiple professions including as electricians and engineer/land surveyors. 
Kelvin Johnson Staff Johnson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ben Haycock Staff Haycock is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Deborah Berg Staff Deborah Bell Berg (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in Utah and has been since 1989.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Collete Tannehil Staff Tannehil is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Spencer Munoz Staff Munoz is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
V. Gerry Thamert Clinical Director Formerly the Clinical Director for SunHawk Academy in St. George, UT.  Another conflict of interest arising in Utah is that Washington County has appointed Gerry Thamert as the Mental Health Representative for the County's Children's Justice Center.  This is a blatant conflict of interest as Thamert and ERA are in a position to receive financial benefits from referrals and placements through the center.  This is a serious concern.  Thamert was appointed to this position late 2004/early 2005 according to the 2004 Annual Report for the Children's Justice Center presented on March 15th, 2005.  Thamert is reportedly no longer working for the Children's Justice Center.

Thamert also is a member of St. George Counseling Center LLC and Red Rock Properties, LLC.   The registered agent for Red Rock Properties is Penelope S. Eicher.  Eicher is also a marriage counselor in St. George, Utah.   Penelope S. Eicher is married to Timothy Eicher.  Timothy Eicher was a professor for Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.  J. Ralph Atkin (co-founder/co-owner of Teen Help/WWASP) is on the National Advisory Counsel for Dixie State College.  Thamert is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Dan Huntsman Therapist Dan Jay Huntsman (may be a different person) is a licensed associated professional counselor and has only been since 2009 in Utah.  He "earned" his degree at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 

"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.

Joy Ann "Annie" Weippert Therapist Formerly with SunHawk Academy.  Weippert is a licensed clinical social worker and has been only since 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Daniel Afualo Therapist Formerly with Second Nature Wilderness Program--Entrada, SunHawk Academy, and Utah State Department of Corrections.  Daniel Pouli Afualo (may be a different person) is a licensed clincial social worker and has been since 1999.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) Cantril Nielsen Psychiatrist Dr. Nielsen is also employed by Sunrise Residential Treatment Center (and Boarding School) in Hurricane, UT.  Nielsen has reportedly moved to Idaho and may no longer be working for this program.

"In the 1980s, LDS Psychiatrist Cantril Nielsen found himself caught between his conflicting religious and professional oaths.  Nielsen paid a sizable wrongful death malpractice settlement in the masturbation-shame suicide of 16-year-old Kip Eliason. The lawsuit alleged that Nielsen violated professional standards of psychiatric care by prescribing that his patient should follow his Mormon bishop’s advice to abstain from masturbation in order to be “worthy,” rather than basing treatment on empirical medical evidence required by medical ethics."

Source: http://www.mormonstudies.net/pdf/mormon_masturbation.pdf  

Case Citation: Eliason v. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, et al., No. 80195, D.C. (Ada County 1983).

 Nielsen is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 1972.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Dennis Mitchell Medical Asst. Reportedly only works at the program on Thursdays.  Dennis Houston Mitchell (may be a different person) is a licensed physician's assistant in Utah and has been since 1998.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Roxann Faux Nurse Judy Roxann Faux (may be a different person) is a licensed practical nurse in Utah and has been since 1988.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Julie Arslanian Admin. Director Arslanian is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Angie Aday Office Asst. HEAL did not perform a license verification on Aday since it is unexpected that a clerical worker would hold any professional licenses.
Bonnie Johnson Insurance Specialist Reportedly married to Ted (a.k.a. Mike) Johnson who works in the kitchen at Eagle Ranch Academy.  HEAL requires the middle name of Bonnie Johnson to verify whether or not she holds any professional licenses in Utah.
Bill Brieg Cook Brieg is not a licensed dietitian in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ted Johnson Kitchen Asst. & Head of Security Reportedly also known as "Mike" and married to Bonnie Johnson in accounting/insurance at Eagle Ranch Academy.  Ted Johnson is reportedly working on a book about his experiences working at multiple facilities in the behavior modification industry.  Ted Johnson was Vice President of Red Rock Consulting, Inc. and the registered agent (front man) for the organization was J. Ralph Atkin, founder of WWASPS.  See below for more information.  Johnson is not a licensed dietitian nor security guard/professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kathy Young Seminar Director Young is not a licensed mental health professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  (There are multiple Kathryn and Kathleen Young's holding professional cosmetology, nursing, and dental hygienist licenses in Utah.  HEAL would require Kathy Young's full name and/or middle name to verify whether she is licensed in any field.)
Darrell Benson Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy.  Married to Katherine Benson listed above.  Reportedly enjoys restraining children and will do so even when not warranted.  Benson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) Myrle (Lee) Dalton-McIntosh Educational Con-Artist (or is it consultant?) Graduate of Brigham Young University.  Dalton-McIntosh is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) Kenneth L. Hennefer Staff Training/Behavioral Kenneth L. Hennefer is reported to also own: Kenneth L. Hennefer & Associates, LLC (7321 State St., Ste A-B, Midvale, UT).  Kenneth L. Hennefer & Associates is also known as Counseling and Education Association.  It has one employee/member according to online sources and annual earnings of $45,000.  It appears to be a referral service for the industry.  This is a blatant conflict of interest.  Kenneth Lake Hennefer (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker and has been since January, 1910.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mark Brady Admissions Brady formerly worked at notoriously and confirmedly abusive Provo Canyon School.  Brady is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Robyn Woods Admissions Wife of Gene Woods.  Woods is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Anaseini "Pou" Wright Staff Formerly with Red Rock Canyon SchoolWright no longer appears to work for this program.  Wright is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Allen Fay Staff Fay no longer appears to work for this program.  Fay is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Siasosi Umi Staff Umi no longer appears to work for this program.  Umi is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
James Evertson Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy.  Evertson no longer appears to work for this program.  Evertson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Gene Fakatoumafi Staff Formerly with Red Rock Canyon School.  Fakatoumafi no longer appears to work for this program.  Fakatoumafi is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
David Graham Staff Formerly a hired kidnapper (transporter/"escort") for the industry under US Transport Services.  Also formerly worked at Red Rock Canyon School.   Graham no longer appears to work for this program.  Graham is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mark Holliday Staff Formerly worked at confirmedly abusive Cinnamon Hills Youth Crisis Center (owned by Jack L. Williams--co-founder of notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.)  Holliday no longer appears to work for this program. Holliday is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 
Heidi Lindsley Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy  Lindsley no longer appears to work for this program.  Lindsley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jason Lindsley Staff Formerly with SunHawk Academy  Lindsley no longer appears to work for this program.  Lindsley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Natasha Fakatoumafi Staff Fakatoumafi no longer appears to work for this program.  Fakatoumafi is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Penny Frank Therapist Formerly with Turning Leaf Wellness Center and SunHawk Academy.  Frank no longer appears to work for this program.  Frank is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Pam Tulley Nurse Pam Tulley is also reported to own: Pre-Natal Treasures (1416 Kanab Circle, St. George, UT) and Ultimate Freedom, LLC (375 W 600 N, St. George, UT).  Tulley no longer appears to work for this program.  Tulley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) Richard Y. Moody Clinical Consultant

Reportedly left Eagle Ranch Academy in April, 2007

Related Experience - After working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 7 ½ years, Dr. Moody started a private practice in Youth Development Programs. He has worked as Millard County Team Leader for Central Utah Mental Health, Clinical Director for SunHawk Academy, Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Corrections (special note, the former head (Lane McCotter) of the Utah Dep't of Corrections was behind the Abu Ghraib torture), and is Co-founder of the TurningLeaf Wellness Center of St. George, Utah.  Moody has been removed from the Eagle Ranch Academy website, but, we have confirmation as of December 28th, 2009 that he is still working at the facility.

Richard Y. Moody is also reported to own or work for: Play Today, Inc. (166 N 300 W, Ste 4, St. George, UT) and Professional Counseling Associates (160 N 300 W, Ste 4, St. George, UT).  The address for Professional Counseling Associates may have changed to 40 N 300 E, St. George, UT.  

"Richard Moody...accepted a job with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he evaluated potential agents and did profiling on Soviets and others of interest to the CIA...He has aided in the development of four intensive emotional growth seminars, numerous workshops, and has been instrumental in development of three residential treatment programs.  He works as the Clinical Director for TuringLeaf Wellness Center in St. George, UT." (taken from: http:// tlseminars.webs.com/ourteam.htm on February 14th, 2010.

TurningLeaf Inc. is owned by Dean N. Nixon.  TurningLeaf Inc. owns TurningLeaf Wellness Center and TurningLeaf Seminars for which Moody provides his "expertise".  Moody no longer works for this program.  Moody is a licensed psychologist in Utah and has been since 1983.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

Jennifer Francesca Hinton Intake Therapist Hinton no longer appears to work for this program.  Hinton is a licensed social service worker and has been since 2000.  She earned her degree at the University of Phoenix.  Hinton is also a licensed professional counselor and has been only since January, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

"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.

Kathy McKean Nurse McKean no longer appears to work for this program.  McKean is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lesley Shaw Academic Coordinator Leslie Shaw (may be a different person) is no longer a licensed educator in Utah.  And, Lesley Shaw is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
William "Troy" Young Staff & Kathy Young's Son Young no longer appears to be working for this program.  Young is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ray Hosner Registered Agent HEAL does not do professional licensure checks on office, maintenance, nor food service workers unless they are reported to have direct contact with the children.
Beverly Hall Account Coordinator HEAL does not do professional licensure checks on office, maintenance, nor food service workers unless they are reported to have direct contact with the children.
James Arslanian Attorney/Admissions Director Arslanian is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sherry Christensen Admissions Counselor Christensen is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has been since 2010.  Christensen "earned" her degree at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  

"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.

Jake Reddick Psychiatric Nurse Reddick is not a licensed mental health, medical, nor nursing professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Erika Swensen-Field Nurse Erika Loree Field (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in Utah and has been since 2002.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Megan Fischer Academic Coordinator  
*(Eagle Ranch 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 Report: Eagle Ranch Academy (includes Contract Review)
Complaints to police from 2006 to 2013 include reports of sexual offenses, child abuse, and children found unconscious.

 

Additional Background Information Below:
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
June 7, 2005
 
The Regular Meeting of the Board of the Washington County Commission was called to order by
Commission Chairman James J. Eardley at 4:00 p.m. on June 7, 2005, in the Commission Chambers,
Washington County Administration Building, St. George, Utah. Those in attendance were Chairman
James J. Eardley, Commissioner Alan D. Gardner, Commissioner Jay Ence, Administrator to the
Commission John Willie, Deputy County Attorney David Patterson, and Deputy County Clerk Kaye
Reese.
 
Also present was reporter Brian Passey from The Spectrum.
Commissioner Jay Ence led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
AGENDA
CONSENT AGENDA:
The Consent Agenda is a means of expediting routine matters which come before the Commission
for approval. The Consent Portion of the agenda is approved by one (1) non debatable motion. If
any Commissioner wishes to remove an item from the Consent Portion of the agenda, that item
becomes the first order of business on the regular agenda.
• Consideration of List of Auditor Approved Claims for Payment for May 18, 2005, through
June 7, 2005
• Consideration of Approval of Regular Commission Meeting Minutes of May 3, 2005, and
May 17, 2005
• Consideration of Administrative Adjustments: Real Property
Date Owner Acct. # Serial # Tax
Year
Taxes
Due
Adjustment
Bal.
Due
Comments
6/7/05 St. George City 0388812 SG-6-3-1-
2414
2002 784.82 (784.82) 0.00 Should have
been exempt
in 2002
6/7/05 1812 West
Sunset, L.C.
0623689 SG-6-2-23-
44041
2004 1556.87 (1534.44) 22.43 Incorrectly
assessed
TOTALS 2341.69 -2319.26 22.43
• Consideration of Application(s) for Property Tax Abatement (2)
Commissioner Gardner
 
 
 
 
 
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT. Request permission to operate a residential treatment
facility for youth within the OST-20 zone at the DI Ranch. Terry Martin,
applicant/Lance Anderson & Dave Arslanian, agents. Planning Commission voted 5 to
0.
The applicant would like to operate a residential treatment facility and school for twenty (20) youths
at the Eagle Ranch Academy, Inc. (a/k/a DI Ranch).* There will be two (2) supervisors for every four
(4) youth and they will be under 24 hour supervision. One-half of their time will be dedicated to
education and the other half will be dedicated to chores—living a structured lifestyle. Each youth
will be in the program from six (6) to ten (10) months and there will be no adjudicated youth. The
applicant has addressed the issues of health and safety, communications, evacuation and fire
protection at the ranch. The applicant has submitted a letter from the Southwest Utah Public Health
Department stating that the existing system is adequate for the Ranch’s needs, and the culinary water
has been tested extensively by Chemtech-Ford Laboratory.
Sheriff Kirk Smith has spoken with Pete Kuhlmann, the new Fire Chief in Ivins, and Mr. Kuhlmann
has agreed to work with the applicants. Employees at Eagle Ranch Academy will be EMT certified
as first responders, as well as Wildland Fire Fighter certified to be able to handle fires either at the
location or around the area.
Commission Minutes
June 7, 2005
Page 5
Sheriff Smith said it has become policy to call the SWAT team in the case of a runaway instead of
Search and Rescue so that the safety of civilian volunteers is not jeopardized. The applicant has
indicated that the Ranch will form its own Immediate Response Team with Mr. Kuhlmann as the
head, and with other certified people such as man-trackers who will be contracted employees. This
will eliminate any involvement with Washington County. Mercy Air Ambulance, Las Vegas, has
agreed to respond in case of any serious injury.
The youth will also be required to remove their shoes upon entering a building. The shoes will be
locked up, which should discourage anyone from leaving. Sheriff Smith said he is very comfortable
with the applicant’s preparation and feels there will be little or no impact to the community. He feels
the location is a good one. Mr. Arslanian explained that there will be wireless internet with phones,
as well as satellite phones for emergencies. There will also be walkie-talkie radios for
communication around the ranch and into St. George. The Planning Commission unanimously
recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit for twenty (20) youth or less, with information
that was submitted by applicant to remain with Staff for a period of one (1) year.
MOTION: Motion by Commissioner Gardner to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.
Motion seconded by Commissioner Ence and carried by unanimous vote, with
Commissioners Eardley, Gardner, and Ence voting aye. 

For original link, visit http://www.washco.utah.gov/files/minutes/comm_06-07-05.pdf or click here.

Sheriff Smith has refused to investigate or prosecute polygamists charged with raping children.  See article below:
UTAH SHERIFF WON’T INVESTIGATE CALL FOR HELP FROM UNDERAGE BRIDE OF POLYGAMIST LEADER WARREN JEFFS
 
 
Warren Jeffs, who continues to marry young girls with impunity, seems to be the beneficiary of a lack of awareness on the part of both the public and local law enforcement officers. Perhaps there would be a greater outcry over the tremendous harm Jeffs has done if instead of being characterized as a "mere" polygamist, he were more correctly described as the head of a vast criminal organization that has long engaged in widespread sexual slavery and financial fraud, and advocates hatred for non-white races.
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2004

Sheriff Kirk Smith of Washington County (Utah) called a halt on Friday to his department’s investigation of 17-year-old Janetta Jessop, reported missing by her sister, Suzanne Jessop Johnson. A week earlier Janetta had phoned Suzanne and begged for help from an undisclosed location in Hildale-Colorado City—the secretive polygamist stronghold, straddling the Utah-Arizona border, which is home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). The FLDS Church is led by self-proclaimed prophet Warren Jeffs, who is married to some 70 women and girls, and demands absolute, unquestioning obedience from his estimated 10,000 followers.

Janetta abruptly vanished from her family home in Colorado City in August 2003, immediately after her 16th birthday. At that time, Suzanne believes, her sister was "taken as a plural wife" by Warren Jeffs, who was 47 at the time. At least two (and possibly three) of Janetta’s older sisters had already been taken as wives by Jeffs.

The parents of Janetta and Suzanne are fervent members of the FLDS Church. Two years ago Suzanne, 26, and her husband were "cut off" from the church, after which Jeffs forbid her family from having further contact with her.

After hearing nothing from her sister for 15 months, Suzanne received a phone call "out of the blue" from Janetta on the evening of November 5, 2004. "I could tell right away something was wrong." Suzanne explains. "Her voice was trembling. She was talking really quiet. I asked her right off the bat if she was in trouble and needed help…. She started telling me, ‘I don’t want to be here right now. I don’t want to be here right now…’ She kept repeating it over and over."

During the two-to-three-minute conversation, Janetta revealed that she was somewhere in Hildale-Colorado City and made it clear that she wanted Suzanne to rescue her. According to Suzanne, "Janetta told me, ‘I don’t want Father and Mother to know about this, but I’ll call you right back with a place to meet me.’"

But that was the last Suzanne heard from her little sister. Janetta never called back. Instead, their mother drove over to Suzanne’s house in Hildale to say that Janetta had asked her, the mother, to deliver a message to Suzanne. "I don’t know what’s going on or what," the mother declared curtly, "but Janetta told me to tell you, ‘Never mind.’"

According to Suzanne, "The first thing that crossed my mind when Janetta called me asking for help was that Warren or somebody was doing something really bad to her, or making her do things that she didn’t want to do, and it was scaring her. It scared her enough that she was willing to risk calling me after all that time and ask me to help her get out of her situation."

If Suzanne is correct in speculating that Jeffs has taken Janetta into his marital bed (and considerable evidence appears to confirm that Janetta became one of Jeffs’ "spiritual wives" directly after her 16th birthday), the fundamentalist prophet has committed a criminal act. According to Utah law, when sexual contact occurs between an adult and a 16- or 17-year-old, if the adult is ten or more years older than the minor, a felony has been committed unless the couples are legally married—and in Utah it happens to be illegal to be married to more than one spouse.

On November 11 of this year Suzanne went to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with her husband and private investigator Sam Brower to file a missing-person report on Janetta. The deputy who took the report indicated it would be thoroughly investigated. A day later, however, Sheriff Kirk Smith halted further action on the case. When this reporter contacted the sheriff’s office to ask why, Sheriff Smith was unavailable. Sergeant Reg Browne explained on his behalf that a deputy had "called the parents and they told him they know where Janetta is. Therefore Janetta isn’t missing, so there are no grounds to submit the report."

Suzanne Jessop Johnson is troubled by this decision, and frightened.

Sheriff Smith’s refusal to take further action is astonishing when one considers that the individuals who vouched for Janetta’s well-being —her parents— are fanatical followers of Warren Jeffs. These are the very people who allegedly gave their 16-year-old daughter to the prophet as a sexual concubine, knowingly and enthusiastically, thus aiding and abetting in the commission of one or more felonies. Despite the fact that Janetta made an impassioned, unambiguous plea for help, nobody from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office made any attempt to interview the girl face to face, away from her family and other members of the FLDS Church. Indeed, nobody even bothered to talk to Janetta on the phone. In the sheriff’s opinion, her parents’ perfunctory reassurances were sufficient.

"I don’t want to make my parents look like bad guys," says Suzanne. "My parents are good people, but they’re as deep into this religion as you could get. They believe all that stuff Warren preaches. I mean, my father believes in Warren so much that, well, he’d do anything Warren asked. Anything! And that really scares me! It scares me that one man could have so much control over so many people. There are young men in this religion who would kill for Warren. Back when I used to attend the meetings, before I was cut off, I remember hearing Warren preach the doctrine of Blood Atonement. He even wrote a book that has six pages just about blood atonement itself. He said that for some people, the only way they could obtain forgiveness was to cry to their brothers to take their lives."

[The book referred to above is titled "Purity in the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage," published in 1997 and disseminated to every FLDS household. In the passage Suzanne alluded to, Jeffs is quoting the words of the second LDS prophet, Brigham Young, who in 1856 declared, "I do know that there are sins committed... And furthermore, I know that there are transgressors who, if they knew themselves, and the only condition upon which they can obtain forgiveness, would beg their brethren to shed their blood, that the smoke thereof might ascend to God as an offering to appease the wrath that is kindled against them... there are sins that the blood of a lamb, of a calf, or of turtle doves, cannot remit, but they must be atoned for by the blood of man."]

Sheriff Smith’s refusal to conduct more than a token investigation of Janetta Jessop’s call for help is part of a troubling pattern in Washington County. There is the case of Caroline Cooke, for example. In April 2001, when she was 15, Caroline ran away from her polygamous family in Colorado City because her parents intended to force her to marry Warren Jeffs. Initially she received refuge from anti-polygamy activists, but word of this was leaked to Caroline’s father, who in turn notified Sheriff Kirk Smith. Sheriff Smith summoned the activists to his office, at which time he granted custody of Caroline to her father and ordered that the girl be returned to Colorado City—despite that fact that the father is a practicing polygamist with three wives (one of whom was his own stepdaughter). Thanks to determined efforts by the activists, eventually the Sheriff was overruled and a deal was struck allowing Caroline to live with an uncle in southwestern Colorado instead of being sent home. Although her story had a happy ending, according to activist Jay Beswick, "If it had been left up to Sheriff Smith, Caroline would have gone back to Colorado City and been married to Warren. I have very little trust in Smith or his administration."

The case of Ruby Jessop (a distant cousin to Janetta), alas, did not end as happily as Caroline Cooke’s. When Ruby was 14 she was observed innocently kissing a boy she fancied in Colorado City. For this transgression she was forced to marry an older member of her extended family, whom she despised, in a fundamentalist ceremony presided over by Warren Jeffs. Ruby was raped immediately after the wedding ceremony—so brutally that she spent her "wedding night" hemorrhaging copious amounts of blood. Ruby attempted to flee the coerced marriage but was caught and imprisoned in the home of her stepfather. Ruby’s sister Flora Jessop—who had fled Colorado City on the day Ruby was born in 1986—called the Washington County Sheriff to report that her sister had been kidnapped. When a sheriff’s deputy went to Colorado City to look into the alleged crime, he was told by leaders of the church that the girl was "on vacation;" the deputy accepted this unskeptically and departed. Flora, furious at this apparent dereliction of duty, redoubled her efforts to persuade someone in a position of state authority to take action on behalf of her little sister. A month later, thanks to Flora’s agitation, FLDS members were compelled by the Utah Department of Child and Family Services to bring Ruby to nearby St. George and meet with a social worker. Interviewed in the intimidating presence of one of her alleged captors, Ruby told the social worker that "everything was fine," and was promptly returned to members of the faith. Two years after that, as a sixteen-year-old, she gave birth to a child. Despite Flora’s ongoing efforts to rescue her, Ruby has effectively vanished into the folds of the Fundamentalist church.

 


In 2002, when the notorious Utah polygamist Tom Green was found guilty of first-degree felony child rape for marrying and impregnating a 13-year-old girl, the judge gave him the minimum possible sentence of five years, to be served concurrently with a five-year sentence he was already serving for bigamy. David O. Leavitt, the Juab County prosecutor who won the conviction, was dismayed by the light sentence. "People in the state of Utah," he lamented, "simply do not understand, and have not understood for fifty years, the devastating effect that the practice of polygamy has on young girls in our society."

Warren Jeffs, who continues to marry young girls with impunity, seems to be the beneficiary of this lack of public awareness. Perhaps there would be a greater outcry over the tremendous harm Jeffs has done if instead of being characterized as a "mere" polygamist, he were more correctly described as the head of a vast criminal organization that has long engaged in widespread sexual slavery and financial fraud, and advocates hatred for non-white races.

Last July a nephew of Warren Jeffs filed a civil claim against the FLDS prophet alleging that Jeffs "repeatedly sodomized and otherwise sexually abused" him when the nephew was a five-year-old student at the Alta Academy—a private FLDS school in Sandy Utah that is no longer in existence. Jeffs was the principal of the school at the time. The abuse was said to have occurred in a basement lavatory during Sunday church services. The nephew was told that the abuse was "God’s work," and that if he ever mentioned the abuse to anyone he would be damned by God for eternity. Warren Jeffs has been in hiding ever since this lawsuit was filed.

In August 2003, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff declared, "I don’t mind telling Warren Jeffs that I’m coming after him…. We have seen compelling evidence that crimes are being committed, children are being hurt, and taxpayers are footing the bill." Although Shurtleff’s office continues to investigate Jeffs very actively, thus far no criminal charges have been filed against him in Utah. Nor have criminal charges been filed against Jeffs in Arizona, Texas, British Columbia, or anywhere else where the FLDS prophet has allegedly committed felonies.

One of the major challenges faced by those who are trying to bring Warren Jeffs to justice is that a pervasive, Mafia-like code of silence has been instilled in his followers. Thus far, thanks to the FLDS omerta, it has proved nearly impossible to persuade Jeffs’ victims to testify against him in court.

On Saturday, when he learned that Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith had refused to investigate the plight of Janetta Jessop, private investigator Sam Brower (who has been investigating Jeffs on behalf of the aforementioned nephew and other plaintiffs in civil actions against the FLDS prophet) was angry. "Time and time again," Brower fumed, "when Warren’s victims have had the courage to break away and ask for protection, the government authorities who are supposed to protect them send them right back to their families—which is just like sending them back to Warren. Is it really any wonder people from this religion are afraid to come forward and testify?"

This press release was written by Jon Krakauer. It is based in part on interviews with Suzanne Jessop Johnson on November 11 and 13; on multiple interviews with private investigator Sam Brower on November 11 and 13; on an interview with Washington County Sheriff’s Sergeant Reg Browne on November 13; on email correspondence with Jay Beswick; and on extensive research conducted for the book, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

SAM BROWER, PHONE (435) 701-1501
 
Jon Krakauer
Press Release November 14, 2004
 

 

 

* Emphasis Added above AND What is DI Ranch (a/k/a Eagle Ranch Academy)?  See this article:
Utah's Rancho Bizarro
The Salt Lake Tribune, May 5, 1998
ST. GEORGE — A mountain ranch once controlled by the Las Vegas mafia is regarded as a holy place by some Utah polygamists, who believe the place is one of the ancient sites mentioned in The Book of Mormon.

 

The D.I. Ranch now has become one of the key elements in a lawsuit from an ex-movie actress who claims she was suckered out of $1 million in a preacher's ill-fated scheme to buy the ranch and turn it into a refuge for the coming apocalypse.

 

Hyrum Smith, millionaire founder of the Franklin Quest company, now owns the ranch and is planning to sell it to investors who want to turn it into a wilderness retreat for troubled youths.

 

The sacred and the profane seem to come together at this unassuming 831-acre cattle ranch, located in a remote valley of cheatgrass and cactus 25 miles west of St. George.

For complete story, click here.

Dave Arslanian (co-owner of Eagle Ranch Academy) purchased the DI Ranch property from Hyrum Smith.  This suggests that Arslanian was involved in the group known at the time as "The Joshua Experience" that Smith was planning on selling the property to in the above article.  In any event, the history and current situation of this property is much darker.  It involves polygamy cults in Utah.  See below: (For additional evidence, click here.)

Corporation of the Presiding Elder of Apostolic United Brethren (AUB)

Utah Department of Commerce Transcript #149512, organized 3-14-75

Registered Agent: Owen A. Allred

 

AUB is the second largest polygamist cult in Utah with approximately 5000-7000 members in 1975.  Virginia Hill sued the AUB cult in 1997 for fraudulently conning $1.54 million in cash from her.  The AUB territories extend as far as Pinesdale, Montana and include(d) the Granite Ranch and a plan to secretly obtain title to DI Ranch (a/k/a Eagle Ranch Academy today) for their cult.  In 1989, AUB decided against purchasing the DI Ranch property. (For more information on Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) cults, click here.)  

 

Mark Shurtleff is the son of Lawrence "Lee" Shurtleff as well as the Attorney General of Utah.  Larry Shurtleff was employed by Hyrum Smith to oversee the DI Ranch while under Smith's ownership.  The DI Ranch is now owned by DI Ranch LLC and is used by Eagle Ranch Academy.  See: "The current owners (DI Ranch LLC) bought the property from Hyrum Smith (owner/founder of Franklin Planners), who built a beautiful 4000 Sq. Ft. Lodge that will house Eagle Ranch Academy Students when they are on the Ranch for work projects..."  Taken from the http:// www. eagleranchacademy.com/location.html.

 

Hyrum W. Smith is more than the founder of Franklin Planners.  He is also on the board of SkyWest Airlines which is owned by J. Ralph Atkin (the founder of WWASPS).  And, he is the founder of Golden Eagle Motivation.  The current owner of DI Ranch LLC (a/k/a Kayenta Homes & Properties) is Doug Caputo.  As seen above, Eagle Ranch Academy agrees that the current owner(s) of DI Ranch LLC (Doug Caputo) allow Eagle Ranch Academy use of the property and are using the children farmed in as slave labor for building (most likely, anyway).  The renewal of the grazing permit was transferred in 2003 from Hyrum W. Smith to DI Ranch LLC:

 

"GRAZING PERMIT NO. 22906 (ASSIGNMENT)...Hyrum W. Smith and A. Gail Smith, P.O. Box 40, Gunlock, UT 84733, have requested permission to assign

100% interest  in the above referenced grazing permit to D.I. Ranch L.L.C., 800 Kayenta Parkway, Ivins, UT 84738  D.I. Ranch L.L.C., 800 Kayenta Parkway, Ivins,

UT 84738, has requested permission to collaterally assign 100% interest in the above referenced grazing permit to Zions First National Bank, 2460 South 3270 West,

West Valley City, UT 84119. 

 

Now, the St. George Chamber of Commerce lists Doug Caputo as the "contact" for DI Ranch LLC/Kayenta Homes here: http://www.stgeorgechamber.com/cw_1214.htm.  So we know that DI Ranch LLC is the SAME as Kayenta Homes & Properties.  The ownership information for Ivins, Utah properties is not available through the state of Utah land use search.  However, we do know that Doug Caputo is the contact and Dave Arslanian is a "registered agent" of the DI Ranch property in Utah.  A registered agent in Utah is:

 

Most states require a corporation or LLC to have a registered agent. Registered agents are typically required to be available during certain business hours to receive any legal or governmental correspondence and then forward the information appropriately. Basically, a registered agent does not do much but in the event that they are needed to accept "service of process" then they need to fulfill their responsibilities in a timely manner or the consequences could be severe. This is one of the main reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional registered agent.  (http://www.registered-agent-listings.com/what-registered-agent.shtml)

 

So, in the least, Dave Arslanian acts as a go-between for the "mysterious owner" and any outside business or government communications.  On the paperwork for another transaction involving Douglas Caputo, the Notary for the transaction is Healther Allred (of Owen Allred's family--see AUB polygamist cult information above). 

 

Additional information suggests that Terry Martin is at least a co-owner of the DI Ranch property and that Dave Arslanian and Lance Anderson are agents of that property. 


 

 

 

 

However, the information above states that the rights were "assigned", this suggests that Hyrum W. Smith still owns DI Ranch, LLC, at least as recently as 2003.

 

GRAZING PERMIT NO. 22906-08 (APPROVAL)

DI Ranch

800 Kayenta Parkway

Ivins, UT 84738

2,285.88 Acres 95 AUMs School Fund Washington County

First Year's rental: $361.00

Application fee: $50.00

Township 39 South, Range 19 West

Sec. 16: S½SW¼ 80.00 Acres

Sec. 36: S½SE¼, SW¼ 240.00 Acres

Township 40 South, Range 18 West

Sec. 16: All 640.00 Acres

Township 40 South, Range 19 West

Sec. 2: All 685.88 Acres

Sec. 16: All 640.00 Acres

The term of this permit begins July 1, 2008, and expires June 30, 2023. The season of use is November 1 through June 1

for cattle. Desert Inn Allotment.

Upon recommendation of Mr. Ron Torgerson, the Director approved Grazing Permit No. 22906-08.  (It's the same permit number as that assigned by Hyrum Smith to DI Ranch LLC/Kayenta Homes & Properties (Doug Caputo).  Information found here: http://trustlands.utah.gov/docs/7-18-08-FINAL.pdf

We suspect that whomever is in charge of DI Ranch likely understands it's importance to the polygamous cults of Utah.  In fact, Haroutioun Arslanian belongs to the Orson Pratt (Orson Pratt Brown) polygamy sect in Utah.  His wife, Suzanne Brown, part of the Romney family (Mitt Romney--related to polygamous cult and had Mel Sembler (Straight, Inc.) and Robert Lichfield (WWASPS Co-Owner/Co-Founder) as high ranking campaign managers for his 2008 presidential bid).  So, it is highly likely that the DI Ranch is still being cultivated for some strange purposes.  As stated above, Hyrum Smith is very involved with the owners of WWASPS and we have revealed many connections between Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS. 

Hyrum Smith's company evolved from Franklin Institute to FranklinCovey. 

Breck England, product architect and consultant for FranklinCovey Company, earned a bachelor's degree in Medieval History and master's and PhD in English and literary criticism from the University of Utah. He was director of consulting for Shipley Associates, an international business consulting firm, until 2000 when he joined FranklinCovey.
 
An appointment in his college years as an assistant researcher to the Church historian led to the publication of numerous articles. The Life and Thought of Orson Pratt, a biography of the early LDS apostle, won the Best First Book award of the Mormon History Association in 1986.
 
 
So, now we have the connection from Hyrum W. Smith to Franklin Covey and Franklin Covey to Breck England and Breck England to Orson Pratt.  See this for more on Hyrum W. Smith: http://www.hyrumwsmith.com/page/page/6708704.htm
Hyrum Smith graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971. Ten years later, he created his own seminar company, Golden Eagle Motivation, and taught sales management. In 1982, Hyrum Smith worked as a consultant for a time management company until he formed H.W. Smith and Associates. In early 1984 The Franklin Institute was created which, now as FranklinCovey, trains more than 40,000 people each month.

from: http://www.bigspeak.com/hyrum-smith.html

Hyrum Smith serves on the board of directors and councils of SkyWest Airlines; the University of Utah National Advisory Council; the Dixie College National Advisory council; and the Children's Miracle Network.  Gerry Thamert (Eagle Ranch Academy executive) also is a member of St. George Counseling Center LLC and Red Rock Properties, LLC.   The registered agent for Red Rock Properties is Penelope S. Eicher.  Eicher is also a marriage counselor in St. George, Utah.   Penelope S. Eicher is married to Timothy Eicher.  Timothy Eicher was a professor for Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.  J. Ralph Atkin (co-founder/co-owner of Teen Help/WWASP) is on the National Advisory Counsel for Dixie State College. 

Hyrum Smith also serves on the board of Smith Henderson & Associates (a/k/a Soltis Advisors/Soltis Investment Advisors).  Soltis Advisors is the contact name for a "charity" called Virgin River/Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc.  Smith has assigned his rights to DI Ranch LLC which assigned its rights to Zions Bank.  Zions Bank makes very large donations to the Virgin River/Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc.  This appears to be a very convoluted money-laundering scheme in violation of federal RICO laws.

Address correspondence to:
Virgin River/Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc
SunFirst Bank

120 E St. George Blvd, 3rd Floor
St. George, UT 84770

Donations may be sent to:
Virgin River/Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc
c/o Soltis Advisors
192 E 200 North, Suite 100
St. George, UT 84770

From: utahfloodrelief.com/contact.htm (January 3rd, 2010)

Hyrum Smith assigned his rights to DI Ranch LLC.  Zions First National Bank was assigned the rights to DI Ranch from DI Ranch LLC (see above grazing permit information).  Soltis Advisors (Hyrum Smith & associates listed below) receives donations as Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc. from Zions Bank.  This seems to be a money-laundering operation.  We recommend the FBI investigate immediately.

 

Who's Who at Santa Clara Flood Relief Who's Who at Soltis Advisors a/k/a Smith, Henderson and Associates
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
Lon Henderson - Chair
Lyman Hafen - Project Director
Larry Gardner - Municipal Representative
Kelli Holmstead - Executive Secretary

PROJECT COORDINATORS:
Alan Griffin
Brent Low
Brian Tenney
Bryce Hunt
Carol Sapp
Doug Alder
Gail Bunker
Hal Anderson
Hal Hilburn
Kelli Holmstead
Kelly Nyberg
Kim Hafen
Larry Gardner
Lon Henderson
Lorri K. Puchlik
Lyman Hafen
Marc Mortensen
Mary Jo Hafen
Nick Adams

CONTENT COMMITTEE:
Lyman Hafen - Chairperson
Doug Alder
Gail Bunker
Kelly Nyberg
Kim Hafen
Larry Gardner
Marc Mortensen
Mary Jo (Tode) Hafen

MARKETING DISTRIBUTION:
Mary Jo Hafen - Chairperson
Carol Sapp
Dave Hawk
Dave Terry
Jill Ence
Ken Hinton
Lorri K- Puchlik
Russ Clove
Terry Rosenberg
Vardell Curtis

FINANCE:
Hal Anderson - Chairperson
Larry Gardner
Lon Henderson
Kenneth Hinton
Kelly Nyberg

BOOK PRODUCTION:
Alan Griffin - TenneyClemons Advertising
Brent Low - The Spectrum
Brian Tenney - TenneyClemons Advertising
George Clark - Steamroller Copies
Helen Carabeo - Transwestern Publishing
Keith Lee - LearnKey Inc.
Marc Griffin - TenneyClemons Advertising
Steve Manwaring - Blvd. Home Furnishings

DVD PRODUCTION:
Bryce Hunt - Bryce Hunt Photography
Eric Young - KCSG
Hal Hilburn - Photo Air Productions
Kelly Nyberg - InfoWest
Karl-Erik Bennion - InfoWest (Cover Design)
Marc Mortensen - City of St. George
Tamara Lee - KCSG

WEBSITE TEAM:
Karl-Erik Bennion
Randy Cosby
Lucas Marshall

BUSINESSES:
Boulevard Home Furnishings
City of St. George
Dixie State College
Far West Bank
InfoWest
KCSG
LearnKey Inc.
Paragon Press
Soltis Investment Advisors
Southern Utah Home Builders Association
St. George Chamber of Commerce
State Bank of Southern Utah
Steamroller Copies
SunFirst Bank
TenneyClemons Advertising
The Spectrum
Transwestern Publishing
Village Bank

PHOTO/VIDEO CONTRIBUTORS:
A & D Obersteller
Aaron Gifford
Adam Milne
Allene England
Annette Murri
Annette Taylor
Betty Blank
Bill Yensen
Bobbi Butka
Bret Berger
Brian Lawson
Bruce Baer
Bryce Hunt
Carol Sapp
Carrie Henderson
Cassidy B. Larson
Chris Oravec
Craig Harding
Dale Evans
Dan Sadler
Darlene Wintch
Dave Black
David Estrovitz
David Leavitt
Dawn Ann Mitchell
Dean Miller
Denise Olson
Diane Crockett
Dick Stone
Don Hughes
Dusty Thompson
Elwood Graff
Eric & Mary Walton
Gail Smith (Hyrum's wife?)
Gary Shaw
Gary Zabriskie
Gregory Landheim
Hal Eward
Hal Hilburn
Helen Wilson
Jan Astle
Jane Scott
Janna Fillmore
Jean Garrett
Jenni Heiner
Jerry Brock
Jerry Kain
Jim Harlan
Jim Kemple
Joe Brame
Joyce Walker
Justin Seegmiller
Kaaryn Roberts
Kathy Pierce
Ken Hinton
Kimball Forbes
L’Deane Trueblood
Linda Williams
Marc Mortensen
Mark Folkerson
Marni Pahl
Marty Smith
Mary Ann Atkin (Atkin--WWASPS)
Michelle Merrill
Mike Haynes
Mike Smith
Mitch Cole
Molly Bowers
Nick Hafen
Norm Summerill
Norma Irons
Olympus Aerial
Orwin & Velda Gubler
Pat Morris
Patricia Pectol
Patrick Cox
Paul Furr
Paul Wadley
Pete Grimm
Pete Nelson
Ray Snyder
Rebecca White
Ridge Bemis
Rodney Green
Ron Snow
Ron Winterton
Ryan Anderson
Sharon Williams
Spencer Haynes
Steve Christensen
Steven Cowley
Steven Gull
Todd Jacobsen
Travis Lofthouse
Tyler Nelson
V.J. Prince
Val Rosquist
Vaughn Duffin
Wally Brazzeal
Wes Craig

INTERVIEWERS:
Annette Taylor
Carolyn McDonald
Doug Alder
Gail Bunker
Gail Smith
Heber Jones
Jan Astle
Jennifer King
Kelton Hafen
Marge Gillespie
Mike Empey
Pam Graf
Suzanne Allen
Tammy Hokanson

STORY CONTRIBUTORS:
Alan Gardner
Alice Allred (AUB-Polygamist cult family--Owen Allred--Patriarch)
Arlo Hafen
Barry Barnum
Bart Smith
Beverly Palmer
Bob and Tammy Cope
Bruce Jacobsen
Carrie Henderson
Charlotte Pace
Chuck & Susie Andrus
Courtney and Lisa Shaw
Craig Harding
D&M Construction
Dave Frei
Dean Cox
Debbie Bracken
Debbie Pinkston
Dennis Drake
Dr. Craig and Jan Astle
Duane & Bonnie Ence (Ence family on board that approved Eagle Ranch Academy's land use for DI Ranch above)
Ed Bowler
Elvid and Marlene Williams
Eric & Teresa Allsop
Ernie and Mary Webb
Evan and Rhea Racker
Fenton and Clara Moss
Fenton Bowler
Franklin and Kathy Richards
Gail Maxwell
Gail Smith
Gary Esplin
Glen Rogers
Glenna Sanderson
Grag Newby
Grant Carter
Hans & Marg Hafen
Helen Gardner
Jack Taylor
James Langston
Jamie Bauman
Jason Rogers
Jay Leavitt
Jay Sandberg
Jeff Chatwin
Jeremy Johnson
Jerome Jones
Jim and Debbie Ence  (See Duane Ence above)
Jim and Mary Andrus
Jim Crisp
Jim Eardley (Eardley's also on Washington County Council approving Eagle Ranch Academy)
JoAnn Balen
Joe Langston
Jon and Kristy Pike
Judy and Dennis Graves
Judy Leavitt
Julie and Kyle Pasley
Karen and Daryl Cashin
Kayson Traveller
Kent Perkins
Larry and Rosemary Goble
Larry Bulloch
Larry Gardner
Lee and Susanna Jones
Les & Annete Taylor
Les Bundy
Liisa Frei
Lynne Godfrey
Mark Fonger
Marlon Stratton
Marsha and Darrel Anderson
Marshall Topham
Mary Cook
Mary Shoryer
MaryAnn and Jim Rosenbruch
Matt Brower
Max Rose
Mayor Daniel D McArthur.
Merv Bennion
Nicole Tanasz
Pastor Luther Anderson
Paul Graff
Peck Leavitt
Quality Excavation
Reed McArthur
Richard and Barbara Steele
Robert and Sue Winston
Robert Duffin
Robert Stoker
Robert Whatcott
Rod and LaRee Leavitt
Rod Orton
Ron and Brooke Denos
Russell Peck
Russell Thorpe
Sandra Lenois
Shan Gubler
Shawn Guzman
Sheriff Kirk Smith (Smith--see below refused to help the FBI in apprehending polygamist and child rapist Warren Jeffs)
Sherrie and Gary Gray
Steve Bringhurst
Suzanne Allen
Tammy Summers
Terry Wade
Todd Kitchen
Tom and Allison McArthur
Tony Cronk
Wm. Jack and Lois Worellton

TRANSCRIBERS:
Carolyn McDonald
Devanie Adams
Jackie Freeman
Jan Astle
Jaylyn Wells
Joan Smith
Kate Jensen
Kathleen Bruhn
Kathy Groom
Kathy Svedin
Kelli Holmstead
Leila Horne
Loni Ballard
Melissa Barney
Randalin Hilton
Sandi Imlay
Sharon Rawlings
Shelley Olsen
Sheron Hafen
Susan Mower
Valerie Johnson
Vicki Wardrop
Virginia Solomon

PROOFREADERS:
Carol Vincent
Dan Watson (Barbara Watson a/k/a Barbara Wilson married Paul and Dave Arslanian's father Sarkis in 2003.  Marriage license/application:
200300032469)
Doug Alder
Ed Cooley
Elaine Alder
 
 

Business Contact and Profile for Soltis Investment Advisors Inc

Name: Soltis Investment Advisors Inc
Phone: (435) 674-1600
Fax: (435) 674-1616
Address: 20 North Main St Ste # 400
 
  St George, UT 84770
  Google Map
Original Business Start Date: April 1993
Principal: Mr. Lon Henderson, President
Customer Contact: Mr. Hal Anderson, Vice President - (435) 674-1600
Type of Business: Financial Advisors
BBB Accreditation: Soltis Investment Advisors Inc is a BBB Accredited business.
Additional DBA Names: Smith Henderson And Associates
 
Business Management
Additional company management personnel include:
Mr. Hyrum Smith - Chairman of the Board
 
Hal Anderson and Lon Henderson are also officers in Stone Cliff LC.

This information was taken from: http://www.bbb.org/utah/business-reviews/financial-advisors/soltis-investment-advisors-in-st-george-ut-2000922#top

Additional Corporate Donors for the Santa Clara River Flood Relief, Inc tax-shelter and alleged money-laundering front:

Mack & Sons Jewelers, $1,000
LDS Foundation - $101,000                                     
Intermountain Healthcare -$25,000
Envirocare   $25,000
Southern Utah Home Builders Association  - $36,000
1-800Contacts  -  $5,000
Sun River Development - $3,500
Sun Hill Homes  - $2,000
Dixie Regional Medical Center - $7,000
Corvette Club of Utah -  $1,000
Southern Utah Federal Credit Union  - $10,000
Huntsman Corp/John Huntsman  -  $200,000 (Utah Governor?)
American Insurance and Investment Corp - $1,500
Soltis Investments  - $10,000
Far West Bank  - $10,000
State Bank of Southern Utah  -  $10,000
Village Bank  -  $10,000
Sun First Bank  - $10,000
Zions Bank  -  $50,000
Southern Utah Title Company -  $2,390
Workers Compensation Fund of Utah -  $10,000
Deseret Power Electric Cooperative - $5,000
Utah Automobile Dealers Association  - $5,000
Blue Bunny - $2,500
Molina Healthcare - $1,500
Utah Valley Home Builders Association - $1,000
International Uranium Corporation  - $2,500
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund  - $1,000
Fidelity Investments  - $2,000
Zion Canyon Lions Club  - $500
E&F Investments - $800
Craig Peterson construction - $500
Exoro Group - $500
ERA Corporate St. George - $2,750
Richfield Lions Club - $1,000
LR Pope Engineering  - $5,000
Jensen & Sons Construction - $2,000
Washington County Board of Realtors - $5,250
Cache Rich Association of Realtors - $2,095

Other Corporate Donations - $70,716

Subtotal to date: (5.18.05)  $641,001

Taken from: utahfloodrelief.com (January 3rd, 2010)

 

DI Ranch LLC is not a licensed business in Utah according to Washington County records.  DI Ranch LLC is likely a dba (doing-business-as) name for Kayenta Homes & Properties.  See above.

 Contact us to report corrections or provide additional information.

If you ever wondered why explaining exactly who these people are and what exactly they are involved in is difficult and scattered, now you know.
Additional information about Eagle Ranch Academy, the Arslanians were originally denied permission by Beaver County to open the program.  The reasons for the denial are below:

At 10:45 a.m. Dave Arslanian and Richard Brauer addressed the County Commission at a de novo hearing appealing the Planning & Zoning Commission’s decision to deny the recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit Application for the operation of Eagle Ranch Academy in the “grove” area of Beaver County. Also present for the discussion were Craig Davis, Tarina Leavitt, Sark Arslanian, Ted Johnson, Colton Brauer, Bryan Williams, Holly Brauer, Matt Moody and Paul Arslanian. The affected district is presently zoned RE-1. Mr. Arslanian discussed the purpose of the proposed Eagle Ranch Academy. He characterized the academy as both a school and a residential facility for boys who are “gifted,” but who need help getting their lives “back on track.”  He represented that although the facility would be accredited as a school, it would also be classified as a youth residential facility and be subject to regulation and oversight by the Utah State Department of Health. Mr. Arslanian went on to address safety measures and precautions which he intended to put in place to ensure the safety of local citizens, including: twenty-four hour supervision by adult staff members at a 1 to 4 adult/juvenile ratio; screening practices routing out boys with a juvenile court record; and physical safety precautions such as fences and locks. Mr. Arslanian also assured the County Commission that he would lower the maximum number of youth residents to just 24, but keep open the option to increase the number of students to 40 at some later, undetermined time. He also addressed issues of roads, traffic, water, fire safety, bridge safety. He then presented a letter showing his efforts in coordinating with the health department, along with other materials. After Mr. Arslanian concluded his remarks, Richard Brauer spoke to the County Commission, relaying his desire to be allowed to sell his property to someone who could make “good use” of it, such as Mr. Arslanian. The hearing concluded at approximately 12:00 noon, with the commission tabling the matter for further discussion that afternoon.  When the afternoon agenda and discussion items had been concluded, the Application was revisited by the County Commission. At the close of an involved discussion by the commissioners, after reviewing the materials presented by Mr. Arslanian, and after discussing the requirements for issuance of conditional use permits outlined in Beaver County Zoning Ordinance § 10.08.080(1), the motion was made by Commissioner Johnson and seconded by Commissioner Dalton, to affirm the decision of the Planning Commission and deny the Application for Conditional Use Permit. The motion unanimously passed. To comply with the requirements of Beaver County Zoning Ordinance  § 10.08.080(3), the Commission directed that the decision be reduced to writing so that the reasons for the denial could be specifically set forth, and that Mr. Arslanian be provided with a copy of the written decision.  (additional information unavailable at this time.)  Source: http://www.beaver.state.ut.us/PDF%20documents/Comm0505.pdf Re: Beaver County Commission meeting May 2nd, 2005 at 10:00am.

Item #5. CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT. Request permission to operate a residential treatment facility for youth within the OST-20 zone at the DI Ranch. Terry Martin, applicant/Lance Anderson & Dave Arslanian, agents.  The planner explained that the applicant would like to operate a residential treatment facility and school for 20 youth at the Eagle Ranch Academy, Inc. (a.k.a. DI Ranch). There will be two (2) supervisors for every four (4) youth under 24 hour supervision. One-half of their time will be dedicated to education and the other half will be dedicated to chores, living a structured lifestyle.  Each youth will be in the program from 6 (six) to 10 (ten) months and there will be no adjudicated youth. There will be a certified EMT on the premises at all times, satellite communications, and there is an existing on site airport for emergencies. Ambulance service will come from Ivins and the nearest fire service district is in Gunlock. The applicant has submitted a letter from the Southwest Utah Public Health stating that the existing system is adequate for their needs and the culinary water has been tested, having extensive testing done by Chemtech-Ford Laboratory. The planner stated that just prior to the meeting, the applicant indicated the water sample had been returned, once again, with an unsatisfactory bacteria count, so the applicant has suggested that they have water delivered. As per County Ordinance, the hauling of water is not permitted.

Dave Arslanian, agent, stated that he had incorrectly told Staff that an EMT would be on the premises at all times. The program director will have first aid training. Mr. Arslanian estimated that emergency response time would be less than forty-five (45) minutes.

Mr. Arslanian commented that the maximum number of students would be twenty (20), and the goal is to get them back with their family, after the six to nine-month program is completed.  There was a discussion regarding communication. Mr. Arslanian, and Lance Anderson, agent, said that there will be wireless internet with telephone service, and one (1) satellite phone. It is approximately 1/8 mile to available cellular service. Chairman Stucki asked what the upload would be, since the satellite and wireless services are downloading only, but Mr. Arslanian did not know.

The applicants stated that the conditional use permit must be approved before they can receive State Licensing.  After asking several questions, Chairman Stucki stated that the applicants were not prepared and needed to provide much more information. This includes, but in not limited to:

communication

health, safety, and emergency access

fire protection

accreditation

access to supplies

satellite phone information

improvements (provide photos)

access to water

possibility of need for Search & Rescue

food preparation & facilities

It was determined that the applicants should provide all necessary information in advance of the meeting, to give the Commissioners adequate time to review. A suggestion was made for the applicants to provide a copy of the State application, along with this information.  Motion was made by Commissioner Hepworth to table the Conditional Use Permit.

Source: Washington County Planning Commission Meeting, April 26th, 2005  (http://www.washco.utah.gov/files/planning/pdf/84/minutes.pdf 01/04/10)

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