This is a  staff list for Flying H Youth Ranch in Naches, WA

(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 Flying H Youth Ranch.  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 Flying H Youth Ranch, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Flying H Youth Ranch, 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 Flying H Youth Ranch and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Terri Alumbaugh Staff Program is affiliated with Rocky Mountain Faith Mission.  Alumbaugh has worked for Flying H since 2004.  Alumbaugh is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Jim Fried Family Services Director Fried has worked for Flying H since 1984.  Fried is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Jack Bothwell Treasurer Rocky Mountain Faith Mission  HEAL does not perform licensing checks on office, maintenance, nor food service staff unless they have direct contact with youth.
Joe Whitmarsh President Whitmarsh is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Steve Alumbaugh Secretary Alumbaugh has worked for Flying H since 2004.  Alumbaugh is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Dick Rowland Director Rowland is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Kip Busby Vice President Busby is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Greg Hires Director Hires is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Nate Douglas Director Douglas is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Carl Hires Staff (former) Hires was staff under his father in the 1970s.  Hires is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Ed Bainter (sp) Staff (former) Bainter was staff in the 1970s. Bainter is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Mr. Stern Staff (former) Stern was staff in the 1970s.  HEAL requires full staff names in order to perform licensing/background checks.
Mr. Miller Staff (former) Miller was staff in the 1970s.  HEAL requires full staff names in order to perform licensing/background checks.
Mr. Erickson Mechanic Erickson was the farm mechanic in the 1970s.  HEAL requires full staff names in order to perform licensing/background checks.
Mr. Schultz Staff Schultz was staff in the 1970s.  HEAL requires full staff names in order to perform licensing/background checks.
Rev. Hires Founder Rev. Hires founded the program and is/was the father of Carl, Greg, and Nina Hires.  HEAL requires full staff names in order to perform licensing/background checks.
Nina Hires Cook (former) Hires was cook in the 1970s.  HEAL does not perform licensing checks on office, maintenance, nor food service staff unless they have direct contact with youth.
George Madison Asst. Director Madison was staff in the 1970s.  Madison is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Adam Albright Staff Albright has worked at Flying H since 2013.  Madison is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Holly Albright Staff Albright has worked at Flying H since 2013.  Holly Lee Albright (may be a different person) is a certified nursing assistant in WA with a serious disciplinary record involving criminal chargesSource: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Chris Rodriguez Staff Rodriguez has worked at Flying H since 2008.  There are too many licensees with names similar to "Chris Rodriguez".  HEAL requires Chris' full name including full first, middle, and last and/or license number and type in order to verify whether this staffer holds any licenses.  It is unlikely since none of the other staff are qualified that this one would be the exception.
Amber Rodriguez Staff Rodriguez has worked at Flying H since 2008.  There are too many licensees with names similar to "Amber Rodriguez".  HEAL requires Amber's full name including full first, middle, and last and/or license number and type in order to verify whether this staffer holds any licenses.  It is unlikely since none of the other staff are qualified that this one would be the exception.
Brent Johnson Staff Johnson has worked at Flying H since 2006.  Johnson is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Kris Johnson Staff Johnson has worked at Flying H since 2006.  There are too many licensees with names similar to "Kris Johnson".  HEAL requires Kris' full name including full first, middle, and last and/or license number and type in order to verify whether this staffer holds any licenses.  It is unlikely since none of the other staff are qualified that this one would be the exception.
Ben Creach Staff Creach has worked at Flying H since 2011.  Creach is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Autumn Creach Staff Creach has worked at Flying H since 2011.  Creach is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Scott Eilts Staff Eilts has worked at Flying H since 2000.  Eilts is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Melanie Eilts Staff Eilts has worked at Flying H since 2000.  Eilts is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Aaron Hunting Staff Hunting has worked at Flying H since 2008.  Hunting is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Tricia Hunting Staff Hunting has worked at Flying H since 2008.  Hunting is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Clay Griffith Staff Griffith has worked at Flying H since 2013.  Griffith is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Wendi Griffith Staff Griffith has worked at Flying H since 2013.  Griffith is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Dave Forsman Staff Forsman has worked at Flying H since 1998.  Forsman is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Mary Forsman Staff Forsman has worked at Flying H since 1998.  Forsman is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Patty Fried Staff Fried has worked at Flying H since 1984.  Fried is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Bruce Gillespie Staff Gillespie has worked at Flying H since 1990.  Gillespie is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in WA.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
Sherry Gillespie Staff Gillespie has worked at Flying H since 1990.  There is a Sherry Sue Gillespie (may be a different person) that is a licensed emegency medical technician (EMT) in Washington.  Source: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/SearchCriteria.aspx
*(Flying H Youth Ranch, 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 copies of calls to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office regarding Flying H Youth Ranch dating from 1991-2012.  The records available do not go back any further than 1991. 

Police Calls 1991-1994

Questions Raised by the Above Police Calls:

How many children have committed suicide while enrolled at Flying H?

How many sexual offenses have occurred at Flying H?

How often are children manhandled at Flying H?

Police Calls 1994-1996

Questions Raised by the Above Police Calls:

How often have children overdosed while enrolled at Flying H?

What was the nature of the assault reported on July 8th, 1995 to the police?

How many children who have been reported as runaways are later found/recovered?

Police Calls 1996-1998

Questions Raised by the Above Police Calls:

What was the nature of Hetherington's assault complaints?

What abuses were reported that resulted in two welfare checks?

What was the nature of Merritt's assault complaints?

Police Calls 1998-1999

(Additional questions would only duplicate those raised above.)

Police Calls 1999-2000

(Additional questions would only duplicate those raised above.)

Police Calls 2000-2003

(Additional questions would only duplicate those raised above.)

Police Calls 2003-2007

(Additional questions would only duplicate those raised above.)

Police Calls 2007-2010

Questions Raised by the Above Police Calls:

What court order did Flying H reportedly violate on September 11th, 2008?

Police Calls 2010-2011

(Additional questions would only duplicate those raised above.)

Police Calls 2011-2012

Questions Raised by the Above Police Calls:

Does Flying H staff regularly attempt to run down former clients with motor vehicles? (Referencing Scott Walker's complaint of July 30th, 2012)

HEAL has reviewed the application made available through flyingh.org on October 7th, 2010.  The application is basically a screening questionnaire and did not include many details regarding the program or its methods.  But, we did find some areas of concern.  We have chosen not to link the .pdf on our website.  However, we will e-mail you a copy of the application if you require additional contextualization to understand our review or the contents from which it was derived.  To request a copy, click here.

On page 1, HEAL finds it a concern that the program asks to see your current 1040 Tax Return.  No other program HEAL has reviewed, up to this point, has required families submit this information.  Since the application is only the very beginning of the enrollment process, this seems intrusive. 

On page 2, the program states, "We accept males 14-17 years old and of average intelligence.  We will not accept homosexuals...or chronic drug user referrals....Minimum Stay: 18 months....The focus of this program is primarily on character development as defined by Biblical standards....Respect for authority..."  What does Flying H mean by "average intelligence"?  And, it is a concern that Flying H discriminates against homosexuals and asks if the young men are having "sexual identity" issues in other areas of the application (p. 18).  If Flying H claims to be a Reparative Therapy program, parents should understand that Reparative Therapy is harmful and ineffective.  It would be better to contact P-FLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) to inquire about how families and loved ones can ethically support their child.  18 months is an extremely long minimum.  Most programs have a minimum of one year and state that the program can be completed in less than a year.  Who interprets the Biblical standards?  How are these standards applied?  Does Flying H use the methods endorsed by St. Augustine who believed you could "save a soul" through torture until the will is broken and the person submits?  This would be a concern.  Mutual respect of brother to brother, etc. is preferred to a deference to authority.  If young men do not learn to demand fair treatment and respectable working conditions, than they will be doomed to the servitude of wealthy men and unable to do God's work.  This is also a concern.

On page 3, additional "qualities" this program looks to instill are "Using your abilities to...serve" and "Persevering".  This again suggests the imposing of a slave mentality that only serves the wealthy and not the pure of heart.  This is a serious concern.  Also, Flying H states, "The Flying H Youth Ranch, Hope Academy/Nile Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its...school administered programs."  Readers may notice that they did not include religion or sexual orientation and that this implies Flying H does discriminate on those bases.  Also, stated in the application, "Anti-social behaviors are addressed generally through our highly structured Relational/Behavioral/Consequential treatment program...Classes are held on the Ranch....Program activities offered include....an eight (8) day survival hike."  Parents should ask about this highly structured program.  Since everything occurs on site, HEAL thinks it sounds more like a cult than a treatment program.  Later on, there is a brief description of the "token system" which will highlight the reason for our concerns.  For information on behavior modification and the "token system", click here.  What is meant by a "survival hike"?  In many wilderness situations, children die due to the elements, dehydration, heat-stroke, and more.  This is a serious concern and more details about the hike and any accidents or deaths that have occurred in the program due to such hikes should be disclosed prior to enrollment.

On page 4 of the Flying H application, "Facility maintenance projects provide residents opportunities to receive vocational training."  Basically, Flying H uses the students as free/slave labor.  This is a serious concern.  And, "Here residents are encouraged to give their best through  daily grading system designed to critique the whole person.  We operate under a "token economy" where privileges are assigned a token value."  As mentioned above, a "token system" and the other methods implied by the application amount to cult-like behavior modification which is harmful to participants.  And, on page 4, "Visits are encouraged.  Visitors are limited to your son's close relatives.  Your son must purchase this privilege with earned tokens."  This is wholly unacceptable.  Families should be allowed to visit their sons whenever they see fit to do so and their sons should not be denied contact with the outside world, including their families, through any sort of coercion as is implied by the fact that to earn "tokens" children must provide free/slave labor that benefits the program. 

Based on the above and other issues throughout the application, we highly suggest you do not place your child in Flying H Youth Ranch.

Survivor E-mail:

From: [removed]
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 6:24 PM
To: heal@heal-online.org
Subject: I was abused at Flying H Youth Ranch in WA
 

I was a student (pronounced "inmate") at the Flying 'H' Youth ranch in Naches, WA from 6 June 1988- Late November 1989.
 
This facility regularly beats, verbally abuses, and tortures boys that are going through difficulties in their most vulnerable and formative years.
 
In my 18 or so months there, I was beaten several times.(Running away from the fun and games listed below, saying "no" to going to church, and "just because" twice) 
 
Several of the "Ranch Boys", as we were called, were encouraged to pick fights with me because I did not agree with their ridiculous and evil cult.
 
I was told that everything, including my right to be fed is a privilege.
 
I was made to work in waist deep pig feces (I was 5'6" at 15, so this was some deep shit) in sub-zero temperatures.
 
In the summer, I was made to unbag rotten meat for pig feed (In itself an illegal source of pigfood) in temperatures WELL over 100F.
 
I could quite literally go on for hours, this is just to see if you want any more.
 
Let me know if you need anything else.
 
Thanks,
 
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Audio File: HEAL Interview with Scott Walker (enrolled in 1974) on January 28th, 2012.  (*Note*: Near the end of the interview, Mr. Walker describes the lay out of Flying H Youth Ranch.  To see a rough sketch of the lay out described, click here.)
Flying H Youth Ranch aka "Hope Academy" is not an approved private school in Washington State.  There is a Hope Academy that is approved that is operating in Seattle, not Naches and it has no affiliation/association with Flying H.  It is not unusual for fraudulent programs to claim the name of a legitimate entity in order to mask their fraud.  Its claims of being fully accredited are false along with their claims of providing residential treatment.  This program gets away with it right now because it is "faith-based" and Washington State does not currently regulate "faith-based" programs.  Please join HEAL in supporting WASHINGTON STATE SB 5408 - 2015-16   Comment on this bill    Removing references to faith-based exemptions regarding criminal mistreatment of children and vulnerable adults.  For more information and complete text of this bill, click here.  Also see sister bill in Washington House, HB 1476.   We need more legislation like this!  Help pass this bill!

 

 Last Updated: January 27th, 2016

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