This is a  staff list for Freedom Mountain Academy in Mountain City, TN

(a.k.a. Academy of the Rockies in Idaho)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Freedom Mountain Academy.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Freedom Mountain Academy, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Freedom Mountain Academy, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

 We recommend you do not place any child in an unregulated facility.

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Patricia and Kevin Cullinane Owners/Founders Patricia Cullinane is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in TN.  Source:  https://apps.health.tn.gov/licensure/  Cullinane is not a licensed educator in TN.  Source: https://apps.tn.gov/eli-app/results.html

Kevin Cullinane is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in TN.  Source:  https://apps.health.tn.gov/licensure/  Cullinane is not a licensed educator in TN.  Source: https://apps.tn.gov/eli-app/results.html
 

This program is affiliated with:

Academy of the Rockies (AR), Bonners Ferry, Idaho (former program they owned and operated--the Cullinane's sold the program to the CEDU cult)
Executive Train Seminars, Spartanburg, S.C.

Carden Academy

 

Margaret Besneatte Academic Director formerly worked for Carden Academy.  Besneatte is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in TN.  Source:  https://apps.health.tn.gov/licensure/  Besneatte is not a licensed educator in TN.  Source: https://apps.tn.gov/eli-app/results.html
Mike Besneatte Outdoor Director Besneatte is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in TN.  Source:  https://apps.health.tn.gov/licensure/  Besneatte is not a licensed educator in TN.  Source: https://apps.tn.gov/eli-app/results.html
HEAL e-mailed a request to Freedom Mountain Academy for additional information on October 7th, 2010.  HEAL has not received a response to our inquiries.  (February 17th, 2016).
"Freedom Mountain Academy (FMA) is a one-room, unaccredited boarding schoolhouse and farm in the Appalachian Mountains."  Source: http://fee.org/articles/reform-school-or-school-reform/
Search continues for D.C. teen missing in Tennessee By Mike Murillo | @MikeMurilloWTOP November 17, 2015 12:08 am UPDATE: Ava Zeichel was found on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Read this story for more details. EARLIER: WASHINGTON — Rescue teams in Tennessee are continuing to search for a missing D.C. teenager who hasn’t been seen for almost a week. Ava Zeichel, 16, was on a hike with classmates from the Freedom Mountain Academy, in Mountain City, Tennessee, when she became separated from her group on Nov. 11, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in St. Mountain City, Tennessee. By air and on the ground, search teams have been out every day searching for the missing teen in what Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece calls “rough conditions.” The hikers were in the Shady Valley area of Johnson County , in the Iron Mountain Trial, Big Oak Flats, area.  The area within the Cherokee National Forest is very rural and rugged , with some dangerous areas. “You can be in different counties or different states within minutes,” Reece tells WCYB in Bristol, Virginia Freedom Mountain Academy is a boarding school which claims on its website to combine academic study, farm work and wilderness adventure for students. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” Ava’s father Howard Zeichel told WCYB TV. Her father said he is thankful that a lot of people have turned up to help in the search. On Facebook, Ava’s mother Erin Zeichel said search teams are still searching the Cherokee National Forest for any leads. “We have no new news but are still hopeful,” her mother wrote, after a day of searching on Monday. Zeichel is 5-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. When she disappeared she was wearing brown hiking pants, a green fleece and an orange vest. Anyone with information is asked to call 423-727-7761.  Source: http://wtop.com/dc/2015/11/search-continues-for-d-c-teen-missing-in-tennessee/
Carden Academy and Freedom Mountain Academy are not registered nor licensed private schools in TN.  Source: https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/non_pub_schools_2015-16.xls
Freedom Mountain Academy is not a licensed medical, mental health nor substance abuse services provider in TN.  Source: Find a Licensed Facility or Service
 

 

 Last Updated: February 17th, 2016

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