This is a staff list for Grandfather Home for Children/Grandfather Academy in North Carolina
(aka Children's Hope Alliance, Barium Springs (merged into one in 2014))
(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 Grandfather 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 Grandfather Academy, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Grandfather Academy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
HEAL is currently investigating Grandfather Home for Children/Grandfather Academy.
|Jim Swinkola||CEO||Operates a residential treatment center/psychiatric residential treatment center among other programs.|
|Bill Wasulko||Chairman of the Board|
|Ron Turner Jr.||Vice Chair|
|Dr. Brenda White Wright||Secretary|
|Chris Jones||Board Member|
|Costi Kutteh||Board Member|
|Heather Norris||Board Member|
|Otis Wilson||Board Member/Trustee|
|Dr. Newton Smith||Trustee|
|Mary Jo Brubaker||Trustee/Advisor|
|Linda Morrison||Youth Care Staff|
|(Grandfather 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.)|
|This program does not include the enrollment agreement or program details online. HEAL is investigating.|
UPDATE: June 1st, 2016
The Grandfather Academy (day program associated with Grandfather Home for Children residential program) is now operating as a public charter school in North Carolina. It is not the first facility on our watch-list to acquire charter school status. And, since charter schools are not regulated, this remains a serious concern.
North Carolina is one of 26 states that has no accreditation, licensing, nor approval requirements for private schools, including boarding schools. Source: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/comm/choice/regprivschl/regprivschl.pdf The NC Department of Public Instruction shows the program to be registered, but, also states they do not administer (manage or regulate) private schools nor home schools in NC. Source: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/fbs/resources/leacharterlist.pdf
The Grandfather Home for Children day and residential programs are licensed by the State of North Carolina. Source: https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/data/mhllist.pdf Report abuses to: email@example.com.
The State of North Carolina's Division of Health Service Regulation expressly prohibits aversive therapies. "The following procedures are prohibited: corporal punishment; painful body contact; substances which create painful bodily reactions; electric shock; insulin shock; unpleasant tasting foodstuffs; application of noxious substances (noise, bad smells, splashing with water); physically painful procedures to reduce behavior The governing body may determine to prohibit use of any interventions deemed unacceptable. Source: https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/mhlcs/pdf/mhiapp.pdf If this program engages in any of the prohibited practices, report them to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
This "nonprofit" holds over $115 million in assets. Source: https://www.childrenshopealliance.org/annual-report/ (2013-2014 report)
June 1st, 2016
Last Updated: June 1st, 2016