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  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 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.



Additional Information
Jim Swinkola CEO Operates a residential treatment center/psychiatric residential treatment center among other programs.
Evelin Harrison Admissions  
Bill Wasulko Chairman of the Board  
Ron Turner Jr. Vice Chair  
Kimberly Lawrence Treasurer
Dr. Brenda  White Wright Secretary  
Chris Jones Board Member  
Costi Kutteh Board Member  
Heather Norris Board Member  
Otis Wilson Board Member/Trustee  
Carlyn Leith Trustee  
Olivia Zahler Trustee  
Ben Klein Treasurer
Susan Kirkland Secretary  
Deb Anderson Trustee  
Carroll Garland Trustee  
Carla Hauser Trustee  
Tom McMurray Trustee  
Ellen Meihaus Trustee  
Greg O'Brien Trustee  
Bob Ragin Trustee  
Tawana Wilson-Allen Trustee  
Susan Whittington Trustee  
Ralph Wright-Murphy Trustee  
Don Cox Trustee/Board  
Scott Byrd Trustee  
Fred Deaton Trustee  
Blake Lovette Trustee
Spurgeon Mackie Trustee  
Dan Brubaker Trustee  
Dan Godwin Secretary  
Joe Herman Trustee  
Kevin Monroe Trustee  
Dr. Newton Smith Trustee  
Dave Tucker Trustee  
Mary Jo Brubaker Trustee/Advisor  
Katherine Gatewood Advisor  
Stephanie Knowles Advisor  
Johnny Merritt Advisor  
John Kopplemeyer President/CEO  
Mike Hussey Staff  
Timothy Erb Staff  
Jason Ainsley CFO  
Glenn Pinckney Staff  
Linda Morrison Youth Care Staff  
Monty Chambers 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:  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: 

The Grandfather Home for Children day and residential programs are licensed by the State of North Carolina.  Source:  Report abuses to:

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:  If this program engages in any of the prohibited practices, report them to: .

This "nonprofit" holds over $115 million in assets.  Source:  (2013-2014 report)


 Last Updated: June 1st, 2016

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