This is a  staff list for Greenbrier Academy for Girls in Pence Springs, WV

(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 the Greenbrier Academy for Girls.  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 Greenbrier Academy for Girls, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Greenbrier Academy for Girls, 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 Greenbrier Academy for Girls and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
L. Jay Mitchell President/Founder Mitchell formerly worked for SUWS and Alldredge Academy.  Alldredge Academy is closed and is responsible for the death of Ryan Lewis.  WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/  Mitchell is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf   Mitchell is not a licensed therapist on WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Mitchell is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx#.V2HzdhH2a1t  Mitchell is not a licensed psychologist.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Mitchell is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/.  Mitchell is not a licensed medical doctor nor medical professional.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/

Mitchell  is one of several defendants in a lawsuit filed against Alldredge Academy and Ayne Institute.  See the lawsuit here: http://www.heal-online.org/alldredgelawsuit.pdf 

From the suit:

"Joseph continues to suffer severe pain, mental anguish, humiliation, anxiety, and stress as a result of his time at Alldredge Academy. Id. at ¶ 141. On their own behalf on behalf of Joseph, the Giannones filed a Consolidated Amended Complaint against the Alldredge Defendants,1 the Greene Defendants,2 and fifteen John Does. The complaint includes twenty-three counts, including thirteen counts against the Alldredge Defendants and eleven counts against the Greene Defendants.3 The Giannones seek to recover from the Alldredge Defendants for violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and for negligent child abuse, fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, assault, battery, negligence, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy."  (Page  7)

From the suit:

"The "Alldredge Defendants" are Alldredge Academy; Ayne Institute, LLC, an entity affiliated with Alldredge Academy; L. Jay Mitchell and Lance Wells, co-founders and owners of Alldredge; Glenn F. Bender, Alldredge’s Director of Admissions and Marketing; Michael Beswick, Alldredge’s Head of School; J. Weston White, an Alldredge employee; Ron Schwenkler, Alldredge’s Director of Village; Ray Gwilliam, Alldredge’s Director of Extended Stay; Tom Harvey and Carrie Hawkins, two Alldredge Wilderness Field Supervisors; Sandra J. Schmiedeknecht, Alldredge’s Medical Director; Patrick O’Brien, Alldredge’s Village Program Director; and four other Alldredge employees whose last names are unknown but whose given names are Stan, Sarah, Travis, and Keith. 2 The "Greene Defendants" are Nancy V. Greene, individually and trading as Options for Special Kids, and Options for Special Kids." (Page  7)
Brent D. Slife Co-Founder WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/   Slife is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf   Slife is not a licensed therapist on WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Slife is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx#.V2HzdhH2a1t  Slife is not a licensed psychologist.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Slife is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/.  Slife is not a licensed medical doctor nor medical professional.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/
Hassan A. Jafary Consulting Psychiatrist Earned Medical Degree in the Dominican Republic.  There are two Hassan A. Jafary's that hold medical licenses in WV.  one is Hassan Arshad Jafary and the other is Hassan Asghar Jafary.  Both licensed Jafarys reportedly work in Beckley, WV.  It is about an hour away from Pence Springs, where the program is located.  There is something fishy here.  Both Jafarys show that they are supervising Maryam Jafary Rana (a physician's assistant supposedly in Oregon).  The licensees appear to be the same person and this is acknowledged on some of the data available through the licensing board.  Hassan Asghar Jafary has been sued for malpractice, though no license board discipline has resulted.  Hassan Asghar Jafary claims to have been educated at:  Allama Iqbal Medical College, University Of The Punjab 09/30/1986 Medical or Podiatric School Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling 6/30/1994 Post-Graduate Training and to be a general practitioner.  Hassan Arshad Jafary has no recorded malpractice suits on the licensing website.  And, Hassan Arshad Jafary appears to claim to specialize in psychiatry.   Hassan Arshad Jafary (license #: 23054) claims to have been educated at: School Of Medicine, Eugenio Maria De Hostos University 06/08/1989 Medical or Podiatric School Lincoln Md/Mh Ctr, Valhallia 6/30/2007 Post-Graduate Training.  Both Jafary licenses expire on 6/30/2018.  Hassan Asghar Jafary (license #: 18030) was originally licensed in 1995.  The lawsuit against him was in 2001.  Hassan Arshad Jafary was originally licensed in 2008.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/details.asp  To file a complaint about either or both of these "doctors", visit:
https://wvbom.wv.gov/Filing_a_Complaint.asp.
Carole T. Giunta Consulting Psychologist Giunta appears to be licensed and to have been licensed since 2008.  Her license # is: 974.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  You can file complaints against this professional here: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/1%202%20Ethics%20Inquiry%20Form.htm.pdf
James E. Orth Consulting Psychologist Orth is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf
S. Gregory Hipskind Neurology/Behaviorist Hispkind is not a licensed neurologist/medical doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/  In fact, Hipskind holds no professional licenses in WV.  Sources: Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf    Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf    Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx#.V2HzdhH2a1t   Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf    Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/.    Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/
Beth Ragland Admissions Director Ragland holds no professional licenses in WV.  Sources: Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf    Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf    Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx#.V2HzdhH2a1t   Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf    Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/.    Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/
Lowell Galford Academic Director WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Ron McAllister History Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Laura Bondurant Drumming Coor. WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Anne Hunter Art Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Starr Woodall English Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Phillip Soyring Science Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Stephanie Sizemore Learning Specialist WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Adam Lewis Math Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Armando Cooper Spanish Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Susie Blankenship College Counselor Blankenship holds no professional licenses in WV.  Sources: Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf    Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf    Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx#.V2HzdhH2a1t   Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf    Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/.    Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/
Kris Michaels Electives Teacher WV does not have a tool for verifying educator certification.  It only permits certified educators to check their own status and requires name, birth date, and last four of social security number for each person we would like to check.  "Teacher certification is not required for teachers at private schools."  Source:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/westvirginia.html  Greenbrier is not an approved/registered accredited private school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/
Ginger Conley Clinical Director Conley is a licensed professional counselor reportedly working in Alderson, WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  You can file complaints about this professional here: http://www.wvbec.org/filingacomplaint.html
Mike Beswick Family Services Dir. Michael Allen Beswick (may be a different person) is a licensed independent social worker in WV. 

NAME: Michael Allen Beswick
ADDRESS: Lewisburg, WV 24901
LICENSE NUMBER: DP02943125
LICENSE LEVEL: Independent Clinical Social Worker
STATUS: Active
ORIGINAL ISSUE DATE: 4/3/2008 12:00:00 AM
EXPIRATION DATE: 5/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
DISCIPLINARY ACTION TAKEN: No

Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx

You can file complaints about this professional here: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Complaints.aspx#.V2IBvhH2a1s
Dinah Palmer Medical Coordinator Palmer is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/.  Palmer is not a licensed medical professional in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp
Maureen Marko Counselor Marko is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Marko is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Marko is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Marko is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Marko is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Marko is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Shellie Beeker Counselor Beeker (unless her real name is Eva Beeker) is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Beeker is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Beeker is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Beeker is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Beeker is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Beeker is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp  In the event that Eva Beeker is the real name of Shellie Beeker, you can file complaints about this professional here: http://www.wvbec.org/filingacomplaint.html
Kelly Beasley Counselor Beasley is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Beasley is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Beasley is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Beasley is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Beasley is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Beasley is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Lauren E. Allen Counselor Allen is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Allen is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Allen is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Allen is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Allen is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Allen is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Kelley Sandell Sills Clinical Intern Sills is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Sills is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Sills is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Sills is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Sills is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Sills is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Tanya McClung Counselor McClung is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  McClung is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  McClung is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  McClung is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  McClung is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  McClung is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Amber Martin Res. Director There is an Amber Martin that is a licensed nurse in WV.  However, that Amber Martin's recorded place of business is Daniels, WV which is about an hour away from Pence Springs.  We do not know if this is the same person.  The licensed Amber Martin's license # is 70638.  You can file complaints (if this is the correct person) about this professional here: http://www.wvrnboard.wv.gov/complaints/Pages/default.aspx
John Grago Exec. Dir. Grago is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Grago is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Grago is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Grago is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Grago is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Grago is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Dennis Thompson Dir. of Program Dev. Thompson is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Thompson is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Thompson is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Thompson is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Thompson is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Thompson is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Ron Schwenkler Clinical Director for Aftercare Schwenkler is not a licensed counselor in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LPC_weblist_4.22.2016.pdf.  Schwenkler is not a licensed therapist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvbec.org/images/LMFT_Weblist_2.26.2016.pdf  Schwenkler is not a licensed social worker in WV.  Source: http://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/Licensure/LicenseVerification.aspx.  Schwenkler is not a licensed psychologist in WV.  Source: http://www.wvpsychbd.org/2016-5-31%20Verification%20of%20Licensure.pdf  Schwenkler is not a licensed nurse in WV.  Source: https://apps.wv.gov/Nursing/RNSearch/  Schwenkler is not a licensed medical professional/doctor in WV.  Source: https://wvbom.wv.gov/public/search/index.asp 
Sara Frost Therapist  
Audra Schwenkler Drumming Director/Gym  
Elizabeth Gordon Therapist  
Jim (James) Gordon Academic Director  
Karen Hurt Academic Director  
Tiffany Radford Art Teacher  
Rachel Call (LJ's daughter) Director of Living  
Shawn Schuler History Teacher  
Tim (Timothy) Armentrout History Teacher  
Stacey Lambert Therapist/Staff  
     
Alldredge Academy is closed and is responsible for the death of Ryan Lewis.
Founder Of Greenbrier School For Girls Admits He Is Responsible For Teens Death--January 21st, 2011 (Source: huntingtonnews.net) Documents Now Show L. J Mitchell Admitted Negligence In Ryan Lewis’s Suicide “Alldredge Academy Inc, Ayne Institute and L. Jay Mitchell hereby acknowledge that they were personally responsible for the safety and well being of Ryan Lewis while he was in their care and custody and that they were personally responsible for returning Ryan Lewis safely to his parents. They hereby acknowledge that they failed in that responsibility….” Signed by L. Jay Mitchell and notarized on April 17, 2006. On February 12, 2001 fourteen year old Ryan Lewis (pictured to the left) hanged himself with a tent rope after showing an Alldredge Academy wilderness camp counselor where he had slashed his forearms with a knife. It is reported that the teen actually turned over the knife to staff and told them; "take my knife before I hurt myself more." Instead, the instructor "exacted a promise" from Ryan that he wouldn't hurt himself again and returned the knife back to the teen. Ryan, like other troubled teens, was enrolled in the 90 day wilderness philosophy program in hopes of gaining insight and help into his psychological problems and to learn about himself in a surrounding that staff members referred to as “search and rescue.” The very next day Ryan hanged himself with a tent rope. Like other troubled teens, Ryan was enrolled in the 90 day program in hopes of gaining insight and help into his psychological problems and to learn about himself in a surrounding that staff members referred to as “search and rescue.”   For complete story, click here.
HEAL UPDATE: June 15th, 2016:

Greenbrier Academy for Girls is not a licensed, registered, nor properly accredited school in WV.  Source: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/  Greenbrier Academy for Girls is not a licensed residential program in WV.  Source: http://www.wvcpn.org/search_entrance.asp
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
 
In West Virginia, the statute of limitations is 1 year on misdemeanors, 1 year on false imprisonment, and no statute of limitations on felonies including rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, and murder.  For civil suits in West Virginia, the statute of limitations is 2 years. 

Options for you to take action and/or seek redress/justice today are listed below:

1.  Report crimes such as assault, battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in West Virginia.  You can call the Summers County Sheriff at (304) 466-7111 to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.  

2.  File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Greenbrier Academy and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you.  You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  If you are a resident of West Virginia and/or would like to file a complaint with the West Virginia Attorney General as a nonresident, please visit: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/wv/ago/consumercomplaint

3.  If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.  However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement.  You can find legal resources at http://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm.

4.  You may post a statement about your experience at your program on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2  OR send a new e-mail to rev@cope.church with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm  and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page . 

 5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon.  Guest sermons are posted at https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at https://www.heal-online.org  where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable.  So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page .  Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to rev@cope.church . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly ask for that).  For sermons available on our site see https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm  (and sermon archives linked on that page).  If you have questions about this option, please contact rev@cope.church. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf  to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
THE TRUTH:

All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public.  We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm.  Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims.  We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims.  We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources.  In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction.  And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm

HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily.  In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed.  Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children.  See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information.  Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case.  In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants.  His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so. 

Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice.  And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them.  And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA. 

HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:

a.  Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation.  It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment.  For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at  https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A.  Or, see:   http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/  which includes in part:    "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.  In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."

b.  Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive.  Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights.  Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm.  "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)."  (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)

c.  Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children.  Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family.  Source:   http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html       

d.  Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful.  Best source on this currently is:     https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc

e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression.  Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments.  Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html

Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective.  You can request these documents via e-mail.  In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services.  Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know"  for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.

If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".

If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general.  For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)

 *(Greenbrier Academy for Girls, 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.)

 

Last Updated: September 13th, 2022

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