This is a  staff list for Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley, NV and Second Chances in LaVerkin, UT

(formerly Horizon Academy (formerly in Amargosa Valley, NV), Cross Creek Programs, and Youth Foundation Success Academy, Inc. in LaVerkin, UT)

(a.k.a. Youth Foundations, Inc., Premier Education Seminars, World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (and Schools), WWASP, WWASPS, Family Support Network, Resource Realizations)

(This program regularly changes location and names--indicator of fraud.)

(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 Horizon 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 Horizon Academy, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Horizon 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.

 

 

This program is closed.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Jade Robinson Director Former director of notoriously abusive Casa by the Sea (Also a WWASPS facility)  Robinson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lezlee Shaw Admissions Lezlee(at)parenthotline.com (a WWASPS "service")  Shaw is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Debi Swayner Staff Swayner is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Adam Ahquin Admissions Director Ahquin is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
James McKim Owner McKim is originally from St. George, UT, headquarters for WWASPS.  McKim is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Cassie Robinson Director HEAL requires Cassie's full name (including first, middle, and last) in order to verify whether Robinson holds any professional licenses in Utah.
Kristina St. Sauver Asst. Director St. Sauver is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lana McGlasson-Gitlin Principal Also works for A+ Learning Solutions as a tutor.  Formerly worked for Richard Lewis Communications doing corporate training seminars.  McGlasson-Gitlin is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lewis M. Gitlin Academic Coordinator Gitlin is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Michael Wineski Teacher Has been with the program since 2007.  HEAL is in the process of contacting Utah Educator Licensing to detmerning whether the teachers at this facility hold any teaching certifications.
Lorett Guzman-Mills Teacher Has been with the program since 2008.  Guzman-Mills participates in the cruel rodeo shows known as Womens Roughstock Foundation.  Sister program, Carolina Springs Academy abandoned dozens of animals to starve to death when they closed in Spring, 2010.  HEAL is in the process of contacting Utah Educator Licensing to detmerning whether the teachers at this facility hold any teaching certifications.
Joseph Mico-Monaco Teacher Has been with the program since 2005.  Monaco supported Pete DuPont for President in 1986.  DuPont is now associated with the "crazy tea-partiers".  HEAL is in the process of contacting Utah Educator Licensing to detmerning whether the teachers at this facility hold any teaching certifications.
Ann Bartley Staff Bartley is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Carol Padilla Staff Padilla is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tammy Waters Staff Waters is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Brian Vaifanua Night Staff Vaifanua is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Beverly Carayas Secretary Carayas is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Gus Carayas Classroom Proctor Carayas is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Anthony Humphries Day Staff Humphries is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jason Finlinson Day Staff Finlinson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jennifer Benson School Proctor HEAL is in the process of contacting Utah Educator Licensing to detmerning whether the teachers at this facility hold any teaching certifications.
David Gilcrease Seminar Guru Gilcrease is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jan (unknown) Seminar Guru HEAL requires Jan's full name in order to perform a licensure check.
Alice Bagley Dir. of Education HEAL is in the process of contacting Utah Educator Licensing to detmerning whether the teachers at this facility hold any teaching certifications.
Jody Harris Family Representative
Name: JODY CHRISTINE HARRIS
City, State, Zip, Country: TOQUERVILLE, UT 847745056, UNITED STATES
Profession: SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
License Type: LICENSED SUDC
License Number: 287485-6006
Obtained By: UNKNOWN
License Status: SURRENDERED
Original Issue Date: 03/05/1999
Expiration Date: 05/28/2002
Agency and Disciplinary Action*: Yes     View Actions
Docket Number: 2002-118, 2002-118, 2002-118, 2002-118, 2002-118, 2002-118
Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html



Yahia Irochen Day Staff Irochen is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Angel Irochen Day Staff Irochen is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Bryan Knudson Day Staff Knudson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Manji Butters-Knudson Day Staff Butters-Knudson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Robert Reed Family Representative HEAL requires Robert's full name (first, middle, and last) in order to perform a background credential search.
Cassie Robinson Therapist HEAL requires Cassie's full name (including first, middle, and last) in order to verify whether Robinson holds any professional licenses in Utah.
Lou (unknown) Day Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Thomas (unknown) Night Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Perry (unknown) Night Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Kayla Smith Night Staff Smith is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kara Pullan Supervisor Pullan is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Chaffin Pullan Administrator Pullan is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Colleen Reusch (formerly Farnsworth) Staff Reusch (Formerly Farnsworth) is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jason (unknown) Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Beverly Carayas Staff Carayas is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jean J. Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Keri Reed Staff Reed is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Brian H. Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Ron J. Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Brande Ridd Staff Ridd is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ron Garrett Staff Garrett is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Shawna (Last?) Staff HEAL requires the full name of staff in order to perform background checks.
Brian Hansen Staff HEAL requires Hansen's full name (including middle) and/or license type and number to verify whether Hansen holds any professiona licenses in UT.
     
     
OTHER OTHER OTHER PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS:

Academy at Ivy Ridge (Academy at Ivy Ridge) in New York

Spring Creek Lodge in Montana (closed)

Camas Ranch (for 18 year olds+ young men) in Montana (closed)

Carolina Springs Academy in South Carolina  (closed)

Cross Creek Programs in Utah  Also see: www.provotruthexposed.com for video testimony from a family defrauded by Cross Creek/WWASPS.

Midwest Academy in Iowa

Darrington Academy (reportedly closed) in Georgia

Eagle Point Christian Academy in Mississippi

Tranquility Bay in Jamaica (reportedly closed)

High Impact in Mexico (reportedly closed)

Casa by the Sea (reportedly closed)

*(Horizon 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.)
Horizon Academy is believed to be a WWASPS program and WWASPS is currently facing a class action lawsuit from victims of WWASPS' programs.
Cross Creek Programs was licensed by Utah's Department of Human Services for years using a fake address.  (Source: Department of Human Services/Cross Creek Programs license issued October 1st, 2011)
On June 27th, 2013, HEAL received the following Police Dispatch Log regarding Cross Creek from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.  Click here to view the report.
Police: Youth Home Worker Shows Troubled Teens Pornography of Himself
By Ladd Egan

(KUTV) An employee at a southern Utah youth home for troubled teens has been arrested on charges that he showed boys at the school pornographic videos and pictures of himself.

Prosecutors Wednesday charged Donald M. Brown, Jr, 48, of St. George with ten counts of dealing in harmful material to a minor, a third degree felony.

Brown worked as a youth supervisor at the Youth Foundation Success Academy in LaVerkin.

“There were multiple kids involved as well as multiple offenses,” said LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Watkins. “It was a personal cell phone that he had that he’d bring in to work that he had images and videos on that he would show the kids.”

Police detectives write in court documents that six boys at the youth home confirmed seeing between 15 and 50 pornographic videos and images on Brown’s cell phone.

“They described that they were shown videos of Don having sex with his wife and another woman,” a detective wrote in the probable cause statement used in Brown’s arrest. “They were each very descriptive in the images they saw as well as days, and locations.”

Brown’s wife is also an employee at the school, according to police, and confirmed with the detectives that she was involved in the sexual acts the boys described and that she knew her husband was filming the threesomes.

When questioned, detectives say Brown initially denied showing the boys any illicit images but that he did “talk to the boys in great detail about his sex life,” according to the arrest narrative report filed in court documents.

Later in questioning, detectives write that “Donald then admitted that they had seen pornography on his phone ‘several times,’ but that every time was an accident. He then stated that he had ‘A LOT of accidents.’”

Chief Watkins says officers seized Brown’s cell phone and will further analyze the videos and images contained inside once they receive a search warrant. He says detectives are also trying to figure out if Brown had a motive for allegedly showing the boys the images.

“At this point we don’t believe there was any physical contact or anything like that,” Chief Watkins said. “The person that’s supposed to take care of the kids is the one that’s actually abusing them in this manner.”

LaVerkin’s police chief and an employee at the front desk of the school both said Brown was fired from the school Tuesday, the day of his arrest.

“The school does a good job,” Chief Watkins said. “They screen their employees the best they can but like any other business, you’re going to have your employees that go sideways on you.”

Brown had an initial arrangement Wednesday afternoon and is still being held on a bail set at $50,000.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)

Source: http://www.kutv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_6099.shtml
Xandir O'Cando recalls abuse at Cross Creek Program for LGBT & 'troubled teens'--June 14th, 2011 (Source: examiner.com) See full story at www.heal-online.org/xandir061411.pdf or click hyperlinked text above.
I feel totally helpless’ Tri-County Times | Fenton, MI Sally Rummel Features Writer | Posted: Friday, February 12, 2016 2:06 pm Chris Canup Chris Canup Chris Canup was a happy little boy — funny, charming and outgoing. As he got older, teachers loved his energy and intelligence, but his emotional immaturity easily distracted himself and other kids around him.  He smoked pot for the first time at age 7, Chris told the late Times reporter Jan Rynearson in a 2006 story about his teen years, and drug use escalated by the time he was in junior high school.  As a teenager, his behavior got really out of hand at home and at school, according to his father, Phil Canup. He became belligerent and difficult to handle. “We were at our wit’s end,” said Phil.  He and his wife, Linda, sent Chris at age 16 to Cross Creek Ranch in Utah, a residential facility that specialized in troubled teens. His stay at the ranch was chronicled in a Times’ article written by Rynearson. which can be viewed here at: www.tctimes.com/troubled-teen-helped-through-stay-at-cross-creek.  Chris became a mentor to other kids in the Cross Creek program, helping them to acclimate in a new environment away from home. When he came home 18 months later, he graduated from Fenton High School in the class of 2007. That’s when the Canups really began to notice addictive behavior in their son. “He was being secretive, dishonest and manipulative,” said Phil. “No matter how much we tried to do for him, he always wanted more, and it all went for drugs.”  The following decade found Chris in a whirlwind of drug use, followed by stints in rehab, then returning to a very prevalent drug culture in Flint. It all ended on Wednesday, Jan. 27, when he was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose in a hotel where he was living on Dort Highway.  “I wake up in the morning and wonder what could I have done differently,” said Phil. “I know it’s not my fault. Chris was very personable and had a huge heart. I felt like he was making progress. But then, there was this really dark side. I feel totally helpless. I’m just going to have to come to grips with this. It’s never going to go away. He kept reaching out. He didn’t give up on life, he gave in to the drugs.”  Source: http://www.tctimes.com/living/features/i-feel-totally-helpless/article_c6890edc-d1bb-11e5-be9a-fb8569b87e2b.html?mode=print 

HEAL Note: We share the above because we believe Canup's death to be directly related to the abuse he suffered at Cross Creek and his parents ongoing delusions regarding what went on at Cross Creek.  It is a shame Chris's parents still can't admit that Cross Creek was a bad idea for their family.  One would hope the death of their child would wake them up to reality.  This is just so sad.  RIP Chris. 

 

 Last Updated: August 10th, 2016

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