This is a  staff list for King George School in Sutton, VT

(This program is reportedly closing in June, 2011)

(a.k.a.  CEDU, Records below account for staff before March, 2005 and after December, 2005 (new ownership--UHS, Inc.))

(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 King George School.  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 King George School, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by King George School, 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.

This program is reportedly closed.  For more information, visit




Additional Information
Mary Reinhardt Admissions Admissions director during CEDU years.  Reportedly with the program after the sale.
Karen Fitzhugh Head of School Formerly worked as Executive Director at Girls Haven, Inc. in Texas.  Dr. Karen Fitzhugh Aspen Education Group - Senior Vice President, Residential Schools and Programs Dr. Fitzhugh served as Head of School for the King George School in Vermont prior to her move to Aspen Education, a Division of CRC Health.   Fitzhugh is no longer working for King George School.
Richard (Rick) M. Barrett Academic Dean Has been with King George School since 1999 (the CEDU years).  Barrett is still with King George School as of August, 2009. 
Robert "Otto" Kremer Therapist Kremer is no longer working for this program.
Alice Soininen Director/Support Svcs. Alice has been with King George since 2004.  Soininen is no longer working for this program.
Barry Jones Phase Leader Jones formerly worked for Outward Bound.
Christopher Bo McMichael Program Director McMichael is now operating his own entertainment company, Left Field Entertainment in Westbrook, ME.
Donald (Dee) Steen Phase Leader Steen is no longer working for this program.
Elly Barksdale Teacher Barksdale is no longer working for this program.
Frank Giacobbe Admin Asst Giacobbe is no longer working for this program.
George Babcock Teacher  
Greg Gallagher Transportation/Escort He has had several positions at King George School (KGS) since May of 1999.  (CEDUGallagher is no longer working for this program.
Jay Ramsey Communications Director  
Jeremy Perkins Teacher  
Jesse Kochenderfer Medical Mgmt. Jesse has been working for the Brown schools for the past three years, having transferred from Texas three years ago.  (Dec., 2005).
John LaBounty Floor Mgr.  
Jonathan Snyder Counselor Snyder is no longer working for this program.
Joshua Douglas Teacher Formerly worked at Camp Holy Cross in Colchester, VT. 
Louise Gaboriault Food Services Gaboriault may no longer be working for this program.
Margaret Ball Food Services Manager Ball may no longer be working for this program.
Maria Roche Teacher Maria joined King George School in February of 2004.  Roche is no longer working for this program.
Morris (Buzz) Hubbard Teacher Hubbard is no longer working for this program.
Nina Lany Teacher  
Sharolyn (Shari) Seymour Finance Coordinator Seymour has been with the program since 1999.  Seymour no longer appears to be working for this program.
Steve Barrett Supervisor Barrett has been with the program since 1999.  Barrett no longer appears to be working for this program.
Tom Soininen Counselor  
David G. Hans Former Head of School Head of "school" from 2008-2009  Hans is no longer working for this program.
Robin Wimbiscus Staff Worked with David Hans.  Now works with David Hans at Bromley Brook School, an Aspen Education Group program.
Mary Ellen Reis Admissions  
Amy Burbo Admissions  
 Susan Snow Nurse        
Rae Ann Knopf, MSW Head of School, Executive Director. Source: (October 10th, 2010)
Mark E. W. Kaufman, Ph.D Dean Kaufman reportedly currently works for: Washington County Diversion Program 322 North Main Street, Suite 5 Barre, VT 05641
Marty Griffin Dean of Students/Mentor  
Amy Accles Learning Specialist/Mentor  
Stephen Amos Life Sciences/Earth Sciences Teacher/Mentor  
Sarah Ash Wellness Teacher/Mentor  
Andrew Davis Outdoor Department/Mentor  
Melissa Durkee Math Teacher/Mentor  
Pamela Kirschman Dance Teacher/Mentor.  
 Amy Little Spanish Teacher/Mentor  
Peter Little Outdoor Department Coordinator/Teacher/Mentor  
Shahida Raza Math Teacher/Librarian.  
Beverly Rossiter Visual Art Teacher/Mentor.  
Timothy Scandale Learning Specialist.  
 Jamie Struck Outdoor Department/Mentor.  
Lauren Struck Transition Counselor/Teacher  
Jacqueline Willey Evening Counselor/Mentor  
 Jennifer Barrett Registrar/Records Keeper.  
James W. Houlihan Counselor  
Richard Kirschman Overnight Faculty Team Leader.  
Tracey Lamoureux First Mentor for Incoming Students.  
Gerard Jones Staff Reportedly elevated to leadership position.
J. Bertrand Dean Reportedly joined KGS in May, 2010.
Rebecca Bowen Dean Reportedly joined KGS in 2010
Judith Markey Clinical Director  
Gerard (Jerry) Ramsey HR/Risk Management Reportedly was working for the program in 2009.
Tracy Edwards Dir. of Student Life Reportedly has new last name and no longer works for KGS.  Reportedly moved to Bromley Brook School (Aspen Education Group).
*(King George School, 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.)
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for King George School.  We have already reviewed and have found problems with other UHS enrollment materials including the Boulder Creek Academy Application.
Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities
HEAL Report-- Provo Canyon School, Another UHS, Inc. Program (temporarily disabled)
External Link-- (Link submitted by dissatisfied advocate/consultant.)
External Link-- (Link submitted by dissatisfied advocate/consultant.)
King George School Closing Amy Ash Nixon Staff Writer   SUTTON -- High school graduations always bring mixed feelings, but for the King George School Class of 2011, the June 4 graduation will be the school's last day. The therapeutic boarding school will shut for good at the end of the semester, school officials confirmed Friday. The school is owned by Universal Health Services Inc. in King of Prussia, Penn., which bought the school during bankruptcy proceedings in 2005. A phone call to Universal Health Services on Friday was not returned. Efforts to speak with the present head of school, Gerard Jones, in the past week have not been successful. A request for information about the number of students at the school was not answered. However, Jones said 35 people would be losing their jobs. Information provided to the school community earlier this week, according to staff member Lisa Goodell, stated, "Since its founding in the late 1990s, the King George School has delivered the highest level of academic and therapeutic services to bright and creative students from throughout North America. "In recent years, the school has been unsuccessful in consistently sustaining student enrollment levels necessary to maintain the financial viability of the program, without compromising the quality of the education, therapeutic services and vibrant community life necessary to support our students. "For the remaining four weeks of the current semester, there will be no change in any aspect of the King George program," school officials promised. School officials say staff will create comprehensive individual transition plans and treatment recommendations for each student. Dr. Karen E. Fitzhugh, former head of the King George School, said Friday she was deeply saddened by the news. She became head of school in 2004. King George has been in business since 1999, said Fitzhugh. She is in the process of establishing a private school for young women in the town of Peacham. "I haven't been [at King George School] for almost four years," Fitzhugh said Friday. She said with a school that depends on referrals, it can be difficult to sustain the enrollment needed to make the numbers work financially. "When you don't have enough students, there is a certain point where you have to make a decision," she said. "It has to be really difficult." Regarding Universal Health Services Inc., Fitzhugh had the highest regard for how they have worked to keep the school open and serving its mission. "They have stood behind the school for an extended period and weathered the ups and downs," she said. "I know I've got some blood, sweat and tears in the soil up there." When the bankruptcy occurred on her watch, not long after she took the job after moving from Texas, her family helped make payroll, lending some of the proceeds from the sale of their own home in Texas to keep the school afloat while trying to figure out how not to be forced to close during the former owner's bankruptcy and ordered liquidation. Fitzhugh said the looming First Wind project, which will encircle the school "in a horseshoe" with 16 more than 400-foot tall turbines, is no small piece of the equation either. The King George School has been one of the appellants in the fight against the wind farm. The wind farm will forever alter the landscape around the school, set in a scenic location with beautiful views, Fitzhugh said. "Were sorry to learn that the school is closing," First Wind Communications Director John Lamontagne. "Our project was reviewed and approved by the Vermont Public Service Board. It was determined at that time the project would not have any effect on the school. Any insinuation to the contrary by opponents of clean energy is ridiculous." A check at the Sutton Town Clerk's office on Friday showed that the school, which has 174 acres and is among its largest taxpayers, this year paid $50,308.64 in taxes and its share of the town's tax base is 3.08 percent. Source:


 Last Updated: July 12th, 2017

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