This is a staff list for Majestic Ranch in Randolph, UT
(a.k.a. Old West Academy, Premier Education Seminars, World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (and Schools), WWASP, Majestic Ranch Academy, WWASPS, Family Support Network, Resource Realizations)
(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 Majestic Ranch. 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 Majestic Ranch, you have the right to take action.†
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Majestic Ranch, 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.
Please donít place your loved one in Majestic Ranch Academy and rescue them if they are there now.
|Tammy Johnson||Director||Johnson has been with Majestic Ranch since 2002. Majestic Ranch now takes children as young as seven years old.|
|Wayne Winder||Personnel Director||Former police officer and youth corrections officer. In 2002, Wayne Winder was charged with sexually abusing several students and banned from being alone with any of the children at the facility.|
|Colleen (no last name)||Secretary|
|Irene (no last name)||Secretary|
|Lana (no last name)||Accounting|
|Gary S.||Shift Leader|
|Dustin (no last name)||Student Coordinator|
|Chris (no last name--female)||Facility Coordinator|
|John (no last name)||Staff|
|Eric (no last name)||Staff|
|Dawn (no last name)||Staff||Reportedly Eric's (directly above) wife.|
|Nathan (no last name)||Staff|
|Justin (no last name)||Staff|
|David Connelly||Staff||Reported by survivor via e-mail on May 23rd, 2015.|
|Sean E. Coombs||Former Staff||
Mother sues treatment center, claims son was beaten, abused
By Pamela Manson
The Salt Lake Tribune
A California mother is accusing a northern Utah boarding school of physically and emotionally abusing her son while he was being treated there.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Jennifer Havlan said Majestic Ranch employee Sean E. Coombs seriously injured her minor son by slamming him against a wall and table, throwing him to the ground and striking him.
She also alleges that the boy was "repeatedly restrained and placed in handcuffs" during his 2004 stay at the Randolph facility.
Majestic Ranch, which is affiliated with the St. George-based Worldwide Association of Speciality Programs and Schools (WWASP), is designed to treat preteens and young teenagers with behavioral and conduct problems.
The program has been investigated several times after abuse allegations were lodged, with one probe ending in a criminal conviction when Coombs pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor assault charge.
|OTHER||OTHER||Majestic Ranch Academy is owned by Dan Peart, brother-in-law of Robert Lichfield, founder of WWASPS and Teen Help.|
|NO OTHER NAMES||NO OTHER TITLES||There is no additional information on staff at this location at this time.*|
OTHER PROGRAM AFFILIATIONS:
Academy at Ivy Ridge (Academy at Ivy Ridge) in New York
Spring Creek Lodge in Montana
Camas Ranch (for 18 year olds+ young men) in Montana
Carolina Springs Academy in South Carolina
Horizon Academy in Nevada
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)
|*(Majestic Ranch 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.)|
|Majestic Ranch Academy is one of several WWASPS programs named as defendants in the current class action lawsuit.|
|Article: Child Abuse for Profit is Occurring in America (source: dissidentvoice.org, 12/10/08)|
|Teen ranch evades law: Case shines light on child programs that go unlicensed in Utah: Call it the "problem child" of Utah's teen-help industry. Majestic Ranch in Randolph - one of four Utah boarding schools that cater to troubled teens - has, until recently, failed to become licensed as required by law. It is the only school to fall short of health and safety benchmarks imposed in October 2005. The hang-up: minor changes to an employee handbook, say regulators, who permitted the school to operate without a license for the past 18 months. Regulators say no harm was done; because Majestic is in good standing, they granted the school a probationary license on June 25. But the school's slow road to compliance points to a larger problem with Utah's oversight of adoption agencies, wilderness camps, schools and other programs for vulnerable children: a loophole in state law. Operating these businesses without a license is a class A misdemeanor - but only if someone is harmed, said Ken Stettler, Human Services licensing director. "Usually if it's a new program just coming on, then they simply don't begin operation until they're licensed," said Stettler. "What was uncommon in [Majestic's] case was that we had an existing program that was already operating when the laws went into effect. In this case we don't close them down." But at least one new business venture - an adoption agency - slipped through the loophole. Focus on Children, now defunct and facing federal charges of running a baby smuggling operation in Samoa, did business in Utah for 2 1/2 years without a license. The agency's owners applied in March 2001, but did not submit all the paperwork. After nudging from regulators, they were licensed on August 1, 2003. No one, to Stettler's knowledge, is lobbying to give regulators stronger powers to insist on licensing. Utah's Republican- dominated Legislature has traditionally opposed government meddling in the private sector. "Therapeutic" boarding schools, including 21-year-old Majestic Ranch, went unregulated until 2005. The law defines "therapeutic schools" as serving students "who have a history of failing to function at home or public school" and that offer room and board. Majestic initially fought regulation through its partner World Wide Association of Speciality Programs, a Utah-based chain of get-tough treatment programs. Later, after it came to light that Majestic had been investigated three times for abuse, the boarding school became a proponent of regulation. Only one probe ended in a criminal charge and conviction when a staffer - who was eventually fired - pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Child welfare caseworkers received another complaint of abuse in 2005, but dismissed it as having no merit, said Carol Sisco, Human Services spokeswoman. Tammy Johnson, Majestic Ranch director, said the licensing process has helped foster better relations with the state, but it hasn't changed the school's curricula or practices. "The only thing that changed is we have to file more paperwork; quite a bit more paperwork," said Johnson. Johnson blames some of the licensing delays on regulators who took a year to review Majestic's policies, but stressed, "they've been wonderful to work with." Bad press, stemming from "frivolous" complaints from disgruntled employees, have hurt Majestic, said Johnson. Over the past two years enrollment has dropped from about 60 students to 32, Johnson said. The school caters to 7-to-14-year-olds; annual tuition costs about $42,000. "We lose on average of five kids a month to negative publicity on the Internet. It's unfortunate," said Johnson. "I wouldn't be able to come to work every day if I didn't feel I was making a difference in these families' and students' lives. It's not an easy job." (Unable to locate story at time of archiving. Source: www.sltrib.com Date: July 16, 2007)|
May 27th, 2015
Last Updated: May 27th, 2015