This is a  staff list for Meridell Achievement Center in Liberty Hill, TX

(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 Meridell Achievement Center.  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 Meridell Achievement Center, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Meridell Achievement Center, 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 donít place your loved one in Meridell Achievement Center and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
(Dr.) David Riedel Medical Director  
(Dr.) Glenda Kroll Medical Director  
(Dr.) Byron Stone Program Director  
(Dr.) James Hageman Attending Psychiatrist  
Janet Stroman Nurse  
Tatum Moore Therapist  
Jennifer Miller Director of Special Projects Miller no longer appears to work for this program.
(Dr.) John Seals Neurologist  
(Dr.) Larry Fisher Neurologist  
(Dr.) Dan Matthews Neuropharmacologist  
Jerry Romer Intake Director  
Marsha Whited Intake  
Carlin Troy Nurse/Director  
Steve Goodnow Nurse  
Lynn Head Nurse Head no longer appears to work for this program.
Kathy Reiman Nurse  
Holly Kerby Nurse  
Alan Reiman Director of Business Development  
Janet Fish Business Development Fish no longer appears to work for this program.
Lori Holland Business Development  
Nichole Rust Business Development  
Wendy Hercliff Business Development  
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES There is no additional information on staff at this program at this time.*
*(Meridell Achievement Center, 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 has received over 25 e-mails and calls regarding alleged abuse and violations at Meridell Achievement Center. 
Lawsuit: Meridell was sued in 1980 for authorizing the unnecessary hysterectomy of a young girl in their program.
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Meridell Achievement Center.  In the meantime, we have reviewed the Boulder Creek Academy Application.  Boulder Creek Academy is also owned and operated by UHS.
Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities
HEAL Report-- Provo Canyon School, Another UHS, Inc. Program
According to the following report by survivor Victoria Cloud, Meridell Achievement Center is guilty of neglect, misdiagnosing patients/students, over-drugging and falsely drugging patients/students, and likely using the children in their care for human experimentation for the University of Texas.  Here is her story.   Victoriaís Story (If you would like to contact Victoria, e-mail her at thatcreepykidfromgatlin@alloymail.com)     I have a story about this place.   In the fall of 1998, when I was fifteen, I was placed in the Westwood Behavioral Campus of Meridell Achievement Center. This residential treatment center is located outside Austin in a town called Liberty Hill, nestled in a wooded area which is very pleasing to look upon. I was released in January of 1999, but in the summer I was placed at the Windridge Neurological Campus, which is in another town near Liberty Hill.   Meridell, as an institution, had its good points. We had structured activities (indoor and out depending on the child's stability) and therapeutic group sessions, which were monitored by caring staff. Once I took a pencil and carved into my arm with it, and I was put on suicide watch for that. That may have prevented something catastrophic. We were encouraged to be expressive and honest with each other and with the staff, and I have memories of growing close to several of the girls I stayed with. My counselor seemed like a very kind, very genuine woman who was sincerely interested in my well-being for the most part.   However, there were certain incidents, which, even six years later, trouble me. It seems like both campuses were very keen on using the boys and girls as guinea pigs for psychotropic medications, and I have since learned that it may have been a part of some program set up by the University of Texas at Austin. The predominant drug during my time was Tegretol, and between October 1998-January 1999 a lot of us girls were taking Risperdal. I specifically remembered a time when both myself and my roommate were lactating as a side effect of that drug. I witnessed one boy at the Windridge campus who reported seeing double as a result of taking Tegretol. Later, another boy on Tegretol collapsed twice while playing football outside in 90+ degree heat. The staff members who were monitoring him were aware that people taking Tegretol should never be exposed to excessive heat or sunlight. When I was on Prozac, I reported terrifying dreams to my counselor, and I felt that she dismissed it rather flippantly as a side effect, which would go away. It did not go away and it seemed like weeks before I had the opportunity to report this (or much of anything) to Dr. Riedel.  All of the children on campus shared this psychiatrist. I am almost positive our parents were never notified about the kinds of medications we were taking, or the dosages. I am also quite sure that they weren't aware of much else, either, except the things, which came out during family sessions.   Other things pop out in my memory as well. One boy, Curtis, was taken from the boy's unit at Meridell Westwood in an ambulance after overdosing on pills which he had somehow managed to acquire, and once after a tantrum I was left in the Windridge unit's Quiet Room almost overnight.   The diagnoses I received seemed to have been impulsively decided at best. We'll go with Westwood Behavioral Campus first. You cannot diagnose a teenage girl with traits of Borderline Personality Disorder, which they did. They also decided the first week I was there that I had Schizoaffective disorder. Next on the list was Bipolar disorder. Those are not diagnoses you just throw around. These are major, debilitating problems which disable people's judgment for life. When you label a child with things like that you tell them that they have to fight a bloody war forever. The only thing which made remotely any sense at all was the diagnosis of AD/HD, which is totally obvious and we went in knowing I had that anyway!   At Windridge, the seemingly more underfunded Neurological campus, I was subjected to something called a BEAM test. They said I was having small seizures in my brain which caused me to act out impulsively and they dismissed all the diagnoses I was given at the Westwood campus. I don't think my mother was aware of any of this.   After I was released from Meridell, I learned that most of the things the children were subjected to were bogus practices. This does not invalidate what I learned in group and whatnot but it does cast a serious shadow over the practices of the staff and doctors.   I hope my story helps you, and take care.   Victoria Cloud Meridell Achievement Center Westwood Campus October 1998 to January 1999 Windridge Campus August 1999 to November 1999

 

 Last Updated: October 17th, 2018

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