This is a  staff list for Monarch Center for Family Healing in Georgetown, CO

(a.k.a. SolTribe, LLC)

(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 Monarch Center for Family Healing.  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 Monarch Center for Family Healing, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Monarch Center for Family Healing, 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 Monarch Center and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
David Ventimiglia Founder/Exec. Director Ventimiglia has previous experience and unnamed facilities throughout Colorado.  Ventimiglia is a registered psychotherapist in Colorado and has been since 2005.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php?action=INDIV&profession=9999
Lori Ventimiglia David's Wife/Project Coordinator Lori Ventimiglia also has elusive past experience at unnamed "treatment" facilities.  Ventimiglia is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php?action=INDIV&profession=9999
Duey Freeman "Elder" Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  Gestalt therapy was crafted by Fritz Perls.  It is and remains an experimental process.  http://www.gestalt.org/yontef.htm  It appears that Duey Freeman changed his name from Duane Horner according to Colorado licensing records and documents.  Freeman is a licensed professional counselor and has been since 1991.  But, there was a disciplinary action taken against him prior to his name change.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Victoria Story "Elder" Specializes in "Gestalt" and "Reichian" therapy.  Story also worked for other unnamed "treatment" facilities.  Story is a registered psychotherapist in CO and has been since 1992.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Duane F. Mullner "Elder" Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  (Gestalt therapy is forced conformity to authoritarian rules.)  Mullner is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since 1992.  The licensing board has received complaints about Mullner and admonished him in 1995 as a result of those complaints. 
Duane Mullner 
Address  Duane F Mullner 
  6383 Secrest St. 
  Arvada, CO  80403 
Phone Number  (303) 985-3534  
   
License Number  LPC-509
License Type  Licensed Professional Counselor 
License Status  Active 
License Method  Examination 
   
License First Issued  April 11, 1992 
Last Renewal Date  September 01, 2011 
Last Expiration Date  August 31, 2013 
   
Board or Program Actions
Board Action Description     Action
Issued
Action
Ended
 
Professional Counselors  Letter of Admonition    04/19/1995 

Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php [Definition: Admonition: counsel or warning against fault or oversight. (Merriam-Webster)]

Annette Lubchenco Donaghy "Elder" Specializes in "Gestalt" and "Reichian" therapy.  Also worked for Outward Bound.  Lubchenco-Donaghy is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since 1995.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Martha McClure Clinical Director Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  McClure is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since May, 2009.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Henry Drake Field Therapist Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  Drake is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since March, 2009.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Josh Nacht Field Therapist Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  Nacht is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since June, 2009.  Nacht is also Certified Addiction Counselor II and has been since June, 2010.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php 
Jonathan "Badger" Mitchell Field Therapist Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  Jonathan Stein Mitchell (may be a different person) is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since July, 2009.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Shawn Perkin Field Therapist Perkin has worked for multiple unnamed "treatment" and wilderness programs.  Perkin/Perkins currently works as an MFT Intern for Dr. Don Slutzky (Psychiatrist) in Santa Barbara, CA and at the Academy of Healing Arts, also in Santa Barbara.  Perkin presumably no longer works for Monarch.  Perkin/Perkins is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php?action=INDIV&profession=9999
Kerry Borcherding Field Therapist Specializes in "Gestalt" therapy.  Borcherding is a registered psychotherapist in CO and has been since March, 2007.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Kaitlyn Hyser Field Supervisor Hyser is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Jonathan Schmidt Field Instructor Schmidt is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Raya Cooper Field Instructor Cooper is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Sarah Lukens Field Instructor Lukens is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Jeremy Way Field Instructor Jeremy got his start in Utah.  Way is a registered psychotherapist in CO and has been since August, 2011.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Rachel Griswold Field Instructor Griswold is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Ana Huss Director of Family Services Huss is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Chris Malanga Admissions Malanga is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since October, 2011.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Megan Henry Office Manager HEAL did not perform a qualification verification on Megan Henry because it is unexpected that an office manager would require or hold any special licenses.

...While some teenagers wake up to find a Monarch staffer by their bedside, ready to rip them from the life they know and whisk them to the mountains of Colorado — an extreme, boot-camp tactic that enforces the seriousness of what the student is about to go through — Chris went to Monarch voluntarily, escorted by his parents.

Right away, Harry noticed a few things that worried him. He found it odd that his son was going to be in a coed group camping in the woods. He also wondered if the cheap, plastic fishing-tackle box stuffed to the brim with the different medications of Monarch students was sufficiently secure. But he'd heard that Monarch was such an amazing place, he let those concerns go.

Out in the field, though, Chris found his daily routine a far cry from the glitzy, biking/white-water rafting/mountain-climbing Colorado experience that Monarch had advertised.

"Basically we'd wake up early, eat breakfast that consisted of powdered milk and cereal, and then we'd hike for miles," Chris remembers. "We'd stop for lunch, then keep hiking for a few more hours, and then we'd camp. We'd sit around the fire and shoot the shit for a little bit at night, but it wasn't therapy; it was just talking. Then the next day we'd do it again. It got to be really, really boring."

And worse. Early on, Chris lost the spoon he'd been assigned for his meals, so he had to consume his meager rations with a stick. An informational pamphlet handed out at orientation had informed students that they were to practice a leave-no-trace style of mountaineering, with each camper issued six squares of toilet paper, but Chris didn't even get that. "They made me wipe my ass with rocks and pinecones," he says. "They never had toilet paper. That six squares thing? That was just bullshit. The girls were made to drip dry."

Each camper carried a thermos. At streams, they'd fill up — and then counselors would purify each thermos with a few drops from an eye-dropper full of chlorine bleach. Sometimes, Chris says, they would just drop the bleach directly into the stream and then tell the kids to fill up. Chris was soon suffering from severe diarrhea.

Monarch typically takes students out into the field for two weeks at a time, then brings them back to Georgetown for a week of family therapy. When the Haneys arrived from Fort Worth, where Harry owns a company that manufactures highway safety equipment, Chris smelled so bad that he had to shower twice before they could take him out for a meal, Harry remembers.

At their first family session, Chris complained about conditions at Monarch. But his parents figured it was just normal bitching about "bad kids' camp," and they sent him back into the field.

The second time Harry came up for family week, he could see in his son's eyes that something wasn't right.

"He said, 'Dad, you have to get me out of here; they just want me for the money,'" Harry remembers...  For complete story, click here.

Monarch Center for Family Healing is not licensed with the Colorado Mental Health Board as a treatment program.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php  This program recently changed names to SolTribe and is solely licensed as a limited liability company.  It is not licensed as a treatment facility or program. Source: http://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/BusinessEntityCriteriaExt.do?resetTransTyp=Y
Troubled teens were banished to the Monarch Center wilderness program. Then their troubles really started-- November 12th, 2008-- ...While some teenagers wake up to find a Monarch staffer by their bedside, ready to rip them from the life they know and whisk them to the mountains of Colorado — an extreme, boot-camp tactic that enforces the seriousness of what the student is about to go through — Chris went to Monarch voluntarily, escorted by his parents. Right away, Harry noticed a few things that worried him. He found it odd that his son was going to be in a coed group camping in the woods. He also wondered if the cheap, plastic fishing-tackle box stuffed to the brim with the different medications of Monarch students was sufficiently secure. But he'd heard that Monarch was such an amazing place, he let those concerns go. Out in the field, though, Chris found his daily routine a far cry from the glitzy, biking/white-water rafting/mountain- climbing Colorado experience that Monarch had advertised. "Basically we'd wake up early, eat breakfast that consisted of powdered milk and cereal, and then we'd hike for miles," Chris remembers. "We'd stop for lunch, then keep hiking for a few more hours, and then we'd camp. We'd sit around the fire and shoot the shit for a little bit at night, but it wasn't therapy; it was just talking. Then the next day we'd do it again. It got to be really, really boring." And worse. Early on, Chris lost the spoon he'd been assigned for his meals, so he had to consume his meager rations with a stick. An informational pamphlet handed out at orientation had informed students that they were to practice a leave-no-trace style of mountaineering, with each camper issued six squares of toilet paper, but Chris didn't even get that. "They made me wipe my ass with rocks and pinecones," he says. "They never had toilet paper. That six squares thing? That was just bullshit. The girls were made to drip dry." Each camper carried a thermos. At streams, they'd fill up — and then counselors would purify each thermos with a few drops from an eye-dropper full of chlorine bleach. Sometimes, Chris says, they would just drop the bleach directly into the stream and then tell the kids to fill up. Chris was soon suffering from severe diarrhea. Monarch typically takes students out into the field for two weeks at a time, then brings them back to Georgetown for a week of family therapy. When the Haneys arrived from Fort Worth, where Harry owns a company that manufactures highway safety equipment, Chris smelled so bad that he had to shower twice before they could take him out for a meal, Harry remembers. At their first family session, Chris complained about conditions at Monarch. But his parents figured it was just normal bitching about "bad kids' camp," and they sent him back into the field. The second time Harry came up for family week, he could see in his son's eyes that something wasn't right. "He said, 'Dad, you have to get me out of here; they just want me for the money,'" Harry remembers...  For complete story, click here.

 

 Last Updated: March 9th, 2014

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