This is a  staff list for Triangle Cross Ranch in Powell, WY

(aka Mount Carmel Youth Ranch and Bear Tooth Mountain Ascent)

(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 Mount Carmel Youth 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 Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, 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 Mount Carmel Youth Ranch and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Matthew Schneider Executive Director/Co-Founder Schneider no longer appears to work for this program.  Matthew R. Schneider (may be a different person) is a licensed Certified Addictions Practitioner in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Penny Gifford Counselor Gifford no longer appears to work for this program.  Penny M. Gifford (may be a different person) was a licensed Addictions Therapist in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification  That license is expired. (2015)
Lester A. Dumm Program Director Dumm no longer appears to work for this program.  Dumm is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Tom George Special Projects Mgr. A Catholic Missionary with the "SOLT" Community.  He also taught school at St. Joseph School in Beeville, Texas.  George is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Shawna Chandler Counselor Shawna J. Chandler (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Wyoming.  Source:  https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Brett Hanlin Teacher Brett Hanlin has a Standard Teaching License with endorsements in English 6-12, Head Coach Soccer, Head Coach Volleyball.  His license expires 8/31/2018.  Source: E-mail from Professional Teaching Standards Board, State of Wyoming. 
Susan George Counselor George is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Julie Ley Office Mgr. Ley no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL does not perform professional licensing checks on office and maintenance employees.
Jonathan Hill Counselor Hill no longer appears to work for this program.  Hill is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Mark Schneider Ranch Mgr. Schneider is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Dan Burrs Cook/Counselor Burrs no longer appears to work for this program.  Burrs is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Christopher Bogowith Counselor Bogowith is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Ryan Maher Youth Minister Maher is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
James Malik Youth Minister Malik is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Charles Wenck Youth Minister Wenck is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Brandon Bukovit Residential Staff Bukovit is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Nancy Woolard Admin Asst. HEAL does not perform professional licensing checks on office and maintenance employees.
Gerald & Michaeleen Schneider Founders Also founders of Wilderness Interventions, Inc. Gerald is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification   Michaeleen is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES There is no additional information on staff at this location at this time.*
*(Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, 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.)

Marines reject candidate schooled at Wyo youth ranch--March 14th, 2010--CODY -- A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her son through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund after learning that the correspondence school diploma he earned there does not meet U.S. Marine Corps admission standards.

Dawn Cooper of Birmingham, Ala., took out a loan and cashed in an annuity she had set aside for retirement. She used the money to pay $36,000 for her son to attend the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark and a related program for adults, Bear Tooth MT Ascent. Both programs share staff and facilities on a 40,000-acre cattle ranch.  For complete story, click here.  (Source: trib.com)
Safety record in question at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch --September 29th, 2007--(source: billingsgazette.com)
CLARK, Wyo. - Along the well-traveled highway between Cody and Billings, a wooden sign at a gravel turnoff pointing east into starkly beautiful high desert says "Mount Carmel Youth Ranch 3 miles."

Few take the turnoff, and indeed few people know much about the youth ranch and what it does.

What most people may know about Mount Carmel Youth Ranch comes from news stories about an assault in September 2005 in which three boys used shovels to brutally beat a sleeping counselor.

That incident - in which John O'Brien, just nine days on the job, suffered severe, permanent head injuries - was neither the first nor the last serious occurrence at the ranch.

A review of dozens of public documents shows a history of problems over the past several years, including multiple failures to report some incidents to the state Department of Family Services, as required by agency rules.

And an examination of tax documents filed for Mount Carmel raises questions about its interlocked profit-making and nonprofit operations.

O'Brien's mother, Christina Wendlandt, said the ranch should be comprehensively reviewed by the DFS or be shut down.  For complete story, click here.

Marines reject candidate schooled at Wyo youth ranch--March 14th, 2010--CODY -- A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her son through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund after learning that the correspondence school diploma he earned there does not meet U.S. Marine Corps admission standards. Dawn Cooper of Birmingham, Ala., took out a loan and cashed in an annuity she had set aside for retirement. She used the money to pay $36,000 for her son to attend the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark and a related program for adults, Bear Tooth MT Ascent. Both programs share staff and facilities on a 40,000-acre cattle ranch.  For complete story, click here.
Alleged unlicensed teen ranch north of Cody faces closure Story Comments ShareShare Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Tweet Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:20 pm | Updated: 2:23 pm, Wed Dec 4, 2013. Alleged unlicensed teen ranch north of Cody faces closure By CHRIS FROST Cody Enterprise | 0 comments A boys ranch north of Cody near the state line is under fire for allegedly running an unlicensed facility. A complaint for a permanent injunction was filed in district court by the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) against Triangle Cross Ranch, 423 Road 1AF, and its owners, Gerald and Michaeleen Schneider. If successful, the action will close the facility. Court records say a summons was issued in the matter Nov. 8. The Clark area location formerly operated as Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, licensed by DFS. A letter to DFS from the Mount Carmel board of directors Nov. 3, 2012, stated the ranch would cease operation Nov. 30, 2012. Schneider applied for a license to operate Triangle Cross Ranch in December 2012. The proposed building for the ranch, court records said, would not pass fire or sanitation inspection. During the application period, Park County Sheriff’s Deputies received calls about property damage and burglary caused by two clients at Triangle Cross Ranch. One youth was allegedly on probation for a felony. Schneider did not follow through with the application and the submission was closed by DFS on March 6, 2013. The department allegedly received information the defendant was operating Triangle Cross Ranch without the appropriate license and sent a cease and desist letter to Schneider on July 27. Several youths were living at the facility during a DFS visit Aug. 27 and Schneider said the youngsters would be moving to the Montana portion of the ranch, outside Wyoming license requirements. No youth were at the site during a Sept. 5, 2013, visit and staff said they were living in Montana. A fire alarm service technician confirmed children were living in the Powell bunkhouse Oct. 8. The fire alarm system was not working properly. DFS visited the ranch two days later (Oct. 10) and boys were living at the ranch. The ranch advertises itself on the Internet as a place for troubled teenage boys and a Christian therapeutic substance abuse program. Admission is $2,500, plus a $6,000 monthly program fee, which includes one-on-one therapy and an individual education curriculum that is not accredited. Calls to the ranch seeking comment were deferred to Cody attorney Matt Winslow who declined comment. (Chris Frost can be reached at chris@codyenterprise.com.)   Source: http://www.codyenterprise.com/news/local/article_e57140c0-5d29-11e3-8bbc-0019bb2963f4.html

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY: Victims and Survivors of Trinity Teen Solutions, Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, Triangle Cross Ranch, and Bear Tooth Mountain Ascent Need to Report Any Misconduct (i.e. negligence, unethical and unprofessional conduct, abuse, etc.) Committed By: Matthew Schneider (license #: CAP), Penny Gifford (license #: LAT-264 and LAT-320), Justin D. McColl (license #: LPC-957), Bernadette Schmitt (license #: LPC-1314), Joseph Hyland (license #: LPC-950), and Rebecca Sloan (license #s: CAP-132, PPC-829) and/or any other professional in Wyoming by filing complaints at: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/complaints

 

 Last Updated: June 26th, 2015

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