This is a  staff list for NorthStar Center in Bend, OR

(Scheduled to Close by July, 2011)

(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 NorthStar Center.  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 NorthStar Center, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by NorthStar Center, 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.



HEAL is currently investigating NorthStar Center. 




Additional Information
Sean Fievet Executive Director Formerly worked for Hurrican Island Outward Bound School.
Steve Oliver Program Director  
Bob Myers Operations Director  
Brian Bulemore Clinical Director  
Alice Huskey Academic Director  
Sharon Hunt Academic Asst.  
Jensine Lirette Academic Advisor  
Susie Neubauer Academic Advisor  
Troy Prine Admin. Asst.  
Lonna Stutler Clinical Records Asst.  
Lisa Velasquez Admissions  
Paul Kostka Bookkeeping  
David Rodriguez Facilities Mgr.  
Gregg Andrick Case Mgr.  
Joe Balsamo Case Mgr.  
Gretchen Hingley Case Mgr.  
James Simmons Case Mgr.  
Pam Price Case Mgr.  
Taylor Bachman Residential Bachman no  longer works for NorthStar Center nor Aspen Education Group.  Bachman reported this to us via e-mail on June 24th, 2011.  Bachman is currently working for St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR.
Adam Becker Residential  
Ben Bergantz Residential  
Kevin Collins Residential  
Crystal Coyle Residential  
Scott Cunningham Residential  
Kathi Denfeld Residential  
Steve Denfeld Residential  
Jennifer Hall Residential  
Vic Heshler Residential  
Charlie Hively Residential  
Brad Hunter Residential  
Lindsey Hurvitz Residential  
Gianna King Residential  
Steve Lawson Residential  
Anne Rumley Residential  
Ramona "Mona" Berman Counselor  
Gemma Biancucci Therapist  
Marcus Biancucci Therapist  
Sandy Seeley Therapist  
Laurie Wilmot Therapist  
*(NorthStar 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.)
NorthStar Center is an Aspen Education Group/CRC Health program.  Thomas J. Croke, Educational Consultant, has denounced Aspen Education Group for putting profits over the safety and care of children in Aspen programs.
HEAL has reviewed multiple CRC Health/Aspen Education Group contracts that appear to be illusory, unconscionable, void/voidable, and arguably illegal.  NorthStar Center does not provide its program details or enrollment materials online or to the general public.  However, please see the reviews for Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, Aspen Achievement Academy, Aspen Ranch, Aspen Institute of Behavioral Assessment, and New Leaf Academy.  It is our suggestion that families avoid doing business with Aspen Education Group and/or their individual programs.

NorthStar Center in Bend set to close

Published: March 26. 2011 4:00AM PST

The California-based parent company of Bend’s NorthStar Center announced Friday that it will be shuttering the drug and alcohol addiction recovery program this summer.

About 40 full- and part-time employees work at the NorthStar Center, which works to prevent relapses of young adults between 17 and 24 years of age.

NorthStar Center’s closure is one of five centers in three states set for closure by parent Carlsbad-based Aspen Education Group. The company cited “reduced demand for therapeutic schools and programs in today’s economy” for the closures.

The NorthStar Center is scheduled to treat students through the first week of August, according to the company. 


 Last Updated: February 16th, 2020

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