This is a  staff list for Northwestern Academy in Coal Township, PA

(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 Northwestern Academy.  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 Northwestern Academy, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Northwestern Academy, 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 Northwestern Academy.




Additional Information
James Sharp Executive Director Sharp is not a licensed psychologist nor social worker in PA.  Source:
*(Northwestern 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.)
HEAL has received two parent/family complaints regarding Northwestern Academy.
In 2009, Luis Ferreiro was found dead in his room while enrolled in this program.
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"Horrible place to work and place for teens

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They are focused on the money, they could careless about their workers and the children. The children don't get the help they need because they use the money on parties and hotel stays for themselves. It is always the workers and they will burn the workers out, and accuse them of anything they can to get the dirt of the big rigs. The place is a joke and needs to be shut down. Maybe Department of Public Welfare should stop calling and letting them know when they are coming so they don't make all the workers and teens scrub until they come. Reminded me of Annie- Hard knock Life. Don't ever work for them for as much as they talk them selves up. Building Bridges is the worst. Fake Fake Fake! They wonder why girls cut, Because the administration plays the girls until they break. They then play the girls against staff. This whole place is a joke and as for Ken who runs it, he is ignorant and walks around like he is god."



 Last Updated: February 18th, 2020

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