This is a  staff list for The Pinnacle Schools in Huntsville, AL

(a.k.a. Elk River RTC)

(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 the The Pinnacle Schools.  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 The Pinnacle Schools, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by The Pinnacle Schools, 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 The Pinnacle Schools.




Additional Information
Karen Lee Founder/CEO/President So "good" with kids she couldn't handle her own and placed her son in a wilderness program.
Aaron Shaw LMFT  
Charles Lee Anesthesiologist Bit of a gun enthusiast.
Mark Petroff Director Degrees in business.  No expertise in adolescent mental health.
Kimberly Cox Director/Nurse  
Gagan Dhaliwal Psychiatrist  
Wayne Wilson Psychologist Also acts as behavior modification consultant.
Mason Robertson Wilderness Physician Also, an anesthesiologist.
Bonnie Robertson Medical Staff Director  
Rusty Russell Operations  
Zachary Turner Family Services Liaison Currently at Pinnacle location and reportedly no longer at Elk River location.
Paul Bakke Counselor  
Martez Rogers Clinician  
Bo Wolfe Senior Group Leader/Facility Mgr  
Matt McFerrin Senior Group Leader  
Phil Dean Pharmacist Civil war enthusiast.
Travis Badger Group Leader "Master of Theology"
Bradley Kirby Nurse  
Kim Lowery Nurse Volunteers with "Teens Path to Success Foundation"
Laura Watson Dietician  
Amy Goodson Shaw Academics Director  
Norman Sharp Academic Admin. Elk River Campus.  NASCAR enthusiast.
Bobbi Bell English Teacher  
Amanda Burden Math Teacher  
Andrea Clayton Science Teacher  
Aisha Fields Instructor  
Duane Hellebrand Human Resources Dir.  
Ann Corley Marketing Department  
Selina Mason Public Relations  
Nan Futch Office Manager  
Nancy Mount Billing/Accounting  
Brian Gross Therapist  
Jane Baker Supervisor/Director?  
Penny Bakker (Bakke) Supervisor/Director?  
Paul Conley Teacher  
Bernard (Last?) Staff Reportedly no longer works for the program.
*(The Pinnacles Schools, 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.)

Teen claims security officer beat him at Pinnacle Schools

Posted: Oct 17, 2012 5:22 PM PDT Updated: Oct 17, 2012 5:22 PM PDT
The victim's family filed a police report with Huntsville Police last week.
The victim's family filed a police report with Huntsville Police last week.
The alleged incident happened at The Pinnacle Schools.
The alleged incident happened at The Pinnacle Schools.

A Huntsville teen claims a security officer beat him while he was at school last Wednesday.

Pinnacle Schools confirmed they have launched an investigation into the claims. The private alternative school has placed the security officer on paid leave as the school system looks into the allegation.

The victim's family filed a police report with Huntsville Police last week. Huntsville Police confirmed they're also investigating.

According to that report, the 13-year-old victim said he was talking during class when the security guard pulled him out for talking. He told police the security guard made him go into a plank position and whenever he rested the security guard hit him on sides with an open hand.

The victim's family said they took the teen to the hospital that night, and police took pictures of the victim's side.

"One, I want [the security officer] fired. Two, I want [the security officer] in jail," said the victim's grandfather, Harold Wesley.

The victim's family said the teen has transferred to another school since the alleged beating.

Pinnacle Schools released this statement late Wednesday afternoon:

"This incident arose when one of our staff discovered marks on a student.  Per our policy, we informed the parents, contacted DHR, and put a staff member on leave.  The Pinnacle Schools is presently investigating this matter."


Externla Link:
"Karen Lee and Charles Lee, the owners of these 2 facilities, cannot fix their own kids.   How could they fix yours?  Their 2 sons were arrested after a sting with 24 lbs of pot $37000 cash and arsenal of arms both out on $1million bond the youngest son went back to work at Elk River while he was out on bail according to his facebook page he was made a supervisor....the other son Charles was arrested 3 times for drugs and spent 1 year in jail the last time being released in

LEE, CHARLES IVY   (W/ MALE / DOB: 7/20/1987 )
Status: Released
Booking No: MCSO00JBN169258 MniNo: MCSO00MNI058191
Booking Date: 12/13/2008 01:24:03 Released: 12/13/2008 7:24:20 AM
Age On Booking Date: 21
Bond Amount: $0.00
CELL Assigned:

LEE, CHARLES IVY   (W/ MALE / DOB: 7/20/1987 )
Status: Released
Booking No: MCSO11JBN014270 MniNo: MCSO00MNI058191
Booking Date: 12/09/2011 15:00:19 Released: 12/13/2011 6:40:00 PM
Age On Booking Date: 24
Bond Amount: $25000.00
CELL Assigned:

LEE, CHARLES IVY   (W/ MALE / DOB: 7/20/1987 )
Status: Released
Booking No: MCSO13JBN001160 MniNo: MCSO00MNI058191
Booking Date: 01/30/2013 09:51:51 Released: 1/25/2014 12:01:00 AM
Age On Booking Date: 26
Bond Amount: $0.00
CELL Assigned:

LEE, ERIC EDWARD   (W/ MALE / DOB: 7/30/1988 )
Status: Released
Booking No: MCSO11JBN014271 MniNo: MCSO11MNI002388
Booking Date: 12/09/2011 15:05:42 Released: 12/13/2011 1:50:00 PM
Age On Booking Date: 23
Bond Amount: $25000.00
CELL Assigned:

[+] 13A-12-231 000-0000 (STAC) DRUG TRAFFICKING F $25000.00 

Source: E-mail Message received by HEAL on April 5th, 2016


 Last Updated: April 4th, 2018

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