This is a  staff list for RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Program in Springville, UT

(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 RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Program.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Program, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Program, 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. 


Please donít place your loved one in RedCliff Ascent and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
(Dr.) Dan Sanderson Clinical Director Sanderson has been with RedCliff since 1994.
(Dr.) Chris Durham Testing Clinician Durham is a psychpharmacologist. Graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU).   Durham no longer appears to work for this program.
(Dr.) David Hillstead Therapist During his graduate studies Davidís clinical experience included work at the Utah State Psychiatric Hospital where he often worked on the adolescent unit. He also began his wilderness therapy experience at Aspen Achievement Academy where he was a primary field therapist.  Davidís research and clinical interests include understanding parent/adolescent relationship dynamics. 
Kena Frey Therapist Frey has been with RedCliff since 2004.
Matt Bulkley Therapist Graduate of BYU.  Formerly worked at other residential programs.  Has been in the industry since 1995 and with RedCliff since 2001.
Roger Nelson Therapist Roger has been working in the area of behavior modification since 1992  at unnamed youth programs.*
Lance Hall Therapist He has worked in the program industry since 1999.*
Steve Nadauld Admissions Steve was the coordinator of a 16 bed Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for a couple of years prior to joining the RedCliff team. He has worked with "trouble teens" in some form since 1991.*
Cheryl Bennett Admissions Sister of a RedCliff "graduate".  Bennett has been with RedCliff since 2003.
Andrea Burgess Executive Director Andrea has been a member of  Redcliff Management since 1996.
Scott Schill Field Director Graduate of BYU.  Has worked in the industry since 1991.*
(Dr.) Dwayne Roberts Medical Director Director of the Utah Valley Sports and Athletic Medicine Fellowship, Faculty at Utah Valley Family Practice Residency, and Emergency Physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Karen Hiatt Medical Coordinator Hiatt has been with RedCliff since 2008.
Steven DeMille Asst. Med. Coord. He started working with RedCliff in 2000 as a field staff.  DeMille no longer appears to work for this program.
Mike Petree Director of Follow-Up Petree has been with RedCliff since 2003.
Alison Cox "Family Support" Alison started as field staff with RedCliff back in 2000.  Prior to RedCliff she ran an unnamed professional kidnapping (escort/child "transport") service out of Salt Lake City, UT.
Phyllis Cooper Office Mgr. She has been with Redcliff since 2003.
Jordan Green Quality Assurance Jordan began at RCA in 2002.
Mark Noe Staff Svcs Director Mark has been with RedCliff since 2004.
Leslie Bishop Admin Asst. Bishop no longer appears to work for this program.
Milton Hatt Warehouse Mgr. Milt has worked in sales for over 20 years, spending most of his career in the sporting goods market. He joined Redcliff Ascent last year (2008).
Chad Balagna Medicine Wheel Coordinator  
Tana Frey Human Resources  
Darcy Rusel (male) Recruiting Darcy is involved with recruiting and marketing for RedCliff Ascent. He has been involved with RedCliff since 2000.  Rusel no longer appears to work for this program.
Jim Salisbury Owner  
Dane Kay Owner Dane Kay is related to Ken Kay of the notoriously abusive WWASPS programs.  Formerly a registered agent with Adolescent Recovery Services.
Steve Petersen Owner  
Scott Petersen Owner  
Kreg Gillman Therapist Gillman is also founder of Silverado Boys Ranch/Silverado Academy.  And, Gillman formerly worked for Aspen Education Group and the notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.  (source:
OTHER OTHER RedCliff Ascent is associated with the following programs by ownership:

Discovery Academy

Discovery Ranch

Oxbow Academy

Medicine Wheel

RedCliff Ascent uses the same Positive Control Systems' methods as Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS.
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program.
Mother and son question whether camp helped--Sept. 12th, 2008--Awakened at 4 a.m. by escorts with handcuffs, 17-year-old Michael Lawton Jenkins was swept from his Florida home to Red Cliff Ascent in southern Utah.   He refused to sign a program contract and was blindfolded, taken to an isolated camp, stripped of his shoes and assigned menial tasks, such as making a backpack out of rope and a tarp in under five minutes. Once he agreed to cooperate, his progress was measured by the fires he built and the holes he dug.   "I just felt stripped of all my rights," Jenkins said. "You can't call anyone, you can't leave ... it just didn't feel right."   Jenkins felt camp was a punishment that didn't fit his transgressions - slipping grades, hanging out with a bad crowd and dabbling in drugs. But he worked up to the elite level and was allowed to have a knife. Now 19 and enrolled in a Florida community college, Jenkins said he achieved that by "telling them what they wanted to hear so I could go home."  Back in Florida after camp, "it was even more hard to relate to people my age," he said. He had trouble sleeping, afraid he would be "kidnapped." He dropped out of school, but later earned his GED.   His mother, Diane Jenkins, said the 11-week, $50,000 stay was a last resort for her and her ex-husband. She fears her son is still a "lost soul" and is uncertain the wilderness therapy helped.   "I don't think I'll really know until he's 30 years old," she said. "Would I do it again? No. I'm still so unsure it was the right thing." (Webmaster Note:  It was the wrong thing.  See parenting guide.)  (Unable to locate story at time of archiving.  Source:  Date: September 12, 2008)
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Teen boy escapes from wilderness program for troubled youth Teen boy escapes from wilderness program for troubled youth By: KIERRA DOTSON Posted: Jul 26, 2018 08:37 AM MDT Updated: Jul 27, 2018 07:01 AM MDT Teen boy escapes from wilderness program for troubled youth Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Missing Roberto Madrigal  [ +  - ] prev next Video AMBER Alert canceled after 11-year-old girl, suspect found Missing South Jordan man found dead in the Uintas BEAVER COUNTY (News4Utah)- Officials in Beaver County say they are no longer looking for a 13-year-old boy who they say ran away from a wilderness youth program. The boy, Roberto Madrigal, is from California and has been in the program for a month, officials said. Officials were concerned for him because of weather conditions. Those camping in the West Desert near Pine Valley and Rose Canyon were asked to keep an eye out for the boy, but by Thursday evening Beaver County officials called off the search. They said Madrigal was spotted in Washington County. They say he is still missing, but no longer in the Beaver County desert. Madrigal was staying at Redcliff Ascent, a therapy program for troubled youth located in the remote desert area in Western Beaver County.  Source:

 *(RedCliff Ascent, 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.)

 Last Updated: July 28th, 2018

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