This is a  staff list for Shelterwood in Independence, MO

(formerly located in Colorado and Branson, MO)

(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 Shelterwood.  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 Shelterwood, you have the right to take action. 


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




Additional Information
Brad Edgar CEO  
Todd Ellett Director  
John DeVries Admissions  
Ray Lynn Beyer Admissions  
Jane Lawrence Administration  
Nancy Seay Admin. Asst.  
Amy Turner Counselor  
Amber Thomas Counselor  
Joani Whitley Counselor  
Ryan Frederick Counselor  
Jackson Tefertiller Counselor  
Sheri Nelson Counselor  
Dena Numerick Teacher  
Rhonda Ferguson Teacher  
Chad Smith Teacher  
Renee Crooker Instruction Specialist  
Amanda Robertson Teacher  
John Lawrence Principal  
Joe Bahr Discipleship Director  
Tom Booth Property Mgr.  
Larry Ussack Asst. Property Mgr.  
Heather Norris Kitchen Director  
Tacuma Hall Asst. Kitchen Director  
Brian Albright Residential Director  
Becca Simmions Residential Director  
Stefan Johnsson House Director  
Chris Seay House Director  
Justin Simmions House Director  
Amber Allen House Director  
Meredith Carlson House Director  
Brittany Lytle House Director There is also a list of "Big Brothers and Big Sisters".  However, it is unclear their purpose or qualifications.
*(Shelterwood, 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.)
This program does not provide program details or enrollment materials online or to the general public for review..  Shelterwood does provide a "questionnaire-type" application online.  But, we require program details and the enrollment materials in order to effectively review the program.  Since it is a "faith-based" program, we recommend you review the contract reviews for other "faith-based" programs (or programs so advertised) at,, and  If the contracts for Shelterwood are similar to the unrelated program contracts linked in this paragraph, we advise against your placing your child in the program.


 Last Updated: November 5th, 2010

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