This is a  staff list for Shortridge Academy in Milton, NH

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


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




Additional Information
Adam Rainer Founder  
Don Vardell Executive Director Don formerly worked at Island View - the Academy at Swift River (confirmedly abusive) in western Massachusetts, and EXCEL Academy (confirmedly abusive) of Texas near Houston. He also served as the Administrator of an unnamed* long term adolescent residential treatment center in Tennessee serving private pay clients. He started at Island View in January, 2009.  He arrived at Shortridge Academy in 2010.
John Ryan Business Director  
Sarah Wagner Academic Director  
Hannah Mariotti Admissions Director  
Kathy "Kay" Patch Clinical Director  
Philip Zaeder Advisor  
Kristine Baber Advisor  
Brian Laing Counselor  
Julie Barker Counselor  
Neil Binette Counselor  
Linda Demo Counselor  
Amy Fuller Student Life Coordinator Formerly worked for Northwest Academy.  Northwest Academy is confirmedly abusive and uses the CEDU model.
Susan Hamann Counselor  
Shelly Ispan-Laing Counselor Formerly worked for confirmedly abusive Academy at Swift River.
Craig Pearson Counselor Formerly worked for the Spurwink School.
Paul Van Slooten Therapist  
Oliver Edwin Okumba Arigi Teacher  
Mary Ellen Bridges Teacher  
John Burton Teacher  
Jennifer Caswell Teacher  
Denise Cloutier Teacher  
Anne Downey Teacher  
Carol Keyes Teacher  
Amy Leonard Teacher  
Amanda Logan Teacher  
Kristin Whitworth Academic Manager  
Keith Sabella Teacher  
Ozgur Akbas Staff  
Joe Brown Staff  
Pamela Capper Advisor  
Jason Fuller Advisor  
Terrie A. Lemay Advisor  
Katie Rainer Staff  
Anne Caron Nurse  
Jennifer Coffin Nurse  
Aaron Logan Technology Coordinator  
Christina Smalley Admissions  
Diana Albert Finance  
Nicole Glidden Admin. Asst.  
Mike Kirwan Facilities Mgr.  
Kim Wintje Transportation  
Micah Allen Head Chef  
Matt Gordon Asst. Chef  
Kenneth Butler Instructor (Former)  
*(Shortridge 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 is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program.


 Last Updated: May 16th, 2018

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