This is a  staff list for Academy of the Sierras in Brevard, NC

(a.k.a. Wellspring Academies with locations in Brevard, NC and Reedley, CA)

(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 Academy of the Sierras/Wellspring Academy.  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 Academy of the Sierras/Wellspring Academy, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Academy of the Sierras/Wellspring 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.


Please donít place your loved one in Academy of the Sierras and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
David M. Boeke Executive Director Brevard, NC Location--Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas (name change)
Susan Borgman Clinical Director  
Jeff Rice Program Director  
William Porter Academic Director  
David Melear Executive Director Reedley, CA Location--Wellspring California  Melear also worked as CEO of Provo Canyon School (confirmedly abusive) and Coastal Harbor Treatment Center in Savannah, GA.
Dan Barney Director Barney has worked for other unnamed Aspen Education Group programs since 2004.  Barney no longer appears to work for this program.
Samantha Gaspar Clinical Director She has worked at Wellspring New York as well.
Art LeTourneau Academic Director Worked for unnamed facility in Santiago, Chile.
Jeremy Selan Operations Director Also worked at Wellspring Adventure Camp.
Becky Pfeiffer Senior Academy Advisor Pfeiffer no longer appears to work for this program.
*(Academy of the Sierras/Wellspring 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.)
Drug Companies Funding Wellspring Academies (Source:, October 21st, 2005)
Wellspring Academies are Aspen Education Group programs.  Thomas J. Croke, Educational Consultant, has denounced Aspen Education Group for putting profits over the safety and care of children in Aspen programs.
HEAL has reviewed multiple Aspen Education Group contracts that appear to be illusory, unconscionable, void/voidable, and arguably illegal.  We are in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Wellspring Academies.  In the meantime, please see the reviews for Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, Aspen Achievement Academy, Aspen Ranch, Aspen Institute of Behavioral Assessment, and New Leaf Academy.  It is our suggestion that families avoid doing business with Aspen Education Group and/or their individual programs.
"All Wellspring Academy campuses along with all Weight Loss Camps in the U.S., Canada and the UK closed permanently in January 2014 due to the economic downturn, the lack of insurance coverage availability and the inability of families to pay for the treatment program. In 2015 one for the former directors of the California facility opened up a similar program in Arizona for girls only entitled Gem Academy."  Source:  Gem Academy is open, but, private schools (including boarding schools) in Arizona are completely unregulated and do not have to be accredited as a matter of law in Arizona.  So, due diligence matters.


 Last Updated: December 31st, 2019

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