This is a  staff list for Spring Ridge Academy in Spring Valley, AZ

(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 Spring Ridge 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 Spring Ridge Academy, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Spring Ridge 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 Spring Ridge Academy and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
Jeannie Courtney Founder/CEO Courtney's history includes setting up a program model for a Utah-based program.  However, the program is not identified and this is likely because it has been exposed as an abusive, cult-like program.  Courtney reportedly formerly worked for Cross Creek (WWASPS) in UT.
Mary Hickey Admissions Hickey's history includes working for a different wilderness program and residential program.  However, these programs are not specified.  Why? 
Gary Hees Clinical Director Hees also runs "workshops" and "seminars" typically used to brainwash and coerce families into staying involved and turning over more money as well as referring their friends/family to the cult/program.
Joseph Gubbins Academic Director  
Suzanne Courtney Parent Liason Courtney's the go-between that monitors communication between you and your child and arbitrarily decides when and if you can have contact with your child.  Courtney has also worked for an unnamed facility in Utah.
Susan Coatney HR Supervisor Coatney has worked for other programs and again, those are not named.
Gayle L. Gregory Psychiatrist Gregory provides experimental and toxic drugs to children to aid in the behavior modification/brainwashing process.
HEAL has received multiple e-mails from former clients, many alleging abuse and other violations at this program.  The most recent complaint was from a former client who left the program in late 2009. 
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Spring Ridge Academy.
Spring Ridge Academy Repeatedly Fails to Comply with Arizona Licensing Standards: Summary, Spring Ridge Academy Fined for Wrongdoing, Citation 1 Citation 2, Citation 3, Citation 4, Citation 5, and Citation 6.  The summary, fine(s), and non-compliance citations are from 2009 and 2010 and appear to be the only publicly available inspections on this facility.
Spring Ridge Academy Police Calls/Reports List Including Sex Offense Occurring in January, 2013.


 Last Updated: April 12th, 2017

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