This is a  staff list for Stone Mountain School in Black Mountain, NC

(a.k.a. Aspen Education Group)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

(This program is closing end of Summer, 2013)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Stone Mountain School.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Stone Mountain School, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Stone Mountain School, please contact info@heal-online.org 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 Stone Mountain School and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Susan Hardy Executive Director Susan Hardy holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Susan Hardy is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Hardy is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Hardy is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Hardy is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  There is a Susan Elizabeth Hardy (may be a different person) that formerly held a medical license, but, has not held such a license since 2001.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Hardy is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
John Singleton Academic Director (former) Singleton currently (September 1st, 2010) works for Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA.  Singleton has also worked for New Leaf Academy, and Cedars Academy.   Singleton no longer works for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.  Singleton no longer appears to work for this program.  Singleton now works for Trails Carolina.
Carlos Barnes Substitute Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Jessica Bryan Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Shannon Wheat Admissions Wheat used to work for SUWS of the Carolinas.  Wheat holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Wheat is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Wheat is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Wheat is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Wheat is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Wheat is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Wheat is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Leigh Uhlenkott Clinical Director Uhlenkott used to work for SUWS of the Carolinas.  Uhlenkott is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina.  License #: 4614   Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification
Garvin Deters Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Bradley Hallmark Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Meghan Ganser Teacher Specializes in "Positive Peer Culture" (Confrontation "Therapy"Ganser no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Rachael Gassman Teacher Gassman no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Albert Krupp Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Frank "Paco" Marmolejos Teacher Came to Stone Mountain in 2000.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Emily Maynard-O'Neil Learning Specialist HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Eric Morlino Teacher Morlino has been with Stone Mountain since 1999.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Andy O'Neil Substitute Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Karen O'Rourke Language Specialist Formerly worked at the Key School.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Mike Reardon Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Thomas Ring Coordinator Formerly worked at Summit Charter School in Cashiers, NC and confirmedly abusive Hidden Lake Academy in GARing no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.  Wheat holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Ring is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Ring is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Ring is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Ring  is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  There is a Thomas Lee Ring (may be a different person) that was formerly a licensed physician, but, he hasn't been licensed since 2001.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Ring is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
John Steele Teacher HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Kristin McCraw Parent Check-In Coordinator McCraw holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  McCraw is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  McCraw is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  McCraw is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  McCraw is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  McCraw is not a licensed physician. Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  McCraw is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Shannon Wheat Admissions Wheat holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Wheat is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Wheat is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Wheat is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Wheat is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Wheat is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Wheat is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Loretta Slack Parent Check-In Coordinator Slack decides when and if parents can speak with or visit their children.  Slack no longer appears to work for this program.  Slack holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Slack is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Slack is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Slack is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Slack is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Slack is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Slack is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Gretchen Brown Therapist Brown formerly worked for an unnamed wilderness program.*  Brown is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Brown is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Brown is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  There is a Gretchen Cunningham Brown (may be a different person) that is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and has been since 2010.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  There is a Gretchen Godchaux Brown (may be a different person) that is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 2007.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Brown is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Sally Curry Therapist Curry holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Curry is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Curry is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Curry is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Curry is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Curry is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Curry is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Sally Jenkins Therapist Jenkins began with Aspen Education Group in 2004 at an unnamed wilderness program.*  Jenkins holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Jenkins is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Jenkins is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Jenkins is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Jenkins is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Jenkins is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Jenkins is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Jim Johnston Therapist James Johnston (may be a different person) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in North Carolina and has been since 2004.  License #: LMFT-893.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7
Donna Skigen Therapist Donna L. Skigen (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and has been since 1995.  License #: C002456   Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup
Kevin Waller Therapist Kevin Alan Waller (may be a different person) is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and has been since 2011.  License #: 7822   Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification
Mark Cox Program Director Mark Christopher Cox (may be a different person) is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and has been since 2005.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification
Eric Ralston Therapist Between 2003 and 2007, Eric worked as a Lead Field Instructor for SUWS of the Carolinas, Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, and Phoenix Outdoors Program.  Ralston came to Stone Mountain in 2007.  Ralston no longer appears to work for this program.  Eric Brian Ralston (may be a different person) was formerly a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and the license has been inactive/lapsed since 2011.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification
Robert Zachary Family Liaison Zachary decides when and if parents can speak with or visit their children.  Zachary no longer appears to work for this program.  Zachary holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Zachary is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Zachary is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Zachary is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Zachary is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Zachary is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Zachary is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Casey Fitzgerald Human Resources HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Marc Lammens Financial Director HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Jason "Jake" Weld Academic Director Formerly worked for The NorthStar Center in OR and Talisman Programs.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Steven Austin Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Nick Brown Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Seth Connelly Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Robert Darcy Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Alex Friedman Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Cheryl Hauser Nurse Hauser IS NOT a licensed registered nurse!  Hauser's license expired in January, 2015 and has not been renewed.  She is currently practicing (July, 2015) without a valid license.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx
Colleen Raulerson Kitchen Manager Former owner of Morning Glory Cafe in Black Mtn, NC and member of Foothills Family Farms.  HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Erin Brown Instructor Brown no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Andrew Burkhardt Instructor Burkhardt no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Laura Kate Caldwell Instructor Caldwell no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Edward Clarey Instructor Clarey no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Jason Denham Instructor He began working for Aspen Education Group in 2006 at SUWS of the Carolinas where he reached the level of Head Instructor, leading at-risk youth through the Pisgah area.  Taking a break from wilderness, Jason began working at a group home for the United Methodist Agency for the Retarded from 2007-2009.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Josh Dillingham Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Michael Dulcis Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Patrick Farnell Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
William Dusenberry Instructor Dusenberry no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Elaine Elliott Instructor Ms. Elliott worked at SUWS of the Carolinas for approximately ten months before coming to work at Stone Mountain School in October 2008.  Elliott no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Alex Ettinger Instructor Ettinger started at Stone Mountain in January of 2008.  Ettinger no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Benjamin Gillis Instructor Gillis no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Travis Herman Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Robert "Dan" Johnston Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Brian McNiff Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Chris Heath Instructor Heath no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
David Hinze Logistics HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Phil Juliano Instructor Juliano no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
David Mabe Instructor Mabe no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
John Matthew Logistics Matthew has been with Stone Mountain since 2004.  Matthew no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Russell Miller Instructor Russell Miller first became an employee of Aspen Education Group, Inc. last year with SUWS of the Carolinas as a Lead Staff employee with them for ten months.  He has been with Stone Mountain School since October 2008.  Miller no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Brandon Murphy Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Meg Rogosienski Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Dane Sammis Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Kevin Scarbrough Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Joseph Sisti Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Jill Wagner Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Jon Webb Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Isaac Wilson Field Instructor HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Chris Edwards Program Manager HEAL requires Edwards' full name (full first, middle, and last name) or license type and number in order to verify whether or not Edwards holds any professional licenses in North Carolina.  Edwards no longer appears to work for this program and now works for Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families.  Edwards was educated at Sure Foundation Institute from 2004-2012.  Source: e-mail from anonymous source with independent verification.
Gil Murphy Instructor Gil Murphy started working at Stone Mountain School in October of 2007.  He came to Stone Mountain from S.U.W.S. of the Carolinas, where he worked as a lead instructor for the Seasons program.  Murphy no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
John Odell Instructor Odell has been with Stone Mountain since January, 2009.  Odell no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Tom Ostrander Instructor In 2007, Mr. Ostrander went to work for Aspen Education at Four Circles Recovery Center.  Ostrander joined Stone Mountain in 2009.  Ostrander no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Abigail Polkinghorn Logistics Polkinghorn no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Jeremy Poore Field Director As one of the first instructors at SUWS of the Carolinas and Phoenix Outdoor programs, he had the ability to co-create both programs from the ground up.  Poore no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Christina Stang Field Instructor Stone Mountain School in March of 2009, she worked as a field instructor with the Phoenix Outdoor Program.  Stang no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Julie Webb Logistics Julie worked at Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Center for three years.  In January of 2001, Julie joined Stone Mountain School as a Program Counselor.
Nathan Weil Logistics Nathan Weil started working at Stone Mountain School in January 2008.  HEAL does not perform background checks on office, maintenance, and food service personnel unless they are reported to work directly with youth in the program.
Micah Wheat Supervisor

Micah Wheat first got into the Wilderness Therapy Field with SUWS of the Carolinas in 2002. He has worked for two other Aspen Education Group companies as well; Adirondack Leadership Expeditions and his current employer Stone Mountain School where he is a Field Supervisor. Micah has also worked for two non-profit organizations that serve similar populations in the Western North Carolina Region. Prior to his experiences in the therapeutic aspects, Micah was an Adventure Staff for Camp Rockmont in Swannanoa, NC for 4 years. *  Wheat holds no professional licenses in North Carolina!  Wheat is not a licensed counselor in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncblpc.org/license-info/verification  Wheat is not a licensed therapist in North Carolina.  Source: http://search.nclmft.org/records?page=7  Wheat is not a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/search.htm  Wheat is not a licensed social worker in North Carolina.  Source: http://www.ncswboard.org/page/license-lookup  Wheat is not a licensed physician.  Source: http://wwwapps.ncmedboard.org/Clients/NCBOM/Public/LicenseeInformationResults.aspx  Wheat is not a licensed nurse in North Carolina.  Source: https://apps.ncbon.com/LicenseVerification/Search.aspx   HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.

Zachary Buyers Field Instructor Reported by survivor in July, 2015 via e-mail.  HEAL has contacted the NC Department of Public Instruction and we are awaiting their response.
Chuck (last?) Clinical Director (Former) Reported by survivor in July, 2015 via e-mail.  HEAL requires Chuck's full name (first, middle, and last) and/or license type and number in order verify whether or not Chuck holds any professional licenses in North Carolina.
Lauren Rothwell Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Jamie Bailey Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
John (?) Basset Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Mrs. Freid (First?) Cook Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Mr. Whitley (First?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Mr. Tobias (First?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Miss Polumbo (First?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Miss Raleigh (First?) Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in November, 2016.
Zachary Hopkins Staff Reported by survivor via e-mail in January, 2017.
     
     
     
     
     
     
*(Stone Mountain School, 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.)
Stone Mountain School is an Aspen Education Group program.  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 Stone Mountain School.  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.
 

 

 Last Updated: January 25th, 2017

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