This is a staff list for Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, MT
(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 Summit Preparatory 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 Summit Preparatory School, you have the right to take action.†
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Summit Preparatory School, please contact email@example.com 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 Summit Preparatory School and rescue them if they are there now.
|Todd Fiske||Executive Director/Superintendent|
|Rick Johnson||Founder and Program Development Director|
|Jan Johnson||Founder and Clinical Director||Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker. Johnson's license # is: BBH-LCSW-LIC-342. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to file a complaint. For more reporting resources, visit www.heal-online.org/report.htm.|
|Liann Ainsworth||Assoc. Exec. Director of Operations|
|Dave Perisho||Residential Director|
|Judy Heleva||Admissions Director|
|Shelley Eberhardy||Academic Dean|
|Barb Cunningham||Professional Relations Director|
|Steve Gesler||Learning Resource Specialist|
|Eric Nelson||Math/Science Teacher|
|John Eck||Social Studies Teacher|
|Adam Shilling||Fine Arts/Building Trades Teacher|
|Jessica Bruinsma||English Teacher|
|Carisa Ketchen||Science Teacher|
|Erica Anne Gerber||Academic Coordinator/Teacher|
|Stacy Cantrell||Math/Health/PE Teacher|
|Marc Ruggiero||Clinical Therapist|
|Sara Smithson||Clinical Therapist|
|Ayme Krogstad||Clinical Therapist|
|Andrew Tromey||Clinical Therapist|
|Charley Jones||Clinical Therapist|
|Sean Patrick||Clinical Therapist|
|Mick Stemborski||Clinical Therapist|
|Clay Appleton||Night Charge Residential Counselor|
|Ryan Ebersberger||Residential Counselor Supervisor|
|Jennifer Munyer||Weekend Residential Counselor Supervisor|
|Spencer Wade||Night Residential Counselor|
|Steve Johnson||Night Residential Counselor|
|Jordan Boyce||Residential Counselor|
|Tom Wilely||Night Residential Counselor|
|Lynnrose Pine||Night Residential Counselor|
|Josh Amundson||Night Residential Counselor|
|Heather Kopman||Night Residential Counselor|
|Sheila Michmerhuizen||Night Residential Counselor|
|Ali Jennings||Residential Counselor|
|Josh VanCuren||Residential Counselor|
|Olga Allestad||Night Residential Counselor|
|Jeremy Nairn||Residential Counselor/Bible Scholar|
|Derrick Moody||Residential Counselor|
|Jason Heisey||Residential Counselor|
|Brienne Stekly||Residential Counselor|
|Jessie Collins||Residential Counselor|
|Geremy Anderson||Residential Counselor|
|Rhonda Appleton||Sub Residential Counselor|
|Sonny Mazzullo||Residential Counselor|
|David Nadel||Residential Counselor|
|Randall Low||Night Residential Counselor|
|Grace Burton||Night Residential Counselor|
|Cole Roberts||Night Residential Counselor|
|Katie Hausauer||Residential Counselor|
|Shane Nix||Business Manager|
|Jessica Brooks||Front Desk/Reception|
|Christine Hurst||Assoc. Admissions Director|
|Jill Gesler||Nutrition Manager|
|Josh Gesler||Asst. Nutrition Specialist|
|Michael Power||Asst. Nutrition Specialist|
|Bill Yeager||Plant Manager||Favorite quote: "This too shall pass." ~ Anonymous|
|James Admundson||Transports and Maintenance Specialist|
|*(Summit Preparatory 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.)|
|This is an in progress and ongoing effort. We hope to update this page as soon as possible with additional information. We appreciate your patience.|
Summit Preparatory School is licensed as an Alternative Adolescent Program in MT. Montana allows private schools to operate without any oversight and has no requirements for licensing, registration, approval, and accreditation for such programs. Source: https://www2.ed.gov/admins/comm/choice/regprivschl/regprivschl.pdf (Page 165) Parents need to understand when enrolling youth in out of state programs and facilities (and sometimes even in-state depending on where you live), you must make sure the academic services are properly and fully accredited and that those credits will transfer.
HEAL contacted the University of Montana (and one US public university outside of MT) to find out whether or not they accept students with diplomas and credits from Summit Preparatory School. Here is there response:
"We do accept transcripts/diplomas from Summit Prep; however, because it is not accredited, we must go by the parent's residency for tuition purposes so [X] would be considered an out-of-state resident."
According to the Flathead County Superintendent of Schools in MT: "Summit Preparatory School is a nonpublic school accredited by the Montana State Board of Public Education and reported an enrollment of 58 students for the 2015-16 school year. As a privately funded nonpublic school, it is not regulated by this office."
The University of Washington simply checked Summit Preparatory School's own website and did nothing more to verify the claims made by Summit Preparatory School to verify accreditation or transferable credits. The University of Washington wrote: "I looked at the school's website and it says they are accredited by the State of Montanaís Board of Public Education/Office of Public Instruction, which you can see here. As long as the school is accredited by the state, we should be able to accept his high school coursework to meet our College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)."
The above e-mail replies from the Flathead County Superintendent, University of Montana, and University of Washington provide conflicting information. Our concern is that since the program is not regulated that there is no oversight regarding academic services and that the University of Washington will not make a committed statement regarding acceptance of any transcripts or credits from Summit saying "should be able to accept" instead of "definitely will accept". Beyond that, statements from the University of Montana suggest it is not effectively accredited. But, the Flathead County Superintendent has stated it is accredited, but, not regulated.
HEAL has followed up with the Superintendent and we are waiting to find out what accreditation means in MT and what if any regulation or oversight is provided by the Montana State Board of Education to make sure children are receiving quality education at nonpublic institutions accredited by the Board.
The Superintendent wrote, in the latest e-mail reply regarding any oversight of nonpublic schools in MT, the following: "In order to become accredited or maintain accreditation schools submit an accreditation report to OPI each year to show they are meeting accreditation standards. OPI tries to perform on site visits to every accredited school at least every five years to audit their accreditation reports."
The above statement suggests to HEAL that nonpublic schools such as Summit Preparatory School are not effectively monitored to ensure quality of services to enrolled youths. We may submit FOIA requests in the future for copies of any audit reports.
Last Updated:January 25th, 2017