This is a  staff list for Talisman's Southeast Journeys in Zirconia, NC

(a.k.a. Aspen Education Group, Aspergers Boarding Schools, Talisman Camps and Programs, Talisman Academy)

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

(This program is closed as of end of Summer, 2013)


We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Talisman's Southeast Journey.  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 Talisman's Southeast Journey, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Talisman's Southeast Journey, 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 Talisman's Southeast Journey and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
Linda Tatsapaugh Director Chairperson of National Assoc. of Therapeutic Wilderness Programs.
Susanna Miller Camp Director  
Tracy Hopkins Admissions  
Molly Shriver-Blake Program Manager She came to Talisman as a staff member in the Teen's Tri-Adventure program and, after spending a school year as a field instructor at Stone Mountain School.
Aaron McGinley Clinical Services Manager Aaron has been working for more than a decade in unnamed residential treatment facilities, group homes, and hospitals.  To review a recent (August 18th, 2009) e-mail exchange between HEAL and Mr. McGinley, click here.
Colt Wight Asst.Program Manager Formerly worked at Stone Mountain School.
Anna Sanchez Program Teacher She has worked with Aspen education Group since 2004 as a counselor and assistant program manager at Talisman, a wilderness counselor at Stone Mountain School and a teacher and field supervisor with Wellspring Academy of California.
Karla Gilborne Academic Coordinator  
Jennifer Salkewicz Kitchen Manager  
Jamie Bailey Trip Leader He worked as residential care staff and a senior counselor at Stone Mountain School, and as a trips teacher at Southeast Journeys.
Erin Centers Teacher Erin began working for Talisman in 1988 as a counselor and stayed on for the next seven summers. He helped develop the first year-round outgrowth of Talisman, Camp Elliott, and worked as a counselor there for two years. He was a founding board member of NATWIC, the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps while in college.
Christina David Teacher  
Laura Centers Admissions She joined Talisman in 1998. She was an advocate for Stone Mountain School, while working with the TEACCH center and NC Autism Society. She developed and launched Sight, a summer camp program specifically for kids with autism spectrum disorder or Asperger's Syndrome. Once she earned her masters, Laura taught for 2 years in an autism classroom in the public school system and at New Leaf Academy for girls.  See our parenting guide for the truth about effective Asperger's/Autism treatment.
*(Talisman's Southeast Journey, 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.)
Talisman Camps and Programs 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 Talisman's Southeast Journey.  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: February 12th, 2020

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