This is a  staff list for Teen Challenge of Georgia (Locations: Athens (closed), Atlanta, Columbus, Lithonia (closed), Stone Mountain (closed), Carrollton (closed), Bremen (closed), Augusta (closed), Douglasville (closed), Macon, Meansville, and Dublin.)  

(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 Teen Challenge.  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 Teen Challenge, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Teen Challenge, 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 don’t place your loved one in Teen Challenge and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
NO NAMES NO TITLES Athens Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*  This program is closed.
Tim & Barbara Newbon Directors Atlanta Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*  There are no enrollment materials available online or to the general public for this location.
Greg W.Keylon Executive Director Meansville Location--Prayer Mountain Boys Academy--Read about the battle in Meansville!  --According to the Teen Challenge bio, Mr. Keylon grew up in the Teen Challenge cult.  HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program.  See below for more information.
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES Meansville Location--Prayer Mountain Boys Academy--There is no further information on staff for this location.*  HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program.  See below for more information.
Claude Mooneyhan Director Columbus Location--Columbus Girls' Center--He and wife Berita have been Teen Challenge cult-members since 1989.  There are no enrollment materials available online or to the general public for this location.
Rebecca Boone Program Manager Columbus Location (Actual Location: Seale, AL) --Columbus Girls' Academy--Program claims to be registered as a non-public school with Alabama Department of Education and to be accredited by the National Association of Private Schools (NAPS).  HEAL submitted a request to the Alabama Department of Education regarding verification of Columbus Girls' Academy's claim regarding registration and for further information on what exactly such registration provides in terms of assurance regarding oversight, accountability, and quality of service.  Columbus Girls' Academy is accredited by NAPS.  But, what does this mean?  NAPS charges "accreditation fees" and relies solely on "peer review" and self-evaluation in its accreditation process.  These do not represent a valid basis for oversight or accountability and it raises serious concerns.  NAPS is membership organization first and accreditation appears to be a benefit of paid membership.  This is unethical.  NAPS charges a $145 application fee, $395 accreditation fee, $30.00 certification fee, and annual renewal fee of $195.  Boone is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Sarah Gibson Counselor Gibson is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Patricia Julian Counselor Julian is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Kimberly Blank School Administrator Blank is not a licensed educator in Alabama.  Source: http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx
Karen Sumpter Teacher Sumpter is not a licensed educator in Alabama.  Source: http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx
Emily Christensen Residential Staff Christensen is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Jenny Brickley Residential Staff Brickley is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Emily Harper Junior Staff Harper is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Annette Prim Program Assistant Prim is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Kate Fagin Program Assistant Fagin is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Randy Roberts Senior Administrator Roberts is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
June Morfi Administrative Asst. HEAL did not perform a background/qualifications check on Morfi since clerical work typically does not require special licensing or qualifications.
Denise Grossman Kitchen Coordinator HEAL did not perform a background/qualifications check on Grossman since kitchen/food prep typically does not require special licensing or qualifications.
Robert Lee Director Lee is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Karla Lee Director Lee is not a licensed counselor in Alabama.  Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm
Chris Trivolis Director Macon Location--Trivolis' only qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".  Appears to be operating as Challenge Lawn Maintenance from the program location.  And, Challenge Lawn Maintenance uses the same address and phone number as the program.  This program may be closed.
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES Macon Location--Macon Men's Center--There is no further information on staff for this location.
Paul Burek Director Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Burek's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".  There are no enrollment materials available online or to the general public for this location.
Lori Burek (Paul's wife) Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--
John & Lynne Shewman Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--John's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
Kathy Bracewell Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--
Charlie Bradley Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Qualification: Received treatment for addiction at a local hospital.
Jim Fennell Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--
Brian Grady Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Brian's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
Jerry Hart Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Jerry's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
Melissa Hart Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Melissa's qualification is that she is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
Corey Paradie Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Corey's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
Clayton Stone Staff Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Clayton's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
NO NAMES NO TITLES Lithonia  Location-- There is no information on staff for this location.*  This program is closed.
NO NAMES NO TITLES Stone Mountain Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*

From C. (Mother of victim of Stone Mountain Teen Challenge--Dated: July 21st, 2009):

My teenage son who was fifteen then, went to a teen challenge program in Stone Mountain, GA in January..He was assaulted by another kid the first week...he ran away from the facility and spent the night out in 10 degree weather...he was able to escape from the staff at least three times....they didn't even call me one time to let me know what was happening....he told me that there was another kid there that repeatedly masturbated in front of the other kids there.  He ran away another time and when they got him back they took him to a barber and had his head shaved...my son told me while he was in the barber shop the staff member who was supposed to be supervising him left to go next door to a tanning bed leaving him alone...where he obviously had the oportunity to run again...then he ran away again and the next day called me on someone's cell phone saying he was at the home of a staff memeber with another teenager...luckily my cousin was close enough to drive up there and get him...after I got him back I had problems getting them to send my son's belongings....I was informed during one phone call to try to retrieve his belongings that they were in the process of closing that facility down...one of the results of my son being there is a that when he ran away one time he shoplifted at a WalMart...we now have that legal issue to deal with...I thought I was paying for a twenty four hour babysitter and I got more problems...he was much worse when he got home...he had nightmares and lots of psychological problems including depression and anxiety which we have had to deal with...this program needs to be eliminated....I want them to pay for what they did to my son and to other kids.  that was the worst experience of my child's life to date...I hope they shut them down forever."

This program is closed.

NO NAMES NO TITLES Carrollton Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*  This program is closed.
NO NAMES NO TITLES Bremen Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*  This program is closed.
NO NAMES NO TITLES Augusta Location-- There is no information on staff for this location.*  This program is closed.  The phone number now belongs to "The UPS Store", totally unrelated business.
NO NAMES NO TITLES Douglasville Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*  This program is closed.
Teen Challenge Information--See www.heal-online.org/StraightandTeenChallenge.htm
HEAL Review-- Teen Challenge Ranch in Morrow, AR Contract & Enrollment Materials  HEAL is in the process of reviewing the available enrollment materials for the above program(s).  In the meantime, we invite you to read the review of the Teen Challenge Ranch of Morrow, AR contract linked in this segment as the contracts are likely very similar and the program ought to be avoided.
OPEN LETTER SUBMITTED BY FORMER STAFF TO ROBERT AND KARLA LEE OF THE COLUMBUS GIRL'S ACADEMY
Received: June 18th, 2013

To Bob and Karla Lee,


I have refrained from speaking with the two of you for a long time because the last few times I had spoken with you, I was threatened with the flames of hell. (Thanks Karla!) Anyway, ever since I left my position at Teen Challenge I have been examining all of what the two of you taught me in Teen Challenge.

 

First, you taught that God’s love was entirely conditional based on my performance. You required us to fast for 21 days every January. Also, Bob, you would frequently look down on the staff when we were not worshipping the way that you wanted. I remember a few different times when, in the middle of worship, you would reprimand us for being “silent and unexcited.” Maybe there are many ways to worship. If you don’t like the way the staff worships, then get over it. You can’t control everything. Or perhaps you should have considered that we were tired from the added hours to our shifts, and the constant inconveniences (due to Kate Fagin, who would manipulate and guilt trip the staff for not serving outside of their 40 hour shifts, church attendances, chapel attendances, and 3-5 hour long staff meetings.) Not only was our worship was criticized, but also our prayer. In staff meetings, you (Bob again) told us that if we could not pray in front of each other, then we were phony. Nothing like being forced into prayer and feeling guilty when we didn’t feel led to pray for anything. It was ridiculous that we felt this pressure to do everything right in front of you all the time. Bob you are a nightmare.

 

Second, you taught me that favoritism and judgement is okay. For example, Kate Fagin, a horrible leader and disrespectful staff, is “like a daughter to you” and you have fired two staff for contradicting her. However, you say you go against “favoritism.” Something doesn’t add up. While we are talking about favoritism, isn’t that why you (still Bob) typically picked the more attractive students to recruit for volunteer projects? I watched you favor many girls and then be very rude to others. Oh and lets not forget Shelby Hill, the celebrity of Teen Challenge! Shelby was frequently doing “her own thing.” After her shift, she would hit the bar and come back wasted. She also left the entire dorm, 20 girls, in the hands of one 17 year old (me) all night. Shelby had a boyfriend who she was sleeping with. Obviously he was kept a secret, but it didn’t last long because Shelby has religion instead of brains. Instead of firing her, like you did to two other respectable staff who were let go because of the awful/disrespectful supervisors, you allowed her a chance to resign. This chance was not given to any other staff even though Shelby’s case was by far the worst. This infuriates me.


Another negative thing that I experienced was how you spoke FOR God. I’ve heard many times “God wants this” and “God says that,” in situations just to make people do things. I was so terrified of leaving Teen Challenge, even though I was miserable, because of your influence. You inferred that if I were to go home, I would end up “falling down” just like many other girls who left the program. Also, I came to you, Karla, crying and miserable one day. You said the cause of my misery was because I am an unhappy person and because I am not spending time with the Lord. In all actuality, I was probably unhappy because my education was delayed, because I was stuck in confinement for three of my teenage years, and because I was crippled with your controlling religion. I was the most responsible staff that you had at the time (remember you told me that) yet I was still accused of not trying and not “living up” to your standard. Karla you are a damaging woman and you do not know “God.” BUT, I believe that a large source of the evil you commit, is lead by your husband. If you got a divorce I bet you would feel so free and happy. I know you are not free.


I’d also like to comment personally and more specifically on some of the staff as well. Annette means well, but she has a personality disorder. It’s called paranoid personality disorder (individual generally tends to interpret the actions of others as threatening.) I cannot even count the times that Annette has been seen falsely accusing other students of doing something wrong when they were not. It has happened to me before as well. Do you know how it feels to be constantly accused of doing something wrong? Karla, you might, because I’ve seen your husband disrespect you and take advantage of the fact that you are a woman. But if you don’t know how it feels, then I’ll tell you. It feels horrible. You are in leadership over young girls who have gone through way many more things you know and accusing them of doing something wrong when they are innocent is HURTFUL and DAMAGING. 


Then there is Kate Fagin. Kate Fagin is the most socially challenged, insecure supervisor I have ever had to deal with. Kate is not the cutest or the smartest, and she knows it, so she tortures everyone else! She loves to see the downfall of others. Kate even turned on her former friend, Emily Christensen, because Emily had a close friendship with someone else. Weird! Don’t even let me get started on Kate though, because I’ve already sent her a personal message. I don’t think you should know about ALL the evil things she’s done. She needs to deal with them herself.


Now I finally want to address something that is incredibly important for you to actually listen and hear me say. [removed]’s reputation was ruined and damaged by you. Her life was so fucking hard before and AFTER teen challenge and you did not help one ounce.  Her parents entrusted her to you, and all you did was constantly accuse her and disrespect her. I think that you were afraid of [removed], because of how strong she was and because she wouldn’t listen to your bullshit. However, she still needed to be loved and cared for. Karla and Bob, I wish I heard you say something nice about her every once in a while. Instead you called her a predator, and disciplined her right before her father passed away. Obviously it was not an intelligent decision for [removed] to even be in Teen Challenge while her father was in such critical condition, but then Rebecca and Pachi stormed against her and pushed back her home pass. Do you ever think about how you could have given [removed] an extra month to be with her dad before he passed away? She could have had 30 more days with him BEFORE he became a vegetable. By the time she did get home, his clear thinking was GONE, and he was constantly hallucinating. I hope you feel sorry for what you did. You try to control everything, and this is an example of how EVIL it is for you to play god and decide the fate of someones life.

 

I have a lot more to say, especially to Bob, but I will only say a little. I have never had a father. Mine is abusive and hateful (and he gets away with it because assholes like you glorify him.) Not even three weeks ago he said he never wanted kids. This explains why I was not cared for. Anyway, I was 15 years old when I entered teen challenge and 18 when I left and I didn’t ever see what a good male figure was like. At 14,15,16, even 17, and 18, the young girls at Teen Challenge with illegitimate, or deceased fathers (and mothers but thats another story) are craving healthy male attention. I feel so sorry for them because they try to impress you, Bob, but you will never care about them. You will look for ways to insult them, to demean them, and to patronize them. I wish more people knew about who you really are. Then they would never fucking allow their children near you. You are intrinsically evil, and you will never change.


That being said, I’m done. I hope you realized that what I have written is full of truth. I am considered evil to you, because I do not obey you. However, I am not evil. I am good. What you did not afford to me in love, self esteem, or care, I have afforded to myself. When I left Teen Challenge, I had daily panic attacks, social issues, severe depression, etc... because of all the messed up things I learned there. Day after day I wished that I was dead. Finally I got in touch with some good, normal friends and have been around happy NORMAL people. I have since healed myself. God does not “get the glory” for it either. You all have such a dependent mind-set, and because of this, you will never be free. I pity you, but I am also angry with you. 


Sincerely,


[PRIVATE/UNPUBLISHED]

 

 *Teen Challenge, 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.

 

 Last Updated: May 13th, 2015

 

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