This is a  staff list for Teen Challenge of Minnesota (Locations: Brainerd, Duluth, & Minneapolis )  

(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 donít place your loved one in Teen Challenge and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Rich Scherber Executive Director ALL LOCATIONS--Recovering addict trained by Assembly of God/Teen Challenge.
Doug Samuelson After Care Director  
Sam Anderson Center Director Brainerd Location--Central Minnesota's Men's Campus
Deborah Tomey Church Relations  
Barry Haglund Fundraising [fraud]  
Gina Evans Program Coordinator "Know the truth prevention education program" (<< from their website on 07/22/09)  Yes, we do believe that Teen Challenge works to "educate" in the hope of preventing knowledge of the truth.
Lynette Scherber Marketing/Media  
Jonathan Miller Center Director Duluth Location--Northland Center (all these programs/locations are related)
Michael Johnson Development Director  
Jeff Dye Director of Programs  
John Hodgkins Publications Coordinator  
David Carlson Director Minneapolis(?) Location--Training Center
Jessica Beaudry Fundraising/Vehicle "Donations"  
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.
Ramstad's Earmark Problem--Andy Birkey, a reporter for the CIM sister group the Minnesota Independent, has an interesting article about Jim Ramstad, the Minnesota Republican who is being considered for two positions in the Obama administration, either head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) or head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Looks like Ramstad has a pretty serious problem with one earmark he requested.    Earlier this year, Ramstad sponsored a $235,000 earmark for the Minnesota Teen Challenge (MNTC), an Assemblies of God drug treatment center with a history of controversial therapies and overt religious indoctrination.   MNTC is part of a national network of drug treatment and "discipleship training" centers called Teen Challenge.    For complete story, click here.

 *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: March 9th, 2014

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