This is a  staff list for Teen Challenge of West Virginia (Locations: Athens, Wheeling)  

(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 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 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. 




Additional Information
Jim Nickels Executive Director Athens--Appalachian Teen Challenge--HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment and program materials for this location.  Reportedly has moved to the Princeton, WV location of Teen Challenge.
Angela Rose Director of Development  
Derek Nickels Vocation Director  
Jay Shannon Admissions Director  
Jerry Lowe Kitchen Supervisor  
Leah Hicks Business Manager  
Betty Nickels Food Services  
Mike Alexander Male Program Director/Food Services  
Nancy Stahl Data Entry  
Mike Stewart Clarksburg Representative  
Fred Holbrook Male Program Staff  
Mike Arnold Industrial Supervisor  
Josh Lytle Maintenance  
Curtis Fuller Industrial Supervisor  
Kerry Boyle Female Program Staff  
Brad Rose Female Program Director  
Alan Waller Facilities Mgr.  
Laura Taylor Dev. Asst.  
James Caristo Director of Admissions Caristo's wife also reportedly works for the program.
Betty Hicks Staff Reportedly the wife of Jim Nickels.
    Wheeling Location--Walter Long Teen Challenge for New Life--Appears to have closed in 2006--stopped filing tax returns in 2006.  This program appears to be closed.  The phone is disconnected for this location.  If you can confirm this program is closed, contact us.
Teen Challenge Information--See
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.

 *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: July 11th, 2018


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