This is a  staff list for the Three Springs "Family" of Programs/Services

(New Beginnings, New Directions for Boys, Three Springs of Courtland, North Carolina Boys, Auldern Academy)

(aka Sequel Youth and Family Services)

(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 Three Springs.  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 Three Springs, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Three Springs, 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 a Three Springs program and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
Margaret George Administrator North Carolina Location--Three Springs of North Carolina (a.k.a. North Carolina Boys)
Doug Lynch Program Director Lynch has been with Three Springs since 1995.
Nikia Bland Admissions Bland has been with Three Springs since 1999.
Ann Scott Education Scott has been with Three Springs since 1994.
Sharon Elsenbeck Support Services Director Elsenbeck has been with Three Springs since 1991.
Cindy Jacobs Family Services Director Jacobs has been with Three Springs since 2002.
Joseph Dzienis Staff Development Director Dzienis has been with Three Springs since 1995.
Simone Griffith Nurse Griffith has been with Three Springs since 1994.
Jane Samuel Head of School North Carolina Location--Auldern Academy--Came to Auldern in 2006.  Samuel was the first Admissions Director at the confirmedly abusive Mt. Bachelor Academy and later was on the founding staff of the Northstar Center. She then helped to establish a second campus for New Leaf Academy.

HEAL received the following message and forwarded it to Child Protective Services and the Attorney General of North Carolina on December 23rd, 2009:

"Hello.  My name is [name removed to protect victim] and I am currently a student at Auldern Academy. I have been attending since July 1, 2009 and am currently having difficulty with myself due to the program. I get 2 20 minute phone calls, which can be rudely interupted when need be. I have to apply for the privilege of e-mail, iPod, and when the time comes for my phone, I have to apply for that privilege as well. The thing that is most disturbing here is not my lack of conversational devices but rather this: all of my mail gets read and screened by my therapist as well as more than 3/4 of the population of the girls attending auldern. I am afraid to be myself and show who I really am, because they will turn me into something that I am not. I have tried to have my father reinstate me in any other place but here, and by the time that you read this, I probably won't be allowed to receive your response. The fact that I am writing you now could get me in trouble in a thing called "focus reflection" where you spend a designated number of days reflecting on what you did and talking to limited people in the community. The academics are great, but I can't sit around and watch my life rot away. I would much rather be in the middle of the ghetto of chicago starving to death than at this god forsaken shit hole.  Please help me. [signature removed to protect the victim]"

Bill (William) Grant Asst. Head of School Bill began his career as a Biology and Chemistry instructor at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA where he also worked as Admissions Counselor and Director of Student Activities. Bill has also worked for Darlington School (Rome, GA), Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, PA), Storm King School (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY) and Brandon Hall School (Atlanta, GA).  Before joining the staff of Auldern Academy Bill oversaw day-to-day operations at Squaw Valley Academy in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Ann Scott Staff  
Lynn Blanton Nurse Blanton has been with Auldern since 2005.
Simone Griffith Staff  
Vito Guarnaccia Consultant/Clinical Director  
Crystal Cox Director of Support Services Cox has been with Three Springs since 2001.
Sarah Belcher Director of Student Life Belcher has been with Three Springs since 2008.  She also worked for The Whitaker School.
Chris Will Lead Teacher  
Jim Philips Teacher  
Ed King Teacher  
Dakota Cronin Teacher  
Lee R. Leal Teacher Mr. Leal has previously taught at the Cary Academy and the Saint Andrew's School.
Ryan Gilmore Teacher Prior to joining Auldern, he was a Lab Research Analyst at Duke University. He has done professional lab research for several other companies in the Research Triangle Park area.
Andrew Johnson Teacher  
Natalie Sisson Lead Clinician She has previously worked with adolescents as an Advisor for Carlbrook School, was a therapist at Peace Place and a counselor at Chestnut Health Systems in Virginia.
Julius Jessup Clinician He came to Auldern Academy from Carlbrook School where he was an Advisor. He has previously worked as a Clinical Intern at the Center on Interventions for Children and Families in Cleveland, OH.
Amy Berent Clinician She was the Clinical Director and Field Therapist at Blackwater Outdoor Experiences.
Kristi Wood Clinician She came to Auldern from the Three Spring Paint Rock Valley program.
Darci Hall Clinician Formerly worked at The New Dominion School (another Three Springs program, closed.)
Aaron Seymour Staff (former) Aaron Seymour worked for Three Springs of Paint Rock Valley from 2002-2004.  Seymour also worked at Eckerd.    Seymour no longer works for this industry.  Seymour no longer works for this program.  Three Springs of Paint Rock Valley is reportedly closed/closing.  (Source:

Sharon Laney Administrator  
Kathy DeMellier Admissions  
Sarah Raynor Therapist  
Pete Wallingsford Therapist  
Judy Pike Special Ed.  
Haley Pepper Program Director  
Cris Boutwell Staff Worker Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Susan Weeks Staff Worker Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Keith Southern Administrator (former) Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings from June, 1996 to July, 1998.  According to LinkedIn profile. (September 1st, 2010).  Currently works for Sparkman Middle School in Toney, AL as the school counselor.
Brian McBride Staff Worker Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Brad Watson Staff Supervisor Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Sarah Morris Counselor Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Kimberly Cotton Staff Worker Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Amanda Lassiter Staff Worker Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Rolf McGee Teacher Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Stephanie Weller Staff Worker Reportedly* worked at Three Springs--New Beginnings in 1997 and 1998.
Shawn Ludwig Staff  Reportedly worked at the New Dominion School.
*HEAL received an e-mail from a survivor on August 29th, 2010 reporting this/these staff members.
Three Springs Survivor and Family Statements Available to the Public:
Some of the Three Springs Programs Have Closed: 
Three Springs does not provide to the public a copy of it's program details or enrollment information.  Most of the programs operated by Three Springs, with the exception of Auldern Academy and Paint Rock Valley, accept state-funded placements only (juvenile court order or foster care alternative). 
Madison youth counselor had sex with 'several boys' during 2-month span, court records state Posted on July 27, 2017 at 11:23 AM By Ashley Remkus A counselor at a Madison home for troubled youth and juvenile delinquents is accused of performing oral sex on students, according to court documents. Amanda Williams (Madison County Jail) Amanda Shantay Williams, a 28-year-old youth counselor at Three Springs juvenile detention center, was arrested Friday on two counts of school employee engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19. If convicted of the Class B felonies, Williams faces up to 40 years in prison and would be required to register as a sex offender. Three Springs, also known as Sequel TSI, is a residential treatment center for 12- to 18-year-old boys. It is a medium-risk secure facility that treats boys with poor behavior and those who have been convicted of crimes as juveniles. "Amanda, a counselor at Sequel, gave oral sex to several boys, all under the age of 19 years, at that facility," a Madison police investigator wrote in court documents. The sex happened during the months of June and July, records state. When they announced the arrest on Friday, Madison police said Williams turned herself in. In a news release, police said Williams had sex with two students. The ages of the victims haven't been released. Bette Moore, executive director of Three Springs, did not return a call from for comment.  Source:
Three Springs employee speaks against facility's safety Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 9:46 am PDTTuesday, October 17th 2017, 9:51 pm PDT By Margo Gray, Anchor OUTCRY OVER THREE SPRINGS AFTER TWO TEENS RAN AWAY LIVE 00:08 / 03:58 GO LIVE CC   (Source: WAFF) MADISON, AL (WAFF) - On Tuesday, Madison city leaders, community members and representatives from Three Springs juvenile facility discussed the public's safety. This was in response to two teens who ran away from the facility in August. MOREAdditional LinksPoll Madison police say those teens went on a burglary spree and even beat a construction worker to death while on the run. Their case is now bound over to a grand jury. READ MORE: Three Springs runaways charged in Madison homicide Tuesday's meeting was part of an ongoing collaboration between the city and Three Springs to tackle the safety issue. In the meantime, a current employee of Three Springs spoke exclusively to WAFF 48 News and said the facility is a danger to the community and should be shut down. "There is a lot of things that goes on that the media and the neighborhood does not know that goes on at the facility that administration tried to hide. They hide it from the state and they don't want us to talk to the media," said the employee, who wished to remain anonymous. The employee claims not much has changed in time since the two teens ran away. "I just feel I was compelled to come forward to be honest and let people know what is going on in the facility," the employee said. The employee said the real problem lies with inadequate and overworked staff who missed the teens running out a door and getting away. "This is not the first time that the residents ran out that particular door. Administration knew this but unfortunately, something like this had to happen for them to take notice. Some people are working nine days straight. Some people are working 12 days straight before they even have an off day. Some people are working double shifts. Some people are working first,second and third shift back to back. That in itself is a safety issue," the employee said. The Three Springs' Sequel Youth Services website says it's a residential treatment facility serving males ages 12 to 18 that are medium risk assigned there by state agencies. They say they offering treatment and therapeutic help for troubled youth. The employee claimed they're not getting that help. "I feel like the program is not helping them. There is a lot of residents and only four case managers. They have a lot on them, and they are not getting the proper help that they need. You have some teachers there that are not even certified," said the employee. READ MORE: Three Springs murder suspects say they're 'innocent' and 'praying' for victim's family WAFF 48 News reached out to Three Springs about this employee's claims, starting with overworked staff. A spokesperson issued a statement saying, "Madison TSI has provided additional administrative oversight that is constantly monitoring and evaluating the needs of the program." When asked about uncertified teachers, the spokesperson said, "All teachers are certified and provide instruction." "There were immediate changes made such as installation of additional fencing, enhanced surveillance and hardware," the spokesperson added. Madison Mayor Paul Finley said  it now falls on Three Springs to show the community that they can be a good neighbor. "They (Three Springs) have value but the community doesn't care how much value if they don't feel safe," said Finley. Right after the runaway, Madison's city council passed an ordinance to give them more teeth to be able to penalize or even shut down businesses that could be creating a nuisance. Finley said they've been looking to pass something like this before, but the Three Springs incident definitely exacerbated the need. READ MORE: City of Madison addresses Three Springs security concerns READ MORE: Former Three Springs employee speaks out at Madison City Hall meeting  Source:
Former troubled youth counselor indicted on student sex charges Updated 9:27 AM; Posted 9:27 AM April 16th, 2018 By Ashley Remkus Felony indictments have been issued against a counselor accused of performing oral sex on boys at a north Alabama home for troubled youth and juvenile delinquents. Amanda Williams no longer works for Three Springs, also known as Sequel TSI. Amanda Shantay Williams is indicted on two counts of school employee having sexual contact with a student, Madison County court records show. Each charge is a Class C felony that's punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Williams, 29, is accused of performing oral sex on students at Three Springs, a residential treatment center that's also known as Sequel TSI, police wrote in court papers. The sexual contact happened last summer when Williams worked at Three Springs in Madison, according to authorities. "Ms. Williams is no longer employed by Sequel," said Executive Director Jason Scrivner in an email to  "Due to confidentiality and HIPAA regulations, Sequel is not able to provide any additional information." Lawmen haven't said how old the students were at the time, though court papers say they were younger than 19. Three Springs is a medium-risk secure facility that treats boys, ages 12-18, with poor behavior and those who have been convicted of crimes as juveniles. Williams' attorney didn't return a call seeking comment. A grand jury indicted Williams after determining prosecutors have enough evidence to take the case to trial. A trial is scheduled for July 30.  Source:

 (Three Springs, 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: April 16th, 2018


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