This is a  staff list for The Academy Programs in Fairmont, WV

(aka Yore Academy and Youth Academy)

(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 The Academy Programs.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at The Academy Programs, you have the right to take action. 


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by The Academy Programs, 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.


HEAL is currently investigating these programs.




Additional Information
David Bonasso Founder  
Ronald Pearse Founder  
David Lester Founder  
Leslie Lafferty Program Director The YORE Academy
Rick McClintock Program Director The Youth Academy, formerly worked for unnamed wilderness program in S. America.
Sarah Kirkland Admissions (all programs)
*(The Academy Programs, 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.)
This program does not provide program details or enrollment materials online or to the general public for review. 


 Last Updated: November 7th, 2010

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