(a.k.a. Greenwich Education and Prep)
(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 Lake House Academy. 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 Lake House Academy, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Lake House Academy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
HEAL is currently investigating Lake House Academy.
|Kimball DeLeMare||Interim Exec. Director|
|Brooke Judkins||Clinical Director|
|Bryan Tomes||Academic Director|
|Shannon Worley||Residential Director|
|Beth Padgett||Medical Coordinator|
|Alysia LeComte||Office Admin.|
|Casey Maness||Food Services Director|
|Marie O. Davis||Therapist|
|Kyle Shepard||Sr. Residential Coach|
|Joy Thomas||Residential Coach|
|Elizabeth Thomson||Residential Coach|
|Catherine Jennings||Executive Director||Lake House Academy will be operated under the direction of Catherine “Cat” Jennings... Cat has founded three programs... Her programs include the Talisman Summer Programs, a co-educational summer camp for children ages 9-18; Camp Elliot, a licensed mental health program/ therapeutic school for emotionally disturbed boys; and Stone Mountain School, an emotional growth boarding school for boys grades 6 -12. In 2000, the Aspen Education Group acquired Stone Mountain School as part of its family of services. In 2004, Cat was selected to lead New Leaf Academy of North Carolina, a personal development boarding school for girls. (Source: strugglingteens.com/artman/publish/LakeHouseAcademyBN_100614.shtml)|
|Roy B. Cook III||Majority Interest Holder||Also owns Whetstone Academy.|
|Sharon Laney||Ex. Director||
Previously worked at Three Springs
|Fotu Soliai||Asst. Ex. Dir/Clinical Director||Previosly worked at Diamond Ranch, UT|
|Jane Samuel||Admission Dir. and Parent Coach||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.|
|Peggy Moore||Director of Education|
|Susan Hardy||Special Education Specialist|
|Laura Winslow||School Nurse|
|Gayle Oslund||School Nurse (former)|
|Katie Ford||Assistant Clinical Director|
|John Tyson||Science Teacher|
|Laura Trentman||English Teacher|
|Sara Watley||Math Teacher|
|Tara Beardsley||Dir. Of Res. Life|
|Mike Grove||Lead RC|
|Kyle Sheperd||Program Director and Rec. Ther.|
|Tama Beardsley||Office Assist.|
|Jennifer Soliai||Bus. Man./Billing|
|*(Lake House Academy, 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.)|
|HEAL recommends comparing any enrollment agreement for Lake House Academy with the reviews of Aspen programs given the connection between the two organizations. HEAL has reviewed multiple Aspen Education Group contracts that appear to be illusory, unconscionable, void/voidable, and arguably illegal. Since we do not currently have the contract information for Lake House Academy, we recommend you compare any contract with the reviews of Aspen Education Group contracts available on our website such as the reviews for Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, Aspen Achievement Academy, Aspen Ranch, Aspen Institute of Behavioral Assessment, and New Leaf Academy. It is our suggestion that families avoid doing business with Aspen Education Group and/or similar programs.|
|External Website/Lawsuit: http://www.ncbusinesscourt.net/opinions/2011_NCBC_40.pdf|
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
In North Carolina, the criminal statutes of limitation are 2 years on most misdemeanors and no statutes of limitation on malicious misdemeanors and felonies. For civil suits in North Carolina, the statute of limitations is 3 years depending on cause of action.
Options for you to take action and/or seek redress/justice today are listed below:
1. Report crimes such as assault, fraud, battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in North Carolina. You can call the Henderson County Sheriff at (828)697-4911 to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.
2. File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Lake House Academy and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you. You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. If you live in North Carolina and/or would like to file consumer complaint as a non-resident with the Attorney General of North Carolina, visit https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/ .
3. If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court. However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement. You can find legal resources at http://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm.
4. You may post a statement about your experience at your program on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2 OR send a new e-mail to email@example.com with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page .
5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon. Guest sermons are posted at https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at https://www.heal-online.org where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable. So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page . Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly ask for that). For sermons available on our site see https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm (and sermon archives linked on that page). If you have questions about this option, please contact email@example.com. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public. We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm, http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case. In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html
d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective. You can request these documents via e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services. Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".
If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general. For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
|10/13/21: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report: Lake House Academy|
Last Updated:October 13th, 2021