This is a  staff list for Triangle Cross Ranch in Powell, WY

(aka Mount Carmel Youth Ranch and Bear Tooth Mountain Ascent)

(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 Mount Carmel Youth Ranch.  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 Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, 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 don’t place your loved one in Mount Carmel Youth Ranch and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Matthew Schneider Executive Director/Co-Founder Schneider no longer appears to work for this program.  Matthew R. Schneider (may be a different person) is a licensed Certified Addictions Practitioner in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification  Schneider currently (2022) owns and operates Rocky Mountain Frontier in Powell, WY.
Penny Gifford Counselor Gifford no longer appears to work for this program.  Penny M. Gifford (may be a different person) was a licensed Addictions Therapist in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification  That license is expired. (2015)
Lester A. Dumm Program Director Dumm no longer appears to work for this program.  Dumm is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Tom George Special Projects Mgr. A Catholic Missionary with the "SOLT" Community.  He also taught school at St. Joseph School in Beeville, Texas.  George is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Shawna Chandler Counselor Shawna J. Chandler (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Wyoming.  Source:  https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Brett Hanlin Teacher Brett Hanlin has a Standard Teaching License with endorsements in English 6-12, Head Coach Soccer, Head Coach Volleyball.  His license expires 8/31/2018.  Source: E-mail from Professional Teaching Standards Board, State of Wyoming. 
Susan George Counselor George is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Julie Ley Office Mgr. Ley no longer appears to work for this program.  HEAL does not perform professional licensing checks on office and maintenance employees.
Jonathan Hill Counselor Hill no longer appears to work for this program.  Hill is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Mark Schneider Ranch Mgr. Schneider is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Dan Burrs Cook/Counselor Burrs no longer appears to work for this program.  Burrs is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Christopher Bogowith Counselor Bogowith is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Ryan Maher Youth Minister Maher is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
James Malik Youth Minister Malik is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Charles Wenck Youth Minister Wenck is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Brandon Bukovit Residential Staff Bukovit is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification
Nancy Woolard Admin Asst. HEAL does not perform professional licensing checks on office and maintenance employees.
Gerald & Michaeleen Schneider Founders Also founders of Wilderness Interventions, Inc. Gerald is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification   Michaeleen is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.  Source: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/license-verification  Parents of Matt Schneider.
John Carter Staff Originally reported by survivor via e-mail on August 10th, 2019 to HEAL.  Another survivor reported via e-mail on 5/8/22 that Carter currently owns and operates Heart Mountain New Beginnings.
Steve Alexander Headmaster Alexander reportedly now works for and/or with Carter at Heart Mountain New Beginnings.
     
     
     
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES There is no additional information on staff at this location at this time.*
*(Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, 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.)

Marines reject candidate schooled at Wyo youth ranch--March 14th, 2010--CODY -- A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her son through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund after learning that the correspondence school diploma he earned there does not meet U.S. Marine Corps admission standards.

Dawn Cooper of Birmingham, Ala., took out a loan and cashed in an annuity she had set aside for retirement. She used the money to pay $36,000 for her son to attend the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark and a related program for adults, Bear Tooth MT Ascent. Both programs share staff and facilities on a 40,000-acre cattle ranch.  For complete story, click here.  (Source: trib.com)
Safety record in question at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch --September 29th, 2007--(source: billingsgazette.com)
CLARK, Wyo. - Along the well-traveled highway between Cody and Billings, a wooden sign at a gravel turnoff pointing east into starkly beautiful high desert says "Mount Carmel Youth Ranch 3 miles."

Few take the turnoff, and indeed few people know much about the youth ranch and what it does.

What most people may know about Mount Carmel Youth Ranch comes from news stories about an assault in September 2005 in which three boys used shovels to brutally beat a sleeping counselor.

That incident - in which John O'Brien, just nine days on the job, suffered severe, permanent head injuries - was neither the first nor the last serious occurrence at the ranch.

A review of dozens of public documents shows a history of problems over the past several years, including multiple failures to report some incidents to the state Department of Family Services, as required by agency rules.

And an examination of tax documents filed for Mount Carmel raises questions about its interlocked profit-making and nonprofit operations.

O'Brien's mother, Christina Wendlandt, said the ranch should be comprehensively reviewed by the DFS or be shut down.  For complete story, click here.

Marines reject candidate schooled at Wyo youth ranch--March 14th, 2010--CODY -- A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her son through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund after learning that the correspondence school diploma he earned there does not meet U.S. Marine Corps admission standards. Dawn Cooper of Birmingham, Ala., took out a loan and cashed in an annuity she had set aside for retirement. She used the money to pay $36,000 for her son to attend the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark and a related program for adults, Bear Tooth MT Ascent. Both programs share staff and facilities on a 40,000-acre cattle ranch.  For complete story, click here.
Alleged unlicensed teen ranch north of Cody faces closure Story Comments ShareShare Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Tweet Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:20 pm | Updated: 2:23 pm, Wed Dec 4, 2013. Alleged unlicensed teen ranch north of Cody faces closure By CHRIS FROST Cody Enterprise | 0 comments A boys ranch north of Cody near the state line is under fire for allegedly running an unlicensed facility. A complaint for a permanent injunction was filed in district court by the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) against Triangle Cross Ranch, 423 Road 1AF, and its owners, Gerald and Michaeleen Schneider. If successful, the action will close the facility. Court records say a summons was issued in the matter Nov. 8. The Clark area location formerly operated as Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, licensed by DFS. A letter to DFS from the Mount Carmel board of directors Nov. 3, 2012, stated the ranch would cease operation Nov. 30, 2012. Schneider applied for a license to operate Triangle Cross Ranch in December 2012. The proposed building for the ranch, court records said, would not pass fire or sanitation inspection. During the application period, Park County Sheriff’s Deputies received calls about property damage and burglary caused by two clients at Triangle Cross Ranch. One youth was allegedly on probation for a felony. Schneider did not follow through with the application and the submission was closed by DFS on March 6, 2013. The department allegedly received information the defendant was operating Triangle Cross Ranch without the appropriate license and sent a cease and desist letter to Schneider on July 27. Several youths were living at the facility during a DFS visit Aug. 27 and Schneider said the youngsters would be moving to the Montana portion of the ranch, outside Wyoming license requirements. No youth were at the site during a Sept. 5, 2013, visit and staff said they were living in Montana. A fire alarm service technician confirmed children were living in the Powell bunkhouse Oct. 8. The fire alarm system was not working properly. DFS visited the ranch two days later (Oct. 10) and boys were living at the ranch. The ranch advertises itself on the Internet as a place for troubled teenage boys and a Christian therapeutic substance abuse program. Admission is $2,500, plus a $6,000 monthly program fee, which includes one-on-one therapy and an individual education curriculum that is not accredited. Calls to the ranch seeking comment were deferred to Cody attorney Matt Winslow who declined comment. (Chris Frost can be reached at chris@codyenterprise.com.)   Source: http://www.codyenterprise.com/news/local/article_e57140c0-5d29-11e3-8bbc-0019bb2963f4.html

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY: Victims and Survivors of Trinity Teen Solutions, Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, Triangle Cross Ranch, and Bear Tooth Mountain Ascent Need to Report Any Misconduct (i.e. negligence, unethical and unprofessional conduct, abuse, etc.) Committed By: Matthew Schneider (license #: CAP), Penny Gifford (license #: LAT-264 and LAT-320), Justin D. McColl (license #: LPC-957), Bernadette Schmitt (license #: LPC-1314), Joseph Hyland (license #: LPC-950), and Rebecca Sloan (license #s: CAP-132, PPC-829) and/or any other professional in Wyoming by filing complaints at: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wyoming-mental-health-professions-licensing-board/complaints

REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
 
In Wyoming, there are no statutes of limitation on any crimes.  Crimes can be reported to law enforcement at any time for prosecution in Wyoming. For civil suits in Wyoming, the statute of limitations is 4 years. 

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 Wyoming. You can call the Powell Police at (307) 754-2212 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 this program 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 Wyoming and/or would like to file consumer complaint as a non-resident with the Attorney General of Wyoming, visit: https://ag.wyo.gov/law-office-division/consumer-protection-and-antitrust-unit/consumer-complaints .

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 https://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at https://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 rev@cope.church 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 rev@cope.church . 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 rev@cope.church. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf  to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
THE TRUTH:

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.)
"Teens were sent to Wyoming ranches for therapy. They say they found a nightmare of hard labor and humiliation. Two Christian programs are accused of forcing troubled teens to do heavy farm work. One man says he was branded with a cross. Three women say they were tied to a goat as a punishment...For girls who were depressed, drinking, skipping school or fighting with their families, Trinity Teen Solutions claimed to offer a cure. Desperate parents paid $6,000 a month to send their children to the Christian therapeutic program at a working ranch in a remote area of Wyoming, often without visiting first...In recent interviews and court filings, the women described injuries to their hands, legs and feet, including cuts, frostbite and in one case torn ligaments requiring surgery, from hauling heavy metal pipes to irrigate fields and carrying bales of hay they said weighed over 50 pounds. The girls built barbed wire fences, dragged carcasses of dead animals into a pile and were driven around the county to clean churches and recreation centers, they said...Andrew Scavuzzo, a plaintiff in the current lawsuit against the ranches, said the labor went far beyond simple chores; the boys had to build barns and repair vehicles at the ranch, install air conditioning units at a church, work in construction and bag coffee grounds for a monastery up the road from the ranch that has its own business, Mystic Monk Coffee.  The monastery, ​​Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, is run by Daniel Schneider, another of Gerald Schneider’s sons. The monastery and its coffee business did not respond to requests for comment. Triangle Cross Ranch disputed in a court filing this year that it required boys to work at the monastery. “It was child labor,” said Scavuzzo, 27, who was sent to the ranch from Colorado in 2012, when Schneider operated it under the name Mount Carmel Youth Ranch. “Basically, you were just a slave for the owners because we were ‘troubled,’ and they were going to strengthen us into men or something like that.”"  Read more at source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wyoming-christian-troubled-teen-ranches-abuse-rcna46112   

  
10/12/22: A Reading on Mount Carmel Youth Ranch by Guest Sermonizer (and Survivor) Bob Hummel: https://www.cope.church/mtcarmelsermon.pdf

 

 Last Updated: October 12th, 2022

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