Telos team

Our Staff

Great Experiences Begins with Great Staff

Telos finds, recruits and loves our staff. They put countless hours, including their hearts and souls into the program. It is all about the students and the passion shows through every day from our staff. They laugh, work, play and sometimes even cry with our students. In the end we hope it builds a foundation that students can stand on for the rest of their lives.

The Telos Team

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Executive Director, Center St Campus

Barry Fell

“Barry is a warm and self-revealing person with whom both our son, and us are able to easily relate. His flexibility in the treatment process allows Barry to re-evaluate therapeutic approaches in order to identify and use those that will work best with our son. However, he has also not been afraid to push our son, and us out of our ‘comfort zones’. Through his insightfulness, Barry never misses an opportunity to teach ‘life lessons’ to our son regardless of where they happen to be at the time. Our son has consequently been able to progress at Telos, and advance towards the achievement of his goals that were outlined for him within the first month of his admission.” – parent

As a veteran in the mental health industry more than 20 years, his story began with his Masters in Social Work from University of Utah. Currently the Executive Director, Mentor and Visionary, he runs one of the most vibrant, caring programs in the industry. His passion for Telos is evident in his belief that everyone deserves a chance at becoming their best or as Telos says “Ultimate Potential”.

Barry has taken the Center Street Campus to new heights as students and families come to experience the hope that Telos offers teen boys and has offered to over 900 families. Each family comes with specific individual needs and hopes. In a methodical and clinically-sophisticated manner walk through the individual needs to remove the hurdles the student and family face as barriers to success. Barry maintains a mind-boggling team of experts all assembled to do one thing…support the student and his family to help them accomplish some of the most rewarding months of their lives.

Education:University of Utah, Master of Social Work

Experience:Active therapist, 20 years

Passion:Advocate for teen boys and helping them find themselves

Executive Director, Geneva Campus

Scott Downs

“I’ve had many therapists. Scott is the only one I couldn’t control or push away. I’ll always be grateful for his influence in my life.” -student

If you are considering residential care for your young adult, consider that all great results comes down to a culture of excellence that begins with leadership. Scott is that leader. An outstanding steward of parental trust and reliability. Your children will be treated like his children and you will find that Telos is everything you hoped it would be because of Scott and his team. Scott runs a premium program for young adults (over 18) that is considered the best in the industry by many. As Executive Director his highly trained and certified team, use proven, clinically-sophisticated modalities to deliver astounding, even life-changing results for students and families.  With nearly a decade of clinical experience he and his team are well positioned to give students an experience that will be a turning point in their lives. Scott is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with families and teens professionally, he knows well, parent-teen conflict, he treats cognitive restructuring and has spent years unraveling oppositional defiant teens and young adults to name a few. Scott’s team at Telos U has one goal, and that is to give the best individualized answers to emotional hurdles and then enable a launch into adulthood with a principle-based life, characterized by insightful choices.

Education:BS in Psychology Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy

Passion:Excellence at every level of individual treatment

Clinical Expertise:Parent-Teen Conflict, Oppositional Defiance, Cognitive Restructuring and more

Clinical Director - Center St Campus

Drew Davis

“Drew has been a lifeline, a guide, and a support throughout my son’s time at Telos, and while always professional, has felt like a friend celebrating successes and supporting and encouraging me through challenges. Drew is skillful at combining his knowledge and intuition to know exactly how much to encourage and how much to push my son at any given time and in any given situation. He is incredibly responsive and always listened to and considered any concerns, questions, or suggestions that I had, and as a parent, whose child is away from home, knowing that you are being fully heard and listened to is invaluable. His guidance has helped my son to make incredible progress and growth, develop essential skills, and become more aware of his own strengths and challenges, and it has also helped me grow into a better person and parent. Thank you for everything!” -Parent

As a “dyed-in-the-wool” Buckeye drew loves his roots from Ohio. His fun-loving approach to life builds deep bonds that his students thrive on. As an accomplished pianist and singer, music is one of his passions and it surfaces in his approach to life, therapy and counseling. Years ago as a brand new intern earning a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Weber State University, Drew embarked on a therapeutic adventure with Telos that continues to this day. Soon after, earning his Masters Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University, he was ready to perform what he had practiced for so many years. Using his extensive background with youth and family treatment in residential care, outpatient treatment, public education and numerous volunteer youth organizations he was ready and passionate about helping teens find hope. With expertise in treating depression, anxiety, learning differences, processing differences and attachment disorders, as well as, EMDR certified, Drew has a deep well of experience to draw from.

Education:Masters, Social Work - Brigham Young University

Passion:Loves music and enjoys sharing with students

Clinical Director - Geneva Campus

Trevor Earl, PhD

“Trevor was able to see our child differently than any prior therapist had and those insights allowed him to offer successful alternative styles of treatment that had never before been presented.”  -parent

Trevor brings over a decade of experience in residential treatment, beginning as a residential staffer and working into the role of a therapist upon graduation. Prior to Telos, Trevor published research on Best Practices in Residential Therapeutic Settings and evangelizes those principles, benefiting students and staff at Telos and currently is an adjunct professor in a Mental Health Counseling, Masters Program at Westminster College.

Working with clients under numerous challenges from anxiety/depression to trauma and oppositional-defiance, Trevor’s strengths lie in his clinical excellence and as the Clinical Director at Telos U brings a wealth of knowledge and an engaged leader, with the ability to clinically move the mission of Telos forward. Trevor’s passion for youth is evident in his academic rigor and professional accomplishments that benefit youth.

Education:PhD-Oregon State University, Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Specialty:Passionate about helping his team deliver the highest level of care

Clinical Expertise:Experiential, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Psychodynamic Approaches, Value Based, Cognitive-Behavioral

Admissions Director, Board Member

Kristin Williams

“As the Admissions Director, I saw Kristin as the face of Telos. Now that my son has been at Telos, I see that her love and commitment to excellence is truly representative of Telos as a whole.” – parent

Kristin Williams is a board member and packed with enthusiasm for our students. Not a day goes by that Kristin is not laughing with or “high-fiving” students on campus. Her attention to detail is what puts every mom’s heart at peace, knowing that Kristin is watching out for their child. Kristin joined Telos from the public school system of 15 years which includes being the principal at Mound Fort Middle School / Junior High. She is the former director of the Family Community Resource Center at Central Middle School, and has also worked as a counselor at Lewis Elementary School. Her passion for the mountains of Utah and being fit is a big part of Telos’ recreation therapy. Kristin believes strongly in the individualized treatment model of Telos and brings her “A-Game” everyday so that each student can feel the love of concerned friends. Her academics include Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Administration License from Utah State University.

Education:Educational Administration License - Utah State University

Passion:Advocate for youth to find sustainable wellness and tools for success

Outreach Director, Co-Founder

Tony Hansen

“Tony teaches us that no one is too important to serve. When I see him watering the plants, mowing the grass, and attending to more menial tasks, I am reminded that Telos is more about service than position.” -staff

Tony is a California native with a big heart. His love for helping young men and their families find unity as they work toward achieving their potential, began years earlier in the struggles, relationships, and mentorship Tony experienced in his youth. This desire to serve led Tony to the world of mental health services, studying at Brigham Young University. He went on to get a Master’s Degree at the University of Utah in Educational Psychology. After five years as a therapist in both wilderness and residential settings, Tony recognized a need for a school founded on relationships and individualized treatment. From this, Telos was born. This passion to help Telos continuously improve while keeping it focused on the founding principles has served Tony, Telos, and countless families over the last 15 years.

Education:Masters, Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC, M.Ed)

Passion:Healthy living, nature and positive lifestyle

COO, Co-Founder

Tony Mosier

“Tony has the unique ability to see past surface complexities to the heart of an issue. With professionalism, kindness, expertise, and great wisdom he approaches all aspects of his work at Telos. He saved my son’s life, and the organization he helps lead has saved hundreds of others.” -parent

Tony loves working with youth. By helping them reach their personal best, he reaches his. Achieving his undergraduate at Brigham Young University and a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University Tony immediately felt he had something to give back. Telos became a reality in 2004 because of Tony’s (and partners) vision to build a program that would be a place that heals and re-builds families by offering a clinically-advanced approach to solving mental health needs. Tony has invested his entire career of 20 years working with youth and young adults of all ages and needs. In addition, Tony oversees the operations on all campuses and all services Telos offers. This is no small task, as the program demands individualized treatment. As a practicing therapist he has built and continues to build a therapeutic rigor that is second-to-none.

When not with his students he can be found developing system programming, overseeing quality improvement, or building innovative solutions. In addition Tony has accepted the nomination to serve as the NATSAP President (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) for the next 2 years.

Education:BYU Undergraduate, USU Masters Graduate

Passion:Helping youth and young adults

Affiliations:President of NATSAP

CEO, Co-Founder

Craig LaMont

“At the last Family Days triathlon my son was the last racer out of the water. I was standing on the dock and could see him slowly swimming in. As he got closer I could see someone swimming alongside him. To my surprise, Craig LaMont was in the water with Dan encouraging and coaching him along. It struck me–this is an amazing place filled with amazing people. The CEO of the company is in a wetsuit, in a lake, personally attending to my boy. Nowhere but Telos.” -parent

Craig is passionate about life. He shares that passion with his family, friends, students and staff. Often Craig is heard in the halls of Telos humming a tune and at times singing out for all to hear.  Craig loves Telos. As a co-founder, there is nothing he won’t do to help make a student’s stay the very best experience possible. In addition his full-throttle approach to life also includes other interests like coaching youth athletics, board service, church service, community service, and outdoor sports.  Craig has founded, owned and operated a number of residential treatment centers and is known in the industry as a premier authority in consulting circles. Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in and studied the mental health practices since 1990. Graduate degree is a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University.  Craig is passionate about serving teens and families and has dedicated his professional and volunteer time to that end.

Education:Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy

Passion:A dedicated passion to build a premium option for youth that really works

Executive Function Administrator

Phil Childs

“Phil is a walking billboard for the well-balanced life” -staff

An accomplished professional music artist, Phil has done about all there is to do at Telos.  A long-time veteran of the program, he has worked in every department including chef, mentor, lead supervisor, substitute teacher, transport staff, anthem advocate, and others.  A man of many interests, Phil was drawn to the assessment and coaching of executive function skills early on.  He believes that basic skills of organization, metacognition, attention, and flexibility make up the foundation of one’s ability to convert intentions into reality.  He loves seeing Telos students discover strategies that enable them to unlock hidden abilities.

Permanent Supplemental Instructor

Christiaan Smith-Van-Pelt, M.Ed

“Christiaan cooks an excellent veal schnitzel.” -his wife

While teaching, I’ve discovered the joy of helping students find passion in areas they might have otherwise considered dull or uninteresting. It’s amazing how quickly a class can become interested in the nuances of history when you discuss the minute of medieval brutality or the ethical ramifications of choices made in the World Wars. Likewise, it’s inspiring to show students how the world around them, in nearly every aspect of life, is shaped in such a way to influence and alter their burgeoning political understanding. Inspiring self-driven interest and encouraging educational awareness is the greatest way to ensure we create a community of lifelong learners. As for my interests outside work, my wife and I love to take the kids traveling – Be that to Zion, Disneyland, or back home to Australia; we’re happy to raise a pair of cheeky global citizens.

 

Education:Masters of Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts (Major in English, Minors in Politics & History: University of Melbourne, Australia

Human Resources Director

Chris Rogers

“Chris brings the perfect mixture of humanity and professionalism to Telos.” -staff

A native of Oxford, England and enthusiastic about family. As a result, Chris sees the value in having a program that families can trust their children to. He is a fervent advocate of training and legal excellence. His second love besides his family is law and has built a thriving career around it. He has served with the esteemed law firm, Hepworth Murray & Associates, his practice included wholesale finance, securities, investment banking, and mortgage banking industries. Christopher is also credentialed and certified in Governance, Risk Management and Compliance to name a few.

Christopher has a softer side as well. He directs a large HR department caring for 300+ employees. He thrives on helping kids. Telos has opened opportunities that has expanded him both professionally and personally.

Academically accomplished with Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management.

Education:BS Business Management - Brigham Young University, Juris Doctor - University of Denver

Passion:Driven for business excellence and compliance for best family experience

Admissions Officer - Geneva Campus

Emmanuela Bailey

“Emmanuela has walked this emotional road with us.  She helped us know what to expect and gave us a degree of peace as we took this step.”

Emmanuela is a long-time veteran of Telos U. Before working in admissions, she was a life coach for our young adults.  She loved seeing students create systems and habits that allowed them to organize their lives and accomplish their goals.  Emmanuela was the initial committee chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee at Telos and helped the organization develop a DEI lens through which to make decisions.  Her kind heart, deep knowledge base and attention to detail are valued traits at Telos.

Passion:Helping families find the right fit for their needs.

Medical Director

Dr James Palmer, DO

“My son came to Telos having tried nearly every therapy and medication known to man. We had tried so many interventions, the waters were muddied as to what was effective and what wasn’t. Dr. Palmer took a careful and conservative approach to understanding my son’s psychiatric needs. He worked closely with the other professionals at Telos to simplify and streamline the medicines until we had a clear picture of what was needed.” – parent

Dr James Palmer brings a substantial background in mental health for teens and young adults that Telos thrives on. His passion for helping kids is evident in his attention to detail and outcomes.  Each student brings a unique blend of hopes, fears and needs and Dr Palmer spends the needed time with each student to help stabilize and support each need.The Telos vision asserts that “diagnostic precision” is a key objective in each student’s treatment. Dr. Palmer takes a conservative stance regarding diagnoses and patiently works toward a deep and comprehensive understanding of what each student is dealing with.

Education:Medical School - Des Moines University, DO / General Psychiatry Residency - Maricopa Integrated Health System / Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship - Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School

Passion:Clinical excellence, diagnostic precision and understanding each student’s needs

Certifications:American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified

Primary Therapist- Geneva Campus

Ian MacGregor

“My son has been working with different therapists for as long as I can remember. You’re the first one I have seen him bond with and actually look forward to coming to sessions with!” -Parent

Ian was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania where he learned to love adventure, the outdoors, playing sports, riding bikes, swimming, hiking, camping, and skiing. He has continued to work, study and travel, sometimes all at the same time. From the east coast to Mexico, Ian has enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors while working in the Mental Health field. He received his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lock Haven University. An advocate for diversity, Ian values cultural competence in his therapeutic work.  He uses a strengths-based approach to help young people unlock hidden abilities, enabling them to find deeper happiness in life.

Education:Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lock Haven University 

Credentials:ACMHC, NCC

Modalities:Client-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Multicultural Counseling, Strengths-Based Approaches

Admissions Officer - Center St Campus

Chantell Landry

“Chantell builds amazing relationships with the students she works with. She has limitless energy and  gives 110% to everything she does.”

Chantell thrives on the mission of Telos. Helping children with mental health needs comes easily. She has seen first-hand the miracles that happen when youth are given the opportunity to succeed in a safe place. Chantell brings a passion for mental health, and it shows in her energy and love for the families she serves.

Passion:Finding the "gold" in our students.

Primary Therapist- Geneva Campus

Wade Taylor

Our son has never opened up and worked with us the way he has in our sessions with Wade. He has given us hope we can have a happy home life together” – Parent

Wade comes to Telos with a long history of helping youth and families.  A devoted healing professional, he has worked in the residential treatment profession for over 20 years. Wade is uniquely qualified to work with teens and young adults who struggle with processing issues and complex clinical profiles. His kind and focused attention gives students an opportunity to share, be heard, and learn, so they can progress and effectively advocate for themselves. Having worked with hundreds of students over the years, he is keenly aware of the need to look at each student holistically–understanding the impact of brain chemistry, brain wiring, learned behaviors, trauma, addictions, identity, and personality. When asked what is the most rewarding part of his job, Wade says, “seeing clients go from hopeless and disconnected from their support system to connected and full of hope.”

Education:Master of Science, Utah State University, Family and Human Development

Credentials:Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Modalities:CBT, DBT, Solution-focused, EMDR, TF-CBT, EFT, Motivational Interviewing

Recreation Coordinator: Geneva Campus

Michael Santos

“I’ve had a lot of therapists in my life, but you’re the first one I really connected with.  I feel like you got me.  I was able to open up to you more than I have with any other therapist, and I was finally able to progress more than I ever have before.”       – student

Michael was recruited by the Boy Scouts of America to develop and direct rock climbing and rappelling programs for their camps for 3 years. He then worked at Elements Wilderness Program as a field staff before transitioning to Telos. Michael is an EMT, is a Wilderness First Responder, and has finished the Single Pitch Instructor course through the American Mountain Guide Association. Michael is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and  7 Challenges Drug Abuse Counseling. Outside of Telos he enjoys many of the same activities he facilitates, including backpacking, rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoneering, flyfishing, paddle-boarding, skiing, and whitewater rafting. 

Educatio:Snow College, Associates of Science in Biology, Bachelors of Science in Nursing in progress

Athletic Director

Trevor Iosefa

“Trevor told me the world has enough great athletes.  The world needs more great people.” -Student

Trevor is a long-time veteran of Telos.  He has spent years helping students in the residential department reach their ultimate potential.  He excels at inspiring students and helping them find the best lessons that can be learned from athletics.

Specialty:Team Dynamics and Culture

Learning Center Supervisor

Michael Dawson

“Your actions speak louder than words, I can tell that you truly care about my son.” -parent

Michael has spent several years working in the mental health field.  Starting as a crisis counselor he moved onto positions within schools and programs both public and private.  In recent years Michael has maintained a special focus on academic services.  He has taught 3D Printing, UAV, and Outdoor Leadership.  

Education:Sociology, USU

Telos DEI Consultant

Dr. Sonyja Richardson

“Dr. Richardson has helped us have eyes to see our organization through the lens of equity. She has made a good program better.”

 

Dr. Richardson is Founder and Director of the Mental Health Research and Practice Lab which is housed in the Urban Education Collaborative in the College of Education. This research lab partners with community leaders, thought leaders, and researchers across the country to develop cutting-edge innovative solutions for addressing mental health disparities and mental health needs for diverse populations. Additionally, Dr. Richardson was appointed as Interim Director of the Race and Social Equity Academy (RASE). This academy fosters the scholarship of practice and research focused on advancing racial and social parities within the community. Along with empirical scholarship, race dialogue will be supported through intellectual discourse, bringing together thought leaders in our community representing a variety of perspectives on race and social equity matters.

Recently, Dr. Richardson was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the Andrea Harris Social, Economic, Environmental, and Health Equity Task Force. In this role serves on the Education Subcommittee and offers recommendations to the Governor’s Office for addressing needs of diverse residents and communities in the state. She previously served a three-year term with the National Institutes of Mental Health, Adult Mental Health Interventions Subcommittee as a Public Reviewer. In addition to teaching, Dr. Richardson is the Owner of Another Level Counseling and Consultation located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Richardson currently serves as a Delegate for the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter and was appointed by the National President to the Private Practice Specialty Subcommittee to provide expertise and guidance to private practitioners nationally.

Education: PhD, MSW, LCSW. Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She possesses a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education specialization at UNC Charlotte, a Master's degree in Social Work (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of North Carolina Charlotte).

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Carrie Graham

“I’ve had a lot of therapists in my life, but you’re the first one I really connected with.  I feel like you got me.  I was able to open up to you more than I have with any other therapist, and I was finally able to progress more than I ever have before.”       – student

Carrie has spent over a decade in the mental health field.  She spent the beginning of her counseling career in the nonprofit world in a community treatment organization that works with underserved populations.  There she gained experience in counseling individuals and families struggling with addiction, trauma, homelessness, foster care, and other stressful life events.  Before entering the residential treatment world, she worked as the director for the largest homeless outreach program in the state of Utah.  Before joining Telos, Carrie worked in residential treatment with neurodivergent students and their families; she focused on providing counseling with an attachment-focused and trauma-informed lens to help her clients and their families develop interpersonal connections and intrapersonal skills needed to lead healthy and balanced lives.  Carrie loves using humor, interpersonal process, and empathy with her clients.

Outside of work, Carrie is currently in school and pursuing her PhD in counselor education and supervision.  In her free time, she loves spending time outside hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and bird watching.  When indoors, she loves reading novels, watching cheesy television, and spending time with her loved ones and many pets.

Clinical Expertise:Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal Process, DBT, Systemic Family Therapy

Education:CMHC, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Westminster College

Primary Therapist, Center Street campus

Arthur Kleinfelder

“Our son is doing exceptionally well since returning home and a lot of that is thanks to you, keep doing the good work.” – Parent of a student

In the past, Arthur worked in the prison system with some of the most challenging people, inspiring him to work with adolescents to help prevent them from going down that path. He has worked in residential treatment for the last seven years, successfully working with families from different cultural backgrounds and family dynamics to help them reunite. He is uniquely specialized in non-verbal communication. Reading a situation quickly helps him get to the issue’s core. Arthur is a former psychology professor at Utah Valley University, where he continues to bring his passion for teaching. Outside of education and therapy, his passion is Jiu-Jitsu, where he just submitted his Black Belt Test. His experience with martial arts has given him the ability to learn courage, strength, perseverance, and the ability to teach people hard things.

Education:
-M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counselor Argosy University
-Former psychology professor at Utah Valley University

Passion: Outside of education and therapy, his passion is Jiu-Jitsu

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Jennifer Lowery

Some weeks my child felt Jennifer was their only friend.  I appreciate her for helping us see new ways to get through tough times and helping my child get back to living their life with friends, school and feeling good about themselves.  -parent

Jennifer is a warm, good natured individual who loves working with youth and teens. Her passion is grounded in the family unit and helping each student and family along their healing journey. It is rewarding to Jennifer to see students and their family grow together, learn new skills and become better communicators, which in-turn, helps them be a happier family. Many families have found Jennifer to be the support they have been looking for.

Education:Bachelors of Social Work - Brigham Young University, Masters Social Work - Utah Valley University

Clinical Expertise / Modalities:Trauma focused CBT, Solution focused therapy, DBT, Family Systems

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Javier Celestino

Javier gave us so much hope for change. We could tell that he was genuinely on our side and cared about us as a family.” – Parents

With a passion for youth and mental health, Javier is focused on connecting with his students quickly. They soon feel they belong to the Telos Family, from the warm friendly relationships that thrive at Telos. Javier has a strong commitment to “belonging”. He comes from a blended family and has experienced death of family members. His life experiences help him mentor his students toward a healthy space in the face of adversity. Javier believes in the direct path of honesty and stands by his students every step of the way. Growth and healing is a powerful result of love and honesty.

Clinical Expertise:Experiential, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness

Education:Bachelors of Family Life - Brigham Young University; Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy - Brigham Young University

Student Living Director-Geneva Campus

Scottie Wilson

Scottie is one of the deepest contributors for the work we do at Telos. He is quick to come up with solutions to vexing problems and arrange his efforts to build those around him. We are lucky to have him on our team.”  – staff

Scottie is a powerhouse at the Geneva Campus. He is a strong advocate for student success. With a thoughtful and caring approach Scottie and the Student Living Team put their hearts and souls into students. Working day (and often night) for the well being of each student, Scottie keeps the campus intact and promotes a positive environment.

Scottie comes to Telos having worked with youth for more than eight years as a residential mentor and lead supervisor. He has a great passion for being active physically and mentally and encourages students to do the same.

Education:Studying at UVU

Specialty:Creation and implementation of systems, providing training and oversight for the Student Living Team and maintaining an emotionally safe staff and student environment.

History Teacher

Stacey Medley

Your class is the first class where I’ve actually done well at school. Thank you for being so patient and loving!”  -student

I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. During school, I worked as a residential staff in several different RTCs.  After working for years as a staff and supervisor, I became the Residential Director of another local program. In that role, I became more familiar with how to help struggling teens heal and grow in a positive and healthy environment. I have years of experience working in RTCs, and I’ve loved every moment. After deciding to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education, I was hired at a therapeutic boarding school as a Social Studies Teacher.  I love the challenge of working with youth and finding a way to help them succeed in school where they may not have been able to in the past. Outside of Telos I love to read, hike, camp, and spend time with my family.

Education:Undergrad: Brigham Young University; Graduate: Colorado State University Global

Lead Admissions Officer - Geneva Campus

Taylor Rogers

Taylor has been with us every step of the way and has genuinely supported our family when we needed it.

Caring for the families entering Telos comes easily for Taylor. Her kind nature is a great addition to the Admissions Team. Taylor loves meeting families for the first time and watching them learn how Telos gives hope and new life to families. She has a unique opportunity to see families before Telos and as they leave, and it inspires her to see the “growth and empowerment” the young adults gain in the program.

Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, Psychology emphasis - Utah Valley University

Physics, Chemistry & Biology Teacher

Heath Bigelow

“Heath Bigelow is one of the good ones.  He truly cares about his students and it shows in every interaction.”  -team member

Heath’s biggest strength is his relatability. He excels at forming relationships and strives to be appropriately invested in the lives of his students.  As an instructor, his end goal is to help students feel like knowledge is worth the time it takes to gain it.  Heath has a special ability to reach the “difficult to engage” student.  We are lucky to have Heath on our team of all-star academic professionals.

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Parker Hudson

I have a special place in my heart for Parker. We did some powerful work together and I’ll always be grateful. – student

Parker has a gift for building inspiring interpersonal relationships with youth. After teaching high school and seeing the unique challenges teens face, he became a mental health therapist to better understand their social and emotional needs. He has a passion for helping parents and teens rebuild foundations of trust. Parker believes that having a clear vision for the future helps youth discover and develop their gifts. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing soccer and basketball, or listening to audiobooks and music.

Education:B.S. Exercise Science (BYU), M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (University of Utah), ACMHC

Clinical Expertise / Modalities:CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, ACT, EFT, RTT

Campus Supervisor - Center St Campus

Lyndsie Thompson

“Thank you for always being there for not only my boy, but all of the boys. You are their biggest cheerleader and they adore you.” – parent

Lyndsie began her journey in her youth having family members helped through treatment. Her passion and zeal for helping others grew out of that experience. Lyndsie is a veteran in the mental health industry and brings several years in residential care.  She is quick to laugh and share her high-energy approach to life and leadership. A defining point in her career at Telos is realizing she is the “mission statement” of  “helping others move towards their ultimate potential”. As this resonates through Telos it creates an environment of healing, and she remarks “that is priceless”. Lyndsie finds this work highly rewarding especially as students find their capabilities expanded, that helps them succeed.

Specialty:Loves changing lives of young people

Education:Associates - Dixie State, Finishing Masters LCSW - Utah Valley University

PE Head Coach- Center St Campus

Chris Davison

“Chris is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to fitness. He’ll motivate you not only through his words, but his example.” – Client

Chris has been in love with fitness from a young age. He has a vast background in swimming, biking, running, and a variety of sports. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a group cycling coach for the award-winning Provo Recreation Center. After graduating with a degree in Exercise Science from BYU, he went on to work for the Emmy Award-nominated company iFit where he helped design workouts for over 1,000,000+ users on their home gym platform. Outside of work you’ll find Chris working on growing his sporting events-based business Radial Races as well as camping, mountain biking, skiing, etc. throughout the year. Chris is excited to help the young men at Telos find their ultimate potential, especially when it comes to fitness.

Specialty:NASM CPT

Education:BYU, Exercise Science

PE Coach- Center St Campus

Kodi Kleven

I want to improve. I want to build my strength and experience consistently. I’ve worked at a variety of jobs—but am currently a floor manager at Runners Corner. I love seeing how the ownership of personal responsibilities builds and strengthens the empowerment between the employee and customer.

Kodi Kleven – PE Coach, Center Street campus

Education:Full-ride Athletic scholarship BYU  while competing for BYU Women's Cross-Country/Track team

PE Head Coach and Neurofitness Director: Center St Campus

Shaun Christian

“Shaun understands the link between my fitness and my mental health.” – student

Shaun is an original Telos man.  He has been with the program since 2004 and takes great pride in the hundreds of lives he has improved through his fitness-based leadership and compassionate coaching.  Shaun works with our Elite Team–the students who want to put in the extra effort and miles.  He also is the bridge between the treatment professionals and the neurofitness program.

Specialty:Founder of T3 Endurance

Education:UVU, Fire Science

Primary Therapist, ED Telos Discovery Space Ctr

Dr Ryan Anderson, PhD

We were beginning to run out of hope, when we met Ryan. He seemed to grasp what was going on with our son so quickly, and he found a way to connect that worked through his resistance. He always seemed to have hope, vision, and a path forward, even at our darkest times. He was so helpful to us as parents, too. We still can’t believe we were lucky enough to get to work with Ryan!   -parent

Dr. Anderson is a pioneer in experiential and immersion therapy. He operates a therapeutic starship, of all things and his passion and love for student’s success bursts through somewhere above earth and before you reach the wormhole. The many modalities he orchestrates all come together for students and families to learn insights and skills like family communication, executive function, problem solving, and others. Ryan and his team are experts at opening therapeutic doors through roleplay and group dynamics that feels like play. These rich insights from an out-of-the-box approach applies grounded therapeutic modalities that create “aha moments” for the healing process.

Education:Ph.D. LMFT, MedFT, BS in Marriage, Family and Human Development, Brigham Young University, Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy, East Carolina University

Passion:Passionate about students learning to capitalize on strengths and embrace the supports needed to live a sustainable life filled with meaning, connections, and direction

Noteworthy:10 publications, including two books

Associate Academic Director

Curtis Gardner

“Curtis has spent countless effort and time in helping our son apply for college. In the end, we were delighted when our son got his acceptance letter to the Berklee School of Music! Curtis was excellent at working with our son, and helping him accomplish this important life goal!” -Parent

Student school schedules and graduation requirements are what keeps Curtis focused. He is an ardent believer in succeeding in school and paves a runway for Telos U students still finishing high school. The senior year can be tricky with many students having schooled in several locations and academies so Curtis and his staff stay vigilant. His passion for student success is evident in his zeal to help them succeed. They work behind the scenes so parents and students enjoy a normalized school experience like prom, yearbook and other traditional school activities in addition to classes.

Education:A.A. in Psychology - Eastern Arizona College, B.S. in Social Studies Education - Brigham Young University, M.Ed. in Psychology - Utah State University

Expertise:Passionate about students succeeding in school

Director of Nursing

Michael Shomaker

“Thank you so much for all of the kindness you’ve shown to our son and family.  We will miss you.  You are what makes Telos special.  Thank you for everything!” -parent

The nursing team has one goal, to keep track of all the boys, make sure they are healthy, meds on time, sunscreen and safety first!  Whew, you might say they “think like moms.” In Michael’s case, he thinks like a mom, dad, medical practitioner, and mental health advocate rolled into one.  Prior to Telos Michael spent 15 years as a pediatric psychiatric nurse for the State of Utah.  He has also been a professional chef and understands that “food is medicine.”  Michael is at his best with those who are struggling with their worst.  Unendingly patient, he takes pride in running an organized department that assures safety while contributing to the heartfelt nurturance of the program.

Education:LPN

Passion:Watching people I care for make good choices

Primary Therapist, Director Research, Chief Quality Officer

John Hall

“John Hall far exceeds our expectations and stands head and shoulders above the many in his profession that we have worked with. John quickly gained our son’s respect, which was in itself, amazing. John’s ability to relate to our son has been one of the major keys to our son’s success.” – parent

Being great at treating teens and young adults is only part of the equation. Seeing a trend in success and capturing results is the other. John’s “all-in” approach to work is readily seen in his data and stats that help mold Telos into who we are. As the Chief Quality Officer and Director of Research he can show the trends and data that matter most, making our best practices even better. As a practicing therapist, John sees first hand the opportunities that come from using good data to drive decisions and outcomes.

A substantial contribution to the culture and excellence of Telos, comes from the Arbinger Group, best known for their publication, Anatomy of Peace. John is not only an expert and mentor with Arbinger principles but lives them personally, providing a deep well of expertise when relating to teens and young adults.

Education:Psychology - Brigham Young University, Marriage and Family Therapy - Abilene Christian University, Certificates: Mental Research Institute, Service: NATSAP and JTSP

Clinical Expertise:Family systems, Arbinger Institute Certified

Expertise:All in when it comes to helping teens and young adults succeed

Academic Advisor - Center St Campus

Kelley Kessen

Kelley is highly relational and connects well with all.  Her positive outlook is contagious and her smile warms all situations.  She is exceptionally organized, is a systems thinker, and has great follow-through.  Her heart is in the game 100% of the time.  I love and appreciate working with Kelley on a daily basis and I appreciate all she brings to our families, students, and our team as a whole.  Thank you, Kelley, for choosing Telos – you are a gift to us. -team member

Education:Brigham Young University, BS in Psychology

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Nathan Sellers

“Nathan is warm and friendly. He helped us to stay on track during sessions and is there for us if we need him. Our sessions always had an agenda and we always knew what to expect for the following week. I believe Nathan has helped me learn how to be a better listener and communicator with our son (and all those I am surrounded by daily). I have become a better parent to my two girls at home. I see Telos and Nathan as being a life changing force for both our son and our entire family.” -parent

Nathan has been with Telos for more than a decade.  His passion is working with young people and helping them find peace, direction, and meaning in their lives.  Academically Nathan graduated from Brigham Young University with both a Psychology undergrad and Masters in Social Work. He approaches therapy with genuine mindset that feeling cared for is required before someone is motivated to change. Willingness to change comes differently to everyone, yet when ready, it takes experience to softly find the path that works best individually. Nathan employs a relational, straight forward and logical approach to the work he does.  Modalities include CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, DBT, and ERP. Primarily, the focus is to uncover what approach is going to work best for each student given their personality and presenting challenges. The clinical team that Nathan directs are all equally motivated and skilled to succeed. What sets the Telos Academy – Clinical Team apart is a universal desire and goal to build relationships first and really see the person, the real person who needs support, love and time to heal.

Nathan leads by example with kindness, healthy habits and active lifestyle and encourages his team and students to do the same. At least twice per year, he competes in triathlons, side-by-side with Telos students.

Education:Psychology, Brigham Young University, Masters Social Work, Brigham Young University

Specialty:Passionate about helping young people find answers and peace

Clinical Expertise:CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, DBT, and ERP

Admissions Officer - Center St Campus

Andrea Carroll

“Andrea was my Utah mom, she helped me get through Telos. Having her encourage me nearly every day was what kept me together when I wasn’t sure I could do it.”  -student

There is nothing more important to Andrea than “her students”. She is the “Utah Mom” to many who need that extra support and help. Her passion for the mission of Telos is evident as she walks the halls of Telos interacting with students. She has a son who struggles with mental health needs and knows first-hand how scary it is for parents and students who don’t know what to expect next. Andrea loves the trust families place in her to help them find their way. As an Admissions Officer she takes this trust seriously and strives to go the extra mile. She loves seeing kids and families thrive and grow at Telos. It is particularly rewarding for her to play a part in helping them discover their new life.

 

Passion:Empowering families who need help navigating the mental health path.

Clinical Director, Residential Care - Center St Campus

Brian McElligott

Brian is the only therapist who has ever been able to reach our son and achieve real progress with him. When one approach quit working, he’d go back to the drawing board and build a creative new approach. Eventually, building the trust with our son that no one else had was a big leap forward.  -parent

Brian is well versed in mental health for teens and young adults, with over 20 years in the industry. His pleasant demeanor and ability to connect quickly opens doors. Brian’s background is robust, including helping teens and families who face attachment issues. Helping students trust and connect with their inherent worth is very rewarding. Brian loves to see families face difficult issues and learn to implement deep meaningful change in their lives.

Clinical Expertise:Narrative, CBT, Structural Family Therapy, Sandtray Therapy

Education:Bachelors Business Mgt - Utah Valley University, Masters Marriage and Family Therapy - Amridge University

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Alexis Valdez

Alexis has worn many different Telos hats.  She started as a residential mentor carrying out treatment plan interventions with students outside of formal therapy sessions.  Eventually she joined the Human Resources team and dedicated her talents to training high level staff to better serve the needs of the students.  After receiving her advanced degree Alexis treated a variety of issues (specializing in substance use, anxiety, and depression) in an outpatient setting before joining Telos as a primary therapist.  Alexis’s training suits her for viewing treatment through a deeply systemic lens, enabling her to create family-level change that supports students long after they transition home.  Alexis is a powerhouse of energy.  Her relationships with her students are full of life and warmth, inviting powerful change. Alexis uses the principle, “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Clinical Expertise:Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, Structural Therapy, Family Systems

Education:Bachelors of Psychology - Brigham Young University; Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy MFT - Utah Valley University

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Emma Black

“Emma’s talent is simply making me feel loved.” – Student

 

Emma completed her graduate internship with Family Services in Salt Lake City. Her mentor was an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) guru who taught her how to become proficient in helping clients using ACT interventions. Emma has worked with all ages doing individual therapy as well as couple’s counseling. Her main focus is first building a therapeutic alliance prior to pushing for change. This not only contributes greatly to her satisfaction as a social worker but helps clients feel they have a safe space to heal through past and current psychological struggles. When not therapizing, Emma can be found playing with nieces and nephews or riding her Honda Fury… that is until she buys her own street bike.

Clinical Expertise:Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

Education:Masters in Social Work, Utah Valley University

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Jessica Tanner

“Jessica was a perfect match for my rebellious teenager.  Her warmth, compassion and love of my child was evident. We are eternally grateful for her involvement in our family’s life.” -parent

 

Jessica is an expert at grief and loss, crisis management. Her open, direct approach to therapy is both positive and healing. With 12 years in the industry her authentic style is a boost to her students who feel safe and supported by her almost immediately. Jessica’s end-goal and passion is to get students living productive healthy lives and who are engaged with family and surrounding community.

Clinical Expertise:Grief and Loss Specialities

Education:Bachelors Social Work - ISU, Masters Social Work - Eastern Washington University

Primary Therapist - Center Street Campus

Jackson Houmand

Jackson is just someone who wants to be there for you. He will meet you at your level, help build you up, and show you how deeply he cares. – student

Jackson at Telos for years as a direct care staff before obtaining his graduate degree and taking on a clinical role as a primary therapist. He has a passion for building relationships and advocating for students to own their progress throughout their journey. Jackson approaches relationship-building through incorporating his own hobbies and passions like music and sports. He strives to make each student the “captain of their own ship,” with the therapist there providing guidance and direction. As his empowering approach is carried out students steadily grow in confidence and skill.  A student of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Jackson believes in helping students own their solutions.

Clinical Expertise:ACT, CBT, Mind-Body-Bridging, Mindfulness

Education:Bachelors: BYU, Masters of Social Work: University of Utah

Primary Therapist - Telos Academy

Ky Cox

Ky has a gifted way of being. His ability to hang in there without allowing ego to get in the way is exemplary. He has been able to connect with my son in ways that no one else has been able to. Ky was our go-to if anything happened in the family and showed up for us in ways that saved us. We’re forever grateful for him.” -parent

Coming in as a therapist at Telos, Ky has plenty of experience working with different client demographics, but he is especially drawn to adolescents and does his best work helping them reach their ultimate potential. He has a deep passion for helping those around him and has the gift of helping others regain confidence. Ky is patient, kind, and willing to adapt to those he works with in order to provide the best possible care. He has a passion for relationships, being active, experiencing different cultures, and helping adolescents navigate to their genuine selves. Ky will always encourage others along these lines to be the best they can.

Clinical Expertise:CBT, DBT, Structural Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy 

Education:Masters of Social Work, Brigham Young University

Science Teacher

Jake Jensen

Mr. Jensen is both the coolest and nerdiest teacher I’ve ever had. -Student

Jake Jensen loves everything science. Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. When he isn’t teaching he loves playing games. “The hobby I spend the most time on is trading card games, and I love playing just about every type of game you can think of. I love the things you can learn about people by playing games, the community and camaraderie you can build through them, and I also don’t mind the fun mental or physical exercise/puzzle that comes with playing them.” Jake excels at “seeing” individual students vs seeing “the class.”  

Education:BYU: BS in Physics-Astronomy, Minor in Statistics, Certification in Physics Teaching

Specialty:Passionate about sharing love and confidence with struggling teens

Math and Science Teacher

Tina Moore

As a powerhouse of patience and empathy, Ms. Moore exemplifies the best qualities of a gifted teacher. Tina is a geek at heart and loves science and math. Her enthusiasm carries over to the classroom, where her students also learn to enjoy these topics.

With a lifetime of experience working with learning disabilities (especially ADHD and processing disorders), Tina relates easily with students who struggle to “get it.” Math and science are not easy.

In Ms. Moore’s class, students learn about the world around them through science and math. They learn how to succeed in school and problem-solve, skills that carry over to success outside the classroom.  Tina’s top priorities are building relationships and establishing rapport with each student. 

Education:Studying at Utah Valley University

Specialty:Passionate about problem solving in real life, not just math

History and Art Teacher: Geneva Campus

Richard McOmber

“You are very patient.” -pretty much everyone

My past experience is in Technical Writing and Editing, back from the heady days of WordPerfect where I started as an International Documentation Editor.  I also taught at Utah Valley Community College for over ten years and watched it grow into Utah Valley University.  I have taught at a small, public high school as well.  I’m married with a son and a daughter, both of whom have young children.  I like spending free time with my King Shepherd dog and my motorcycle.

Education:MA (2) w/ graduate TESOL certification: Brigham Young, Utah State, and Idaho State Universities

PE Coach and Consumer Economics Teacher: Geneva Campus

Austin Stevenson

“Austin is the most astoundingly positive person I know. He always has a smile on his face..” -student

I have had the privilege to work with the fantastic students at Telos for the past five years. Working in both residential and Academic departments at Telos, I have gained helpful perspectives on our student’s lives and how we can contribute to their overall well-being. My experience at Telos has helped me make meaningful relationships with our wide range of students, allowing for an even greater depth of healing and connection. I also am passionate about those who feel like an “underdog.” Telos has been a great platform to allow me to help those students succeed. During my time outside of work, I can be found coaching high school varsity football/other athletics, outdoor recreation, and surrounding myself with good company.

Education:Bachelors in Psychology, Minor Degree in Community Health, and Associates Teaching License from Utah Board of Education: Utah Valley University

LCSW Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Kyrie Nielsen

“Kyrie took the time to actually get to know me. I didn’t feel like I was just another client. She genuinely cared about and valued me even when I didn’t value myself.” -student

Kyrie brings exciting diverse talents and industry knowledge to Telos. With over 6 years of experience, her superpower is a vibrant sense of humor combined with a foundational empathetic nature that helps even her most timid clients find comfort in change. Her professional desire is to empower students to help them recognize they are the hero of their own story. She believes that students need opportunities for growth, to master skills necessary to reach their full potential. Kyrie finds great satisfaction in seeing students find their confidence and move toward life changing goals.

Education:Bachelor of Psychology - Weber State University, Master of Social Work - Syracuse University

Passion:Change, Empathy, Humor

Clinical Expertise:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based interventions, Trauma-Focused Approaches

Primary Therapist - Dir Senior House - Geneva Campus

Monte Criddle

“Thank you for seeing my son and being able to reach him in a way that no other therapist has been able to reach him.”   -parent

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Monte has worked with adolescents and families in clinical settings for nearly 20 years. His areas of clinical interest / expertise include parent-teen conflict, complex family dynamics, depression, anxiety, and emotional regulation, to name a few. As a therapist and director of programs, he is passionate about human connection. His work with large, multi-layered systems, helps bring people together to problem-solve and embrace change. Through family and professional experiences he has gained a love and respect for all people and the challenges that families and youth often face, in particular, issues associated with adolescence and young adulthood. Monte brings a passion for student independence and freedoms earned by responsibility.

Education:BS Family and Human Development, Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy

Passion:change, and doing it with dignity

Clinical Expertise:Complex family dynamics, depression, anxiety, human connection

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Joshua Powner

“It’s really easy to see how much you care about what you do!” -parent

Joshua brings flexibility. Our students come with a variety of needs and the Telos system allows for flexibility and customization for student’s needs. Joshua strives to help students see their potential and guides them towards the skills and tools they need to accomplish it. Coming from a large blended family Joshua understands students who need extra support, attention and structure. Seeing them thrive, grow and succeed in a student-focused environment is exciting. He supports self-created therapy assignments and enjoys it when a student finds an internal hunger and curiosity that helps them begin to pursue the answers to their own questions. It is a powerful moment for students and families when this process begins to take hold.

Education:Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy - Colorado State University

Specialties:Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Structural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Therapist, Director Telos Aftercare Service

Larry Smith

“Larry Smith is caring, thoughtful and creative. He has made a huge impact on Ryan. Beyond our son, the entire family has grown from Larry’s willingness to offer a tremendous amount of time with each member. He is consistent and steadfast in his values. Ryan sees this and has started to adopt those same principles of happiness into his own life. We are deeply indebted to Larry.” -parent

Larry is described by many as the “Dad of Telos.” This honorary title fits well because years ago as a volunteer leader and counselor, Larry worked with youth and families for decades to strengthen relationships, improve communications, and overcome problems like depression, anxiety, substance use and addiction. These skills and wisdom are invaluable, even “dad like” for our students today. Larry has a strong desire to help kids succeed at life’s challenges and through Telos achieve their ultimate potential. As a couples communications instructor and family life educator, Larry continues to provide training and instruction to families and students through the Telos Aftercare Services (TAS). Larry and his team are a vital connection to Telos after discharge, providing the foundation and training essentials to maintain a successful transition to home or school. Larry’s team receives high-praise for their tireless commitment to our students. TAS is offered to students through the Academy program.

Education:CMHC, NCC, CCI

Passion:100% Committed to helping teens and young adults succeed

Director of Life Skills & Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Kylee Shields

Kylee gets me excited about (and reminds me to focus on) the important things in life. She has the gift of empathy and can easily see the potential in others. Her kind and compassionate heart makes her perfect for the career she’s chosen.”   -parent

Kylee’s enthusiastic demeanor allows her to easily relate with students. Her success as a strength-based therapist, (using experiential, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused therapy) to find resolutions and healing to the most challenging cases, is powerful. For years, she has worked closely with young people suffering from attachment, substance use, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance and bereavement, and a myriad of other psychological difficulties.  Her passion began early on while working in youth camps and treatment settings like boarding school and wilderness therapy. The passion grew as did her experience which included a short stint on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. As a well rounded person, she finds joy in writing, running a non-profit and the outdoors.

Education:Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - Arizona State University

Passion:Helping youth find hope in a confusing world

Clinical Expertise:Attachment, substance use, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, bereavement.

Education Director

Laurie Laird-Trandum

“Your love and care have been so much more than your job. You have been a part of our entire family. Our daughter is graduating!! A year ago that goal was just a prayer not an expectation. Without the love you gave, it would not have happened.”      -parent

With a tool belt filled with love and appreciation for her students and co-workers, it is easy to see why Laurie’s department thrives in nearly every way.  She brings 20 years in the industry to Telos and is kind of a big deal in the academic leadership circles. As the Education Director on the Geneva Campus, Laurie works with our students who are 18 and older, to find paths that promote launching academically. Her approach is enthusiastic and almost magical, as she helps students see a vision that takes them beyond treatment and begins building a life that is sustainable and rewarding. Laurie is quick to see the baby steps of improvement and passionately celebrates all movement forward for her students. She loves her students and it shows in her lively interactions and smiles in the hallways.

Education / Endorsements:BS in Secondary Ed (Family and Consumer Science, Endorsements in Math and Biology), Masters in Educational Counseling - University of Phoenix, Special Education Certification - University of Phoenix, License in School Administration - Southern Utah University

Passion:Building connections with students and parents. Looking at the bigger picture of success.

Academic Director

Kevin Kuykendall

“Kevin has a vision of academic excellence for the high school that surpasses what we have seen anywhere else. He has created a special setting of perfectly balanced support and challenge. My son is the happiest and hardest working he has ever been.” -parent

A Seattle, Washington native with a zest for life and family. It doesn’t take long being with Kevin before you realize he believes in what he does and brings a spice that students gravitate to. He instills confidence in Telos because he has seen first hand the successes that come to family and students. Kevin endorses the treatment plan in all the schooling aspects which is what makes the therapeutic integration with the high school experience, so successful. Kevin is passionate about the Titans. He can always be found in the school hallways laughing and mentoring students. With over 20 years in the public school system and now with Telos, the Titans have experienced structure, recognition, championships and the 1A school classification under Kevin’s leadership. Telos maintains 10 varsity sports and the students thrive because of it. He loves working with families and has not only done so at Telos but also as a former junior high principal and hearing officer. Academically accomplished, BS in Spanish Teaching, Minor in Coaching. Masters, Educational Administration, University of Utah.  He is living the dream!

Education:BS Spanish Teaching, Masters, Educational Administration - University of Utah

Passion:Loves opening educational doors for students

Licenses /Endorsements :Special Education, Coaching and ESL

Mindfulness, History, Film Teacher

Haven Gross

Haven has in worked almost every part of the mental health industry, including wilderness, respite care, running support groups and teaching. Unique to her resume are 33 years teaching Civics, Mindfulness, World History, Film and more. She is a powerhouse for learning and like all our teachers lay out the curriculum so students can absorb and process it. Haven is passionate about students learning the difference of whether they are part of the solution or part of the problem of what is happening around them. What make Haven unique is her experience with residential care, both as a parent and a teacher. She recalls that putting her child into care was one of the greatest learning curves she has experienced. She is always willing to share with a parent her story.

Education:BA Human Development / Social Work, Certified Holistic Health teacher

Expertise:Building students and helping them see self improvement

Passion:Seeing students learning and utilizing the tools taught and gaining self awareness

TRS

Karl Jensen

“Karl is a treasure. He teaches me more in one afternoon fishing than a hundred therapy sessions in an office. Karl has helped me see my life in a new way. It’s like the best therapy, but you don’t know you’re in therapy.” -Student

Karl is a legend in the Recreation Therapy world. He has over four decades of experience in the profession and has helped save thousands of children. Karl has a unique gift – an ability to understand and validate a youngster’s pain while introducing them to a better way of living through experiential learning. Karl loves all things outdoors and Native American culture. His four decades of service speak to a life of dedication to children and making a difference in their lives.

Passion:Loves all things from Native American culture and helping youth

Art Teacher: Center Street Campus

Chase Henson

“Chase has the perfect combination of artisit skill and therapeutic technique.” 

Chase grew up in Utah and started his career in the treatment and therapy field in 2008 as a caregiver for the mentally disabled. During that time, he studied Art at UVU in the BFA Illustration program until 2016.  He started his journey at Telos in 2018 as a staff and Campus Supervisor on the Geneva campus. He has experience teaching people from all walks of life. He has taught various workshops, and private lessons and is well versed in painting, drawing, photography, and many other mediums. He is now the Art teacher at the Center Street campus and is very excited to bring his skills and experience to help the students discover and develop their creative skills that they can carry with them after they graduate. Chase is a drummer in a rock band, and he is currently working on his mythological art book and board game called The Book of Olith.

Education:BFA Art-Utah Valley University

Math Teacher: Center Street Campus

Jacob Judd

“You always seem to understand things so fast, and then you can explain them to me in a way I understand. ” -Student

Jacob Judd is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. His love for math began with Lee University’s “Mentoring Mathematics in the Making” program, where he was exposed to advanced mathematics research at age 14. When he’s not doing math, he loves reading, hiking, and expanding his video game collection.

Education:BS in Mathematics from BYU

Specialty:Geometry, Algebra, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus

English Teacher

Natashia Wulfenstein

“Natashia teaches us as if we are her own kids, truly striving to make us the best we can possibly be.” -Student

Natashia is passionate about learning and loves being in the classroom.  “I enjoy passing on my love of learning to students and learning from them.” She believes we should always be stretching and growing. She is passionate about beautiful language, poetry, art, and classics. “I love to spend time in my garden growing flowers and vegetables. It is my place to revive and ground myself. I also delight in traveling and experiencing new cultures by getting off the beaten path.”

Education:BYU - BA English

Expertise:Loves helping teens and young adults find passion in literature

Licensed Substance Use Counselor - Center St Campus

Richi Biren

Recovery specialists can really only be great if they have walked-the-walk.  As a 32 year veteran in his personal recovery process, Richi is making a difference at Telos. Richi grew up in New York and raised his family in California before moving to Utah. He started off in this industry by volunteering with at-risk youth for years and then sold his business and went back to school for his Substance Use Counselor License to work full-time in recovery treatment. Now a 16 year professional, Richi finds great satisfaction in seeing the hope that begins to enter as teens and young adults learn the recovery process. As a parent of a child that has gone through substance use treatment, Richi acknowledges the difficulty a parent experiences through this process. He also cheerfully acknowledges the joy of seeing a child healed and wants to give as many children and youth that opportunity.

Education:License Substance Use Counselor

Recreation Therapy - Center St Campus

Rachel Taggart

“Rachel – You are amazing! You have been a guardian angel towards our son. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. You are such a big part of our son’s time at Telos. Thank you for always being there for him. As a mom that makes my heart happy.”   -parent

Walking-the-walk, Rachel is a beacon of achieving her “ultimate potential”.  She came to Telos 3 years ago and in that time has completed 16 triathlons! Anything she asks the students to do, she is in there with them. She strives to help students find healthy hobbies and activities they can be passionate about. Rachel thrives on seeing her students develop passion for the activities and recreation at Telos. One of the favorite things she loves to see is when students begin a sport or activity with a high level of anxiousness, to then arrive at being “all in” and asking about all the ins and outs so they can do it once they get home. Rachel’s gentle approach to mentoring and guiding endears her students to her and is one of the “best-of-the-best” role models to follow. (PS Her last name is pronounced like “McHouston” like the city in Texas).

Education:Bachelors, Therapeutic Recreation and Management (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists - CTRS)

Expertise:Passionate about using recreation to enhance therapeutic growth

Anthem Program Director

Aaron Johnson

“Aaron was quickly able to navigate the challenges of connecting with a 17 year old. He was able to inspire and lead our son through the life changing decisions and corrective actions that helped move him forward into young adulthood. Aaron was also very quick to develop therapeutic relationships with myself & husband in order to direct our attention to making the positive changes necessary within ourselves to best reconnect our family.” – Parent

When it comes to commitment, Aaron is all in for teens. His career has been focused on helping families navigate difficult paths. With a Masters of Social Work and emphasis in the practice of narrative therapy from Portland State University, Aaron has built a career of caring and it shows in his student’s outcomes. Connections come easily for him including deep, life-long bonds with families. Aaron’s kind demeanor helps start the relationship and his love for struggling teens, influences them even after leaving Telos. Working with teens in residential treatment programs and ensuring child safety and family growth, with the state of Utah, began his path and career decisions. Experience helping teens with sexual behavioral problems through therapeutic wilderness treatment helped shape his primary areas of interest, including families of adoption and process addictions (pornography, video games and gambling). Aaron believes in a student’s ability to succeed and find real answers and is a powerful advocate for troubled teens.

Education:LCSW, MSW - Portland State University

Specialty:Passionate around families of adoption, process addictions such as gambling, pornography and video games

Academic Advisor

Chalese Petitta

Chalese’s warm and kind approach to mentoring pays huge when students realize she will be there for them even if they fail. Helping students become the best version of themselves is her super power! Her passion comes from seeing students succeed after the humble beginnings at Telos to the strong confidence student they become when they leave. Her journey with each student is different but she loves the process as they grow and build their own future.

Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, emphasis in Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Loves helping students become the best version of themselves.

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