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

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

Clinical Director - Geneva Campus

Trevor Earl

“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:Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Doctoral Candidate-Oregon State University

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

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

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

Director of Psychiatry

Dr Janet McKay

“While touring Telos U we met with Janet. She gave us the most comprehensive professional interview we’d ever received. By the end of our time with her we knew she understood our son like few ever have. Her careful attention to the details assured us our son would be given the best Telos has to offer.”  -parent

A devoted healing professional, Janet has worked in the residential treatment industry for over 20 years. She has also spent time in a thriving private practice within the IHC network. Janet is uniquely qualified to work with teens and young adults who struggle with processing issues and complex clinical profiles. Her 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, she 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, in order to effectively treat the whole person. She joined Telos at the onset of the Geneva Campus and has enjoyed a deep and influential role in shaping its innovative treatment model for young adults.

Education:NP-P (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner): Bachelor of Science degree, University of Iowa; Master of Science degree, University of Utah; Doctorate, Rush University.

Passion:Diagnostic precision, including understanding the nuances so each student receives the right treatment.

Chief Branding Officer, Director Business Development

Daniel Pontius

“Your job is so cool! I want to be in marketing when I graduate.” -student

Servant leader, Strategist and Marketing Geek –

With over 20 years experience, Daniel wears many “business hats” with style. Marketing, strategy and branding are his skills, but his passion for helping kids came while working in the hospitalized children’s healthcare industry (development and fundraising), for most of the children’s hospitals in the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada. Daniel oversees the Telos media presence in the mental health industry and a growing worldwide community who love Telos. Mentoring Telos to new levels of awareness and growth and spreading the message of hope that Telos offers to thousands of individuals and families. Understanding what Telos does is the first step to loving what Telos does. Meeting families whose lives have been changed forever, is a joy Daniel thrives on. Telos is the “real-deal”, he added, and he loves seeing happy, thriving teens and young adults, graduating, who 1-year earlier didn’t see much hope. What a difference a year can make!

Education:BS Marketing, MBA

Passion:Helping kids succeed in slow and steady ways.

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.

Residential Director - Supervision and Training - 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

Residential Director - Systems Management - Center St Campus

Spencer Livingston

Baseball runs in Spencers blood at Telos, and what drives that is his desire to help young men learn what they are capable of and then achieve it. A superpower of Spencers is an innate ability to take a project and drive it to completion with enthusiasm. No halfway mentality for him or his students. As the Baseball Coach, guiding the team in hard work, etiquette and teamwork, is a highlight for him. Being able to watch the team grow together and individually is very rewarding. 

Education:Studying at Utah Valley University

Experience:Over 4 years in the mental health industry

Passion:Mentoring teens toward personal excellence

Nursing Director, LPN

Sarah Walden

“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”, and in Sarah’s case she is a mom. Her two teen sons are autistic and if there was ever anyone who “gets it”, it would be Sarah. With over 20 years as a nurse she has seen it all, in so many ways.  She has served in family practice, orthopedics, asthma and allergy clinic, corrections and now, her favorite, Telos. Keeping students safe and well cared for is vital, as parents place a great deal of trust in the nursing staff and we don’t take that lightly.  Sarah runs the nursing department with precision. She is amazingly organized and task oriented. 


Passion:Keeping students safe

Noteworthy:Over 20 years in nursing

Primary Therapist, ED Telos Discovery Space Ctr

Ryan Anderson

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

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

Anthem House Program Director

Dalin Gunnell

Dalin is a focused leader maintaining a strong emotionally safe platform for students to stand on while learning to transition home. As students join the Anthem House they learn skills and tools that propel their success rates by nearly 80%! Dalin and his team are focused on helping students maintain a strong sense of value; a heart of peace and resilience, all mixed together with some good old-fashioned Telos grit. Dalin maintains an engaged team all dedicated to build, mentor and support students from high structure to low oversight in a healthy sustainable way.

Education:Bachelors Psychology- Brigham Young University, Masters Healthcare Administration - Bellevue University

Experience:A six year veteran at Telos

Passion:Paving the way for students to maintain a sustainable healthy lifestyle

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Stephanie Shilling

“Working with Stephanie has changed my life. When I was resistant to treatment, she was able to help me talk about the things that I didn’t want to, in order to make progress. She helped me learn to love myself and to repair relationships with my family.” -student

Stephanie is a veteran in the industry and brings a host of strengths that propel student successes. Her ability to identify underlying issues is powerful as symptoms can be distracting. Students blossom with Stephanie and as she helps them be authentic, which in turn builds self-worth, they find the courage to keep pushing and learning, which is deeply rewarding to her. Stephanie loves to see her students become independent, setting goals and succeeding personally.

Clinical Expertise:Experiential, Emotion-Focused Therapy, EMDR, Bowen, CBT, DBT, IFS

Education:Bachelors Psychology, Masters Marriage and Family - Argosy University

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Katie Fishman

Katie loves working with youth and with her warm, empathetic nature quickly builds rapport with students. Her goal is to create growth opportunities for her students around regulated emotions, confidence, social skills and personal value, to help them become the best version of themselves. Katie’s training includes specialties in Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD which are key additions to her amazing skill set. Her goal with students is to help them adjust their trajectory where they begin to blossom and find that ultimate potential through strength and resilience.

Clinical Expertise:ASD, ADD, Trauma, Trauma Systems, Crisis Intervention

Education:Bachelors Psychology - UCSD, Masters Social Welfare - UCLA

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Jason Clawson

“Your ability to personally connect and open up to, is unlike anyone else.” – student

A veteran in the industry of over 10 years, Jason has found his passion to be very simple, he loves to see students grow, smile and laugh because they are excited about living a full healthy life again. Jason’s relationship based approach is combined with his nature to find “good” in everything, and gives students a warm and healthy way to trust and feel empowered. In addition to traditional modalities Jason practices Emotion-Focused Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy for deeper richer outcomes.

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

Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University, Masters Mental Health Counseling - University of Phoenix

Academic Advisor - Center St Campus

Crystal Marx

Being an Academic Advisor takes someone who can “think like a mom”. Keeping credits organized and the path clear to graduation is what Crystal excels at. Doing it for dozens of students is simply amazing. She is well organized and helps her students feel connected and on track.  Feeling included and part of a diverse campus is empowering. Crystal’s super power is  reaching out to the “one,” to help their talents shine through. 

Education:Bachelors, Exercise and Wellness, Minor in Nutrition-Brigham Young University

Specialty:Passionate about the "one"!

Math Teacher

Raenn Hansen

“If you just try and do your part, Ms Hansen will make up for the rest, and you will succeed.” -student

With over 30 Years in the industry Raenn has taught math at many educational levels including elementary education, high school and college. Each of her students know that she cares for them and they learn to depend on it. 

The power of one. This is evidenced everyday in Ms Hansens classroom.  She remarked, “I want the boys to learn math, of course, but even more I want them to know they can be everything they want to be. These boys just need someone to believe in them.”

Succeeding in school is not common among students until they come to Telos and meet teachers at Telos High like Ms Hansen who often have a full room during flex, not that they want more math but they know they are appreciated and loved.  

Education:Bachelors, Art Education-Brigham Young University

Specialty:Passionate about sharing love and confidence with struggling teens

Science Teacher

Andrea Alomia

“Andrea makes science something I want to keep learning about” -student

A power teacher in her first year at Telos. Andrea loves helping students find interest in science, biology and chemistry that they didn’t even realize they cared about. She advocates for the students and meets them where they are at and then mentors them and mainstreams them in a calm steady approach. With a college emphasis in global health, she has her eye on fascinating things and will soon be done with her pre-med requisites.

Education:Bachelors, International Relations, Chemistry Minor, Emphasis in Global Health

Specialty:Passionate about meeting teens where they are at

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Rick Morris

“Rick really helped me develop a love of myself that created a desire for me to achieve great things in life. I will always remember the love and compassion that he demonstrated while he was my therapist.” -Student

Rick began working in the mental health field as a residential treatment staff member. He enjoyed working with youth so much that he decided to pursue a degree in social work. Rick received his Bachelor’s at Southern Utah University where he developed a love for the outdoors. He then furthered his education at the University of Utah were he obtained a Masters in Social Work. Rick has enjoyed working with youth for the past 11 years where he has served as a primary therapist in a wilderness program and a residential treatment center in Southern Utah. Rick loves to build strong relationships with his students and specializes in dealing with anxiety, depression and substance use.

Education:Masters, Social Work

Clinical Expertise:Substance use, anxiety and depression

Spanish, Consumer Economics, Math and Learning Center Teacher

Brigham Guertz

Inventor, yoga teacher, CrossFit trainer and Eagle Scout all packed into one amazing Telos Teacher. Brigham has a deep well of experience to draw on while teaching Consumer Economics, Math, Spanish and working in the Learning Center. He has a deep love of the subjects he teaches and aims to inspire a mutual love of learning with his students. Brigham’s goal is to help students return home as a strong, resilient individual who is happy with their family. He feels that building “happy endings”, begins with hard work and the support of kind and mentoring staff.

Education:BS Psychology, Minor Music - Brigham Young University

Certifications:ACTFL Language Certified - Brigham Young University

Years in Field:Eight years of service in mental health industry

Math and Science Teacher

Tina Moore

As a powerhouse of patience and empathy Ms Moore sees it going a long way as a teacher. Tina is a geek at heart and loves science and math. Her enthusiasm carries over to the classroom where her students learn to enjoy these topics as well.

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 sometimes.

Students learn in Ms Moore’s class about the world around them through science and math. They learn to succeed in school and problem solve because they learn how. Helping students understand how to work hard and do hard things is very rewarding to her.  The greatest successes are building relationships and establishing a good rapport with the students. 

Education:Studying at Utah Valley University

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

English Literature, Technical Writing Teacher

Sarah Bringhurst

Sarah has a professional wish for her students, which is to expose students to different ways of communicating and engaging with the world. This is no small goal and coupled with her witty humor and classroom theatrical skills her subjects come to life. Sarah also has a personal wish, and that is to see students feel loved and appreciated. Finding the ways to help students open up and be heard comes with methodical and quality class time. For example, last quarter Sarah painstakingly brought Macbeth to life in her class. Students read, understood and even asked to read their favorite character’s lines out loud. Being able to express ones self can come in therapy, art and last quarter it came through Macbeth a Shakespeare classic.

Education:BS English Literature, minor in Sociology

Specialty:Passionate helping students feel love and acceptance

Certifications:Technical writing and editing

Art Teacher

Sydney Snow

“Spending lunch in the art room is my favorite place to be” -student

Art is….well, an art and no one does it better than Sydney! As the art teacher on Geneva Campus she teaches students that art is all about expressing yourself. She reminds them that no one is bad at art, they are just new to it. She builds relationships with the students by telling “dad jokes” and offering to share fun new outlets to express themselves. Students resonate with the positive environment and art is a favorite for many a student.


Education:Bachelors, Design-emphasis in photography - BYU

Specialty:Passionate about art and helping students express what word can not

Executive Function Administrator

Vicky Leah

Vicky is the “calm” in the storm. She loves working with students who have needs, including behavioral problems, processing, deaf, blind and has seen the life changing growth students achieve. A British born native and Executive Function whisperer for students needing assistance. A veteran of 10 years with Telos, she feels most rewarded when seeing students take the road toward growth and succeeding at it. Her super power is building relationships with others, coming up with creative ways to help individuals learn in ways that work best for them. Her end goal is for students to feel confident in what they do. Knowing that they really can do something they previously thought was impossible or too hard for them, and them learning that they are capable and can achieve whatever they put their mind to…and when it happens, it’s amazing!

Education:Studied at Utah State University, Special Ed

Specialty:Passionate about teens seeing the best in themselves

Art Teacher/Therapy

Rachel Parrish

“Rachel has been my favorite teacher at Telos. She has an amazing view on life and takes the time to teach so much more than art. Before coming to Telos I didn’t consider myself as creative. Rachel helped me discover a new talent. She is truly the best.” -student

Rachel Parrish is an England native. From a very young age she has been passionate about beauty, art and imagery. Scholastically Rachel graduated in Math Education at Manchester University, England and a BA Art Education at BYU.

Rachel is unrivaled in art and art therapy. She takes students on a journey of therapeutic exploration through art, expression and imagery. Students are taught how to share in pictures and colors what they can’t do in words. The art room is a safe place where frustrations, joy, love and a myriad of feelings are explored in 2D, 3D and textures. Whether an accomplished artist or a beginner, students are welcomed, loved and taught the basic art skills necessary to express their thoughts visually. Art is more about finding a way or medium that students can use to express themselves like sculpture, drawing, painting, film, photography, music and other mixed media. Rachel’s warmth and loving heart for students comes from knowing, first hand, what a troubled childhood feels like and is always willing to help make a student’s day a little brighter.

Education:Bachelors, Art Education-Brigham Young University

Specialty:Passionate about beauty, art and sharing with teens

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

Director of Life Skills - Geneva Campus

Mary Colton

“Mary helped me organize my life in a way that reduced chaos and set me up for success. I still use the skills she taught me to this day!”  -student

Eager to help your student find personal successes, Mary trains her team to be patient and kind mentoring daily life skills to students. The Life Skills department is a unique offering in the industry providing maturing students outstanding growth options and Telos is proud of the profound outcomes from this team. As the new Director of Life Skills on the Telos U campus, Mary works to partner with local businesses to provide friendly environments to work. She comes from a background in clinical excellence having worked with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Utah Autism Academy. Mary and her team, coach and assist sustainable day-to-day activities and work that benefit our students ability to launch into new opportunities.

Formal education includes BS Communication Disorders and Masters Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Education:BS Communication Disorders, Masters Applied Behavioral Analysis

Specialty:Loves helping students find purpose in daily routines

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Maren Lynch

Maren’s passion to help students with needs, began over 3 years ago. She is thrilled when students succeed even when they don’t feel they deserve to. Her bright demeanor makes their time together, fun and rewarding. Maren genuinely wants her students to succeed and goes out of her way to make sure they have the training and support every day to make that happen. Her end-goal is a sustainable and independent student who achieves a healthy way of being, or “ultimate potential” as Telos would say.

Education:BS Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Helping students feel valued

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Mary Lou Wise

“Mary Lou is the first therapist I’ve had who could see past my behaviors to my heart. She helped me see and understand that I had a lot to give the world.” -student

In 2014 Mary Lou and her husband made the heart-pounding decision to send their son to wilderness and then aftercare.  She understands personally the hopes and fears of parents faced with this life-choice. Because of her experience she solemnly commits to each and every parent, that she will work as hard for their child as she wanted others to work for hers. Prior to this event, Mary Lou worked in wilderness therapy and loved what she did.  During that tenure, one of her wilderness students was accepted into Telos and she saw first-hand the transformation. She loved what Telos was able to do for them as they continued through treatment and she wanted to be a part of the Telos story. She approached Telos and the rest is history. Mary Lou’s 30 year journey working and healing teens is deeply satisfying to her. Her passion is still as strong as ever and she loves seeing her students succeed and reach the potential they deserve.


Passion:Avid advocate for teens and young adults and the families who support them

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

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.

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Kyle Barth

“Kyle sees every person he works with within their own unique context, experiences, innate strengths and potential for resilience. He communicates with dignity and care even when messages may be difficult to hear. Therapy can be an anxious experience, and Kyle really manages and adds balance the process.”  -Staff

Kyle has dedicated himself to advocating for youth to help teens and young adults achieve their ultimate potential. As a client centered and growth focused therapist his approach is warm and empathetic which allows him to connect even when messages may be difficult to hear.  Kyle has been active in the mental health industry since 2011, and prior experience with outpatient addiction recovery, community mental health, and university counseling services. With a BS Family Studies / Family Therapy, he was well prepared for his graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy.

His devotion in community outreach and intervention via cooperative extension work has opened many doors including instructing university undergraduate and graduate level courses in the field of family science. He approaches treatment through a systemic lens, utilizing various treatment modalities to best meet the most complex needs of his clients including: cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy , experiential, and Bowen Family Systems.

Education:Oklahoma State University

Expertise:Finding solutions for young adults that break down barriers

Clinical Expertise:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Experiential and Bowen Family Systems

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Kevin Smith

“Kevin, I want to thank you for shining a bright light on how to not only hear my own voice, but to speak my truth. You have been wonderful to me as a therapist.” – Client

A former student and passionate about helping his boys succeed. Student-to-therapist is a powerful story of success and it gives perspective few have. Kevin is paving the way for Telos students in a way that endears the boys to him. Hailing from Virginia Kevin joined Telos in 2015 as a new therapist. Prior  to this he worked in community mental health, assisting families, couples and individuals find a healing path. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Kevin primarily uses differentiation as a means of looking at family and individual issues. Embracing change takes courage and Kevin goes the extra mile (literally) to help students succeed. He often takes his therapy to the road to integrate athletics with therapy. He found that athletics significantly helps anxiety and depression and is willing to take the first step (and many more) with his students to start the path of success. Kevin’s objective for each boy is to help them reach their ultimate potential.

Education:Masters, Marriage Family Therapy-Appalachian State

Expertise:Passion about DBT combining with athletics

Clinical Expertise:DBT, Differentiation, Family Systems, Anxiety /Depression

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

Lead Academic Advisor

Austin Stevenson

Austin is passionate about football coaching and there is one thing he brings from the gridiron to the classroom is teamwork. He is all-in when it comes to mentoring students and helping them find ways to excel in the classroom where often before Telos they did not. Austin’s overarching goal is to help encourage and create well rounded students who can fulfill their personal and academic goals. He does this by building strong healthy relationships that allow for genuine dialogue and healthy expectations for personal growth.

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

Neurofitness (PE) Teacher

Everett Jamison

Everett is an 11 year veteran at Telos. As PE Coach his passion runs deep for individual success and being able to do activities that stretch students.  In addition to his many roles he loves being a mentor to the students and see them blossom as they learn to do things they never considered. It is all about having fun and building the relationship. He personally competes in triathlons and other endurance sports and brings that passion into the classroom.

Passion:Building confidence in teens with activities they learn to love

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

US History, US Government, English Teacher

Kerry Downs

“I know that Kerry expects my very best. Because I know he cares about me, I try to give him that each day.” -Student

From the cheers of students at assemblies you would think Mr Downs is a rock star. Well he kinda is. Kerry teaches English, US History, and US Government at Telos High School. His students love him for so many reasons. His entertaining teaching style coupled with passionate classroom discussion is just the beginning. His no nonsense approach combined with high behavioral expectations is a calming environment. The most important part to his success and popularity is students have a firm understanding that he deeply cares about each of them. His role at Telos is far more than a teacher, it is a mentor and a friend, molding these young men into strong contributors who know they are loved. His passion for teens began years ago as a dad of six strapping boys of his own.

Education:BA English / History Teaching -Brigham Young University

Expertise:Avid about helping teens find hope through kind and gentle friendships


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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Kenzie Foulger

“Bless you Kenzie. You have been a wonderful part of our journey.” -parent

Thinking like a mom is just part of what Kenzie accomplishes each day. Her constant hope for her students is a full, high quality life that allows genuine happiness, is her vision. Kenzie mentors students day in and day out, helping them to understand, apply, and demonstrate healthy independence in their life. Her kind and persistent approach has proven to be a healthy support for her students. A graduate from Utah State University in Liberal Arts is a strong backdrop for Kenzie to share her love of history, literature, writing and philosophy. She gives her all, everyday to her students, including a custom catered breakdown of the Telos process that helps students learn healthy independence.

Education:Bachelors Liberal Arts - Utah State University

Specialty:Breaking down the learning process to propel students toward a healthy independence

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Samantha Von Gunten

“Samantha sends us regular updates on our student and we love getting them because in some way, she makes us feel part of it all! Each time I read them over and over and love how much he’s progressed.” -parent

Samantha’s number one priority is to build a strong foundation and relationships to help influence her student’s life in a positive way. Being part of the Treatment Team provides powerful opportunities to mold and mentor students. No one does this better than Samantha as her goal is to help students learn skills and tools for healthy independent living. Being a Life Coach is serious business. Samantha guides her students to work hard and put in the effort so they soon see and achieve new goals they have set their mind to.

Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Two years in mental health industry

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Taylor Rogers

Genuinely loving the students at Telos comes easily for Taylor. Watching her students grow, learn and find their potential is very rewarding. Her ability to meet them where they are at and mentor them to new heights is a strength. Deeply caring for her students while she mentors, is her super power! Her personal growth comes from helping her students grow and she loves being a Life Coach and working with the amazing young adults. Her goal is for each of her students to be proud of themselves and feel comfortable living on their own.

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

Specialty:Helps students to be proud of themselves and feel comfortable living on their own

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Josh Thorn

“From the perspective of loving parents, sending your son far away from home for an extended period of time indicates two things; our perceived need for the most effective help for our son and trust in the people who provide it. We feel blessed to have found Telos and specifically Josh. Of all of the therapists that we have dealt with along our journey, Josh is definitely the most effective, skilled, concerned, connected and invested professional we have met. Josh and Telos, thank you for your skills, your efforts and your results!” -Parent

Caring for your student is evident in many forms. Josh is a therapist who leads by example. His drive to be his personal best is second-to-none and this infectious attitude creates a thriving culture for students! Since beginning with Telos he has finished 9 Ironman competitions (Full and Half) and over 20 triathlons.  He knows first hand about Telos “grit”. As a therapist Josh puts this same hard work into his students. His commitment is day or night as needed and is often seen assisting around the floor (dorm) in the evenings after a long day at the office. Josh’s main goal for his students are helping them see, through self awareness, their maladaptive coping mechanisms which allow for substantial growth and healthy decision making.

Education:Bachelors, Psychology, Masters, Social Work

Clinical Expertise:CBT, DBT over 7 years

Admissions Officer - Center St Campus

Jaren Hamel

“On the first day I brought my son to Telos, Jaren put his arm around me and told me that he would take care of my son. It gave me great comfort to know he was in good hands. On the day of my son’s graduation from Telos, I was able to thank Jaren and all the people at Telos for keeping their word.” – Parent

Jaren joined Team Telos in 2007 and has been a “force for good”, in every sense of the word. While working in several departments over the years, he is most happy when working directly with families and the boys. As the director of the residential team Jaren ensured the highest levels of customer service for the boys on a day-to-day basis. Now as an Admissions Officer his drive for excellence includes those special relationships that will last a lifetime with families directly. Jaren works closely with Education Consultants, families and therapists to ensure that each boy is represented individually for the best possible outcomes. Families put a great deal of trust with their most prized possessions into the hands of Jaren and Team Telos and they work hard giving their very best so parents can rest easier.

Education:Student of Marriage and Family Studies - Brigham Young University-Idaho

Passion:Dedicated to an outstanding family experience

English Teacher

Irene Bolter

“Irene’s teaching method is unique and enjoyable. She is constantly happy and accommodating. She teaches us as if we are her own kids, truly striving to make us the best we can possibly be.” -Student

Irene began her pursuit of teaching in college and quickly finished with a Bachelors in English from Brigham Young University. Not ready to be done, she persisted more and received her English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement from Weber State. Teaching junior high English for six years for Ogden City School District sparked her passion for helping children in need and eventually accepted a role at Telos. Our students are not all as excited about English as Irene but they love her kind approach and low stress classroom.

Education:BA English-Weber State University

Expertise:Loves helping teens and young adults succeed

Assistant Director of Admissions - Geneva Campus

Becca Jolley

“Becca is a genuinely happy and positive person. I deeply appreciated her personal and caring manner as we transitioned our son to Telos.” – Parent

Becca is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Therapeutic Recreation, where her appreciation for helping kids and outdoor recreation began. Becca started her career helping children at Primary Children’s Wasatch Canyons and enhanced her career by moving to Telos in 2015 where a new-found love for teens and young adults has filled her heart. As the Assistant Director of Admissions she manages the Geneva campus admissions and has grown both personally and professionally supporting families who are struggling. She is passionate about working for a company that is profoundly dedicated to serving families and our youth. Becca is at her best when surrounded by students. They love her and feel loved by her sunny disposition and infectious laugh.

Education:Bachelors, Therapeutic Recreation - Brigham Young University

Passion:Advocate of the students and loves to make sure they feel welcome

Admission Officer - Geneva Campus

Emery Sultan

“Emery helped me through a range of issues at Telos. She exceeded what I expected from staff. Emery made the difficulties of being away from home more comfortable by connecting with me and supporting me as a friend and mentor.” -Student

Emery’s fascination with world culture and global diversity is contagious, as Telos thrives on a culture and diversity. Emery’s kind inclusive spirit is felt by families from all over the world who are looking into Telos.  She started her Telos journey as a residential mentor, soon transitioning to the Anthem House as a student advocate. Before long her attention to detail and drive to help teens, earned her a position as an Admissions Officer at Telos U. Emery cherishes the connections she’s formed with students and families alike. She takes great pride in helping families navigate the process of enrolling a child into treatment.

Education:BS Behavioral Science - Utah Valley University

Passion:Commitment to details and helping families find answers

Primary Therapist - 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

SUDC, Substance Use Recovery Specialist

Daniel Barnes

“When our son was 17 years old, we made the most difficult decision of our lives and sent him to a wilderness program and then Telos. Despite having him in an outpatient program at home, he was like a runaway train without brakes and needed an intensive inpatient program. What a difference a year makes. We’ve had the privilege of working with Daniel and he helped our son, as well as, our entire family navigate the choppy waters of addiction. He has an amazing gift for connecting with youth. Daniel weaves humor, warmth and gentleness into his therapy, yet he never hesitates to ‘tell it like it is’ and challenge our son. His knowledge about substance abuse is unsurpassed and his therapy is individualized and research based. Our family is now empowered with concrete tools to support our son in his recovery. Most importantly, our son adores Daniel and has gained incredible insight into himself, the core issues that drove his substance abuse, and coping mechanisms to maintain his sobriety.”- Parents

As an avid student of mental health and wellness, Daniel strives to reach above and beyond his schooling by pursuing the craft in traditional and experiential learning around mental health. His interests includes counseling, addiction and successfully treating them in a clinical setting. His conventional and unconventional approach is spot on.

In 2009 as a mentor to adolescents in a state adjudicated program, Daniel found his passion for helping youth and young adults. This passion stems from his experiences working closely with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults in substance use treatment. Most recently, at Telos (since 2014) as the Substance Use Recovery Specialist. Daniel’s strength is his understanding that the path of recovery is unique to each person and approaches each case with that highly successful mentality and even compassion. Using various modalities to address the specific needs of the individual, students and families leave with a sense of empowerment and awareness necessary to more effectively navigate life in recovery. Daniel’s personal experience with years of recovery from substance use addiction has facilitated an empathic set of skills which has successfully helped students and their families. In short, he gets it because he’s been there.

Education:B.S. Behavioral Science: Psychology -Utah Valley University, BS Behavioral Science: Psychology SUDC (substance use disorder counselor)

Expertise:Passionate about helping clients find a life clean of substance use

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Dagney Strossner

“Dagney is real with me. She is upfront and honest with me, even if it’s hard to hear. Dagney empowered me to see my own power and potential.” -Student

Dagney originates from South Carolina. She began her career in Utah in 2005 in the mental health field via wilderness therapy. As her work with youth progressed so did her devotion to the industry. She fell in love with the process of change and is now celebrating 13 years of passionate work with youth. Dagney has a strong background in evidence-based practices and family systems. She believes in the power of connection and relationship to self and others as a venue for healing and forward movement. Dagney finds that being active keeps her centered and encourages her students to do the same.

Education:BS Outdoor Experiential Education - Appalachian State University, Masters, Mental Health Counseling - University of Phoenix

Passion:Connecting personally

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Brent Esplin

With more than 18 years in the mental health field, Brent has focused most of his career on successful residential treatment. Creating powerful relationships and meaningful connections using a Structural and Solution Focused approach with families is a driving force for the success he sees. He finds joy in facilitating systemic change that follows.


Brent relates easily with parents and teens/young adults alike. He is passionate about helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation, ADHD, oppositional defiance and executive function issues. Finding a common ground to work from is the beginning of each therapeutic relationship. Brent’s expertise and knowledge base is a strength Telos relies on.

Education:LMFT-Friends University, BS Sociology-University of Utah

Passion:Passionate about students getting help who struggle with mental health needs.

Executive Function Coach

Erika Beck

Erika finds joy helping students reach their ultimate potential by helping them understand, improve, and capitalize on how they think and learn as a unique individual. The seven core skills that Erika teaches are key to independent living and a sustainable lifestyle. She has an incredible ability to maintain a heart of peace even in stressful situations.

With years of mentoring and instructing, Erika helps young adults and teenagers prepare for future success by introducing study skills, life skills, and social skills among others, to implement into their everyday lives that help them complete tasks, increase self awareness, and become organized mentally and in practice.

Education:Bachelors Psychology, minor Family And Human Studies - Utah State University

Expertise:Passionate about helping students find longterm success

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Cameron Armstrong

“Cameron Armstrong was nothing short of a miracle to our family. When our son first met Cameron, he was an angry, depressed young man who had very low self-esteem. Our son had rejected every therapist he’d worked with over the years. Through calm and consistent patience and a careful, non-confrontational manner, Cameron slowly began to connect with our son and build a trusting relationship with him. Cameron’s strength lay in his great subtlety and his ability to gently guide our son into realizing for himself what he could do differently and more positively.

Today, Trey is a happy, successful varsity football player with a 3.6 average who is a productive member of the family and who is looking forward to college. Are we astonished? Yes. Are we grateful? Yes. Cameron made it all possible and there are not words enough to express our appreciation. Quite simply, he worked a miracle.” -Parent

An original at Telos and passionate about helping kids. Cameron was the fourth employee ever hired. After working several years as a residential supervisor, he went back to school to advance his clinical expertise. The original Telos milieu what built by those original leaders. Cameron’s unique perspective with students as a primary therapist allows him the ability to dive deep. He specializes in helping young men overcome depression, anxiety, oppositional-defiance, and other behavioral health issues with incredible and consistent outcomes. A core belief he holds is that a therapeutic alliance of trust is at the base of all healing. He ascribes to the beliefs promoted in the book Leadership and Self-Deception–that seeing and validating a student’s humanity invites them to step toward a higher level of functioning. Promoting a positive space for growth.

Education:LCSW, M.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Brigham Young University

Expertise: Passionate advocate for young adults who need to be heard

Recreation Therapy - Center St Campus

Brenda Barrow

“I could immediately connect with Brenda’s incredible sense of passion and her deep well of empathy. She always came to recreation therapy groups prepared to make me think and create, but she also came with the attitude to make me feel connected and understood.” -Student

Brilliant at her job, Brenda’s enthusiasm for life is contagious. Her full-throttle approach to outdoors is a breath of fresh air for our students. She loves “her boys” and works hard to give them experiences that can only be had by a passionate outdoor enthusiast who provides Rec Therapy. With a Bachelors in Recreation Therapy and Youth Leadership (minor in Psychology) from Brigham Young University Brenda had a great start. She continued her credentials to become a nationally certified Recreational Therapist and has an impressive range of experience in the field. Her clientele include elderly, children with mental and physical disabilities, and adolescents. Brenda’s greatest passion is helping people see and reach their ultimate potential through recreational modalities. Working with youth with severe psychological and emotional trauma, specifically in her internships at the Center for Change and the Utah State Mental Hospital, both a powerful beginning for her career. She takes those skills to help Telos students with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and other needs, to see a brighter future. Her talents help students reduce medication and increase a healthy lifestyle.

Education:Bachelors, Rec Therapy / Youth Leadership

Expertise:Passionate about helping teens see their ultimate potential

Transports Director

Phil Neibaur

Phil is the first to say “I’m quirky and I know it” which makes being with him even more fun. His passion is unmatched at Telos when it comes to helping students. All hours of the day and night, Phil’s team is prompt to respond to the needs of those needing transportation to the airport, doctor’s office or recreation. Phil has been with Telos for over 3 years and works hard to connect with students. His ability to help them see the positive, despite hard challenges is a talent he shares to build students. Phil always has a smile on his face and looks forward to serving anyway he is needed. He is passionate about life and making a difference in kids.

Education:BS Behavioral Science/Psychology

Passion:Loves life and sharing that passion with students

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

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:CSW, MSW - Portland State University

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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Devin Barney

Budgeting, time management, organization, technology management, college prep are just a few passionate items Devin helps students work on. Watching students navigate college for the first time is amazing and keeps Devin excited to help students succeed. Achieving isn’t easy and comes in many forms and as long as it takes, he will be there to lift and support his students. Devin thoroughly enjoys seeing students achieve their goals. Nothing brings more satisfaction than helping a student do something they thought was “impossible”. That instant when they realize their personal achievement, is… priceless.

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

Specialty:Helping students achieve their "impossible".

Academic Advisor

Chalese Johnson

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.

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Tiffany Higuchi

Tiffany is a Life Skills Coach who loves exercise, yoga and videography. Her life is filled with fun and adventure and that is shared everyday with her students. Tiffany builds her students by helping them do hard things. Even more she helps them learn to enjoy it. Her mentoring includes a large dose of finding joy in the small things and facing tasks that may not be fun but doing them sooner than later. Tiffany’s passion shows through when her students have worked hard and been through some tough moments and they are still trying. She loves their resilience and as they keep trying, Tiffany will be there to support them.

Education:Bachelors, Recreation Therapy - Brigham Young University

Specialty:Helping students do hard things and learn to like it

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Alicia Card

Therapeutically engaged and experienced in the Telos way with over 3 years in the mental health industry at Telos. Alicia brings consistency, goal focused mentoring and teaching skills including Spanish tutoring and recreation therapy. Alicia loves her students and her end-goal as a Life Skills Coach is to help students find their own personal meaning for life, that creates motivation to move forward with specific skills and accomplishments that promotes a sustainable future. In the end her passion is fueled by seeing students lives filled with light, love, and purpose.

Education:Bachelors, Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation Management - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Helping students find value and purpose in life that is sustainable.

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Daniel Fast

With a “full tilt” approach to mentoring, Dan has quickly captured the hearts of many students. His patient and calm demeanor comes from walking in their shoes. As a youth Dan faced many of the struggles his students do and because of that he always makes time hear concerns or victories no matter how big or small. As mentors often think like a mom, Dan takes it even further to think like a student. By doing this, he is changing lives one at a time and loves what he does. His goal as a mentor and Life Skills Coach is to help students graduate from high school, find a job and build skills. When they are ready he encourages them to attend college or tech school, to keep stretching and growing. Dan’s reward comes when he sees his students overcoming obstacles that give hope for a sustainable future.

Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Helping students overcome hardships and help lead students toward a great future

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Cathy Davidson

Cathy has a strong desire to help others, especially those who need non-judgmental support. Her deep desire to help  comes from an upbringing of love and empowerment and she wants to share this with her students, especially mentoring toward independent living. Her goal is to help them succeed at whatever they put their mind to. With growth comes risk and if they fail, Cathy will lift them again and again until they find their unique path of independence.

Education:Bachelors History, emphasis 20th Century - Brigham young University

Specialty:Empathizing with students who need understanding

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Hailey Boggess

When Hailey arrives at work each day, her goal is to help her students be a better person. She finds a lot of satisfaction in being an unconditional support for students and helping them find and become self-sufficient. With a unique perspective from wilderness therapy to teaching in France, Hailey is relationship focused and loves being a mentor and coach. She brings to her students strong interpersonal skills, organization and a passion to connect.

Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Connecting with students as a mentor

Industry:Worked in the mental health industry for 3 years

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