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

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.

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. 

Education:LPN

Passion:Keeping students safe

Noteworthy:Over 20 years in nursing

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

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

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

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

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 - Center St Campus

Brady Clegg

A veteran of Telos for 5 years and serving students now as a Primary Therapist. A key to the ongoing success is his passion around connecting. This includes a less traditional, social connection with activities and even athletics like a triathlon now and then. Biking and running with students is a fun connection for Brady. Success in Brady’s mind is empowering students with a strong sense of worth and self-determination. This means students leave Telos with the ability and tools to be sustainable and love the path they are working for. Brady is patient, caring and willing to work with students on their level and always aiming to give that extra push to help students succeed. Modalities are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic.

Clinical Expertise:ACT, CBT, Psychodynamic

Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, Master Social Work - University of Utah

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Payton Holt

“You are the only therapist that has actually helped us make the changes we wanted to.”  -Parent

 

As a former college athlete Payton learned resilience and grit. As a therapist he shares with his students this powerful mindset. Learning skills for stress coping, respectful communication and healthy self-esteem are important keys, Payton helps his students with. His passion for helping families reconnect in positive ways through emotional trust and vulnerability is a rewarding step in learning and strengthening each other. Payton loves mentoring students to reach their goals and develop confidence and motivation to achieve more. Helping students avoid pain and dysfunction by seeing a “clear path” to their ultimate potential is Payton’s overall goal.

Clinical Expertise:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, Structural Family Therapy

Education:Bachelors, Psychology - Brigham Young University; Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy - Regis 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

Intern Therapist - Geneva Campus

Tyler Horan

Tyler has a hope that all of his students leave Telos realizing that though we are not always in control of circumstances, we are always in control of how we choose to see and act on our circumstances. Empowering students comes from relationships, structure, tools and even healthy surroundings. Having the ability to think about a problem differently is powerful. It provides confidence, ability, strength and a better life.  Tyler is excited to help his students find these kinds of answers.

Education:Working toward M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Lamar University (anticipated April 2022)

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

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

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Stephanie Shillig

“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:LMFT, Bachelors Psychology, Masters Marriage and Family - Argosy University

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

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

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Jason Pugh

“You are the first therapist that I feel has really taken the time to listen and hear what I have to say” -student

A 10 year veteran in mental health, Jason loves connecting with people and finding a common humanity. Working with students, his hope is to guide them through a journey that helps them see insights and self-awareness. Jason’s kind approach guides students how to build on common ground. A favorite of his is to see “things click” after having worked for days, weeks for months with students to find it. It’s at this point that Jason sees them believing in themselves and taking opportunities to grow and expand their horizons.

Education:M.Ed Counseling Psychology - University of Utah; Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC)

Passion:Helping students gain insight that gives them power over weaknesses

Clinical Expertise:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and positive psychology

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)

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Jessica Johansen

Jessica made me feel like things were going to be okay and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. She genuinely cared about my story and my struggles.    -student

Jessica loves all things Disney! Her true love however, is helping students find a path that is sustainable. She enjoys the “front row seat” of seeing how much value each individual person has! Seeing feelings of hopelessness changed into a feeling of hope is life-changing. Jessica provides an atmosphere where students feel safe to overcome big hurdles. This non-judgmental and empowering space is powerful for students. Her goal with each student is to assist them in a journey to find their ultimate self.  There is nothing more rewarding, than seeing students succeed at the end of the day.

Education:Bachelors of Sociology-Brigham Young University Idaho; Masters, Social Work - Louisiana State University

Specialties:Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

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.

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 to the process.”  -Staff

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, with over a decade of experience working in the mental health field, Kyle has dedicated himself to advocating for teens and young adults to achieve their ultimate potential. He is an adjunct professor for a graduate program teaching family counseling and has instructed graduate and undergraduate level courses in the field of family science. Kyle has published research centered on co-parenting and intervention effectiveness. In addition to his work at Telos, he has worked in outpatient addiction recovery, community mental health, private practice, and university counseling services.

He approaches treatment through a systemic lens, utilizing various treatment modalities to best meet the most complex needs of his students and clients including: cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy , experiential, and Bowen Family Systems.

Education:LMFT, Bachelors in Family Studies - Oklahoma State University, MS Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

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

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

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

Director of Health Services

Kanisha Chapman

Kanisha is a medical powerhouse at Telos, as the Director of Health Services on the Geneva Campus she runs the Health Center with no other goal than to keep your students safe and healthy. Her team’s organization and planning to keep meds scheduled, filled and delivered on-time and on-point is second to none. Kanisha loves helping students and seeing them strive for more independence. She is quick to establish rapport and a connection with students and is always willing to lend an ear or share a laugh.

Passion:Building independence and confidence in students.

Experience:Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Residential

Education:Medical Assistant - Ameritech; RN, BSN Degrees December 2021

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

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

Admissions Officer - Center St Campus

Abi Scoma

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

Abi 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. Before full time admissions, Abi worked part-time with Telos, as-well-as a mentor in wilderness therapy and a river-guide in the Grand Canyon. Now her passion is being realized full time at Telos as an Admissions Officer, and loving it. Her greatest desire is to see students understand their real worth and the joy, respect and love that comes from that knowledge. Abi is the youngest in a large family and most of her siblings are in the mental health profession at some level. Since her earliest memories, she has been raised with the passion of mental health and it shows in her energy and love for the families she serves.

Education:Bachelors, Behavioral Science - Family Studies - Utah Valley University

Passion:Finding the "gold" in our students.

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.

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

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

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

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

Passion:Connecting personally

Primary Therapist - Center St Campus

Lexi Sorensen

Lexi is compassionate, light and energetic! She genuinely cares!” – parent

As a Primary Therapist at Telos, Lexi has experienced first-hand the struggles of mental health needs of loved ones and the toll on a family. This insight helps drive her primary focus, which is to help students see their potential, worth and value. This begins with family healing as well as student healing. Lexi personally strives to instill hope and confidence in her students and brings loads of energy and compassion to the table. Families find great confidence in Lexi that helps them thrive.

Education:MFT, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Utah State University - Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah Valley University

Expertise: Passionate advocate for individual worth and value.

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 McCuistion

“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

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:LCSW, MSW - Portland State University

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

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.

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