Executive Director, North 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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Clinical Director - North 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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Admissions Director: North Campus, 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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

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

Aftercare Specialist

Phil Childs

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

An accomplished professional music artist, Phil has done about all there is to do at Telos.  A long-time veteran of the program, he has worked in every department including chef, mentor, lead supervisor, substitute teacher, transport staff, anthem advocate, and EF coordinator. Phil is a living example of someone who lives the mission statement and does all that he can to help the Telos students thrive.

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

Substance Use Disorder Counselor - Carter House

Kevin Owen, LSUDC

“Kevin is amazing at maintaining a heart at peace and seeing the students for who they can become rather than who they are” – Co – Worker

Kevin has dedicated many years of his life to the field of substance use disorder counseling. He has worked in wilderness programs, out patient recovery, and many roles here at Telos. He has an amazing ability to help transform the lives of others by helping them to overcome the obstacles that get in their way. When he isn’t working you can find him in the mountains, rock climbing, or spending time with his wife and son. 

Education:Utah Valley University, Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Lead Supervisor - Carter House

Ben Waldrip

“I want to thank you for being an advocate for our son. You truly have been a blessing to him and us. ” – Parent

Ben loves leading and the challenge of culture building, with both students and staff. The challenge of building a positive culture of care and accountability is one that invites growth in all who embark on it. He really believes in the value of the relationship when it comes to treatment. He puts the majority of his efforts into building strong, meaningful relationships through one on one conversations and engaging in healthy recreation with those he works with.  Outside of work he loves to snowboard and be in the mountains. If he is not doing one of those things you can find him either watching or playing baseball, basketball, or football.

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Parent Liaison - North Campus

Erin Schmitt

“I want to thank you for being so helpful and kind leading up to and during the Family Days program.  Your concern and guidance helped our family navigate a challenge and turn it into a positive experience.”  Telos Parent

My name is Erin Schmitt and I am the Parent Liaison for Telos.  A little bit about me…

  • I live in Woodstock, GA
  • Married 20 years in August
  • 3 kids, 1 dog
  • I enjoy yard work, baking bread from scratch, and the Atlanta Braves!
  • In my previous life, I was a dietitian and a nurse, I’ve always enjoyed taking care of people

Our experience in choosing to send our son into treatment was the hardest decision we have ever made.  I remember feeling so lonely and isolated during that time.  Even with supportive friends and family, it’s hard to find people who can truly understand and empathize with what we were all going through as a family.  

Throughout our time at Telos, we were able to gain so much insight as parents and meet other families who were on the same journey as us.  For me, meeting other parents and being able to connect with them and share the journey together helped so much.  I am so happy to now be offering that same support to all the great families at Telos.  The journey is so full of ups and downs and It is nice to be able to use what we have been through to help and encourage others.  Telos parents are the BEST!

Education:BS in Nutrition from Auburn University and BS in Nursing from Kennesaw State University

Primary Therapist - North Campus

Adam Heldibridle

Adam is simply a great person and an even better friend. – Co-Worker

Adam started his journey in mental health back in October 2003. He has worked for programs in Florida, Utah, Vermont, Montana, and New Mexico. He has worked in several positions, some of them being: senior field guide, field medic and medical coordinator, assistant field director, field director, clinical assistant, and primary therapist. Adam has worked with both adolescents and adults, men and women, and on a variety of issues such as: substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and trauma related issues. Adam strongly believes in the critical importance of family work and strengthening the positive connections in our lives whenever possible. When Adam isn’t working, you will most likely find him somewhere in the wilderness. He has always felt a strong pull and deep love for the wilderness due to the quiet wild places beyond the roads and trails.

Clinical Expertise:ART, EMDR, ABBT, DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapies, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy


Education:Bachelors: University of New Mexico, Masters of Social Work: Arizona State University

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Human Resources Director

Camie Shepherd, SHRM-CP

“Camie is dependable, has amazing leadership skills, work ethic, all while having an enthusiastic attitude while doing it.” -staff

Camie started at Telos as a PrTMS technician in 2019 as part of the Neuro Health team. She moved to the administrative assistant role at Telos U and worked in that role for a little over a year before joining the HR team. Camie is a true people person and loves helping those around her. She is organized and a systems thinker who is always seeking to improve the workplace. Camie’s hobbies include camping, riding four-wheelers, scrapbooking, and quilting.

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

Elective Teacher - North Campus

Jared Salmond

“Jared is a man of great integrity. He is one of the hardest working individuals I know. He has a great work ethic.” – Parent

Jared has taught art since he was 16 and he loves to use his creativity to help young people learn. He is an author/illustrator of children’s picture books and has a degree in illustration from Utah Valley University. He loves his wife and two boys. He enjoys watching movies, hiking, playing video games, and most geeky things.

Education:Utah Valley University, Illustration

Director of the Telos Discovery Space Center

Nathan King

“Thanks for letting me feel safe enough to mess up in your class.” –  Student

Nathan is a veteran of the space center industry. He has over ten years of experience of teaching and coaching others how to use the software. He knows how to fine tune each mission to help the participates learn and grow because of it. When he isn’t working, you can find him spending time with his foster kiddos.

Education:Utah Valley University

Maintenance and Facilities Director

Jose Falcon

“Jose is always happy and is willing to do what he can to help provide a physical healing environment for the students” – Co – Worker

Jose has been in the Maintenance industry for over 20 years. His motto is that he loves “bringing new life to broken things”. Jose does everything from plumbing, electrical, carpentry drywall, and painting on the Center Street campus. He never gets bored.

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 Neuro Health

Justin Levine

“Justin’s smile and positivity is infectious. Plus, as a former Telos student and success story, he is a role model and inspiration for all who walk through our doors”. – Co-Worker

As a former Telos student, Justin knows the ins and outs of the Telos program from both sides. His invaluable experience has allowed him to connect and inspire students and parents on a deeper level. He knows that through hard work and dedication, goals can be achieved and change can happen. Justin was an All-American runner in college and continues that passion by helping students find modes of exercise that they enjoy and helps them to see the benefits from it. As the Director of Neuro Health, Justin also knows the benefit of understanding the benefit of PrTMS. He works tirelessly to help educate and provide the best PrTMS treatment for others.

Education:BA Neuroscience Bates College

Expertise:Undergraduate Full-Year Neuroscience Research Thesis on Neurofitness, titled, “Cardiovascular fitness effect on affective and cognitive functioning through differing daily exercise regimens”

Science Teacher - North Campus

Kylea Custer

“Kylea has the ability to maintain healthy mentor-to-student relationships by holding consistent boundaries while having fun. Kylea is dedicated to her work and often goes above and beyond what is expected of her in her role. She has proved she is one of the biggest team players.” – Coworker

Kylea has worked with teenagers for many years in several different capacities. Through her experience, she has found a joy in helping and assisting others to learn and grow which in turn has helped Kylea learn and grow as well. Outside of work, she enjoys being active and hanging out with her cats, doing photography and videography.

Education:Utah Tech, Bachelor of Science - Multimedia Journalism

Telos DEI Consultant

Dr. Sonyia Richardson

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


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

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

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

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

Primary Therapist - North Campus

Arthur Kleinfelder

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

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

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


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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Primary Therapist - North Campus

Sarah Manning

“I am grateful for you continuing to help me even though I didn’t want to accept your help. You treated me with respect even when I didn’t treat you the same. I am glad that you are my therapist” – Student

Sarah has worked several years in the residential setting working with young women experiencing suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, self harming behaviors, depression, anxiety, and neurodevelopmental issues. In addition, she has also worked several years in the private practice setting working with couples, families, and individuals for a diverse set of issues including problematic sexual compulsive behavior and trauma. Outside of work she likes to be with her husband and twin three year old boys. Going to the park, taking their two doodles for a walk, playing pickle ball, and cooking.

Education:Arizona State University


Passion:Learning new things and listening to podcasts.

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

History Teacher - North Campus

Stacey Medley

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

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

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

Physics, Chemistry & Biology Teacher - North Campus

Heath Bigelow

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

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

PE Head Coach and Neurofitness Director - North Campus

Shaun Christian

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

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

Specialty:Founder of T3 Endurance

Education:UVU, Fire Science

PE Coach - North Campus

Kodi Kleven

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

Kodi Kleven – PE Coach, Center Street campus

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

Campus Supervisor - North 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

Clinical Director of Residential Care - North 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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

HR Compliance & Safety Officer

Hayden Wilson

“Hayden is an example of someone who lives the mission of Telos. He is always going above and beyond to help make the students and his co-workers’ lives easier. He is a great eye for systems and helps everyone to work smarter rather than harder.” – Staff

Hayden has been with Telos for a few years now. He has been in several positions during his time here at Telos. He has been an EF coach, and the EF Coordinator. Hayden has now moved into being the compliance and safety specialist and is looking forward to helping employees and Telos as a whole run more efficiently.

Education:BYU-Idaho, Exercise Physiology

Director of Nursing - North Campus

Michael Shomaker

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

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


Passion:Watching people I care for make good choices

Admissions Officer - North 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.

Primary Therapist - North Campus

Alexis Valdez

To say Alexis changed the trajectory of our son’s life would be an understatement.  She gained his trust through genuine care for his overall well-being.  -Telos parent

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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Primary Therapist - North 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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Primary Therapist - North Campus

Jackson Houmand

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

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

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


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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Clinical Director - Geneva Center and Vineyard Primary Care and Assessment

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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Primary Therapist - Geneva

Laura Easler

“Laura is simply put amazing. She has the amazing ability to connect with everyone around her and be at peace even though chaos is going on around her. She helps everyone around her to become better” – Co-Worker

Laura has been in the field since 2015. From that time she has utilized her degree working in foster care, skilled nursing facilities, medical hospitals, hospice, psychiatric hospitals, and most recently as a psychiatric emergency response team clinician working in conjunction with the San Diego Police Department. She has mainly implemented therapeutic modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Outside of work, She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves hiking, watching crime shows, playing games, going to the gym, and reading books.

Education:Bachelors in Social Work - University of Phoenix, Masters in Social Work - University of South Carolina


Certifications:7 Challenges Certified

Academic Director - North Campus

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

TRS - North Campus

Karl Jensen

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

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

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

Art Teacher - North Campus

Chase Henson

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

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

Education:BFA Art-Utah Valley University

Licensed Substance Use Counselor - North 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 - North Campus

Maycie Gerber

“There’s nothing better than watching a boy build confidence and important life skills as he masters a black diamond run, nails his first bike jump, or makes it to the top of a difficult climb.”   -Maycie

Maycie has worked with youth for many years.  A lover of the outdoors, she believes time spent in nature can heal us from the wounds of living in an overconnected but relationally shallow world.  Maycie loves introducing people to new passions and lovingly pushing them beyond their comfort zones.  A master of “therapy without walls,” Maycie loves helping people reach their ultimate potential.  

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

Expertise:Passionate about using recreation to enhance therapeutic growth

Anthem Program Director

Aaron Johnson

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

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

Education:LCSW, MSW - Portland State University


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

Certifications:7 Challenges Certified