Executive Director, South Campus

Monte Criddle

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

If you are considering residential care for your young adult, consider that all great results come down to a culture of excellence that begins with leadership. Monte is that leader—an outstanding steward of parental trust and reliability. Monte runs a premium program for young adults that is considered the best in the industry by many. As Executive Director, his highly trained and certified team uses proven, clinically sophisticated modalities to deliver astounding, life-changing results for students and families.  With decades of clinical experience, he and his team are well-positioned to give students an experience that will be a turning point in their lives.  Monte’s team at Telos U has one goal, and that is to give individualized answers to emotional hurdles that enable a launch into adulthood with a principle-based life.

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

Recreational Therapy Director - Telos U

Craig Sperry

“Craig is simply amazing. He goes above and beyond to get to know and help all of the students that he works with.”  – Co-Worker

Craig has worked in the field of mental health in many compacities. He was worked in wilderness therapy, and is a seasoned vet at Telos by working in many different roles. Craig’s goal is to help Telos students to build a solid foundation in healthy living and leisure to help them to succeed. He loves teaching students how to do new things and watching them go from doubting and uncertainty to having that light bulb turn on and watching them learn and love what they are doing. He loves all things outdoors and that is usually where you can find him.

Education:University of Utah - BS in Recreational Therapy

Clinical Director - Telos U

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

Credentials:PhD, CMHC, NCC

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

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

Life Coach - Telos U

Kame’e Parker

“Kame’e is an incredible addition to the life skills team! She’s the literal definition of a heart at peace, and I feel incredibly blessed to work alongside her.” – Co-Worker

Kame’e has previous experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with autism and other various mental health illnesses as a registered behavior technician. This experience has helped her to develop a love for these individuals and desire to advocate for them and help them in finding their ultimate potential. Other than work, she loves to play volleyball, boogie boarding/ body surfing, and being with friends and family.

Education:Brigham Young University, Bachelor's Degree in Family Studies with an Emphasis in Human Development

Maintenance and Facilities Director

Carlos Rodriguez

“After working with you Carlos, my son feel more confident in himself” – Parent

Originally from Peru, Carlos worked in the construction industry for decades before coming to Telos. Carlos not only makes sure the Geneva campus maintains a high standard of excellence, he also oversees and mentors several students who work in the Maintenance department. Having five sons himself, Carlos loves to mentor the students at Telos U. 

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

Life Coach - Telos U

Jensen Caldwell

“Jensen is always willing to do what he can to help those around him thrive and find success” – Coworker

Jensen is an amazing life coach. He really knows how to listen to those that he works with and loves being an advocate for them. He finds joy in helping and watching others set and achieve their personal goals. He isn’t afraid to challenge his students as he knows that they can raise to the occasion. 

Education:Bachelors - Psychology, Utah Valley University

Life Coach - Telos U

Natalie Savage

“Natalie is always a joy to be around. She is an amazing life coach and has helped grow Telos through chairing committees and many other things. She is professional, caring, and kind. I have enjoyed working on the same treatment teams as her and am always impressed by her hard work and how she is able to help her students and her coworkers. Thanks for being awesome Natalie!” – Coworker

Natalie is one of our most seasoned life coach. Having worked at both campuses she excels at helping our students reach their ultimate potential. She has come to love the mission of Telos and is example of someone who lives it. When she isn’t working you can find her on a run, playing volleyball or soccer or being outside enjoying the beautiful nature that Utah has to offer.

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

Lead Supervisor - Telos U Apt G & H

Bethany Richmond

“You always make time for me and I really appreciate it. ” – Student

Bethany loves working at Telos. She is a great listener and really strives to build relationships with all of the students on her apartment. She is always willing to do what she can to help her students feel safe and heard. When she isn’t working she loves being outside and spending time with friends and family.

Medical Director

Dr James Palmer, DO

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

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

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

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

Certifications:American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified

Primary Therapist- Telos U

Ian MacGregor

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

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

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

Credentials:ACMHC, NCC

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

Program Lead - Geneva

Korley Jones

“Korley went out of her way to help keep us informed. It meant a lot to us.” – Parent

Korley has worked for a few years at Telos in various roles. She loves interacting with the students and helping them to achieve their goals. Korley grew up in many places as she traveled due to her parents work and learned many life lessons from those experiences that helps her connect and help others. When she isn’t working you can find her outside or spending time with her dog.

Education:Brigham Young University, Bachelor's Degree in Family Life Sciences

Life Coach - Telos U

Jennifer Mills

“Jennifer is awesome. That is really all that needs to be said but I will say more. She is always happy and is amazing with her students. She has so much patience and is willing to do whatever she needs to help her students. Thanks Jennifer for everything that you do!” – Co-Worker

Jennifer has been working in the mental health field for the better part of 8 years and has experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with various mental illnesses. Working in this field has helped her to develop not only a compassion for those who may struggle, but also a love for all people, and a desire to help them reach their fullest potential. Outside of work, Jennifer loves to sing, travel, meet new people and experience new cultures. Her singing has brought her to perform all over Utah as well as parts of Japan.

Education:Brigham Young University, Bachelor's Degree in Family Life Sciences: Human Development

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”

Primary Therapist- Telos U

Erin Mason

“My child feels comfortable around you and can fully be themselves. That doesn’t happen very often.”– Parent

Erin brings expertise in autism spectrum disorder treatment to Telos U.  Her superpower is to build connections and put students at ease quickly. In speaking of the change process, Erin says, “My end goal is to empower the students. I want them to have opportunities to prove they can do hard things.”  A happy personality is Erin’s default.  She finds humor in the simple things and believes in having fun along the way.

“I want students to feel they can be successful in their lives. Sometimes the ‘how’ in making that happen gets confusing, lost, or out of reach. These challenges don’t mean success can’t be achieved; we must find what works for them. Discovering these ways together as a team is what drives me. “

Education:Utah Valley University, University of Utah. Bachelor of Behavioral Science, Psychology - Master of Social Work

Modalities:CBT, ACT, Family Systems

Life Coach - Telos U

McKenna Beech

“”McKenna is passionate about the work that she does and strives to do what is best for the students. She enjoys building relationships with the people around her and they know she genuinely cares”.” – C0-Worker

Mckenna has worked in residential treatment for close to 2 years. She loves seeing people find the motivation to change and improve their life. She is good at building relationships with students and helping them know that what their ultimate potential is. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelors in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Services. She enjoys being outside and enjoying the sun, going on hikes, longboarding, going boating, and trying new food.

Education:Bachelors In Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Development Southern Utah University

Life Coach - Telos U

Phillip Stewart

“I wish we could take you home with our child” – Parent

Phillip is passionate about preparing the up and coming generation to be ready to take on the world. He has worked in the mental health industry for 2 years and has grown to love seeing the change and potential in everyone. Outside of work he loves rock climbing, volleyball, and mentoring the youth in these sports.

Education:Utah Valley University, Bachelors in Applied Communication

Primary Therapist- Telos U

Wade Taylor

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

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

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


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

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).

Student Living Director - South 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.

Assistant Admissions Director - South 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

Associate Academic Director - North Campus

Curtis Gardner

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

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

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

Expertise:Passionate about students succeeding in school

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

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

Primary Therapist - Telos U

Emma Black

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


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

Clinical Expertise:Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing


Education:Masters in Social Work, Utah Valley University

PE Coach and Consumer Economics Teacher - South Campus

Austin Stevenson

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

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

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

History and Art Teacher - South Campus

Richard McOmber

“You are very patient.” -pretty much everyone

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

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

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

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

Director of Life Skills & Executive Function Program - Telos

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

Credentials:LCSW, ADHD-CCSP

Passion:Helping youth find hope in a confusing world

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

Education Director - South Campus

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.