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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 - Geneva Campus

Trevor Earl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Primary Therapist, ED Telos Discovery Space Ctr

Ryan Anderson

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

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

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

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

Noteworthy:10 publications, including two books

Primary Therapist, Director Research, Chief Quality Officer

John Hall

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

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

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

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

Clinical Expertise:Family systems, Arbinger Institute Certified

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

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Jason Clawson

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

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

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

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

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

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:Bachelors Psychology, Masters Marriage and Family - Argosy University

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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Maren Lynch

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

Education:BS Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Helping students feel valued

Director of Life Skills - Geneva Campus

Mary Colton

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

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

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

Education:BS Communication Disorders, Masters Applied Behavioral Analysis

Specialty:Loves helping students find purpose in daily routines

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Kylee Shields

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

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

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

Passion:Helping youth find hope in a confusing world

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

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Kyle Barth

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

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

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

Education:Oklahoma State University

Expertise:Finding solutions for young adults that break down barriers

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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Kenzie Foulger

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

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

Education:Bachelors Liberal Arts - Utah State University

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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Samantha Von Gunten

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

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

Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University

Specialty:Two years in mental health industry

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Taylor Rogers

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

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

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

Assistant Director of Admissions - Geneva Campus

Becca Jolley

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

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

Education:Bachelors, Therapeutic Recreation - Brigham Young University

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

Admission Officer - Geneva Campus

Emery Sultan

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

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

Education:BS Behavioral Science - Utah Valley University

Passion:Commitment to details and helping families find answers

Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus

Dagney Strossner

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

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

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

Passion:Connecting personally

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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Devin Barney

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

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

Specialty:Helping students achieve their "impossible".

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Emmanuela Bailey

“I never feel like I’m being judged when I talk to you.” -student

With a BS in Psychology and Minor in Sociology and several years of industry experience, Emmanuela is well-prepared to mentor students in life skills. What makes her amazing is her sense of humor and her zeal to lead by example. She jumps in with both feet and rolls up her sleeves and helps her students find confidence and success. Emmanuela has worked with students and residents ages 5 to 35 and loves all ages and stages. Her favorite is seeing sustainable progress in her students that comes by learning, from mistakes. Celebrating victories large and small is important to growth and confidence for students and Emmanuela is on the front line cheering for their success.

Education:Bachelors Psychology, Minor Sociology - Brigham young University

Specialty:Leading by example.

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Tiffany Higuchi

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

Education:Bachelors, Recreation Therapy - Brigham Young University

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

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Michael VonGunten

Michael brings many talents to Telos from rock climbing to piano and guitar (to name a few). His background and direct care experience brings a high-level of professional strength that helps him reach students and to mentor them toward a healthy, thriving lifestyle. Michael enjoys the unique relationship that each student brings. He loves making a difference in the lives of students which then gives way to building a strong bond and relationship.

Education:Health Psychology - Brigham Young University, ID

Specialty:Connecting with students as a mentor

Industry:Worked in the mental health industry for 2 years

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus

Alisha Talk

Alisha is a Tagalog speaking, life loving, powerhouse that thrives on positivity and service. Her mantra is holistic living which includes healthy mind, body and spirit. This mentality helps to challenge her students to do new (and sometimes difficult) things that students didn’t think they could do. Alisha brings over 4 years in the industry as a mentor and a lifetime of positive experiences to share with her students. Her greatest rewards are seeing students succeed at doing hard things they didn’t think they could do.

Education:Bachelors Psychology - Brigham Young University

Industry:Worked in the mental health industry for 4 years

Life Skills Coach - Geneva Campus