Jon Larsen

Head of School

Jon received his Master of Science Degree from Auburn University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to coming to Mountain Springs Academy, he worked as a therapist and clinical director at two different residential treatment centers (one large co-ed facility and one smaller girls-only facility). 

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Jon Larsen

Jon Larsen

Head of School

Stan Stewart

Academic Director

Stan graduated from Brigham Young University and was a teacher and administrator in Utah public schools from 1978 through May of 2006. He received statewide acclaim as a mathematics educator and served on many state curriculum development and assessment writing committees. Among his many honors was the Teacher of the Year Award from one of Utah’s largest school districts. 

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Stan Stewart

Stan Stewart

Academic Director

Shawnale Wilson

Admission's Director

Shawnale has over a decade of experience in Admissions for adolescent treatment programs and is excited to work with families and students at Mountain Springs.  Shawnale is originally from Sandpoint, Idaho and is married with three children, and one grandchild.  Shawnale is a high ranking archery competitor and enjoys all forms of recreation.

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Shawnale Wilson

Shawnale Wilson

Admission's Director

Ariel Rhoades

Assistant Head of School/Dean of Students

Ariel has worked at Mountain Springs since 2006.  She is dedicated to helping youth transform their lives through meaningful relationships and experiences. She has always worked—and plans to always work—with youth in both educational and recreational settings. 

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Ariel Rhoades

Ariel Rhoades

Assistant Head of School/Dean of Students

Megan Henningson

Director of Operations

Megan has been with Mountain Springs since 2006.  She began her MSPA career as a line staff/mentor, has cooked for the students, was the Morning Team Leader, Staff Director and now the Director of Operations.  Megan graduated Southern Utah University in May 2007 with a Bachelor's in Psychology.  

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Megan Henningson

Megan Henningson

Director of Operations

Greg Allred

Dean of Students

Greg was born in New Zealand and raised in Utah. He graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and is currently working on a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling. Greg has worked for many years with adolescents in both wilderness and outpatient programs. Greg has worked at Mountain Springs since 2008.  

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Greg Allred

Greg Allred

Dean of Students

John Buckner

Dean of Students

John Buckner grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. John has worked in the helping profession for over a decade. He has worked as front line staff at therapeutic boarding schools, volunteered at a crisis center as a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist for the state of Idaho, as a milieu director in residential care, and as a therapist at a residential treatment center. 

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John Buckner

John Buckner

Dean of Students

Wendi Tullis

Dean of Students

In 2012 Wendi began her career at Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy. She was the morning Team Leader and is now the Staff Director.  Wendi has always enjoyed working with troubled youth and watching them grow and find happiness within themselves. She has held positions at residential treatment centers and also been involved with program admissions.  

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Wendi Tullis

Wendi Tullis

Dean of Students

Chandis Saunders

Dean of Students

Chandis was raised in Broomfield, Colorado but it didn't take long for southern Utah to become home. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She was also honored by her professors with the Experiential Psychology Award which she was given for her hands-on experiences in the field of Psychology, including, her time as class facilitator in a university level class.

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Chandis Saunders

Chandis Saunders

Dean of Students

Nicole Larsen

Dean of Students

Nicole was born and raised in Tustin, CA, but has called southern Utah home for the past 16 years. Ever since she was in high school, Nicole has been intrigued with the study of the mind and behavior, which led her to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

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Nicole Larsen

Nicole Larsen

Dean of Students

Katie Sullivan

Staff Director

Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Legal studies from Southern Utah University. She has been working with Mountain Springs since 2014, but has been working with youth in treatment for over 5 years. Prior to working at Mountain Springs she worked at an all girls residential treatment center. 

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Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan

Staff Director

Jan Belden

Science Teacher

Jan completed her undergraduate degree from Southern Utah University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. She returned to earn her teaching certificate and picked up a mathematics endorsement in the process. In 2015, she earned a master’s degree from Mississippi State University in Geoscience. 

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Jan Belden

Jan Belden

Science Teacher

Dave Gardiner

English Teacher

David was born and raised in Utah.  He grew up in Hurricane, where he learned to love reading, writing, football, soccer and mischief.  David earned a B.A. in English Education from Southern Utah University.  While at SUU, he was frequently on the Dean's List and became a member of Sigma Tau Delta--the National English Honor Society.  

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Dave Gardiner

Dave Gardiner

English Teacher

Carlie Hulet

Math, Art Teacher and Special Education Teacher

Carlie Hulet is from Hurricane, Utah. She received her Bachelor's in Math Education with an Art minor from Southern Utah University in 2009 and has been teaching in Iron County ever since. Carlie has a passion for learning and continued her education taking masters classes at SUU and received a Special Education Endorsement during her first year of teaching. 

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Carlie Hulet

Carlie Hulet

Math, Art Teacher and Special Education Teacher

Mark Howard

Social Studies Teacher

Mark graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in History and Geography. He has taught Social Studies, computers, language, and coached sports teams and academic teams for 35 years in Nevada. While teaching there he received Teacher of the Year award from the district and his academic team won two state championships. 

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Mark Howard

Mark Howard

Social Studies Teacher

Diana Mitchell

Math and Spanish Teacher

Diana is a native of Southern California. She came to Cedar on a track and cross country scholarship and was a star runner during her years at Southern Utah University. She was a five time NCAA all academic athlete. She graduated with a math education major and Spanish minor. 

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Diana Mitchell

Diana Mitchell

Math and Spanish Teacher

Dr. Ryan Williams

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Williams is board certified in both psychiatry and pediatrics and has also completed training in child psychiatry as well as child abuse and neglect. He completed his adult and adolescent psychiatric as well as pediatric training at Tufts University in Boston MA, where he worked for two years as the chief resident. There he learned from prominent members of the field of psychiatry. 

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Dr. Ryan Williams

Dr. Ryan Williams

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Holly Lundell

Registered Nurse

Holly is from Hurricane, Utah. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Southern Utah University in 2009. Before becoming a Registered Nurse, she worked as a Nurse's Assistant for 5 years. She has worked with geriatrics in a rehabilitation center as well as in a Home Health setting. She lived in Texas for 3 years and worked at a large pediatric hospital on the endocrine unit. 

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Holly Lundell

Holly Lundell

Registered Nurse

Jeffery Byram

Kitchen Manager

Jeff was born and raised in southern California. He has worked in food production and management for over 40 years. Jeff started out working for his father’s business, providing food service to jockeys and the support staff for all three major horse racetracks. He later gained some invaluable skills working for Harrah’s casino in Las Vegas for three years.

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Jeffery Byram

Jeffery Byram

Kitchen Manager