Jon Larsen, M.S. LMFT

Executive Director

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, M.S. LMFT

Jon Larsen, M.S. LMFT

Executive Director

Dave Gardiner, M.Ed.

Academic Director

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 and a M.Ed. in leadership and administration from Southern Utah University.  While working on his undergraduate degree, he was frequently on the Dean's List and became a member of Sigma Tau Delta--

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Dave Gardiner, M.Ed.

Dave Gardiner, M.Ed.

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, M.Ed.

Assistant Director/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, M.Ed.

Ariel Rhoades, M.Ed.

Assistant Director/Dean of Students

Megan Henningson

Operations and Office Manager

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

Operations and Office Manager

Greg Allred, M.S.

Advisor

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, M.S.

Greg Allred, M.S.

Advisor

John Buckner, M.S. LMFT

Advisor

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, M.S. LMFT

John Buckner, M.S. LMFT

Advisor

Wendi Tullis

Advisor

In 2012 Wendi began her career at Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy. She was the morning Team Leader then transitioned to Staff Director and now she is an Advisor.  Wendi has always enjoyed working with troubled youth and watching them grow and find happiness within themselves.

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Wendi Tullis

Wendi Tullis

Advisor

Jordan Sanders

Advisor

Jordan Sanders hails from Caste Dale, Utah and grew up enjoying the outdoors in the San Rafael Swell and the surrounding areas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Southern Utah University and is pursuing a Master's degree in Music Technology also from SUU.

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Jordan Sanders

Jordan Sanders

Advisor

Alex Parkinson

Staff Manager

Alex was raised in Tremonton, Utah and grew up enjoying sports and academics. He noticed from early on the need for positive role models in the lives of today's youth and that led him to pursue education in psychology and human services, and a passion for mentoring teens. Alex is currently the head coach of the Iron County United Water Polo team, and has won two state titles and female coach of the year. 

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Alex Parkinson

Alex Parkinson

Staff Manager

Jan Belden, M.S.

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, M.S.

Jan Belden, M.S.

Science 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

Marne Miani, M.A.

English Teacher

Marné has been teaching for 20+ years, even before she earned her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Utah in 1996 and her Master of Arts from Brigham Young University in 1999.

 

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Marne Miani, M.A.

Marne Miani, M.A.

English Teacher

Becca Black

Math and Science Teacher

Becca was born and raised in Blanding, Utah. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's degree through Southern Utah University, where she is majoring in Mathematics. She is also receiving a minor in Physics as it is her “guilty pleasure”. Becca is passionate about math and science and loves making these subjects fun for her students.

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Becca Black

Becca Black

Math and Science 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

Lisa Anderson, RN

Registered Nurse

Lisa recently graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She loves all things medical and especially enjoys working with babies and youth. Lisa originally chose a career in Recreational Therapy and got her first bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University almost two decades before going to nursing school.  

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Lisa Anderson, RN

Lisa Anderson, RN

Registered Nurse

John Lundell

Accounts Manager

John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and graduated from Southern Utah University.  He has worked as an Accountant for one of the largest, at the time, privately owned Property Management companies.  He then moved on to work for Fidelity Investments as a Financial Representative, where he traded on the stock market and helped in other customer service capacities for investors. 

 

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John Lundell

John Lundell

Accounts Manager

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