EXECUTIVE TEAM

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

Wendi Tullis

Program Director

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

Program Director

Cody Lamb

Residential Manager

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Cody Lamb

Cody Lamb

Residential Manager

Tawny Thomas, LCSW

CERTS Director of Outreach

Tawny is Director of Program and Business Development for CERTS.  Prior to this position, Tawny was the Executive Director of Kolob Canyon and Moonridge Academy for over 10 years.

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Tawny Thomas, LCSW

Tawny Thomas, LCSW

CERTS Director of Outreach

 

 ADVISORS 

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

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

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

Cristina Clerico

Advisor

Cristina Clerico was raised in the Salt Lake Valley and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Interdisciplinary Studies from Utah State University.  She loves working with adolescents.  Read More....

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Cristina Clerico

Cristina Clerico

Advisor

Stuart Bunker, M.A.

Stuart is a straight shooter who thrives when supporting young adults and families. He loves the outdoors and goes camping every chance he gets. Stuart is an avid reader of the classics. His love of learning has seen him though a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Masters in Communications at Southern Utah University. 

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Stuart Bunker, M.A.

Stuart Bunker, M.A.

Kensie Savage

Advisor

Kensie graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Family Life and Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Kensie has worked with children and teenagers at DCFS and in a Residential Treatment Center, working with students who come from many different backgrounds. All have experienced various types of trauma and struggle to find the best versions of themselves. 

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Kensie Savage

Kensie Savage

Advisor

 

ACADEMICS

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

Carlie Hulet

Math, Art, 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, 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

Gary Cowart

Math Teacher

Gary was born and raised in Beaumont Texas. He moved to Utah in 1976. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in Math and Physical Education. Gary eventually also got a degree in Driver's Education. He met his wife and got married in 1983. He has been married ever since (almost 36 years). He has 10 grandchildren. Gary has taught high school math for 35 years, Drivers Ed for 23 years, and was also the head baseball coach for 9 years. 

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Gary Cowart

Gary Cowart

Math 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

Denice Daughton

Science Teacher

Denice graduated from Southern Utah University with Bachelor's in Science in Science & Health with an emphasis in teaching. In 2012 she was awarded Outstanding Educator of the Year. Denice's philosophy on education is "I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day". 

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Denice Daughton

Denice Daughton

Science Teacher

Diana Mitchell

Spanish Teacher

Diana is a native of Southern California. She came to Cedar City 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. She is fluent in Spanish and loves teaching her native language to her students. 

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Diana Mitchell

Diana Mitchell

Spanish Teacher

 

MEDICAL

Dr. Ryan Williams, MD

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, MD

Dr. Ryan Williams, MD

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

 

RESIDENTIAL

Wendi Tullis

Program Director

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

Program Director

Cody Lamb

Residential Manager

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Cody Lamb

Cody Lamb

Residential Manager

Jeffrey 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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Jeffrey Byram

Jeffrey Byram

Kitchen Manager