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

Nicole Larsen, M.Ed.

Advisor

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, M.Ed.

Nicole Larsen, M.Ed.

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

Shawn Gray

Staff Manager

Shawn grew up in a small town called Delta, Utah, but since 2012 he has called Cedar City home. Shawn loves Southern Utah because of the plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities that it provides. Because of his passion for the outdoors he pursued a bachelor's degree in Outdoor Recreation Parks and Tourism. He graduated from Southern Utah University in 2016. 

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Shawn Gray

Shawn Gray

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

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, RN

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, RN

Holly Lundell, RN

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