NEW DIRECTOR AT STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
(June 1, 2004) Sue Miller of Stone Mountain School, Black Mountain, NC, 828-669-8639, SuGrMill@aol.com
, announced that Sam Moore was appointed Executive Director, taking the place of Catherine Jennings who moved on to direct New Leaf at Biltmore Academy in May 2004.
IN BALANCE RANCH ACADEMY TO OPEN
(July 28, 2004) Patrick J. Barrasso, LCSW, Owner of “In Balance Ranch Academy,” Tucson, AZ, 520-722-9631, www.inbalranch.com
, a 12 step-based therapeutic boarding school, announced they are now accepting applications from students.
HIDDEN LAKE HARVEST TOUR
(July 29, 2004) Brian Church, Admissions Director for Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, GA, 800-394-0640, email@example.com
, announced they will have an October 14 and 15 tour of Hidden Lake Academy and Ridge Creek, www.ridgecreek.org
, for Educational Consultants, called 2004 Harvest Tour.
ECHO SPRINGS STUDENT PUBLISHES ALASKA THOUGHTS
(August 19, 2004) David Taylor, a student at Echo Springs Transition Study Center, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-1111, firstname.lastname@example.org
, after a two week class trip to Alaska’s Brooks Mountain Range, north of the Arctic Circle, published his experiences in his home town newspaper, The Southern Reporter in Sardis, MS. Although he was impressed by the 24 hours of daylight, the challenges of surviving in the wilderness and the importance cooperation played in doing that, the experience of hiking the Permafrost, the peace of mind that comes from successfully facing the difficulties and discomforts of living in the wilderness, and many other experiences, what most impacted him was the size and tenacity of the Alaskan mosquitoes. His final conclusion was that someday he will return, maybe to hunt caribou or moose, spend some quiet time, or maybe even to get another look at those gargantuan mosquitoes.
COLLEGE PLACEMENT FOR JOHN DEWEY ACADEMY
(August 28, 2004) Tom Bratter, President of John Dewey Academy (JDA), Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-9800, email@example.com
, announced that the class of 2004 will attend the following colleges: Columbia (2), Haverford College, Indiana University, Mulhenberg College NYU (Tisch School of the Arts) and Syracuse University (Martin J. Whitman School of Management). Bratter also explained that since their founding in 1987, all JDA students have attended college, 75 percent attend the 50 most selective colleges in the country as determined by US News & World Reports, one-third made the Dean’s List, 70 percent of those who attended college graduated and one-third attended graduate school.
PLANNED SEMESTER COURSES AT SOAR
(August 31, 2004) Jonathan Jones, Executive Director of Success Oriented Achievement Realized (SOAR), Balsam, NC, 828-456-3435, www.soarnc.org
, an outdoor program “designed for individuals whose primary learning style is experiential and/or kinesthetic,” announced two upcoming semester-long courses beginning on January 10, 2005 to May 8, 2005. They consist of the “Southeast Coastal Semester,” and “Semester in the Southwest.”
LOGAN RIVER ACADEMY STAFF VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(August 31, 2004) Larry Carter, Executive Director, and Andrea Boyd, Admissions Coordinator, Logan River Academy, Logan, UT, 435-755-8400,firstname.lastname@example.org
, stopped by Woodbury Reports to invite us to dinner, touch base and compare notes on what’s happening in the network.
ARMBRUSTER JOINS MONARCH SCHOOL
(September 1, 2004) Ranel Hanson, Admissions and Marketing for Monarch School, Heron, MT, 877-955-2232, www.monarchschool.com
, announced that Lori Armbruster has joined the staff of Monarch School, centering on admissions and serving families before they enroll.
ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OPENS NEW PROGRAM
(September 3, 2004) Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, 800-767-4411, email@example.com
, announced the opening of a new Child & Adolescent Day Treatment Program in Brown Deer, WI.
ODYSSEY ACQUIRES NEW SAILBOAT
(September 7, 2004) Odyssey Wilderness Programs, Bellingham, WA, 360-671-4999, firstname.lastname@example.org
, announced the acquisition of the “Sirena,” a 58-foot traditional wooden schooner, which will be used during the week-long sailing component of their wilderness course. They also announced that their Fall course schedule will have a new 21-day wilderness component beginning every week.
NEW CFO AND EXEC VP FOR ASPEN
(September 7, 2004) Ross Goldberg, Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 818-597-8453, www.aspeneducation.com
, announced the hiring of Kyle Wescoat as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, effective immediately. Wescoat has more than two decades of experience with both privately held and publicly traded companies including Vans, “a publicly traded teen-oriented company” and Cherokee Inc., “the publicly traded intellectual property company.” Aspen owns and operates 28 residential and outdoor programs in 11 states.
NICOLE FONS AND KATIE JOCHUM VISIT WOODBURY REPORTS
(September 7, 2004) Nicole Fons, Program Director, and Katie Jochum, Admissions Director, Southern France Youth Institute (SFYI), 208-263-4974, email@example.com
, dropped by Woodbury Reports to discuss their new program for adolescents ages 16-20. SFYI is a cultural immersion program that is located in a quaint, historical village in Southern France.
MEXICAN AUTHORITIES RAID CASA BY THE SEA, HOUSE OF HOPE AND GENESIS BY THE SEA
(September 10, 2004) Mexican authorities shut down three private pay schools in Ensenada, Mexico. The three schools were Casa by the Sea, a 538 resident center, House of Hope Academy, a residential treatment facility for boys, and Genesis by the Sea, a religion based behavior modification center for girls. According to the story, all of the programs had health violations and were not in compliance with the Mexican government. www.strugglingteens.com
FORD NEW ALLDREDGE MARKETING DIRECTOR
(September 13, 2004) Angie Senic, Executive Director of Alldredge Academy, Davis, WV, 888-468-1828, Alldredgeacademy@alldredgeacademy.com
, announced the appointment of Kay Ford as the new Marketing Director, replacing Chip Huge, who resigned to “pursue other professional opportunities.” Ford has over 20 years experience in marketing, including running her own advertising agency and working as station manager of WDZY AM, a broadcast property of the Walt Disney Corporation.”
JOHN MATHESEN JOINES PENRITH FARMS
(September 13, 2004) Jessi Eden Brown, MS, LMHC, Clinical Director & Program Co-Director of Penrith Farms Young Adult Program, Newport, WA, 509-447-2291, firstname.lastname@example.org
, wrote to inform us that John Mathesen, MS, recently joined the Penrith Farms staff. John is a life-long student and teacher of all aspects of Western Landscapes including wilderness education, natural history, and sustainable technology. Jessi also announced that she has completed all of the required educational and supervised clinical experiences, passed the board exams, and has received notice of licensure by the Washington State Department of Health.
POSITIVE IMPACT IN ITS SIXTH YEAR IN MEXICO
(September 13, 2004) John Andersen, Founder/Executive Director, Positive Impact, Bahia de Kino, Mexico, 877-236-1114, www.bahiadekino.com, announced the school is in its sixth year of operation in Mexico. Positive Impact is not associated with Casa by the Sea or the two other private-pay rehabilitation centers for teens that the Mexican government shut down earlier this month. Positive Impact is a therapeutic program serving approximately 50 teen boys. www.strugglingteens.com
BRATTER SPEAKS OUT ON PENDING LAWSUIT AGAINST JOHN DEWEY ACADEMY
(September 13, 2004) Tom Bratter, Executive Director, John Dewey Academy, Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-9800, email@example.com
, issued a statement defending the school, himself and Kenneth Steiner against allegations stemming from a civil lawsuit filed in a federal court last month. The suit accuses Bratter, Steiner and John Dewey Academy of engaging in fraudulent behaviors by not providing a safe environment and competent supervision to protect a student from having a secret, sexual relationship with Gwendolyn Hampton, a former teacher at the school. www.strugglingteens.com
ADDISON NAMED AS DIRECTOR OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMY
(September 14, 2004) Julia Andrick, Public Relations, CEDU Education, 877-457-6170, firstname.lastname@example.org
, announced that Scott Addison, MA, MPA, is the new Director of Rocky Mountain Academy and that he is the “ideal individual” to lead the academy in its expanded therapeutic program. www.strugglingteens.com
2nd ANNUAL NW NATSAP REGIONAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN BEND
(September 15, 2004) Erick Scheiderman, Director of Admissions at Bridges Academy, Bend, OR, 888-283-7362 x 112, email@example.com
, reported that he is the Chairman for the 2nd Annual Northwest Regional NATSAP Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 29th, 2004 from 8:00-5:00 at The Riverhouse in Bend. For more information or to register contact Jan Moss of NATSAP at 928-443-9505 or Erick Scheiderman at the above number.
LICHFIELD MAJOR POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR
(September 16, 2004) The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Robert Lichfield, St. George, UT, founder of the World Wide Association of Specialty Schools and Programs (WWASP), had contributed $60,000 to the political campaign of Jon Huntsman, republican, running for Utah Governor. www.sltrib.com
CATHERINE FREER ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SANTIAM CROSSING
(September 17, 2004) Sarah Moir, Director of Referral Relations, Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, 800-390-3983, firstname.lastname@example.org
, announced the opening of Santiam Crossing, a three to six month outdoor therapeutic school in Oregon. For more information on Santiam Crossing, visit their website at www.santiamcrossing.com
PENINSULA VILLAGE ACCEPTED BY SACS
(September 20, 2004) Peninsula Village/Covenant Health, a long-term residential treatment program, Louisville, TN, 800-255-8336, www.peninsulavillage.org
, announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has accepted them as a candidate for accreditation. This accreditation will help in the transfer and acceptance of academic credits.
AEG NAME CHANGE: FROM WALKABOUT TO OUTBACK
(September 20, 2004) Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 888-972-7736, www.aspeneducation.com
, announced they officially changed the name of Walkabout Therapeutic Expeditions, Lehi, UT, to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, 800-817-1899, email@example.com
SECOND PSYCHIATRIST AT ROGERS EATING DISORDER CENTER
(September 21, 2004) Carol Schroeder, Marketing Director at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, 262-646-1389, firstname.lastname@example.org
, a non-profit healthcare provider, announced that a second full-time psychiatrist, Nicolette E. Weisensel, MD, is joining their eating disorders medical staff. She will also specialize in obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. Rogers Memorial Hospital has been in existence for 95 years.
ZUMWALT JOINS HIRED POWER, INC.
(September 21, 2004) Nanette Zumwalt, former National Director of Community Relations for CEDU Education, announced she has accepted a position as Director of Private Staffing for Hired Power, Inc., Seal Beach, CA, 800-910-9299, email@example.com
. Hired Power, Inc. helps professionals looking for employment in the fields of addiction, eating disorders and mental health. www.strugglingteens.com
ACADEMY AT SISTERS NEW STAFF
(September 22, 2004) Catie Starr, Administrative Coordinator for the Academy at Sisters, an all-girl school in Bend, OR, 541-389-2748, firstname.lastname@example.org
, announced that Sandy Rager has been promoted to Treatment Team Coordinator, and Chesley Strowd, email@example.com
, will be their Admissions Coordinator. Chesley has a BS in Psychology and has been providing direction and counseling services as a Case Manager at the academy for the past two years.
ACADEMY OF THE SIERRAS MAKES NATIONAL NEWS
(September 23, 2004) The Academy of the Sierras, Reedly, CA, 917-575-8903, www.academyofthesierras.com
, officially opened September 7, 2004, and made national news with the new mission as a therapeutic boarding school exclusively devoted to overweight and obese teenagers. www.strugglingteens.com
INTERIM ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR AT CANADVENTURE EDUCATION
(September 23, 2004) Greg Stevenson, Executive Director of CanAdventure Expeditions, Victoria, BC, Canada, 877-544-2267, firstname.lastname@example.org
, announced that he will be the admissions contact for their wilderness program, replacing Keir Gervais. Greg also said that CanAdventure will begin taking US students again in February 2005.
STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL APPOINTS NEW ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
(September 24, 2004) Sue Miller of Stone Mountain School (SMS), Black Mountain, NC, 828-669-8639, SuGrMill@aol.com
, announced that Charlie Talley, email@example.com
, was appointed Academic Director at SMS. Charlie is licensed in Special Education, specializing in learning disabilities.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ADDS NEW PLACEMENT CONSULTANT
(September 29, 2004) Marlyn Doan, M.Ed., and Sharon Peabody, M.Ed., Mercer Island, WA, Educational Resources, 206-232-3391, announced they have added Deborah Cossey, M.Ed. as a college placement consultant. Educational Resources offers college placement, prep/boarding school placement and career counseling. Doan continues to specialize in placing students with learning challenges, Learning Disabilities and ADHD.
HOUGHTON ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN PHONE NUMBER
(October 2004) Linda Houghton, President/ Founder, the Training Institute for Emotional Growth Education (TIEGE), 503-675-0735, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Lake Oswego, OR, announced that the phone number to TIEGE has changed to the one listed above.