Who We Are

Our Team

Our Team

Girls School

Patti Hollenbeck-Dial, Ph.D.

Patti
Founder/Admissions and Clinical Manager

Dr. Patti Hollenbeck-Dial has thirty two years of extensive experience in working with adolescents. With a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Patti specialized in working as a therapist with adolescents and their families in private practice for 6 years and in residential treatment for 11 years. In 2003, Patti left her practice and dedicated her life to developing and running Maple Lake Academy and has loved every minute of this work! Prior to being a therapist, she was a full time educator, teaching biology to junior high and high school students.

Wendy LeFevre

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Wendy LeFevre earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and a Master of Education with an Administrative endorsement from Southern Utah University. She has fourteen years of teaching experience in junior high and high school, both in private and public education, including 5 years as the education director at Maple Lake Academy.

Wendy is happily married to Mike and has four children, one daughter and 3 boys. She enjoys spending time outdoors–hiking, camping, four-wheeling–and riding her bicycle.

Michelle Broadbent “Shelly”, B.S., R.N.

Nursing Manager

Michelle Broadbent has been a registered nurse for thirty two years. She received her nursing degree from Brigham Young University. Her vast experience includes but is not limited to prenatal and obstetrics, immunization and travel nursing, family medicine, and home health care. Michelle feels that in addition to her clinical experience she has gained a great deal of practical experience from rearing her eight children (five daughters and three sons). Michelle’s unique dedication and commitment to quality care in working with the adolescents at Maple Lake Academy, comes from a highly professional and very personal approach that centers on treating each girl as if she were her own daughter. In her leisure time, Michelle enjoys sewing, cooking and showing/breeding exotic Himalayan and Burmese cats.

Jon Case,LSCW

Jon Case
Primary Therapist

Jon earned his Master of Social Work and his B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University.

Jon has experience working alongside adolescents in residential treatment both in staffing and clinical roles. Jon previously worked with Maple Lake at both the boys and girls schools. He was one of the first supervisors at the boys school and worked with the treatment team as the school grew from no students to full capacity. Jon also walked the trails of wilderness therapy first as a guide and later as a therapist. Though the settings have varied greatly—from sterile hospital buildings to beautiful desert spaces—the one thing that has remained constant is the good people Jon has encountered along the way.

Jon favors a strengths-based approach, emphasizing the inherent values and qualities of the individual or family. Jon is a student at heart and constantly seeking out further growth and development opportunities professionally.

Jon loves adventures of all sizes—especially those found in the wilderness and in books. Jon’s greatest personal adventures have come in fatherhood through diapers and bedtime stories with his toddler son, Ty, and his wife and co-captain, Laurel.

Anna Ford

Anna Ford
Equine Manager

Involved with equine healing for over thirty years, Anna has trained and certified through Utah State University, North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, American Vaulting Association, Resistance Free Method and continues her education through regular participation in various seminars and clinics.

Anna is especially enthusiastic about helping people discover their authentic selves through hands on daily interaction with animals. She has worked extensively with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, emotional issues and physical impairments. Anna understands and believes in the value of equine interaction for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of people young and old.

Anna helped to promote in Utah, Equine Vaulting (gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse), with her team earning several National Championship Titles and numerous Regional Championship Titles. The compulsory moves in vaulting are perfect for developing balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. When we creatively bring it all together in the kur (or freestyle), the feeling of accomplishment can really be empowering.

A mother of six, a small business owner and always the first to volunteer in the community, Anna feels she possesses a wealth of life experience to share with her students as they interact during all aspects of equine related activities. She truly cares about each individual and teaches with the primary goal being a safe, enjoyable experience for both rider and horse.

“After 12 years as Maple Lake Academy Equine Program Director, I can’t imagine a better way to help empower the next generation, our youth, who will lead the future!”

As well as anything equine related, Anna enjoys gardening, cooking, motorcycling, paddle boarding, hiking, bicycling, writing and reading.

Jodi Leynse

Jodi Leynse
Admissions Coordinator

Jodi Leynse grew up in the great state of Colorado before moving to Utah to study Recreation Therapy at Brigham Young University. Jodi has been with Maple Lake since 2008 after completing a Recreation Therapy internship with Karie Swenson where she became passionate about the students that Maple Lake Academy serves. Jodi considers it to be a huge blessing to be a part of the changes students make and helping them find their personal strengths. One of Jodi’s favorite parts of her job is providing tours because she can share her love of the Maple Lake program with prospective families and education consultants instead of entertaining her friends and family with her constant enthusiasm. In her free time Jodi enjoys snowshoeing, camping, getting outside, knitting and playing board games with friends.

Joan Johnson

Joan Johnson
Kitchen Manager

Joan Johnson comes to Maple Lake with 30 years of experience in catering and food service. She has an associates degree from Utah State University. Joan previously owned a floral and wedding business where she did the catering and decorating. Joan enjoys cooking and spending time advancing her skills. She is having a lot of fun working and being around the girls at Maple Lake. Joan has 5 children and 12 grandchildren and spends her free time with them.

McKay Nelson

Science Teacher

McKay is a graduate from Utah Valley University. He graduated in Integrated Studies with Emphasis in Biology and Earth Science (Geology). He has studied the volcanoes of Utah during his Senior thesis and throughout his under graduate career and brings a passion for science with him into the classroom. When he is not in the class room he is outside hiking, fishing, scuba diving or setting up telescopes. He is also an avid cosplayer and will frequent comic cons such as Salt Lake City FanX.  McKay has 3 pet snakes, one of which he rescued.

Liz Sanft

Admissions and Marketing Associate

Liz grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where she attended Arizona State University. Liz previously spent just shy of 5 years at Maple Lake Academy Girls School where she began as a mentor and moved through to Residential Director. Liz also spent time doing social media marketing for a business consulting firm in Orem. After spending a year in Arizona working for another program, she happily returned to Maple Lake and continued that work at Maple Lake Academy Bridges for two years before joining the Admissions Team. She enjoys working with people and watching their growth and potential and helping others become more aware of mental health. In her free time you can find Liz reading, traveling, crafting and socializing with family and friends.

Nichol Holwege

Nichol
Founder/Program Manager

Nichol Holwege began her experience as an intern at the Utah State Hospital working on the Youth Unit where she led daily recreational groups. Nichol has 22 years of experience working in residential treatment with both adolescent girls and boys.

Nichol obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Brigham Young University. Through her education and 22 years of experience, she has extensive knowledge working with those dealing with depression, anxiety, reactive attachment, addiction and ASD.

Nichol grew up in Oregon where she learned to love the beautiful outdoors of the Northwest fishing, hiking, camping. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, long distance cycling, and gardening. Nichol’s long term goal is to some day cycle across the United States.

Nichol is also a member of Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).

Nathan Smith

Human Resource

Nathan’s journey at MLA began in 2011 when he started as an on-call mentor, and worked his way up to be the Residential Manager at the Girls School. In 2015, Nathan and his wife, Kerri, moved to Oregon for Kerri to attend dental school, during which time Nathan worked in HR roles at Dungarvin Inc., a national provider of support services for adults with developmental disabilities; and at Kyocera International, Inc., a global manufacturer of ceramic technologies. Nathan is excited to rejoin the MLA team in 2019 as the new HR Manager, and support the Maple Lake programs from the staffing and employment perspective. Why return to MLA?

“There is no other place quite like Maple Lake Academy. We are a gold standard of treatment for our students and their families, and we are an incredible place to work. No other program I’ve experienced has such a cohesive interdisciplinary team of professionals, and the right approach with its students, as I’ve seen with MLA. I knew it would be hard to leave Maple Lake, and obviously I couldn’t stay away.”

Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2014, and is now pursuing his Master in Business Administration from the University of Utah. When not working or in school, Nathan loves to explore the outdoors, make homemade pasta, and hang out with friends and family. Nathan and Kerri reside with their daughter, Raegan, in Pleasant Grove.

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Deanne Shields

Special Education Coordinator

Deeane was born and raised in Utah. She received a B.S. degree in Zoology Composite Teaching and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Brigham Young University. She has been teaching and tutoring since 1984. She has worked in several special education settings.

Deeanne has worked with students, parents, school districts and mental health agencies in developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).

In her spare time, Deeanne reads, gardens and supports the interests and talents of her four unique children.

Jolyn Mitchell MS, Ed.S.

Academic Manager

 

Jolyn Mitchell has been an educator since 1999 as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor and child advocate.   Her experience in working with students of all backgrounds has fostered a love for the learning process and a student-centered approach to education.  She has a BS in elementary education, an MS in curriculum and instruction as well as an Ed S. in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University in Nashville.  She has experience in public and private education and has served her school communities in many ways; such as athletic director, emergency response team, mentoring programs and more.  She loves hiking, skiing, biking and reading.  Jolyn is a mother of 5 children and 15 grandchildren.

Jeff Owens

Math Teacher

Jeff Owens Graduated from Southern Utah University with degrees and certifications in Mathematics, Computer Science, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, and Furniture & Cabinet Making. He began his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher and coach in Utah. Jeff served on curriculum development teams at both district and state levels, helped develop user interface for education software, and was part of a Fellowship at the University of Utah sponsored by the National Science Foundation to strengthen teaching competencies in rural schools. He then worked in the private sector as a software engineer and consultant for 25 years before returning to education as a mathematics teacher at Maple Lake Academy in 2011. In 2013, Jeff took an eighteen month leave from Maple Lake to serve an LDS mission with his wife in Texas where they digitally preserved old books and records. He returned to teaching at Maple Lake in January 2015 where he hopes to stay for a very long time.
Jeff enjoys the great southern Utah outdoors where he was born and raised. He likes most sports, really anything outdoors or involving a ball. He loves building fine furniture and custom cabinetry in his shop and being with his family, especially his 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Kim Owens, PhD.

Kim Owens
Primary Therapist/Assistant Clinical Manager

Kim began counseling youth during graduate internships in the 1980’s; a special love for teens arose from the work. It is an honor to be part of the emergence of a beautiful young woman as she struggles through the challenges of adolescence, especially when compounded by learning disabilities, shame, trauma, depression, or anxiety.

Kim received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. Her doctoral dissertation looked at internalized shame as an obstacle to an individual’s search for belonging and shared intimacy. With master’s degrees in MFT and Social Work, certification in life coaching, and undergraduate work in Child Development Kim feels blessed with a variety of disciplines to draw upon in her work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a member of the National Association of Social Workers and International Coaching Federation.

Kim and her husband have experienced life’s greatest joys and sorrows working together raising their five children in Southern California. Embracing a variety of community service opportunities throughout the years, the most touching moments of volunteer work have come while working in Ecuadorian orphanages with her family. Marcus and Kim met while working out at the BYU gym; they share their love for exercise, community service, outdoor sports and sunsets with their children and grandchildren. Kim loves being a grandmother to their four energetic grandsons.

Karie Swenson, MTRS

Karie Swenson
Recreation Therapy Manager

Karie Swenson received her Masters Degree in Recreation Therapy from Brigham Young University and is Nationally Certified. In her 33 years of experience as a therapist, Karie has worked intensively with adolescents and adults diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, learning disabilities, attachment issues, depression, bi-polar disorder, chemical dependence and abuse, oppositional defiant disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders, trauma issues, etc. In the past, Karie has worked with sex offenders and severely psychotic men. She has worked in a psychiatric nursing home and with individuals struggling with mental deficits.

Currently, Karie is thrilled to be at Maple Lake Academy, working with adolescent girls and boys on the autism spectrum. She also currently works at the Center for Women and Children in Crisis (Domestic Violence Shelter).
Before coming to Maple Lake Academy, Karie worked at New Haven Residential Treatment Center (Adolescent Girls), Heber Valley Counseling (Substance Abuse), The Gathering Place (Substance Abuse and Addictions), Charter Canyon Hospital (Acute Psychiatric Hospital), Psychiatric Nursing Home, Atascadero State Hospital (Criminally Insane), and Utah State Hospital (Mentally Ill).

Karie believes in the power of experiential therapy. She uses initiative interventions as a modality to help individuals make positive, lasting changes. Through using this modality the clients improve communication skills, family and peer bonding, leadership acquisition, conflict resolution, how to develop support systems, all while developing a stronger sense of self.

Karie loves spending time with people, traveling, experiencing history sites. She enjoys sewing, quilting, reading, and doing anything where she gets to know everyone’s business, bosses people around, and gets to play! What she loves most about her job is that she gets to see people become happy, productive human beings.

Margo Vane

Margo Vane
Office Manager

Margo was born and raised on a farm in St. Anthony, Idaho. She graduated from Links Business College in Boise, Idaho with a diploma in accounting. She has had extensive experience working in the accounting departments at Ricks College, Mountain View Hospital, and other residential treatment programs. She loves being a part of Maple Lake Academy. She enjoys the people she works with and loves getting to know the students and being able to see the positive changes they are able to make while here at Maple Lake.

Margo enjoys reading, traveling, doing crafts and spending time with her four children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.

Stacey Medley

Residential Manager

Stacey is from a small city in Western Utah where she spent time working with youth with cognitive disabilities. This experience led Stacey to find a passion and desire for helping others in need. She found her way in 2016 to Brigham Young University where she studied Sociology and graduated with her Bachelors Degree in 2019. Stacey has worked at Maple Lake Academy since 2017 and has loved her experience working with our students. She has spent time volunteering and working at numerous organizations that focus on mentoring youth and helping them reach their full potential. Stacey is happy to be part of the journey our students are on and loves working with them and their families. She is grateful to have found her way to such a loving and supportive program. When she’s not at work Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and reading a good book.

Regan Whimpey

Teaching and Classroom Assistant

Regan graduated from UVU with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in Directing.  He is currently working on his Secondary Teaching license in Theatre & Social Studies, as well as a Master in Teaching the Arts from Idaho State University.  Regan comes to us from American Preparatory Academy. He is also heavily involved in Theatre in the Utah community, appearing in and directing many shows throughout Utah.  He has also taught Acting 101 at the Hale Center Theater from 2013 – 2018.

Marliett Davis, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Marliett Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who comes to Maple Lake Academy with 7 years of clinical experience specifically in the residential treatment field. She has been practicing as a clinical therapist for over ten years and has worked in various setting throughout her career including in inpatient/outpatient eating disorder clinics, a University counseling center, in residential treatment, and in her own private practice.

 Marliett has a passion for working with girls and specializes in attachment/adoption issues, healthy body image, eating disorders/disordered eating, grief, trauma, autism, anxiety, and the treatment of personality & mood disorders. She has been intensively trained by Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s company, in DBT. She also has specialized training in EMDR, Psychodrama, Interpersonal Theory Process groups, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Brene Brown’s Shame Resilience curriculum, etc. She offers a supportive style that balances change and acceptance strategies in moving forward.

Our Team

Boys School

Patti Hollenbeck-Dial, Ph.D.

Patti
Founder/Admissions and Clinical Manager

Dr. Patti Hollenbeck-Dial has thirty two years of extensive experience in working with adolescents. With a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Patti specialized in working as a therapist with adolescents and their families in private practice for 6 years and in residential treatment for 11 years. In 2003, Patti left her practice and dedicated her life to developing and running Maple Lake Academy and has loved every minute of this work! Prior to being a therapist, she was a full time educator, teaching biology to junior high and high school students.

Wendy LeFevre

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Wendy LeFevre earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and a Master of Education with an Administrative endorsement from Southern Utah University. She has fourteen years of teaching experience in junior high and high school, both in private and public education, including 5 years as the education director at Maple Lake Academy.

Wendy is happily married to Mike and has four children, one daughter and 3 boys. She enjoys spending time outdoors–hiking, camping, four-wheeling–and riding her bicycle.

Ron Squire, LCSW

Ron Squire
Primary Therapist/Assistant Clinical Manager

Ron earned his Masters of Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2012. Prior to graduate school Ron worked in various adolescent residential treatment centers (Maple Lake Academy included) as a supervisor while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was during this time that Ron grew to love working with adolescents and seeing the life changes that can be made. Ron has experience in working with both adolescents and adults in mental health, college/career advisement, and substance abuse recovery. Ron enjoys using a Cognitive Behavioral approach for therapy as well as Solution Focused and Motivational Interviewing. He is very interested in the treatment of adolescents, addiction recovery, and trauma.
Ron became interested in the field of mental health after a life-altering hiking accident that left him temporarily paralyzed in 2004. Through many years of painful physical rehabilitation Ron learned how to walk again and is getting around just fine with the use of a cane. Ron feels this incident in his life greatly impacted him for the good and gave him the opportunity and unique insight to help others through their challenges.
Ron’s many personal interests allow him to connect with many different people on various levels. His interests include sports, music, movies, fishing, WWII history, and anything vintage. Ron lives with his wife and two boys in Springville UT.

Josh Smith, LCSW

Josh Smith
Primary Therapist

Josh Smith, has a Masters of Social Work from Michigan state University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. While completing his Bachelor’s degree, Josh worked in residential treatment as a direct care worker and a supervisor. Josh has also worked with adults in inpatient and outpatient substance use programs and worked at the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic at Michigan State University. Josh decided to return to residential treatment to work with adolescents again because he enjoys working with teens and feels that the opportunity for early intervention with those that are still in their youth can have a lasting and transformative change on the life of individuals. Josh has completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and also likes to use a relational approach to therapy with teens.
Josh has had the opportunity to work with adolescents with a large variety of mental health issues including but not limited to; ODD, ADHD, Autism, Bordeline, Bipolar, Reactive Attachment Disorder, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance use disorders, Trauma, and many other things. Josh is passionate about his work and finding what works best for his clients and their families.

When Josh isn’t at work, he enjoys being with his family. Josh loves spending whatever free time he has with his children Amy and Ethan. Personal interests of Josh include; cooking (especially barbeque), camping, movies, and animals. Josh identifies as a kid at heart and enjoys play, this has been part of his draw to working with adolescents.

Kami Houck, TRS CTRS

Recreation Therapist

Kami is a small town girl from Morgan, UT. She enjoys spending time with her large family (6 siblings, 25 nieces and nephews), being in the outdoors, playing sports, trying new things and engaging with people. Kami is a Certified Recreation Therapy Specialist and has been for the past 7 years. Kami found herself in the RT field by divine intervention. When she had two semesters left of college, she met the BYU Recreation Therapy Director while visiting a past church leader. He got her into BYU in three weeks and finished with her degree in three semesters. Kami feels like Recreation Therapy has been more of a calling than a job. She has worked with teenage girls on the autism spectrum, teenage girls at the Utah State Hospital, teenage boys in foster care, adults in substance abuse recovery, and is currently also working with military families, specifically with the children. Kami has been a consistent member of Utah Recreation Therapy Association. She has helped plan conference, assist with executive meetings, enhance and advocate for RT and just finished her term as President. Kami’s very passionate about life. There is so much joy in challenging yourself, learning new strengths, getting out of your comfort zone and learning new skills. Whether it be sports, horses, art, or nature based connection, there is a benefit to it all.

Suzanne Vasquez

Suzanne Vasquez
Kitchen Manager

Suzanne has been with Maple Lake Academy since 2010. She was born in 1950 in West Mountain on a farm just a few miles from the school and is the 5th child of 6 children – 2 girls, 4 boys.

In Suzanne’s words, “I was raised to respect my parents, older people, my country and my church. I was taught to work hard and give an honest days work and not leave until I fulfilled my responsibilities. My mother was a great cook, so I inherited my talent and love for cooking from her. My father passed away when I was 15, and in order to help my mother I went to work in Fast Food. I married at the age of 18 and had 4 children, we were later divorced. Later I married the love of my life and had 3 more children. He also works for the school in charge of all the yard maintenance, which is nice; we pretty much leave for work and come home at the same time. We are grandparents of 25 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.”

Suzanne graduated from Provo Tech with a degree in Food Management while raising a family and working for Mountain View Hospital for 15 years. There, she was a food manager and later started a catering business because there was no place nice to eat in Payson. When she left the hospital, her husband purchased the catering business and renamed it Fiesta Catering. All 7 of Suzanne’s children were raised in the business, teaching them work ethic, and people skills. They all are blessed to be in management positions.

Suzanne learned of Maple Lake Academy hiring and that they offered insurance, so she applied and started working at the Girls School. When they opened the Boys School, Suzanne moved over to manage the kitchen there, and the rest is history.

“I tried retiring for a year but God blessed me by being able to come back. With the Corona Virus our catering disappeared, and we would have lost everything. I love cooking for the young men in our facility and enjoy when they succeed.”

McKay Nelson

Science Teacher

McKay is a graduate from Utah Valley University. He graduated in Integrated Studies with Emphasis in Biology and Earth Science (Geology). He has studied the volcanoes of Utah during his Senior thesis and throughout his under graduate career and brings a passion for science with him into the classroom. When he is not in the class room he is outside hiking, fishing, scuba diving or setting up telescopes. He is also an avid cosplayer and will frequent comic cons such as Salt Lake City FanX.  McKay has 3 pet snakes, one of which he rescued.

Liz Sanft

Marketing and Admissions Associate

Liz grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where she attended Arizona State University. Liz previously spent just shy of 5 years at Maple Lake Academy Girls School where she began as a mentor and moved through to Residential Director. Liz also spent time doing social media marketing for a business consulting firm in Orem. After spending a year in Arizona working for another program, she happily returned to Maple Lake and continued that work at Maple Lake Academy Bridges for two years before joining the Admissions Team. She enjoys working with people and watching their growth and potential and helping others become more aware of mental health. In her free time you can find Liz reading, traveling, crafting and socializing with family and friends.

Nichol Holwege

Nichol
Founder/Program Manager

Nichol Holwege began her experience as an intern at the Utah State Hospital working on the Youth Unit where she led daily recreational groups. Nichol has 22 years of experience working in residential treatment with both adolescent girls and boys.

Nichol obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Brigham Young University. Through her education and 22 years of experience, she has extensive knowledge working with those dealing with depression, anxiety, reactive attachment, addiction and ASD.

Nichol grew up in Oregon where she learned to love the beautiful outdoors of the Northwest fishing, hiking, camping. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, long distance cycling, and gardening. Nichol’s long term goal is to some day cycle across the United States.

Nichol is also a member of Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).

Nathan Smith

Human Resource Manager

 

Nathan’s journey at MLA began in 2011 when he started as an on-call mentor, and worked his way up to be the Residential Manager at the Girls School. In 2015, Nathan and his wife, Kerri, moved to Oregon for Kerri to attend dental school, during which time Nathan worked in HR roles at Dungarvin Inc., a national provider of support services for adults with developmental disabilities; and at Kyocera International, Inc., a global manufacturer of ceramic technologies. Nathan is excited to rejoin the MLA team in 2019 as the new HR Manager, and support the Maple Lake programs from the staffing and employment perspective. Why return to MLA?

“There is no other place quite like Maple Lake Academy. We are a gold standard of treatment for our students and their families, and we are an incredible place to work. No other program I’ve experienced has such a cohesive interdisciplinary team of professionals, and the right approach with its students, as I’ve seen with MLA. I knew it would be hard to leave Maple Lake, and obviously I couldn’t stay away.”

Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2014, and is now pursuing his Master in Business Administration from the University of Utah. When not working or in school, Nathan loves to explore the outdoors, make homemade pasta, and hang out with friends and family. Nathan and Kerri reside with their daughter, Raegan, in Pleasant Grove.

Deanne Shields

Special Education Coordinator

Deeane was born and raised in Utah. She received a B.S. degree in Zoology Composite Teaching and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Brigham Young University. She has been teaching and tutoring since 1984.  She has taught in a variety of special education settings.

Deeanne has worked with students, parents, school districts and mental health agencies in developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).

In her spare time, Deeanne reads, gardens and supports the interests and talents of her four unique children.

Jolyn Mitchell MS, Ed.S.

Academic Manager

Jolyn Mitchell has been an educator since 1999 as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor and child advocate.   Her experience in working with students of all backgrounds has fostered a love for the learning process and a student-centered approach to education.  She has a BS in elementary education, an MS in curriculum and instruction as well as an Ed S. in administration and supervision from Tennessee State University in Nashville.  She has experience in public and private education and has served her school communities in many ways; such as athletic director, emergency response team, mentoring programs and more.  She loves hiking, skiing, biking and reading.  Jolyn is a mother of 5 children and 15 grandchildren.

Jeff Owens

Math Teacher

Jeff Owens Graduated from Southern Utah University with degrees and certifications in Mathematics, Computer Science, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, and Furniture & Cabinet Making. He began his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher and coach in Utah. Jeff served on curriculum development teams at both district and state levels, helped develop user interface for education software, and was part of a Fellowship at the University of Utah sponsored by the National Science Foundation to strengthen teaching competencies in rural schools. He then worked in the private sector as a software engineer and consultant for 25 years before returning to education as a mathematics teacher at Maple Lake Academy in 2011. In 2013, Jeff took an eighteen month leave from Maple Lake to serve an LDS mission with his wife in Texas where they digitally preserved old books and records. He returned to teaching at Maple Lake in January 2015 where he hopes to stay for a very long time.
Jeff enjoys the great southern Utah outdoors where he was born and raised. He likes most sports, really anything outdoors or involving a ball. He loves building fine furniture and custom cabinetry in his shop and being with his family, especially his 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Vicki Moesinger

Social Studies Teacher

Vicki was born in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico; 3rd in a family of 8 children. She came to the United States at 17. But returned to live in Mexico a couple of times for a total of 22 years of her life including a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has lived in Arizona, Utah, California and Colorado.

She has a double major Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish and a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language plus 30 Master’s hours in Psychology. She taught middle school social studies for 8 years before taking leave for 15 years to raise her 3 children.

She taught Social Studies at the Center for Change for 3 years on a part-time basis. And spent 5 years in Nebo School District subbing while she finished raising her children and teaching Interior Design for 2 of those 5 years. She, also, spend 1 ½ years developing an English Language program for a private school that catered to international students.
Before teaching, Vicki worked in the business world as an office manager, HR director and General manager for 5 businesses.

Vicki’s hobbies are gardening, reading, just about anything creative such as painting, sewing and interior design. She loves spending time with her family, renovating old things and service in her Church.
Her passions are teaching, learning, being healthy and people.
The most interesting/unique thing she feels she did in her life was to interview with the CIA. But since she is afraid of the dark and knew she would faint if someone pulled a gun on her, the position did not work out. Whew!

Caleen Haun, RN

Caleen Haun
Nursing Manager

Caleen has enjoyed working with children with learning differences since 1991, in a variety of settings including an intermediate-care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, a recreational rehabilitation program, and with The United Way. After previously studying Humanities at Yale and Brigham Young University, Caleen enjoyed several years as a stay-at-home mother before returning to school and earning her nursing degree from Utah Valley University. As an RN she has enjoyed specializing in psychiatric, behavioral, and mental health nursing. Before coming to Maple Lake Academy’s girls school in 2009, she worked in long-term-care for dually-diagnosed children, and then with a multi-state nonprofit organization that specialized in home and community-based support services for individuals with attachment disorders, adoption issues, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, chronic health concerns, and trauma/abuse/neglect victims. Caleen is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association.

Caleen and her husband stay very busy with their five children. Together they enjoy camping, backpacking, fishing, football, water-skiing and basketball. She also has an intense love of learning and is always pursuing continuing education. Her other interests include history, reading, etymology, Celtic music, and volunteering at her children’s schools and in community health fairs.

Logan Valentine, LCSW

Logan Valentine, LCSW
Primary Therapist

Logan is a licensed therapist who has worked clinically with adolescents over the past thirty years. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, specializing in childhood and adolescent disorders. Logan specializes with psychiatric disorders that include; Asperger’s disorder, Autism, Bipolar disorder, Depressive disorders, substance abuse, Tourette’s, trauma, psychosis, and comorbidities with these illnesses. He has been a clinical supervisor of student interns for the past 15 years. Logan graduated from Arizona State University in psychology and interpersonal relations. He has presented in juried presentations at the National Conference of the National Association of Social Work, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists annual conference. Recently he presented at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs’ annual conference. He is married to a delightful partner, Patricia, of 27 years, and have eight children. All of his children are now adults. He loves to travel, play with his seven wonderful grandchildren, play hockey with his younger sons, and engage in water skiing and snow skiing.

Anna Ford

Anna Ford
Equine Manager

Involved with equine healing for over thirty years, Anna has trained and certified through Utah State University, North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, American Vaulting Association, Resistance Free Method and continues her education through regular participation in various seminars and clinics.

Anna is especially enthusiastic about helping people discover their authentic selves through hands on daily interaction with animals. She has worked extensively with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, emotional issues and physical impairments. Anna understands and believes in the value of equine interaction for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of people young and old.

Anna helped to promote in Utah, Equine Vaulting (gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse), with her team earning several National Championship Titles and numerous Regional Championship Titles. The compulsory moves in vaulting are perfect for developing balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. When we creatively bring it all together in the kur (or freestyle), the feeling of accomplishment can really be empowering.

A mother of six, a small business owner and always the first to volunteer in the community, Anna feels she possesses a wealth of life experience to share with her students as they interact during all aspects of equine related activities. She truly cares about each individual and teaches with the primary goal being a safe, enjoyable experience for both rider and horse.

“After 12 years as Maple Lake Academy Equine Program Director, I can’t imagine a better way to help empower the next generation, our youth, who will lead the future!”

As well as anything equine related, Anna enjoys gardening, cooking, motorcycling, paddle boarding, hiking, bicycling, writing and reading.

Matt Delamare

Residential Manager

Matt De La Mare has been part of the Maple Lake Academy family for about five years. He started at Maple Lake Academy for Girls in June, 2015 and worked there primarily as a shift supervisor. Matt left Maple Lake in November 2018 and later returned as a staff at the Bridges Independent Living Program in June 2019. He was hired as the Residential Manager and Independent Living Coach and oversaw the program, its residents and staff.

Matt is married to his wife, Stacey. They were married in May of 2019. They met while both working at the girls’ school as supervisors. Matt loves to cook, spend time outside camping, shooting and hiking, playing games with friends and family and They have a cute and energetic dog named June.

Matt is currently attending BYU-Idaho Online, pursuing a BS in Marriage and Family Studies with plans to also earn a Master’s degree in Social Work. His career goal is to become a therapist and have his own practice.

Matt is very passionate about his work. He enjoys building fun, meaningful relationships and likes to help those he works with learn to solve their own problems by learning about themselves. Matt feels strongly about teaching others how to deal with life’s difficulties and open about his own struggles- cancer, anxiety, depression- to better relate to and teach others.

Elizabeth (Beth) Palethorpe

Elizabeth (Beth) Palethorpe
Office Manager

Beth was born in South Africa. She speaks three languages, English / Afrikaans and Zulu.

After High School she enrolled at the Durban Business College in South Africa, where she gained her Secretarial and Bookkeeping diplomas. Beth was employed for 20 years at the University of Natal, Faculty of Medicine, where her secretarial and bookkeeping skills were used extensively. While employed at there, Dr. Ann Barrett, a Psychiatrist, who lectured part time, offered Beth a position to work for her in her busy Psychiatric Practice. Beth accepted the offer and worked for seven years as Receptionist, Office Manager and Bookkeeper. Beth became familiar with the challenges patients faced with Depression, Bi-Polar Disorders and Schizophrenia. She developed a deep love and compassion for these patients. Beth and her family emigrated to the U.S.A. in November 1996. She came to Maple Lake Academy in August 2006. She loves being part of this great school, which provides such important care and love for the young boys with their diverse challenges.

Beth and her family lived on a farm and raised a dairy herd and bred pigs. She has also owned a fast food restaurant and she her husband also developed and ran a RV Park in South Africa. Beth is a dedicated mother of three daughters and one son. She has nineteen grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren . She loves working with children of all ages.
Her hobbies are reading, gardening, knitting, Genealogy and swimming. She loves the outdoors and camping.

Regan Whimpey

Teaching and Classroom Assistant

Regan graduated from UVU with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in Directing.  He is currently working on his Secondary Teaching license in Theatre & Social Studies, as well as a Master in Teaching the Arts from Idaho State University.  Regan comes to us from American Preparatory Academy. He is also heavily involved in Theatre in the Utah community, appearing in and directing many shows throughout Utah.  He has also taught Acting 101 at the Hale Center Theater from 2013 – 2018.