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.

MaryLynn Hingano

Academic Manager

MaryLynn graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Music. She has worked with children K-9 through Sacramento County School District and one-on-one with children with Down-Syndrome. Before she became Educational Director, she worked as the school’s English teacher and loved every minute. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree and plans on obtaining her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is a published poet and award winning writer from her time at Utah Valley University. She is passionate about making a positive influence in the lives of the students at Maple Lake Academy. She’s originally from Sacramento, comes from a large family and will say yes to a game of soccer or a good movie any time, anywhere.

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.

MaryLynn Hingano

Academic Manager

MaryLynn graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Music. She has worked with children K-9 through Sacramento County School District and one-on-one with children with Down-Syndrome. Before she became Educational Director, she worked as the school’s English teacher and loved every minute. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree and plans on obtaining her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is a published poet and award winning writer from her time at Utah Valley University. She is passionate about making a positive influence in the lives of the students at Maple Lake Academy. She’s originally from Sacramento, comes from a large family and will say yes to a game of soccer or a good movie any time, anywhere.

Byron Fellows

Science Teacher

Byron graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors degree in Earth Science Education, and a minor in Environmental studies.  He has substituted in the Granite School District for two and a half years.  He very much enjoys science and being able to teach students.  He loves to make a difference in the students he teaches and inspire them to obtain their full potential.  He has been a teacher and trainer through most of his life through different jobs.  Byron was raised in Salt Lake County and comes from a family of 7 children, he is the oldest.  He is married with 3 beautiful girls.  Byron loves teaching at Maple Lake Academy.  He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and rock hounding.

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).

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. Deeanne worked for 18 years at Provo Canyon School. While there she taught a variety of science and special education classes. She was also an Academic Supervisor and the Special Education Coordinator. Deeanne 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.

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.

Julie Smith

English Teacher

Julie Smith is excited to be teaching English at Maple Lake Academy! Julie Graduated from BYU and has teaching certificates in English and History and is currently working on adding additional certifications. She has also done many hours of graduate level credit, and completed additional training in special education and reading instruction. While working in a GED preparation center, Julie created a reading program for beginning readers with learning disabilities that was very helpful and is still be used there today. She writes poetry and has won a national poetry contest. Julie has taught public school, private school, and at other residential treatment centers – which it what she most enjoys! She has also been privileged to take part in the National Writing Project for Educators and Driven To Teach, a Utah based teaching fellowship program. Julie is also the Student Government/Leadership class instructor. She has run student councils and other youth organizations many times in the past and is excited to be doing so at Maple Lake. As a youth, Julie was a state officer in multiple organizations. She founded the Youth City Council in her hometown and presented at a state conference for other youth wanting to start Youth City Councils in their areas. She also served as a National Youth Ambassador in the 4-H Program and organized a humanitarian aid trip to Mexico. She was honored for her service and leadership work as a Presidential Point of Light nominee, a National Presidential Award Citizenship Winner through 4-H, and the state winner for the JC Golden Rule Award. Julie enjoys serving in the community and has served as a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, President of Friends of the Library, and in many teaching and youth leadership programs in the community and at her church. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their five children.

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.

Kara Atkin, LCSW

Kara Atkin
Primary Therapist

Kara received her Master’s of Social Work from Brigham Young University and her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Kara’s had many years experience investigating child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse for the State of Utah and has been trained as a forensic interviewer with the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. She worked with families to develop healthier patterns of keeping children safe and having strong family relationships. As a clinician she has worked with a variety of clients prior to coming to Maple Lake but focused on women who had experienced sexual trauma as children. Kara loves working with the team approach at Maple Lake Academy to address all aspects of the clients lives.

Kara grew up in Washington and Idaho but has enjoyed the Utah outdoors since being here. Tennis is her favorite pastime and she loves playing and attending tournaments. She loves hiking, visiting national parks, playing in the water, and reading good fiction. She is a newlywed and is adjusting to married life with her husband Wes and is looking forward to starting a family of her own.

Jen Hurst, LCSW

Primary Therapist

 

Jen earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah Valley University and her Masters of Social Work from Brigham Young University.  Prior to coming to Maple Lake Academy Jen lived in Las Vegas working as a therapist with victims of abuse and trauma, and also adolescent boys with sexual behavior problems.  Previously she worked with adults with physical and mental disabilities as a social worker for Deseret Industries.  Jen has worked at Maple Lake Academy for Boys and Maple Lake Academy in past years, and most recently as a therapist at the boys school transition program called, Bridges working with young adult men.  She is excited to be back working with the girls again at Maple Lake Academy. Jen loves being a therapist and truly seeks to see the best in everyone she has the pleasure of working with.

Jen grew up in Utah Valley and loves spending time in the mountains.  Her favorite things are traveling (with a goal to visit every continent during her lifetime), singing, playing the piano, and mostly spoiling her nieces and nephews, and spending time with her husband.

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.

Stephanie Pearson

Residential Manager

 

Stephanie grew up in a small valley in Northern Utah where she became passionate about equine therapy.  In 2015 she found her way to Utah County to study Sociology at Brigham Young University.  She has worked with Maple Lake Academy since 2016 and has loved every minute of it.  Stephanie has always enjoyed working with the youth and has served as a program director/volunteer for various programs that focus on mentoring teens.  She feels blessed to be able to participate in this journey with the students and families that come to Maple Lake Academy.  When not at work Stephanie enjoys riding horses any chance she gets, writing, playing sports, kayaking, and enjoying a good play.

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.

MaryLynn Hingano

MaryLynn Hingano
Academic Manager

MaryLynn graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Music. She has worked with children K-9 through Sacramento County School District and one-on-one with children with Down-Syndrome. Before she became Educational Director, she worked as the school’s English teacher and loved every minute. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree and plans on obtaining her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is a published poet and award winning writer from her time at Utah Valley University. She is passionate about making a positive influence in the lives of the students at Maple Lake Academy. She’s originally from Sacramento, comes from a large family and will say yes to a game of soccer or a good movie any time, anywhere.

Julie Smith

English Teacher

Julie Smith is excited to be teaching English at Maple Lake Academy! Julie Graduated from BYU and has teaching certificates in English and History and is currently working on adding additional certifications. She has also done many hours of graduate level credit, and completed additional training in special education and reading instruction. While working in a GED preparation center, Julie created a reading program for beginning readers with learning disabilities that was very helpful and is still be used there today. She writes poetry and has won a national poetry contest. Julie has taught public school, private school, and at other residential treatment centers – which it what she most enjoys! She has also been privileged to take part in the National Writing Project for Educators and Driven To Teach, a Utah based teaching fellowship program. Julie is also the Student Government/Leadership class instructor. She has run student councils and other youth organizations many times in the past and is excited to be doing so at Maple Lake. As a youth, Julie was a state officer in multiple organizations. She founded the Youth City Council in her hometown and presented at a state conference for other youth wanting to start Youth City Councils in their areas. She also served as a National Youth Ambassador in the 4-H Program and organized a humanitarian aid trip to Mexico. She was honored for her service and leadership work as a Presidential Point of Light nominee, a National Presidential Award Citizenship Winner through 4-H, and the state winner for the JC Golden Rule Award. Julie enjoys serving in the community and has served as a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, President of Friends of the Library, and in many teaching and youth leadership programs in the community and at her church. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their five children.

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.

Tim Johnson, TRS

Tim Johnson
Recreation Therapist

Tim Johnson is a nationally certified and state-licensed Recreation Therapist. He earned his degree in Recreation Therapy (RT) and Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University, and he returns there regularly to give lectures and to help advise up-and-coming Rec. Therapists.
After graduating, Tim used RT to treat disabled veterans, but soon turned his focus to working with adolescents. Having worked in and led teams and youth leadership organizations for over a decade, he has always had an ability to connect with boys on their level, and a talent to help lead them toward developing into the men they want to be. His RT tool of choice is Experiential Therapy in which students are given a challenge, often well out of their comfort zones, and must use the skills and tools are developing to accomplish it. He feels like this is where the therapeutic “rubber hits the road.”
As any Rec. Therapist must be, Tim is passionate about many forms of recreation; he’s done everything from coaching high school football to painting and selling watercolors. But if there is any recreation domain to which he is especially inclined, it is outdoor adventure. Having been a professional fly fishing guide for years, he loves to share this “healthy addiction” with everyone. Still, wherever a student’s interests may lean, Tim strives to help him find new and healthy ways to more fully enjoy life, and to realize that there is so much more to be had away from the computer or X Box.

If he’s not on campus at Maple Lake, Tim is probably tromping around the mountains with his beautiful wife, Georgie, and their four children …fly rod in hand.

Tim D. Morganson

Kitchen Manager

 

Tim was raise on a farm just three miles Southwest of Maple Lake Academy, on West Mountain.  His parents grew a great vegetable garden, grass and alfalfa hay, corn, oats, barley, cows, and kids–Tim being the third of seven children.

At 15 years old, Tim took his first job away from the farm as a short-order cook at the local drive in.  After serving as a missionary for his church in Houston, TX, Tim and his brothers opened The Pullman Inn, a bed and breakfast reception center.  This included a dining and dinner show on the weekends.  It was during this time that two music producers heard the brothers’ show and asked them to record.  This became The Dalton Brothers’s (Dalton is each brothers middle name after their mothers maiden name) first three country albums, along with one Christmas album.

Most of Tim’s professional experience has been spent within the hospitality/food service industry, intermingled with time at Zions Bank as a teller and later a personal banking officer.  Tim enjoyed several years as production supervisor at Mount View Hospital.

In 1998 The Dalton Brothers along with partner Sandy Huff opened Dalton’s Restaurant in Payson, Utah.  Tim developed most of the recipes for the restaurant.

Next, the brothers opened Spring Creek Candy Company and Cafe on Main Street in Payson, Utah.  Guests enjoyed gourmet hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, and ice cream desserts.  Along with candy-maker Rose Draper, Tim created hand-dipped chocolates and confections.

Most recently, Tim served as Food Service Manager at Utah State Hospital, where he and his department of 55 employees prepared and served approximately 1700 meals to patients and staff per day.

“I really enjoy making people happy in many ways, but especially through food! I am excited to hopefully help create a bit of that happiness for the boys at Maple Lake Academy.”

Byron Fellows

Science Teacher

Byron graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors degree in Earth Science Education, and a minor in Environmental studies.  He has substituted in the Granite School District for two and a half years.  He very much enjoys science and being able to teach students.  He loves to make a difference in the students he teaches and inspire them to obtain their full potential.  He has been a teacher and trainer through most of his life through different jobs.  Byron was raised in Salt Lake County and comes from a family of 7 children, he is the oldest.  He is married with 3 beautiful girls.  Byron loves teaching at Maple Lake Academy.  He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and rock hounding.

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).

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. Deeanne worked for 18 years at Provo Canyon School. While there she taught a variety of science and special education classes. She was also an Academic Supervisor and the Special Education Coordinator. Deeanne 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.

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.

Logan Nitta

Logan Nitta
Residential Manager

Logan Nitta grew up in Las Vegas before moving to Utah to attend Utah Valley University to study psychology. He has worked with us at Maple Lake Academy for about three and a half years. He started on-call and has worked his way up to assistant supervisor and supervisor before becoming the residential director. Logan loves working with the boys and finds joy with them in their successes. He enjoys the outdoors and loves participating in RT. Outside of work Logan likes to play sports, such as football and volleyball, and loves to go camping, listen to and play music, and watch movies.

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.