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PROGRAM STAFF

Jalane Christian-Stoker,
M.A., L.M.F.T.
Clinical Director

Jalane has a Masterís Degree from Santa Clara University and has been licensed in California, Hawaii and Utah as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1984.  Jalane has a wide range of clinical experiences including working with adolescent substance abusers, working with adult children of alcoholics, working with battered women, developing school-based counseling services, working with children and adolescents in foster care and working with sexually abused women.  Jalane has started two community counseling clinics and one residential treatment program for substance abusers.  She is the past president of the Hawaii State Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Jalane and her psychologist husband have organized and run community support groups for families struggling with their children and have led support groups for parents whose children were in residential treatment.  Jalane has been the Clinical Director at Moonridge Academy since 2004.




David H. Stoker, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

David has 38 years of clinical experience with extensive background in working with adolescents and families. He has taught at the university level and has served as the Director of the Counseling Center at San Jose University for 15 years. David then spent the next 22 years working in his private practice. They provided him with many opportunities to work with adolescents and families. He has also had many consulting positions with outpatient treatment programs for adolescents and families. During his career, David has organized and facilitated community support groups for families struggling with their children and has led support groups for parents whose children were in residential treatment.
 



Kent Tasso
Executive Director

Kent is the co-founder of Certified Educational Therapeutic Schools and Programs (CERTS) with Scott Davis and has extensive experience in working with youth. Since 2001, Kent has served as the Director of Kolob Canyon Residential Treatment Center. He brings a background that blends high school teaching and K-8 educational administration with his experience in residential treatment. Kent has received extensive training in value-based education and a strong resulting belief in the inherent greatness of human beings. Kent received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and has five children. He speaks fluent Japanese and French and continues to study other languages and has lived in various parts of the world.




Scott Davis
Director

Since 1986, Scott has had extensive experience in management, marketing, admissions, and in providing direct care in structured in-patient behavioral health care environments. Scott has worked for Charter Medical Corporation as a psychiatric counselor in the children and adolescent unit and on a development project to create a long-term care program for adolescents. Scott has also worked at CPC Olympus View Hospital as the Director of Marketing and Business Development and as the Senior Coordinator for Community Residential Treatment Centers in the Northwest Division of Community Psychiatric Centers. Scott next worked at New Haven Residential Center for Girls for the five years prior to his co-founding CERTS with Kent Tasso.




John Trujillo
Facility Director
After moving to southern Utah in 1996 and working as a youth councilor, it was Johnís desire to help change the lives of troubled kids.  As Johnny has said many times before, working as a youth councilor was the most rewarding job he has ever had.  John grew up in Los Angeles and coached little league baseball, football and has been involved with youth for over 15 years.  John is married and has three wonderful girls.  It has been Johnís dream for 10 years to have a program that would have a positive impact on a childís life.  After being introduced to Scott Davis and Kent Tasso and discovering they had a common goal to help children, they co-founded Moonridge Academy.



Stephanie Trimmer B.S.
Education Director

Stefanie currently holds a Bachelors degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She is certified to teach in the Elementary and Secondary setting. Stefanie has previously served as Educational Director for Kolob Canyon Residential Treatment Center and has a strong desire to direct young people down positive roads. Stefanie loves to combine her love of the outdoors into her educational setting to promote learning, health and responsibility.




Laura Griffiths, B.S.
Program Director

Laura has received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University.  With a combined love for youth, outdoors and hiking she spent 2 years as a head instructor at a wilderness behavior modification program.  She loves music and has taught private and group violin lessons for 6 years. Laura also loves to travel, having spent time in Russia teaching English and recently, a summer in Africa helping to build a school. Laura values the importance of an education, goals, family, and service.




Ruth Williams, M.S., L.C.S.W.
Clinical Therapist

Ruth received her masterís degree in social work from the
University of Utah and is currently licensed in the state of Utah as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  In the past, Ruth has worked with the chronically mentally ill, ungovernable adolescents, sexual perpetrators and victims, domestic violence perpetrators and victims, as well as providing extensive child and family therapy.  In the recent past, Ruth was the coordinator for the Kindergarten through Fourth grade program for Iron County, Utah.  She also has experience in sand tray, play and art therapy, attachment disorders, ADHD issues, and parent and child relationships.



Susan Garner, M.A., L.C.S.W.
Clinical Therapist
Susan was born in Idaho, raised in North Carolina, and currently resides in Cedar City, Utah with her husband and three children. She earned a BSW at the University of Idaho in 1991. She later obtained an MSW from the University of Utah and is licensed in the State of Utah.  Susan has done work with individual, family and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults. She has received training in sandtray therapy and is a member of the NAPT. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  She has worked at Moonridge Academy since July 2004.



Darlene Horton, M.S., C.P.C.
Clinical Therapist

Darlene is a Certified Professional Counselor with a Masterís Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a minor in Child Development. Darlene has a diverse therapeutic background that includes being licensed for substance abuse counseling, providing support for victims of domestic violence, serving as a staff member at a crisis nursery (where children in crises went for shelter), and being privileged to work with adolescent girls of the Paiute Tribe. Darlene particularly enjoys working closely with mothers and daughters to strengthen challenges in their relationship.




Alyse Clements, B.A., L.P.N.
Nurse Coordinator

Alyse has served as a nurse in hospitals, long term care facilities and physicians clinics.  She was voted Most Outstanding Student in her nursing class and has a lot of experience in working with teenagers.  Prior to Moonridge Academy, Alyse was the Nurse Coordinator at a structured boarding school. Having four growing children of her own keeps her very busy.  She loves to travel, explore, grow things, read and cook.  Alyse is loved by Moonridge girls and their parents for her ability to mix humor with excellent communication and care. 

Kristi Seymour, NCC, LPC, BCETS
Equine Clinical Therapist
Kristi is a licensed therapist experienced working with children and adolescents. She is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and trained in disaster response and crisis debriefing. Her specialty is treatment of various trauma. Prior to working with Moonridge and Kolob, she was a program manager for an agency in LA, running a domestic violence response program with the LAPD in the densest areas of LA and a child trauma program.  She is also experienced with providing direct clinical services in the inpatient, outpatient and emergency room hospital settings.  Kristi also has 30 years experience with horses, has shown at the grand prix level in jumping and as a youth won many state, regional, and national awards, She is EAGALA Level one certified, and about to be Level two advanced certified for equine psychotherapy. 

Dr. Gary Balian, M.D. - Consulting Psychiatrist
Kathryn Adams, APRN - Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Balian and Kathy Adams monitor medications for girls at Kolob Canyon Residential Treatment Center. Either Dr. Balian or Kathy Adams meets with each girl who is on medications monthly or as often as needed. Dr. Balian has over twenty years experience as a psychiatrist and currently works at the Southwest Center. He has also had extensive experience in working with youth in numerous residential treatment settings.

Kathy Adams is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in psychiatric metal health and is credentialed to perform psychiatric evaluations and to prescribe medications, including Psychotropic medications. She has worked for the past seven years at Dixie Regional Medial Center in St. George, Utah and is board certified. Kathy is a sought after guest speaker at area colleges because of her expertise.

 



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