Administrative

Brent Hall, LMFT

Brent Hall, LMFT

Executive Director
Brian Allred, LCMHC

Brian Allred, LCMHC

Clinical Director
Annette Davis, M.Ed

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Principal
Stephen Schultz

Stephen Schultz

Clinical Outreach
Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson

HR Director
Philip McBride

Philip McBride

Residential Director

Brent Hall, LMFT

Executive Director

Brent came to Discovery Academy as a therapist in 2000 after completing his graduate studies in marriage and family therapy at San Diego State University. While in southern California, Brent worked with adolescent females in a residential setting specializing in sexual trauma and victim issues.Prior to that Brent completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University where he worked for three years as a summer camp counselor with teens visiting the college for sports, music, dance, and academic programs.Originally from Idaho, in his spare time, Brent likes to ski, hike, and read. He has been the executive director at Discovery Academy since 2003.

Brian Allred, LCMHC

Clinical Director

Brian came to Discovery Academy in 2012 and now has over 33 years of experience working with youth in a variety of treatment settings. He is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and over the course of his career he has worked as a therapist, clinical supervisor, program director and clinical director. Brian has helped hundreds of youth and their families work through problems that include chemical addictions, mental health issues and behavioral problems. A self-described “gym rat,” Brian enjoys a variety of sports and recreational activities, but his favorite pastime is watching his children perform in band and show choir competitions.

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Principal

Annette Davis came to Discovery Academy in 2018 with many years of experience and leadership in residential treatment settings as well as in private schools. Her master’s degree (M.Ed), focused on educational leadership and compliments well her bachelor’s degrees earned prior to that in English and History. Annette also has a special education certification that has equipped her well over the years as she has led educators and influenced students.Annette has worked with numerous student populations in the private and public setting prior to Discovery Academy. In her travels she has had the opportunity to work with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Panama and other parts of Central America.Her special education certification has influenced and contributed to her caring and compassionate demeanor. She loves to be personally engaged in the education of students who find themselves enrolled in a therapeutic environment with emotional and developmental concerns.Annette adores working with junior high and high school students from different parts of the country as well as from around the world. She enjoys the interactions and personal engagement that accompanies their diverse talents and challenges. She believes as relationships develop student confidence improves and academic proficiency increases. Throughout the years, hiring talented faculty and encouraging quality curriculum development have been two of her major priorities.

Stephen Schultz

Clinical Outreach

Stephen Schultz was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in psychology and received formal training in addictions counseling through the University’s Graduate School of Social Work. He spent several years working in admissions, clinical services, operations and marketing of large healthcare organizations.Parents are comforted by his unique skill set that includes experience in admissions, administration, clinical and marketing endeavors that has spanned over the course of 30 years. There is rarely a family circumstance related to mental health care that Steve has not seen or assisted families in navigating in a caring and compassionate manner.Reaching back to his Oregonian roots, Steve never met a rainy day he didn’t like. He looks forward every year to taking his wife and four children back to his family’s cabin in Florence, Oregon for some quality time bass fishing, beach combing and spending time with his extended family.

Nick Anderson

HR Director

Philip McBride

Residential Director

Marketing / Admissions

Stephen Schultz

Stephen Schultz

Clinical Outreach
Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis

Admissions Coordinator
Tasha Worth

Tasha Worth

Admissions Assistant

Stephen Schultz

Clinical Outreach

Stephen Schultz was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in psychology and received formal training in addictions counseling through the University’s Graduate School of Social Work. He spent several years working in admissions, clinical services, operations and marketing of large healthcare organizations.Parents are comforted by his unique skill set that includes experience in admissions, administration, clinical and marketing endeavors that has spanned over the course of 30 years. There is rarely a family circumstance related to mental health care that Steve has not seen or assisted families in navigating in a caring and compassionate manner.Reaching back to his Oregonian roots, Steve never met a rainy day he didn’t like. He looks forward every year to taking his wife and four children back to his family’s cabin in Florence, Oregon for some quality time bass fishing, beach combing and spending time with his extended family.

Barbara Davis

Admissions Coordinator

Barbara joined Discovery Academy in the summer 2003 as our Admissions Coordinator. Her passion is working with families in need. She enjoys staying in touch with families over the years and sharing in their healing and success.Barbara cherishes her time with her husband and her son who now plays college basketball. Please feel free to call anytime to discuss the placement of your son or daughter in any of our Programs!

Tasha Worth

Admissions Assistant

Tasha comes to Discovery Academy having worked a number of years in the field of residential treatment and loves the meaning it has brought into her life."I Love being able to interact with the students and impact their lives for the better in some small way", she mentions. Tasha has always been one to lead an active lifestyle. Some of her favorite activities are volleyball, hiking, and spending time at the gym. Learning new things and having a natural curiosity has always been a part of her makeup. Having a never-ending list of books to read is just an aspect of life she has embraced. She loves to meet new people and make lasting friendships.Tasha graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in Family Life and Human Development.

Clinical

Brian Allred, LCMHC

Brian Allred, LCMHC

Clinical Director
Arthur Kleinfelder, LCMHC

Arthur Kleinfelder, LCMHC

Therapist
Craig Rollo, LMFT

Craig Rollo, LMFT

Therapist
Gregg Lott, LCSW

Gregg Lott, LCSW

Therapist
Kathleen Seay, CSW

Kathleen Seay, CSW

Therapist
Jason Silva, M.Ed.,TRS,CTRS-SBH

Jason Silva, M.Ed.,TRS,CTRS-SBH

Recreation Therapist
Cristell Marcial, CSW

Cristell Marcial, CSW

Therapist
Christopher Brown, LMFT

Christopher Brown, LMFT

Therapist and Neurodiverse Specialist

Brian Allred, LCMHC

Clinical Director

Brian came to Discovery Academy in 2012 and now has over 33 years of experience working with youth in a variety of treatment settings. He is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and over the course of his career he has worked as a therapist, clinical supervisor, program director and clinical director. Brian has helped hundreds of youth and their families work through problems that include chemical addictions, mental health issues and behavioral problems. A self-described “gym rat,” Brian enjoys a variety of sports and recreational activities, but his favorite pastime is watching his children perform in band and show choir competitions.

Arthur Kleinfelder, LCMHC

Therapist

Arthur came to Discovery Academy in 2018. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Utah Valley University and then his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University. He had been teaching in the psychology department at UVU for 5 years while also working at the Utah State Prison. Arthur also worked in an outpatient clinic where they rehabilitated children in the juvenile drug court system. His preferred style of therapy is helping individuals find their deeper meaning that will motivate them to their future goals. Arthur specialized in and holds a certification in non-verbal communication and Micro-expressions of the face. He moved to Utah from Los Angeles and enjoys the outdoors at a beach or in the mountains. Arthur has gained a reputation with the students as a “jack of all trades”. He has experience in many areas of music, sports, and health. His passion outside of therapy and education is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where he also teaches children and adults at a local gym.

Craig Rollo, LMFT

Therapist

Craig came to Discovery Academy in 2017 with more than twenty years of experience in the adolescent treatment field. He holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UNLV. Prior to joining Discovery Academy, Craig ran group homes for state-mandated children and has worked as a therapist in other residential treatment settings. He has also worked in outpatient therapy for many years. He is a popular guest speaker for seminars, retreats, and cruises speaking to couples about marriage. Craig grew up in southern Utah and loves the mountains, camping, hunting, fishing, wrestling, baseball, track, and football. He also owns a karaoke and DJ business and has sung in many bands over the years. Craig has also performed in several plays over the years, including everything from musicals to melodrama.

Gregg Lott, LCSW

Therapist

Gregg specializes in adolescent mental health and has been with our portfolio of programs for well over 20 years. He is currently with Discovery Academy/Connections full time.His professional career includes experience working with clinically complicated children and adolescents, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, crisis intervention and students struggling with Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB). Gregg is devoted to helping adolescents overcome their past and build healthy futures. He is an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoys working out, spending time with his family and talking sports. Gregg holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University.Education:Masters Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young UniversityTrained in Sandtray TherapyNationally accredited in treating Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB)

Kathleen Seay, CSW

Therapist

Originally from Vermont, Kathleen loves the outdoors. She says; “I love to be outside and to be active. There is nothing like taking a hike, practicing yoga or time spent in the gym to maintain a healthy outlook on life.” This is what she hopes to share with the students she works with at Discovery Academy and Connections. Kathleen continues; “Activities beyond social media help to provide real life experiences and perspective. This is where emotional growth and maturity truly develop.”As a graduate of Brigham Young University School of Social Work, Kathleen is excited to join the well seasoned clinical team at Discovery Academy. She has experience working with adolescents in a variety of clinical settings assisting them in navigating the often complicated issues of trauma, adoption & attachment, substance use and personality disorders.Clinical Approach:Kathleen takes a client centered therapy approach to help her students understand their own motivations for change. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and a variety of other evidence basedinterventions.“Self care is always such an important aspect of maintaining a healthy balance in the helping professions. I also love to travel, try new restaurants and work on home improvement projects.”, Says Kathleen.

Jason Silva, M.Ed.,TRS,CTRS-SBH

Recreation Therapist

Jason has worked in the adolescent mental health field for nearly a decade and has worked in a variety of positions from direct care staff, residential administration, to being a recreation therapist and recreation therapy director.Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy from Brigham Young University and his Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Jason is a Utah licensed recreation therapist and holds both national certification as a recreation therapist and advanced specialty certification in behavioral health both from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.Jason has presented 8 times at state and national level recreation therapy conferences on diverse topics such as recreation therapy assessment, cultural competency, and building evidence-based programming. Jason is a professional member of the American Mountain Guides Association where he is certified as a Climbing Wall Instructor, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Utah Recreation Therapy Association, and the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild of Utah.

Cristell Marcial, CSW

Therapist

Originally from Mexico, Cristell grew up in Provo, Utah. She enjoys dancing, music and the performing arts. Spending time with her dog and cat is always a priority and drawing/painting takes her to that tranquil emotional place we all have.Her love of children and her desire to serve others landed Cristell at the Children’s Justice Center. She worked with children and adolescents as well as their families. These families found themselves dealing with a crisis that usually involved a clinically complicated traumatic experience of some kind. With her caring and compassionate demeanor, Cristell would assist these families in navigating the many emotions and family logistics surrounding such trauma.She also found herself working at the House of Hope. This is a treatment facility that specializes in working with women who struggle with substance use. In this setting, Cristell provided Child Parent Relationship Therapy with the focus of helping these women navigate the process of mending relationships with their children.Cristell recognizes the most appropriate clinical approach is very individualized to each family circumstance. Being proficient in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) allows her to meet the very specific needs of each family she serves.Education:Utah Valley UniversityBachelor of Social WorkMaster of Social Work

Christopher Brown, LMFT

Therapist and Neurodiverse Specialist

Chris is originally from Southern California and graduated from Pepperdine University in the beautiful city of Malibu with his Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Shortly thereafter he transplanted to Utah hoping to build a career helping youth and their families. He brings to us many years of working with families of kids with autism, depression, ADHD, and anxiety.He is also Ropes Course Certified. One of his group highlights is creating and implementing a cross country group where we participated in 5Ks and 10Ks winning many racing awards across the State of Utah. He also took a year teaching as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University in the Family Behavioral Health Division teaching Interpersonal Communications, Family System, and Dynamics and Family Finance.Chris joined the Discovery Academy team with over 15 years of experience working with adolescents. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in numerous different settings.Chris enjoys being outdoors, jogging and hiking through the Utah Mountains or biking some of its scenic trails. Chris also enjoys being with family and friends, horseback riding and taking care of his three beautiful tortoises respectively named Spartacus, Andromeda, and Perseus.

Medical

Bill Bunn, DO

Bill Bunn, DO

Psychiatrist
Ramona Aitken, LPN

Ramona Aitken, LPN

Nurse
Wendy Hodges

Wendy Hodges

Nursing Assistant

Bill Bunn, DO

Psychiatrist

Dr. Bunn attended medical school at Des Moines University with clinical training at Ohio University. His psychiatry training was completed at the University of Utah, where he received outstanding Junior and Senior Resident Awards and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Bunn has written publications in the area of doctor-patient communications and medical education including an article discussing how to help medical students develop more empathy for the mentally ill. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology and takes a conservative approach to medication management.

Ramona Aitken, LPN

Nurse

Wendy Hodges

Nursing Assistant

Residential

Philip McBride

Philip McBride

Residential Director
Tara Huber

Tara Huber

Student Service Coordinator
Jamey Hughes

Jamey Hughes

Experience Manager
Cesar Valencia

Cesar Valencia

Residential Coordinator
James Nelson

James Nelson

Residential Coordinator
Kathleen Ball

Kathleen Ball

Scheduling Coordinator

Philip McBride

Residential Director

Tara Huber

Student Service Coordinator

Tara has been with Discovery Academy since 1999 where she started as a mentor, served as the Girl’s Program Coordinator, Boy’s Program Coordinator and is currently the Student Services Coordinator. Tara’s responsibilities include student wardrobe, medical and dental coordination, student/staff service projects, and general student needs. Prior to her employment at Discovery Academy, Tara worked for 10 years in the medical field primarily with geriatric patients. She is from right here in Utah Valley and enjoys spending time with family & friends, going to the beach and the theater.

Jamey Hughes

Experience Manager

Cesar Valencia

Residential Coordinator

James Nelson

Residential Coordinator

Kathleen Ball

Scheduling Coordinator

Academics

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Principal
Jess Christen

Jess Christen

Director of Education
Mark Edwards, MA

Mark Edwards, MA

Academic Counselor
Kyle Jensen

Kyle Jensen

Career Coordinator
Kristi Steimle, BA

Kristi Steimle, BA

Registrar
Adam Richards

Adam Richards

PE Teacher
Derek Farr

Derek Farr

History Teacher
Teresa Spell

Teresa Spell

Special Education
Michael Andersen

Michael Andersen

Math Teacher
Peter Dawson

Peter Dawson

Math Teacher
Tony Cummings

Tony Cummings

Science Teacher
David Schnebly

David Schnebly

History Teacher

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Principal

Annette Davis came to Discovery Academy in 2018 with many years of experience and leadership in residential treatment settings as well as in private schools. Her master’s degree (M.Ed), focused on educational leadership and compliments well her bachelor’s degrees earned prior to that in English and History. Annette also has a special education certification that has equipped her well over the years as she has led educators and influenced students.Annette has worked with numerous student populations in the private and public setting prior to Discovery Academy. In her travels she has had the opportunity to work with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Panama and other parts of Central America.Her special education certification has influenced and contributed to her caring and compassionate demeanor. She loves to be personally engaged in the education of students who find themselves enrolled in a therapeutic environment with emotional and developmental concerns.Annette adores working with junior high and high school students from different parts of the country as well as from around the world. She enjoys the interactions and personal engagement that accompanies their diverse talents and challenges. She believes as relationships develop student confidence improves and academic proficiency increases. Throughout the years, hiring talented faculty and encouraging quality curriculum development have been two of her major priorities.

Jess Christen

Director of Education

Mark Edwards, MA

Academic Counselor

Mark first came to Discovery Academy in 1990. Since that time he has held many different positions including mentor, assistant boys’ program director, and art/English/history teacher. He is currently one of our academic counselors. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from Brigham Young University and has certifications in commercial art and graphic art. He also holds a master’s degree in school guidance counseling. He is married and has two boys. He enjoys the outdoors, photography, and scuba diving.

Kyle Jensen

Career Coordinator

Kristi Steimle, BA

Registrar

Kristi came to Discovery Academy in 2000 after earning her bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University. Kristi’s multiple talents have helped her serve our organization in a variety of capacities in educational support over the years. She currently works as the school’s registrar. She loves musical theater and working alongside the students in the drama productions. Kristi enjoys seeing the change that comes over Discovery Academy students as they grow and progress, and feels honored to play a part in their development.

Adam Richards

PE Teacher

Adam came to Discovery Academy in August of 2017 after graduating from the University of Utah with his Bachelors Degree in kinesiology. In the Spring of 2017 Adam did his student teaching experience at East High School in Salt Lake City. Adam has been able to substitute teach and coach PE for three years and continues to be passionate about the quality of education and loves being an educator. As a native of Northern Idaho, he loves bike riding, fishing, snowboarding, and essentially any team sport.

Derek Farr

History Teacher

Derek has taught at Discovery Academy since 2014. Derek earned his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Idaho State University with a major in PE and a minor in Social Studies. Derek has taught for over 20 years in the public schools and is highly qualified as an educator in the areas of history, US Government and reading. Derek has coached football, basketball and track for over 20 years and has twice received the honor of being coach of the year. He also received teacher of the year in 1997. He enjoys teaching at Discovery Academy because of the smaller classes and the opportunity to teach one-on-one.

Teresa Spell

Special Education

Michael Andersen

Math Teacher

Dr. Andersen graduated from Brigham Young University with a Ph.D. in mathematics. He uses examples from physics, electronics, architecture, and Minecraft to provide hands-on experience to his high school classes. Discovery Academy allows him to tailor his lectures and assignments to the needs and interests of his students. His interests include reading Tolkien, Lewis, and Sanderson are favorites of his. He also enjoys hiking the peaks of Utah and cooking.

Peter Dawson

Math Teacher

Tony Cummings

Science Teacher

Anthony Cummings was educated in the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Certificate of Professional Management. He was previously employed by Provo Canyon Residential Treatment Center, Merit Academy, and Alpine School District.As a teacher, he endeavors to work with students and find ways to capture their imagination. He encourages students to do independent research and to present their findings to the class.One of the benefits of working with students at Discovery Academy is that due to small classes, this is easier to do than in regular classroom settings.He is an avid reader.

David Schnebly

History Teacher

Accounting Administration

Cheryl Meibos

Cheryl Meibos

CFO
Lindsey Robertson

Lindsey Robertson

Controller
Suzy Moon

Suzy Moon

Account Manager
Jenica Limb

Jenica Limb

Accounts Receivable

Cheryl Meibos

CFO

Cheryl graduated from Brigham Young University in Accounting. She has been with Ascent Companies for 13 years.Cheryl grew up in Southern Utah and enjoys a very active family life. With three sons, including a set of twins, Cheryl keeps up by running marathons. She and her family are also avid boaters and visit Lake Powell multiple times a year.Cheryl is a professed nerd at heart and has a passion for accounting and numbers. She also loves going on location to our different programs and supporting those staff members that are directly involved in making a difference in our student’s lives. She is so proud to work for an organization that helps families become whole again.

Lindsey Robertson

Controller

A graduate in Accounting from Utah Valley University, Lindsey handles the daily cash flow and manages the assets of Ascent. She has been with Ascent Companies for over 6 years and married for five. Lindsey and her husband are outdoor enthusiasts. They enjoy camping, fishing, and snowboarding to name a few. Lindsay loves participating in Parent Days and watching the progress students make as a result of being at one of our programs. She is so grateful to be part of an organization that truly changes lives.

Suzy Moon

Account Manager

Suzy attended Brigham Young University and has been with Ascent Companies since 2013. She has five children ranging in ages from 11-25 years old. Suzy also has a child on the Spectrum and can relate to our parents in a very unique way. Suzy’s family enjoys vacationing together. They are a very close-knit group and enjoy spending time at home doing various projects. Suzy was also recommended to Ascent by a fellow staffer and truly enjoys her position. She knows that the finical responsibility of having a child in a program can feel a little overwhelming. Suzy enjoys helping parents understand our policies and procedures and making it a very positive experience for them.

Jenica Limb

Accounts Receivable

Jenica has a unique perspective here at Ascent Companies because she moonlights as a Recreational Therapist at one of our programs in addition to her accounting duties. Originally from Idaho, Jenica enjoys a rich family life nearby. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Therapeutic Recreation. Jenica loves sports and being outside. Her passions include basketball, racquetball, photography, hiking, and biking. Jenica has been really impressed with the culture here. She loves working for a company that cares just as much for their staff as they do their students. She loves being part of the outcomes we produce and working with students directly.