Tawny Thomas, LCSW

Executive Director/Therapist

Tawny serves Moonridge Academy and Kolob Canyon as the Executive Director, having worked in the residential treatment field for over sixteen years. Read more...

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Tawny Thomas, LCSW

Tawny Thomas, LCSW

Executive Director/Therapist

Anamarie Rodabough

Admissions Director

Anamarie Rodabough is a seasoned expert in working with special needs populations, and is excited to join the world of adolescent residential treatment.  Previously she provided support and clinical services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Read more...

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Anamarie Rodabough

Anamarie Rodabough

Admissions Director

Jennifer Hedrick, MS, LCMHC

Clinical Director

Originally from Southern California, Jennifer came to Utah to attend both undergraduate and graduate school. She comes to Moonridge Academy from Southern Utah University where she worked in student development and academia for 18 years. Read more...

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Jennifer Hedrick, MS, LCMHC

Jennifer Hedrick, MS, LCMHC

Clinical Director

Sarah Cowley, ACMHC

Therapist

Sarah has been at Moonridge Academy for over four years, having risen from line staff to Assistant Program Director, to DBT Team Member, to Clinician.  Sarah truly embodies the mission and philosophy of Moonridge Academy in her personality, her work ethic and her relationships with the girls and families. Read more...

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Sarah Cowley, ACMHC

Sarah Cowley, ACMHC

Therapist

Nateasa McGuire, MSW-CSW

Therapist

Nateasa arrived from the Midwest to join her husband in southern Utah. She completed her Master in Social Work at the University of Iowa. She earned a bachelors degree in sociology, and ethics and public policy. Read more...

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Nateasa McGuire, MSW-CSW

Nateasa McGuire, MSW-CSW

Therapist

Ruth Morrow, CMHC

Recreation Therapist

Ruth is a CMHC and has worked in residential treatment for over ten years. She is a trained equine therapist and loves using equine therapy in innovative ways. She is excellent at cultivating relationships with her girls and inviting them to change, and knows how to do the little things that cumulatively make such a difference in the course of treatment. Read more...

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Ruth Morrow, CMHC

Ruth Morrow, CMHC

Recreation Therapist

Jewly Krause

Program Director

Jewly has over 15 years experience in Business and Relationship Management.  As a Director of Operations - she was responsible for recruiting, training, and overall process improvement. Read more...

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Jewly Krause

Jewly Krause

Program Director

TJ Penrod

Assistant Program Director

TJ is the Assistance Program Director at Moonridge Academy. He has been with Moonridge for 10 years and loves it! TJ has been working with youth for over 15 years in programs and in the community either mentoring for the Utah State Extension Office or teaching theater and improv techniques to high school students in Utah and around the western United States.  TJ is also the drama teacher at Moonridge and an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University.  When he's not working with the girls at Moonridge, he can be found at the OTC Comedy Improv Training Center teaching and performing.  

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TJ Penrod

TJ Penrod

Assistant Program Director

Anndi Conder

Equine Director

My name is Anndi Conder and I manage the Equine Program and I love my job!  I have the privilege of bringing the magic of horses to our students.  I’m teaching girls who have never touched a horse to girls who have been riding competitively for years.  I also assist in supporting Equine Therapy sessions with our clinicians. 

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Anndi Conder

Anndi Conder

Equine Director

Dr. Ryan Williams, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Williams is board certified in both psychiatry and pediatrics and has also completed training in child psychiatry as well as child abuse and neglect. He completed his adult and adolescent psychiatric as well as pediatric training at Tufts University in Boston MA, where he served for two years as the Chief Resident. Read more...

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Dr. Ryan Williams, MD

Dr. Ryan Williams, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Rebecca Adam,RN

Program Nurse

Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Dixie State College of Nursing.  She has worked as the nursing coordinator at Moonridge Academy sine 2013.  A traveler at heart, Rebecca has seen much of the United States as well as many European countries.  Now however, the menagerie of animals that she had her husband of 17 years have collected (which includes 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 horses, chickens and a bunny) keeps them from venturing too far from home.  

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Rebecca Adam,RN

Rebecca Adam,RN

Program Nurse

Susan Mackert

Academic Director

Susan has over 25 years of experience in education and leadership. She began her career as a junior-high teacher and then moved into the college arena where she taught business courses and managed the business and CIS program at Mohave Community College. Read more...

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Susan Mackert

Susan Mackert

Academic Director

Carter Miller

Social Studies Teacher

Carter Miller attended Southern Utah University earning a Bachelor's Degree with a dual major in SPED Mild/Moderate and PE with a coaching emphasis.  He has over 11 years of teaching experience at the secondary level.  He also has 15 years of coaching experience at the college, high school and Little League levels.  Carter has been married to his best buddy, Tammi for over 17 years.  They have 3 sons.  Carter enjoys what he calls the 5 Fs:  Faith, Family, Football, Fun and Food.  Carter is in recovery where he is grateful to have found a new level of peace and happiness that he didn't think was possible.  He loves to share his story of hope to youth groups.

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Carter Miller

Carter Miller

Social Studies Teacher

Susan Neilsen

English Teacher

Life is an adventure with pathways, bends and twists in the road that lead to unexpected delights and opportunities.  I'm thrilled to find myself teaching English to the girls at Moonridge.  I am from a large traditional family where basic values were taught around the dinner table.  I am the mother of two fine boys.  I graduated (Cum Laude) from Utah Valley University in 2004.  Following my graduation, I taught school on the Navajo Reservation for 3 years.  Following that experience, I taught school at a different residential treatment center in Kanab, UT.  

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Susan Neilsen

Susan Neilsen

English Teacher

Steve Curry

Science Teacher

My name is Steve Curry and my degree is in Chemical Engineering.  I worked as an engineer for many years, which I enjoyed.  I have also enjoyed switching to teaching.  My wife Laura and I have been married for 23 years and have 4 children together (3 girls and a boy who are currently all teenagers).  I have a love of science and hope to pass that interest along to your child.  I hope to make what can be a difficult course of study, fun and interesting.

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Steve Curry

Steve Curry

Science Teacher

Nancy Ward

Math Teacher

My name is Nancy Ward.  I recently obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Southern Utah University.  I have spent my last 4 years in college working with the Federal RTO Program at Southern Utah University, functioning as the mathematics tutor and often teaching for Student Support Services and Upward Bound. These are educational opportunity outreach program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged background in accessing post-secondary education.  My background in tutoring students with a variety of learning disabilities has taught me patience and effective teaching methods.  I will use these methods as I teach your child in a calm and understanding manner.   

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Nancy Ward

Nancy Ward

Math Teacher

Gina Dodge

Art Teacher

Originally from Henderson, NV Gina has lived in southern Utah for the past 4 years as she attended Southern Utah State University.  She recently graduated with a B.F.A. in Studio Arts.  Gina has enjoyed sharing her passion and knowlege of the visual arts with the girls at Moonridge and loves seeing their creative spirits grow.  Gina enjoys funny people, funny people and friendly dogs.  

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Gina Dodge

Gina Dodge

Art Teacher

Karen Marchant

Office Manager

Karen attended Southern Utah University and earned a degree in Physical Education and Business Education.  She used those skills coaching all of her children's sports teams as they were growing up.  She coached a high school tennis team for 10 years.  Karen has worked in the accounting field off and on the past 10 years and started working for Kolob Canyon RTC in 2012.  She enjoys playing tennis, racquetball and pickleball.  She loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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Karen Marchant

Karen Marchant

Office Manager

Rev McLean

Drama/Improv Teacher

Rev is one of the Drama/Improv Instructors at Moonridge.  Rev is a member of the OTC Comedy Improv group.  He enjoys teaching and performing.  Rev is also a program staff at Moonridge.  He has worked at Moonridge for over 5 years.  

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Rev McLean

Rev McLean

Drama/Improv Teacher