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

Kaysha Sorensen

Admissions Director

Kaysha graduated from Southern Utah University, where she studied Psychology and Family Studies.  Before working at Moonridge Academy, she worked in drug prevention specifically with the teenage population for Washington County Youth Coalition. Read more...

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Kaysha Sorensen

Kaysha Sorensen

Admissions Director

Ruth Morrow, CMHC

Interim Clinicial Director and Adventure Therapy Director

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

Interim Clinicial Director and Adventure Therapy Director

Cam Rowley, MSW, CSW

Therapist

Cam is a Certified Social Worker (CSW), with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin--Madison.  Prior to joining Moonridge Academy as a therapist, Cam worked for four years as a mental health and drug/alcohol counselor in Wisconsin.  Read more...

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Cam Rowley, MSW, CSW

Cam Rowley, MSW, CSW

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

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

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.  Anndi can be reached at reinsofchangeutah@gmail.com

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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

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

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

TJ Penrod

Social Studies and Drama Teacher

TJ has been with Moonridge for over 10 years and loves it! Prior to becoming the Social Studies teacher TJ worked as the Assistant Program Director.  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

Social Studies and Drama 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

Rev McLean

Science and Drama Teacher

Ryan "Rev" McLean is currently the Science and Drama teacher at Moonride Academy.  Rev has been teaching for the past 3 years at Moonridge and for 7 years elsewhere. Rev is originally from Salt Lake City, UT and has worked at Moonridge Academy for 4 years as a youth mentor, life coach, shift leader and a teacher.  He currently resides in Enoch with his greyhound dog, Deacon.  Deacon hates that he is always working but someone has to be ble to pay for his food and Rev doesn't see Deacon actively trying to get a job so he has no room to complain.  When not working with the students at Moonridge Academy, you can find Rev performing at OTC Comedy and Improv Club.   

 

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Rev McLean

Rev McLean

Science and Drama 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.  Karen can be reached at office@moonridgeacademy.com.

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Karen Marchant

Karen Marchant

Office Manager

Gwen Chartom

Medical Coordinator

Gwen has worked at Moonridge Academy for the past 5 years as a youth supervisor.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University (SUU).  She has served as chair/co-chair of the Iron County Domestic Violence Coalition for the past 4 years.  She enjoys being with a program that fosters growth, healing and discovery for younger teenaged adolescents.  Gwen loves spending time with her family and anything outdoors! Gwen can be reached at medicaloffice@moonridgeacademy.com.

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Gwen Chartom

Gwen Chartom

Medical Coordinator

Coming Soon in June 2018

Clinical Director

Coming in June 2018--A new Clinical Director! Read more...

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Coming Soon in June 2018

Coming Soon in June 2018

Clinical Director