Uinta Academy Staff

Our specialized team is dedicated to providing students with an exceptional residential experience that not only supports their academic development but also encourages and facilitates personal growth. Our innovative approach provides a safe environment for our students to heal while learning the essential skills needed for them as they journey through life.


Russ Pryor

Russ Pryor LCSW, MBA

Executive Director

Russ Pryor has worked in the mental health field since 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, from...

Lanae Kimber

Lanae Kimber, CMHC

Admissions and Outreach Director

Lanae received a bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication...

Bridget Rhoten

Bridget Rhoten LCSW

Clinical Director

Bridget earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development with a minor in Sociology...

Clinical Team


Sally Stocker, LCSW


Sally has been with Uinta Academy since 2021. She initially graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English...


Diana Handy MS, CMHC


Diana graduated with honors from Utah State University with a degree in Family and Human Development, with an emphasis...


Hannah Paxton, CSW


Hannah graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and minors of Sociology and Art. During this time...


McKell Stevens, LCSW


McKell earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Brigham Young University Hawaii with a minor in Psychology in 2014. She then went..


Gabbie Mathews BS

Case Manager

Gabbie Mathews earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education with a Minor in Animal Science from Utah State University.

Medical Team


Ned Atwood MD


Dr. Ned Atwood is a native of Cache Valley Utah, and is a graduate of Utah State University.  He obtained his medical degree at Albany ...


Kayla Vee Stock RN

Registered Nurse

Kayla attended Weber State University where she obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse. Prior to receiving her license as a Registered...

Sami Hicks, CNA

Sami Hicks Peterson CNA

Nursing Assistant

Sami Hicks Peterson has worked at Uinta Academy since March 2022 where she began as a Family Teacher...

Education Team


Susan Young MS, SPED

Academic Director

Susan Young graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English & History Education from Utah State University. She graduated in 2012


Allison Neuffer BS

Social Studies Teacher

Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education from Brigham Young University- Idaho, with a minor in Teaching English


Lorelyn Garbini BA

Certified General Education Teacher - Cultural Arts Teacher

Lorelyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona. She is a certified teacher


Jason Bagley MS

Certified Mathematics Teacher

Jason received a Master of Science in Mathematics from Utah State University. As an undergraduate, his main emphasis was on education


Zachary Chesbrough MS

Certified Mathematics Teacher

Zach received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He also received his


Mark Jenson BS

Certified English Teacher

Mark graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a minor in Social Studies.  He began


Tammie Clark BS

Yoga Instructor

Tammie Clark is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor and yoga instructor. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Utah

"Teens and young adults who come to Uinta are pleasantly surprised that they live in a home in a residential neighborhood, that the mountains are right outside their door, and that they get to do all the normal things that teenagers like to do."