OUR TEAM


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 Brigham Young University, 1994, a Master of Social Work from Tulane University, 1995, and a Master of Business Administration from Westminster College, 2000.

Russ has worked as a clinician, manager, and senior administrator at all the different levels of care and treatment within the mental health realm. His therapeutic focus is an integrative approach to treatment using family systems theory and cognitive behavioral therapy. Russ’ specialties are treating mood disorders, social learning issues, personality disorders, grief and trauma, chemical dependency, and adoption/attachment issues.

Moreover, Russ has advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Russ’ interests include running, traveling, eating, movies, and the arts; however, his favorite hobby is running. Russ has run multiple marathons and a plethora of half marathons. Russ married his best friend and has three beautiful and loving daughters. When Russ is not working, he loves to spend his time with his family.
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Lanae Kimber, CMHC
Admissions and Outreach Director

Lanae received a bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication and later went on to obtain her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Lanae has worked in Residential Treatment Center’s for over 10 years in a variety of roles including primary therapist, program director, program development and implementation, admissions, transition coach and aftercare specialist. She has supported families throughout the treatment process with a goal of maintaining family relationships while supporting the process of self discovery and growth.

Lanae grew up in Ogden, Utah and is still there today. She enjoys hiking and long walks through the mountains right outside her door! She also enjoys yoga, ski, paddle boarding, traveling, reading or just hanging out with her family (outdoors whenever possible).
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Bridget Rhoten LCSW
Clinical Director

Bridget earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development with a minor in Sociology at Utah State University in 2004  She also earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at USU in 2014.  Bridget’s training focused on empowering clients through the use of a strengths-based approach with an emphasis in cognitive, behavioral, and existential individual, group, and family therapies.  While working on her master’s degree, Bridget was a social worker at Sky View High School.  Additionally, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, focusing on education.

Bridget has been with Uinta since 2004. For ten years, she worked as a direct care staff and home manager. She was instrumental in developing Uinta’s integrated Transition Home. Following her master’s degree, she worked as the program director and a primary therapist. Bridget’s extensive experience with the Teaching Family Model and her background in applied behavior analysis, combined with her clinical expertise, provide a unique, multidimensional approach to treatment planning. Bridget’s clinical expertise and training include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Equine Assisted EMDR, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EMT), and Motivational Interviewing. Bridget also has a wealth of experience with complex family systems, trauma, attachment, depression, anxiety, identity exploration, the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, addiction, and other comorbid issues. Bridget loves empowering her clients by tapping into their strengths to create long lasting change. Family is everything to Bridget. When not at Uinta, she is at home with her boys. Riding horses, running, hiking, gardening, and homemaking are all her niche.
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Liz Torres
Business Manager

Liz Torres joined Uinta Academy as the Business Manager in 2022. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and an Associate of Arts in General Studies, both from Utah State University. She worked in Human Resources at a manufacturing plant where she learned employee recruiting, benefits administration, HRIS software, and HR laws and mandates, such as FMLA and Equal Employment Opportunity. Her favorite part was having a day full of work and interacting with all the employees. Helping others is what she does enjoys the most and makes work very enjoyable. Working at Uinta has been a great experience because she gets to do what she loves (HR) and is there to support employees who are making a positive difference in Uinta students. Having received an education despite so many obstacles, Liz believes that anything is possible.

Outside of work, Liz has a family of four children, a loving husband, two dogs, two guinea pigs, and one chicken, so there’s never a dull moment! She enjoys road trips, date nights with her amazing husband and their close friends, cooking and hosting for others, and visiting different pools with her family.

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Erin Unsworth
Administrative Assistant

Erin joined the Uinta team after working in the hospitality industry for 12 years. During her time working at a major hotel chain she gained a love of genuinely caring for people. She worked closely with guests from around the world. She was highly involved as acting GM and Front Office Manager.

She worked in group sales which involved groups such as the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Erin loves working at Uinta Academy as the Administrative Assistant. She works closely with the Management team to plan and organize trips, graduations, and Family Weekends. Erin loves photography, going on adventures with her family, and being outdoors.
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Ariane Magana BS
Program Director

Ariane was born and raised in Cache Valley. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a focus on Addiction from the University of Phoenix. This made her the very first person in her family to graduate from college. She has always enjoyed helping youth and in high school she tutored ESL students and provided translation services to students’ parents.

Ariane was the Latinos Action Site Manager for a local high school before she started working at Uinta in November of 2014 as a Family Teacher and Shift Supervisor. Ariane has worked at every one of Uinta’s homes during her employment, giving her a unique perspective and experience. She really enjoys working with the girls and is dedicated to helping them progress and reach their goals. Ariane likes to travel, spend time with her family, swim, and cook.
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Samantha Powell BA, BS
Training Specialist

Samantha studied at Utah State University, earning both a Bachelor's in International Studies with an emphasis in world economy and development, and a Bachelor's in German language and literature. In 2017, Samantha also received her Yoga teacher certification from Utah State. 

 

Samantha has worked with international youth exchange programs, both domestically and abroad, and has always had an interest in learning about other cultures. Samantha is a Cache Valley native. She had the unique experience of being home schooled, where she had the opportunity to spend a lot of her youth volunteering in the community with several youth groups. At eighteen, she received a scholarship to study in Germany for one year as an exchange student. Samantha joined the Uinta team in 2017 and has worked in all of Uinta’s homes, working with girls through all of their stages of change. She enjoys working at Uinta and teaching the girls new skills including independent living skills, home maintenance, gardening, culinary skills, learning new crafts and self-care skills. Samantha loves encouraging the girls to learn, grow, and soar as the unique individuals they are.
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Marlee Jacobs
Equine Manager

Marlee Jacobs is a senior at Utah State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and minors in math and Spanish.  She is planning on continuing in school to pursue a Master’s degree  in cognitive psychology. Marlee started working at Uinta in June 2021 as one of the equine managers and as a family teacher. Growing up on a ranch In Alberta, Canada, Marlee developed a love of horses and has seen their therapeutic value.

She loves working with the students and their horses to build better relationships. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, or swimming.
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Sally Stocker, LCSW
Therapist

Sally has been with Uinta Academy since 2021. She initially graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Business but recognized that her true passion was in helping others by helping to move minds and hearts. After this realization, she returned to Utah State for a master’s degree in Social Work.

Sally has a lot of experience working with diverse individuals with many types of issues, including general bereavement and grief from the loss of a loved one due to suicide, addiction, behavioral issues, substance use, personality disorders, attachment disorders, conduct disorders, PTSD, other types of traumas, suicidality, self-harm, autism, depression, and anxiety. Before joining the team at Uinta Academy, Sally met with families, couples, and clients of all ages but focused on adolescents who were in the custody of the state of Utah (i.e., some of those clients had committed crimes and others were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect).

She is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mind-Body Bridging (MBB), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness. She holds a grief certificate from grief expert David Kessler for Grief Education.

Sally believes that every person is their own expert and works from a strengths-based approach to assist her clients in creating and living their best life. She is highly empathetic but pushes her clients to address all areas of their core issues, which she believes to be essential to her success as a therapist. She also believes communication is key to successful therapeutic relationships. When not working with clients, Sally can be found in her backyard with her nose in a book. She is the mother of two amazing daughters. Sally is a native of Cache Valley and continues to love and live there with her husband and numerous four-footed fur babies. Sally’s last name is pronounced [stoh-ker]. It's German, and she won't be mad if you mispronounce it.
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Diana Handy MS, CMHC
Therapist

Diana graduated with honors from Utah State University with a degree in Family and Human Development, with an emphasis in Community Services. Prior to becoming a therapist, Diana worked as an advocate for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crimes in community services and court settings. Diana received a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She has experience working with clients suffering from substance use disorders and severe mental health issues, including schizophrenia, personality disorders, trauma, PTSD, suicidality, self-harm, autism, depression, and anxiety.  Before joining Uinta’s team, Diana’s career included work in residential treatment, inpatient hospitalization and stabilization, intensive outpatient, transitional living, and in-home family therapy.  Diana has worked with families, couples, veterans, young adults, teens, and children.

Diana is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has trained other therapists to use DBT effectively. She also has experience in providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), EAGALA equine-assisted therapy, Brainspotting, shame resiliency, and humanistic approaches. Diana believes that therapy should be tailored to each individual, and encourages feedback from her clients on what they like and don’t like in treatment. Diana is an avid gardener and loves growing flowers and vegetables. She also loves theater, singing, playing the piano, and science fiction and fantasy books and movies.
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Hannah Paxton, CSW
Therapist

Hannah graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and minors of Sociology and Art. During this time, she was also able to volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and at a local domestic violence shelter, CAPSA (Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse). Her undergraduate practicum was in a high school counseling center, where she mentored at-risk youth and helped them to reach graduation. These experiences sparked a passion for becoming an advocate for victims of abuse, and a previous career at the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) in Northern Utah.

Hannah has also recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master’s degree in Social Work. While working on her degree, Hannah was an intern at Uinta Academy. During this time, she collaborated with therapists and families, provided individual therapy sessions, and led the Social Media and Relational Aggression group. Hannah employs the Strengths-Based perspective into her individual and family sessions and has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Hannah has discovered a deep love for teaching teenagers and families how to become happier and healthier versions of themselves. Hannah strongly believes that each person is worthy of love and compassion and works to improve each of her client’s self-esteem. From there she uses a goal-oriented approach to help motivate the clients to continue to motivate themselves towards achieving their individual short and long-term goals.

Outside of Uinta, Hannah loves to spend time with her family, especially her newborn daughter. Hannah’s hobbies include organizing, interior design, and watching true crime shows. She is often found traveling, trying new restaurants, thrift shopping, reading psychology books, or staying in to watch a good movie.

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McKell Stevens, LCSW
Therapist

McKell earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Brigham Young University Hawaii with a minor in Psychology in __2014__. She then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. McKell has experience working with addiction, mental health disorders, and extreme behavioral issues. 

She also has experience working with LGBTQ+ persons and created Brigham Young University Hawaii’s first support group and seminar for students and allies. McKell worked as a therapist in Sydney, Australia before returning to Utah to work in an addiction rehabilitation facility. In addition, McKell worked as a behavioral specialist for the local school district writing and implementing behavioral plans utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis. She is also EMDR certified (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).

McKell has also worked with many residential treatment centers to assist clients and families to work together to reach homeostasis within the family unit. She has provided both individual and family therapy for the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). McKell approaches therapy using an individualized approach and tailors it to fit both the client’s needs and strengths. She has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Strengths-Based. In her free time, McKell enjoys camping, boating, and riding her horses with her family.
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Ned Atwood MD
Psychiatrist

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 Medical College in Albany, NY.  He came back to Utah to complete a residency in general psychiatry followed by a 2-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, both at the University of Utah and its affiliated University Neuropsychiatric Institute. 

He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Atwood currently practices outpatient psychiatry in Spokane, WA, where he works with children, adolescents, and young adults. In his role, he also supervises current residents and fellows as they receive specialized training on working with young people. He has worked in youth residential treatment part-time for much of his career. His primary areas of interest are autism, ADHD, mood disorders, and community mental health, though he also spent additional time during training on the more specialized areas of forensic psychiatry and group psychotherapy. Dr. Atwood lives with his wife, two children, and various pets (including several jellyfish!) in Spokane, Washington. Most of his extended family continues to live in the Northern Utah area. He enjoys fine food, travel, grilling and video games. His non-medical interests include space travel, ancient prehistory, and human responses to trauma and change.
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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 Nurse, Kayla attended Bridgerland Applied Technology College where she completed her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensures.
While completing her nursing program, Kayla was elected to perform a preceptorship with the Cache Valley Youth Center. She also worked multiple rotations in the Behavioral Health Unit at Logan Regional Hospital. While attending college she worked at Uinta Academy as a Family Teacher for three years. This previous work experience provides Kayla with great insight into what is expected from the girls as well as the challenges they face. Kayla is certified as an Equine Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and has worked with the girls providing equine therapy as well as recreational riding. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with family, making crafts, exercising, and playing sports. She enjoys anything outdoors, especially spending time with her horses.
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Heather Kilpatrick
East Home Manager

Heather has been a family teacher at Uinta Academy since 2013. She attended University of Phoenix and graduated with an associate degree in Criminal Justice with a focus in Human Services in 2013.  She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree.

 

 
 
Heather started Uinta as a direct care staff and has worked hard to implement the model and work her way up to Assistant Home Manager. Heather has been a shift supervisor for many years. She understands the implementation of the Teaching Family Model and the Stages of Change Model. Heather is upbeat and understanding as she interacts with the young ladies at Uinta Academy. She has fully enjoyed being able to help shape the girls lives into something better than they were before.
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Cheryl Ewell
Night Staff Supervisor

Cheryl Ewell is originally from Cokeville, WY. She moved to Cache Valley in 1983 where she worked for a yearbook publishing company. In 2010, she came to work for Uinta Academy as a night staff. She has been the assistant supervisor for the past few years until being promoted to supervisor in 2021. Cheryl has 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, 2 dogs, and 5 cats. She enjoys yard work, cooking, exercising with her husband, and spending time with her family. 


Susan Young MS, SPED
Academic Director - Certified English Teacher - Special Education Director
Susan Biddulph graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English & History Education from Utah State University. Her English emphasis was in British and American Literature and her history emphasis was in American progressivism. She also completed significant coursework in the area of Anatomy and Physiology. Susan graduated in 2012 – also from Utah State – with a Master of Science in American Studies.
Her master’s thesis focused on utilizing multi-genre texts to teach English and history in an interdependent curriculum. She is a level 2 licensed teacher in the state of Utah and is highly qualified according to their established Praxis criteria. Susan has worked at Uinta since 2007. In addition to teaching, she has become involved in Uinta’s Parelli Natural Horsemanship program and assists the girls in developing relationships with their horses. Susan also occasionally lectures to youth groups and university classes on varied subjects including the history of cemeteries, the history of Ellis Island, housing in the Gilded Age, and how to successfully manage student teaching. Susan comes from a large family – she is the youngest of seven children and has fifteen nieces and nephews. She played on the USU women’s billiards team and continues to be involved in the Cache Valley pool league. She enjoys visiting museums and historical sites, going to Disneyland, and eating chocolate Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
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Jentry Broschinsky BS
Certified Social Studies Teacher
Jentry received her Bachelor of Science in Social Studies and a Minor in Psychology with a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate at Southern Utah University. She was able to put her educational experience to practice while interning in various therapy settings for pregnant youth contemplating adoption as well as helping adults deal with childhood molestation issues.
Jentry has worked at Uinta since 2009 and has experience as a Family Teacher, Shift Supervisor, and Home Manager. Jentry currently works in the academic department as the Social Studies teacher. She has also assisted with teaching Social Studies in the classroom. When she isn’t teaching Social Studies. Jentry spends her time enjoying her children. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family, visiting historical sites, swimming, hiking, and the Arts.
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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 with an S.E.I. endorsement. She has 31 years experience as a classroom teacher. She has served as a mentor teacher for the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and the University of Phoenix.
She holds certificates of specialized training in the areas of Restorative Discipline, Love and Logic, Marzano's Instructional Strategies, Multiple Intelligences, The Skillful Teacher, Bloom's Taxonomy of the Learning Domain, Creative Spirit, and Opening Minds Through the Arts. Lorelyn was honored in 2010 by Tucson Unified Schools for making the largest gains in closing the achievement gap in minority students. She was selected in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the Talent Transfer Initiative. Lorelyn has had a life-long interest in art and has been drawing and painting since childhood. She also plays the piano and has sung in a number of choirs. Although she majored in Education, Lorelyn also took a full load of art classes at the University of Arizona. She taught after-school art classes for ten years. Lorelyn is also a skilled interior decorator and seamstress. Not only does Lorelyn teach cultural arts at Uinta, she also plans and helps the girls with crafts and holiday décor and maintains the library. In her free time, Lorelyn works on art projects and loves to read. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.
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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 State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and minor in Family and Human Development. She has taken her passion for helping individuals become happier and healthier and combined it with fitness instruction. Her focus is primarily yoga-based. She has earned multiple nationally recognized fitness certifications which she draws upon to offer unique and personalized classes for her clientele.
Having the experience and fun of teaching fitness professionally for over 15 years, she has discovered the power of yoga to transform individuals both physically and emotionally in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere. Teaching students to tap into their internal strength and take it off the mat into the world is the most rewarding part of her job. With yoga training that is demographic specific and research based, she has found a niche in working with teens to help them find empowerment, healing, and strength through the medium of yoga. Tammie is the proud mother of three beautiful children and enjoys spending time with them and her husband of 23 years. In addition to fitness, she enjoys reading, baking, canning, photography, and travels as much as possible
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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 and his graduate thesis was focused on factors that contribute to student success in mathematics. He also has experience teaching several math classes at Utah State University and uses those skills to help students at Uinta.
Jason also took several classes in the sciences, and continues to learn more about science in his personal time. When not working, Jason enjoys hiking, playing card games and board games, and learning more in the field of physics. He hopes to make a difference and bring more optimism to the students he works with.
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Gabbie Rigby BS
Certified Science Teacher

Gabbie Rigby earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education with a Minor in Animal Science from Utah State University. This is Gabbie’s second year teaching. Prior to teaching science at Uinta, she was an FFA Advisor at a high school in Utah. Gabbie grew-up in Idaho but has made Cache Valley her home after attending USU. 

Gabbie’s passion is Agricultural Sciences especially Animal Science. In her spare time, Gabbie enjoys raising honey bees, training her border collies, and traveling to visit friends and family.
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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 Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Kansas. He has a passion for learning and teaching math. He uses his interpersonal skills, developed from tutoring one-on-one at BYU-Idaho, to help the students at Uinta reach their educational goals. He is a licensed teacher in mathematics and enjoys helping the students at Uinta.

In his spare time, Zach loves to read & play sports, especially basketball. He also loves spending time with his wife and kids, going on adventures outdoors, and playing board games.
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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 teaching at Uinta Academy in 2020. Mark has been teaching since 2015. He grew up in Utah County and moved to Cache Valley to go to school and start a family.  Prior to teaching at Uinta Academy, Mark taught English at a public high school where he also coached running backs and was an after school tutor.  Mark states that he “really enjoys working with the students at Uinta Academy.”