Our Team

We are committed to excellence by sustaining a culture of endless possibilities, through a dynamic, unified, playful, committed and accountable team of people who are personally invested in the success of your son.

Directors

Karen Flynn, J.D.

Karen Flynn, J.D.

C.E.O. and Co-Owner

"First and foremost is the success of each individual family and the son they place in our care. Gateway students succeed due to their inner strength, hard work and the family and professionals that surround them. As a Gateway owner, I am extremely proud of the professional depth, breadth and investment of every member of our team. Together, with each family, we can truly make a remarkable, life-changing difference in the lives of our students."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah
  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar
  • Former Administrative Law Judge, Department of Human Services, State of Utah
  • Former Managing Attorney, Office of Guardian ad Litem, State of Utah
  • Experience developing adolescent substance-abuse prevention and treatment models


PHILOSOPHY

Karen knows that there is nothing more important than the welfare of a youth. When a parent places their greatest gift, their child, in Gateway's care, Karen understands there is no weightier responsibility that our team can accept. With that knowledge, Karen believes, in turn, it is Gateway's duty to provide that student and his family the utmost care, service and guidance that a residential treatment center can offer.


PROFESSIONAL

Karen has been working on behalf of youth since 1995, when she became an attorney for abused, neglected and dependent children and their families. Karen has worked with almost every aspect of child welfare and the many trying, often life-changing issues youth face. Karen's experience as a managing attorney, administrative law judge, and child advocate complement perfectly her role as C.E.O. for Gateway. Her dream of bringing her experience together into one place culminates in the ongoing success of Gateway Academy.


PERSONAL

Karen's free time is spent with her family and friends. Karen is always looking for her next adventure, whether it's learning to scuba dive, running her first marathon, or seeing another small piece of the world for the first time.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Both in front and behind the scenes, Karen plays countless roles in the success of Gateway students. Whether it's helping a family negotiate the logistics of residential treatment, or training and guiding the staff that work with each youth, Karen's steady, positive influence permeates Gateway. In turn, Karen is continually moved and grateful by the numerous emails, letters and comments from parents and students expressing gratitude for their positive experiences with Gateway.

 

Rebecca Garfield, B.S., C.M.H.C.

Rebecca Garfield, B.S., C.M.H.C.

Executive Director

"Many of the boys who come to Gateway have low self-esteem. My job, in part, is to personally connect with each young man, and through our relationship, help him see and believe in his potential. By the time he leaves, he believes in himself and can see a future filled with opportunity. I love playing a role in that transformation."

 

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Westminster College
  • Experience working with youth in residential treatment centers since 2002


PHILOSOPHY

Rebecca knows adolescents are in a fascinating stage of self-discovery. At that age, Rebecca understands that for many young men the world is spinning a little too fast, and that it can be difficult to find a healthy path. Traditional therapy often takes place in a vacuum. At Gateway, Rebecca and her team take the opposite approach. Gateway boys learn to build healthy relationships within a community of peers and mentors. Moreover, as Residential Manager, Rebecca works to provide students with the positive and vital experience of interacting with the community outside of Gateway. Rebecca knows that such contact makes the transition back to the larger world infinitely easier and more successful.


PROFESSIONAL

Rebecca's passion is working with youth. Before being promoted to the position of Program Director, Rebecca worked as a Residential Manager overseeing the Salt Lake house. Prior to Gateway, Rebecca worked as a youth detention counselor, lead staff at a residential treatment center, and was a case manager for a YWCA teen home. To motivate and provide the boys at Gateway a sense of purpose, Rebecca helps them identify their own passions, and then productively pursue those passions in the community outside of Gateway.


PERSONAL

Rebecca has a strong commitment to friends and family, personal learning and self-discovery. She loves cooking at home and being by the ocean. Rebecca also has a creative artistic side, and is always searching for unique and imaginative items for her home.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

After hearing one student describe how torn he was between continue in a destructive manner and becoming a firefighter, Rebecca worked to set up his service project at a local fire department. Each week, he observed the firefighters in action, learning the various components of their jobs and participating on rides. Rebecca realized the transformative power of the experience. One day she saw him walk out, prepared for service, with the demeanor and behavior of a responsible young man and firefighter.

Arden L. Weintraub, M.D.

Arden L. Weintraub, M.D.

Medical Director

"I love working as part of a team, and that I come to work expecting to learn. I feel I can learn from anyone ... therapists, teachers, staff, or students. It's a two-way street."

 

 

 

 

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CREDENTIALS

  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Extensive experience treating youth in residential settings since 1992
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder


PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Weintraub believes open communication and a casual atmosphere create mutual respect. He insists that Gateway students, as well as parents and staff members, call him "Arden." Arden also believes in the importance of being conservative in the prescription of medications, and observing the boys in a variety of activities in order to make informed treatment decisions.

PROFESSIONAL

Arden has decades of experience as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, as well as an ongoing affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine. Arden has spent his career helping young people overcome depression, school problems, drug use, poor social skills, nonverbal learning disorders, oppositional behaviors, and family conflicts. Arden works at Gateway three to four days a week, which is much more psychiatric time than other residential treatment programs offer. Arden not only meets formally with the students and therapists at Gateway, but he is always available to staff when he's away from the program.


PERSONAL

Arden is an avid cyclist and hiker. He believes that leisure time and recreational activities contribute to a sense of well-being, and are healthy outlets for people who would otherwise turn to drugs or other destructive behaviors.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

One young man was taking seven medications when he arrived at Gateway Academy. He suffered from severe anxiety which resulted in fainting spells. After careful observation and coordination with therapists and staff, Arden was able to gradually take the student off all medications. Previously unable to participate in activities due to his anxiety and fainting spells, the boy began enjoying hiking, skiing, and other activities with his peers.

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Clinical Director and Co-Owner

"At Gateway, we are relentless in our quest to find the most effective treatment for each individual student. No two boys are the same—so the therapeutic interventions and approach must be tailored to each boy's unique needs. Even in the course of a single day, we will use several different clinical approaches until a method clicks. The entire staff is commitied to the success of each and every boy, and our clinical team is exceptional. I would trust my own child in Gateway's care."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Science, Adolescent Family Therapy, University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work and Psychology, Weber State University
  • Adolescent and family therapist since 1993
  • Developed adolescent programs and residential treatment curriculum at multiple facilities


PHILOSOPHY

For Julie, creating emotional security is the first essential step in helping a boy to overcome his trauma, anxiety, depression, and the difficult obstacles in his life. Julie also believes that the intentional use of relationship and interactions with each boy also provide opportunities for the boys to develop, test and refine new interpersonal skills. Julie ensures that every member of the Gateway team creates daily positive experiences to instill confidence and hope in the boys. By building on these moments in Gateway's safe, homelike, environment, the boys allow themselves to be vulnerable and begin to face painful emotions and take risks to develop new skills. The open, trusting relationships they develop with Julie and the staff also becomes a model for how to create healthy relationships back home.


PROFESSIONAL

Julie has experience working in nearly every residential position including line staff, therapist, and now Clinical Director. She has been working as a social worker and family therapist since 1993. Julie's extensive education and experience provides her a comprehensive understanding that guides her in designing and overseeing Gateway boys' individualized treatment. Julie has presented as a professional in numerous state conferences regarding adolescent development, gender-specific therapy and specialized treatment approaches for addressing trauma, grief and substance abuse. Julie firmly believes that a team approach achieves the best results, so she works closely with the entire staff to implement a unified vision, constant communication, and diverse array of clinically sophisticated therapies.


PERSONAL

Julie enjoys hiking, skiing, recreation rock climbing and yoga. She also loves any activity that allows her to experience the world through the eyes of her two young daughters, including reading, cooking and gardening together.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Julie remembers working with a boy who was so depressed and anxious he refused to go outside of his home for nearly a year. He was transferred to Gateway after a brief hospitalization. Julie began working with the boy by talking for only short periods of time, taking walks around campus, and engaging in experiential opportunities for indirect expression of his feelings. Over time, their sessions gradually increased until he became comfortable enough to talk about his feelings and begin to develop skills to cope with stress and bolster his self confidence. The boy's parents also participated in family therapy with Julie where they learned to alter their parenting style to better help their son. Equipped with the coping mechanisms he learned at Gateway, the young man is now able to manage his residual anxieties. He now attends a university, sometimes returning to Utah in the summer to work at as a mentor for other boys at Gateway.

 

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

Director of Clinical Development and Co-Owner

"As a Gateway owner, it is extremely important to me to provide a safe, caring, clinically sophisticated, and individually tailored approach to each student. I believe this is the way to provide a truly effective and caring method of healing. I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love, and to do it with such a talented and invested staff team. At Gateway, we care about each other. We care about the boys, and we share vision and heart. I think that makes all the difference."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah
  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar
  • Psychotherapist in residential and outpatient settings since 1982
  • Developed Gateway's brain-based and school mindfulness programming


PHILOSOPHY

Michelle believes every boy is unique, and deserves to be treated that way. No matter what issues a boy has when he arrives at Gateway, he has the potential to live a fulfilling and happy life. Michelle knows that the key to unlocking that potential is different for every student. Michelle works closely with the Gateway team to craft an individualized treatment approach that builds on each boy's strengths and addresses his unique issues. Regardless of the specific approach, Michelle insists that it is holistic—engaging the mind, the emotions and the body of each boy. The curriculum and therapy must also utilize movement and knowledge about the brain to facilitate growth and healing. Michelle believes that every interaction with a youth is an intervention.


PROFESSIONAL

Michelle has been working with youth and their families since 1982. As a clinical social worker, a family psychotherapist and a private family and juvenile law attorney, Michelle's career has been spent working on behalf of youth and their families. Michelle has extensive experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She also has many years experience providing clinical assessment of adolescents for the Utah Third District Juvenile Court. Michelle has presented as a professional in both state and national conferences regarding adolescent development, juvenile sexual development, and specialized treatment approaches incorporating neuroscience and movement. Michelle was instrumental in making Gateway the first program in the country to include the science of deliberate movement within its treatment and academic curriculum, and she continues to study and incorporate cutting-edge research on the brain and adolescent development into Gateway's academic curriculum and therapy.


PERSONAL

Michelle loves music, poetry, and photography. She is a violinist, scuba diver, and avid cyclist. Her friends tease her about reading "boring" books, but her desire to know all there is to know about the brain is insatiable. Above all, Michelle loves spending time with her family and friends.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Michelle's success story is every boy at Gateway. As an owner and clinician, she has been able to bring her vision of a safe, validating environment, individualized treatment, and the application of current research to life at Gateway. Whether facilitating a therapy session, training staff or improving programming, Michelle is invested in ensuring the success of each youth at Gateway. As a result, she has had the privilege of sharing in the accomplishments and healing of many boys and their families.

Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M.Ed.

Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M.Ed.

Academic Director

"Education in the 21st century must adapt to the challenges students face in today’s world.  Scientific research on cognitive development has revealed exciting discoveries about the way adolescent brains function and ways to teach the way the brain learns best. The most convincing data show that students learn in a variety of ways and that different learning styles need to be considered when developing curricula and conducting assessments. At Gateway, we design our students’ academic plans to meet all of their unique and individual needs. We also sustain a dynamic balance of challenge and support between teacher and learner to form the basis for a strong and honest relationship that guides the learning process."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Education, in Educational Leadership, Concordia University
  • Master of Arts, in Political Science, University of California Davis
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Whitman College


PHILOSOPHY

Casie is dedicated to holistic education where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to provide the support students need to succeed. As an educator, Casie seeks to incorporate brain-based research in student learning and, therefore, values constant re-evaluation of standards and curricula to achieve academic excellence. Casie believes we are all a community of learners and that some of the most educational activities happen outside the traditional classroom. As Gateway's Academic Director, Casie strives to inspire a passion for learning and enthusiasm for critical thinking in order to empower the students she serves. Casie leads Gateway's talented and dedicated teaching team. Together, they provide outstanding academic direction, services and growth to Gateway students and their families.


PROFESSIONAL

Casie joined Gateway in 2015.  Her love of teaching began in 1998 when she worked at the American International School of Bucharest, and taught ESL courses in Romania. She taught for several years at the college level, and has also worked in private secondary schools and programs. Casie has taught English, political science, government, economics, and debate. She strives to inspire a passion for learning, self-discovery, and intellectual creativity. Aside from teaching, Casie has worked with students outside of class, through academic advising and college counseling. In her spare time, she also works as a free-lance instructional designer and technical editor, where her fascination with details and grammar are truly appreciated! Casie has coached debate teams, directed summer camps, and provided mentoring and writing assistance to prepare high school seniors for college.


PERSONAL

Casie loves to be in the outdoors and take in nature.  She has lived in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Northern and Southern California, Hawaii and Romania. As a lifelong learner, Casie enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring new adventures.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Learning about current events is a 21st century skill students need to succeed in an ever-changing world. Casie has found that students become more engaged in critical thinking exercises by learning about current events. During a research methods course at Gateway, students were asked to develop opinion papers based on evidence found in current topics in the news. Casie enjoyed watching the “lightbulb go on” when students’ eyes were opened to the world around them.

Kelly Means, L.M.T.

Kelly Means, L.M.T.

Program Director

“One of the best parts of my job is seeing our students become successful in their relationships and reach goals that once seemed impossible to achieve. I believe that building a foundation of trust and emotional safety comes first through listening, compassion, and consistency. Every staff interaction can have a profound influence on the boys' experience and play a key part in what they learn, if done with intention and compassion. Young men who come to Gateway need positive role models who genuinely care and build upon the student's strengths. There is purpose behind what we do and I believe this makes all the difference. ”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Nationally Licensed in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Wilderness First Responder   
  • AASI Certified Snowboard Instructor 
  • Experience in outdoor education, recreation and leadership since 2002
  • Experience working in wilderness therapy & residential treatment programs since 2003


PHILOSOPHY

Kelly understands it is critical to use creative teaching methods that support the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic styles of learning to help each student enhance thier personal awareness and develop healthy life skills. She also knows there is a lot that goes into what we do to ensure the safety, care, and support of each boy. She recognizes the need to participate in and support every opportunity for students to experience individual success. Kelly views community and staff interactions as essential to teach leadership and communication skills, as well as build confidence and self-care. Kelly emphasizes that we are not only mentors, but also role models.

 

PROFESSIONAL

Kelly has been working with adolescents since 2002. She has experience working in a variety of therapeutic programs including wilderness therapy and residential treatment. Prior to joining the Gateway team, she worked as a Snowboard Instructor, Wilderness Instructor and supervisor & First Responder. She joined Gateway in 2004 as part the Outdoor Education Program and in 2012, became one of the managers leading the Outdoor Team. In 2017, she was promoted to Program Director heading both the residential and outdoor teams. Kelly is also nationally licensed in therapeutic massage and bodywork.


PERSONAL

Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring Utah’s backcountry and playing her guitar. She is always on the lookout for her next adventure and she loves experiences that challenge her to grow. Kelly is currently looking to pursue a degree in Clinical Social Work.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Kelly recalls a visit from a young man who she had worked with several years before. He stopped by Gateway as he was passing through town on his way home from college for the holidays. She was blown away when he asked about staff members that he hadn’t seen in years. What stood out to Kelly as he shared with the boys about his experience was his, “self confidence” and “humility.” “There was an instant connection- a mutual respect between he and the boys. It was very exciting to see the self assured young man he had become.”


Laura Kemper, LCSW

Laura Kemper, LCSW

Admissions Director

"Creating a safe and comfortable environment for new families to share their story is a critical component of the admissions process. The rapport created in this first step is essential in establishing a trusting relationship with our families who are taking a giant leap of faith in professionals they have just met. They deserve an award as does their child for being so brave and courageous!" 

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Science, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Philosophy

"The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you are enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect."

 -Dr. Brene Brown, LCSW

Gateway Academy provides a safe and nurturing environment for students to begin their journey of self-acceptance. This is the first step in their emotional growth experience to heal their relationship with themselves as well as their relationship with their family.

Professional

Laura started her professional career as a social worker in the emergency department providing crisis intervention to those needing emergency care. Her entry into private treatment began as an assistant therapist at a therapeutic wilderness program working with adolescent boys. Later, Laura worked as an educational consultant guiding families in need through the treatment process. This ultimately lead her to what she enjoys the most...Admissions. Laura's passion lies in working closely with families during the emotionally-draining admissions process. She has a natural ability to connect with others, create a comfortable atmosphere and reduce the anxiety associated with placing a child in treatment. 


Personal

When Laura isn't working, you will find her spending time with her husband, 2 dogs and her very energetic set of twins. She enjoys the great outdoors, creating art and jewelry using warm glass as her medium and trying to keep her mind, body and soul in shape to keep up with her kids and life. Laura has a lust for life and enjoys going to new places to vacation...mostly the beach!

 

Melissa Hickman, LCSW

Melissa Hickman, LCSW

Marketing Director and Co-Owner

"Unless they feel safe, troubled adolescents can't begin to deal with their issues. To me, that makes sense; why would they risk? From the beginning, my goal with Gateway was to help create that safe place, and to staff it with extraordinary people who can provide the very best individualized treatment. As an owner, a therapist and a mom, I'm proud to say that's just what we've done."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychotherapist in outpatient and residential settings since 1991


PHILOSOPHY

For Melissa, there is no panacea—no single therapeutic approach— that can successfully treat all issues. She knows that adopting one therapeutic style may seem easier, but it just doesn't work. For her, each boy and his family are different from the next, with individual issues to sort through and deal with. Because there are only 16 boys in each Gateway home, the staff has the time and the resources to make personalized decisions about every student's therapy, education, and community involvement. And everyone at Gateway—from the house staff and outdoor team to the dedicated teachers and therapists—is highly invested in each young man who walks through its door.


PROFESSIONAL

As Melissa observed the successes and shortcomings of the many various therapeutic approaches in her long career, her vision for a place like Gateway grew. She has been a therapist for at-risk youth since 1991, serving in every capacity, including private practice, wilderness therapist, runway shelter therapist, and clinical director. As the Admissions Director for Gateway, she carefully evaluates every applicant. She then plays an active role with the Gateway team to determine the best treatment program for each boy. Melissa believes it takes a village to achieve success, and credits the entire team for making the dream of Gateway a reality.


PERSONAL

Melissa likes to press the boundaries of her world by exploring other places and cultures. She then hurries home again to spend time with her grandchildren. Melissa also enjoys knitting, scuba diving, and remodeling houses.


CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Melissa recalls working with one of Gateway's first students. He was using drugs, expressing animosity toward his family, and performing poorly at school. In short, he was spinning out of control. His confrontational behavior continued for the first few months at Gateway, but gradually treatment began to gain traction. He discovered a love for bouldering in the outdoor education program, and he learned to apply himself academically. Melissa observed that as he gained confidence and stability, his relationship with his parents and siblings improved. Since leaving Gateway, he has graduated from college and now competes in bouldering.

 

Clinical

Arden L. Weintraub, M.D.

Arden L. Weintraub, M.D.

Medical Director/Psychiatrist

"I love working as part of a team, and that I come to work expecting to learn. I feel I can learn from anyone ... therapists, teachers, staff, or students. It's a two-way street."

 

 

 

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Credentials

  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Extensive experience treating youth in residential settings since 1992
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

Philosophy

Dr. Weintraub believes open communication and a casual atmosphere create mutual respect. He insists that Gateway students, as well as parents and staff members, call him "Arden." Arden also believes in the importance of being conservative in the prescription of medications, and observing the boys in a variety of activities in order to make informed treatment decisions.

 

Professional

Arden has decades of experience as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, as well as an ongoing affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine. Arden has spent his career helping young people overcome depression, school problems, drug use, poor social skills, nonverbal learning disorders, oppositional behaviors, and family conflicts. Arden works at Gateway three to four days a week, which is much more psychiatric time than other residential treatment programs offer. Arden not only meets formally with the students and therapists at Gateway, but he is always available to staff when he's away from the program.

Personal

Arden is an avid cyclist and hiker. He believes that leisure time and recreational activities contribute to a sense of well-being, and are healthy outlets for people who would otherwise turn to drugs or other destructive behaviors.

Creating Student Success

One young man was taking seven medications when he arrived at Gateway Academy. He suffered from severe anxiety which resulted in fainting spells. After careful observation and coordination with therapists and staff, Arden was able to gradually take the student off all medications. Previously unable to participate in activities due to his anxiety and fainting spells, the boy began enjoying hiking, skiing, and other activities with his peers.

Jean Zehndar M.D.

Jean Zehndar M.D.

Psychiatrist

"It is important to me that each meeting I have with the youth I work with at Gateway, I communicate to that student their individual worth, uniqueness, and hope for a bright future.  I want them to feel comfortable discussing any issue without being judged and know that I am their advocate."

 

 

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Credentials

  • Doctor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Triple Board Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Adult Psychiatry, University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Extensive experience treating youth in residential settings since 1995
  • Licensed Physician in Utah and Ethiopia

Philosophy

Jean believes that the difficulties youth experience before coming to Gateway need to be understood within their developmental, biological, family, and social contexts.  Jean believes medication should only be used sparingly, with the input and informed consent of the youth and parents, taking into account the observations of staff, their therapist, and teachers.  Jean communicates with the parents shortly after their son’s admission as well as after each time she meets with him to keep them involved in, and informed of, all medical treatment decisions.

PROFESSIONAL

Jean has worked with adolescents and their families since 1995 in residential and day treatment settings. In both residential and day treatment programs Jean has helped youth transition from wilderness programs, the State Hospital, and acute inpatient hospitalizations back to their families. Jean has worked with youth who struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, school problems, anxiety, aggression, psychosis, substance abuse, oppositional behaviors, nonverbal learning disorder, and autistic spectrum disorder.  She was the psychiatrist for a day treatment team for adolescents with autistic spectrum disorder for fourteen years.
Jean has also worked with adults and children in outpatient settings for the past two years.

Additionally, Jean has traveled to India and Ethiopia for humanitarian medical clinics as a pediatrician.

PERSONAL
Jean grew up near the Great Lakes and has a life long affection for swimming, waterskiing, and sailboarding.  Having lived in Utah for 25 years, she has also acquired a sincere appreciation for snow skiing and hiking, not to mention heat without the humidity and mosquitos.  Jean also enjoys travel, especially visiting her three children at college.

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS
 I have had several patients come to residential on medication who do not want to be on medication. The medications may have been added during a crisis or a decompensation, and neither the student nor the parent knows if they have helped or not. In many, but not all cases it is possible for the youth to learn new ways of dealing with anger, anxiety, or depression and slowly taper medications with the parents consent within the controlled setting of Gateway.  Having input from the entire team is invaluable.   Many times, students are able to come off of their medications or be on fewer medications or lower dosages.

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Julie Barbero, LCSW

Clinical Director and Co-Owner

"At Gateway, we are relentless in our quest to find the most effective treatment for each individual student. No two boys are the same—so the therapeutic interventions and approach must be tailored to each boy's unique needs. Even in the course of a single day, we will use several different clinical approaches until a method clicks. The entire staff is commitied to the success of each and every boy, and our clinical team is exceptional. I would trust my own child in Gateway's care."

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Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Science, Adolescent Family Therapy, University of Denver
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work and Psychology, Weber State University
  • Adolescent and family therapist since 1993
  • Developed adolescent programs and residential treatment curriculum at multiple facilities

Philosophy

For Julie, creating emotional security is the first essential step in helping a boy to overcome his trauma, anxiety, depression, and the difficult obstacles in his life. Julie also believes that the intentional use of relationship and interactions with each boy also provide opportunities for the boys to develop, test and refine new interpersonal skills. Julie ensures that every member of the Gateway team creates daily positive experiences to instill confidence and hope in the boys. By building on these moments in Gateway's safe, homelike, environment, the boys allow themselves to be vulnerable and begin to face painful emotions and take risks to develop new skills. The open, trusting relationships they develop with Julie and the staff also becomes a model for how to create healthy relationships back home.

Professional

Julie has experience working in nearly every residential position including line staff, therapist, and now Clinical Director. She has been working as a social worker and family therapist since 1993. Julie's extensive education and experience provides her a comprehensive understanding that guides her in designing and overseeing Gateway boys' individualized treatment. Julie has presented as a professional in numerous state conferences regarding adolescent development, gender-specific therapy and specialized treatment approaches for addressing trauma, grief and substance abuse. Julie firmly believes that a team approach achieves the best results, so she works closely with the entire staff to implement a unified vision, constant communication, and diverse array of clinically sophisticated therapies.

Personal

Julie enjoys hiking, skiing, recreation rock climbing and yoga. She also loves any activity that allows her to experience the world through the eyes of her two young daughters, including reading, cooking and gardening together.

Creating Student Success

Julie remembers working with a boy who was so depressed and anxious he refused to go outside of his home for nearly a year. He was transferred to Gateway after a brief hospitalization. Julie began working with the boy by talking for only short periods of time, taking walks around campus, and engaging in experiential opportunities for indirect expression of his feelings. Over time, their sessions gradually increased until he became comfortable enough to talk about his feelings and begin to develop skills to cope with stress and bolster his self confidence. The boy's parents also participated in family therapy with Julie where they learned to alter their parenting style to better help their son. Equipped with the coping mechanisms he learned at Gateway, the young man is now able to manage his residual anxieties. He now attends a university, sometimes returning to Utah in the summer to work at as a mentor for other boys at Gateway.

 

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

M. Michelle Gourley, MFT, LCSW, JD

Director of Clinical Development and Co-Owner

"As a Gateway owner, it is extremely important to me to provide a safe, caring, clinically sophisticated, and individually tailored approach to each student. I believe this is the way to provide a truly effective and caring method of healing. I'm so lucky to be able to do what I love, and to do it with such a talented and invested staff team. At Gateway, we care about each other. We care about the boys, and we share vision and heart. I think that makes all the difference."

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Credentials

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Utah
  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed member of the Utah State Bar
  • Psychotherapist in residential and outpatient settings since 1982

Philosophy

Michelle believes every boy is unique, and deserves to be treated that way. No matter what issues a boy has when he arrives at Gateway, he has the potential to live a fulfilling and happy life. Michelle knows that the key to unlocking that potential is different for every student. Michelle works closely with the Gateway team to craft an individualized treatment approach that builds on each boy's strengths and addresses his unique issues. Regardless of the specific approach, Michelle insists that it is holistic—engaging the mind, the emotions and the body of each boy. The curriculum and therapy must also utilize movement and knowledge about the brain to facilitate growth and healing. Michelle believes that every interaction with a youth is an intervention.

Professional

Michelle has been working with youth and their families since 1982. As a clinical social worker, a family psychotherapist and a private family and juvenile law attorney, Michelle's career has been spent working on behalf of youth and their families. Michelle has extensive experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She also has many years experience providing clinical assessment of adolescents for the Utah Third District Juvenile Court. Michelle has presented as a professional in both state and national conferences regarding adolescent development, juvenile sexual development, and specialized treatment approaches incorporating neuroscience and movement. Michelle was instrumental in making Gateway the first program in the country to include the science of deliberate movement within its treatment and academic curriculum, and she continues to study and incorporate cutting-edge research on the brain and adolescent development into Gateway's academic curriculum and therapy.

Personal

Michelle loves music, poetry, and photography. She is a violinist, scuba diver, and avid cyclist. Her friends tease her about reading "boring" books, but her desire to know all there is to know about the brain is insatiable. Above all, Michelle loves spending time with her family and friends.

Creating Student Success

Michelle's success story is every boy at Gateway. As an owner and clinician, she has been able to bring her vision of a safe, validating environment, individualized treatment, and the application of current research to life at Gateway. Whether facilitating a therapy session, training staff or improving programming, Michelle is invested in ensuring the success of each youth at Gateway. As a result, she has had the privilege of sharing in the accomplishments and healing of many boys and their families.

Emily Faber, MSW, LCSW

Emily Faber, MSW, LCSW

Alpine Therapist

"Building a relationship with my kids is key. I first develop rapport so they know they have a safe relationship with me. After we have that foundation, we work together to identify and achieve their goals so they can be more confident and successful."

 

 

 

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Structured studies in India focused on self-soothing with meditation and yoga.

Philosophy

Emily understands the importance of building a strong, safe, grounded relationship with each boy. To do so, Emily connects with each young man on an individual level. She also helps each young man understand that she doesn't "fix" them. She does not believe any young man is "broken". Rather, Emily believes each youth needs to learn new skills to take responsibility for creating their own happiness.

Emily recommends that parents read The Parallel Process. For specific issues, she recommends, Addictive Thinking, SOS Help for Emotions, Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Disorder, Being Adopted, and Letting Go of Anger.

Professional

Emily has worked with at-risk youth since 1994 as wilderness staff, therapist assistant, milieu staff, and therapist. Emily specializes in helping boys who have difficulty forming relationships, boys who are anxious or depressed, and boys with executive functioning or processing disorders. Emily is known for her commitment, enthusiasm and ability to connect well with the students and their families. She loves working at Gateway because of the program's clinical sophistication.

Personal

Emily enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, yoga, biking, snowboarding, reading and cooking at home. She often uses her love of the outdoors to connect with the boys. Her colleagues describe her as a fun-loving "ball of fire."

Creating Student Success

Emily recalls working with a young man with Tourette's syndrome and substance-abuse problems. He painstakingly engaged in the difficult process of healing, working hard to get his life on track. Years later, she met him again and could see no signs of Tourette's. He was sober, attending a university, and engaged to be married. Emily has had several of her students check back with her to tell how happy they are, and how well they are doing. As a therapist, Emily's greatest reward is seeing the progress the boys make puttng into practice what they've learned at Gateway Academy.

Brandon Andrus, MSW, LCSW

Brandon Andrus, MSW, LCSW

Alpine Therapist

“Working with such a dynamic team and having so many resources available within our program and our community make the treatment process for our students and their families very rich and meaningful. I feel privileged to be able to be a small part of each student’s change process and to witness the growth that takes place within them during our short time together.”  

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah
  • Clinical experience focused on Family Systems and Solution Focused approach to addressing Anxiety, Depression, Attachment, Trauma, Addiction and Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Philosophy

Each person I work with has the ability to transform and experience positive change. Sometimes their motivation and belief in themselves or others has been damaged or lost which has led to them approaching their day to day life by just trying to get by and survive; often shutting others out and avoiding the very people and things which could give them aid and bring peace. By developing a relationship with my students and demonstrating a belief in them as powerful individuals capable of progress and growth they are empowered and enabled to find anew the confidence, love, and acceptance that they once had in themselves. This renewed confidence and restored sense of identity is what will give them long term success and increase their social support system to aid them in the storms they will encounter as they move on in life after Gateway. 

Brandon recommends parents read Parenting From The Inside Out as well as The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving The Heart Of Conflict.

Professional

Brandon’s experience began in 2002 working with adjudicated teens in a residential treatment setting with an emphasis on outdoor recreation. Since that beginning, he has found opportunities to work in programs that utilize evidence-based relational models and experiential approaches to assist youth to develop healthy strategies to cope with their struggles. Some of Brandon’s experience includes working as a Therapist and Program Director at a therapeutic boarding school that supported latency-aged youth struggling with anxiety, depression, and issues with attachment. He has also worked as a transitional coach for families who had a child returning home after receiving wilderness and/or residential treatment. As a therapist for a wilderness program, Brandon also spent time helping teenage youth overcome struggles and build identity through adventure-based activities. During his years at Gateway, Brandon has had the opportunity to support youth struggling with trauma, attachment, executive functioning, and social deficits including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-verbal Learning Disorder, ADHD.

Personal

Brandon enjoys spending his free time exploring the outdoors with his wife and their two boys. Together they enjoy traveling, mountain biking, camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Above all, he loves being a father, even when it means trading epic adventures in far-away lands for laying on the living room floor building massive toy train tracks and Lego sets with his sons.

Creating Student Success

Brandon recalls working with a boy who was nearly 18 who had struggled previously with self destructive behaviors around substance abuse and oppositionality with his parents and teachers. With the help and support of the residential structure, including feedback from his peers and insight from staff members, Brandon was able to assist this young man to develop greater awareness of his rationalization and justification for treating others so poorly and how he used substances as a way to avoid his negative self beliefs.  Eventually, this young man was able to identify the ways he was pushing others away through his avoidant coping strategies. He began using running and his previous love for sports as a way to cope with his anxiety and depression. He repaired his relationships with his parents little by little as he was more open to others and more comfortable with himself as an individual.

Cooper Golden, MA (Counseling Psychology), LCMHC

Cooper Golden, MA (Counseling Psychology), LCMHC

Alpine Therapist

“The Gateway program is superbly structured and organized with evidenced based practices. Clear objectives and healthy relationships are modeled from the top down. Each student and staff is treated with respect and kindness. With an emotional focus, healthy conflict resolution and skill building, students are able to practice more effective ways to navigate and succeed in life. I’m proud to be a part of this the Gateway organization.”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Counseling Psychology, Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Willamette University
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

PHILOSOPHY
A genuine relationship, where the therapist models responsibility and continued dedication to personal growth, is of utmost importance. Cooper believes building relationships from a non-judgmental standpoint gives the students at Gateway a chance to openly share the root of their issues more deeply. Once this relationship is established, students begin to work at improving their life skills in relationships, emotional regulation, behaviors and learn how to navigate more complex environments. Cooper understands the benefits of emotional safety and thorough communication in a milieu environment, which at Gateway serves as a foundation for a lifetime of future growth.
 
Cooper recommends parents read: Integral Recovery, John Dupuy. Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry, Perri Klass.

 
PROFESSIONAL
Cooper has been working as a therapist with adolescents and young adults at residential treatment centers since 2009. Cooper began his work with State dependent youth who could no longer be placed in foster homes. In 2011, Cooper began working at a program that specializes in severe mental health issues like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. As a result, Cooper brings a depth of varied experience to assist families in working with and setting boundaries for their children.  Cooper is especially adept at finding the problem and helping family systems create realistic expectations through appropriate and respectful communication.   

PERSONAL
Cooper spends his free time mountain biking, running, crossfit training, playing basketball, fishing, hunting, cooking and painting. He never stops improving or wanting to improve his quality of life, as he believes this is the foundation for being a good therapist.
 
CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS
At Gateway, the staff works hard under the presumption that the success of the student is also the success of the staff. Highly communicative positive peer culture and staff dedication lays the foundation for growth and change at Gateway. The therapist’s role is to keep a pulse on the overall direction of treatment and to create appropriate interventions specified for the student’s individualized needs. Internal motivation, accountability, resilience and openness are modeled from day 1 of the student’s arrival to provide peak experiences in therapy.  Opportunities for trust and incidents of failure are seen not as punishable offences but learning opportunities. As a result, students gain a sense of autonomy and healthy responsibility to themselves and their family system.

Matt Jackman, LCMHC

Matt Jackman, LCMHC

Summit Therapist

“For me, Gateway is a place where a group of special people come together to help clients realize their potential.  It is a humbling experience to come together as a team and see the growth and development that happens to the boys and their families here at Gateway. I am grateful that I am trusted and able to be a small part of these boys' life long journey.”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Science in Professional Counseling, Westminster University
  • Bachelors of Science, Psychology, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

PHILOSOPHY

Matt believes that everyone has potential, and that through support and hard work each of us can make this life what we want it to be. Matt uses the strong relationships he creates with his students as a way to address their difficult topics while assisting them to maintain a high level of accountability in the work they do together. He loves the individualized and experiential approach at Gateway and opportunities to spend time with his students outside the office to goof around and play a pickup game of basketball or ultimate Frisbee. He appreciates how much he learns from his students and their families as he supports them through their transformative journey.

 Matt recommends parents read Parenting From The Inside Out as well as The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving The Heart Of Conflict.

PROFESSIONAL

Matt’s professional experience began in 2008 as a milieu staff at Gateway Academy.  Matt was quickly promoted to the position of lead staff where he worked for several years while he attended graduate school.  Before his eventual return to Gateway Academy in his current position as a therapist, Matt worked for several years as a therapist in both residential and outpatient settings.  Matt also volunteers at The Sharing Place, a local grief counseling center for children. 

PERSONAL

Matt enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.  He enjoys experiencing the outdoors during Utah’s four diverse seasons.  His hobbies include snowmobiling, snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, wakeboarding, and four wheeling.

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Matt recalls working with a youth who was nearly 16 who came to Gateway with a history of depression, anxiety, aggressive behaviors, family relationship problems and school refusal. With the help and support of the residential structure, including feedback from his peers and insight from staff members, Matt was able to assist this boy to develop greater awareness of his emotional process and how his behaviors were bringing unwanted consequences into his life.  Through a collaborative effort with this boy, he was able to develop insight and motivation which lead to improved skills and behavioral changes that altered his unhealthy coping patterns. He began to open up and communicate with his parents and peers.  He also started to engage in several interactive activities including group games and sports.  This created a way for him to connect more meaningfully with others which in turn helped to reduce his anxiety and depression.  His relationship with those around him improved and he was able to accomplish his academic requirements.  This helped him create a positive self identity where he saw himself as competent and worthy of connection with others. 

Stephanie Chamberlain, LCSW

Stephanie Chamberlain, LCSW

Summit Therapist

"One of my favorite parts of being a therapist is seeing adolescents and their families develop healthy, supportive, and loving connections.  I love being a part of each teen's process of learning about themselves and finding their path of creating more resilience, confidence, emotional stability, relationship connections and healthier minds."

 

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Credentials:

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR


Philosophy
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Stephanie is known for developing a safe, authentic, and grounded relationship with each student and family she works with. Stephanie believes in constructing a creative, yet challenging and motivating, space for students to explore their core issues and strengths.  She aids her students in adapting and developing coping skills, to practice emotional identification and regulation, and to repair and strengthen healthy relationships with family and peers.

Stephanie recommends that parents read The Parallel Process, Parenting From the Inside Out, and Brave Parenting.


Professional:

Stephanie has been interested and working in the helping field since she was an adolescent herself. She started by volunteering with children with learning differences and volunteering with after school programs. Eventually as an undergraduate, she volunteered abroad on 3 different 6-month placements working with displaced children and families and youth who come from struggling home environments.

Stephanie has been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 2011 in residential treatment, wilderness therapy programs, outpatient settings, and youth crisis services. She first started working in this field as a wilderness staff, therapist assistant, then a therapist. Stephanie’s professional expertise includes the following: treating anxiety, depression, trauma, academic traumas, low self-esteem, and students who struggle developing and maintaining relationships. Stephanie has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing. Because of her passion and genuinely warm-hearted approach to therapy, Stephanie is easily able to build rapport and trust with her clients.


Personal:

Stephanie loves being in the outdoors especially when she is able to get into the backcountry. Slowing down and appreciating the beauty Mother Nature offers helps her refocus. She enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling, gardening, reading, exploring with my dog Lewis, and spending backyard time with friends and family.


Creating Student Success:

Stephanie strives to enrich and empower the lives of her students and their families for long-term success. Stephanie values and works hard to identify and highlight the strengths of each student and family dynamic she works with. She strives to empowers her students to advocate for themselves and problem solve so they gain a sense of control over their situation and ultimately their own life.  When a student becomes ready to transition out of Gateway he will have many struggles which have been overcome and abundance of successes through his stay with the care and support of the team around him thus creating momentum to prepare him take on the next step.

Cynthia Keefer, MSW

Cynthia Keefer, MSW

Summit Therapist

"One of the best things about Gateway Academy is our relationship and brain-based model. Our team understands human development and strives to provide each student the support they need to achieve their personal best. I am honored to be part of a program that utilizes the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, family systems, mindfulness practice, and whole person education."

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Credentials

  • Masters of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Utah
  • Certified Social Worker, State of Utah
  • Clinical Training: Beck Institute: Core 1 CBT for Depression, Suicide, and Medical Conditions; Dan Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology & Psychotherapy; Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy; Treating Trauma & PTSD, Bessel A. Van Der Kolk; Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement; Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Stanford University; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training (ACT); and Positive Psychology.

Philosophy

Cynthia believes that social emotional learning is critical to healthy human development and well-being. Contemplative neuroscience has proven that well-being can be taught and achieved if practiced each day. In that same light, diagnoses such as depression and anxiety will also manifest when negativity is practiced. Cynthia’s approach starts with helping her students train their minds to slow down and be curious and compassionate so that they can more effectively explore and cope with the ups and downs of life without getting caught up in unhealthy cycles and behavior patterns.  She has found success through intention and presence, creating a calm safe environment for her students and their families to be vulnerable enough to reflect on their relationships.

Cynthia recommends parents read Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat Zinn, and Mindsight, and The Neurobiology of We by Dan J. Siegel. 

PROFESSIONAL

Cynthia’s previous experience includes working in a community mental health center with both younger and older adults conducting DBT individual and group therapy and mindfulness training. She also worked on an outpatient treatment task force to develop a crisis team to respond to 911 calls. Her experience also includes work in Hospice providing grief counseling and support to the patients and their families. Prior to her work as a therapist, she worked as an International Program Manager for the Air Force.


Personal

She enjoys spending time with her husband, their adult children, and friends whether it’s barbequing, cooking, going to dinner, paddle boarding, attending yoga retreats, traveling, or just hanging out in the back yard. Cynthia loves to read, listen to podcasts, meditate, and contemplate all that life has taught her and what she can offer in return.


Creating Student Success

Cynthia has a unique ability to see her students’ strengths and the ways in which they can be effectively utilized.  Through her experience working in Hospice care, Cynthia became keenly aware of how short life is and the importance of attending to the many sensory experiences life can offer. She believes teaching her students about this kind of awareness and the human brain is key to their healing. 

 

 

Austin Beck, MS, PhD

Austin Beck, MS, PhD

Gateway House Therapist

"Youth have to believe in themselves and possibility. Humans have great capacity for change and growth, but if they don’t see this and feel it, they remain stifled and stuck. Youth not only need to believe in themselves but also have people in their lives who regularly remind them of their capacity to change despite the circumstances that may be happening at the time. Through a team approach at Gateway with parents, we all support each other in helping each student discover and develop these possibilities so that he and his family can move forward."

 

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Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy, Kansas State University
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Brigham Young University
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Philosophy 

I believe that individuals, couples, and families thrive when they are connected to who they are and know how to bond with those that they love. Individuals tend to thrive when they are surrounded by relationships where stability, security, and the opportunities for connection can be found. I believe my job as a therapist is to develop those types of relationships with my students and their families in order to support their specific needs. My goal is to help students and their families develop new skills and the resilience needed to navigate through new situations in a healthy and positive way. I believe all students have the potential to be confident in their abilities to find success in the future and get excited about having the chance to help them find that confidence.

Professional Experience

Austin began working in residential treatment in 2011. He has worked as a residential staff, shift supervisor, team leader, driver for medical appointments, and he even occasionally worked as a night staff. It was during his time working in residential treatment that Austin found his passion for therapy. In 2011 he went to graduate school, earned his masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and then went on to earn his doctorate in Couple and Family therapy. He has worked in a variety of settings including university clinics, a women’s shelter, a community health clinic, and a premiere private practice. Although he has enjoyed all of his work as a therapist, he has always loved working in residential treatment. Prior to joining Gateway Academy he was the Director of Behavioral Health for a community clinic.

Personal

Austin spends his free time trying to find ways to enjoy the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family. He grew up skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and mountain biking. He loves playing city league softball, camping, and going on hikes with his wife and their dog.

 

Academic

Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M.Ed.

Casie Buckner-Munteanu, B.A., M.Ed.

Academic Director

"Education in the 21st century must adapt to the challenges students face in today’s world.  Scientific research on cognitive development has revealed exciting discoveries about the way adolescent brains function and ways to teach the way the brain learns best. The most convincing data show that students learn in a variety of ways and that different learning styles need to be considered when developing curricula and conducting assessments. At Gateway, we design our students’ academic plans to meet all of their unique and individual needs. We also sustain a dynamic balance of challenge and support between teacher and learner to form the basis for a strong and honest relationship that guides the learning process."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Education, in Educational Leadership, Concordia University
  • Master of Arts, in Political Science, University of California Davis
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Whitman College

PHILOSOPHY

Casie is dedicated to holistic education where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to provide the support students need to succeed. As an educator, Casie seeks to incorporate brain-based research in student learning and, therefore, values constant re-evaluation of standards and curricula to achieve academic excellence. Casie believes we are all a community of learners and that some of the most educational activities happen outside the traditional classroom. As Gateway's Academic Director, Casie strives to inspire a passion for learning and enthusiasm for critical thinking in order to empower the students she serves. Casie leads Gateway's talented and dedicated teaching team. Together, they provide outstanding academic direction, services and growth to Gateway students and their families.

PROFESSIONAL

Casie joined Gateway in 2015.  Her love of teaching began in 1998 when she worked at the American International School of Bucharest, and taught ESL courses in Romania. She taught for several years at the college level, and has also worked in private secondary schools and programs. Casie has taught English, political science, government, economics, and debate. She strives to inspire a passion for learning, self-discovery, and intellectual creativity. Aside from teaching, Casie has worked with students outside of class, through academic advising and college counseling. In her spare time, she also works as a free-lance instructional designer and technical editor, where her fascination with details and grammar are truly appreciated! Casie has coached debate teams, directed summer camps, and provided mentoring and writing assistance to prepare high school seniors for college. 

PERSONAL

Casie loves to be in the outdoors and take in nature.  She has lived in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Northern and Southern California, Hawaii and Romania. As a lifelong learner, Casie enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring new adventures. 

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Learning about current events is a 21st century skill students need to succeed in an ever-changing world. Casie has found that students become more engaged in critical thinking exercises by learning about current events. During a research methods course at Gateway, students were asked to develop opinion papers based on evidence found in current topics in the news. Casie enjoyed watching the “lightbulb go on” when students’ eyes were opened to the world around them.

Kelli Hansen, B.A.

Kelli Hansen, B.A.

Assistant Academic Director and Senior Student Advisor

“I believe we are capable of more than we give ourselves credit.  Once we build a relationship of trust with our students, we can challenge them to find their potential and see the talents within themselves.  I am honored to be part of the team that pushes students to learn their capabilities, discover their talents, and use those skills to create a better future for themselves and others.”

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CREDENTIALS

  •     Bachelor of Arts in English and Italian, University of Utah
  •     Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, University of Utah
  •     Utah Level II Certified Teacher
  •     Licensed to teach secondary English and Italian


PHILOSOPHY
Through her years of experience, Kelli has learned that if a student has the right motivation, the right tools, and the right team on their side, any student can learn. A teenager's "job" is to go to school so success in school is critical to a student's self-esteem. Many of our students, though very bright, have experienced failure at school. This failure has contributed to the emotional difficulties our students are facing. Kelli believes that education has to be part of the cure for our students to achieve long-term success. They must learn to excel in the classroom as students and learners so when they return to their "job" they have the confidence to know they can be successful.

PROFESSIONAL
Kelli joined Gateway in 2014.  She has taught in a variety of settings from elementary school to adult education, but the majority of her experience comes from working with high school-aged students in residential and day treatment programs, which she has been doing since 2000.  She has taught Language Arts and Italian where she enjoys challenging students and preparing them for college or other future plans.
 
PERSONAL
Kelli enjoys biking, running, and swimming, and trains and participates in triathlons.  She also treasures the time she has with her husband and two children.
 
CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS
Shakespeare, for many, is an author that students decide they do not understand right away and then often disregard.  One particular student struggled to understand Shakespeare's stories, but was willing to try.  Kelli retold Shakespeare's stories and helped him understand.  Kelli was then told that this student one day shared in his group therapy session and had compared himself to a character from Hamlet.  He had grasped that the joy in literature is connecting it to the world around them.

Adrienne Noakes, B.S.

Adrienne Noakes, B.S.

Science Teacher

"The study of science encourages natural curiosity which then aids in further motivating students to become proactively involved in their education. As an educator, I strive to find a balance between the technical knowledge, hands-on activities, and real-life application of science. I believe a classroom should be a place where questions and explorations are welcomed in a safe, nurturing, and comfortable environment."

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CREDENTIALS

  • Bachelor of Science, University Studies with emphasis in Chemistry, Microbiology, Zoology; Brigham Young University
  • Teaching Credential, California State University, East Bay
  • Utah Level II Certified Teacher
  • Licensed to teach secondary science

PHILOSOPHY
Adrienne’s teaching philosophy evolved as she spent time in the classroom, not only as an educator but also as a student. The result is the discovery of three principles designed to enhance a student's learning experience: 1) facilitate an appreciation for science, 2) encourage curiosity and 3) provide fundamental knowledge and tools for life-long learning.

PROFESSIONAL
Adrienne joined Gateway in 2013. She has taught in both Middle School and High School settings including residential and day treatment programs since 2002. She’s taught Biology, Chemistry, Earth Systems, Physics, Algebra, and Geometry. Adrienne especially enjoys incorporating creative projects into her curriculum and witnessing the "aha" moment when a student recognizes that he/she actually likes science.

PERSONAL
Adrienne enjoys travel, reading, interior design, ballroom dancing, spending time with her children and spoiling her grandchildren.

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS
During a challenging Physics lessons, a student approached Adrienne with the comment that before attending Gateway Academy he would just shut down and give up if he received a failing grade on an assignment or exam. Now he recognizes the value of doing well in school and knows that it is worth it to keep trying, and that he can be successful.

 

David Brooks, M.S., M.Ed.

David Brooks, M.S., M.Ed.

History and Social Studies Teacher

“As a teacher of the humanities, I understand there are challenges a student faces when trying to comprehend historical concepts - both within the curriculum and at the individual level. I believe attention to each student’s various learning styles, interests and struggles lends to the most complete model for instruction on how to express and transfer that knowledge. Gateway provides its staff and students with that careful, individualized attention so that each facet of the program is geared toward a consistent approach to each youth academically. I am proud and excited to be a part of the Gateway community." 

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CREDENTIALS

  •     Bachelor of Arts in History and Journalism Education, University of North Texas
  •     Master of Science in History and Secondary Education, University of North Texas
  •     Master of Art in Education with Specialization in Teaching, University of North Texas

PHILOSOPHY

 David believes that each student represents a different learning style, processing speed and expressive abilities. Attention to that type of detail helps to build his relationship with each student. The main goal in his classroom is to provide an open and safe arena for exploring historical concepts; thus providing students with the opportunity to express their opinions and the ability to research and reinforce their theses.

 

PROFESSIONAL

 David joined the Gateway staff in August 2016. He taught in public schools in Texas the previous two years. He has lived in Utah, California and Colorado previously where he worked in outdoor education jobs for the Americorp VISTA program and Real Food Rising (now a subsidiary of Salt Lake Community Action Program). Prior to that, David worked in various educational capacities while he was in graduate school at the University of North Texas. His experience in outdoor education and with students of various abilities translates well into Gateway’s integrated academic, therapy and outdoor education programs.

 

PERSONAL

 David was born and raised in a small town in west Texas, Big Spring. Although one would not easily ascertain he was from Texas through meeting him. He plays Ultimate Frisbee rather religiously and believes that participating in the sport, mainly the conflict resolution naturally adherent to the rules (it is self-officiated at almost every level) has made him a better person and more empathetic. He also enjoys farming/gardening, disc golf, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, yoga, kayaking and just being in natural settings.

 

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

 David believes that creating student success is an endeavor not necessarily exclusive to the work a student produces. He feels that an inclusive model of academics, physical outlets, mental exercises separate from schoolwork and relationships built through interacting with peers, teachers, parents and the community build a healthy member of society.

 

Tate Howell, B.S.

Tate Howell, B.S.

Math Teacher

I believe that the pursuit to understand ourselves and our universe through observation, experience, and critical thinking, is not only key to becoming a productive human being, but is the impetus for obtaining a joy for learning. My ultimate goal as a teacher at Gateway Academy is to enable students to become lifelong learners, through creating an environment that promotes authentic personal learning experiences.

 

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CREDENTIALS

  • Bachelor of Science, Composite: Teaching Mathematics/Physical Science/Computer Science; Weber State University
  • Utah Level II Certified Teacher
  • Licensed to Teach Secondary Math, Level III Endorsement

PHILOSOPHY

Tate has a great passion for teaching mathematics. He is fascinated by students’ unique approaches to solving problems. Tate tries to let students lead the discovery of a mathematical concept, before adding more conventional observations to the lesson. He claims that this creates an environment where math can become personally relevant to each student.  Tate believes that teaching and learning are intrinsically bound together and that both learning and teaching need to be constantly adjusted under the scrutiny of logic.  Creating best practices and “good” teaching methods only go so far if authentic learning is not occurring.  Tate understands that adjustments to curriculum must be made in real time in order to meet the needs of a diverse clientele.

 

PROFESSIONAL

Tate recently joined the academic team at Gateway Academy after nearly 20 years of teaching high school math in a local public school. He coached his district’s math team in competition for several years, designed math curriculum for middle school students, and tutored students in all levels of secondary mathematics and science. 

 

PERSONAL

Tate is an accomplished musician. He loves playing guitar and piano, writing music, and playing with his bands. He also is an accomplished water color painter, and specializes in landscapes that represent his beloved home, the State of Utah. In addition, he has a great passion for fishing. He claims that if he could get away with it, he would probably spend all of his time teasing Blue Ribbon trout on the Provo river.

 

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

Tate understands that real success can only occur if a student experiences a personal connection with the learning process. He recognizes that this process begins with the teacher/student relationship. Students know right away if you genuinely care about them or not. Once they know that you care, learning becomes a quest to discover, as opposed to a mere chore.

 

 

 

Karen Bromiley, B.S.

Karen Bromiley, B.S.

English Teacher

“Literature has always been one of my biggest passions. Teaching a rigorous English curriculum can be daunting because the subject-matter is difficult and students often fear they will not succeed. It is my goal to ensure our students get the tools they need to embrace challenge, persevere, and find success throughout their academic careers. I am proud to be part of the Gateway family and enjoy the work that I do for each student that walks into my classroom.”

 

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CREDENTIALS

  •     Bachelor of Science, English Literary Studies, Utah Valley University


PHILOSOPHY

Karen believes that every student is a unique learner and that it is necessary to get to know each individual’s needs and learning style. To be successful in the classroom, Karen understands the importance of individualized education, which includes getting to know each student as a person, learning his interests, his strengths, and his struggles. Karen believes the more she knows about her students, the easier it is to develop curriculum to meet all of their unique learning styles.

 


PROFESSIONAL

Karen joined the Gateway team in 2018 and is excited to be part of an academic program where educators are given the tools to teach the whole child, both in and away from the classroom. She was the director of an academic tutoring program and considers the success of that program one of her greatest career accomplishments. Karen has worked in a college writing center, and has taught many different subjects as a private tutor.  She especially enjoys being able to work one on one with students to improve their writing skills.

 


PERSONAL

Karen is an avid reader and if she had her way, she would always be curled up under a warm blanket with a good book. She also enjoys a number of other hobbies including photography, creative writing, watching football (Go Seahawks), and fast cars. Karen enjoys driving her red convertible with the top down whenever she gets the chance. Karen grew up with parents in the military and has lived all over the world. As a result, she loves to travel and has a very lengthy travel bucket list. Karen is also a mom to three amazing children.


CREATING SUCCESS

 

Karen believes that success in the classroom depends on teaching students to make connections between the content and their personal experiences. Because English is naturally a discussion-based subject, Karen loves helping students understand literature by discussing concepts that they can relate to in language that they find meaningful. Throughout her career, she has watched her students find greater success as they connect what they are reading in class to their personal lives.

 

Susan Keller, B.A.

Susan Keller, B.A.

Learning Strategies Teacher

“My goal is for each student to find success by addressing his individual challenges and discovering his personal strengths.  I help them understand the importance of augmenting executive functioning and developing lifelong organizational and study skills that will serve him now and in the future.”

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CREDENTIALS

  • Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, Valdosta State University

PROFESSIONAL

Susan has been with Gateway since 2013.  She worked in the Social Services for 20 years, but when given the opportunity to teach, she knew she had found her passion.  She has over 10 years of experience in education as a tutor, paraprofessional, and a substitute teacher and in 2016 was accepted into the State of Utah Alternative Route to Licensure for Special Education.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Susan believes it is important to instill a love of learning in every young man.  By developing a relationship with her students, she helps build the trust they need to face academic challenges and develop self-confidence.  Susan wants every student to leave her classroom with an expanded range of knowledge and critical thinking skills that will serve them the rest of their lives.  Her great sense of humor helps students feel comfortable, inspires lively discussions, and shows that learning can also be fun.  In the end, her goal is for her students to go out into the world more equipped to take on the challenges they will face as adults.

 

PERSONAL

Susan is originally from Georgia, but has lived all over the United States.  She came to Utah in 2005 and fell in love with the State. She enjoys the outdoors--running, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and gardening, but also likes to read, cook and bake.  Susan says she is a music fanatic and loves to attend concerts.  She enjoys spending time with her four children.  She and her daughter share an interest in art and computer animation.   

 

CREATING STUDENT SUCCESS

“Math phobia” is so common in high school students.  Susan insists that she will never allow a student to believe they “cannot do it.”  With one particular student, she set a goal to help him build the skills and the confidence to do math by showing him that practice is the key.  It was thrilling to help him to succeed in math and to see the joy in his face when he would tackle and successfully complete a difficult math problem.  Susan always wants to instill in her students the knowledge that with the right skills and practice, they can become confident in their capabilities. 

 

 

Pam Dorlac, B.A., M.Ed.

Pam Dorlac, B.A., M.Ed.

Art Integration Teacher

As Gateway's Art teacher I have a unique and exciting opportunity to help each student achieve their academic and personal best by expanding their learning experience through art.  As with any teaching position, it is vital to first develop a relationship of trust, and respect with each student. As each student/mentor relationship is formed, the opportunity for growth blossoms. As the students discover their creativity, through the process of making fine art, their self-confidence takes off and they carry that with them into their other core content areas. It’s so exciting to watch kids realize that they can succeed by learning and applying new skills in the classroom. It’s a thrill for me to open doors that lead not only to academic success, but interpersonal and entrepreneurial as well. 

 

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Credentials

  • Master of Education, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Southwest Missouri State University

Professional

Pam’s “path” to teaching began as a parent and progressed into the classroom. Raising children with very different learning styles inspired her to change careers. She wanted the opportunity to give young people the tools to acquire knowledge about themselves and how to learn, that may not have been provided for them in their previous academic experience. She taught language and fine arts in an alternative high school in St. Louis for 10 years before relocating to Salt Lake and finding Gateway.  She believes that first providing a safe atmosphere and getting to know each student individually, sets the stage to break old habits that were unsuccessful academically, and learn new ones that will empower students to not only to  succeed in school, but in all of life’s future challenges.

 

Personal

Pam loves the outdoors and hikes or snowshoes in the mountains with her dogs whenever she can. Family is a priority for her and her initial motivation for leaving the Midwest. Fine art will always remain her first love. She enjoys portraiture, sculpture and is currently collaborating on a children’s book with her sisters.

 

Creating Student Success

Watching “the light come on” cognitively for a young man that has experienced more academic road blocks than successes provides its own rewards. The general mood of the individual and inevitably the culture of the classroom can turn from bland to charged as today’s students re-discover their creativity.  My favorite student-teacher dynamic is with the young person who walks into the room declaring that they “hate art” or they “can’t do it.”  As trust develops, and the student begins to apply techniques learned, they often sit back and look at their work – and suddenly the light comes on because they realize that they can!  

 

Outdoor Education

Jason Funk, M.A.

Jason Funk, M.A.

Outdoor Experiential Education Manager

"The best part of my job is having the privilege to share with students awesome adventures and the amazing beauty that I have discovered in the outdoors of Utah and beyond. At Gateway, it is inspiring to see boys with limiting views of themselves, and their potential, make strides towards becoming happier, more confident young men. Outdoor experiences are a small part of this, yet powerful in challenging and expanding their sense of self, personal story, and place in the world."


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Credentials 
  • M.A. International & Environmental Studies
  • B.A Anthropology 
  • Experience in Outdoor Education since 2007 
  • American Mountain Guides Association Certified Single Pitch and Mountain Guide Instructor
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Utah State Licensed Boat Crew Captain  
Philosophy 
Jason has been with the Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) Program at Gateway Academy since 2014. He brings a wealth of knowledge and outdoor skill to the team. Jason takes a relational approach to challenge, empower and connect Gateway students to the transformative nature of the outdoors. Jason is dedicated to building a safe, calm and stable environment for student living and growth. As a mentor to both employees and students, He is an approachable and thoughtful team member who supports the learning process through listening and being actively involved. Jason is therapeutically intentional by integrating the students' treatment goals into their outdoor adventures and by helping each young man to develop his own tools to be healthier and happier. 

Professional 
Since 2008, Jason has served both youth and young-adults in a variety of capacities. As a Graduate instructor at the University of Wyoming, Jason mentored undergraduate students in Global Area Studies and helped them develop critical thinking, communication, and writing skills. After receiving his Master's Degree in Environmental Studies, Jason continued his career as an Outdoor Educator working with The Peace Corps, North Star Camp, SPLORE, and Momentum Climbing Gym. Jason has been with the Outdoor Experiential Education Program at Gateway Academy since 2014 and brings a wealth of knowledge and outdoor skill to the team. 

Personal
In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his niece, family, and friends. He is passionate about guiding in the mountains and sharing his passions with others. When out on his own Adventures Jason can be found rock climbing in Northern and Southern Utah and backcountry Skiing in the Wasatch Mountains.

Creating Student Success
A  student success story that really stands out to me during my time at Gateway is a student that came into the program struggling with self defeating behavior. Initially that looked like him focusing on his limitations and expecting pity and attention from those around him. Through support from the entire team at Gateway, and him doing the hard work, he was able to look deeper at his relationships and how he viewed himself. As a result, he was able to literally stop crying and moping when things went wrong for him, and instead laugh about his situation and take responsibility in building back trust with his family and friends.  

 

Colter Christensen, B.S.

Colter Christensen, B.S.

Outdoor Experiential Education Manager

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Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation & Tourism, University of Utah
  • Experience in Outdoor Education since 2013 
  • Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructor
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Paraprofessional in Adaptive Recreation 

Philosophy

Colter is exceptionally gifted at building relationships with the students and assessing the therapeutic needs of each student. He is skilled at using Gateway's relationship-based approach. Through trust and experience he is able to coach and mentor students as they work through their individual therapy. He typically finds ways to challenge students and to implement personalized therapeutic interventions. Colter takes the time to slow things down with students and give them a chance to work through challenges and recognize progress towards mastery and success.  Through his relationship with each student, Colter is able to support positive behavior changes that enhance self confidence and resiliency. 

Professional 

Colter holds a Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism from the University of Utah and currently working towards getting into the Master's Program. In addition to working at Gateway Academy, Colter was an Outdoor Educator at Summit Prep School, has worked as a paraprofessional, snowboard instructor at Snowbird Mountain Resort and climbing instructor at Momentum Climbing Gym. Colter began working at Gateway Academy in 2013 as a residential mentor, later moving on to work at SOAR ranch in Wyoming where he worked with adolescents. In September of 2014, Colter returned to Gateway Academy for a second time to join the Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) team as an outdoor educator where he worked until late 2017. In 2018, he was promoted to his current position as an OEE Manager. Colter is well versed in all four OEE Modules and understands how clinical, academic and residential programming integrates with the OEE Program.

Personal

In his free time, you can find Colter out in the wilderness doing just about anything that consists of fun and adventure, boats, and ropes. Alongside all of Colter in all of his outdoor experiences is "Griff the Adventure Dog."  

Creating Student Success

 

Fitness

Skip Hardy BS, CPT

Skip Hardy BS, CPT

Fitness Coordinator

“Fitness is an important part of health and well being and at Gateway, it sets the stage for the students to learn and enhance their ability to deal with difficult emotions. As students take the time to improve their physical health they find that their overall well being is improved.”

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Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sports Science, University of Utah
  • Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine

Philosophy

Skip has experienced first hand the benefits that physical fitness has on mental stability, self confidence and emotional well being. He believes in the therapeutic benefits of a targeted daily fitness routine, and knows that the students he works with will be able to learn how to use movement and fitness to reach their personal and therapeutic goals.

Professional

After graduating from the University of Utah in 2011 Skip started his career in the fitness industry training in both group and individual settings. He has worked with people from a variety of age ranges, and many different physical abilities. He brought his experience to Gateway Academy in January of 2014, and put it to use teaching the boys the benefits of Strength and Cardiovascular training using a variety of training methods.

Personal

Skip spends most of his free time working on his own fitness practice, training in the gym, or running in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. He also enjoys Snowboarding in these same mountains during the winter. Skip is also an accomplished drummer, who has played for around 15 years with a variety of different local bands. He also loves spending time in the beautiful outdoors that Utah provides with his family.

Creating Student Success

Skip has watched a number of students arrive to Gateway without much focus on fitness in their lives, and not understanding the benefits physical fitness can have for them. As these students get into his class and start pushing themselves, beyond what they thought they were capable of, he could see the positivity of their accomplishments helping their personality and character to develop. Many of these students communicate how fitness helps them to regulate their moods, and how their confidence has been improved through the daily exercises in class. The relationship that is built with the students, as they push themselves past doubt and fear, radiates beyond fitness class, and the Gateway community flourishes with these same qualities being shown as students go through their daily lives.

 

James Hardy

James Hardy

Yoga Instructor

“Yoga and meditation are ancient disciplines that help an individual harness their emotions and connect with their bodies. The word yoga itself translates from sanskrit into the verb: 'to yoke'. Through breath work, physical 'asana' poses and guided meditation, individuals have the opportunity to not only bring their bodies into a balanced physical condition but also to bring their mental well being into a positive, balanced state.”

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Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Utah
  • Certified Yoga Instructor, D’ana Baptiste’s “Inbody Academy”

Philosophy

For James surfing serves as a beautiful metaphor for yoga and meditation: “It is the opportunity to dive deep into yourself and practice finding the balance and strength needed to ride the waves of life. The more you gain awareness, the more you have moments of finding yourself in ‘the tube’ -- the universe swirling around you so fast it stills to a quiet hum as you come to a state of awareness and harmony with your mind, body and soul.

Professional

James’ work with youth began in 2002 as a camp counselor at “Ahmek”-- a canoe tripping summer camp located in North Eastern Canada. In 2008, tired of waiting tables, he searched for a job that would allow him to stay in a city, but still bring back the fulfillment he had experienced at Ahmek working with youth. James’ search led him to the Gateway Academy. Since 2008, James has worked in various capacities at Gateway, first as a weekday staff, then a music instructor and in 2013, as the house Yoga Instructor.

James completed D’ana Baptiste’s yoga teacher training program “Inbody Academy” in the sumer of 2011 before his last year of college. James was then hired by Ms. Baptiste to teach at her yoga studio Centered City Yoga, one of Utah’s premiere yoga studios. Aside from teaching yoga at Centered City Yoga and Gateway Academy, James also teaches yoga and meditation at Elementrary schools in Utah through the non-profit “Arts-Kids” organization,  East High School with the mens lacrosse team and as a yoga therapist for “Expressive Therapies” which sends him out to various drug/alcohol detox and rehabilitation centers in Utah.

Personal

James enjoys playing guitar in his band with his three brothers, “The Hardy Brothers”, trail running, spending time with his friends and family, camping, river rafting, surfing, reading and planning destination yoga retreats.

Creating Student Success

When James first began to teach yoga at Gateway, one of his students was very surprised and angry to learn that it was not acceptable behavior to play Solitaire on his mat during yoga class. Over the course of several months at Gateway this student turned a complete 180, not only developing his own personal yoga/meditation practice, but also by the end of his stay, he gained the ability to lead his fellow peers through a yoga flow and meditation. Seeing this student’s anger and resistance turn into confidence, interest and positivity is exactly what James is all about.

 

Residential

Kari Kane, B.A., M.B.A. Candidate

Kari Kane, B.A., M.B.A. Candidate

Residential Manager

"The best parts of my job are the success stories. Each of us writes the stories we tell, and there is nothing more rewarding than to see a student evolve into their own success story. I love being able to be a part of the transformative process students experience as they begin to heal, face challenges, find themselves, and develop confidence.” 

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Credentials 

  • M.B.A. — in progress
  • B.A Sociocultural Anthropology, French Minor
  • Experience in youth mentoring since 2011


Philosophy 

Kari has always been passionate about positively influencing the lives of youth and the community. As a Residential Manager, Kari is determined to help youth set meaningful goals, develop confidence, and learn resiliency through intentional relationship building. Kari understands that our goals identify us. Goals can determine who we become, and so her approach towards mentoring students and employees stems from the belief that you can do anything you put your mind to, especially if you have a support group cheering you on. 


Professional 

Kari has served in leadership and mentoring roles in the non-profit arena, volunteer work, and at Gateway. Prior to her experience at Gateway, Kari managed a professional development program, People Helping People, where she helped clients asses their strengths, develop confidence, overcome barriers, and develop relationships. She also gained mentoring experience through her volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Community Action and TOPS. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociocultural Anthropology and an conducting an extensive research thesis regarding Experiential Learning, Kari sought out an opportunity to continue mentoring through experiential learning. Gateway was a natural fit. While at Gateway, Kari has developed crisis de-escalation skills, has established relationships, developed and lead staff trainings, and has expanded service opportunities for students. 


Personal

Kari loves spending her free time with her husband, dog, and bearded dragon. She also enjoys playing piano, hiking, paddle boarding, speaking French and Slovak, completing art projects, and dabbling in graphic design. 

 

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Residential Manager

"The best part of my job is the opportunity to build a healthy relationship with each student, as well as being part of our students' process of healing and growth into more healthy and happy young men."

 

 

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Credentials

  • Experience in Residential Treatment since 2014
  • Educational experience in Behavioral Science 
  • Worked with youth in Foster Care Foundation
  • 8 years combined experience in Customer Service and Management

Philosophy
Nicole takes a calm, empathetic approach while still being able to provide structure, set limits, and boundaries to help the students be successful in their day to day lives. Her driven attitude in work ethics, experience, and love for this field allows her to intentionally work with both employees and students by empowering them to develop skills in their own way.

Professional
Nicole is currently working towards finishing her degree in Psychology at Utah Valley University. Since employed at Gateway Academy, Nicole has brought her empathetic approach, organizational, and communication skills to the complex world of treatment. 

Personal
In her free time, Nicole loves spending time with family, especially playing games, and baking with her daughters. She loves to travel and experience new things. Some of her hobbies are photography, arts and crafts, and aesthetics. She is passionate about serving others and helping implement a healthy dynamic between people. 

 

Admissions

Laura Kemper, LCSW

Laura Kemper, LCSW

Admissions Director

"Creating a safe and comfortable environment for new families to share their story is a critical component of the admissions process. The rapport created in this first step is essential in establishing a trusting relationship with our families who are taking a giant leap of faith in professionals they have just met. They deserve an award as does their child for being so brave and courageous!" 

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Science, University of Utah
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Philosophy

"The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you are enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect."

 -Dr. Brene Brown, LCSW

Gateway Academy provides a safe and nurturing environment for students to begin their journey of self-acceptance. This is the first step in their emotional growth experience to heal their relationship with themselves as well as their relationship with their family.

Professional

Laura started her professional career as a social worker in the emergency department providing crisis intervention to those needing emergency care. Her entry into private treatment began as an assistant therapist at a therapeutic wilderness program working with adolescent boys. Later, Laura worked as an educational consultant guiding families in need through the treatment process. This ultimately lead her to what she enjoys the most...Admissions. Laura's passion lies in working closely with families during the emotionally-draining admissions process. She has a natural ability to connect with others, create a comfortable atmosphere and reduce the anxiety associated with placing a child in treatment. 


Personal

When Laura isn't working, you will find her spending time with her husband, 2 dogs and her very energetic set of twins. She enjoys the great outdoors, creating art and jewelry using warm glass as her medium and trying to keep her mind, body and soul in shape to keep up with her kids and life. Laura has a lust for life and enjoys going to new places to vacation...mostly the beach!

 

Melissa Hickman, LCSW

Melissa Hickman, LCSW

Marketing Director and Co-Owner

"Unless they feel safe, troubled adolescents can't begin to deal with their issues. To me, that makes sense; why would they risk? From the beginning, my goal with Gateway was to help create that safe place, and to staff it with extraordinary people who can provide the very best individualized treatment. As an owner, a therapist and a mom, I'm proud to say that's just what we've done."

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Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychotherapist in outpatient and residential settings since 1991

Philosophy

For Melissa, there is no panacea—no single therapeutic approach— that can successfully treat all issues. She knows that adopting one therapeutic style may seem easier, but it just doesn't work. For her, each boy and his family are different from the next, with individual issues to sort through and deal with. Because there are only 16 boys in each Gateway home, the staff has the time and the resources to make personalized decisions about every student's therapy, education, and community involvement. And everyone at Gateway—from the house staff and outdoor team to the dedicated teachers and therapists—is highly invested in each young man who walks through its door.

Professional

As Melissa observed the successes and shortcomings of the many various therapeutic approaches in her long career, her vision for a place like Gateway grew. She has been a therapist for at-risk youth since 1991, serving in every capacity, including private practice, wilderness therapist, runway shelter therapist, and clinical director. As the Admissions Director for Gateway, she carefully evaluates every applicant. She then plays an active role with the Gateway team to determine the best treatment program for each boy. Melissa believes it takes a village to achieve success, and credits the entire team for making the dream of Gateway a reality.

Personal

Melissa likes to press the boundaries of her world by exploring other places and cultures. She then hurries home again to spend time with her grandchildren. Melissa also enjoys knitting, scuba diving, and remodeling houses.

Creating Student Success

Melissa recalls working with one of Gateway's first students. He was using drugs, expressing animosity toward his family, and performing poorly at school. In short, he was spinning out of control. His confrontational behavior continued for the first few months at Gateway, but gradually treatment began to gain traction. He discovered a love for bouldering in the outdoor education program, and he learned to apply himself academically. Melissa observed that as he gained confidence and stability, his relationship with his parents and siblings improved. Since leaving Gateway, he has graduated from college and now competes in bouldering.

 

Brie Gonzalez

Brie Gonzalez

Admissions Counselor

"From the moment I began working at Gateway Academy, I noticed how warm and welcoming it felt to be here. My goal as the Admissions Counselor is to create the same feeling of comfort for each family that we work with. The decision to enroll your son at Gateway can be a big one, and I hope to guide you with warmth and kindness every step of the way." 

 

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