Stefan Beattie

Sky House Team Leader Plymouth State College:  four years as an English Major. Stefan started working in the post wilderness therapeutic field in 2007 at Gateway Academy a residential therapy center for boys after wilderness.    He worked on their outdoor… Read more »

Derrick Moody Montana Academy Team Leader

Derrick Moody

Sky House Team Leader MS Clinical Mental Health from Prescott College BA Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO Derrick spent Ten years in the USMC as an intelligence analyst and fulfilling numbers roles as an instructor and… Read more »

Charlie Reavis Montana Academy Staff

Charles Reavis

Night Staff BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Minor in Architecture Design Missouri State University- Masters of Religious Education in Youth Ministry and Church Recreation Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary- Charles has been a  landscaper, a home builder and a church… Read more »

Michael Thon Montana Academy Staff

Mike Thon

Mike chose to take early dismissal from school to start a job at a Papa Murphy’s.   He excelled at this and became a manager after just a year.  After five years of constant work he decided to make the move… Read more »

David Hembroff Montana Academy Math

David W. Hembroff, BS, MS, MEd, Lt Col USAF (ret)

Math Teacher B.S. Physics (Chemistry minor), Central Washington University, Ellensburg WA, 1988, BMP Meteorology, Texas A&M University (AFIT), College Station TX, 1989, M.S. Space Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks AK, 1995, M.Ed. Instruction & Curriculum, Montana State University, Bozeman… Read more »

Eric Shaw

Team Leader

Joe Harvey

Team Leader University of Texas El Paso- BA in Youth Studies/Cultural Anthropology/English; AA in Early Childhood Education                              Joe comes to Montana Academy after a number of years of working as a Residential Counselor at Summit Preparatory School. He grew up… Read more »

Rick Guenther

Team Leader BA Comparative Sociology/Education, University of Washington, University of Puget Sound Rick comes to Montana Academy from Whitefish, Montana Where he has spent the last eight years a ski instructor at Whitefish Mountain resort. Prior to that he was… Read more »

Emily Crawford

Sky House Team Leader MFA Media Arts-University of Montana BS Curriculum and Instruction-Montana State University BA Literature and Cultural Studies-George Mason University Emily has worked in non-profit education, community outreach, and schools for 15 years prior to coming to Montana… Read more »

Elizabeth Kohlstaedt

Ph.D Eilzabeth is a licensed psychologist and was the Chief Clinical Officer of Intermountain, a children’s behavioral health care agency in Montana serving over 1200 children and families, from 1990 – 2017. Dr. Kohlstaedt received a B.A. in German from… Read more »

Thomas W. Kellerman

J.D., Secretary/Treasurer Thomas received his law degree from UCLA and is currently Senior Counsel with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, based in Palo Alto, California.  He previously served as the Managing Partner of the Palo Alto… Read more »

Dennis Hartzell

Dennis received a BA from Hamilton College and a MA from Duke University, both in English Literature. Mr. Hartzell has spent his entire professional career in education, having spent over twenty years as a secondary school English teacher and administrator,… Read more »

Rhonda Friedman

ScD, President Rhonda has over 40 years of health care experience in both the public and private sectors. Currently retired, she was a founding partner of three bioscience companies: TraumaCure, Inc., Bethesda Bioscience Partners LLC, and Coagulation Diagnostics, Inc. Before… Read more »

Christina Dawson

Originally from London, Christina worked as a civil servant specializing in training and industrial relations. In 1990, she took a leave of absence to accompany her husband on assignment to California. Being unable to work proved to be surprisingly liberating…. Read more »

Thomas Bertolli

MD, MPH, Vice President Thomas is the Chief Medical Officer at both Redwood Coast Medical Services and Long Valley Health Center in Northern California. He earned a BA in Psychology and an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, both at U.C…. Read more »

Terry Zink

Maintenance Supervisor 35 years as a Journeyman Carpenter and Woodworker My enjoyment in life is being a good husband, father, and grandfather. Hobbies include bow-hunting and fishing.

Kathy Fox

Horsemanship Instructor

Lyda White

Night Staff

Residential Night Staff

Bill Todd

Night Staff Bill was born and raised in Kalispell Montana where he enjoyed a Tom Sawyer type childhood with five brothers and one sister in a very happy home.  He graduated from Flathead High School and has  a few semesters… Read more »


Elizabeth Maxey

Sky House Night Staff Elizabeth has worked with youth for just over 13 years in Montana. The first ten years plus, was with the Montana Youth Challenge Academy in Dillon, Montana and after deciding to move home to the Flathead… Read more »

Kelly Kellough

Night Staff

Debbie Briggs

Night Staff Debbie has enjoyed a long career life and has held a variety of positions. Debbie worked for Hewlett Packard for 20 years as a machine operator as well as taking charge of their Medical Emergency Response Team. Following… Read more »

Residential Night Staff

Thelma Brandt

Night Staff

Alexis Somerville

Kitchen Staff Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT Credits toward Computer Science degree Prior to coming to Montana Academy, Alexis worked for seven years for Walmart Corporation in Kalispell, Montana. There she held a variety of positions to include sales associate,… Read more »

Terri Nutter

Head Cook Former  business owner operating for 20 years with locations in the Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Terri retired and relocated to her ranch in Lost Prairie Montana. She has been Operating a cattle ranch for 13 years and… Read more »

Melissa Nunn RN

School Nurse Associate of Science Licensure & Certifications: Registered Nurse Melissa has been with Montana Academy for 9 years. Prior to Montana Academy, Melissa was in inpatient clinical health care for fifteen years specializing in orthopedics, pediatrics, medical, cardio, and… Read more »

Amy Zink BSLS

Business Manager Education: AAS, Office Technology, Flathead Valley Community College AA, Business Management, Flathead Valley Community College BSLS, Management and Organizational Communication, Montana State University Amy has been working as a Business Administrator since before she graduated college (20+ years). … Read more »

Amanda Wittpenn

School Registrar, Website Manager BA Art Education with a Mathematics MinorMontana State University Amanda has worked at Montana Academy since 2015. Amanda was a Team Leader on Team 6 for several years and has since transitioned to working as the… Read more »

Rebecca Flagg

Administrative Assistant Rebecca has worked in the winter seasons at Whitefish Mountain Resort as a Ski Repair and Rental Technician. She has also spent time working at a Florida State Park as well as a rehabilitation center where she first… Read more »

Lou Antoine

Campus Manager BS, Film & Television Production, Montana State University Licensure & Certifications:Safety Care Certified Lou’s experience prior to Montana Academy includes seven years of running group homes for teenage males, running a high school dropout prevention program for at… Read more »

Mara Schradle

Sky House Team Leader BA, P-12 Art Education, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University After graduating from school with a teaching license, Mara has worked in a variety of capacities in the education world. Some of which include teaching… Read more »

Erin Murray

Sky House Team Leader BA, Environmental Science & Psychology, Flagler College First Aid/CPR Leave No Trace Instructor PADI Dive Master Wilderness First Aid Erin has worked for Montana Academy since 2017. Before Montana Academy, Erin worked in wilderness therapy for… Read more »

Cheyenne Middleton

Sky House Night Staff Cheyenne is  currently a student at Flathead Valley Community College where she is working on completing her general education credits. Once completed Cheyenne will be transferring to the University of Montana to major in Wildlife Biology:… Read more »

Joanne Marsh

Sky House Night Staff I have worked in daycare and cleaning. At MA, I have work in both dorms on campus, filled in for third night staff and also worked as a floater during the day. I started with MA… Read more »

Jeff Garretson

Sky House Team Leader BA, Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, Colorado State UniversityWilderness First Responder, CPR, Aegis Training, PSIA Certified Ski Instructor Jeff has worked at the Sky House since August of 2017, and prior to that, his background was… Read more »

Jim Wilson

Team Leader Jim spent 5 years in the US Coast Guard working in search and rescue and maritime law enforcement. He also spent 16 years as a heavy equipment operator and five years as a Cub Scout leader. Why do… Read more »

Bambi Wilson

Team Leader Licensure & Certifications:Certified Pharmacy Technician Foster Care licensed First Aid/CPR CertifiedAegis Training Bambi has been working at Montana Academy since November, 2016, starting as a float staff. In July of 2017 she became the Team 4 Team Leader…. Read more »

Sally Stecher

Team Leader BA in Psychology from Ashford University Sally grew up in San Antonio, Texas and has lived in many different areas of the world since high school. She has passionately worked with children since her teenage years, and in… Read more »

Jenny Schouppe

Team Leader, Photographer Bachelor of Arts – Journalism and Electronic Media – Waynesburg University, 2016Licensure & Certifications:CPR and First Aid Certified Lifeguard Prior to coming to Montana Academy, Jenny’s work experience has been a combination of working with youth and… Read more »

Lindsay Pilon

Team Leader Lindsay has a BA in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Washington University. Lindsay started her career in adaptive recreation as a program staff for the Outdoors for all Foundation. Lindsay then worked at the Missoula YMCA for over 5… Read more »

Chris Nussman

Team Leader Bachelor of Arts – Criminology, Minor in SociologyUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2009 Licensure & Certifications:Wilderness First ResponderCPR and First AidAegis TrainerEmergency Water Safety Chris spent 6 years as an Outward Bound Instructor and Course Director with… Read more »

Jojo Munro

Team Leader Associates of Art from Flathead Valley Community College. Finishing her Bachelors of Social Work Spring of 2021.Certificates: CPR and First Aide Jojo worked in the restaurant business for 16 years as a manager and server. Before that, she… Read more »

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Joey Michael

Team Leader Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Minor in SociologyMontana State UniversityCerts: First Aid and CPR Joey worked throughout college while playing football, and eventually ended up working at a gym consistently from junior through senior year. After a short stint… Read more »

Molly Harper

Team Leader BS in Human Services, Clinical Concentration – University of Delaware Molly has spent significant time over the past several years working with children in a grief counseling center; collaborating on support group curriculum, introducing new participants to the… Read more »

Jeremiah Gordon

Team Leader BS Cultural Anthropologie, Minor in World Religions, Toccoa Falls College Certs:American Redcross Adult/Infant CPR/AED/First-aid and Epipen administration instructorWilderness First ResponderAmerican Heart BLS certifiedTrained in Swift Water Rescue ITrained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Since graduation and marriage in 2000,… Read more »

Peregrine Frissell

Team Leader Education B.A. in Journalism, University of Montana Currently enrolled in a Masters in Teaching candidate through Montana State University After college, Peregrine embarked on a reporting career that included stints at a weekly newspaper in Kathmandu, Nepal, a… Read more »

Andy Connelly

Weekend Coordinator Bachelor’s in History, Minor in Political Science – Montana State University Andy went to school in hopes of becoming a teacher, and ended up doing his student teaching at Montana Academy in 2009.  While student teaching, Andy was… Read more »

Ashley Carlson

Program Developer Licensure & Certifications:Wilderness First Responder/CPR (Wilderness Medical Associates)Leave No Trace InstructorAegis certifiedCurrently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work Ashley began her path working with adolescents at an afterschool program for elementary aged students. While working for this… Read more »

Anne Barrier

Team Leader BA Psychology, Recreation Management Certifications:Clinical First ResponderMotivational InterviewingLeave No Trace Instructor Anne started her career working with youth and their families with The North Carolina Outward Bound School: Florida At-Risk Wilderness Programs— where she worked in logistics and… Read more »

Bryn Wade

Library & Office Assistant Prior Work Experience – Bryn began her teaching career and taught on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and at Havre Public Schools. Most of her career was spent working with children with social, emotional and behavioral… Read more »

Rick Stern MEd, MS

Social Studies Teacher – Team 1, Dean of Students MEd, Curriculum Studies, University of MontanaMS, Environmental Studies, University of MontanaBA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley Teacher Certification: Broadfield Social Studies (History, Political Science, Geography, Economics and Psychology) Rick has been… Read more »

Josh Johnson

Spanish Teacher – Team 5 BA, Spanish and International Studies, University of Nebraska-LincolnTransitional Teacher Certificate Program, University of Nebraska-Kearney Josh joined Montana Academy in 2018. Josh became interested in the Spanish language while studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His… Read more »

James “Jimmy” Johnson

Art Teacher – Team 6 BFA – Illustration, Brigham Young University–IdahoMFA – Illustration, Academy of Art UniversityTeaching Certification: Visual Arts K-12 (ID, UT, pending MT) Jimmy brings with him a range of experience as both educator and professional fine artist…. Read more »

Craig Hodges DMA

Music Teacher – Team 7 DMA, Vocal Performance and Musicology, Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryMMus, Colorado State UniversityBA, Music, Kalamazoo College Craig joined Montana Academy in 2010 and has four decades of experience as a performer, conductor and music teacher, including… Read more »

Jack Cesarone MEd

Science Teacher – Team 3 MEd, Western Washington UniversityBA, Biology (Fisheries Emphasis), Western Washington University Teacher Certification:Biology, Broadfield Science, Natural Science & General Science (K-12) Jack joined montana academy in 2002 having spent 15 years in fisheries and marine mammal… Read more »

Matt Avanzino MA

English Teacher – Team 6 MA, Teaching, Western Washington UniversityBA, English Literature, San Francisco State University. Teacher Certification:Secondary 5-12 English Language Arts – Montana, California, Tennessee, & Washington Matt joined Montana Academy in September 2017 for his sixth year of… Read more »

Emily Lorentzen MSW

Therapist – Team 4 MSW, University of MontanaBA Psychology; University of Montana Emily began her social work career working at a school for students with Autism and found the school setting to be something she enjoyed. She decided to progressively… Read more »

James Hyman MA, LCPC

Therapist – Team 1 MA, Wilderness Therapy, Naropa UniversityBS, Psychology, Religion, Nutrition, University of Georgia James has served as a primary therapist and clinical director at therapeutic boarding schools previous to Montana Academy, as well as a wilderness therapist in… Read more »

Joe Hunter MS, LCPC

Sky House Therapist MS, Mental Health Counseling, Capella UniversityBS, Recreation & Resource Management, Northern Arizona University Since 2003 Joe has worked @ Montana Academy in multiple capacities.  For four years he was a team leader with Team 7.  Since then,… Read more »

Brittni Funderburk PsyD

Therapist – Team 4 PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy UniversityBS, Psychology, Montana State University Brittni is a licensed clinical Psychologist in Montana and joined the clinical team at Montana Academy in 2014. She is a… Read more »

Darrick Fishel MS, LCPC

Therapist – Team 3 MS, Professional and Substance Abuse Counseling, Grand Canyon UniversityBS, Psychology, University of Phoenix Darrick started his career working at the local Juvenile Detention, right out of high school in 1997. He found himself wanting to help… Read more »

David Eliason MSW

Therapist – Team 7 MSW, University of MontanaBA, History, University of Montana David is a clinical social worker who joined the clinical team at Montana Academy in 2018. He is a native Montanan, having grown up in the Flathead Valley… Read more »

Todd Cardin LCSW, LAC

Director of Addiction Prevention MSW, University of North DakotaBA Psychology, BA Sociology, University of Montana During his decades-long career in mental health, Todd has practiced in a psychiatric hospital, the juvenile justice system, wilderness therapy, and directed a transitional living… Read more »

John Santa PhD

PhD, Cognitive Psychology, Purdue UniversityMS, Cognitive Psychology, Purdue UniversityBA, Psychology, Whitman College Dr. Santa is one of four founding members of Montana Academy and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Montana. Dr. Santa’s post doctorate work took… Read more »

Carol Santa PhD

BA, Psychology, Whitman CollegeMS, Elementary Education, Purdue UniversityPhD, Psychology and Psychology of Reading, Temple University

Rosemary McKinnon MSW

BA, Oriental Studies, Cambridge UniversityMA, Social Anthropology, Cambridge UniversityMSW, School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University Licensure & Certifications:Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Montana 2 year fellowship in child evaluation and treatment at Yale Child Study Center4 years as senior… Read more »

John McKinnon MD

BA, English Literature, Harvard CollegeMagna cum Laude, Phi Beta KappaMA, Economics, Cambridge University (UK)MD, Case Western Reserve UniversityAlpha Omega AlphaMFA, Fiction, Norwich UniversityPsychiatric Resident Training: Yale UniversitySchool of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry Licensure & Certifications:American Board of Psychiatry & NeurologyMedical… Read more »

Melissa Proctor LCSW, CADC-1

Clinical Director; Therapist – Team 6 MSW, Direct Care Child & Adolescent Mental HealthBA, Human Communication & Women’s Studies Melissa joined Montana Academy in 2012. Between Graduate School and Montana Academy, Melissa worked as a therapist for Santiam Crossing Therapeutic… Read more »

Amy Nimmo MS, LCPC

Director of Admissions MS, Mental Health Counseling, Capella UniversityBS, Health & Human Services, emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, Southwest Missouri State University Grief counseling & training, Tamarack Grief Resource CenterCrisis management and clinical experience, Kalispell Regional Medical Center & Western Montana… Read more »

Mary’l Luntsford

Program Director Licensure & Certifications:Crisis Prevention Institute Certified InstructorMandt TrainingJuvenile Detention Training, Montana Law Enforcement AcademyMAPP (Foster Care Training) Montana Academy:Girls Night Staff – from 1999 to 2000Team Two TL – from 2000 to 2013Sky House Manager – 2013 to… Read more »

Adam Hannigan

Sky House Program Director BA, English, University of IowaLicensure & Certifications: Secondary Teaching Certification (6-12) After earning his degree in 1998, Adam spent time travelling and working in the mountain west.  After settling in the Flathead Valley he spent 3… Read more »

David Chiarito, MS

Director of Outreach MS Experiential Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MNBS Outdoor Recreation, Unity College, ME David has been working in the therapeutic field for over twenty years. He began his career in wilderness therapy in the mid 1990’s and… Read more »

Matt Keenan, MEd

Head of School Doctoral Candidate, Education Leadership, Montana State UniversityMEd, Curriculum & Instruction, Montana State UniversityBA, Foreign Languages & Literature – Spanish, James Madison UniversityTeacher Certification: Montana Educator License: z (K-12) After graduating from college Matt joined the Peace Corps… Read more »