Christian came to Alpine Academy in Spring 2006 and spent 12 years as Admissions Director before becoming the Director in Summer 2018. As the first person most parents encountered when considering Alpine for their daughters, Christian became a warm and trusted companion and support in the admissions process. A natural people person, he truly enjoys taking ample time, providing careful explanations, and compassionately responding to families seeking help.
Christian holds a Master of Counseling degree through the University of Phoenix (2008) and is licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) in the State of Utah. Prior to that he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. He began his career with Alpine Academy’s parent organization, Utah Youth Village, in 2003, delivering the principles of the Teaching-Family Model to families in their own homes. He is also licensed to facilitate training in material from the Arbinger Institute within the Utah Youth Village and Alpine Academy. The Arbinger philosophy and principles are at the core of his beliefs about how to see, treat, and lead others.
Christian was raised in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and Utah as the fifth of seven children by loving and devoted parents for whom family was always the first priority. Family life equated to happiness, and as Christian grew older and recognized the rarity of such family bliss, he felt driven to help children and families achieve the same joy he has found in family relationships. Christian is likewise happily married and together with his wife experiencing the roller coaster of parenting three delightful and handsome boys. He is an avid music connoisseur, devoted sports fan (and has-been player), regular movie watcher, and competitive game player, all of which he enjoys most when with his family.