We understand the importance of assembling a team that you can trust with the care of your student. The professionals at Alpine Academy bring a host of experience and expertise to all aspects of the program. Team members are chosen not only for their credentials, but for their commitment to our mission and an unconditional regard for our students’ welfare. Alpine Academy team members come with dynamic talents, resiliency, and the ability to act as healthy role models to our students. Our team’s goal is for you to feel connected and supported throughout your teen’s treatment stay.
EAGALA Certified (Equine therapy)
Advanced DBT Trained
Dustin Dowdle is the Clinical Director at Alpine Academy. Equipped with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), Dowdle has grown in his position since he joined the Alpine Academy Family in 2013. He began as a Therapist, and then moved on to be Assistant Clinical Director, and now, Clinical Director. Prior to Alpine Academy, Dowdle worked in a number of environments as a Therapist and Counselor, including working for his own practice for a time, Lifespring Counseling. In his free time, Dowdle enjoys volunteering with youth in his community and playing board games with his wife and five children. He also enjoys designing his own board and card games, which sparked his family’s love for games. Dowdle feels very grateful to work with a team of people who put their hearts into their work, and is honored to meet the youth that attend Alpine Academy and witness their growth everyday.
Assistant Clinical Director and Therapist
EAGALA Certified (Equine therapy)
Advanced DBT Certified
Clinical Trauma Professional
Gabriella Campbell is the Assistant Clinical Director and Therapist at Alpine Academy. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters Degree from Westminster, Campbell is trained in EMDR, Sand Play Therapy, Equine Therapy (Eagala Model), Advanced DBT, and Neurofeedback. She is also certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional and is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Prior to her position at Alpine, Campbell served in the military, and believes that that experience prepared her in so many ways for her current position. The military created a strong foundation that contributed to her tenacity, determination and resilience, all of which are characteristics that she encourages her clients to embrace.
According to Campbell, the most important part of her position at Alpine academy is to help students learn to love themselves unconditionally. She truly believes that every individual is doing the best that they can, and giving students the opportunity and support they need to love themselves is the most important thing she could do.
TF-CBT Certified (Trauma-focused)
Mike Slade is a Therapist at Alpine Academy. Slade earned his Bachelors of Science from Utah Valley University and his Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah. He is TF-CBT certified, EMDR trained, and DBT informed. Prior to Alpine Academy, Slade worked in a number of clinical and therapy-oriented settings. These include working as a Therapist at Utah Youth Village and Touchstone Therapy Center, along with working as a Clinical Intern at the Utah State Prison and Provo School District. His experience working with youth doesn’t stop with his career, Slade has also volunteered as a Mentor for the Children’s Justice Center and as a Tutor at the Slate Canyon Youth Center. Slade believes in the saying “be the change you want to see in the world,” and he puts this saying to work when collaborating with the team at Alpine Academy to better the lives of the students and their families. He enjoys working with a growth-oriented team, who support employee growth in order to facilitate growth in their clients as well.
LMFT; PhD., Family & Human Development
EAGALA Certified (Equine Therapy)
Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Alpine Academy through his education and therapeutic experience working with teenagers and their families. Throughout his schooling, Jeff was involved in research focused on the parent-child relationship; specifically the dynamics of helicopter parenting college age children and the impacts of such an approach. Jeff has experience working with clients that have many different types of struggles from self-harm, anxiety, depression, substance use, and trauma. Additionally, Jeff has experience in working with developmentally delayed students and nonverbal learning disorders.
Jeff sees therapy through a systems perspective, borrowing heavily from the third wave of behavioral therapy like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as evocative empathy and emotionally focused therapy. Jeff is also certified in EMDR and Eagala equine therapy and uses them often.
Jeff believes true therapeutic work and progress must come from within the client. He has a passion for walking with people on their therapeutic journey and is honored to be a part of such work. Jeff enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children in the great outdoors, especially fly fishing. Jeff believes we are all endowed with gifts from our Creator and is passionate about helping others learn to use their gifts for the betterment of self and of society as a whole.
Morgan Horn is the Aftercare Coordinator at Alpine Academy. Horn has her Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and is certified in the Family Teaching Model. Previously, Horn has worked with Utah Youth Village as a Families First Specialist and as a Families First Coordinator before transitioning to her position as Aftercare Coordinator. She also worked with a grant through the Department of Labor doing case management and cognitive-behavioral interventions for adults coming out of long-term incarceration prior to Alpine Academy. Outside of her work, Horn volunteered in Bangkok, Thailand where she worked at a church, an elementary school, and two universities teaching English, Public Speaking, and Ethics. In her free time, Horn enjoys teaching indoor cycling, skiing, and spending time with her twin sister, Ivy. Horn believes that the most important thing she does at Alpine Academy is helping families to continue trusting the process that Alpine instilled in them. Upon graduation, the families have the skills they need to succeed, but sometimes they just need a little encouragement that they can face whatever challenges arise and she works hard to show that support from Alpine will always be there!
Levi Neely is a Family Teacher at Alpine Academy. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Utah Valley University. Prior to his current position, Neely worked as a Family Teacher in Family Homes, as well as working as a Behavioral Aid, Tutor, and Youth Mentor. In addition to his work experience, Neely spent some time volunteering in the NICU. In his free time, Neely enjoys spending time with his son, Jack, and hosting his very own podcast about Star Wars. During his time at Alpine Academy, Neely has felt inspired by the power of The Family Teaching Model and its ability to help enact change. However, he feels that the most inspiring and important part of his job is providing a consistent and safe environment for his students. Seeing his students grow while in a safe environment inspires Neely to keep working everyday to provide his students with the highest quality of care possible.
Amanda Neely is a Family Teacher at Alpine Academy. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University in Russian. Prior to Alpine Academy, Neely worked as a family teacher in family homes, worked as a house manager, and interned at a Latvian orphanage. In addition to her work experience, she has poured hours of her life into volunteer work, having volunteered for several causes including volunteering in Guatemala at an elementary school. In her spare time, Neely enjoys DIY projects, reading, and spending time with her son, Jack. Neely feels that the most important part of her job is to create a home away from home for the youth. Alpine Academy’s youth come from all over and it is one of the highlights of her life to help to create a safe space for them to learn and grow in. She has found comfort in the team at Alpine Academy, and is honored to be surrounded by so many diverse and talented people all united in the same cause.
Martin and Rachel are the Family Teachers of the Boulder Ridge Home at Lakeview Campus. They and their two young daughters moved to Alpine Academy from North Dakota. Martin has worked in the residential field for over six years and has held numerous positions such as youth mentor, house manager, sports coach, athletic director and program manager. Before finding his home in residential treatment, Martin was a corpsman in the United States Navy. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, sports of all types, Dungeons and Dragons, and particularly enjoys activities where he has to use his imagination. His favorite quote is from the Dalai Lama: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Rachel was born and raised in Michigan. She is from a large family and is the second youngest of 13 children. She is passionate about creating a positive learning environment for the students in her home. She loves the community that Alpine Academy has created and appreciates all the communication between the residential, academic, and clinical teams because it helps provide the best environment and treatment for each of the children here. Rachel said, “It is evident that everyone always has the youth’s best interests in mind. I love working here and helping make a difference in others’ lives.”
Angie Alvey is the Academic Director at Alpine Academy. She has been with the Academy since 2006 and is passionate about her work. Alvey has a wide range of educational achievements including a BA in English, MS in Psychology, and a MEd in Educational Leadership. Her achievements don’t stop with degrees, she is also certified in special education, guidance counseling, English, and PE. Her mission at Alpine Academy is to help the students feel prepared, important, energized, and rewarded. Alvey grew up on a ranch in a small rural community, and believes that her experience working there and at the public school in her community have tremendously prepared her for her position as Academic Director at the Academy. Her time at the ranch taught her to focus on the things that you can control and work hard at them. She lives by this philosophy to this day and uses it to achieve her mission of helping students feel accomplished at the academy every single day.
Samantha Wisell is a School Counselor at Alpine Academy. She has been with Alpine Academy since 2007, and has grown in her position since she started. Wisel is six-times certified in the family teaching model, earned her Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, and earned her Masters Degree of Science in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Outside of her career, she loves to backpack and camp with her two dogs, Ruby and Pablo. Wisel believes that the most important part of her job at Alpine Academy is teaching a College & Career Readiness course that helps students explore their identity and how it can relate to finding a fulfilling career, along with teaching them how to pursue post-secondary education or training. She believes that each student is in control of their own world, and she works everyday to give them the tools they need to shape it the way they want to.
Special Education Director
Donna Jenkins is the Special Education Director at Alpine Academy. She has been with Alpine since 2010. Jenkins earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Utah State University, and has worked in special education since 1988. In her 23 years of teaching, Jenkins has taught in Utah, Nevada, California, and in Japan. She has taught children at various ages during her career, and feels that doing so has been extremely beneficial to helping her continue to know how to best help her students with the challenges they face. Jenkins grew up on a farm and loves the outdoors because of it. Whether it be mowing the lawn, riding horses, or being at the beach, Jenkins enjoys all things outdoors. Jenkins has been at Alpine for 10 and a half years, and it still never ceases to amaze her how hard they work to become their best selves. Jenkins’ favorite part of working with her students is the way that they leave little pieces of their personalities with her. While she may only be working with a student for a short year, she feels that each and every student makes her a better person.
John Shaw is an Academic Advisor with an emphasis on Special Education for Alpine Academy. He, his wife Katie, and their trained therapy dog, Duke, originally began at Alpine Academy as Family Teachers in the Aspire home.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. He enjoys working with teenagers and watching them grow. He loves to observe and learn from the wonderful people that surround him.
John loves to cook, a pastime he has enjoyed since childhood. He is an avid lover of nature and the outdoors. Most of his free time is spent with family and in continuing his education. He also enjoys playing the tuba.
Crystal Stout originally began her time at Alpine Academy as a Family Teacher with her husband in one of the Mountain View campus homes. She is now the Music Teacher and is the advisor for the Music Club. She is also a private piano teacher and private voice coach.
Crystal’s bachelor’s degree is in Humanities with an emphasis in History. She also has a minor in Arab Islamic studies. She has four children and a cat. Her hobbies include reading, learning new instruments, traveling, and redecorating her house. For several years she has prepared a musical number with Alpine students for the annual Alumni Gala. It is always a highlight of the evening and for many of the students it is the first time they have been part of a successful production of any kind. The participants usually walk away a little more confident with a whole new set of skills. It’s magical.
Criminal Justice Teacher
Ellen Smith is a criminologist who settled in Utah after having been recruited by the Director of Protective Services as a top security leader for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Her assignment as a Security Manager was for the Main Media and International Broadcast Center, requiring the highest security of all venues. She joins Alpine after 15 years as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Salt Lake Community College and Concurrent Enrollment Teacher in Tooele School District.
At Alpine Academy, Ellen teaches Criminal Justice, Careers in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Law. She stated, “There are more jobs available in the Criminal Justice system than in any other industry – from psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers to accountants, investigators and patrol officers. My focus is on teaching students about the law and about the vast opportunities in the Criminal Justice industry.
Spanish & PE Teacher
Erika Smith is a Spanish & PE Teacher and Alpine Academy. She has been with Alpine Academy since 2016, and has taught many different courses including Spanish, Study Skills, English, and PE. Smith earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Teaching at Brigham Young University, and hopes to continue her education in the future. In the past, Smith worked as the head coach of the Stansbury High School Volleyball Team. Smith loves sports and giving youth the opportunity to work hard at being the best they can be. While her job at Alpine may be to teach the basics of how to communicate in another language, Smith believes that it is also about helping youth learn how to express themselves better and how to listen and learn from others. She loves teaching her students new things, seeing them step outside of their comfort zones, and seeing them grow from those experiences. Smith believes that Alpine Academy is a place that provides hope at a pivotal time in her students’ lives, and she is beyond happy to be a part of that process.
Jordan Gudmundsen is a Behavior Specialist at Alpine Academy. Prior to Alpine Academy, Gudmundsen spent three years working with children and adults with learning disabilities at Reliant Services and Chrysalis. In his free time, he enjoys playing football and hockey, and spending time with his wife, Kaitlyn and their dog, Holli. Gudmundsen is passionate about his work, and believes that the most rewarding part of his job is working with and helping youth from all walks of life achieve personal and academic success.
Martha Jenkins is a Mathematics Teacher at Alpine Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Utah State University, summa cum laude. Jenkins began teaching math in 2018 at Logan High School in Logan, Utah before working at Alpine Academy. She loves the classroom at Alpine and how easy it is to connect with her students and learn from them. Jenkins believes that teaching math provides students with much more than mathematical skills. According to Jenkins, while math is a basic skill that we all must learn, math can teach students that it is okay to make mistakes and move forward. This principle applies to real life situations outside of the classroom, and math is a great way to start learning how to think through situations logically. Jenkins loves working with students and seeing their abilities grow during their time at Alpine, and looks forward to seeing many more students grow in the future.
Science and Psychology Teacher
Paul Walker is a Science and Psychology Teacher at Alpine Academy. He has been teaching at Alpine Academy since 2018, and has a Secondary Education Degree along with a License in Spanish Teaching. Walker started teaching in 2015, and during this time he had the opportunity to complete an Internship teaching engineering in the Dominican Republic. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and playing lacrosse. According to Walker, the most important thing about his job at Alpine Academy is being a positive role model for each and every one of his students. He enjoys the small classes at Alpine Academy and the opportunity to get to know his students closely and be the best role model possible for them. Teaching at Alpine Academy has been his favorite position he has ever held, because of how remarkable his students have been.
Lori Orgill is a Pharmacy Technician at Alpine Academy. Certified and Licensed, Lori has been working as a Technician for more than 15 years. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with family. She loves the outdoors and traveling with her husband. She believes that working with the youth is a beautiful experience and she is grateful for the opportunity to do so.
Jessica is Alpine Academy’s Registered Nurse. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and has worked in the healthcare industry since 2005. Her nursing experience includes two years as an Intensive Care Nurse and nine years in the Emergency Room. Because the bulk of her experience has been in the emergency setting, she has developed very keen triaging skills. She has seen numerous ailments, including mild complaints, to life threatening emergencies. She is also used to working with people from various backgrounds and cultures and is comfortable around all types of people in many different settings and of varying emotional states. Outside of Alpine Academy, Jessica enjoys outdoor adventures such as camping, boating, 4-wheeling, and family trips to watch her husband and sons in dirt bike desert races. She also enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures. Jessica loves how family-oriented Alpine Academy is and appreciates the peaceful, healing environment that it provides.
Royal Robins is the Admissions Coordinator for Alpine Academy. Equipped with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management, Robins has worked in a variety of roles at Alpine Academy since 2012, including Family Teacher, Residential Supervisor, Admissions Coordinator, and now, Admissions Director. Robins has worked in the treatment field for many years, having worked at another center for five years prior to his experience at Alpine Academy. In his free time, Robins enjoys backcountry snowmobiling, and spending time with his wife and five children. According to Robins, the most important part about being the Admissions Director at Alpine Academy is helping to give students the tools that they need to pursue the life adventures that they choose. He is inspired everyday by the student’s ability to grow and overcome challenges at Alpine Academy, and plans to work to help them do so by speaking with honesty, thinking with sincerity, and acting with integrity.
Tanya Stevenson is the Residential Supervisor at Alpine Academy. Stevenson has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and is five times certified in the Family Teaching Model. She has had a long career in working with and serving people. She began her journey in the medical field providing care for the elderly and mentally ill, and in an administrative job at an assisted living center before she found her home and calling at Alpine Academy. Her experiences in helping others are not limited to her career journey. Stevenson was a case manager for the Housing Authority of Utah for residents living in a subsidized housing community. She enjoyed working with the people there, and providing them with the resources and guidance they needed. Stevenson truly believes in the work that happens at Alpine Academy and feels incredibly grateful to be able to work with some of the most talented and incredible people she has ever had the opportunity to know.
Business Development Director
Jill Mclntyre is the Business Development Director at Alpine Academy. She has worked at Alpine Academy for eight years in a variety of positions, including Teacher, Admissions Director, and now Business Development Director. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Organizational Communication/Marketing from The University of Utah. Prior to Alpine Academy, Mclntyre accumulated over 20 years of sales, marketing, and management experience with two major global communication firms. Her entrepreneurial spirit also led her to starting and running three of her own businesses and a non-profit organization until she found that her true passion lies in the work that is done at Alpine Academy. In her free time, McIntyre enjoys spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren. McIntyre is extremely moved by each and every single one of the students at Alpine Academy. She looks forward to the graduation speeches given by the students and their families, and gets emotional every time she witnesses the self-confidence that students build for themselves as they master new skills. McIntyre has truly found her passion here at Alpine Academy.
Equipped with an Associates of Science and a wide variety of work experience ranging from the auto industry to grant sales and helping others, Covello has been the proud Office Manager of Alpine Academy for 10 years. She is an avid believer in the idea that there is a chance to give back to someone every day, even if that is just giving them the opportunity to smile. In her free time, Covello enjoys art, specifically metalwork and woodwork. She is happily married to her husband, Josh, and is a proud owner of her dogs. Her favorite part of her job at Alpine Academy is the opportunity to help the youth, and she believes that every effort they put towards that goal is valuable.
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