Administrative Staff

Clinton Dorny

Clinton Dorny

Executive Director
Matt Child, LCSW

Matt Child, LCSW

Clinical Director
Craig Smith, LCSW

Craig Smith, LCSW

Director of Clinical Transitions
Leslie Giles

Leslie Giles

After Care
Shelly Thomas

Shelly Thomas

Admissions Director
Kacy Miller

Kacy Miller

Admissions Assistant
Dan Miner

Dan Miner

Residential Director
Jake Galovich

Jake Galovich

Human Resource Director
Jess Christen

Jess Christen

Academic Director
Megan Theobald

Megan Theobald

Office Manager

Clinton Dorny

Executive Director

At a very young age, Clinton realized that he could have an impact on others’ lives through service and being involved. He is happiest when he is making a difference in other’s lives. Clinton is married and has five children. He loves spending time with them doing just about anything. They are his life. Clinton uses the same principles that they teach at the Ranch at home with his kids. It works.Clinton started in this industry in 2000 and has worked in Wilderness, Therapeutic Boarding and Residential. Residential is where his heart is. He started out his career in admissions and helped start the ranch as the Executive Director in 2005. He loves his work and feels blessed to have found something that he loves to do and gets paid to do it. Discovery Ranch has been a passion for him in that he helps create experiences for others the way his parents did for him when he was young.

Matt Child, LCSW

Clinical Director

Discovery Ranch combines the two things that Matt feels passionately about – horses and working with youth. Whether he is stacking hay or riding a horse, Matt always seems to have his students with him. Having grown up on a family ranch, Matt is able to blend his therapeutic knowledge and skill with the daily tasks of ranch work in such a way that the students develop therapeutic insight without realizing it is happening. With a Masters degree in Social Work and nearly 25 years experience working with teens and their families, Matt brings a real-life perspective to some very clinically complicated family situations. The only things he enjoys more than horses and working with youth are his wife and his four wonderful children.

Craig Smith, LCSW

Director of Clinical Transitions

Craig has over thirty-five years assisting families and students to reach their highest potential and has spent his entire career working with adolescents. Craig doesn’t simply talk about memories, traditions, and experiences, he lives it. Whether he is attending a college football game with his wife and family or pacing the sidelines of one of his grandkids soccer games, Craig truly has a zest for life.Craig loves how an experiential therapeutic campus provides opportunities to create treatment traditions and insightful memories for the students who reside at Discovery Ranch.Craig has a BS in Sociology, a Masters in Social Work and is an LCSW. He loves the Ranch and the opportunity to teach skills and participate in experiences with all the students.

Leslie Giles

After Care

Leslie has worked in a Residential setting for over twenty four years. Just when she thinks she has “seen it all” she sees and learns something new. Working in an Experiential setting has been one of the greatest experiences of her life. She loves the personal growth she has seen in herself and in the people that she works with. Leslie is married to a wonderful man and has three kids and three grandkids. She likes to go to work, golf, camp, ride 4 wheelers and hang out with her family. Leslie loves people that make her laugh and watching the kids achieve and grow.

Shelly Thomas

Admissions Director

Shelly is our Admissions Director at the ranch. She brings years of experience working directly with the boys in a residential treatment atmosphere as she served as the Program Coordinator at Discovery Ranch prior to being invited to become our Admissions Director.Shelly has been a great addition to the Ranch as we have grown! We love her kind spirit and an excellent way with the boys. The Ranch has become a second home for her! Shelly is a mother of 5 children and loves spending time with her family; she enjoys boating, to water ski, and spend time outdoors. If Shelly’s not at The Ranch you can often find her in the resort town of Deer Valley near Park City, UT.

Kacy Miller

Admissions Assistant

Kacy's outgoing personality and fun nature are a perfect fit for the Admissions team at DR. Kacy comes to us with 13 years experience working for an insurance company as an office manager, with a break to stay home full time with her 3 daughters before returning to work in an autism preschool for 3 years. She started her work at DR in May 2019 doing doctor runs and mentoring in the house. She loves the passion and vibe that can be felt here so when a full-time position became available she couldn't pass it up. She believes in this program and finds gratification helping others to embrace their journey. In her free time, Kacy loves spending time with her girls. She is an avid Utah gymnastics fan and loves cheering on the Utes!

Dan Miner

Residential Director

Dan loves sharing experiences with others and is passionate about the work he does at Discovery Ranch. Dan has been with DR since 2013, most recently working as the Experiential Coordinator overseeing the calf program and the West 40, coaching the cross-country team, guiding students into the backcountry for exciting adventures, and teaching meaningful life skills through the Peer Leadership program. "I find meaningful teaching moments in all activities. Whether we are throwing hay bales or rappelling down a mountain, the teachable moments naturally occur where the boys seem to open up and share their feelings when engaged in outdoor work or activities."As the new Residential Director for Discovery Ranch, Dan is excited about the opportunity to work with the boys in a new way. "Being with students in the schoolhouse, group therapy, and other residential activities allows me to bond with the boys in new ways and support them in their journey to succeed in all aspects of their life."Dan is married with four children and lives in Utah valley where he graduated from Brigham Young University. He loves spending his free time with his family and his dogs hiking in the beautiful Wasatch mountains.

Jake Galovich

Human Resource Director

Jake never thought that working with troubled teens would become one of his greatest passions. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Music with High Distinction from the Center for Advancement of Leadership in 2012. Jake’s original plan was to continue medical school and become a doctor but he began working at Discovery Ranch during his last semester part-time and fell in love with the program. Making a difference in the lives of others is what Jake loves to do most. Jake has a long history as the go-to guy here at The Ranch. He has spent time as our Music/Tech Center director, organizing and directing the triannual Parent Days Program, taking pictures, on-boarding new parents, and served on the research team. Jake now serves as the admissions coordinator and enjoys spending time getting to know the families interested in learning more about how the Ranch can help with their son. Music has been a huge part of his life. He started singing and playing the piano as a young child and has now been teaching music on the side since 2003 in his own music studio. Jake loves traveling the world, baking incredible desserts, spending time with his niece and nephews and eating good food!

Jess Christen

Academic Director

Megan Theobald

Office Manager

Therapist

Matt Child, LCSW

Matt Child, LCSW

Clinical Director
Craig Smith, LCSW

Craig Smith, LCSW

Director of Clinical Transitions
Dorothy Ah Quin, MEd, LCMHC

Dorothy Ah Quin, MEd, LCMHC

Therapist
Ray Orbin, LCMHC

Ray Orbin, LCMHC

Therapist
Wendy Turnbow, Ph.D.

Wendy Turnbow, Ph.D.

Therapist
Jeanette Brown, LCSW, SUDC

Jeanette Brown, LCSW, SUDC

Therapist
William Perry Garso, LCMHC

William Perry Garso, LCMHC

Therapist
Tim Lowe, Ph.D.

Tim Lowe, Ph.D.

Therapist
Jon Bishop, LCMHC

Jon Bishop, LCMHC

Therapist
Jonathan Marshall, LCSW

Jonathan Marshall, LCSW

Therapist
Chris Nokes, LCSW

Chris Nokes, LCSW

Therapist
Megan Stotts

Megan Stotts

Recreation Therapist
Tessa Olsen

Tessa Olsen

Recreation Therapist
Jenica Madsen

Jenica Madsen

Recreation Therapist

Matt Child, LCSW

Clinical Director

Discovery Ranch combines the two things that Matt feels passionately about – horses and working with youth. Whether he is stacking hay or riding a horse, Matt always seems to have his students with him. Having grown up on a family ranch, Matt is able to blend his therapeutic knowledge and skill with the daily tasks of ranch work in such a way that the students develop therapeutic insight without realizing it is happening. With a Masters degree in Social Work and nearly 25 years experience working with teens and their families, Matt brings a real-life perspective to some very clinically complicated family situations. The only things he enjoys more than horses and working with youth are his wife and his four wonderful children.

Craig Smith, LCSW

Director of Clinical Transitions

Craig has over thirty-five years assisting families and students to reach their highest potential and has spent his entire career working with adolescents. Craig doesn’t simply talk about memories, traditions, and experiences, he lives it. Whether he is attending a college football game with his wife and family or pacing the sidelines of one of his grandkids soccer games, Craig truly has a zest for life.Craig loves how an experiential therapeutic campus provides opportunities to create treatment traditions and insightful memories for the students who reside at Discovery Ranch.Craig has a BS in Sociology, a Masters in Social Work and is an LCSW. He loves the Ranch and the opportunity to teach skills and participate in experiences with all the students.

Dorothy Ah Quin, MEd, LCMHC

Therapist

Dorothy began her professional career as an educator, working at a local high school as a special education and history teacher for 24 years. While still teaching, Dorothy began her transition to the behavioral health field in 2002, earning her Masters of Art in Educational Counseling, with an additional emphasis on mental health issues, while working on her Clinical Mental Health Counselor License. After earning her license, Dorothy continued to teach but began to work as a therapist at an adolescent residential facility, eventually becoming the Assistant Clinical Director. This work quickly became a life fulfilling experience. Dorothy cherished her time with youth, enjoying their unique personalities, optimism, and energy for life. She was grateful for the opportunity to guide, teach and help them to grow and begin to experience their potential. Eventually having retired from teaching and having practiced for 15 years as a therapist, Dorothy transitioned to working with adults, with a focus on substance abuse issues. She quickly became Program Director while working in this capacity. She is truly excited to now be working at Discovery Ranch and to return to work with youth. Dorothy remains dedicated to helping others see their own strength and ability, their power to overcome the most difficult of life’s challenges, and is a genuine, heartfelt, and fierce advocate for personal growth. Dorothy’s main areas of focus include anger management, assertive communication, family dynamics and codependency, academic issues, and trauma work. She also has extensive training in EMDR.

Ray Orbin, LCMHC

Therapist

It is obvious when you walk into Ray’s office…there are bears everywhere. There are pictures of bears, carvings of bears and bear figurines on his desk. When asked why, he says bears have always been dear to him ever since he was a kid. His nickname growing up was “Bear”.It was his roots in Missouri, being raised on a large farm with horses and cattle that drew Ray to Discovery Ranch. With over thirty years experience working with youth and their families, Ray is able to bring a seasoned approach to the therapeutic issues facing the students and their parents.Starting out in Education, Ray went on to get his Masters Degree in Psychology and has become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Over the years Ray has been the clinical director at two different organizations so he brings to the students a wealth of knowledge, understanding and clinical expertise.Ray and his wife own six horses they love to ride and train when not involved in their children and grandchildren’s numerous activities.

Wendy Turnbow, Ph.D.

Therapist

The students at Discovery Ranch don’t really care that Wendy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; a Masters Degree in School Psychology, a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology and over 30 years of work experience. They just know that her infectious smile, caring attitude, and no-nonsense demeanor is a perfect blend as they struggle through some clinically complicated family concerns. Having the topic of her dissertation on the effectiveness of experiential therapy, Discovery Ranch was the perfect fit. “Outdoors & Active” has been her motto over the years as she has been involved in summer camps, winter camps and ski school. She has also had the opportunity to be involved in the compassionate service of “Dance Therapy” with preschool-aged children.“Every experience these boys have is an opportunity for therapeutic insight.”

Jeanette Brown, LCSW, SUDC

Therapist

The fact that Discovery Ranch has horses and each student is assigned a newborn calf when they are enrolled in the program is something very familiar to Jeanette. You see, she was raised on a dairy farm herself, so combining the therapeutic experience of over twenty-five years with a ranch experiential setting was like coming home for her.She has an abundance of therapeutic experience assisting students and families to navigate the rough waters of depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction, Jeanette exemplifies the notion of “Taking the time it takes” to learn and develop competency in what you are doing. This sense of patience and understanding is the key to providing safe, effective therapy and interventions.Jeanette enjoys doing activities with the students that she works with from growing a garden to cooking, building, and working with wood. Jeanette is skilled in wood carving. She has each boy carve or wood burn a walking stick that represents his therapeutic journey from their past, present and future. The boys enjoy these activities and the process allows for therapeutic conversations that would otherwise never happen.

William Perry Garso, LCMHC

Therapist

With over 35 years of experience supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions and over 25 years of experience as a behavior specialist, William Perry Garso is more than qualified to fit right into the Discovery Ranch family. He has been happily married for over 40 years. He and his wife have raised 3 wonderful children to adulthood and they now continue as foster parents for children and young adults with intellectual and mental health issues. With numerous awards in competitive swimming, music, and martial arts, Perry is particularly excited to share his interests with our boys here at Discovery Ranch. But don’t let his enthusiasm for Harley Davidson motorcycles and his military background fool you. Perry has a firm but warm and supportive personality. His encouraging style of interaction will draw you in from the get-go and you can immediately see the passion he has for working with adolescents and helping families. We are thrilled to have Perry as part of the Discovery Ranch team!

Tim Lowe, Ph.D.

Therapist

With over 29 years as a family therapist and family life educator, Tim is passionate about his work with youth. As a father of 4 adult children and one lone-adolescent, he loves helping youth see their potential and work to realize healthy family goals. Whether he is fishing, biking, flying, camping, climbing or skydiving, it’s always with family. He believes that hands-on experiential learning is at the heart of real change.He is an approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and certified presenter for the Arbinger Foundation.Tim has a BS in Family Sciences, Minors in Psychology, Sociology and Hebrew/Near Eastern Studies, a Masters in Family Life Education, Masters in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Philosophical and Theoretical Psychology. He is also a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. He has worked in a variety of settings and populations which include 15 years as a wilderness therapist.

Jon Bishop, LCMHC

Therapist

Throughout the past 10 years, Jon has seen his beliefs about change borne out in a myriad of settings. Jon has worked in Residential, Intensive-Outpatient, Outpatient and Correctional settings with female, male, adult and adolescent populations. He believes each person requires a unique approach, that change is possible, and the power to change comes from within one’s self. At times help is needed to create the clarity necessary for change to take place. And that is where Jon comes in. He is currently an LCMHC, P.O.S.T Certified Special Functions Officer, and while serving as a Licensed Clinician with the Utah Department of Corrections he was trained and certified as a Crisis Intervention Team Officer. Often addictions and behavioral problems create barriers that can seem insurmountable to people trapped in a self-destructive cycle but Jon has witnessed first hand the change that can occur from within.

Jonathan Marshall, LCSW

Therapist

Jonathan earned his BS in Social Work and a Masters in Clinical Social Work. Most of his career has been spent helping adolescents and their families achieve peace and unity based on shared values.Prior to the Ranch Jonathan has worked as an employment/education counselor for teens, foster care case manager, and a program manager of a specialized teenage foster child program.Jonathan finds joy working with teens and parents who are in crisis and desire change but need additional assistance to reach their goals. Because everyone is different, his therapeutic approach is based on the unique needs of each family. Always looking for a new challenge, Jonathan uses a strengths-based approach to empower others, while addressing the underlying issues necessary to facilitate healing and growth. He loves the rain and being outdoors with his wife and three active children.

Chris Nokes, LCSW

Therapist

Chris has spent the last 16 years working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the social services field in various settings. He began his career as a counselor with Utah Juvenile Justice Services where he realized a strong passion and ability for connecting with youth and encouraging their positive growth and change. During this time he recognized the importance of fine-tuning his skills and furthering his education. He went on to earn his Master’s degree in Social Work from Utah State University in 2011. Since his graduation he has worked as a therapist in residential treatment settings where he has developed his ability to work effectively with individuals and families impacted by depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors, behavioral concerns, emotional struggles, concerns with self-esteem, relational/family issues and traumatic experiences. Chris believes strongly in the importance of building positive relationships with the clients that he serves by showing his caring, committed, non-judgmental and patient personality. He brings a calm and easy-going nature to therapy that seems to put people at ease and help them to feel comfortable with the change process while appropriately holding firm, but fair boundaries and communicating clear expectations. Chris enjoys his work and relishes the opportunity to assist those he works with in improving their lives and relationships, supporting their happiness and long-term success. When Chris is away from work he loves spending time with his beautiful wife and his two sweet, curious and rambunctious little girls. He enjoys playing most sports and being in the outdoors hiking, driving, camping and exploring.

Megan Stotts

Recreation Therapist

Megan has three main passions in her life: animals, helping people, and her family. Two of those passions are encompassed with her job here at the ranch. She was originally going to become an elementary teacher but when she found out she could work with youth doing experiential activities versus math and science she was all in! She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in recreation therapy. She joined Discovery Ranch in 2009. She absolutely loves her job and the youth here. Megan believes that every person is a good person, it’s the choices we make that define us.

Tessa Olsen

Recreation Therapist

Tessa was raised in Orem, Utah with 4 brothers. From them, she learned to never back down from a challenge and to continually push herself. She earned a degree in Recreational Therapy from Brigham Young University. She worked as an intern at a residential treatment center for teenage girls. She has grown to love the youth population because of the change and transformation that they choose to make in their lives. She loves Discovery Ranch and the lessons that she learns from the youth every day.

Jenica Madsen

Recreation Therapist

Jenica is a Recreational Therapist and does experiential and ropes course groups with the boys. Jenica has a passion for helping others and exploring the world around her. She finds great value in learning through hands-on activities such as experiential tasks. During groups, she focuses greatly on teaching the boys how to recognize for themselves how they can learn from any activity and apply it to their own life, as well as teaching the boys the importance of finding meaningful and healthy activities to participate in. In her free time, Jenica enjoys hiking, playing basketball, playing racquetball, and photography.

Program Coordinators

Tonya Gage

Tonya Gage

Family Services Coordinator
Porter Roe

Porter Roe

Residential Program Coordinator
Katie Sumsion

Katie Sumsion

Residential Program Coordinator
Greg McGeary

Greg McGeary

Residential Program Coordinator
Anna Keddington

Anna Keddington

Culinary Arts Coordinator

Tonya Gage

Family Services Coordinator

Tonya found a second home here at Discovery Ranch working with the boys and their families. She earned her Bachelor Degree from Brigham Young University in Communications, with an emphasis in public relations.. She worked as an Assistant to the Dean of the Marriott School of Management at BYU, and later as an Academic Advisor in the Business School at Utah Valley University. She has been a stay-at-home mom the past 24 years, volunteering in her children’s schools and in the community. Tonya spent 5 years volunteering at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah as a personal Study Skills Tutor, and has taught piano lessons in her home for over 23 years. She boasts success with her oldest student (grandmother) at the age of 80. Tonya has been married 28 years, and loves hiking, biking, and spending time with her husband, 4 children, and 1 grandson.

Porter Roe

Residential Program Coordinator

Porter Roe is our Program Coordinator here at Discovery Ranch. While studying International Relations at Brigham Young University, Porter started his career in corporate America, working alongside many prestigious non-profit organizations throughout the United States and overseas. He was able to get a front-row seat to work with people who were dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living in underprivileged areas. This idea of helping others make their lives the best it could be directed Porter to Discovery Ranch. As Program Coordinator, it is Porter’s responsibility to ensure that our residential staff utilizes our programming as effectively as possible. He oversees the boy’s day to day schedule, trains staff on how to confront behaviors and hold consistent boundaries, and most importantly works with the boys on developing healthy relationships with staff and peers.

Katie Sumsion

Residential Program Coordinator

Greg McGeary

Residential Program Coordinator

Greg McGary is one of our Program Coordinators. He comes to us with years of life experience! He has worked as field staff in multiple wilderness programs. A former business owner, Greg has traveled, working around the world. Greg is a husband and father to five children, and raised them working on their farm. He loves hard work and the character it builds. He also enjoys the outdoors, and the adventures that life offers. As a Program Coordinator, it is Greg’s responsibility to ensure that our residential staff utilize our program as effectively as possible. He oversees the boy’s day to day schedule, trains staff on how to confront behaviors and hold consistent boundaries, and most importantly works with the boys on developing healthy relationships with staff and peers.

Anna Keddington

Culinary Arts Coordinator

Anna graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Culinary Arts in 2016. She has enjoyed cooking since she was a little girl. She enjoys teaching the foods class to the boys at the Ranch. When Anna has free time she likes camping and going on long canyon drives. Anna did her culinary arts internship with us at Discovery Ranch and loved the environment so much, she stayed with us and we are so grateful she did!

Academics

Jess Christen

Jess Christen

Academic Director
Evie Jensen

Evie Jensen

Academic Assistant Manager
Mike Talbert

Mike Talbert

Special Education Specialist
Katie Jarvis

Katie Jarvis

Performing Arts Director
Tonya Silva

Tonya Silva

Academic Adviser, English Teacher, Academic Assistant/School Counselor
Ann Bayles

Ann Bayles

English Teacher
Thomas Richards

Thomas Richards

Science Teacher
Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

History Teacher
Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

History Teacher
Austin Millis

Austin Millis

Curriculum Room Manager
Brooklyn Earl

Brooklyn Earl

Math Teacher
Emma Hansen

Emma Hansen

Testing Center
Brittany McGuire

Brittany McGuire

Math teacher
Gary Stoddard

Gary Stoddard

English teacher
Dan Okerlund

Dan Okerlund

Science teacher
Mitchell Harris

Mitchell Harris

Math Teacher

Jess Christen

Academic Director

Evie Jensen

Academic Assistant Manager

Mike Talbert

Special Education Specialist

Mike was born in Illinois and grew up in Missouri, which he often refers to as home. He moved to Utah in 2016. For 30 years he lived in Maryland working for Marriott International within the Human Resources departments. While working in Maryland he attended night classes at Marymount University in Virginia and earned a Masters in Special Education. After retiring from Marriott he began working for a non-profit organization whose mission was for adults with autism. Mike and his wife have six children with one son that deals with Aspergers. He is excited to be associated with Discovery Ranch. “The program here addresses the ‘whole’ student with academics, leadership, responsibility, and social interaction.” His hobbies include drawing, wood burning, and woodcarving.

Katie Jarvis

Performing Arts Director

Katie has a passion for performing arts of all kinds! With a background in music, singing, dance, and all forms of theater-making she loves helping the boys here at Discovery Ranch have opportunities to grow and relate through performance. Katie is right at home with a large group of boys. She has 7 younger brothers and one sister! While involved in the arts from a young age she never thought it would be her career until she saw how meaningful and healing it can be. She loves to see the performing arts foster collaboration, creativity, empathy, and confidence in youth. Katie has both a B.A. and an M.A. in Theatre and Media Arts and many years of teaching and directing experience. She is originally from Southern Oregon where she grew up hiking, rafting, camping and gardening. Katie enjoys traveling the world to see different kinds of performances and loves to learn new things, try new things, and watch old movies.

Tonya Silva

Academic Adviser, English Teacher, Academic Assistant/School Counselor

Ann Bayles

English Teacher

Ann Bayles has been working at Discovery Ranch since November 2017.Ann went to the University of Utah, where she studied Biology and English and graduated from Weber State University with a teaching degree in English and Psychology. She currently is working on a Master’s degree in Special Education as well as a Secondary Reading Endorsement.Ann was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Layton, Utah before she started elementary school. She lived in Layton for her whole childhood and graduated from Layton High school.One of her favorite quotes that describe how she feels about teaching is by Rita Pierson – “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

Thomas Richards

Science Teacher

Jordan Smith

History Teacher

Jordan Smith is from Salem, Utah where he lives with his wife and 3 children. Jordan graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a B.S. in History. While at BYU, he was a member of the football team where he played wide receiver. Upon graduating he pursued his passion for teaching and was hired to teach at Payson Jr. High School, where he teaches US History. We are excited to have him as a part of our academic program. Jordan enjoys and avidly follows all Boston sports teams and enjoys being in the mountains, spending time with family, and reading a good book.

Katie Holmes

History Teacher

Austin Millis

Curriculum Room Manager

Austin is the Assistant to the Curriculum Room Manager in the academic department of Discovery Ranch. He also spent two years as the Testing Proctor at the ranch. Austin is 24 years old and was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. He is currently attending Brigham Young University studying Kinesiology and Exercise Science in preparation for optometry school. Austin’s hobbies include working on vintage cars and motorcycles, snowboarding, playing rugby, arranging and playing piano music.

Brooklyn Earl

Math Teacher

Brooklyn was raised in Orem, UT and is currently living in Provo. She is attending Brigham Young University, studying Math Education with a minor in business. Brooklyn has a passion for all things teaching and math. She enjoys teaching dance in addition to her teaching at Discovery Ranch. Brooklyn is a national champion clogger. When she is not teaching, dancing, or doing homework, she loves to thrift, play games, or hang out with her family.

Emma Hansen

Testing Center

Brittany McGuire

Math teacher

Gary Stoddard

English teacher

Dan Okerlund

Science teacher

Mitchell Harris

Math Teacher

Medical

Chelsea Christensen, LPN

Chelsea Christensen, LPN

Medical Coordinator
Dr. Derry Brinley

Dr. Derry Brinley

Psychiatrist
Kyla Cox

Kyla Cox

Nurse

Chelsea Christensen, LPN

Medical Coordinator

Chelsea is known for her many accomplishments, but she is best known for her passion for nursing and the care she provides. She graduated from MATC in Lehi, Utah with her Practical Nursing Degree in 2017. She has worked in the medical field since 2012 including 4 years of experience working at the Utah State Hospital and 2 years of experience working at Utah Valley Hospital in their fast-paced Emergency Department. Chelsea plans to further her education in the near future and become a Registered Nurse.She is eager to work with the boys and treatment team at Discovery Ranch. Chelsea is excited to contribute to the boy’s treatment and be part of making a difference in their lives.

Dr. Derry Brinley

Psychiatrist

Dr. Derry Brinley is our psychiatrist and we are thrilled to have him at Discovery Ranch. He has been a psychiatrist for 17 years and has had many years working with adolescents. He was Child & Adolescent Trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has had a variety of experiences from acute to residential to mental health. Dr. Brinley is conservative in his med management and tends to look at root issues and the big picture. One of the big pluses with Dr. Brinely is that he enjoys working closely with each therapist on a weekly basis.

Kyla Cox

Nurse

Kyla is our full-time Registered Nurse here at the Ranch. While still being a young professional, Kyla has experience working in residential treatment with adolescents and helping them reach their fullest potential. She has a passion for health and wellness and is specifically driven to provide the best level of care to those she serves. Kyla graduated with her Associate of Science in Nursing from Ameritech College of Healthcare. Being in the top of her class, she is known to be committed and dedicated to work hard and get the job done. Kyla is a kind-hearted and outgoing girl who loves to be outside in nature. She enjoys spending time with family and friends going camping, fishing, snowmobiling, and playing games. Although her time at the Ranch is committed to being a Registered Nurse, you will most likely find Kyla engaging with others and creating meaningful relationships. You can always count on Kyla for a listening ear and a charismatic charm. At the end of the day, Kyla believes that everyone has a story that deserves to be told.

Experiential Campus

Jerry Christensen

Jerry Christensen

Experiential Director Horse Professional
Lynn Nelson, LCSW

Lynn Nelson, LCSW

Horse Professional/Therapist

Jerry Christensen

Experiential Director Horse Professional

Jerry’s been in love with horses for as long as he can remember. He was born in Price, Utah. As a child he rode every chance he got. Jerry says, “We’re not teaching horsemanship. We’re really teaching them about relationships. Building trust and communication are two critical elements students must master to succeed.”Jerry owns five horses of his own and in his off time, he enjoys team roping on Rooster, a ten-year-old quarter horse. He loves to ski and play baseball. The best thing about the Ranch for Jerry is being able to see the difference when a kid comes all tied in knots and seeing them work through that. Seeing them realize the solutions that lie within them.

Lynn Nelson, LCSW

Horse Professional/Therapist

For over 35 years, Lynn refined his therapeutic skills through a number of community, clinical, and administrative positions. As a retired therapist, Lynn’s love of horses and his love of working with youth have kept him at Discovery Ranch working part-time with our on-campus Equine Therapy program. Lynn has a comfortable countenance and is easy to approach. You feel as if you’re talking with an old friend, even though you may have just met. If you’re not careful, you may be caught off guard with his dry sense of humor. Lynn recently commented that “Working with youth and seeing them progress in such an exceptional setting and being a part of a special team is a privilege and a pleasure.” Lynn is the father of eight. He and his wife spend most of their spare time trying to keep up with their grandchildren.