Patti Hollenbeck-Dial, Ph.D.

Admissions

Dr. Patti Hollenbeck-Dial has twenty two years of extensive experience in working with adolescents. With a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Patti has specialized in working as a therapist with adolescents and their families in private practice for 6 years and in residential treatment for 11 years. Prior to being a therapist, she was a full time educator, teaching biology to junior high and high school students for five years. During her experiences as a therapist, Dr. Hollenbeck-Dial has worked intensely with adolescents diagnosed with language based and nonverbal learning disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, chemical dependency and abuse, oppositional defiant disorder, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, codependency issues, trauma issues, and attachment disorder. One of her favorite passions is working with families in family therapy to develop or to re-establish healthy ways of working together. Patti is a dedicated mother of one daughter and feels it a privilege to work with so many daughters of other mothers and fathers. She lives on a small farm and enjoys raising milk goats, hiking, gardening, and horseback riding in the nearby mountains with her family. Continual education and growth are integral pieces of her life.

 

Nichol Holwege

Program Director

Nichol Holwege began her experience as an intern at the Utah State Hospital working on the Youth Unit where she led daily recreational groups. For the last 10 years Nichol has worked in residential treatment with adolescent girls and has found this to be her passion.

Nichol obtained her Bachelors Degree in Recreational Therapy from Brigham Young University. Through her experience and education at various workshops, Nichol has specialized working with adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma and those with various learning differences. Nichol has a natural ability and talent in working with adolescents and has helped many see their potential and achieve challenging goals. Nichol is also a member of Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) and Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA).

 

 

Josh Smith, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Josh Smith, has a Masters of Social Work from Michigan state University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. While completing his Bachelor’s degree, Josh worked in residential treatment as a direct care worker and a supervisor. Josh has also worked with adults in inpatient and outpatient substance use programs and worked at the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic at Michigan State University. Josh decided to return to residential treatment to work with adolescents again because he enjoys working with teens and feels that the opportunity for early intervention with those that are still in their youth can have a lasting and transformative change on the life of individuals. Josh has completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and also likes to use a relational approach to therapy with teens.
Josh has had the opportunity to work with adolescents with a large variety of mental health issues including but not limited to; ODD, ADHD, Autism, Bordeline, Bipolar, Reactive Attachment Disorder, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance use disorders, Trauma, and many other things. Josh is passionate about his work and finding what works best for his clients and their families.
When Josh isn’t at work, he enjoys being with his family. Josh loves spending whatever free time he has with his children Amy and Ethan. Personal interests of Josh include; cooking (especially barbeque), camping, movies, and animals. Josh identifies as a kid at heart and enjoys play, this has been part of his draw to working with adolescents.

 

Logan Valentine, LCSW

Logan is a licensed therapist who has worked clinically with adolescents over the past thirty years. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, specializing in childhood and adolescent disorders. Logan specializes with psychiatric disorders that include; Asperger's disorder, Autism, Bipolar disorder, Depressive disorders, substance abuse, Tourette's, trauma, psychosis, and comorbidities with these illnesses. He has been a clinical supervisor of student interns for the past 15 years. Logan graduated from Arizona State University in psychology and interpersonal relations. He has presented in juried presentations at the National Conference of the National Association of Social Work, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists annual conference. Recently he presented at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs' annual conference. He is married to a delightful partner, Patricia, of 27 years, and have eight children. All of his children are now adults. He loves to travel, play with his seven wonderful grandchildren, play hockey with his younger sons, and engage in waterskiing and snow skiing.

 

schoolJason Anderson

Psychiatrist

Dr. Jason Anderson, a board certified child psychiatrist has been with Maple Lake Academy since June of 2007. He was born in Alamogorgdo, New Mexico. He attended Medical school at Oklahoma State University, and did his psychology residency and fellowship at University of South Dakota. He and his wife have lived in Utah for 3 years and have 4 children. His hobbies include baking, cheese making, and woodworking.

 

 

academyAnna Ford

Equine Therapist

Involved with equine therapy for over twenty years, Anna has trained and certified through Utah State University, North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, A.V.A. and continues her education through regular participation in various seminars and clinics.

Anna has been involved with Equine Vaulting (gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse), with her team bringing home to Utah several National Championship Titles and numerous Regional Championship Titles.

Anna is especially enthusiastic about helping people or animals with special needs. She has worked extensively with adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, emotional problems and physical impairments. Anna understands and believes in the value of equine therapy for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of people young and old.

A mother of six, a small business owner and always the first to volunteer in the community, Anna feels she possesses a wealth of life experience to share with her students as they interact during all aspects of equine related activities. She truly cares about each individual and teaches with the primary goal being a safe, enjoyable experience for both rider and equine.

As well as anything equine related, Anna enjoys gardening, cooking, biking, and reading. She is especially excited about her two grandchildren and plans to rodeo with them every summer.

 

Joe Kelly

Educational Director

Joe Kelly has just completed his 30th year of education. During that time, he has been a history teacher, psychology teacher, weight training coach, fitness coach, track coach, soccer coach, football coach, and wresting coach. After his teaching and coaching career, he was a school counselor for four years. He then became an assistant principal at a junior high school. He has also served as the Nebo School District At-Risk Coordinator and principal of Landmark High School. Joe retired from this position on July 1, 2015.

Joe has accepted a fulltime position with Maple Lake Academy as the Educational Director. He is excited be working in an organization that is so committed to changing and improving the lives of young people from across the entire country. He has always specialized in working with hard to reach students who are struggling with their school experience. Joe is also a 4th Degree Black Belt in the art of Tae Kwon Do. He loves Dutch oven cooking, and on any Sunday afternoon he can be found cooking a favorite Dutch oven recipe for his family.

Joe is proud of his family. He is married to a beautiful wife and has five children. He also has three grandchildren who he loves to spoil.

 

Deanne Shields

Special Education Coordinator

Deeane was born and raised in Utah. She received a B.S. degree in Zoology Composite Teaching and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Brigham Young University. Deeanne worked for 18 years at Provo Canyon School. While there she taught a variety of science and special education classes. She was also an Academic Supervisor and the Special Education Coordinator. Deeanne worked with students, parents, school districts and mental health agencies in developing and implementing Individual Education Plans (IEP’s).

In her spare time, Deeanne reads, gardens and supports the interests and talents of her four unique children.

 

maple lakeVicki Moesinger

Social Studies Teacher

Vicki was born in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico; 3rd in a family of 8 children. She came to the United States at 17. But returned to live in Mexico a couple of times for a total of 22 years of her life including a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has lived in Arizona, Utah, California and Colorado.

She has a double major Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish and a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language plus 30 Master’s hours in Psychology. She taught middle school social studies for 8 years before taking leave for 15 years to raise her 3 children.

She taught Social Studies at the Center for Change for 3 years on a part-time basis. And spent 5 years in Nebo School District subbing while she finished raising her children and teaching Interior Design for 2 of those 5 years. She, also, spend 1 ½ years developing an English Language program for a private school that catered to international students.
Before teaching, Vicki worked in the business world as an office manager, HR director and General manager for 5 businesses.

Vicki’s hobbies are gardening, reading, just about anything creative such as painting, sewing and interior design. She loves spending time with her family, renovating old things and service in her Church.
Her passions are teaching, learning, being healthy and people.
The most interesting/unique thing she feels she did in her life was to interview with the CIA. But since she is afraid of the dark and knew she would faint if someone pulled a gun on her, the position did not work out. Whew!

 

maple lakeRian Mason

Teacher

Rian earned his Bachelor's Degree from Utah Valley University in Biology
Education. Rian has experience teaching chemistry, environmental science,
physical science, human anatomy, biology, and physiology. Rian enjoys
learning and is excited to teach young minds all he knows about science!

Rian has lived in Utah his entire life. He is married and has two handsome
boys. Rian's philosophy in life is, "a happy wife, a happy life." As a
result of this philosophy, he is often found engaging in some type of family
activity. Rian enjoys boating with his family, watching the sunset with his
wife, cooking/baking, watching science movies and camping.

 

 

Elizabeth (Beth) Palethorpe.

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Beth was born in South Africa. She speaks three languages, English/ Afrikaans and Zulu.. After graduating High School she enrolled at the Durban Business College in South Africa, where she gained her Secretarial and Bookkeeping diplomas. Beth was employed for 20 years at the University of Natal, Faculty of Medicine, where her secretarial and bookkeeping skills were used extensively. While employed at there, Dr. Ann Barrett, a Psychiatrist, who lectured part time, offered Beth a position to work for her in her busy Psychiatric Practice. Beth accepted the offer and worked for seven years as Receptionist,Office Manager and Bookkeeper. Beth became familiar with the challenges patients faced with Depression, BiPolar Disorders and Schizophrenia. She developed a deep love and compassion for these patients. Beth and her family emigrated to the U.S.A. in November 1996. She came to Maple Lake Academy in August 2006. She loves being part of this great school, which provides such important care and love for the young girls with their diverse challenges.

Beth and her family lived on a farm and raised a dairy herd and bred pigs. She has also owned a fast food restaurant and she her husband also developed and ran a RV Park in South Africa. She is married and is a dedicated mother of three daughters and one son. She has nineteen grandchildren and two great granddaughters. She loves working with children of all ages. Her hobbies are gardening, Genealogy and swimming. She loves the outdoors and camping.

 

Suzanne Vasquez

Chef/Kitchen Manager

Suzanne is new to Maple Lake Academy but comes here with a wealth of experience in cooking. She graduated from Utah Valley Community College in Food Service Management and Food Preparation.

She has worked at an elderly rest home in their kitchen and Mountain View Hospital where she specialized in the baking and food prep area.

While she was at Mountain View Hospital she designed and managed a Community Catering Service out of the hospital, as there was nothing available in the area. It grew with such a good reputation that she purchased the catering service when the Hospital sold to another company and decided to quit catering.

She and her family have grown up catering many activities. She has had the privilege of catering the Miss Utah Pageant and also the Governor of Utah. Suzanne is well known for her good homemade cooking.

Suzanne was raised on a farm and was taught early the importance of hard work and doing the task right the first time. That has always been her motto to this day.

Suzanne has been married for 32 years, has 7 children and 20 grandchildren. She is active in her church where she is the organist and all around planner of everything. She loves art and music. Suzanne is excited to be here at Maple Lake Academy and hopes to have a positive influence on all the students attending here.

 

Caleen Haun, RN

Nursing Director

Caleen has enjoyed working with children with learning differences since 1991, in a variety of settings including an intermediate-care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, a recreational rehabilitation program, and with The United Way. After previously studying Humanities at Yale and Brigham Young University, Caleen enjoyed several years as a stay-at-home mother before returning to school and earning her nursing degree from Utah Valley University. As an RN she has enjoyed specializing in psychiatric, behavioral, and mental health nursing. Before coming to Maple Lake Academy’s girls school in 2009, she worked in long-term-care for dually-diagnosed children, and then with a multi-state nonprofit organization that specialized in home and community-based support services for individuals with attachment disorders, adoption issues, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, chronic health concerns, and trauma/abuse/neglect victims. Caleen is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association.

Caleen and her husband stay very busy with their five children. Together they enjoy camping, backpacking, fishing, football, water-skiing and basketball. She also has an intense love of learning and is always pursuing continuing education. Her other interests include history, reading, etymology, Celtic music, and volunteering at her children’s schools and in community health fairs.

 

Logan Nitta, Residential Manager

Logan Nitta grew up in Las Vegas before moving to Utah to attend Utah Valley University to study psychology. He has worked with us at Maple Lake Academy for about three and a half years. He started on-call and has worked his way up to assistant supervisor and supervisor before becoming the residential director. Logan loves working with the boys and finds joy with them in their successes. He enjoys the outdoors and loves participating in RT. Outside of work Logan likes to play sports, such as football and volleyball, and loves to go camping, listen to and play music, and watch movies. 

 

 

Tim Johnson TRS, CTRS, Recreation Therapist

Tim Johnson is a nationally certified and state-licensed Recreation Therapist. He earned his degree in Recreation Therapy (RT) and Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University, and he returns there regularly to give lectures and to help advise up-and-coming Rec. Therapists.
After graduating, Tim used RT to treat disabled veterans, but soon turned his focus to working with adolescents. Having worked in and led teams and youth leadership organizations for over a decade, he has always had an ability to connect with boys on their level, and a talent to help lead them toward developing into the men they want to be. His RT tool of choice is Experiential Therapy in which students are given a challenge, often well out of their comfort zones, and must use the skills and tools are developing to accomplish it. He feels like this is where the therapeutic “rubber hits the road.”
As any Rec. Therapist must be, Tim is passionate about many forms of recreation; he’s done everything from coaching high school football to painting and selling watercolors. But if there is any recreation domain to which he is especially inclined, it is outdoor adventure. Having been a professional fly fishing guide for years, he loves to share this “healthy addiction” with everyone. Still, wherever a student’s interests may lean, Tim strives to help him find new and healthy ways to more fully enjoy life, and to realize that there is so much more to be had away from the computer or X Box.
If he’s not on campus at Maple Lake, Tim is probably tromping around the mountains with his beautiful wife, Georgie, and their four children …fly rod in hand.

 

Ron Squire, Primary Therapist

B.S. – Psychology, Brigham Young University

LCSW – Brigham Young University

Ron earned his Masters of Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2012. Prior to graduate school Ron worked in various adolescent residential treatment centers (Maple Lake Academy included) as a supervisor while earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was during this time that Ron grew to love working with adolescents and seeing the life changes that can be made. Ron has experience in working with both adolescents and adults in mental health, college/career advisement, and substance abuse recovery. Ron enjoys using a Cognitive Behavioral approach for therapy as well as Solution Focused and is very interested in the treatment of adolescents, addiction recovery, and trauma.

Ron became interested in the field of mental health after a life-altering hiking accident that left him temporarily paralyzed in 2004. Through many years of painful physical rehabilitation Ron learned how to walk again and is getting around just fine with the use of a cane. Ron feels this incident in his life greatly impacted him for the good and gave him the opportunity and unique insight to help others through their challenges.

Ron’s many personal interests allow him to connect with many different people on various levels. His interests include sports, music, movies, the outdoors, WWII history, and anything vintage. Ron lives with his wife and infant son in Spanish Fork UT.

 

MaryLynn Hingano, English Teacher

MaryLynn graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Music. Since graduating she has worked as a copy writer and social media specialist while working with children K-9 through Sacramento County’s Youth Programs as an advisor and mentor. She has worked one on one with youth with down-syndrome for two years before obtaining her degree. She is a published poet and participated in Utah Valley University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr.’s Commemoration where she won an award for her academic scholarly paper on the contrasting and comparable characteristics of racism during the Enlightenment era and Civil Rights movement. She is enthused and excited by the written word and loves to help others find their voice in literature and writing as they experience different texts and build methods of critical thinking through analysis and writing.

She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree and plans on obtaining her PhD in English Literature. In her free time she enjoys adventures with her nine brothers and sisters, playing soccer, eating good food and working in film in the Utah area.

 

 

Jeff Owens, Math Teacher

Jeff Owens Graduated from Southern Utah University with degrees and certifications in Mathematics, Computer Science, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, and Furniture & Cabinet Making. He began his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher and coach in Utah. Jeff served on curriculum development teams at both district and state levels, helped develop user interface for education software, and was part of a Fellowship at the University of Utah sponsored by the National Science Foundation to strengthen teaching competencies in rural schools. He then worked in the private sector as a software engineer and consultant for 25 years before returning to education as a mathematics teacher at Maple Lake Academy in 2011. In 2013, Jeff took an eighteen month leave from Maple Lake to serve an LDS mission with his wife in Texas where they digitally preserved old books and records. He returned to teaching at Maple Lake in January 2015 where he hopes to stay for a very long time.

Jeff enjoys the great southern Utah outdoors where he was born and raised. He likes most sports, really anything outdoors or involving a ball. He loves building fine furniture and custom cabinetry in his shop and being with his family, especially his 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

 

Jodi Leynse, Admissions Coordinator

Jodi Leynse grew up in the great state of Colorado before moving to Utah to study Recreation Therapy at Brigham Young University. Jodi has been with Maple Lake since 2008 after completing a Recreation Therapy internship with Karie Swenson where she became passionate about the students that Maple Lake Academy serves. Jodi considers it to be a huge blessing to be a part of the changes students make and helping them find their personal strengths. One of Jodi's favorite parts of her job is providing tours because she can share her love of the Maple Lake program with prospective families and education consultants instead of entertaining her friends and family with her constant enthusiasm. In her free time Jodi enjoys snowshoeing, camping, getting outside, knitting and playing board games with friends.