Tammy’s career began in 1989 when she began helping teens make changes that last a lifetime. In 1996 she moved to Arizona where she was integral team member in founding and opening her first successful Therapeutic Boarding School.
Then in 1998 she realized her own dream by founding a nationally recognized Girls Therapeutic Boarding School in Lake Montezuma, Arizona. She is also the founder of a Ashcreek Ranch Academy in in Southern Utah – a successful Residential Treatment Center for boys.
Tammy has served as a member of the school board for the local private school her girls attended. Nothing motivates Tammy more than being a part of young people turning their lives around and helping families reunite and heal.
Doctoral Studies- University of Utah
Board Member – National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA)
Chief Clinical/Operations Officer for Ashcreek Ranch and Sedona Sky Academy
Fotu is a talented clinician who brings a great spirit of collaboration, innovation and Clinical Sophistication to both academies. Fotu has extensive experience in providing therapy to adolescents, families and couples as well as training staff and developing effective programming. Before joining Ashcreek and Sedona, Fotu has worked in positions included but not limited as an Executive Director, Clinical Director, Clinical supervisor, Clinical consultant, adjunct professor and board member for various non-profits.
Fotu’s clinical expertise, education and unique cultural background has allowed him to develop programs designed to quickly identify systemic dis-functions within all systems, identify strengths and creatively implement solutions that are specific to each system. He expertly weaves differing modalities together with creativity and fun, which allow our students, families and staff to re-establish healthier relationships across systems.
Darren’s career in behavioral health began in 1998 when he accepted a position as Admissions Director and part owner of a successful nationally recognized therapeutic boarding school. Darren was raised on a small farm in Southern Utah, and graduated from the local high school as a leading athlete in Football, Wrestling, Baseball and Track.
He began his professional career in 1989 as an X-Ray Technician for the U.S. Army Reserve, was called to active duty and served in the Gulf War, stationed in Germany. After the war, he spent two years in the Philippines as a missionary for his church, and returned home to receive training in sales and marketing working in the wireless and computer technology fields.
Darren loves to spend his free time coaching his son in football, basketball and wrestling. He also coaches wrestling and football at the local middle and high schools. He has also spent numerous years serving as a scoutmaster and a leader over young men in his church. Darren is completing his communications degree at Dixie State University. Darren and his beautiful wife, Angie, are the proud parents of six wonderful children. Darren is a warm and caring person, who loves being instrumental in making a difference in the lives of youth.
Scott received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Southern Utah State College. While serving in the United States Air Force, Scott received a Master’s Degree in Education from Mississippi State University in Community Counseling. Scott began his career running a group home having 6 behaviorally challenged adolescents living with him and his wife.
After starting a family of his own and leaving the group home, Scott and his family moved to Southern Utah. Scott has been involved in the Therapeutic community in Southern Utah for the past twenty plus years in a variety of settings. He has worked as a therapist in Youth Services in a public mental health center, has done private practice, and has been the Clinical Director in several Residential Treatment centers.
In his work with adolescents, Scott has specialized in Disruptive Behavior Disorders as well as Addictive Disorders Scott is currently licensed with the State of Utah as a Certified Mental Health Counselor, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Scott enjoys spending time with his family, and spending time outdoors riding his mountain bike.
Shane Johnson has worked extensively with adolescents in residential treatment for over eleven years. His background includes working as a Program Director, managing a mortgage company and a construction company. Eight years of management experience developing employees’ communication skills, goal setting, and mentoring abilities have added to his abilities has allowed Shane to excel at working with challenged youth teaching them responsibility and the value of high school completion and employment. He loves looking for outreach programs and community resources to provide opportunities for youth.
Shane has worked with youth as a football and wrestling coach and also a Boy Scout Leader. He loves developing and mentoring young men and helping them each reach their full capacity. He loves giving back to the youth of today. Shane spent two years learning the culture and providing service in the Dominican Republic and he is fluent in Spanish.
Shane loves the outdoors and spending time with family making memories. He loves to spend time with his family in all capacities from the beach to the mountains. He and his wife are the parents of 5 great kids and his newest title is Grandpa.
Boyd began his teaching career in 1991 and has extensive experience in teaching mathematics and coaching athletics at both the Middle and High School levels. As a Coach and Athletic Director of team and individual sports, his athletes and teams won multiple state championships. In his responsibilities He has also developed curriculum at both the School as well as District levels.
As the Principal here at Ashcreek Academy, Boyd fosters a welcoming learning environment, where students can build confidence in their educational skills and achieve the best outcomes. He encourages his teachers and staff to develop a strong rapport with students and their families to encourage a lifelong commitment to learning.
Boyd received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education degrees from Southern Utah University, where he also received his Administrative License in Education and Human Development. Boyd and his wife are the proud parents of six children.
Individual & Team Sports Coach – cross country running, track & field
Sean has spent the last 5+ years working with Ashcreek Ranch Academy as a Senior Shift Supervisor watching and mentoring students. Sean has enjoyed his time at Ashcreek Ranch Academy and finds helping young people change the direction of their lives a rewarding experience.
Sean is originally from Fairbanks, AK but has been in Southern NV/UT for 30+ years and considers this part of the country his home. Sean has a true warmth and sense of humor that allow him to connect with people in a very genuine way.
Sean graduated in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree from Southern Utah University with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduating, Sean worked in Las Vegas Nevada as an Insurance Agent and Real Estate Broker.
Sean and his wife Sharyn have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy). They love to go to all of their children’s activities, which seems to be a full time job. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, movies, hiking, and getting together with friends and family.
Russell began his career in teen behavioral health in 2012. Prior to that he has spent over 10 years in a voluntary counseling capacity working with professional counselors at LDS Family Services in Phoenix and Flagstaff Arizona. This work required a wide array of interventions with adults and teens which included family relations, marriage, finance, depression and identity/self worth counseling. Russell graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix Arizona where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. He spent 24 years working in the healthcare industry specializing in third party administration, health care provider networking, insurance payouts and pharmacy perscription distribution. Russell was born and raised in Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. Following graduation from high school, he went on to an apprenticeship in a family owned masonry business. Russell left for a short time to serve a mission for his church in Ireland, and upon his return he became a partner in the family masonry business. In 1984 Russell and his wife decided to make a career change. With their two children, they moved to Phoenix Arizona and enrolled at DeVry Institute of Technology. On graduation Russell was hired by a healthcare company to work in their in their IT department. He held various positions and upon his departure was the Director of Product Development. Russell has spent most of his non-professional life working with young people in many capacities, ranging from Boy Scouts to coaching Little League sports and club baseball teams. Russell found that assisting people and helping them overcome personal challenges to be a very rewarding experience. He and his wife were fortunate to know the Prince family and team up with them to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of young people. Russell and his wife Tina have five children (4 boys 1 girl) and seven grandchildren (6 boys 1 girl). We know boys.
Tina has been an integral member of the Ash Creek Academy team from the beginning as the Human Resource Director. Tina received her A.B.A. degree at Yavapai College in Northern Arizona. Upon completion of her degree, she worked 11 years for a local accounting firm. Tina also performed tax work for clients of Jackson/Hewitt. Tina has also worked independently for several clients handling their small business accounting. She also served as City Treasurer for a local municipality. Tina is the mother of 5 children, 4 boys and 1 daughter and 6 grandsons (she love boys!) and a granddaughter.