Seasoned Professionals – Our Administrative Team

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Meet Our Administrative Team

Garth Lasater – Executive Director

Garth has over eighteen years of experience working in residential treatment programs. His past experience has included being the Outpatient Director of the Utah Alcoholism Foundation’s Central Utah Treatment Center, where he also worked with alcoholic/drug abusive clients in a sixty-day inpatient program. He has worked for the Division of Family Services within the State of Utah, assisting families and adolescents in crisis. Garth has been facilitating LifeSTAR groups since October of 2008, and has received extensive training in working with pornography and other sexual addictions.   Garth specializes in working with adolescents and their families in addressing chemical dependency, oppositional defiant attitudes and behaviors, depression, and other family systems issues. He has a wide range of clinical experience, from providing individual, group, and family therapy to teaching life skills and other educational information pertinent to maintaining sustained recovery. Garth was also the recipient of the Special Recognition Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for his primary care with those who are engaged in the struggle with clinical depression.   Garth received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social work from Brigham Young University, and his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).   Garth spent the early years of his life living in various places and countries around the world, which happens when your father is a General in the Air Force. Garth and his wife are the proud parents of three children.

Tammy Prince Behrmann – Founder

Tammy began working in her first Adolescent Residential Treatment Center in 1989, while working her way through college. She worked in nearly all departments, learning all aspects of Residential care. Eventually, she was promoted to Admissions Director, a position she held for five years.   In 1996, Tammy moved to Arizona, where she was an integral team member in founding and opening a successful Therapeutic Boarding School (her first ownership endeavor). Then in 1998, she realized her own dream by founding a nationally recognized Girls Therapeutic Boarding School in Lake Montezuma, Arizona, Sedona Sky Academy, which is still very successful today.   Tammy received her Associate of Science degree from Dixie College and proceeded to complete undergraduate work at Southern Utah University and Brigham Young University in Business Administration and Marketing.   Tammy was raised on a small farm in Southern Utah. Her father was a school teacher and coach; her mother was a dance teacher. She believes they taught her a love for family, the value of hard work, commitment and an appreciation of the arts. Tammy also served as a member of the school board for the local private school her Daughters attended. She felt her children needed her undivided attention and consequently, she took a break from working for a couple of years to be a full time mom to her two beautiful daughters.   Having returned back home where she was raised, and being surrounded by a large and supportive family, she is excited to resume her life’s work. Nothing motivates Tammy more than being a part of young people turning their lives around and helping families reunite and heal.

Darren Prince – Physical Facilities Director

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 has spent the past two years coaching the freshman football team and the varsity wrestling team for the local high school, as well as working towards his communications degree at Dixie State University. Darren has also spent numerous years serving as a scoutmaster and a leader over young men in his church.   Darren and his beautiful wife, Angie, are the proud parents of six wonderful children, ranging in ages from 16 to 3 years. Darren is a warm and caring person, who loves being instrumental in making a difference in the lives of youth.

Scott Cecil, MED, CMHC – Clinical Director

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 – Program Director

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Boyd Prince – Academic Director

Boyd brings over 25 years 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

Robert Vail – Residential Director

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Sean Manley – Admission Director

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.

Russel C. Johnson – Operations Director

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 Johnson – Office Manager

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.

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