Tammy’s professional career began in 1989 working at a Residential Treatment Center for girls where she found a passion for helping teens make changes that last a lifetime. In 1996 she moved to Arizona where she was an integral team member in founding and opening her first successful Therapeutic Boarding School. She did her undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University and received an Associate Degree from Dixie College.
In 1998 Tammy realized her own dream by founding a nationally recognized Girls Therapeutic Boarding School in Lake Montezuma, Arizona. She is also one of the founding members of Sedona Sky Academy and Ashcreek Academy.
Tammy has served as a member of the school board for the local private school her girls attended. She is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters. Nothing motivates Tammy more than being a part of young people turning their lives around and helping families reunite and heal.
Janette obtained her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science with an emphasis in psychology from Utah Valley University and continued to earn her master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Phoenix. Janette has almost two decades in experience from working in residential and educational settings as a direct-care staff, live-in group home manager, residential supervisor, program director, teacher, and a school counselor.
Janette has also served on and chaired different boards and committees focused on ensuring quality care for adolescents who are placed outside their homes. She loves spending her spare time outdoors with her friends and family. Being passionate about traveling and experiencing different cultures, Janette has spent time in over thirty-five different countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Africa for recreation and service opportunities.
Kris has worked in the industry over the past decade in a couple different capacities. She started as a live-in parent at a treatment center for adolescent females, alongside her husband- Dave. She loved working in mental health and quickly found that she really enjoyed helping families heal. After working in the home for 4 years, she then moved on to working in admissions and doing outreach with professionals.
Kris has been doing admissions and business development for the past several years and has really enjoyed helping families feel comfortable and accepted, allowing them to do the work that is needed. Kris was raised with four brothers, two older and two younger– and despite all that, still loves working with young men!
Kris was awarded two Gold Presidential Service Awards for her work helping high school students find their passions, through the Americorps Program. She also produced and developed a Diversity Education curriculum and presented it in elementary schools across Utah for two years. Kris was a founding member and Vice President of the Southern Program Collaborative that includes all programs in the South Eastern region of NATSAP. Kris serves on the Evolving Women board as well, and enjoys spreading the message of empowering women.
Kris enjoys photography, the outdoors (water of any kind), traveling and seeing new things; but most of all being with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs.
Josh Blade joined Ashcreek Academy in July of 2020. Prior to Ashcreek, he was the program director at our sister school in Sedona. His primary focus is to create an environment that encourages students to develop their courage, strength, and community through a balance of structure and fun!
Josh utilizes principles of Theraplay and PACE to help connect with and encourage students to try something new and build their resiliency. Josh loves spending time with the students on and off campus, going on weekend outings, and planning action summits. In his spare time, Josh enjoys golfing, tennis, pickleball, reading, visiting the local national parks, and spending time with family and friends.