"I truly believe the heart of any program is the people that work there. After meeting the people at Telos my mind was made up. Team Telos is second to none."
"Barry is a warm and self-revealing person with whom both our son, and us are able to easily relate. His flexibility in the treatment process allows Barry to re-evaluate therapeutic approaches in order to identify and use those that will work best with our son. However, he has also not been afraid to push our son, and us out of our 'comfort zones.' Through his insightfulness, Barry never misses an opportunity to teach 'life lessons' to our son regardless of where they happen to be at the time. Our son has consequently been able to progress at Telos, and advance towards the achievement of his goals that were outlined for him within the first month of his admission." - Parent
Barry comes to Telos from across the sea. His original home was in England, but that all changed when he fell in love with an American girl. Barry's first line of work once in America was working with struggling youth. Barry has been in the field ever since and has loved witnessing young people adopt principles of health and happiness. Aside from his charming accent, Barry brings a wealth of clinical skill to his work with the boys. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and playing football (or, as we know it, soccer).
"At the last Family Days triathlon my son was the last racer out of the water. I was standing on the dock and could see him slowly swimming in. As he got closer I could see someone swimming alongside him. To my surprise, Craig LaMont was in the water with Dan encouraging and coaching him along. It struck me--this is an amazing place filled with amazing people. The CEO of the company is in a wetsuit, in a lake, personally attending to my boy. Nowhere but Telos." -Parent
Craig LaMont is primarily a husband and father of five. Although he loves his profession and excels therein, he also loves to get involved in many other activities like coaching youth athletic teams, board service, church service, community service, and regularly participates in outdoor sports. Craig has founded, owned and operated a number of residential treatment centers and is known as a valuable consultant in the field. He is co-founder and co-owner of Telos Residential Treatment and its associated group of companies where he serves as President and CEO. Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in and studied the mental health industry since 1990. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. Craig is passionate about serving teens and families and has dedicated his professional and volunteer time to that end
"Tony has the unique ability to see past surface complexities to the heart of an issue. With professionalism, kindness, expertise, and great wisdom he approaches all aspects of his work at Telos. He saved my son's life, and the organization he helps lead has saved hundreds of others." -Parent
Tony grew up in Colorado and Idaho and currently lives in Highland, Utah. At Telos, Tony leads the leadership team and helps Telos staff develop best practices. He is a board member for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (natsap.org) and helps shape best practices in youth treatment. He and his wife Cassie have six energetic children (Courtney, Adelade, Truman, Beckett, Lucy, and Millie) who contribute to a very active home life. Tony's interests include photography, writing, and skiing.
"As the Admissions Director, Kristin is the face of Telos. Now that Blake has been at Telos, I see that her love and commitment to excellence is truly representative of Telos as a whole." - Parent
Kristin Williams is the Admissions Director at Telos RTC, and the principal at Telos Academy - the academic program at Telos She earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Administration License from Utah State University.
Kristin has worked in the public school system for 15 years and has been with Telos since 2006. Prior to Telos, she was employed as the principal at Mound Fort Middle School / Junior High. She is the former director of the Family Community Resource Center at Central Middle School, and has also worked as a counselor at Lewis Elementary School. She is married to Greg Williams and they have two daughters. Personally, she loves the mountains of Utah and enjoys keeping physically fit. She loves being part of Team Telos.
“Becca is a genuinely happy and positive person. I deeply appreciated her personal and caring manner as we transitioned our son to Telos.” - Parent
Becca Jolley is the Assistant Director of Admissions for Telos Companies. She earned a BS in Therapeutic Recreation at Brigham Young University. Shortly after she graduated, she became a nationally certified professional in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. She loves working with youth. In her family she grew up with all boys so working at Telos, with all boys, feels like home. Prior to working at Telos, she worked with children at Primary Children’s Wasatch Canyons. Outside of Telos she enjoys movies, animals, music, and being in the sun.
"On the first day I brought my son to Telos, Jaren put his arm around me and told me that he would take care of my son. It gave me great comfort to know he was in good hands. On the day of my son's graduation from Telos, I was able to thank Jaren and all the people at Telos for keeping their word." - Parent
Jaren Hamel is a veteran of Telos. Starting with the company in 2007, Jaren has worked his way onto all of the residential teams and has been in a leadership position for the better part of 7 years. He has come to be one of the elite staff at Telos. In 2014 he received an award for residential excellence at the Utah Regional NATSAP Conference. Jaren is currently studying Marriage and Family Studies at Brigham Young University- Idaho. His hobbies include sports, comedy, and most of all spending time with his lovely wife Amy and lively young son Rivers.
"My son came to Telos having tried nearly every therapy and medication known to man. We had tried so many interventions, the waters were muddied as to what was effective and what wasn't. Dr. Palmer took a careful and conservative approach to understanding my son's psychiatric needs. He worked closely with the other professionals at Telos to simplify and streamline the medicines until we had a clear picture of what was needed." - Parent
The Telos mission statement asserts that "diagnostic precision" is a key objective in each student's treatment. Dr. Palmer takes a conservative stance regarding diagnoses and patiently works toward a deep and comprehensive understanding of what each boy is dealing with.
"Chris brings the perfect mixture of humanity and professionalism to Telos." -Staff
For employment and internship questions, contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Christopher’s legal practice includes corporate governance and compliance, employment law, real estate, criminal defense and civil litigation in both Federal and Utah state courts.
A native of Oxford, England, Christopher previously worked in the UK in risk management and systems development for both city government and the National Health Service. Christopher has also worked in the US as an attorney with the esteemed law firm Hepworth Murray & Associates, as well as in the wholesale finance, securities, investment banking, and mortgage banking industries. Christopher is a Certified Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Professional (GRCP), and a Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Christopher earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was appointed President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association, and participated in the Corporate and Commercial Law program. Christopher co-captained the university’s International Commercial Arbitration moot court team, which competed in the Willem C. Vis ICA competition in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Vienna. Christopher also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
"Tony teaches us that no one is too important to serve. When I see him watering the plants, mowing the grass, and attending to more menial tasks, I am reminded that Telos is more about service than position." -Staff
Tony is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has spent his career working with youth. He has worked in various treatment settings including residential and wilderness programs. Tony grew up on the central coast of California. He is married to Leah, and they have four wonderful children--Anela, Taylor, Mark, and Tia. Tony enjoys playing soccer, running, biking, swimming, and spending time with his children. When Tony has time for hobbies, he enjoys working on landscaping and home construction projects.
"I love when he's around. He's the perfect balance of holding boundaries and still being fun." - Student
I first became interested in working with people when I had the opportunity to volunteer as a special education tutor in high school. I was interested in working specifically with teenage boys because I could understand them, then I discovered Telos. In a way, I felt lead to Telos, and I knew it was where I was supposed to be. I joined Telos as a part of the Anthem House Program in 2011, where I was employed as an Advocate, and now as Program Director. I earned my Associates at Utah Valley University, where my studies in Behavioral Science continue. In addition to being a parent figure at the Anthem House, I have a family of my own. My wife and I had our first baby girl in 2015. Having a daughter has added perspective to the work I do at Telos, just as Telos has given me the tools to be a better parent in my own home.
"Nate has a way of inviting me to grow that feels more like inspiration than direction" - Staff
Nate Harris is a long time Telos veteran. He joined the team in 2013 and quickly became known for his ability to connect with students, shape positive culture, and inspire change through relationships. Throughout his time at Telos Nate received ever greater opportunities to serve as a team lead, a lead resident advisor at Telos U, and most recently as the residential director at Telos Academy. Nate’s career is defined by his ability to assist those he works with in holding healthy therapeutic boundaries while allowing their hearts to be in the work. Nate oversees all supervision, social coaching, and mentoring for the Telos youth. In his free time Nate enjoys family, sports, and exploring the many slot canyons of Southern Utah.
"Larry Smith is caring, thoughtful and creative. He has made a huge impact on Ryan. Beyond our son, the entire family has grown from Larry's willingness to offer a tremendous amount of time with each member. He is consistent and steadfast in his values. Ryan sees this and has started to adopt those same principles of happiness into his own life. We are deeply indebted to Larry." -Parent
Described by many as the "Dad of Telos." Larry is a former project manager and team leader in the aviation and construction industries. Midway through his professional life, Larry decided to blend his pertinent life and career experience with learning regarding marriage, the family system, and teen growth and development. As a volunteer leader and counselor Larry has worked with youth and their families for decades to strengthen relationships, improve communications, and overcome problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction. As a couples communications instructor and family life educator, Larry continues to provide training and instruction to couples, families, and youth. Larry has a strong desire to help others succeed at life's challenges, and is committed to helping each boy at Telos achieve his ultimate potential. Larry and his wife Holly have seven children. His personal interests include his family, camping and hiking, hunting and fishing, motorcycling, flying, and church service.
"Harley is amazing. She sees the good in every boy and helps them shine in their own way. Harley won’t give up and doesn’t back down. We will forever be grateful that Harley came into our lives and she will forever be part of our family!" -Parent
Harley grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. She began working at Telos over two years ago and played a key role in the creation and implementation of the Mindfulness Center and Executive Functioning Room. As a residential director, her primary responsibilities are not only keep everything working but constantly improving. When she is not working Harley loves to spend time with her husband, Danny. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and exercising.
"John Hall is our son's therapist. Our family has, perhaps as many of you have, been to a plethora of therapists in our quest to help our son. John Hall far exceeds our expectations and stands head and shoulders above the many in his profession that we have worked with. John very quickly gained our son's respect, which was in itself amazing. John found common interests and worked therapy sessions into such activities. John's ability to relate to our son has been one of the major keys to our son's success. John's friendly, happy-go-lucky demeanor is quite refreshing and is often emulated by our son. We enjoy our many conversations with John as we sometimes laugh, sometimes cry and always learn." - Parent
John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having spent the bulk of his life in the area surrounding Telos; he calls the mountains of Utah home. John ensures that the quality of care given at Telos is the highest available through research, program development, and clinical guidance. He is married and has four children and enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys the occasional recreation adventure in the snow and mountains that Utah is famous for. As a student of Kung Fu, John seeks to pass on the principles of self-discipline and personal growth to the boys at Telos.
"I could immediately connect with Brenda's incredible sense of passion and her deep well of empathy. She always came to recreation therapy groups with the skills to make me think and create, but she also came with the attitude to make me feel connected and understood. She's one of the most hardworking and persevering recreation therapists that I've ever had the pleasure of getting to work with, and she leaves a lasting impact on all those she encounters. I'm very grateful for the time I got to spend with her, and I'm excited for her career as a recreation therapist to continue to change lives. She's a good soul, she is! And her love for helping others emanates from her in all that she does." -Student
Brenda received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and Youth Leadership and a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University. She is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist and has had a wide range of experience in the field working with elderly, children with mental and physical disabilities, and adolescents. Brenda developed and directed the TR program at Stonehenge in Springville to help improve patients' physical, social, and emotional well-being. She also gained experience working with youth with severe psychological and emotional trauma, specifically in her internships at the Center for Change and the Utah State Mental Hospital. Here, she worked with youth suffering from: low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, bipolar, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, borderline personality, and ADHD. Brenda’s greatest passion is trying to understand people and to help them reach their ultimate potential, particularly through recreational modalities. Brenda has many hobbies and interests. She is passionate about learning, and loves studying psychology, physiology, nutrition, biology, technology, engineering, and business. She is an avid creator; she enjoys painting, drawing, photography, and freelances as a graphic designer. In her free time, you can find Brenda outside. She enjoys backpacking, horseback riding, canyoneering, rafting, biking, basketball, and soccer. Recently, Brenda is starting an NPO to educate and teach skills to couples struggling with a pornography addiction so they can reconstruct and build a healthy relationship through hope and love.
"Nathan is warm and friendly. He helps us to stay on track during sessions and is there for us at other times if we need him. Our sessions always have an agenda and we always know what to expect for the following week. I believe Nathan has helped me learn how to be a better listener and communicator with Jason (and all those I am surrounded with daily). We have worked on our communication and listening skills and it has helped me stop being a 'fixer.' With careful persistence he has taught me to assist Jason in helping himself. By learning how to validate feelings I have become a better parent to my two girls at home. I see Telos and Nathan as being a life changing force for both Jason and our entire family." -Parent
Nathan received his bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. After working for several years as a wilderness therapy staff at Second Nature (Utah) he went back to school and received his masters degree in clinical social work from Brigham Young University. Nathan has worked in a variety of settings including adult outpatient drug rehabilitation, residential treatment, and wilderness therapy. Most of his experience is with adolescents and young adults. He specializes in treating relationship problems, parent-child conflicts, self-worth issues, substance abuse, oppositional defiance and poor school performance. Nathan grew up in Colorado where he learned to love the outdoors. He received his associates degree in fine art before deciding to pursue a career in human services. Art continues to be one of his passions. He enjoys watercolor, woodcarving (or anything else he can figure out how to carve), photography, hiking, swimming, playing sports, and quiet time with his wife and children.
"Kevin has a vision of academic excellence for the Academy that surpasses what we have seen anywhere else. He has created a special setting of perfectly balanced support and challenge. My son is the happiest and hardest working he has ever been." -Parent
Kevin comes to Telos as a Seattle Washington native. He came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish Teaching with a minor in Coaching. He received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah in Educational Administration and has been in public education the past 21 years. He has been a teacher, coach, high school assistant principal, and is a three-time junior high principal. He is married to a really cute girl named Mollie and they have five lovely daughters who resemble their mother. Kevin is blessed with many pets who are boys, namely the hamster, dog, and hedgehog. He is living the dream!
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