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Shane’s greatest possession is his family. He has been married to his beautiful wife since 1999. Together they have three boys and a girl. His family enjoys camping, fishing, horseback riding, playing football in the front yard, hiking, and going on 4 wheeler rides.
Sean currently lives in Midway, Utah, with his three children. Outside of work and raising his family, Sean spends his extra time working out, playing softball, and restoring cars with his children. He says,”restoring cars is one of my best ways to restore myself.”
Kelly has supported families in residential care for over twenty years and her experience and understanding of neuro-developmental delays makes her a key contributor to the Daniels Academy team. Kelly received her degree in Social Work in 1998 has been a licensed therapist since 2001.
Doug is passionate about working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and takes every opportunity to educate other therapists and professionals. Doug is married to his best friend Jennifer; they have five children. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching sports, and gardening.
Kevin has been a member of Daniels Academy for over four years with two years of previous therapeutic experience. He has previous experience at Daniels Academy as a residential coach, shift lead, home manager, and residential director. His favorite part of the job is helping our young men have meaningful and unique experiences while at Daniels Academy through evening programming, recreation outings, and international trips. Kevin graduated with a degree in history and has broad experience in recreational activities and travel. He enjoys lots of variety in his recreational pursuits and likes to help others develop their own interests. Some of his favorite activities include skiing, rock climbing, trail running, oil painting, and playing with his border collie.
Jay has a passion for teaching, learning, and the outdoors, which makes him an ideal fit for Daniels Academy. He relishes being a part of the growth process for our students as they progress. Jay has been a Utah educator for the last 10 years; in his free time, he enjoys swimming and rock-climbing, and is in the process of honing his cooking skills.
Stephanie has been a registered nurse for over 8 years specializing in emergency medicine. She received her associates in nursing from Mohave College and recently received her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in nursing administration and management from Aspen University. Stephanie has been a proactive member of the Heber community and is excited for this opportunity to work with Daniels Academy. When not working she loves to spend time with her family camping, fishing, and watching her girls dance. She is married and has five children, one daughter-in-law, one grandbaby and more on the way!
Utah Valley University, BS
Araceli has been part of Daniels Academy since 2018. She lives in the amazing valley of Heber City, Utah. Araceli has been married for six years and has a perfect two-year-old son and is currently expecting a beautiful little girl in July. When not at work she loves to spend time with her family and friends.
BS in Business Finance – Brigham Young University
MBA – University of Utah
Audrey’s professional experience includes working as a Retirement Specialist for Fidelity Investments and working as the Controller and Book Keeper for various companies.
In her free time, Audrey enjoys various outdoor recreational activities including skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, and gardening. Her favorite past time is spending time enjoying life with her four children.
Sam’s greatest joy is his family. He and his wife Lori share five children and nine grand children. Sam enjoys spending time with them and doing any of a variety activities with them. Sam enjoys almost anything outdoors including fishing, camping, back-backing and many water sport activities. In recent years he has been involved with long distance open water swimming and when he has time, he enjoys training triathletes to swim efficiently.
Sam brings many years of experience to the Daniels team. Sam started his path to becoming a therapist in a roundabout way. Sam’s desire to assist others and his interest in science lead him to the field of exercise physiology where after receiving a bachelor’s degree he completed course work toward a masters degree. Because of an injury he changed fields and received a second bachelor’s degree in an engineering field and worked in engineering in aerospace. After working in aerospace, for a few years, he discovered his true passion was not in that field and found that passion was in the field of family therapy and working with adolescents. Returning to graduate school Sam received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. Sam has also received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Sam started his career as a therapist in residential treatment with adolescents in 1990. He worked in a variety of settings over the years including outpatient therapy, day treatment and acute inpatient treatment. Sam was a clinical director in a residential program for several years however he prefers and is most passionate about working directly with the students and their families. He has worked with a variety of individuals and families with a variety of challenges. Sam finds the most enjoyment in working with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and their families and is very excited about the opportunity to work with the students and families at Daniel’s Academy.
Esther Israel is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in the State of Utah. She holds a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology. Esther has conducted psychological assessments and psychotherapy in a variety of mental health settings. She is thrilled to be a part of Daniels Academy.
Bio coming soon!
Misty has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is DBT certified. She has many years of experience working with a broad-spectrum of adolescence, from acute residential to the juvenile justice population.
Misty truly loves helping people of all ages and has dedicated herself in providing guidance and the tools that our youth need to succeed. Misty is a firm believer of living by example, therefore she strives to keep a positive attitude and she lives a healthy lifestyle and loves to stay active.
Misty’s number one pride and joy is her family. She is happily married and has 3 boys and 2 dogs. Misty and her family enjoy being outdoors, camping, swimming, hiking, and fishing.
Nick has worked at Daniels Academy for over three years. He has worked at both homes during his time with Daniels, and he has strived to build healthy, professional rapport with the young men under his care while also providing them with the tools they need for future success. Nick has maintained positions as a residential coach, assistant shift lead, and shift lead, and he has worked closely with the therapists in providing quality care our young men. He has also participated in a number of trips with our young men, and he has helped to make these trips into meaningful experiences that our young men will remember and cherish for years to come.
Nick is currently working to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies, with plans to go on to graduate school in Neuropsychology. Nick originally started his college career in Mechanical Engineering with plans to go into Biomedical Engineering. It wasn’t until Nick started working with Daniels that he realized that he wanted to make the shift to working with people and helping them work through the neurological and psychological difficulties they experience. In both of these majors, there is a common thread of wanting to provide a service or care that would directly benefit and improve the lives of others; this is a core quality of what Nick looks for and hopes to contribute in his work and career.
Nick enjoys everything from board games to mountain biking. He has a wide variety of interests in both indoor and outdoor settings, and he is very open to trying new things. Nick is also a tinkerer and a handyman, and he enjoys working with his hands to build, construct, and repair various things ranging from vehicles to computers, phones, and televisions. Nick has been married for over three years to his beautiful wife who is also going into Neuropsychology. He is the proud owner of a Bearded Dragon named Calcifer, and he has a love for all sorts of animals and reptiles.
Randon grew up in Utah with 5 older sisters. He has worked a variety of jobs over the years, but Daniels Academy has been his most enjoyable one. During his time at Daniels, he’s worked as a Residential Coach, a Shift Lead, an International Coach, and an International Trip Lead. He very much enjoys the time spent working with students, and helping them build the skills they need to be successful and lead independent lives.
Bio coming soon!
Shayla developed a love for therapeutic interventions when her family was serving as a foster family. Therapists were in the house weekly and Shayla watched, learned, and developed the skills necessary to help her foster brothers and sisters thrive. She saw first hand the benefit of intensive interventions administered through compassion. She saw how lives were changed, not only for the child, but for the family.
Professionally, she spent summers in high school working as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and pool manager. As an instructor, she was hand-picked by parents to provide individual lessons to children with disabilities. Parents recognized her empathy and her ability to connect with children with diverse needs.
After high school, Shayla spent a year as an instructional assistant in an elementary school. While her job was to support the teacher in lesson delivery, this almost always resulted in time spent working with students who struggled with behavior. She demonstrated the ability to connect with students, challenge them, and engage them in their learning.
She then served a volunteer mission for her church, and upon her return, she was fortunate to discover Daniels. She quickly fell in love with the compassionate, therapeutic environment and feels it a genuine privilege to work with a team of dedicated professionals with the sole purpose of improving people’s lives.
I am passionate about advocating for children and helping families learn to navigate and advocate within the educational system. I am committed to helping maximize functional independence for each student and creating an environment for each student to succeed in the educational setting and in the world.
David’s interdisciplinary experience and exposure to diverse populations within the Special Education community (including ASD) make him very well suited to Daniels Academy. Originally from the NY area, David moved to Utah in 2013, and has been enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer. A husband, and father to two daughters, David enjoys spending his free time with his family and in the great outdoors. Skiing in particular!
Greetings! My name is Rebecca Markosian and I have been teaching math and science for 14 years. I have experience a diverse array of both public, private, independent and other types of schools in California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah. I have attended over 100 workshops and trainings in my 14 year career as an educator. I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Masters of Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I played Division I tennis at UNLV on a full ride scholarship and completed my Masters while working at the University. Some of my passions outside the classroom include fly fishing with my heeler Blu, playing, teaching, and coaching tennis, anything that gets me into nature.
Craig’s interdisciplinary expertise allows him to connect the various aspects of the Daniels Academy Curriculum in a unique way. A husband, and a father to three teenage sons, Craig enjoys reading, hiking, and sports.
Matt has taught a variety of math and science courses (ranging from Celestial Navigation to Deep-water shark research) as well as life skills and outdoor skills (skiing, rock climbing, fly fishing). Matt’s educational philosophy is to actively engage students in as many ways as possible to enable “learning through doing.”
Matt has completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics Education and a diploma in Music from Utah State University. He also holds a Masters of Education in Secondary Education with an emphasis on experiential education and has earned the Education Administration licensure for the State of Utah.
Matt has recently returned to Utah after living abroad for the last twelve years. In that time, Matt has lived and worked in eight countries and has visited 95+ countries. Matt brings 20 years of experience in education, most recently as a high school principal in a two-room school located in an indigenous village in the remote, interior region of Alaska. His work has also included time as a high school principal in China and the Middle East. Matt has lead several educational and service trips throughout Europe, North America, and Latin America.
Matt is from northern Utah and enjoys all that this area has to offer: skiing in feather-light powder, fly fishing on remote mountain streams, camping in high alpine deserts, hiking ancient mountain trails, and canyoneering through redrock canyons.
Matt is excited to work with students and staff at the Daniels Academy to share his curiosity and love of learning.
MD: University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences
Residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Utah
Professional experience in pharmacology research studies, community mental health, school-based programs, telemedicine, prison population, foster care, sex abuse, substance abuse, rural mental health, day treatment programs, residential programs, autism spectrum, and consult-liaison work. Additional training in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Board-certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry
Board-certified in Forensic Psychiatry
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Sierra’s name symbolizes her love of mountains, being outdoors, overall being active. This feeds her passion for Recreational Therapy. She studied Recreational Therapy at the University of Utah, and focused specifically in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Sierra started at Daniels Academy as a Recreational Therapy Intern, worked as a residential staff and now works as the Recreational Therapist. In her free time, she rock climbs, skis, mountain bikes, camps, hikes, mountain bikes, and much more.