Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is a highly motivated red/red on the personality color code. What a worker we have. She has been at Diamond Ranch Academy for 10 months and has enjoyed her time here. Brooke came here at the same time two of our students were admitted. She has been able to work with them from the beginning and will see them graduate. Brooke said that is the most rewarding part of her job. She is glad to have the opportunity to work at Diamond Ranch Academy and has learned some great life skills while being here.

Brooke is currently attending Dixie State College full time, studying Chemistry. She is planning on pursuing a medical degree from the University of Utah, in hopes of becoming a doctor. Brooke also has her cosmetologist’s license, so she will not only be able to tell you what is wrong with your insides, she will help you look great on the outside.

Brooke is from Cedar City, Utah. Her hobbies are reading, playing violin, outdoors, hiking, swimming, boating, and snowboarding. She has a unique love of eating lemons with salt on them.

Brooke is a part of our HYDS staff who says she loves to work. What a great person to have at Diamond Ranch Academy!

Brooke’s supervisor made the following comments:

Brooke is very motivated in everything that she does. She is a hard worker and is always willing to take on extra responsibilities. Her great work ethic shows by the way she looks for ways to improve what we do and puts in the extra time to make it a reality. She works very well with the students and is able to hold them accountable. Diamond Ranch is lucky to have Brooke as an employee and we have definitely benefited from her hard work and dedication.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ephraim Hanks

Not many save our students at Diamond Ranch Academy and a few others have heard the music styling’s of our very own Clinical Director, Ephraim Hanks. In the 1980’s Ephraim sported a mullet, sang in a band, and played the guitar. Today, although his hair is a little more reserved, he still loves all kinds of big hair 80’s bands and continues to write his own music, sing, and play the guitar.

Ephraim was born in Hawaii, where his father was an Institute instructor at the University of Hawaii. His family later moved to Pleasant Grove, and eventually Hurricane, Utah, where he attended high school. Ephraim served an LDS mission to Sydney, Australia. Upon his return home he pursued a Bachelors degree at Utah Valley University in Psychology. He was employed at the Provo Canyon Boys School for six years as a front line staff. He has had hands on experience with struggling teens, and is completed invested in the students. He met his wife Megan while living in Provo. Together they have three cute little boys.

Ephraim and his wife moved to the University of Louisville to obtain a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ephraim’s first career job was as a school counselor at a Catholic school in Louisville. He also had his own private practice. Ephraim’s move back west brought him to Diamond Ranch Academy; he has been here since 2006. He is a white/blue personality. Ephraim is calm, level headed, and really takes things in stride. He is devoted to the students and their successes. He loves them and enjoys working at Diamond Ranch Academy. Ephraim first love is working with people, his second, is eating meat. He is an excellent director with a skill for leading the clinical team.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Doug Heideman

Doug Heideman has been at Diamond Ranch Academy for 4 ½ years.  He is our History teacher.  Doug has proven his worth over the years and said he is happy to come to work each day.  The students give him motivation to keep working and he gets much satisfaction in seeing the students change their lives around.  Doug started out teaching, moved to retail for years, then back to teaching.  He feels he has a real knack for teaching and motivating students.  He feels working at Diamond Ranch Academy is an excellent place to work with a great philosophy and feels our company comes out on top for helping students with all different backgrounds.

Doug has lived all over Utah.  He has taken his wife of 38 years and his 4 children to places such as Orem, Salt Lake City, and Price.  They have lived in Hurricane for 15 years where Doug worked in the retail industry.  Doug bought a business distributorship and distributed Little Debbie Cookies, and Mission Tortillas.  He has a degree from BYU in psychology and went back later to get his teaching certificate.  Doug is a real advocate of education and of his 3 boys, one is an attorney, a dentist, and one studying to be a Physicians Assistant.  His girl is one year away from completing her degree in exercise science. 

Doug’s hobbies are doing things in the outdoors.  He loves to hunt, and fish.  He has a caribou hanging on the wall of his home and said his wife actually likes it.  He has had the opportunity to hunt Russian Boar and collects all types of guns, ammunition, rifles, and pistols. 

Doug and his son were fishing halibut in Alaska and found that no matter what boat his group was on, they were the most successful out of the group.  One day he was eating a banana on the boat and the captain grabbed the banana, chucked it out of the boat and told Doug that bananas were bad luck on a fishing trip.  It was hard to believe so Doug and his sons made a joke out it.  They left a case of bananas on the boat for a practical joke, only to find the next morning after a huge storm, all the other fishing boats were fine, but the one with the case of bananas on it was lifted 50 feet out of the water and on to the shore.  When the captain found out about this, he followed Doug and company all the way to the airport.  Doug has had many laughs about this incident. 

We are fortunate to have Doug as one of our teachers and find his humor, and life’s experiences really help our students at Diamond Ranch Academy.

Doug’s supervisor had the following comments: