Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Charissa Thurston

Charissa Thurston is new to our administrative staff.  She has worked as our Administrative Assistant for 3 ½ months.  Charissa developed a love for working with teenagers from her seven years experience as an Orthodontics Assistant.  Not only can she appreciate the pains of attaining a beautiful smile, she now enjoys seeing our students at Diamond Ranch Academy, using those same efforts to thrive and change their lives for the better.

Charissa’s current assignments at DRA include maintaining the positive front desk atmosphere, and facilitating parent mail and parent visits. She is putting together a “parent packet”, which includes a list of activities in the Hurricane/St. George area, restaurants, hotels, and other information that would be helpful for visiting parents.  She is DRA’s very own concierge.

Charissa was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico.  It was there she developed her love for Mexican food, “the hotter the better”.  She has been married for 16 years and has 4 children.  Charissa loves to dance, go camping, water-ski, and spending time with her wonderful family.   She enjoys sports such as, football, baseball, and especially dance. (Yes dancing is a sport). 

DRA welcomes Charissa to the front lines of DRA and hope she continues to enjoy her work.  We are glad to have her. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bo Iverson

Bo Iverson is one of Diamond Ranch Academy’s veteran employees, and currently our Director of Education. He has been here since its inception. He has witnessed first hand the growth and progress DRA has made in just 10 years. We have grown from 20 students to now averaging over 150, and have become a well known, progressive, campus. It is Bo’s hope to be with DRA to see the same type of growth and success within 10 more years. Bo is encouraged with the character of DRA’s program and education, he can see when the students begin to value themselves, they also begin to value their education.

Bo is a Southern Utah native. He graduated from Pineview High School, attained his Associates degree from Dixie State College, his Bachelors, and his Master in Education Leadership from Southern Utah University. He is currently on the Accreditation Committee for the state of Utah office of education. Bo said, “What stands out about DRA are the employees. The school is only as good as the people who work there.” He said DRA has good people working with the students for a great cause.

One of Bo’s passions is baseball. He said, “I am head coach for DRA’s baseball team when they win, and only the assistant when they lose.” He loves taking his 9 year old son to the games. He coaches his son’s team as well. Bo’s other passion is his family. He has been married for almost 11 years and has two kids, a 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter. He wants to continue to be a good husband and father and do lots more fishing.

Bo loves being a part of DRA’s mission and is glad to help it move forward.