Equine and Clinical Director
Carolle Bell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is also a Level III Certified Equine Therapist and is qualified to mentor other therapists who are seeking to obtain advanced certification. Carolle grew up in eastern New Mexico. Being from a small farming community, Carolle developed a strong work ethic. Growing up in New Mexico also taught her an appreciation of cultural diversity.
Carolle has a Bachelors in Psychology from Baylor University, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. She has extensive experience as a therapist and began developing a specialty working with children and adolescents at the Child Study Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked extensively with developmentally delayed children and adults, as well as adolescents with mental health and substance abuse problems. Before moving to St. George in 2001, Carolle taught at Utah State University and had a successful private practice in Brigham City.
For the past five years, Carolle has been the Director of Equine Services at Falcon Ridge Ranch. Under her direction, Falcon Ridge Ranch has become one of the few programs certified by EAGALA to train equine therapists and specialists. Carolle is patient and excels with clients. Carole’s previous work in adoptions contributes to her ability to work with adopted and attachment disordered clients. She has a strong background in family therapy and believes that you need to heal the family, not just the child.
Carolle has been married for forty-three years. She and her husband have two sons and love to spend time visiting Europe, Africa and Central America. She enjoys collecting Native American art and is an unapologetic football fan, especially of the University of Texas Longhorns.×
Steve has a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern Utah University and a Masters in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association
Steve began his career as a counselor in juvenile corrections and has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents. He spent the last five years working as a therapist in a residential treatment center where he also served as Clinical Director. Steve has extensive knowledge and training in treating trauma related issues and substance abuse addictions.
Steve has lived in Southern Utah for over 30 years with his wife and five children. He enjoys camping, horseback riding, jogging, archery and watching his children’s sporting events. He has also been highly effective in helping clients achieve emotional regulation through DBT skill building, biofeedback and neurofeedback technologies.×
Education: Trade Tech. Nursing
Karen loves the family atmosphere at Falcon Ridge. She is one of the many caring staff who are dedicated to the kids and their familes.
Karen is organized, friendly, caring and helpful. She has been married for 35 years and has 3 grown children. Before Falcon Ridge, she had helped her daughters overcome their own struggles. She also enjoy camping and quilting.×
Positive Peer Culture Coordinator
Degree: AA Biology, Chemistry from Ricks College, SUU
Why did you choose this field: I wanted to be a doctor and help people, and I found that I can help people without going to medical school.
Work Experience: I have worked with youth and their families for over twenty years.
About You: I am married to a beautiful, gorgeous and intelligent wife. We have 3 wonderful children. I am a great listener, humble, able to communicate, loyal, hard working, honest, straight forward, and a team player. I believe we can empower, educate, embrace and encourage youth and their families to make healthy decisions and focus on generating solutions.
What do you like about Falcon Ridge: The Positive Peer Culture, Equine Therapy and the people that work here.×
Pricipal / Director of Education
Joette has spent the last 16 years working with the education of "at-risk" youth in a variety of settings. She has taught school (grades 7th through 12th) in a psychiatric hospital, working with emotionally disturbed students, as well as teaching in residential treatment settings. Additionally, Joette spent many years in private education working as the Director of Education and Administration developing individualized curriculum for special needs students.
Joette earned her BS in Educational and Special Ed and Masters Degree of Education from Southern Utah University. Currently, Joette serves as a Commissioner on the Instructional Curriculum Committee at the Utah State Office of Education.
Joette believes that all students can learn, and the current challenges that youth face each day can be overwhelming. This can negatively impact their ability to see their own potential. She believes that it is her job (the teachers job) to help remove the obstacles, and give students the tools necessary for them to succeed both academically and emotionally.
Joette believe that at Falcon Ridge the teachers, therapists, and staff really care about the whole child. She embraces the "team approach" with tremendous enthusiasm; emotional, physical, and academic health of the students of Falcon Ridge are the responsibility of the whole team. She believes that these three components are the most important areas of effective treatment allowing for each young woman treated as an individual of value and worth.
Joette has been with Falcon for 10 years, and fully understands and admires the leadership and philosophy that guides the treatment process. She believes that "student's needs are put first". Joette states, "Our youth are our future, and Falcon Ridge is preparing young women to be an example and leaders of our towns and communities."
Born in California and raised in Southern Utah, Joette lives with her husband and 5 children ranging in ages from 4 to 18. Joette loves to spend time with her family (ski, hunt, fish, and hiking). She is an avid reader and loves to scrapbook.×
Ariel has been in nursing for over 16 years and counting. Ariel has been with Falcon Ridge for the last 3 years. Previously, Ariel worked in long term care and rehabilitation for 13 years. During this time she held the position of staff nurse, staff developer, MDS/Care Plan Coordinator, and also the Assistant Director of Nursing.
Ariel enjoys working with the girls of Falcon Ridge Ranch. She states that the Positive Peer Culture taught at Falcon Ridge is one of the neatest experiences of her professional career. She has personally witnessed the success of the program, restoring the hopes and dreams of the girls while restoring their families. The foundation built at Falcon Ridge will be the reason why the girls will live a lifetime of success.
Ariel has been married for 32 years, she has 6 children, and 20 grandchildren. She enjoys all sports and has been either a spectator, participant, coach, or official. Her most favorite sports are rodeo, hunting, softball, and camping with her family. She plays on a woman's softball team and co-ed softball team with my children. Family is her top priority.×
David is from southern California and has lived in southern Utah for four years by way of British Columbia, Canada. He has two children and a beautiful wife. He loves the outdoors, walking around and working. David has an associated degree in Psychology and is currently working on his Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and then wants to get his masters degree in therapy.
David has been working youth and adults in both wilderness and residential treatment programs for the past 12 years. He has been with Falcon Ridge Ranch for the last 3 years.David's hobbies include aboriginal living skills, anthropology, archeology, surfing, body surfing, paddle boarding, skate boarding, swimming, spear fishing, free diving, hiking, jujitsu, reading and politics.
Some of David's favorite sayings are:
- In dwelling, live close to the earth
- In thinking, keep to the simple
- In conflict, be fair and gernerous
- In governing, don't try to control
- In work, do what you enjoy
- In family life, be completely present
Jamie Haynes was born and raised in southern Utah. After high school, she began working at residential treatment facilities. She fell in love with the idea of helping youth. The thought of making a difference in the lives of teens and their families was most intriguing.She started in behavior treatment, learned many great skills such as communication and how important it is. Being aware, reading bosy language, being spontaneous, listening to hear what people are truly saying and asking for.
After a couple of years of helping others and growing herself, she decided to start her own family. She is now married to an amazing, patient, and kind man. She has two boys that are the light of her life and her biggest challenge.
In 2008, Jamie decided to return to Falcon Ridge Ranch, and continue to work in the positive peer culture atmosphere that she truly believes in.
Jamie believes that positive peer culture combined with the Equine experience can teach youth care, concern, respect, work ethics, and the ability to work with their peers. To focus on themselves while also helping others.
"The growth and change that I get to see in these girls is one of the most powerful moments in my life. To be able to be a part in watching a young lady change, mature, and find her true self is something that i could never put into words. These girls work so hard and at times can be a challenge, however in the end they are reunited with their families. These girls have gathered tools for success, and have found themselves."×
Robyn grew up in an active family of horsemen in a small rural town in Utah. She has participated in the 4H horse program for 9 years, placing at state and also being a member of the 4H State Judging Team. Meanwhile she was actively involved in High School Rodeo. Qualifying for state all 4 years and qualifying for Nationals 2 years. She received a full ride scholarship to Rodeo at Utah Valley State College.
She was the Rocky Mountain Region Intercollegiate Barrel Racing Champion. She has participated in National Competitions all through college.
After college she gained more equine experience teaching 4H clubs, working with veterinarians as well as continuing to barrel race with the NBHA and WCBRA. She spent 10 years managing, conditioning, and training thoroughbred race horses.
Robyn is a very skillful addition to the Equine Team at Falcon Ridge.×
Shelley has been horse riding in the same town of Virgin, Utah since she could walk. She has participated in horse 4-H for 5 years which has included qualifying and placing at the State 4-H competitions.
In High School she was on the High School Rodeo Team qualifying and placing at State Competitions. Additional experience includes working as a horse trail guide at Zion National Park and at Cedar Breaks National Park.
Currently, Shelley runs a cattle ranch on Cedar Mountain and has been working at Falcon Ridge Ranch since 2009. Horses have always and continue to be a part of her daily routine.
Shelley brings an infectious enthusiasm for horses to the Equine Team.×
Length of Service at Falcon Ridge Ranch:
I have been with the company for 8 years.
Prior Professional experience working with adolescents:
Counselor II in Division of Youth Corrections, for the state of Utah. I spent several years working in the Washington County School district as a para professional with children in the Special Education Program. I worked with adults with disabilities in an independent living setting. For the last few years I have worked with the National Child Nutrition Program to ensure our students health and well being.
Area of expertise and personal interest:
I received my degree in psychology and special education. I enjoy literature and working with children.
I am a mother to two amazing daughters.
How does Falcon Ridge Ranch positively impact our student's success?: I believe that Falcon Ridge Ranch teaches life skills and helps children learn to make good choices. But I believe there are deeper seeds planted than just that. I know we help shape futures. The positive impact of our program may not come to fruition until these teens are in adulthood. I know that our students are better employees, better citizens and better parents because of what we do.×
Lorneta Ferguson has been with Falcon Ridge Ranch for 2 years. She is known for her dedication to the girls and their families, as well as her expertise as an equine therapist.Lornetta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with an Advanced Certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology program in Organizational Leadership specializing in Non-Profit Management at the University of the Rockies. Lornetta did her undergraduate work at Utah State University and her Masters Degree at the University of Utah.
Prior to Falcon Ridge, Lornetta worked four years as a therapist in a residential treatment center for adolescents, four years as a coordinator of the Child Witness Program (working with children and adolescents victims of domestic violence), four years in private practice specializing in the treatment of adopted and foster children. Overall, Lornetta has over 15 years working directly with adolescents and their families in the recovery of trauma and substance abuse. Lornetta is a professional "parent coach", "therapist", and "counselor" specializing in the treatment of children and families.
Lornetta's expertise is in the adolescent arena of reactive attachment disorders, adoption issues, foster care recovery, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Lornetta enjoys using experiential types of therapeutic intervention, such as equine therapy. Lornetta has found that using horses as a part of the therapeutic team is an effective intervention for children with attachment and abuse issues.
Falcon Ridge Ranch effectively integrates the therapeutic, academic, residential, and positive peer culture programs to establish a powerful tool for the students to use to reach their potential. The most rewarding time is when the students realize their great worth and know they can accomplish their future goals.
In her spare time Lornetta enjoys spending time with her family (wonderful husband, 5 adult children, and 3 grandchildren). They enjoy riding horses, camping, hiking, board games, movies, and cooking together. She also enjoys reading, oil painting, and photography.×
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Robin has worked at Residential Treatment centers for 20 yrs. She is married to an amazing man. She has 1 daughter and 2 sons with 4 grand kids She enjoys cooking and learning new skills everyday. She loves working with the students getting to know them and sharing fun food ideas.×
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