Johnathon West

Education

Bachelors of Social Work – Utah State University
Masters of Social Work – University of Central Florida

Experience

Case Manager/Therapist – Northstar Treatment Center
Culinary Assistant – Diamond Ranch Academy

Interests

My family holds the most interest and attention for me.  I have a wonderful wife, a 3 1/2-year-old son, and a beautiful 2 1/2-year-old daughter who are my world.  I truly enjoy helping others smile, be it from a good joke, doing or saying something kind, or just being a listening ear.  When I have a moment to myself, I do enjoy anything that has an intriguing story: novels, movies, shows, video games, etc.  I have quite the nerdy side so if anyone brings up anything Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Dungeons and Dragons, we’ll be fast friends.

Comments on DRA

The experiences I had at Diamond Ranch Academy were the motivation that I needed to continue my education in Social Work.  Being able to start out in the kitchen and work with the students and develop relationships with them was so rewarding, it pushed me to see what more I could do as a therapist.  DRA gives everyone the opportunity and capacity to learn and grow and strive to become their best selves, both students AND staff alike.  I am excited and honored to be a part of an organization and environment that serves that purpose.

Adam Cheney

Education

Masters of Social Work, University of Utah
Bachelors of Social Work, University of Utah
Associates of Science, Dixie State University

Work Experience

Adam spent the last 6 years as a Medical Social Worker spending time working with Trauma, grief, and loss. Prior to that, he spent 2 years working in Behavioral Health with St. George Regional Hospital both with their inpatient and Emergency Crisis Units. He teaches for the Utah State Courts in their Behavioral education system for teens and adolescents and assists with the Social work instruction at DSU. He has also worked as a private therapist specializing in behavioral and emotional difficulties in teens and adolescents.

Interests

Adam was born in Northern Utah and raised with 6 siblings spending a lot of time with family and friends hiking, camping, and playing sports. He moved to Southern Utah in 2004 with his wife and now three children. He has spent most of his career working with teens and adolescents and the difficulties and strain that strained or damaged relationships can have in family life. He enjoys working with his hands and spending time with his family hiking, camping, biking, and doing almost any outdoor activity.

Comments on DRA

Diamond Ranch Academy is a program that teaches youth the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of their lives. I am impressed with the unique and insightful way Diamond Ranch approaches the issues our students are dealing with. I have had experience with youth facilities, and in my opinion, the approach that Diamond Ranch brings is uniquely effective and has an approach that has proven highly effective with the students and their families. They have great respect for the students here and truly care about them. The process takes time, but the relationships that are strengthened and remade are worth the wait.

Sarah Allred

Education

Master of Science – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grand Canyon University.
Bachelor of Behavioral Science – Psychology, Utah Valley University

Experience

CMHCI, Life Launch Centers
Youth Mentor, Diamond Ranch Academy

Interests

I really love anything outdoors, mainly hiking and kayaking, but don’t mind staying inside for a good book or movie. I love getting to explore new places and I’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit even living in Australia for 6 months.

Comments on DRA

I began working at DRA a few years ago as a youth mentor and the experience was life changing. Getting to work in the wonderful environment that is DRA where everyone is supportive and wants the best for the kids and the guided me into what I’m doing today. Building relationships with the kids and other members of the DRA team was the driving force behind me going back to school to become a therapist and getting to play a bigger role in the growth we get to see in our students.