Noelia Hernandez

I was born in Southern California. When I was 10 years old my family decided to move to St George. I enjoy hiking and swimming. I also have a variety of pets. I attended Dixie High School, and currently, I’m taking my generals at Utah Tech University to pursue nursing. I was a CNA for about 4 years taking care of the elderly. I am excited about this amazing opportunity to work at Diamond Ranch Academy.

Thomas Starkey

I am a St. George-born, current nursing student at Utah Tech University with a big interest in health and the human body. I’m a big advocate for mental health which is what drew my attention to DRA. My wife and I love to sit down and watch a movie, play Mario kart, or go out and play some pickleball. I love to travel and experience new things all while enjoying some amazing food wherever we go. In my personal free time, you can find me at the gym, binging tv shows or movies, and paying way too much attention to every little thing that happens in the NBA.

Garrett Allred

I was born in Utah and have lived in quite a few places throughout my years. I played football for eight years and was given the opportunity to coach as an Offensive Coordinator for four years. This inspired my passion for mentoring youth and brought me to St. George and to Diamond Ranch Academy. I worked in Programming for a year and a half and have now started to work in the medical department. In my spare time, I love playing sports, traveling, watching movies, playing games, and producing videos.

McKenzie Morgan

Education

Masters of Social Work, Arizona State University

Bachelor of Family Science, Brigham Young University

Work Experience

McKenzie has worked with all ages during her career, with a special emphasis on children and teens. She especially enjoys working with adolescents, helping them through this difficult and challenging phase of life, while also helping cultivate tools to create rewarding futures.

McKenzie also had the unique opportunity to participate in an internship while living in Romania. She focused on restructuring and improving the orphanage system with hands-on experience that has shaped her career.

McKenzie is trained in Trauma-informed care, TF-CBT, DBT, and Play Therapy.

Interests

McKenzie enjoys being at the lake, paddle boarding, game nights with friends and family, performing, singing and dancing, hiking, and spending the weekends at her family cabin in the mountains. She can often be found with water in one hand and a Diet Coke in the other.

Comments on DRA

I am thrilled to be a part of the team at DRA and the opportunity to work with each individual. I believe the team approach that DRA offers, along with well-trained staff and a wide variety of specialties, is the key to a successful experience.

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 is 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.