Marcel Harkey

Education

Bachelors in Sociology (Emphasis human communication) – Dixie state university
High School Diploma – Palo Verde HighSchool

Work Experience

Parent Communications Director – Diamond Ranch Academy
Program Director – Diamond Ranch Academy
Asst. Program Director – Diamond Ranch Academy
Lead Youth development Counselor – Diamond Ranch Academy
Youth development Counselor – Diamond Ranch Academy

Interests

  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Hiking
  • Coaching

Comments on DRA

First, let me introduce myself. I was raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with six siblings. Having a big family taught me a lot of valuable lessons and also instilled in me a love for people. In 2010 I moved to St George to attend college at Dixie State University. I was fortunate to play football and receive a great education. I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Communication. My passion for sports has helped teach me a lot of life lessons. These lessons include teamwork, accountability, humility etc. One of the things that drew me to Diamond Ranch Academy was how they incorporate athletics and other extracurricular activities into treatment. I have worked at Diamond Ranch Academy for over three years. I started my journey at DRA as a youth development counselor and also helped coach football and wrestling. I was fortunate to be selected as a Program Director and enjoyed the one on one time I was able to spend with the students. Seeing students grab onto the lessons we teach and apply to them is a truly rewarding experience. On a personal note, I met my fiancée in college, and we have two beautiful children. My family means the world to me and I feel privileged to help other families through being involved in DRA.

Jerome Eason

Education

Masters of Science- Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment -University of Utah
Bachelor’s Degree Criminal Justice -Southern Utah University
Associates Degree, Sociology- Utah State University

Work Experience

Program Director/ Counselor – Therapeutic Boarding School
Athletic Director – Boarding School
Probation Officer – State of Utah
Supervisor – Residential Treatment Facility

Interests

I was born and raised in Los Angeles California. I moved to Utah when I was offered a football scholarship to Utah State University in 2001. I had the opportunity to play a sport that I love and also earned a degree in a field that intrigued me. During this time I was blessed to meet my wife, followed by two beautiful children. I enjoy physical activities, coaching, and spending time with friends and family. I’m always looking for different ways to better myself and those who are in my care. I believe any setting can serve as a therapeutic environment if we are looking for the opportunity to speak truth into someone’s life.

Comments on DRA

It is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to work with the students and staff at Diamond Ranch Academy. Counseling students and families gives me the opportunity to reunite and provide support during the healing process. It is an amazing feeling to guide students through the stages of change and help them reach milestones in their lives. I’m excited to be part of the clinical team at DRA, I believe in equipping students with as much knowledge as possible to make a confident transition back into their home.

Mckay Lewis

Education

Work Experience

Interests

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Mahonri Araiza

EDUCATION

Associates in Travel & Tourism Business – Centennial College
Attended Woburn Collegiate Institute

WORK EXPERIENCE

Athletic Director – Diamond Ranch Academy
Assistant Head Baseball Coach – Diamond Ranch Academy
Program Director – Diamond Ranch Academy
Assistant Program Director – Diamond Ranch Academy
Statewide Auto Lending – Underwriting and Lending Manager
One Nevada Credit Union – EFT Accounting
Long & McQuade Ltd – Credit Department Manager

Interest

I was born in Mexico City and then raised in Toronto, Canada.  In 2010 I moved to
the U.S. and married my wife Jaime.  We lived in Las Vegas for four years then made
our way to St. George in the summer of 2014.  Jaime and I have 3 daughters: Kenzie,
Kennedy, and Keonna.

Sports have always been a big part of my life.  I played football, volleyball,
basketball, and baseball up through high school and even married a basketball
coach.  I enjoy coaching baseball and playing softball. Most of my time revolves
around my 3 little ones and my lovely wife.

Comments on DRA

I began working at DRA when I suddenly found myself out of work.  DRA has
allowed me to grow not only professionally but on a personal level as well.   During
my time here, I have witnessed the changes our students make in their lives when
they are willing to apply the tools they are given.  It is a privilege to see the
transformation of our students from when they first arrive on our campus to when
they leave. It is inspiring to watch them grow and to know they have been given the
tools that they need to be successful.

Athletics is a great outlet that we offer our students.  Participating in athletics
teaches hard work, sportsmanship, commitment, accountability, and life lessons that
they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.