Maurie Simons

Education

Stringham Real Estate
Weber State University
Weber High School

Work Experience

Dance Instructor
House Parent, Family Support Center
Front End Manager, Smith’s
Administration Assistant
Developmental Staff, The ARC

Interests

My first priority is my husband and my children. I love being a mom and enjoy attending all their sports and dance events. My whole life I was involved in dancing and had my own dance company by the age of 18. Over the past 18 years I have worked extensively with people with disabilities as well as children and teens at risk. I have had the privilege of caring for seven foster children in my home over the years. One of my first experiences with at risk youth is when I ran the Family Support Center for abused and neglected children. Since then I have been involved with youth in church, community, and schools.

Comments on DRA

One of my duties at the Ranch is to help parents in the decision making process of sending their youth to Diamond Ranch Academy. It is very satisfying to be involved in helping parents with an option that helps them find hope for their child and see hundreds of lives change. I love what I do here and can not imagine a greater reward than seeing a youth graduate and knowing the difference it makes, not only for them but their whole family.

Megan Hanks

Education

Bachelor of Science, Biology Education, Brigham Young University
Certified Teacher in the State of Utah
CPR and First Aid Certified

Work Experience

Middle School, High School Science Teacher and Private Tutor 17 years
Private ACT Tutor 8 years
Tennis Instructor/Coach

Interests

I love science and math and anything related to teaching! I learned to play piano when I was 8 years old and I love anything to do with music. I also love the outdoors and doing fun activities with my family. I am married to an amazing man (who also works here at Diamond Ranch) and we have 4 awesome kids.

Comments on DRA

I began my teaching career in a residential treatment setting and have worked with teenagers ever since. Diamond Ranch became part of my family when my husband started working here in 2006. We love working with the teenagers here and I am a better mom because of the tools I have learned working here at Diamond Ranch. The students here at Diamond Ranch have become an extension of our family!

 

 

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.