Turn-About Ranch employees are guided by the following principles: Family, Growth, Teamwork, and Service.
Our residential treatment program has been providing help for troubled teens and their families for 30 years. We have Master’s level and Bachelor’s level counselors along with dedicated, well-trained staff who are screened and have a strong desire to work with troubled teens.
John began working at Turn-About in 1994 as a Personal Counselor (PC) while he worked to complete his degree. While at Turn-About, he was encouraged to go to law school. John left Turn-About in April of 1996 to complete law school but Turn-About never left his heart. After completing law school at the University of Utah in 2001, John founded the firm Bartlett & Webster and engaged in the practice of law for twenty years.
Throughout all his time away from the Program, John kept in touch with many of his Turn-About friends including employees and past students. In 2014, John had the opportunity to purchase Turn-About with Myron Carter and Matthew Bartlett. He jumped at the chance. Again, in 2021, with the retirement of Turn-About Ranch’s Clinical Director/Executive Director, Michelle Lindsay, and its Program Director, Myron Carter, John jumped at the chance to get engaged with the Ranch full-time as Executive Director. John believes in Turn-About Ranch, and he believes in the power of change. Turn-About provides its students the opportunity to evaluate where they have been, where they are now, and where they want to be in the future and provides them the skills they need to complete that journey!
Shane began working at Turn-About Ranch in 2009 while completing his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. His unique ability to deeply connect, with both students and parents alike, makes his an ideal fit for his role as Program Director. Families quickly realize Shane truly cares about their happiness and success. He helps parents assess and navigate the overwhelming events and decisions required to help their children succeed. Shane’s compassion for the conflicting emotions of parents is verified by his dedicated effort to help each and every family who reaches out to Turn-About Ranch.
Shane earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Science from Brigham Young University in 1999. He worked full-time in construction to pay for college and the expenses of raising a family. He decided to stay in construction and built a successful career as a General Contractor. Three children and a loving wife were very supportive with his decision to return to school for his master’s degree in 2009. The nearest school, University of Phoenix, was 3 hours away and Shane had just begun a large log home for a local family, but his family agreed. “We’ve never looked back! It has been hard, but worth it and I couldn’t have done it without my family’s support along with the tremendous opportunities I’ve had with Turn-About Ranch.”
ReNae began working at Turn-About Ranch in April of 2011. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy at Utah State University in 1987 followed by 14 years working as a music therapist and psycho-social rehabilitation counselor. She completed her master’s degree in clinical social work in 2001 and worked in community mental health until joining the Turn About Team. ReNae has received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing and is well-versed in several up and coming approaches to trauma treatment. She has extensive experience working with substance abuse, trauma, self esteem, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, anger issues, oppositional defiance, and other mental illnesses. This extensive experience and expertise makes ReNae a great fit as our Clinical Director. She is passionate about her work with teens and families and is dedicated to the success of each student. She finds Turn-About Ranch to be an outstanding environment for growth and healing due to the unparalleled natural beauty of the area, experienced and dedicated staff, horsemanship and work with animals, and opportunities to turn talk into action.
ReNae enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, camping, exploring new areas, cooking, and needlework of all kinds. She can often be found with her family playing music together when they are not outdoors or in the kitchen.
Rob Caldwell serves as a therapist at Turn-About Ranch. He completed his master degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. Rob has over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in various capacities. Rob has experience in numerous treatment settings including working with families at the Division of Child and Family Services, and through private provider settings in Wilderness Treatment, Residential Treatment, and the Department of Youth Corrections. Rob has owned and operated his own Therapeutic wilderness program in the past. Rob most typically uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Reality Therapy based modalities.
Rob is an outdoor recreational and sports enthusiast. He often spends time with student hiking, playing basketball, and in a variety of other outdoor activities. He has competed throughout his life in team sports, and recently found a new favorite outdoor activity he enjoys; cycling throughout the beautiful mountains around Escalante, Utah.
Sherree Rechtsteiner was born and raised in a pioneer family native to Escalante and Boulder, Utah. Two weeks after high school graduation she left for college, with the plan of never returning. However, return she did 27 years ago when her daughter turned 10 years old and she a had family who needed both her medical expertise and help. That dedication to her profession and family is what keeps her here.
Sherree has been actively working in healthcare for over 41 years. The first 30 as a nurse in just about every area of healthcare. The last 11 ½ has been a nurse practitioner. Sherree has been working in rural family practice, emergency medicine and adolescent residential treatment throughout that time, and has been a full-time member of the Turn-About Ranch team for the last 5 years ago.
Sherree has been married for 37 years and is kept busy raising a very energetic 12 year old grandson.
In addition to a lifetime spent working on farms and ranches, Wyatt has the unique experience of working from the ground up in 2 different residential treatment programs over the last six years. The students are much more inclined to do the work that is required because they know him as someone they can’t manipulate. They also know Wyatt will be getting his hands dirty right along side of them as well. He leads by example, and brings with him old fashioned cowboy sense and a high level of ethics and values. The students look up him for much more than just his 6’4 stature.
Wyatt is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English for Education at Grand Canyon University. Wyatt has experience teaching more vocational aspects of learning such as Horsemanship, Welding, and other vocational skills as well as helping the students learn critical life skills.
Wyatt is married with a new baby girl and is very passionate about the outdoors. He loves riding horses and working cattle. He also spends much of his free time hunting, fishing and hiking.
We are so happy to have Tara Woolsey as one of the newest members of our Turn-About Ranch family! Tara is the HR/Operations Director and is doing a fabulous job! Tara comes to us from the banking industry and following their ever changing rules and regulations as well as the day to day operations has given Tara a great foundation of knowledge. Tara is great at working with the diverse employee population that we have and understands how valuable good people are to the success of any business. Tara emulates many of the values we are hoping our students learn while in the program. She grew up in and loves Escalante and has been a contributing member of this great community for most of her adult years. She grew up watching Turn-About Ranch make a difference in the lives of families over the past 30 years and is excited to be a part of a company that engages in such meaningful work.
Tara has been married for 16 years, has 3 children including a set of twins that keep her on her toes. She is an advocate for youth sports in our community, enjoys spending time with family, having fun in the sun and baking.
Tara is an amazing asset to our team and we feel lucky to have her!
Zak Wilson is the Finance Director for Turn-About Ranch. He loves working with numbers, analyzing data and trends, and keeping extensive records. Zak has M.B.A. with emphasis in Finance and Economics and a B.S. in Finance with a Minor in English Creative Writing and Psychology. Prior to the world of business, Zak received an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology and Construction Engineering.
Zak enjoys the outdoors, exploring, hiking, riding motorcycles and ATV’s.
Myron has dedicated his life to helping adolescents find the courage to change. He has a unique ability to build relationships with teens that motivate them to want to be better. They see their potential through his eyes and gain the courage to try. Myron does the hard work, both mentally and physically on the ranch. He helps teens confront their negative behaviors and he won’t rescue them from their growth, allowing them to see what they are truly capable of.
Myron is a true cowboy and horseman. He has over 45 years of experience in the saddle and 25 years as an instructor and mentor for teens. Students love to be in his group because they know they are going to work hard, learn new skills both in horsemanship and life and see some beautiful scenery. Students enjoy the opportunity to talk with him and learn from his life experience as well. They learn to do things right the first time and to take pride in the job they do. Myron has been with Turn-About Ranch since our beginning and the program, students, and staff benefit from his experience in the industry.
Lori started her career with Turn-About Ranch in January of 2005 She is our students’ parents’ best friend! Lori oversees gathering the student updates and priceless pictures! She also creates our quarterly newsletter which consists of student writings about their experiences, fun facts, and educational information for our parents and stakeholders. If you are struggling to receive current information or accessing our parent portal through Bestnotes please give her a call and she will be happy to walk you through this process! The most rewarding part of her job is helping parents feel comfort and hope in their journey towards a successful future with their child.
Lori is also a valued member of our admissions team. She is great with parents; answering their questions and creating a sense of peace about the decisions they are trying to make. Lori is very patient, compassionate, understanding and super easy to talk to. As a mother and grandmother she understands and empathizes with what parents are going through.
Prior to working at Turn-About Ranch, she spent 10 years in the public school system as a Special Ed Aide and Reading specialist and helped coach the track and cross country team. She enjoys spending time with her family—especially her grandchildren, reading, cooking, reading cookbooks, crocheting, and quilting.
Tracy assists Turn-About Ranch in both the admissions and marketing departments. She brings with her degrees in both Psychology and Organizational Behavior and also happens to be a 30 year Turn-About Ranch alumni. Her educational background and personal experiences with the program have created in her a deep passion for service. This is especially true when it comes to finding solutions for struggling teens and the families that love them. Tracy truly believes that, “the best way to pay it back is to pay it forward,” and it shows in her efforts to help families succeed. Her own experience as a student at Turn-About Ranch provides insights and empathy for parents and students as they work toward healthy change and growth.
Tracy is an outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, home chef, gardener and geology nerd. When not working on the ranch, she can usually be found out in the hills walking her dogs, daydreaming, collecting rocks, and spending time with her loved ones.
Sharla Poast holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Science from BYU (1999) and has enjoyed a varied career path with previous work and success in customer service and sales. Interestingly, she also briefly worked for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department ‘booking’ individuals into custody! It was her experience working within the County Jail that pressed her to obtain a degree from UNLV as a Master of Education in Special Education (2012). She has taught and mentored students with a wide range of disability (K-12) since 2011. In the Clark County School District (Las Vegas) she taught young students with autism, using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She also worked several years with Middle School-age students with the more typically occurring learning disabilities. She currently is the Special Education teacher for the Garfield County School District serving all students in the neighboring towns of Escalante and Boulder, Utah.
Sharla’s interests include: family life and how individual family system’s successfully overcome challenges–especially her own!, geopolitics, any/all learning–will read nearly any book that will “teach (her) something,” homesteading, personal development, plays the piano and organ (and hopes to soon begin lessons for the cello). She is currently delving into blogging and vlogging in a way to integrate many of her interests. On her bucket list, she hopes to one day write and publish a book.
Sharla began as a consultant with Turn-About Ranch in the spring of 2018 in matters related to Special Education. Due to her professional respect for the integrated program Turn-About Ranch offers the entire family system, for those students attending, she remains to date typically working with our students during evening school several days each week.
My son was struggling and TAR helped him and gave him life skills. He is home now and doing amazing! Not to say there are always bumps in the road, but this facility is one that works.- Sandra Baker, August 2021
At TAR, doing real work, solving real problems daily was the game-changer... My son has learned how to express his feelings more frequently. He listens more carefully and expects to be listened to. He has come to understand the benefits and value of hard work... We have a long way to go. But we have more positives and more potential to move forward on a positive trajectory than we have had in many years... I firmly believe none of his would have happened without TAR.- Robi Robichaud, August 2021
We sent our son to Turn-About and I can't say enough good things about this program. The first time I spoke with them they actually gave me some things that they thought I could do at home to possibly work through our issues and not have to use the program! I was immediately impressed that they were concerned with my son and not just selling an enrollment. My son learned so much there and loved all of the staff members. They put their hearts and souls into helping the kids that are there... They gave us a ton of resources to make sure we keep the momentum and have a smooth transition back to home life... It was life changing for everyone of my family members that were involved.- Anthony Detrick, July 2021
This place has made all the difference, and saved our 16 year old daughter’s life. Previous counseling, hospitalization, and medications did not work, and we were about to give up on her. She’s come out of this program strong, honest, and positive with herself, and future. The people employed at the ranch are caring, genuine, and simply put, one of a kind. Thank you, for giving us our daughter back.- P. Bell, July 2021
My 14 year old daughter graduated from Turn-About Ranch about 2 months ago and is the best she has ever been... I am beyond grateful that her journey led her to the people who are so gracious, patient, and brutally honest... This is where the most effective therapy took place for her… where she learned to turn suggested tools/ideas/concepts into action and have her eyes opened to new better ways of shaping her perspective, relationships, communication, and living life by higher morals and values... this [program] does it right! ...My daughter loves them, misses them and wants to visit on her one year anniversary… but she doesn’t want to return as a resident either… it’s really brilliant!- AJ Trainer, July 2021