Karen Lee

Karen Lee

Founder, President and CEO

Karen Lee is the Chair of the Board of The Pinnacle Schools, Inc., the parent company of the Elk...

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Karen Lee is the Chair of the Board of The Pinnacle Schools, Inc., the parent company of the Elk River Treatment Program. Ms. Lee is a graduate of Charity Hospital/Xavier University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesiology. In addition to her nurse practitioner skills, she has been involved in the organization and management of a large anesthesia practice. She has led the growth of Elk River and Pinnacle Programs since its beginning in 2005. Ms. Lee developed a keen interest in behaviorally disordered teens when her oldest child manifested problems, prompting her to place him in a treatment program. She is the mother of two sons and a daughter.

Charles Lee

Charles Lee, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Charles Lee was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a graduate of LSU Medical School,...

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Dr. Charles Lee was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a graduate of LSU Medical School, completing his Doctor of Medicine in 1984. He is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, practicing in Huntsville, Alabama. He is the Founder of the American Association of Physicians and also a Founder of Comprehensive Anesthesia Services of Huntsville, Alabama. His hobbies include bow and rifle hunting, and fishing. He is the proud father of three children.

Albert Sprinkle

Albert L. Sprinkle, MD

Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr. Albert Sprinkle is the Clinical Psychiatrist for the Elk River Treatment Program. A graduate...

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Dr. Albert Sprinkle is the Clinical Psychiatrist for the Elk River Treatment Program. A graduate of Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Dr. Sprinkle is certified by the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and is a Certified Forensic Examiner. Dr. Sprinkle established Valley Psychiatric Associates which now has offices in Decatur and Madison, AL. His particular interests include forensic child psychiatry, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, children’s mood disorders, and speech and language disorders.

Mason Robertson

Mason Robertson, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Mason Robertson graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine and went on to complete his...

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Dr. Mason Robertson graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine and went on to complete his residency in Anesthesiology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Robertson is trained in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, and advanced wilderness life support. He served in the U.S. Army for many years and is Ranger qualified. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Bonnie Robertson

Bonnie Robertson

Medical Staff Director

Bonnie Robertson is a Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in wellness...

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Bonnie Robertson is a Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in wellness programming, health and physical education, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise testing and prescription, and endurance athlete coaching. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience. Her experience as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner extends to areas such as Bariatric Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Cardiology. Her credentials include American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist, licensed provider of Shapedown Weight Management Programs for children & adolescents, USA Triathlon Level-I Coach, USA Track & Field Level-I Coach, American Heart Association BLS, PALS and ACLS certifications. Mrs. Robertson has been awarded Outstanding Young Educator, Outstanding Huntsvillian and Outstanding Alabamian for her work teaching special population exercise programs. Her passions include running, wildlife and nature conservation, yoga, any activity involving water, organic gardens, and orchid growing. She lives in Huntsville with her husband and 3 dogs.

Wayne Wilson

Wayne Wilson, Ed.D

Licensed Psychologist

Born in Gallatin, TN, Dr. Wayne Wilson has more than 30 years of experience as a clinical...

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Born in Gallatin, TN, Dr. Wayne Wilson has more than 30 years of experience as a clinical psychologist. In 1965, Dr. Wilson obtained an AA Degree from Martin College, before attending Middle Tennessee State University and earning a Bachelor's Degree in 1967, and an Master's Degree in 1969. His Ed.D was conferred by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1971. While maintaining a private practice in Huntsville, AL, he has worked in school systems and universities as a consultant for behavior modification and multiple training and research projects. Dr. Wilson remains in private practice in Huntsville, AL and serves on the clinical team at Elk River Treatment Program.

Penny Baker

Penny Baker

Director of Clinical Services

For more than 20 years, Penny Baker has worked with adolescents and families, beginning...

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For more than 20 years, Penny Baker has worked with adolescents and families, beginning as a counselor in 1992 and quickly progressing to leadership roles including Director of Adolescent Services, Program Director, Group Administrator, Adjunct Professor and LPC-S in private practice. Before accepting the position of Director of Clinical Services. Ms. Baker served as a Military Family Consultant and provided counseling and psycho-educational services to service members and their families. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Alabama Counseling Association. Ms. Baker loves hiking, traveling, canoeing and college football. She plays in a live trivia league and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and a black lab who, according to Ms. Baker, believes she is a four legged person with fur.

Zachary Turner

Zachary Turner

Program Director

Zachary Turner grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Turner earned his Bachelor Degree in...

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Zachary Turner grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Turner earned his Bachelor Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University in St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Recreation Leadership from Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Turner has more than 20 years of experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and 15 years of experience working directly in residential treatment programs. He is a standard first aid instructor with the Red Cross as well as a crisis management instructor.

Bo Wolfe

Bo Wolfe

Assistant Program Director

Bo Wolfe has lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and...

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Bo Wolfe has lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. While in Wyoming, he developed his interest in white water rafting, mountain biking, and rock climbing. He has been active in backpacking and canoeing for most of his life. Mr. Wolfe graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in English. Before being employed at Elk River Treatment Program, Mr. Wolfe worked at an experiential education center/ropes course facility run by George Mason University. He earned his Wilderness First Responder certification from WMI/NOLS and is a certified “Leave No Trace” Master Educator. His other interests include collecting records and toys and watching roller derby. He lives in Huntsville with his wife and son.

Jane Baker

Jane Baker

Family Services Coordinator

Emma Jane Baker, LCSW, PIP, received her undergraduate degree from Freed-Hardeman University in...

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Emma Jane Baker, LCSW, PIP, received her undergraduate degree from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN and earned a Master’s of Social Work from Alabama A&M in Huntsville, AL. She has more than 300 hours of supervised and hands-on advanced training in the treatment of attachment disorders and developmental trauma. Ms. Baker founded Adoption & Psychotherapy Associates, LLC in Decatur, AL, and for more than 11 years, she has counseled foster and adoptive families.

Amy Moor

Amy Moor

Family Services Counselor

After graduating from Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. with a B.S. in Political Science, Ms...

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After graduating from Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. with a B.S. in Political Science, Ms. Moor moved to Florence, AL to work at the University of North Alabama in the Department of Residence Life. While there, she earned an M.A. in Community Counseling to advance her career in Student Affairs. Exposure to the counseling field ignited a career interest in counseling which led to an internship and counseling position at a drug and alcohol facility. Earning a professional counseling license as she worked with adults suffering from addiction, Ms. Moor felt led to counsel adolescents and sought an opportunity to join the Elk River Treatment Program in 2015.

Brian Gross

Brian Gross

Therapist

Brian Gross graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR with a B.A. in Youth and Family...

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Brian Gross graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR with a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry. It was at Harding University that Mr. Gross discovered his passion for working with at-risk adolescents. He then shifted focus and earned his M.S. in Professional Counseling at Harding. In Arkansas, he gained experience in working with children and adolescents in both community counseling and in juvenile corrections environments. A native of Huntsville, AL, Mr. Gross returned to his roots in 2015 to join the Elk River team.

Angie Griffin

Angie Griffin, Ed.S

Director of Education

Angie Griffin has diverse educational experiences that include consulting, teaching special...

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Angie Griffin has diverse educational experiences that include consulting, teaching special education students with behavior disorders, guidance counselor and coordinating institutional effectiveness at a post-secondary university. As a consultant, she worked with the executive leadership of Fortune 100 companies and educational systems. Griffin has worked as a family counselor and adolescent psychotherapist, management leadership and organizational development consultant for corporate and educational systems. She has an Ed.S in Education Leadership, an Master's in Psychology and Organizational Development and a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Psychology. As an educator and aviator, Griffin uses helicopters to teach students about the hidden joys of science and math. She serves on the Board of Directors for FlyQuest, a non-profit group with a vision to provide aerospace education and career opportunities to under-served youth.

Rick White

Rick White

School Guidance Counselor

Rick White accepted the position of Guidance Counselor for The Pinnacle Schools and Elk River...

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Rick White accepted the position of Guidance Counselor for The Pinnacle Schools and Elk River Treatment Program in August 2014. He earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama and an undergraduate degree from Athens State University. He also attending Samford University. Mr. White’s joy for working with at-risk youth is evident by the smile on his face every day regardless of the circumstances. “I like everything about my job. I get to work with people who come to work every day wanting to do everything they can to help kids that have not had a lot of help in their lives. I get to work with people who are passionate, who are educators who want the best for those they see every day. Who support one another not only as a group but as an entire school.”

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Aletha Howie

Special Education Coordinator

Aletha Howie has extensive experience in special education. She served the special education...

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Aletha Howie has extensive experience in special education. She served the special education departments of public school systems in Alabama and North Carolina for 35 years, many years as a department head. She was recruited by leaders of Pinnacle Programs when the Huntsville program expanded from 30 students to 250+. Ms. Howie has a BS in Special Education and a M.Ed in Mild Learning Handicaps. She lives in Huntsville with her two children and enjoys hiking, camping and music.

Paul Conley

Paul Conley

Teacher

Originally from Alamogordo, N.M., Mr. Conley moved to the Huntsville area in 1996 and graduated...

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Originally from Alamogordo, N.M., Mr. Conley moved to the Huntsville area in 1996 and graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BA in History and Secondary Education. His experience in education spans more than a decade. Mr. Conley has taught Spanish, Computer Science and Social Studies in Tennessee, Arizona and Alabama. He earned a Master's Degree in Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Conley joined the company in 2011 and is proud to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to changing the lives of adolescents.

Martez Rogers

Martez Rogers

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Martez Rogers is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology...

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Martez Rogers is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Growth and Development from Alabama A&M University. He also earned a Master's Degree in Psychology. Mr. Rogers earned certification as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) and leads group sessions at the Elk River and Huntsville campuses. His greatest joy is raising his children, but he also enjoys drumming, Djembe, and acoustic percussion. His other hobbies include developing an eco-system for his Koi pond.

Joe Clary

Joe Clary

Supervisor

Joe Clary came to the area in 2010 from Missouri. He was recruited for his specialized training in...

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Joe Clary came to the area in 2010 from Missouri. He was recruited for his specialized training in dual diagnosis treatment, dual diagnosis assessing tools, psychosocial medications, Stages of Treatment/Stages of Change and SAMA. Mr. Clary is certified in First Aide and CPR. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Clary began his career working with juveniles in state custody as a Deputy Juvenile Officer Aide in St. Charles, Missouri. He later worked with adolescents in residential treatment for substance abuse before moving into a counselor supervisor role at a residential program in Missouri.

Jeffery VanZandt

Jeffrey VanZandt

Supervisor

Before joining Elk River Treatment Program as a member of front line staff and earning a promotion...

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Before joining Elk River Treatment Program as a member of front line staff and earning a promotion to supervisor, Mr. VanZandt worked as a Team Leader for U.S. Space Camp, Space Academy and Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville, AL. During his time at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Mr. VanZandt was on the Development Team and Team Leader of the Advanced Space Academy. He also served as Resident Adviser for five years. Mr. VanZandt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Auburn University.

Kevin Lovell

Kevin Lovell

Supervisor

A Huntsville native and graduate of Grissom High School, Kevin Lovell spent several years as a...

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A Huntsville native and graduate of Grissom High School, Kevin Lovell spent several years as a chef before realizing his calling to help at-risk teens. He earned a Social Sciences degree in Secondary Education from Auburn University, then a B.S. in Homeland Security at Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Lovell is fully proficient in Spanish, mentors and tutors inner-city children through a church ministry, and volunteers for United Way of America by providing academic tutoring for children.

Vannessa Lombardo

Vannessa Lombardo

Equine Specialist

Vannessa Lombardo was raised in Southern California and moved to the Southeast after graduating...

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Vannessa Lombardo was raised in Southern California and moved to the Southeast after graduating high school. She earned a BA in Psychology at Armstrong Atlantic State University, where she was an active student involved in research and presenting findings on a national level. After earning her degree, she began working with youth in residential treatment settings. Ms. Lombardo is EAGALA certified and has several years of experience working with at-risk youth. She enjoys providing Experiential Learning Services to adolescents as well as educators, mental health professionals, and corporations that provide team-building workshops to their employees. Ms. Lombardo is an advocate of experiential learning, especially through the incorporation of equine, and strives to provide each client with individualized learning sessions that present a path towards further growth.

Laura Watson

Laura Watson

Dietician

Laura Watson is a native of Huntsville, AL. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Emory University...

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Laura Watson is a native of Huntsville, AL. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Emory University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Ms. Watson also completed the University of Houston Didactic Program in order to meet the requirements of the American Dietetic Association. In her free time, Ms. Watson enjoys weight training, walking, hiking and traveling.

Kimberly Cox

Kimberly Cox

Board of Directors

Mrs. Cox, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the...

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Mrs. Cox, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of North Alabama. Mrs. Cox worked as a Coronary Care Nurse for more than 18 years. She attended workshops at Precept Ministries International in Chattanooga, TN where she received training in studying the Bible inductively and learned how to facilitate others in interpreting the Bible for themselves. Mrs. Cox often teaches Bible Study at the Elk River campus and is an active member of the community where she serves many organizations and committees including Board of Directors of The Pinnacle Schools Inc., Madison County Medical Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Women’s Guild and several committees at First United Methodist Church.

Duane Hellebrand

Duane Hellebrand

Director of Human Resources

Duane Hellebrand, the grandson of a German rocket scientist, grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. He is...

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Duane Hellebrand, the grandson of a German rocket scientist, grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a graduate of North Georgia College, majoring in Psychology. Since 1990, Mr. Hellebrand has been involved in the treatment of behaviorally disordered teens in direct care and related roles such as Safety Officer and other administrative and leadership positions. He served in the United States Army in an artillery unit and was honorably discharged. Mr. Hellebrand enjoys outdoor sports including hiking, camping and fishing with his daughter. He enjoys reading historical novels and military history.

Kathy DeMellier

Kathy DeMellier

Director of Admissions

Kathy DeMellier was raised in Columbus, Ohio and later moved to Alabama where she has lived for...

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Kathy DeMellier was raised in Columbus, Ohio and later moved to Alabama where she has lived for the past 26 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Auburn University and later earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Since 1993, Ms. DeMellier has worked with adolescents, families and professionals in residential settings. She has served in various roles in the residential programs including clinical, administrative and admissions. Ms. DeMellier is a member of the American Counseling Association. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, raising her daughter, painting, and traveling.

Selina Mason

Selina Mason

Director of Marketing

Selina Mason moved to Huntsville, AL in 1985 after graduating from Auburn University with a...

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Selina Mason moved to Huntsville, AL in 1985 after graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations-Journalism. She was a staff writer for area newspapers before beginning a career in sales and marketing at The Huntsville Times. In 2002, Mrs. Mason started an ad agency and continues to enjoy marketing for area businesses. Her personal experience with at-risk teens led her to the Elk River Treatment Program where she eventually joined the group of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of struggling teens and their families. She is married to Tony Mason and has one son, Cassidy.