Operations Team

Shayne Gallagher

Shayne Gallagher

Founder, Executive Director

Shayne is on a short list as one of the most experienced individuals in the history of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare arena. For more than 30 years, Shayne has provided healing wilderness experiences for adolescents, young adults, and families..
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Sheri Gallagher

Sheri Gallagher

Founder, Director of Operations

Sheri was born in Utah, however, typical of military families, her family moved a lot. The longest she lived in one place was 2½ years, which was in Mississippi. Her favorite places are Queens Fort in Rhode Island, Yuma, AZ, Kailua, HI and Fallbrook CA..
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Blaine Fisher

Blaine Fisher

Assistant Operations Director

With the exception of a two-year period in which Blaine spent performing service in Argentina, Blaine has worked continuously in the Wilderness Therapy industry since 1988. He began as a wilderness therapy field instructor and has more than 1500 "trail days..
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Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders

Field Director

Michael is an energetic teacher, Arbinger seminar facilitator and a member of the Arbinger Coaching Network. He joined the WinGate Wilderness Therapy field leadership team in 2019.
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Lekos Kefalas

Lekos Kefalas

Field Director

With more than ten years in the mental health industry working at various programs and seeing many styles and approaches, Lekos found himself often returning to the wilderness setting for what he describes to be “The right conditions for self discovery.”
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Kolton Perkins

Kolton Perkins

Logistics Director

Kolton was born in Kanab, UT and understands the power that the wilderness has on a person by experiencing it through is adolescence to becoming a Transporter, then Field Instructor, and now Logistics Director for WinGate.
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Clinical Team

Erin Grover, LCSW

Erin Grover, LCSW, MSW

Clinical Director

Erin Grover has spent the last ten years helping individuals and families grow and make positive changes. During her eight years in the wilderness-therapy industry she has served as a field instructor, field director, and assistant operations director. "There is no..
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Scott Hess, MA, LMFT

Scott Hess, MA, LMFT

Partner, Primary Therapist

Scott Hess began his career as a marriage and family therapist in 1996, working with juvenile sex offenders in locked facilities. That experience helped Scott discover and develop his profound gift for getting to the heart of core issues with even the most calloused..
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Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH

Chris Tarver, LCSW, MA-PSYCH

Primary Therapist

My experience treating adults, adolescents, children and families in Hospital Acute mental health (MH) and addiction (AD), Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient MH and AD, Residential Addiction Treatment, Wilderness Therapy, and Individual..
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Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC

Danielle Gagnon, MS, CMHC

Primary Therapist

Danielle has been lucky enough to work with adolescents and young adults in a wide range of settings for the last 6 years. Originally starting out in a residential setting, Danielle learned quickly how healing it is for clients to work in nature as well as with animals..
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Lisa Renda, MA, LMFT, CSAT

Lisa Renda, MA, LMFT, CSAT

Therapist

In my 25 year career, I have worked in residential treatment settings, group homes for teens transitioning out of criminal detention, community mental health child and family programs and with teens and families in the foster care system.
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Medical Team

Dale Christensen, MD

Dale Christensen, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Dale Christensen has been practicing emergency medicine for over 15 years and is currently a staff physician at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, UT. He joined our team in 2012 when one of his partners and mentors, Dr. Keith..
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Jake Roberts, APRN

Jake Roberts, APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jake's formal education consists of an AS Degree from Dixie State University, a BSN Degree from Southern Utah University, and a MSN Degree, a APRN Psychiatric, and BC from the University of Utah. Jake is also a licensed APRN in the State of Utah. His work..
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Kyle Tolman

Kyle Tolman

Medical Coordinator

Kyle has worked for wilderness therapy programs for over 25 years and can proudly claim more than 2000 trail days to his name. Kyle has previous experience in transport, logistics, education and in the administrative departments.
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Admissions Team

Christopher Black, BSN, RN

Christopher Black, BSN, RN

Outreach Director, Admissions

Chris had his first experience of wilderness in high school. He signed up for a week long survival course in the Escalante area of Utah. He loved it so much he did it the following year as well. His sister was sent to a wilderness program in Arizona where he was..
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Lauren Angerosa

Lauren Angerosa

Admissions Director, Outreach

Lauren has worked with families through the admissions process in wilderness and residential settings and also spent a few years working with a therapeutic educational consulting firm.
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Teague Perkins

Teague Perkins

Admissions

Teague brings 9 years of wilderness therapy experience to the WinGate team. Teague was introduced to wilderness therapy as a student of WinGate in 2010. For WinGate, she has worked as a transporter, transport coordinator, field instructor, office..
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