On this page you will find incomplete staff and complaint
histories with sources cited, the general advisory against segregated
congregate care with sources cited, and a reporting guide for those
unlawfully harmed or firsthand witnesses to unlawful harm by or at this
location to report violations of the law to the proper authorities/law
enforcement. The staff list itself will not be updated with additional
names out of a sense of fairness where those providing the names ask for
anonymity or confidentiality. This program is no longer
eligible for merciful release as a
is on file. However, it can graduate
the COPE Conversion Program by meeting the
Honesty In Marketing
Standards (HIMS) or permanently close to be removed from the
watch-list/released from the COPE Conversion Program. If permanently
closed prior to graduation, it will be buried in the
Schneider no longer appears to work for this program. Matthew R.
Schneider (may be a different person) is a licensed Certified Addictions
Practitioner in Wyoming. Source:
Schneider currently (2022) owns and operates Rocky Mountain Frontier in
Gifford no longer appears to work for this program. Penny M.
Gifford (may be a different person) was a licensed Addictions Therapist in
That license is expired. (2015)
Lester A. Dumm
Dumm no longer appears to work for this program. Dumm is not a
licensed mental health professional in Wyoming. Source:
Special Projects Mgr.
A Catholic Missionary with the "SOLT" Community. He also taught school
at St. Joseph School in Beeville, Texas.
George is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Shawna J. Chandler (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social
worker in Wyoming. Source:
Brett Hanlin has a Standard Teaching License with endorsements in English
6-12, Head Coach Soccer, Head Coach Volleyball. His license expires
8/31/2018. Source: E-mail from Professional Teaching Standards Board, State
George is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Ley no longer appears to work for this program. HEAL does not perform
professional licensing checks on office and maintenance employees.
Hill no longer appears to work for this program. Hill is not a
licensed mental health professional in Wyoming. Source:
Schneider is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Burrs no longer appears to work for this program. Burrs is not a
licensed mental health professional in Wyoming. Source:
Bogowith is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Maher is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Malik is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Wenck is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Bukovit is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
HEAL does not perform professional licensing checks on office and
Gerald & Michaeleen Schneider
Also founders of Wilderness Interventions, Inc.
Gerald is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Michaeleen is not a licensed mental health professional in Wyoming.
Parents of Matt Schneider.
Originally reported by survivor via e-mail on August 10th, 2019 to HEAL.
Another survivor reported via e-mail on 5/8/22 that Carter currently owns and
operates Heart Mountain New Beginnings.
Alexander reportedly now works for and/or with Carter at Heart Mountain New
candidate schooled at Wyo youth ranch--March
CODY -- A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her
son through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund
after learning that the
school diploma he earned there does not meet U.S. Marine Corps admission
Safety record in question at Mount Carmel Youth Ranch --September
29th, 2007--(source: billingsgazette.com)
CLARK, Wyo. - Along the well-traveled highway
between Cody and Billings, a wooden sign at a gravel
turnoff pointing east into starkly beautiful high
desert says "Mount Carmel Youth Ranch 3 miles."
Few take the turnoff, and indeed few people know
much about the youth ranch and what it does.
What most people may know about Mount Carmel
Youth Ranch comes from news stories about an assault
in September 2005 in which three boys used shovels
to brutally beat a sleeping counselor.
That incident - in which John O'Brien, just nine
days on the job, suffered severe, permanent head
injuries - was neither the first nor the last
serious occurrence at the ranch.
A review of dozens of public documents shows a
history of problems over the past several years,
including multiple failures to report some incidents
to the state Department of Family Services, as
required by agency rules.
And an examination of tax documents filed for
Mount Carmel raises questions about its interlocked
profit-making and nonprofit operations.
O'Brien's mother, Christina Wendlandt, said the
ranch should be comprehensively reviewed by the DFS
or be shut down. Source:
Marines reject candidate schooled at Wyo youth ranch--March
14th, 2010--CODY -- A woman who spent thousands of dollars to put her son
through a Park County program for troubled boys is seeking a refund after
learning that the correspondence school diploma he earned there does not meet
U.S. Marine Corps admission standards. Dawn Cooper of Birmingham, Ala., took
out a loan and cashed in an annuity she had set aside for retirement. She used
the money to pay $36,000 for her son to attend the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in
Clark and a related program for adults, Bear Tooth MT Ascent. Both programs
share staff and facilities on a 40,000-acre cattle ranch. Source:
Alleged unlicensed teen ranch north of Cody faces closure
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:20 pm | Updated: 2:23 pm, Wed Dec 4, 2013.
Alleged unlicensed teen ranch north of Cody faces closure By CHRIS FROST
Cody Enterprise |
0 comments A boys ranch north of Cody near the state line is under fire
for allegedly running an unlicensed facility. A complaint for a permanent
injunction was filed in district court by the Wyoming Department of Family
Services (DFS) against Triangle Cross Ranch, 423 Road 1AF, and its owners,
Gerald and Michaeleen Schneider.
successful, the action will close the facility. Court records say a summons
was issued in the matter Nov. 8. The Clark area location formerly operated as
Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, licensed by DFS. A letter to DFS from the Mount
Carmel board of directors Nov. 3, 2012, stated the ranch would cease operation
Nov. 30, 2012. Schneider applied for a license to operate Triangle Cross Ranch
in December 2012. The proposed building for the ranch, court records said,
would not pass fire or sanitation inspection. During the application period,
Park County Sheriff’s Deputies received calls about property damage and
burglary caused by two clients at Triangle Cross Ranch. One youth was
allegedly on probation for a felony. Schneider did not follow through with the
application and the submission was closed by DFS on March 6, 2013. The
department allegedly received information the defendant was operating Triangle
Cross Ranch without the appropriate license and sent a cease and desist letter
to Schneider on July 27. Several youths were living at the facility during a
DFS visit Aug. 27 and Schneider said the youngsters would be moving to the
Montana portion of the ranch, outside Wyoming license requirements. No youth
were at the site during a Sept. 5, 2013, visit and staff said they were living
in Montana. A fire alarm service technician confirmed children were living in
the Powell bunkhouse Oct. 8. The fire alarm system was not working properly.
DFS visited the ranch two days later (Oct. 10) and boys were living at the
ranch. The ranch advertises itself on the Internet as a place for troubled
teenage boys and a Christian therapeutic substance abuse program. Admission is
$2,500, plus a $6,000 monthly program fee, which includes one-on-one therapy
and an individual education curriculum that is not accredited. Calls to the
ranch seeking comment were deferred to Cody attorney Matt Winslow who declined
comment. (Chris Frost can be reached at
PLEASE SHARE WIDELY: Victims and Survivors of Trinity
Teen Solutions, Mount Carmel Youth Ranch, Triangle Cross Ranch, and Bear Tooth
Mountain Ascent Need to Report Any Misconduct (i.e. negligence, unethical and
unprofessional conduct, abuse, etc.) Committed By: Matthew Schneider (license
#: CAP), Penny Gifford (license #: LAT-264 and LAT-320), Justin D. McColl
(license #: LPC-957), Bernadette Schmitt (license #: LPC-1314), Joseph Hyland
(license #: LPC-950), and Rebecca Sloan (license #s: CAP-132, PPC-829) and/or
any other professional in Wyoming by filing complaints at:
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
In Wyoming, there are no statutes of limitation on any
crimes. Crimes can be reported to law enforcement at any time for
prosecution in Wyoming. For civil suits in Wyoming,
the statute of limitations is 4 years.
Options for you to take action and/or seek redress/justice
today are listed below:
1. Report crimes such as assault, fraud,
battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Wyoming. You
can call the Powell Police at
(307) 754-2212 to inquire about filing an official complaint which may
provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or
2. File a consumer complaint with your home
state's attorney general against this program and include your request for
compensation for any harm done to you. If you live in Wyoming and/or
would like to file consumer complaint as a non-resident with the Attorney
General of Wyoming, visit:
3. If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a
private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.
However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of
court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly
about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to
the terms of the settlement.
4. You may send a new e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject "Post My
Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf
disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in
your e-mail with that subject) to
https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm and add a direct
link to those .pdf files to this page .
may also wish to provide a guest sermon. Guest sermons are
https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress
Reports/Guest Sermons at
https://www.cope.church/conversion.htm where appropriate, and on
program info pages when applicable. So, one provided by
you on your program would also be placed on this page .
Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and
sent to email@example.com . Your first and last name will be
disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly request
disclosure). For sermons available on our site see
https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm (and sermon
archives linked on that page). If you have questions about
this option, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see
https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf to get an idea
what your sermon may be worth.
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on
our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or
provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the
public. The HEAL Mission of COPE (HEAL) found in many cases where this
offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our
concerns. For some examples see
feedback. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions
or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing,
academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and
researching programs on our watch-lis/enrolled in the Conversion Program to
assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims
requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We
do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and
verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is
in error, we're happy to make a correction.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many
reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative,
fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent
misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved
ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court
order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary
placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either
violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement
or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to
parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own
rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See
https://www.cope.church/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now,
most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and
sworn statements legal guardians must sign assuring the program that the parents/legal
the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a
segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal
prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case.
In fact, in the David Taylor case found at
https://www.cope.church/provocases.htm , Taylor sued Provo Canyon School
and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of
the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including
false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the
mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would
entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening
illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result
in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise
good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children
when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of
fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed
against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are
in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated
congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is
unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a
person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For
more on this, watch the HEAL Report at
https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see:
includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.)
– On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of
Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had
asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could
not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the
State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is
always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the
institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David
Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy
League) explains this in detail at
"Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want
to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause
problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization
methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the
psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in
this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the
best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than
living with a loving family. Source:
schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care
settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social
death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is
clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have
reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more
showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and
ineffective. You can request these documents via
e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or
claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to
check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services.
Please see article: "Avoiding
Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests
rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort
against your child if done against their will without a court order), please
see articles: "Fix Your
Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation
"Teens were sent to Wyoming ranches for therapy. They say they found a
nightmare of hard labor and humiliation. Two Christian programs are accused of
forcing troubled teens to do heavy farm work. One man says he was
branded with a cross. Three women say they were tied to a goat as a
punishment...For girls who were depressed, drinking, skipping school or
fighting with their families, Trinity Teen Solutions claimed to offer a cure.
Desperate parents paid $6,000 a month to send their children to the Christian
therapeutic program at a working ranch in a remote area of Wyoming, often
without visiting first...In recent interviews and court filings, the women
described injuries to their hands, legs and feet, including cuts, frostbite
and in one case torn ligaments requiring surgery, from hauling heavy metal
pipes to irrigate fields and carrying bales of hay they said weighed over 50
pounds. The girls built barbed wire fences, dragged carcasses of dead animals
into a pile and were driven around the county to clean churches and recreation
centers, they said...Andrew Scavuzzo, a plaintiff in the current lawsuit
against the ranches, said the labor went far beyond simple chores; the boys
had to build barns and repair vehicles at the ranch, install air conditioning
units at a church, work in construction and bag coffee grounds for a monastery
up the road from the ranch that has its own business, Mystic Monk Coffee. The
monastery, Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, is run by
Daniel Schneider, another of Gerald Schneider’s sons. The monastery and its
coffee business did not respond to requests for comment. Triangle Cross Ranch
disputed in a court filing this year that it required boys to work at the
monastery. “It was child labor,” said Scavuzzo, 27, who was sent to the ranch
from Colorado in 2012, when Schneider operated it under the name Mount Carmel
Youth Ranch. “Basically, you were just a slave for the owners because we were
‘troubled,’ and they were going to strengthen us into men or something like
that.”" Read more at source:
10/12/22: A Reading on Mount Carmel Youth Ranch by Guest Sermonizer (and
Survivor) Bob Hummel: