This is the History of and Reporting Guide for Teen Challenge of Georgia (Locations: Athens (closed), Atlanta, Columbus, Lithonia (closed), Stone Mountain (closed), Carrollton (closed), Bremen (closed), Augusta (closed), Douglasville (closed), Macon, Meansville, and Dublin.)
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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 guest sermon 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 virtual graveyard.
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|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||Athens Location--There is no information on staff for this location.* This program is closed.|
|Tim & Barbara Newbon||Directors||Atlanta Location--There is no information on staff for this location.* There are no enrollment materials available online or to the general public for this location.|
|Greg W.Keylon||Executive Director||Meansville Location--Prayer Mountain Boys Academy--Read about the battle in Meansville! --According to the Teen Challenge bio, Mr. Keylon grew up in the Teen Challenge cult. HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program. See below for more information.|
|NO OTHER NAMES||NO OTHER TITLES||Meansville Location--Prayer Mountain Boys Academy--There is no further information on staff for this location.* HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program. See below for more information.|
|Claude Mooneyhan||Director||Columbus Location--Columbus Girls' Center--He and wife Berita have been Teen Challenge cult-members since 1989. There are no enrollment materials available online or to the general public for this location.|
|Rebecca Boone||Program Manager||Columbus Location (Actual Location: Seale, AL) --Columbus Girls' Academy--Program claims to be registered as a non-public school with Alabama Department of Education and to be accredited by the National Association of Private Schools (NAPS). HEAL submitted a request to the Alabama Department of Education regarding verification of Columbus Girls' Academy's claim regarding registration and for further information on what exactly such registration provides in terms of assurance regarding oversight, accountability, and quality of service. Columbus Girls' Academy is accredited by NAPS. But, what does this mean? NAPS charges "accreditation fees" and relies solely on "peer review" and self-evaluation in its accreditation process. These do not represent a valid basis for oversight or accountability and it raises serious concerns. NAPS is membership organization first and accreditation appears to be a benefit of paid membership. This is unethical. NAPS charges a $145 application fee, $395 accreditation fee, $30.00 certification fee, and annual renewal fee of $195. Boone is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Sarah Gibson||Counselor||Gibson is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Patricia Julian||Counselor||Julian is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Kimberly Blank||School Administrator||Blank is not a licensed educator in Alabama. Source: http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx|
|Karen Sumpter||Teacher||Sumpter is not a licensed educator in Alabama. Source: http://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx|
|Emily Christensen||Residential Staff||Christensen is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Jenny Brickley||Residential Staff||Brickley is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Emily Harper||Junior Staff||Harper is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Annette Prim||Program Assistant||Prim is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Kate Fagin||Program Assistant||Fagin is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Randy Roberts||Senior Administrator||Roberts is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|June Morfi||Administrative Asst.||HEAL did not perform a background/qualifications check on Morfi since clerical work typically does not require special licensing or qualifications.|
|Denise Grossman||Kitchen Coordinator||HEAL did not perform a background/qualifications check on Grossman since kitchen/food prep typically does not require special licensing or qualifications.|
|Robert Lee||Director||Lee is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Karla Lee||Director||Lee is not a licensed counselor in Alabama. Source: http://www.abec.alabama.gov/index.htm|
|Chris Trivolis||Director||Macon Location--Trivolis' only qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate". Appears to be operating as Challenge Lawn Maintenance from the program location. And, Challenge Lawn Maintenance uses the same address and phone number as the program. This program may be closed.|
|NO OTHER NAMES||NO OTHER TITLES||Macon Location--Macon Men's Center--There is no further information on staff for this location.|
|Paul Burek||Director||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Burek's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate". There are no enrollment materials available online or to the general public for this location.|
|Lori Burek||(Paul's wife) Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--|
|John & Lynne Shewman||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--John's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".|
|Kathy Bracewell||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--|
|Charlie Bradley||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Qualification: Received treatment for addiction at a local hospital.|
|Jim Fennell||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--|
|Brian Grady||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Brian's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".|
|Jerry Hart||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Jerry's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".|
|Melissa Hart||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Melissa's qualification is that she is a Teen Challenge "graduate".|
|Corey Paradie||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Corey's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".|
|Clayton Stone||Staff||Dublin Location--Middle Georgia Men's Center--Clayton's qualification is that he is a Teen Challenge "graduate".|
|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||Lithonia Location-- There is no information on staff for this location.* This program is closed.|
|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||
Stone Mountain Location--There is no information on staff for this location.*
From C. (Mother of victim of Stone Mountain Teen Challenge--Dated: July 21st, 2009):
My teenage son who was fifteen then, went to a teen challenge program in Stone Mountain, GA in January..He was assaulted by another kid the first week...he ran away from the facility and spent the night out in 10 degree weather...he was able to escape from the staff at least three times....they didn't even call me one time to let me know what was happening....he told me that there was another kid there that repeatedly masturbated in front of the other kids there. He ran away another time and when they got him back they took him to a barber and had his head shaved...my son told me while he was in the barber shop the staff member who was supposed to be supervising him left to go next door to a tanning bed leaving him alone...where he obviously had the oportunity to run again...then he ran away again and the next day called me on someone's cell phone saying he was at the home of a staff memeber with another teenager...luckily my cousin was close enough to drive up there and get him...after I got him back I had problems getting them to send my son's belongings....I was informed during one phone call to try to retrieve his belongings that they were in the process of closing that facility down...one of the results of my son being there is a that when he ran away one time he shoplifted at a WalMart...we now have that legal issue to deal with...I thought I was paying for a twenty four hour babysitter and I got more problems...he was much worse when he got home...he had nightmares and lots of psychological problems including depression and anxiety which we have had to deal with...this program needs to be eliminated....I want them to pay for what they did to my son and to other kids. that was the worst experience of my child's life to date...I hope they shut them down forever."
This program is closed.
|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||Carrollton Location--There is no information on staff for this location.* This program is closed.|
|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||Bremen Location--There is no information on staff for this location.* This program is closed.|
|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||Augusta Location-- There is no information on staff for this location.* This program is closed. The phone number now belongs to "The UPS Store", totally unrelated business.|
|NO NAMES||NO TITLES||Douglasville Location--There is no information on staff for this location.* This program is closed.|
OPEN LETTER SUBMITTED BY FORMER STAFF TO ROBERT AND KARLA LEE OF THE
COLUMBUS GIRL'S ACADEMY
Received: June 18th, 2013
To Bob and Karla Lee,
I have refrained from speaking with the two of you for a long time because the last few times I had spoken with you, I was threatened with the flames of hell. (Thanks Karla!) Anyway, ever since I left my position at Teen Challenge I have been examining all of what the two of you taught me in Teen Challenge.
First, you taught that God’s love was entirely conditional based on my performance. You required us to fast for 21 days every January. Also, Bob, you would frequently look down on the staff when we were not worshipping the way that you wanted. I remember a few different times when, in the middle of worship, you would reprimand us for being “silent and unexcited.” Maybe there are many ways to worship. If you don’t like the way the staff worships, then get over it. You can’t control everything. Or perhaps you should have considered that we were tired from the added hours to our shifts, and the constant inconveniences (due to Kate Fagin, who would manipulate and guilt trip the staff for not serving outside of their 40 hour shifts, church attendances, chapel attendances, and 3-5 hour long staff meetings.) Not only was our worship was criticized, but also our prayer. In staff meetings, you (Bob again) told us that if we could not pray in front of each other, then we were phony. Nothing like being forced into prayer and feeling guilty when we didn’t feel led to pray for anything. It was ridiculous that we felt this pressure to do everything right in front of you all the time. Bob you are a nightmare.
Second, you taught me that favoritism and judgement is okay. For example, Kate Fagin, a horrible leader and disrespectful staff, is “like a daughter to you” and you have fired two staff for contradicting her. However, you say you go against “favoritism.” Something doesn’t add up. While we are talking about favoritism, isn’t that why you (still Bob) typically picked the more attractive students to recruit for volunteer projects? I watched you favor many girls and then be very rude to others. Oh and lets not forget Shelby Hill, the celebrity of Teen Challenge! Shelby was frequently doing “her own thing.” After her shift, she would hit the bar and come back wasted. She also left the entire dorm, 20 girls, in the hands of one 17 year old (me) all night. Shelby had a boyfriend who she was sleeping with. Obviously he was kept a secret, but it didn’t last long because Shelby has religion instead of brains. Instead of firing her, like you did to two other respectable staff who were let go because of the awful/disrespectful supervisors, you allowed her a chance to resign. This chance was not given to any other staff even though Shelby’s case was by far the worst. This infuriates me.
I have a lot more to say, especially to Bob, but I will only say a little. I have never had a father. Mine is abusive and hateful (and he gets away with it because assholes like you glorify him.) Not even three weeks ago he said he never wanted kids. This explains why I was not cared for. Anyway, I was 15 years old when I entered teen challenge and 18 when I left and I didn’t ever see what a good male figure was like. At 14,15,16, even 17, and 18, the young girls at Teen Challenge with illegitimate, or deceased fathers (and mothers but thats another story) are craving healthy male attention. I feel so sorry for them because they try to impress you, Bob, but you will never care about them. You will look for ways to insult them, to demean them, and to patronize them. I wish more people knew about who you really are. Then they would never fucking allow their children near you. You are intrinsically evil, and you will never change.
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
2. File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Teen Challenge and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you. If your home state is Georgia or you'd like to file with the Georgia State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link: https://consumer.georgia.gov/resolve-your-dispute/how-do-i-file-complaint If your home state is Alabama or you'd like to file with the Alabama State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link: https://www.alabamaag.gov/consumercomplaint
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 .
5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon. Guest sermons are posted at 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.
|2/10/21: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report: Teen Challenge in GA|
|3/30/22: A Reading on Columbus Girls Academy (Teen Challenge) by Kaci Cox, Guest Sermonizer|
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