Our Staff

Darren Swalberg

Darren Swalberg is an owner and Director of the Storm Ridge Ranch South facilities. He has been a program manger for 10 years for our company. Darren has a business management degree from the Southern Utah University. He has worked in many church youth groups. Darren is still actively involved in the family ranch business as well as sharing his expertise with our program.

MaryAnn Larsen

MaryAnn Larsen is an owner and Director of the Storm Ridge Ranch North facility. She has worked in the field of youth services for 20+ years, working in close association with private families, youth corrections, juvenile justice, public and specialty schools, and local community services agencies. She attended Brigham Young University in Interior Design.

Richard Larsen

Richard Larsen has spent the last 20+ years working with youth in one area or another from foster care to his current position as the Farm Ranch Manger for Storm Ridge Ranch. Rick has a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Utah State University as well as 20+years experience managing a 1500 acre cattle ranch. Rick also serves as the Activities Director and consistently provides opportunities for the residents to practice the skills they learn and develop in real life situations.

Chris Woods

Chris Woods has worked with our youth for over six years as an Assistant to the Ranch Manager and a Residential Counselor. He has been riding and training horses for over 20 years and trains our youth in the use and care of our horses and other ranch activities.

Brian Wood

Brian Wood, MS has been involved with the Storm Ridge Ranch Program for over 15 years. As a teacher Brian has been certified as an instructor in a number of subjects relevant to the Storm Ridge Ranch mission. He has B.S. in Forestry, and a M.S. in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he shares his outdoor experience with the youth in the program.

Kevin Molchan

Kevin Molchan has been involved with Storm Ridge Ranch South for over nine years. He is responsible for assisting the Director with program operations He has also worked nine years previously with a technological firm.

Trina Swalberg

Trina Swalberg has headed the academic program at Storm Ridge Ranch for over 12 years. She graduated from the Southern Utah University with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. Trina has participated in special training and certification programs and is very experienced in working with special education and at risk youth in the academic arena. Trina is assisted in these efforts by the teaching staff as well as the support staff.

SueAnn Swalberg

SueAnn Swalberg has taught for Storm Ridge Ranch South for over ten years. She is a licensed teacher and is very experienced in working with at risk youth. She graduated from Utah State University. In addition, she is involved in the family ranch business.

Wade Jensen

Wade Jensen has been the auto shop instructor for over five years. He also is excellent at mathematics. Wade attended Southern Utah University..He has had Over 15 years experience in automotive repair and restoration. Wade also has a L.P.N. degree from Snow College and has owned an electronics business.

Clint Shepherd

Clint Shepherd has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant and Residential Counselor since 2008. He studied commercial art for two years at Sevier Valley Applied Technical Center and has experience working as an electrician’s assistant.

Ben Lindgren

Ben Lindgren has worked for us for six years. He attended Dixie College in fine arts. Ben has worked for us in a variety of capacities besides Teacher’s Assistant including Residential Counselor and Activities Coordinator. He is an avid outdoorsman and experienced horseman. Ben is licensed in EAP and EGALA (horse assisted therapies) . He has also been a certified instructor in Positive Control Systems.

JoAnne Harris

JoAnne Harris, LPC has a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Utah, and a Masters in Education/School Counseling from the University of Phoenix She worked for the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services as a caseworker from seven years. She has worked as a therapist for Storm Ridge Ranch from 2002 to present.

Kory Meachum

Kory Meachum, MAEd, LPC received Masters degree in Education in 2002 from Brigham Young University and his LPC from Brigham Young in 2003. He has been a therapist for Storm Ridge Ranch since 2007. He has experience working on Adolescent Adjustment Issues, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Communication Issues, Self-esteem, Conflict Resolution, Juvenile Offenders, and Sexual Issues (perpetrator or victim).

Chris Farrer

Chris Farrer, LCSW received a B.S. in social work from Brigham Young University in 1989; and, a M.S. in social work from BYU in 1991. He has over 20 years experience working with mental health issues, experiential activities, youth skills development, and problem adoptions.