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Our Team

 
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Clinical Director/ Founder

Patti Hollenbeck-Dial

Dr. Patti Hollenbeck-Dial has thirty two years of extensive experience in working with adolescents. With a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Patti specialized in working as a therapist with adolescents and their families in private practice for 6 years and in residential treatment for 11 years. In 2003, Patti left her practice and dedicated her life to developing and running Maple Lake Academy and has loved every minute of this work! Prior to being a therapist, she was a full time educator, teaching biology to junior high and high school students.

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Program Director/ Founder

Nichol Holwege

Nichol Holwege began her experience as an intern at the Utah State Hospital working on the Youth Unit where she led daily recreational groups. Nichol has 22 years of experience working in residential treatment with both adolescent girls and boys.
Nichol obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Brigham Young University. Through her education and 22 years of experience, she has extensive knowledge working with those dealing with depression, anxiety, reactive attachment, addiction and ASD.
Nichol grew up in Oregon where she learned to love the beautiful outdoors of the Northwest fishing, hiking, camping. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, long distance cycling, and gardening. Nichol’s long term goal is to some day cycle across the United States.
Nichol is also a member of Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).

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Residential Manager / Life Skills Coach

Matt De La Mare

Matt De La Mare has been part of the Maple Lake Academy family for just over four years. He started at Maple Lake Academy for Girls in June 2015 and worked there primarily as a shift supervisor for three years. Matt left Maple Lake in November 2018 and later returned to Maple Lake but as a staff at the Bridges Independent Living Program. He was hired as the Residential Director and later the Independent Living Specialist and oversees the program, its residents and staff. 


Matt is married to his wife, Stacey. They were married in May of 2019. They met while both working at the girls' school as supervisors. Matt and Stacey enjoy movies, board games and spending time outdoors. They have a cute and energetic dog named June.


Matt is currently attending BYU-Idaho Online, pursuing a BS in Marriage and Family Studies with plans to also earn a Master’s degree in Social Work. His ultimate career goal is to become a therapist and have his own practice. 


Matt is very passionate about his work. He enjoys building fun, meaningful relationships and likes to help clients learn to solve their own problems. Matt feels strongly about teaching others how to deal with life’s difficulties and is quite open about his own struggles- a battle with cancer, anxiety and depression- in an effort to relate to and help clients.

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Nursing Director

Caleen Haun

Caleen has enjoyed working with children with learning differences since 1991, in a variety of settings including an intermediate-care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, a recreational rehabilitation program, and with The United Way. After previously studying Humanities at Yale and Brigham Young University, Caleen enjoyed several years as a stay-at-home mother before returning to school and earning her nursing degree from Utah Valley University. As an RN she has enjoyed specializing in psychiatric, behavioral, and mental health nursing. Before coming to Maple Lake Academy’s girls school in 2009, she worked in long-term-care for dually-diagnosed children, and then with a multi-state nonprofit organization that specialized in home and community-based support services for individuals with attachment disorders, adoption issues, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, chronic health concerns, and trauma/abuse/neglect victims. Caleen is also a certified instructor for the American Heart Association.
Caleen and her husband stay very busy with their five children. Together they enjoy camping, backpacking, fishing, football, water-skiing and basketball. She also has an intense love of learning and is always pursuing continuing education. Her other interests include history, reading, etymology, Celtic music, and volunteering at her children’s schools and in community health fairs.

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Life Skills Mentor

Kylee Hansen

Kylee has taught life skills since 2011 to a variety of populations ranging from children and teens to young adults and mothers. She holds a degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and most recently worked as a Consumer Education Specialist for the University of Alabama, and as a Life Skills Teacher at Annunciation Maternity Home. 

Kylee spent the formative years of her childhood in central Texas and after graduating from BYU she married her husband, Benjamin. She previously worked for Maple Lake Academy at the Girls School as a mentor and shift supervisor before moving to Alabama. Roll Tide! She has recently returned to Utah and is excited work at the Bridges Program as “Maple Lake Academy offers a particularly supportive and encouraging environment that promotes growth for both residents and employees unlike anywhere else”. 


In her spare time you can find Kylee enjoying the outdoors, rain or shine, especially with her husband and daughter, Eleanor. She also loves food- particularly BBQ from Texas (of course), gardens, live music, and a good joke.

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Life Skills Mentor

Alisha Talk

Alisha graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Psychology. While at BYU she was president of a student club that focused on bringing Native American cultural events to campus. She also served as a freshman mentor to multicultural students who were seeking to adjust to the demands of college life. While serving Alisha realized my passion to work with youth and has led her to work in residential treatment for the last couple of years. She enjoys activities such as softball, watching the Red Sox, reading crime novels, and spending time outside in beautiful Utah.

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Life Skills Mentor

Ellis Bennett

Ellis Bennett goes to school at UVU majoring in Behavioral Science. She is extremely active in the outdoors she loves hiking, climbing, skiing, backpacking ext. She loves finding good deals on plane tickets and traveling. She always has miss matching socks, and a smile on her face.

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Life Skills Mentor

Meagan

Meagan is 22 years old and is currently in the process of getting a bachelors degree from Utah Valley University in modern dance. She has danced on the ballroom team at UVU and participated in various projects as a dancer at the university. She is very passionate about dance and wants to use that passion to help people. Ultimately her goal is to become a Dance Movement Therapist. Meagan has worked in various capacities as a social worker, because she is drawn to occupations where she can interact with people in a positive and helpful way.

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Life Skills Mentor

Meagan Boggess

Meagan is a student at Utah State University studying pre-nursing. She is passionate about music composition, songwriting, and music production. Meagan enjoys weight lifting and exercising, camping, creating handmade jewelry, and experiencing nature in all forms. She is an advocate for mental health, mindfulness, and meditation

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Life Skills Mentor

Dexonna Talbot

Dexonna Talbot has lived in Spanish Fork her entire 20 years of life. She is a ballet major at the University of Utah while also working towards her masters in special education. She was crowned as Miss Utah 2019-2020 and loves to serve.

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Human Resources

Nathan Smith

Nathan’s journey at MLA began in 2011 when he started as an on-call mentor, and worked his way up to be the Residential Manager at the Girls School. In 2015, Nathan and his wife, Kerri, moved to Oregon for Kerri to attend dental school, during which time Nathan worked in HR roles at Dungarvin Inc., a national provider of support services for adults with developmental disabilities; and at Kyocera International, Inc., a global manufacturer of ceramic technologies. Nathan is excited to rejoin the MLA team in 2019 as the new HR Manager, and support the Maple Lake programs from the staffing and employment perspective. Why return to MLA?
“There is no other place quite like Maple Lake Academy. We are a gold standard of treatment for our students and their families, and we are an incredible place to work. No other program I’ve experienced has such a cohesive interdisciplinary team of professionals, and the right approach with its students, as I’ve seen with MLA. I knew it would be hard to leave Maple Lake, and obviously I couldn’t stay away.”
Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2014, and is now pursuing his Master in Business Administration from the University of Utah. When not working or in school, Nathan loves to explore the outdoors, make homemade pasta, and hang out with friends and family. Nathan and Kerri reside with their daughter, Raegan, in Pleasant Grove.
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