All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
Just over two months ago, Alpine's Clinical Director of almost 5 years, Aarika Maisak, brought her third child into the world. Tragically, two weeks later, she received a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer in her colon, lymph nodes and liver. This devastating news has humbled and touched everyone at Alpine, and they have devoted a lot of energy, love, and faith toward Aarika and her young family. Aarika is battling bravely, receiving chemotherapy every two weeks in an effort to slow things down and find hope in this Herculean struggle. Alpine staff and students are thankful for all that has been said and done by many of you already in support of Aarika, and they want to thank Evolving Women for further supporting Aarika in the 5K this week during the IECA Conference in Los Angeles. As awful as this situation is, as people come together during such times Alpine wants you to be reminded of the goodness in humanity.
Aarika was to have returned to Alpine from maternity leave next week, which was eagerly anticipated. Unfortunately, the intensity of her treatments and the physical toll they take on her over the course of numerous days each week has led her to the difficult decision to step down from the Clinical Director position. Thankfully, Aarika has had a right-hand man whom she has worked closely with and prepared to step into her place.
And so, Alpine is very pleased to announce that Dustin Dowdle will take over as Clinical Director. Dustin has spent the past several years as Assistant Clinical Director at Alpine Academy. He has been with Alpine over five years and demonstrated from early on his skill in working with students and their families. Dustin is known and admired for his calm demeanor, gentle and nurturing way with others, and a firm and determined approach with his students and families. During these past months he has continued to served the students and families on his caseload while managing the responsibilities of Clinical Director. Dustin is well prepared to take on this role and Alpine is confident in his skill set and abilities.
Alpine Academy is grateful for Dustin's dedication and willingness to serve. They are also grateful to continue to have Aarika assisting in the clinical department and sharing her love, passion, and expertise with the Alpine team and students.
About Alpine Academy
Alpine Academy is a licensed residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 located in Utah. Students struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Therapy is built into the school day. It is a nationally certified Teaching Family Model treatment program. The students live in homes with married couples, Family Teachers.