The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Karen Lee

Founder, President & CEO

Ms. Lee, MSN, CRNA, is the Chair of the Board of The Pinnacle Schools. She is a graduate of...

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Ms. Lee, MSN, CRNA, is the Chair of the Board of The Pinnacle Schools. She is a graduate of Charity Hospital/Xavier University, earning her master's degree in Nurse Anesthesiology. In addition to her nurse practitioner skills, she has been involved in the organization and management of a large anesthesia practice. She developed a keen interest in behaviorally disordered teens when her own child manifested problems, prompting her to place him in a wilderness treatment program. She is the mother of two sons and a daughter.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Bonnie Robertson

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Robertson is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience in wellness...

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Ms. Robertson is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience in wellness programming, health and physical education, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise testing and prescription, and endurance athlete coaching. She has over 20 years of nursing experience. Her experience as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner extends to areas such as Bariatric Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Cardiology. Her current credentials include American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist, licensed provider of Shapedown Weight Management Programs for children & adolescents, USA Triathlon Level-I Coach, USA Track & Field Level-I Coach, American Heart Association BLS, PALS and ACLS certifications. She has won awards as Outstanding Young Educator, Outstanding Huntsvillian and Outstanding Alabamian for her work teaching special population exercise programs. Her passions include running, wildlife and nature conservation, yoga, any activity involving water, organic gardens, and orchid growing. She lives in Huntsville with her husband and 3 dogs.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Angie Griffin

Principal & Director of Education

Angie Griffin has diverse educational experiences that includes consulting, teaching special...

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Angie Griffin has diverse educational experiences that includes consulting, teaching special education students with behavior disorders, guidance counselor and coordinating institutional effectiveness at a post-secondary university. As a consultant, she worked with executive leadership of Fortune 100 companies and educational systems. Griffin has worked as a family counselor and adolescent psychotherapist, management leadership and organizational development consultant for corporate and educational systems. As an educator and aviator, Griffin has enjoyed using helicopters to teach students about the hidden joys of science and math. She serves on the Board of Directors for FlyQuest, a non-profit group with a vision to provide aerospace education and career opportunities to under-served youth.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Richard White

School Guidance Counselor

Rick White joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. in 2014. He serves as School Guidance...

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Rick White joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. in 2014. He serves as School Guidance Counselor for Pinnacle Therapeutic Day School, Pinnacle Private Academy and the residential Elk River Treatment Program. Mr. White earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama and an undergraduate degree from Athens State University. He also attended Samford University. Every day Mr. White's smile and enthusiasm radiates positive energy regardless of the day's circumstances. “I like everything about my job. I get to work with people who come to work every day wanting to do everything they can to help kids that have not had a lot of help in their lives. I get to work with people who want the best for those they see every day.”

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Penny Baker

Director of Clinical Services

Penny Baker has worked with adolescents and families for more than 20...

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Penny Baker has worked with adolescents and families for more than 20 years beginning as a counselor in 1992 before quickly progressing to leadership roles in residential settings for adolescents. Before accepting the position of Clinical Services Director at Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Ms. Baker had earned her LPC-S, was in private practice and provided counseling and psycho-educational services to service members and their families. At The Pinnacle Schools, Ms. Baker supervises its mental health professionals and she oversees the development of individualized learning plans for students.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Aletha Howie

Special Education Coordinator

Aletha Howie served the special education departments of public school systems in Alabama and...

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Aletha Howie served the special education departments of public school systems in Alabama and North Carolina for 32 years, many years as a department head. She is the Special Education Coordinator for The Pinnacle Schools, Pinnacle Academy and Elk River Treatment Program. Ms. Howie enjoys hiking, camping and music with her two children and says that she loves working for programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Andrea Clayton

Teacher

Andrea Clayton was born in Huntsville but moved several times before graduating from high school...

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Andrea Clayton was born in Huntsville but moved several times before graduating from high school in Ripon, Wisconsin. In 1983 she returned home to attend UAH and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology with an Environmental Science Certification, and a minor in Chemistry. Mrs. Clayton says her most proud accomplishment to date is serving as a Space Shuttle Coordinator. She taught Astronaut Jan Davis to perform a cell separation experiment and tested the experiment's hardware on rocket launches in White Sands, NM. She later earned a Master's Degree in Biology with a Secondary Education Certification from UAH. Mrs. Clayton is married with two children.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Jennifer Bellman

Teacher

Jennifer Bellman joined The Pinnacle Schools in 2013 as the English teacher in the Credit...

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Jennifer Bellman joined The Pinnacle Schools in 2013 as the English teacher in the Credit Recovery program. Ms. Bellman challenges and encourages high school seniors that have been referred to Pinnacle's Credit Recovery Program by Huntsville City Schools to earn their high school diplomas. Ms. Bellman enjoys preparing engaging and differentiated English labs to supplement the student curriculum. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Bellman has filled many roles as an educator in her hometown including Language Arts teacher, Reading Specialist, Communication Arts Department Chair, district substitute teacher trainer, and new teacher mentor.     

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Lisa Ondocsin

Director of Credit Recovery

Lisa Ondocsin joined The Pinnacle Schools in 2012 when she retired from 32 years of...

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Lisa Ondocsin joined The Pinnacle Schools in 2012 when she retired from 32 years of service in Huntsville City Schools. She was named Director of Pinnacle's Credit Recovery Program in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mental Retardation and a Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities. Mrs. Ondocsin, fondly referred to as Mrs. O, truly enjoys helping teenagers identify and meet their goals. Mrs. O lives in Huntsville with her husband of 38 years.

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Martez Rogers

Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC)

Martez Rogers is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with...

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Martez Rogers is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Growth and Development from Alabama A&M University. He also earned a Master of Science in Psychology. Mr. Rogers is also an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) and leads group sessions at the therapeutic day school, as well as the residential treatment program. He enjoys drumming, Djembe and acoustic percussion. His other hobbies include raising Koi and developing a ecosystem for his Koi pond.

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George Smith

Coordinator Behavioral Interventionists

George Smith joined The Pinnacle Schools as a behavioral interventionist for the alternative...

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George Smith joined The Pinnacle Schools as a behavioral interventionist for the alternative school. His leadership skills soon elevated him to Coordinator of Behavioral Interventionists. Mr. Smith is certified in Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) and leads SAMA trainings at all Pinnacle campuses.

The Pinnacle Schools - Therapeutic Alternative School & Private Academy in Huntsville Alabama

Kathy DeMellier

Director of Admissions

Kathy DeMellier was raised in Columbus, Ohio and later moved to Alabama where she has lived for...

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Kathy DeMellier was raised in Columbus, Ohio and later moved to Alabama where she has lived for the past 26 years. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Auburn University and later went on to earn her Master's Degree in Counseling. Since 1993, Ms. DeMellier has worked with adolescents, their families and professionals in residential settings. She has served in varying roles in the residential programs including clinical, administrative and admissions. Ms. DeMellier enjoys spending time with her family and friends, raising her daughter, painting and traveling.

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Selina Mason

Director of Marketing

Selina Mason was introduced to Pinnacle programs in 2009 through personal experience. Her...

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Selina Mason was introduced to Pinnacle programs in 2009 through personal experience. Her own teenage son fell behind in school after changing schools. He later opted to finish high school at the The Pinnacle Schools rather than return to public school. With a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from Auburn University and almost 30 years of experience in advertising, Ms. Mason was recruited in 2011 to join Pinnacle as Director of Marketing. She pulls from her own experience with troubled teens to assist parents in the admissions process. Ms. Mason and her husband Tony have one son and enjoy living in Huntsville.