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 Certified Registered Family Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years...

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Ms. Robertson is a Certified Registered 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 more than 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

Richard White

Director of Education

Rick White joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. in 2014 as the school guidance counselor...

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Rick White joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. in 2014 as the school guidance counselor for all academic programs of the company including the Therapeutic Day School, Private Academy and Elk River Treatment Program. Mr. White's broad leadership experience earned him the promotion to Director of Education in 2017. He holds 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. Aside from education, Mr. White's other leadership experience includes coaching football and political service.

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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 Pinnacle Behavioral Health Inc., Ms. Baker supervises mental health professionals of Pinnacle Private Academy and Elk River Treatment Program. She also oversees the development of individualized learning plans for students.

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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 of her experience include serving as a department head. She is the Special Education Coordinator for programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. and its programs: The Pinnacle Schools, Pinnacle Private Academy and Elk River Treatment Program. Ms. Howie enjoys hiking, camping and music with her two children. Her love and dedication to the students of Pinnacle is evidenced by her work ethic, enthusiasm and creativity in program development for each student whether they are gifted or challenged.

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Jennifer Bellman

Teacher

Jennifer Bellman joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health in 2013 as the English teacher in The...

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Jennifer Bellman joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health in 2013 as the English teacher in The Pinnacle Schools' Credit Recovery program. For years, Ms. Bellman challenged and encouraged high school seniors that had fallen behind their grade level to earn their high school diplomas. Ms. Bellman enjoys preparing engaging and differentiated English labs to supplement 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.     

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

Judy Nichols

Teacher

Judy Nichols is Special Education/Collaborative Teacher for academic programs...

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Judy Nichols is Special Education/Collaborative Teacher for academic programs of Pinnacle Behavioral Health. She retired from a large city school system after 29 years and joined Pinnacle's Therapeutic Day School in the Fall of 2013. Ms. Nichols works with students in need of remediation and/or additional instruction in their core subjects. Ms. Nichols received a Bachelor of Science in Education at Jacksonville State University and earned certification in K-12 Emotionally Conflicted and Mental Retardation. She earned a Master's Degree in Education with K-12 Mild Learning Handicap certification at Jacksonville State University. Ms. Nichols enjoys volunteering at the Special Olympics and has organized student volunteer groups to work at the event.  She and her husband have three girls in college.

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Lisa Ondocsin

Director of Credit Recovery

Lisa Ondocsin joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health Inc. in 2012 as a teacher at Pinnacle's...

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Lisa Ondocsin joined Pinnacle Behavioral Health Inc. in 2012 as a teacher at Pinnacle's Therapeutic Day School  She was named Director of Pinnacle's Credit Recovery Program in 2013. Mrs. Ondocsin served 32 years in the city school system before joining Pinnacle. 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. Mr. Rogers is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) who leads group sessions at Pinnacle Private Academy and Elk River 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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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 extensively with adolescents, their families and professionals in residential settings. She has served in varying roles in 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 after her own son began to...

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Selina Mason was introduced to Pinnacle programs in 2009 after her own son began to struggle after changing schools. With a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations-Journalism from Auburn University and 30 years of experience in advertising, Ms. Mason was recruited in 2011 to join Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. as its Director of Marketing. She pulls from her own experience with troubled teens to assist the admission's department. Ms. Mason and her husband Tony have one son and enjoy living in Huntsville. 

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Duane Hellebrand

Director of Human Resources

Duane Hellebrand is the grandson of a German rocket scientist and grew up in Huntsville. He...

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Duane Hellebrand is the grandson of a German rocket scientist and grew up in Huntsville. He majored and graduated from North Georgia College. Since 1990, Mr. Hellebrand has been involved in the therapeutic treatment of behaviorally disordered teens. He has served in direct care and related roles such as Safety Officer and other administrative and leadership positions. Mr. Hellebrand served in the United States Army in an artillery unit and was honorably discharged. He enjoys outdoor sports including hiking, camping and fishing with his daughter. He enjoys reading historical novels and military history.