Joshua holds an MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the American Psychological Association accredited John F. Kennedy University. In addition to providing consultation services with Live Strong House, he is the lead psychologist of ClearView Psychological Services; a dynamic team of psychologists who provide comprehensive psychological assessment and consultation services to clients in treatment and out.
After his first season working in wilderness therapy in 1994, Joshua knew he wanted to focus his life’s work on supporting adolescents, young adults, and families in transition. He has worked as a transporter, a line staff, a therapist, a staff psychologist, and clinical director in his 24 years working in mental health.
To his work as a psychologist, Joshua brings a wide variety of unique life experiences, including several years as a soldier in a Special Forces unit, overseas work with the Drug Enforcement Agency, rowing for his college varsity crew team, traveling solo through Asia, starting an environmental education program for inner-city youth, and being a parent himself. He and his family work to spend as much time outside and traveling as possible. When he can’t get out, he enjoys wrenching on Land Cruisers and American muscle cars. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and two children.
Biker’s Edge is a full-service bike shop catering to the cycling enthusiasts of Northern Utah. In addition, Biker’s Edge has partnered with Live Strong House to build character and community. Live Strong House students help build and maintain biking trails in Northern Utah, allowing them to get outside and serve. To learn more about Biker’s Edge, visit www.bebikes.com.
The Denovo Project
The De Novo Project is a non-profit that provides scholarships for the Live Strong House and other residential treatment centers (RTCs) that are out of reach for most. The De Novo Project also provides funding to local individuals with mental health needs that traditional insurance does not cover.
The De Novo Project was inspired by the need for mental health services for those suffering from severe depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and other concerns. Ironically, mental health receives limited attention and funding, yet it is one of the most important aspects of our lives.
It takes family, friends, community, and skill building to overcome these mental Goliaths. To learn more about how the De Novo Project is helping local individuals, as well as adolescents and young adults all over the country, visit www.thedenovoproject.org.
Mark has a B.S. in Family Studies and Psychology from Weber State University and an M.S. in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis in Forensic Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Family Life Educator, trained Neurotherapist, and Field Instructor at the University of Utah. Mark is also the founder of the De Novo Project, a charity that provides mental health services and scholarships for therapeutic boarding schools.
One of Mark’s hobbies is competing in endurance events. Mark refers to these hobbies as self-therapy. He runs, bikes, or swims most days and has competed in marathons, Ironman triathlons, and ultra-distance cycling events. He created his own ironman-distance (140.6 mile) triathlon called The Goliath Race, which funds the De Novo Project. He’s also a mediocre skier and rock climber. What Mark enjoys most is spending time with his wife Amy and their five children, Devin (18), Sam (16), Ty (12), Noah (10), and Drue (8). Mark and Amy were high school sweethearts and have been married for 22 years.
Aubrey has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Weber State University. After working at a residential treatment center, she found she loved being around the high-energy and enthusiastic adolescents. She returned to Weber State University, this time graduating with a B.S. in Physical Education Teaching and Health.
Aubrey enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports, spending time in the outdoors, exercising, and camping. She is particularly passionate about service. Aubrey spent time serving the people of Peru by educating the locals about sanitation and health, as well as helping to build playgrounds, parks, and a daycare for the impoverished community.
At Live Strong House, Aubrey works to educate, mentor, and strengthen youth by establishing what she hopes will be life-long relationships. As academic director, she works with each resident to design a curriculum that meets his unique social and academic needs.
Marilyn Siegel LCSW-R holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and education. In 1991, she completed her Masters in Social Work at New York University. She is certified in the Bayley Scales of Infant Assessment, Vineland Training, and the Conners Scale. Marilyn completed postgraduate training in family therapy and in Siphy certification. She completed additional coursework in the areas of Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Object Relations, and CBT, to name a few.
Marilyn holds professional affiliations numerous organizations, including NAEYC, NASW, NCCIP, and NATSAP. She holds NYS certification in Elementary Education (1987) and NYS certification in Social Work (1991). She is an Associate Adjunct Professor at NYU and a supervisor of graduate students in Social Work/Psychology (1991).
Marilyn has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has developed a residential program and, since her return to private practice, has dedicated a portion of her practice to helping teens and their families prevent higher levels of intervention. She collaborates with educational consultants, wilderness therapists, and treatment facilities. Marilyn works therapeutically with the family as a whole and frequently assists the reunification process after therapeutic placements.
Shannon holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Utah as well as a B.S. in Nursing from Weber State University. She received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and is accredited through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner’s (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and licensed with prescriptive authority through the State of Utah as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner.
Shannon has 25 years of experience working in the mental health field with adolescents and adults. She strives to provide the skills, resources, and tools needed for patients to develop their fullest potential. Outside of work, Shannon spends time in the outdoors mountain biking, soaking in the sun by the beach, hiking, playing with her dog, and enjoying the company of her children, Avery and Zach. She is always up for a new adventure.
Aaron Edwards has a B.S. in Technical Sales and Marketing from Weber State University. For nearly 20 years, Aaron was an owner of a successful business, acting in many capacities, including project manager, sales manager, general manager, and the association president of the industry. Aaron was the lead on innovation and bringing new technology to the industry.
Aaron has always enjoyed mentoring adolescent boys and has been involved with youth programs for more than fifteen years. During this time, he developed a true passion for youth and now dedicates his career to helping youth with their challenges. Aaron’s business expertise and real-life application helps youth better understand the dos and don’ts of life. Aaron knows what it means to become a contributing member of society, not just emotionally but also by learning practical skills like writing a resume, interviewing for a job, developing and keeping a budget, and handling life’s challenges. At Live Strong House, Aaron provides opportunities for residents to gain these skills.
Aaron loves to bike, run, hike, ski, and camp—anything that involves the outdoors. He has completed many long-distance races and events and enjoys any athletic challenge. Aaron is married and enjoys family time with his wife and four daughters.
Paul brings to Live Strong House 28 years of experience and knowledge in the residential treatment industry. He has worked in various capacities over those years, including special education teacher, group facilitator, academic director, program director, clinical director, and marketing director. He was an executive director for 10 years.
Paul earned his B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, and a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of Utah, where he also earned distinction as a Comprehensive Behavior Specialist. He has specialty training in behavior management, behavior consulting, assessments and testing, and vocational training. Paul holds a Special Education teaching certificate from Utah State University. He has six children and a wife he loves doing everything with. He enjoys the outdoors, running, and biking, but his favorite thing of all is playing with his kids and dancing with his wife, Sara.
The Goliath Race is a one-of-a-kind 140.6-mile full-distance Ironman triathlon relay race. (The swim is 2.4 miles; the bike is 112 miles, and the run is 26.2 miles.) This will be the most fun, spectator-friendly race in the state of Utah. The Goliath may sound intimidating, but when done as a team, conquering the Goliath is easier than you think.
The Goliath Race supports the De Novo Project, which generates scholarships for the Live Strong House and other residential treatment centers (RTCs) that are out of reach for most. The De Novo Project also provides funding to local individuals with mental health needs that traditional insurance does not cover. The students at Live Strong House, along with their families, participate in this epic, unforgettable adventure.
To find out more or to register for the Goliath Race, visit