About us


Our motto reflects our commitment to each and every student. We understand adolescence can be difficult and often painful. At Sundance Canyon we help our students identify their strengths and develop purpose in their lives as they look to the future with a strong foundation and leadership structure to guide them.


Gerald Hooper, Ph.D., Founder

Kathy Kinghorn, LCSW, SAP, CSAT-S, CMAT


From the owners to direct care staff, SCA is committed to excellence and positive outcomes for both students and their families. This commitment is made possible because SCA is operated and directed by its Owners: Boyd Hooper, Simon Timms, Nate Stoddard, Sheri Hooper, Jillian Bates, Nickie Molaire, Gary Hooper, and Shawn Pearce. Collectively, the owners have served youth in need for more than 100 years.


The staff at SCA is highly trained, dedicated, experienced and fully licensed or certified. Additionally, SCA offers board certified, child and adolescent psychiatry through the University of Utah Neuro-Psychology Center, as well as other medical and educational professionals to meet the needs of our students.


The entire treatment team meets and reviews each youth’s progress every week in order to tailor treatment plans to each youth’s individual needs and abilities. Since parents are required to be members of our treatment team we communicate with them through weekly conference calls and our Parent Learning Center to measure student’s progress and reach treatment goals.

Our Administrative Team

Boyd Hooper Intervention Specialist
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  • 25+ years marketing and business development
  • Owner of residential and therapeutic programs & schools
  • Developed training and educational curricula
  • Soccer and wrestling coach
  • Proud father and grandfather
Simon Timms, LMHC. Clinical Director / President
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  • 20yrs+ consulting and operations for behavioral health programs, and schools
  • Created therapeutic concepts and integrations with the WhyTry program
  • Emphasizes strength-based interventions and Rational-Emotive techniques
  • Wilderness and Outdoor Education Director
  • 6th Degree Black Belt Kenpo Karate
Nate Stoddard Marketing Director / VP
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  • Marketing and consulting for 500+ private businesses
  • Developed online service options for Behavioral Health Services
  • Major contributor/developer of web-based subscription platforms
  • Advocate and fund raising for developmentally disabled children
  • KCBS certified BBQ Judge
Sheri Hooper Financial Director
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  • 20 years working with adolescents
  • Credentialed SCA with over 5 major health care providers
  • Created financial resources and scholarships for families exceeding 1 million annually
  • Developed training protocols for staff and student development and mentoring
  • Designed an accredited Culinary Arts Program for credit and certification
Darin Hansen, MSW, LCSW Primary Therapist
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  • I have been working as a therapist with youth since 2011
  • I utilizing evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Motivational interviewing techniques.
  • I believe I have a strength to connect with the youth and help them to feel comfortable with me when previous attempts to engage them in therapy have failed. 
  • I use experiential activities, sports, and hands-on mechanics to better connect with them 
  • Love the outdoors
  • I am a husband and father to 3 awesome kids!
Samiu Tuitupou Program Director, East House
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  • I love being with my family and traveling
  • I Love to Laugh, have a good time, Work hard, Play Hard.
  • Love the outdoors and being in nature.
  • I love sports Football, Basketball , Rugby
  • I love seeing our students overcome obstacles and slowly making positive changes and seeing the joy it brings to parents and themselves.
Cody Johnson MSW, LCSW – Primary Therapist
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  • Credentialed in the Mindfulness-Based substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents
  • Cried when the Cubs won the world series
  • Can still recite far too many lines from the original Star Wars movies
  • Once made over 100 free throws in a row
  • Was named after "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Princess Salazar Aftercare Coordinator
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  • 24 years old, born & raised in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Alumni & advocate for community events, leaderships camps, and non-profit organizations
  • Employed at Sundance Canyon Academy since April 2019, previously being a floor coach and swing shift manager
  • Married to middle school sweetheart and have a blue heeler named Onyx
  • Sister to 6 siblings
Nikki Stevenson Culinary Director
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  • Graduated from Park City Culinary Institute
  • I have three amazing children.
  • I am passionate about food and teaching.
  • I love to travel.
  • I am an avid gardener and love being outdoors.
Jillian Bates Admissions Director
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  • Mother of 7 children- Circus Ring Master
  • Educational Consulting in Adolescent Treatment for over 15 years. 
  • Owner of Partners In Parenting
  • Certificate in Marriage and Family Studies from BYU-I
Nickie Molaire Parent Advocate
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  • 3 years as Parent Advocate for SCA,
  • 8 years of experience as VP in consumer advertising.
  • Operations manager of restaurants, training and opening new sites
  • Proud Mom of a Sundance graduate
  • Relationship specialist for boutique bodegas.
Christopher Gibson MSW, LCSW
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  • Graduated from the University of Utah with a Major in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work
  • Clinical focus in mental health and substance use.
  • Served in the US armed services as a medic in the Army
  • Therapy modalities most commonly used are CBT. ACT, DBT, Family Systems Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.