Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Gordon Day
    Dr. Gordon Day
    Executive Clinical Director, Founder
  • Brandon S. Park, Ph.D
    Brandon S. Park, Ph.D
    Clinical Neuropsychologist & Behavioral Specialist
  • J’Lene Alexander
    J’Lene Alexander
    Admissions Coordinator
  • Susan Short, APRN
    Susan Short, APRN
    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Mark Rainsdon
    Mark Rainsdon
    Primary Therapist
  • Chad Sanders
    Chad Sanders
  • Tyler Hall
    Tyler Hall
    Field Director
  • Matt Digirolamo
    Matt Digirolamo
    Lead Guide
  • Hope MacArthur
    Hope MacArthur
    Educator
  • Erin Holmes
    Erin Holmes
    Team Lead
  • Amber Seely, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Amber Seely, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Jennifer Call
    Jennifer Call
    BCBA, SPED
  • Justin Manco
    Justin Manco
    Primary Therapist
Dr. Gordon Day
Executive Clinical Director, Founder

 

Seven Stars is owned and operated by founder, Dr. Gordon Day, whose presence is felt in every aspect of Seven Stars.

Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life.  He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.

Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.

Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.

outdoor therapy

Dr. Gordon Day

Brandon S. Park, Ph.D
Clinical Neuropsychologist & Behavioral Specialist

I obtained my Bachelor degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in Psychology and graduated with honors. I continued on at UNLV for my Masters and Doctoral degrees. While doing this my mind was drawn to the significance of the brain and cognitive processes, leading to studying neuropsychology for my Doctoral degree. Neuropsychology is the study of brain behavior relationships, where specific evaluations provide the evidence for the functioning of distinct areas and processes of the brain.

I received mentorship working in a forensic-neuropsychology practice for two full years assessing a wide array of clients suffering from traumatic brain damage, severe mental illness, fetal alcohol exposure, congenital/developmental disorders, anoxia, and stroke. I was also able to begin learning about cognitive rehabilitation. Cognitive rehabilitation is a dynamic field of looking at how we can improve brain function. I am passionate about the importance of using assessment to make changes in the lives of the people I work with.

My internship was at Sonoma Developmental Center where I worked in a model that was entirely focused on the enhancement of positive behavior. Through using a technique called Positive Behavior Support I was taught to understand motivation and reinforcement, which has richly enhanced my understanding of the people I work with. This grounding in positive behavioral approaches was a drastic change in my perspective and continues to be an essential aspect of my approach.

Subsequent to my graduate training I did post-doctoral work under a clinical neuropsychologist at Napa State Hospital. I continued on at Napa State Hospital, working initially with crisis intervention on the admission unit dealing with trauma, substance abuse, suicide, and people in crisis. I later got more understanding of trauma and deep mental health issues on the all-female unit where instituting the use of positive behavioral practices under my direction the unit was able to reduce violence by over sixty-five percent. Within a year of being at Napa State Hospital I was quickly advanced to a position of Senior Psychologist over Neuropsychological Testing, but also led a team working with developmental disabilities. While doing this I had the opportunity to provide hospital wide trainings on neuropsychological and behavioral issues. I was able to supervise interns, teach nursing staff, and was a leader and participant on many hospital wide committees to improve the quality of care and enhance safety at Napa State Hospital. I formed the training curriculum for the Cognitive Rehabilitation Program at the hospital that centered on helping people improve the function of their brain.

Due to a need to be closer to my family I moved to Utah and took part in Wilderness Therapy with Outback Therapeutic Expeditions where I focused on working with students presenting with developmental issues, past brain injury, and more symptomatic presentations. This was a wonderful opportunity to truly work with families in rebuilding relationships. Through this training and growth opportunity I have been able to watch the transformation of several adolescents as they begin taking accountability for themselves, appreciate the power of their own choices, and as families improve the way they interact with each other.

Within the same company I was advanced to a new facility working as the Assessment Director of Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment, which was later named ViewPoint Center. My main job was to evaluate every case coming through the facility both cognitively and behaviorally then write an in-depth neuropsychological report on the findings. The cases typically seen at ViewPoint Center are complex cases involving multiple issues such as developmental disorders, trauma, psychosis, mood dysregulation.

I have also had the opportunity to do private assessment outside of my experiences as a part of ClearView Psychological Services. I conduct very thorough assessments that note the strengths and the limitations of every person I assess. I put the information in practical terms for family members to understand and utilize, while also providing treatment recommendations that are logical and applicable.

J’Lene Alexander
Admissions Coordinator

About

An avid lover of nature and outdoorsman, I spend my leisure time at my family cabin in the mountains, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and four wheeling.

Born and raised in Utah, I moved away for 12 years and served as a military veteran, spouse, and then a civilian.  I have lived around the world, and have known no place better to live than Utah.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Service to others is a passion of mine that brings reward beyond measure.  It has been a driving force throughout my career.  Seeing the vast struggles that families endure, both military and civilian, inspired me to work in treatment.  I wanted to do more, so I went back to school focused on Psychology.  I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Weber State University.   During my studies, I focused on counseling theories, attachment and attachment related disorders, abnormal psychology, struggles associated with LGBTQ youth, as well as conducting research and assessments.

It was during my studies that I found my passion for working with adolescents.  In general, there is less availability of treatment for youth than adults.  Yet, they are more vulnerable and at risk than the adult population.   In my time working as direct care staff at Elevations, I have learned so much from the kids.  Hard work, vulnerability, stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, as well as how to persevere through challenges that would knock down the best of us, are daily feats.  Seeing a student graduate their program, the pride in how far they’ve come, and having been a part of that journey is truly amazing.

With Seven Stars, I look forward to being able to assist families in navigating a very difficult situation and help them start down the road to healing.  Sometimes, the first step is the hardest.  We all struggle and need help from time to time and I am excited to be a part of such an amazing team of mental health professionals to help families rediscover their strength.

Susan Short, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Coming to Seven Stars with numerous years of experience in Family Practice and Psychiatric Nursing, Susan is responsible for the medical management of the program.  “It’s the team approach with regards to the treatment process that is clearly a strength of the program and why I enjoy being a part of the team.  Our multifaceted approach is second to none in my mind.”  She is also appreciative of the flexible approach to the treatment process, “This isn’t a one size fits all program.  We fit the program to the size of the student, physically, emotionally, and mentally.”  She understands how parents feel and wants to emphasize, “Our kids are extremely safe and taken care of at Seven Stars.  We are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and we are mindful of our responsibility for them but also to them.”

Mark Rainsdon
Primary Therapist

Mark is a Primary Therapist and has significant experience working with students experiencing trauma or and inability to adapt to their issues. Mark is clear about his approach with the kids. “Be patient and understand it is their timeline and not always ours.  I have learned to be flexible with my communication style based on the communication style and needs of the student.” In summarizing why he enjoys being a part of the Seven Stars Team, Mark says, “Wilderness is full of life’s lessons. Here at Seven Stars we have all the skills of an RTC level program with the ability to tailor our programming to the individual student.  Most importantly, the people that work here truly care about the kids and place their successes at the forefront.”

Chad Sanders

Chad has been working with this student population for a number of years.  He enjoys the recreational model at Seven Stars and how it is applied to real life experiences for the students.  He states, “I believe that Seven Stars has great balance between therapy, academics, and recreation and is why I really enjoy my time working in the program.”  When Chad is not practicing his trade at Seven Stars, he is spending time in the outdoors with his wife and three young children.

Tyler Hall
Field Director

As an accomplished outdoorsman, Tyler provides guidance to the adventure and recreational portion of the Seven Stars Program.  With extensive experience in providing training and mentorship to other providers in a multitude of programs, Tyler brought his skill set to Seven Stars.  “I get satisfaction out of teaching a ‘new way’ of life to these kids.  There is so much more to life than just depression and anxiety,” he says.  Tyler is also essentially responsible for the student’s safety when in the field and/or participating in adventure activities.  “I realize that I am obligated to the parents of these students to make sure they are safe at all times.  It is hard to leave your child’s safety to someone else.  I take that seriously. We don’t just preach safety, we practice it in all things.”  Tyler’s professional life is also an extension of his personal life, as he is also a certified mountain climbing and mountain biking instructor.

Matt Digirolamo
Lead Guide

Matt was first exposed to working with students dealing with behavior health issues through his many experiences as a camp counselor in his collegiate days.  At that point he knew, “I really enjoy working with these many times misunderstood kids to help them understand they have potential and to help others understand them as well.”  He further states, “At Seven Stars we believe we can help anyone on the spectrum in some way.”  When asked to describe his work and the staff at Seven Stars he exclaims, “In a word, devoted, simply devoted.  This is not a job for me, it’s a lifestyle.” Matt is also currently working on completing his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Hope MacArthur
Educator

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Erin Holmes
Team Lead

Erin has been working with autism affected adults and children for over ten years. Her ability to be exceptionally patient combined with her determined commitment to her clients has proven to be a positive benefit to her students. In her free time, Erin is quite eclectic and active. She plays piano and guitar, enjoys camping and fishing, and participates as a part of a drag racing pit crew.

Amber Seely, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Amber earned her Master’s degree at the University of Utah in speech-language pathology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Amber works closely with our students and their families to facilitate their speech and language skills and has a passion for helping others meet their communication needs. She believes that the Seven Stars program provides a platform for students to implement the social language skills they are learning in real-life situations, creating an ideal environment for functional therapy. Amber values the opportunity she has here at Seven Stars to work alongside a knowledgeable multidisciplinary team with a shared focus on individualized student success, providing each student with a unique support system and encouraging them to go farther, reach new heights, and discover their true potential. Amber has a love for the outdoors and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and rock hounding.

Jennifer Call
BCBA, SPED

Jennifer has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum for fourteen years. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in Special Education and her Master’s Degree in Special Education and Autism from Sam Houston State University. Jennifer taught special education at a public school for 9 years in Texas before moving to Utah to work in the private sector, providing in-home Applied Behavior Analysis Services. She’s excited to be a member of the Seven Stars Team combining her expertise as an educator and Behavior Analyst.

Justin Manco
Primary Therapist

Justin is a Primary Therapist with years of experience in residential programs.  As a previous manager of an acute neurodevelopmental program, Justin understands that treatment on all levels should be tailored to the individual for optimal outcomes.  Using Positive Psychology, and an endless amount of compassion, Justin utilizes the individual’s strengths as a source for overcoming their weaknesses.