Utah Achievement Center Therapeutic Boarding Schools for Teenaged Girls in Utah



“From Possibility to Reality”…

Our motto reflects our commitment to each and every girl. We understand

adolescence can be difficult and often painful. At Utah Achievement

Center we help girls identify their strengths and develop purpose

in their lives as they look to the future with hope and enthusiasm.

Meet some of our staff who make great things possible…

  Diana Robbins is an LCSW with 20 years of experience

as a caseworker and supervisor for the Division of Child and Family

Services in Utah. She has completed work as a Domestic Violence

Counselor and an Individual and Family Therapist. She has worked

at a Residential Treatment Facility, Family Support Center, Youth

Service Center, Juvenile Court Office, and Detention Center. She

has helped develop and complete an Independent Living Program and

a Youth Self-Esteem Program. Diana has a private business in which

she conducts custody evaluations, visitation evaluations, and adoptive

home studies for the court. She has also worked as a Licensing Specialist

for the State of Utah regulating treatment facilities.

  Lorrie Merriam has a Bachelor’s degree in Social

work and will complete her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling

in December 2005. She has experience in working directly with inmates

in a prison educational setting and has six years of experience

with the Division of Child and Family Services in Utah as a child

protective services worker, in-home, foster care, and family preservation

worker. Lorrie has a lot of years of experience in placing and supervising

youth in placements and working closely with schools, family and

the court system to provide for the needs of the youth. She has

worked as a deputy probation officer and a youth services worker.

Lorrie specializes in IEP services, credit recovery and post graduation

services including college and/or employment.

  Aaron Nicolaides comes to the Achievement Center

from Wyoming, where he was in Private Practice mental health counseling.

Aaron received his Bachelor’s of Social Work from Weber State

University and his Master’s of Social Work from the University

of Wyoming. Aaron worked at the Wyoming State Hospital in the Forensics

and Outpatient Services units where he received his Licensed Clinical

Social Work (LCSW) certification. Aaron has experience working with

children, teenagers and adults, home health, hospice, adoption,

substance abuse, child custody cases, in addition to working as

a volunteer counselor for the American Red Cross Disaster Team.

Aaron was able to provide two weeks of counseling at Ground Zero

in New York City. Aaron specializes in working with posttraumatic

stress, depression, and abuse. Aaron enjoys sports (especially baseball

and golfing), reading, being the mountains, and spending time with

his family and four children.