|“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.