Clayton AhQuin Jr. - Executive DirectorClayton Jr. alongside his father Clayton Sr. have developed a way of helping teens through Love, Honor, and Respect. Clayton Jr. has worked with the State of Utah in creating the "Clear the Air" campaign, which is a no-smoking and no-tobacco project. He has been involved in the development of young men in various programs for the past 18 years. Mr. AhQuin has the ability to connect with the boys in these programs through a great passion of his: music. Teaching the guitar, playing the piano, and giving vocal instruction during his free time with many of the boys is something he looks forward to. Clayton has been married for 18 years to his beautiful wife Julee. He is the very proud father of 5 beautiful children, which to Clayton is where true happiness lies.
Clayton AhQuin Sr. – Patriarch & MentorClay passed away on September 10, 2013. His loving personality and affinity for hard work complemented his strong belief that there is a time for work and a time for play. Clay had planned many fun activities during his time at Liahona Treatment Center -- hiking, boating, wakeboarding, swimming, sports, sightseeing, etc. -- as well as educational activities such as working out at the gym, visiting local businesses, touring historic sites, and building a rock wall. Clay believed in strengthening the body as well as the mind while life skills lessons are being taught. Clay's true passion came through spending time with his 7 kids (4 boys, 3 girls), 24 grandkids, and the love of his life, Irene... ALOHA!
Parker Haslam - Program DirectorParker Haslam is our Program Director. Parker grew up in Salt Lake City and Hurricane, Utah. He graduated locally from Hurricane High School and loves the community. In 2005, Parker married his perfect wife and began schooling to pursue a degree in criminal justice. He has been working with troubled youth since 2003 and enjoys what he does. He has had to opportunity to serve as a Proctor Parent in his own home and understands the difficulties that troubled teens bring to the home environment. He draws upon many experiences gained while serving two years in a third-world country as a missionary. He acquired excellent problem-solving skills and an ability to speak Spanish as a fluid second language. Parker looks forward to life's challenges and embraces the moral satisfaction that follows any victory over such obstacles.
Dawsen Derksen - Office ManagerDawsen Derksen was born and raised in Heber City, Utah. He graduated from Wasatch High School in 2019 with a CTE Pathways certification due to his skill with technology. Dawsen has been building computers and studying technology since he was 11! His favorite hobbies include Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Car Enthusiasm. Not to mention Dawsen was an enrolled student at Liahona Academy from 2016 - 2017 and proudly graduated from the program that changed his life on August 23, 2017. A couple years later he decided to pay it forward and become part of our staff family and help continue the plan for our mission at Liahona Academy. He values growth and success just like he did while he was in the program.
Carolyn Callahan - Case ManagerCarolyn Callahan was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and at 17 moved to Southern Utah (St. George ) with her family in 1973. She then finished high school, attended Dixie State College, and met her husband. She and her husband have four beautiful daughters and seven grandchildren, who all live in the area so she gets to spend a lot of time with them. Carolyn has worked with youth for 13 years, starting with being a proctor parent for teens in her home. She then went to working in a Youth Residential Facility and has continued to do so for the last 11 years. Carolyn came to Liahona in August of 2010 and we are very pleased to have her as an addition to our success.
Taylor Berry – Program DirectorTaylor Berry is the Program Director of the Virgin Facility. Born in Nuku’Alofa, Tonga. I came to the states at eight months old and was adopted by my wonderful parents. I'm the second youngest out of 5 in my family. Most of my childhood was spent in Rigby, Idaho until I was 12. In 2006 my family decided to move to St. George, Utah in which I spent all my teenage years here. I attended and graduated from Dixie Highschool. After graduating I served a 2 year church mission and was blessed with the opportunity to go back to Tonga where I was born and serve the people there, as well as learn more about my culture and study the language. After my mission I went up north and attended Weber State University for a year and played football while attending as a walk on. After a year up there I was blessed with the opportunity to earn a scholarship at Dixie State University and pursue playing football as well as getting school paid for while studying Psychology. I met my beautiful wife Reegan while attending Dixie State and we were married in March of 2018. My wife and I are blessed with our only son Nakai, but hope to have more children in the near future. I love to do anything that involves being with my family whether it's traveling, camping, or just playing board games. As a hobby, I currently coach the running backs for a local highschool team here in St. George with my father who is the head coach of the team. I’ve worked at Liahona for 6 years now and love working with these teenage boys while watching them transition into the young men and leaders they’re supposed to be. Not only do I stand by our motto “You do good, you get good” I also believe that if you make the right choices, good things will eventually happen. You just have to be patient and stay diligent.
Johnathan Degraw Assistant Program DirectorJohnathan, John for short mostly grew up in Northern Utah his family though when he was young were always on the move with some of his childhood spent in Sunnyvale, California. They finally settled where they would move to Southern Utah when he was close to graduating high school. John found his roots in Hurricane, Utah and is married and has 2 children. A 15-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Together they enjoy the beauty Southern Utah has to offer. He began working with troubled youth in 2007 with Liahona Academy as a line staff. He has been working specifically with young men now for 15 years. John loves being part of these young men’s journey to growth and success and enjoys the challenges that arise daily.
Beverly Carayas – Case ManagerBeverly Carayas was born and raised in Henderson, NV but later relocated with her family to Kanab, UT. After graduating high school, Beverly attended Dixie State College, Clark County Community College, and UNLV. Beverly has enjoyed working different occupations from managing apartments to operating convenience stores. Beverly has 2 daughters attending Dixie State University and a son who lives in Georgia. She also has a beautiful grandson that she adores and loves to spoil. Beverly has worked in residential treatment facilities for the past 20 years. In her own words, “It is very satisfying to see the angry, hurt child come into the program and leave a happy confident young man!” Beverly joined the Liahona family in 2015.
Stephen A. Welsh - MD - Attending PhysicianDr. Stephen Andrew Welsh is a Board Certified Family physician who has been practicing at Intermountain Hurricane Valley Clinic since 2013. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and received his medical training at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Welsh completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Welsh loves Southern Utah where he enjoys raising his 6 children, serving in the community, and engaging in many of the outdoor activities it has to offer.
Professional SummaryDegree: University Of Utah School Of Medicine - Salt Lake City, UT in Doctor of Medicine, 2010 Training: Residency: Utah Valley Family Medicine - Provo, UT in Family Practice, 2010-2013 Board Certifications: American Academy of Family Practice Professional Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians Utah Medical Association Washington County Medical Society
Jason T. Wright, NP
Jason was born and raised in Kanab Utah where he graduated from Kanab High School. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the New England states. He graduated with an associate degree from Snow College and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University in Biology and Physical Education. He then went to work destroying chemical weapons as a government contractor in Tooele, Utah. He knew that the medical field was what he really wanted to do so he went back to Weber State University in 2003 and graduated with honors with a nursing degree. He spent 10 years working as a nurse in the Emergency Room. He again went back to school and earned a master’s degree in Nursing from The University of South Alabama. He spent five years working as a Nurse Practitioner in Spokane Washington, then moved back home to Southern Utah to work for IHC at the Hurricane Valley Clinic. He and his wife have 3 children that keep them very busy. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hunting, fishing, and football.