Meet Our Elk Mountain Academy Staff
Mary Thielbahr, MAFounder/Director/Psychotherapist
Mary has successfully counseled and turned around the lives of young women for over twenty years. Her specialty areas are emotional problems, alcohol & drug problems, learning disabilities, trauma and sexual abuse.
Mary’s credits include:
- Master’s in marriage, family and child therapy
- Master’s in special education
- Licensed educational psychologist in the state of California
- Licensed marriage and family therapist (ID and CA)
- Credentialed teacher in the state of California
- Credentialed special education teacher in the state of California
- Remedial reading specialist in the state of California
Mike Linderman, MA, LCPCClinical Director and Psychotherapist
I am married with three children and live in Montana. I have been working with troubled teens for over 20 years and specialize in psychology. Over the years I have developed a unique approach allowing me to achieve extraordinary success helping young ladies to turn their lives around. I have a unique blend of down-home honesty, straight-talk discipline, and pure intention. When I am not at Elk Mountain or Clearview, I enjoy working on my ranch, taking time to watch my children in whatever sport they are in, and living my life to the fullest.
Beth Loyd MS, LCPC, NCCPrimary Therapist
I was born in Sandpoint, Idaho and grew up in northwestern Montana. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boise State University and went on to achieve my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Grief, Trauma, and Crisis from Northwest Nazarene University. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2014, and became a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Trained Practitioner in 2015, and a TBRI® Educator in 2016. I have experience working with diverse populations including at-risk youth and adolescents in residential treatment facilities and specialize in working with children from hard places, including foster and adoptive children. I use a person-centered approach and have experience using play therapy techniques with children, adults, and families when appropriate. I am a big believer in God and His design for human relationships. My husband and I recently became new parents and we enjoy active lifestyles, especially enjoying time spent playing softball or snowmobiling, playing with my daughter and watching as she learns new skills. I look forward to incorporating TBRI with the staff and students at Elk Mountain and Clearview and seeing the transformations unfold.
Cynthia NesteHead of Operations
I was born in Pflugerville, Texas, right near Austin. I am a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Prior to joining the Elk Mountain and Clearview team, I spent 26 years in North Carolina at the United States Army Special Operations Command Headquarters. My husband and I have 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren, two dogs and two cats. I love animals, woodworking (particularly chinking our log cabin), pottery, and spending time in the great outdoors, particular Montana’s special flavor of great outdoors. I am +5 committed to the Elk Mountain and Clearview crusade, to the safety and security of your daughter, and to the 12 Rules.
Cyndi Gerstenberger, Registered Nurse, BSNHead of Medical Management
I have been working in the medical field since 1995; beginning my journey as a Medical Assistant, LPN, and now an RN BSN. I have worked in numerous medical environments, including Clinics, Women’s Health, Urology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Home Health, the Medical/Surgical unit, OB, Occupational Health, and Infection Control. I have also taught two semesters of college for the Nursing Program at North Idaho College. I have been working with therapeutic programs for the past seven years and I have a great passion for the youth. I have raised four beautiful children who are now all grown. I love new adventures in the great outdoors, playing my guitar for the worship team at my local church, and participating in the dramas that are performed for the Clark Fork community. I also have a great passion for animals, art, writing music, and learning new things. Most important of all is my relationship with Jesus Christ. My love for children, teaching, music, and wildlife makes a perfect fit here at Elk Mountain and Clearview.
Kjirsten Mercer, Registered Nurse, BSNSchool Nurse
I graduated from Noxon High School and went on to earn my RN, BSN from Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. I came back to my roots here in Noxon and married my high school sweetheart. My husband and I are raising four beautiful children in our hometown. I have worked in several nursing environments from Emergency Rooms to Obstetrics. I came over to Elk Mountain and Clearview from the Bull River Clinic where I was both the nurse and the clinical supervisor. I absolutely love the outdoors, particularly hunting, archery, and playing sports (especially softball). Nursing has always been what I wanted to do, so fulfilling my passion within my very own community is a dream come true!
Jolynn MitchellLicensed Teacher
I was born and raised on my family ranch in rural Montana. I obtained a Bachelors in K-12 education and secondary education from the University of Western Montana. I spent several years teaching in the local Noxon school district before moving to Elk Mountain and Clearview. My husband and I own a ranch in Noxon and delight in participating in outdoor activities as well as working from our shop. I am an outgoing person and hope to encourage your daughters to also be outgoing and expand their minds with all the new ideas I have, particularly in the areas of art and dance, which will augment their program experience. I am very excited to be able to mentor your daughters in their future life goals. I have also competed in many avenues in the equestrian world through high school and college. I competed in 4-H, Rodeo, O-MOk-See , mounted archery, skijoring, roping, ranch rodeo, team penning and driving.
Alax DenneyClinical Support Lead
I was born in Tracy, California, just outside of San Francisco. I have spent my life in the service of trauma victims, most recently in Los Angeles working for a sex trafficking prevention program. I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in social work with the aspiration of being a licensed therapist. I am a big believer that with God all things are possible and I draw on His strength early and often. I am the most proud of my two beautiful children and my husband. I have many favorite things, but the favorites of my favorites are hanging out with my family and spending time in the outdoors. If I happen to be in my kayak in the water, then even better. I look forward to creating relationships with the amazing young women at Elk Mountain and Clearview.
Alicia Myers, LPNParent Coordinator
I was born in Great Falls, Montana and grew up in nearby Trout Creek. I obtained my Licensed Practical Nurse certification at the Knoedler School of Practical Nurse Education in Jefferson, Ohio. Prior to joining Elk Mountain and Clearview in 2015, I served as a nurse in many different facilities, including schools, nursing homes, home health and hospice facilities, and clinics. My husband and I are a happy and active family of 7. The whole family enjoys laughing and playing in the great outdoors. I look forward to working with your family as your Parent Coordinator, keeping you up to speed on all of our wonderful campus activities and your daughter’s program progress.
Amy SchwierHouse Mom
I moved to Montana from Iowa and love living here. I am happily married with 3 loving children: 2 girls and a boy. I love working at Elk Mountain and Clearview. Seeing the girls’ faces everyday is a joy, and I love the opportunity to help them learn about themselves.
Amanda YoderHouse Mom
Hi, my name is Amanda. I was raised on a dairy farm in Michigan. I enjoy gardening, hiking, traveling overseas, and spending time with friends! I moved to Montana in 2009, and worked in a bakery for 3 1/2 years. I enjoy being with young people and being at Elk Mountain and Clearview Horizon has been a fulfilling experience. I love to see the young ladies use what they learn here.
Amy WhiteDirect Care Staff Supervisor
My biggest love in life is my family. I am young-at-heart and fun to be around. I will help others before myself and I will definitely put a smile on your face. I love to laugh and make people around me laugh. I’m outgoing and very involved in our local school. I’m willing to try anything new. I am very excited to be working with your daughters and to try to help them in any way I can. Elk Mountain and Clearview have opened a new page in my life and I am very excited for this experience.
Kelly Thielbahr, E-RYTHealth and Wellness Coordinator
I was born in Sandpoint, Idaho skiing the slopes of Schweitzer and the waters of Lake Pend Oreille. I have a degree in Health Promotion and Education, with an emphasis in nutrition from the University of Utah. I have worked as a health and wellness coordinator for the American Cancer Society, WIC, Harvard Children’s Hospital, and Bob Dole’s Health and Wellness Expo. I am E-YRT certified as a Yoga educator and instructor and have recently taught at Gonzaga University. My husband and I were high school sweethearts and have been blessed with two beautiful children that are teenagers today. I am the most proud of my family. I am a big believer in the mind-body connection and the medicinal power of food. My favorite things to do are practice yoga, wake surfing with my kids, and traveling with my husband. In my spare time, I like to watch my kids playing sports and hearing their laughter around the dinner table. I enjoy connecting with the students at Elk Mountain and Clearview and sharing my passions for health and wellness.
Phyllis SellmerHouse Mom
I grew up in California and moved to Idaho in the late ‘70’s where I raised my two daughters and two step-sons. I have been blessed with 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grand daughter. Over the years I have made many trips to the Heron, Montana area for recreation and I always dreamed of moving here. My dream was realized two years ago.
My work backgrounds have been in supervisory and training positions and find the challenge of working with the young women at Elk Mountain and Clearview Horizon a new and exciting opportunity. I hope to share life skills with these young women that they can carry forward into their future.
Jason W. ThielbahrElk Mountain and Clearview Crusader
I was born in Santa Monica, California. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College where I was an All-American baseball player. I went on to earn my MBA from the University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management. Prior to joining Clearview Horizon, I worked for over 20+ years in the hotel industry, mostly in digital marketing, distribution and revenue management disciplines, with major brands such as Hilton, Starwood, IHG and Red Lion Hotels. My favorite things to do are read David McCullough biographies (Truman and 1776 are just must-reads), go boating with my wife (of course, she is the captain), coach baseball, watch my kids do anything, and travel anywhere with my wife. I absolutely love to travel. My favorite place on the planet is Hong Kong and I am dying to take my family there. I am a big believer in the power of Christ and my faith in His inspirational path of purpose for me. I start my morning with many Thankfuls and Gratefuls. I am the most proud of my wife and her ability to put up with me. I lean heavily on my ability to get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off of the bus and the right people with a mission driven mindset in the right spots. In my spare time, I like to play with spreadsheets and see if I can single handedly make Microsoft Word obsolete. If you can do it in Excel, why would you ever need Word? I enjoy connecting with adolescents and sharing my optimism for life and the Truth.