Leadership

Sarah Kirkland Sarah Kirkland
Director of Admissions
Teacher-Counselor

Sarah Kirkland is the Director of Admissions for Academy Programs. She also currently oversees the training process at Academy Programs. Sarah has been with Academy Programs since 2009 and has been working with at-risk children and families since 2005. She is a Ravenswood native and a graduate of Glenville State College where she earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Education and played Volleyball. Sarah resides in Fairmont. She has one daughter, Sadie.
Terry Collins Terry Collins
Director of Operations
Teacher-Counselor

Terry has more than 15 years experience in youth residential programming and is a Teacher-Counselor at his core. He worked as a Program Supervisor and Coordinator of Residential Services while also spending seven years in the training and staff development realm. Terry earned a Bachelor's degree from Glenville State College in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Terry later earned a Master's degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. Terry is a native of Webster Springs and currently resides in Shinnston with his wife and children. Among Terry's hobbies are hunting, fishing, camping and golf. Terry is eagerly awaiting for snow to fall in July because that is when his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish will win their next national title.
Christine Myers Christine Myers
Director of Finance
Teacher-Counselor

Chris is the Academy Director of Finance and is one of the original employees of the company. Chris is a native of Saratoga, New York and has experience in divergent areas such as food service, bookkeeping, human resources and billing in the human service field. Chris graduated from Fairmont State University with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She and husband Bob reside in Taylor County where Chris is active member of the Taylor County Humane Society. When not being teased at work about her dog devotion, Chris can be found near her swimming pool with her favorite beverage.
Patrick Varah Patrick Varah
Director of Public Relations
Teacher-Counselor

Pat is the Director of Public Relations at the Academy. He has been with the Academy since 2004. Pat graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Shepherd College and with a Master's degree from Marshall University in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Pat resided for five years in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he served as the Projects Director at Outer Banks Hotline in Manteo. Pat resides with his family in Lewis County. Pat is a graduate of Grafton High School. Among Pat's hobbies are running, reading, incessantly eating chocolate, telling unfunny jokes and watching his Washington Redskins humiliate themselves and their fan base each Sunday during autumn.
Kathryn Carpenter Kathryn "Kak" Carpenter
Director of Quality Assurance
Teacher-Counselor

Kak is a Lewis County native and still resides there not far from Jackson's Mill. She has been employed with Academy Programs since 2008 and has worked in the field for 17 years in a variety of roles including Fiscal Coordinator, Quality Assurance Assistant, Quality Improvement Technician and Performance Improvement Coordinator. She is active in her church and is a die hard Steelers fan. To the chagrin of her husband Kak is married.

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