Clinical Team

The clinicians at Montana Academy play key roles in the development and guidance of individual and family treatment. Our clinicians bring with them a wealth of industry experience, are well versed in Montana Academy’s developmental model and other treatment modalities and offer flexibility in approach in order to accommodate a variety of student and family needs.

Melissa Proctor, LCSW, CADC-1


Melissa Proctor, LCSW, CADC-1

Clinical Director

MSW, Direct Care Child & Adolescent Mental Health
BA, Human Communication & Women’s Studies

Melissa joined Montana Academy in 2012. Between Graduate School and Montana Academy, Melissa worked as a therapist for Santiam Crossing Therapeutic Boarding School and Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy as both a field therapist and supervising therapist.  Melissa was with Freer and Santiam for 3 years. Melissa’s Graduate School education focused on working with children from ages 3-18 in a variety of clinical settings such as a Family Sexual Abuse Treatment Program and Specialized DBT teen Program. Prior to graduate school she spent a good amount of time working within the criminal justice system Where she was a part of a Family Drug Court Team specializing in treatment for victims and perpetrators of sexual and physical violence.

Why do you work here

Montana Academy’s developmental approach has resonated with me from day one. The values and philosophy align with not only my professional but personal beliefs. I was fortunate enough to have been mentored by both John McKinnon and John Santa and now am honored to continue to carry on their work as we journey into the next generation of leaders.  

What are your interests?

Melissa is an avid competitor on horseback in Three Day Eventing, Working Cow Horse and Calf Roping. She finds that learning to be a competitor is a lifelong process and fulfills her desire to continue to learn and grow as a person.

James Hyman MA, LCPC


James Hyman MA, LCPC

Therapist – Team 1

MA, Wilderness Therapy, Naropa University
BS, Psychology, Religion, Nutrition, University of Georgia

James has served as a primary therapist and clinical director at therapeutic boarding schools previous to Montana Academy, as well as a wilderness therapist in multiple organizations. 

Why do you work here?

Working at Montana Academy has been a privilege based on the chance to support students and families with important challenges and serve on a team of highly skilled and passionate colleagues.

Interests

Outside of work, James enjoys time spent with his wife, two children and two dogs, hiking and biking the beauty of the rugged west, and traveling with his tiny house.

Brittni Funderburk, PsyD


Brittni Funderburk, PsyD

Therapist – Team 4

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
BS, Psychology, Montana State University

Brittni is a licensed clinical Psychologist in Montana and joined the clinical team at Montana Academy in 2014. She is a Montana native and has been working with adolescents and their families for over ten years. Brittni has worked in a variety of contexts including psychiatric residential facilities, outpatient community mental health, college/university counseling centers, and public high schools. Brittni’s areas of specialty are working with trauma, adolescents, family systems and anxiety. She also has extensive training and competency in administering and interpreting psychological assessments.

Why do I work here? 

I enjoy working with adolescents because they are curious and unique in their views of the world.  I find that I am always learning a thing or two from them (e.g. new apps and creative ideas) and their potential for change is refreshing and powerful as they navigate the concept of self-identify in figuring out who they are.

Interests 

Brittni thrives in connection and finds fulfillment in spending time with friends and family.  The mind-body connection is something she values and you can usually find her being physically active whether that is outside running/hiking/road biking, or finding solace at the gym.

Joe Hunter MS, LCPC


Joe Hunter MS, LCPC

Sky House Therapist

MS, Mental Health Counseling, Capella University
BS, Recreation & Resource Management, Northern Arizona University

Since 2003 Joe has worked @ Montana Academy in multiple capacities.  For four years he was a team leader with Team 7.  Since then, he has been a therapist both on campus and @ the Sky House.  Prior to Montana Academy, Joe was a wilderness instructor for multiple different wilderness programs both in West Virginia and Montana. 

Why do you work here

I have dedicated my career to Montana Academy as I have witnessed time and time again the profound gains that students and parents make that carry over to the rest of their lives.   

What are your interests?

During his off time Joe enjoys being with his wife and two boys partaking in a wide range of outdoor activities, from skiing to rafting.  He continues to engage in athletics where he plays on multiple different soccer teams.   One of the most enjoyable experiences is travelling around the northwest and visiting family members that are spread throughout the US. 


Joy Maser Montana Academy Therapist

Joy Maser, M.S. CFTP


Joy Maser, M.S. CFTP

Therapist, Team 4

MS in Professional  Counseling Southeastern University
BS Psychology, Southeastern University

For the past decade Joy has worked with children, adolescents and young adults in both academic and therapeutic settings. Joy began working with families in a private practice setting in Florida and quickly found that she enjoyed working more specifically with youth. Joy has worked in foster care, a public school Autism program, and has served as a guidance counselor for a private school. Joy’s interests revolve around family systems and young people who have experienced trauma in their lives. Joy continues to teach college psychology courses, which allows her to interact with students of all ages. Joy feels fortunate to have found Montana Academy where she can continue to be immersed in her two passions – education and mental health.

Why do you work here?

I love watching the process of emotional healing take place and feel comfortable in both the difficult and beautiful moments of that. Being a part of Montana Academy is an exciting opportunity to walk with students on their journeys and seeing them reach their goals is a privilege.

Interests

In her free time Joy spends every moment with her husband, their two sons, and their dog. Joy loves visiting the ocean, gardening, traveling, going to church, and exploring new places. 

David Eliason, MSW


David Eliason, MSW

Therapist – Team 7

MSW, University of Montana
BA, History, University of Montana

David is a clinical social worker who joined the clinical team at Montana Academy in 2018. He is a native Montanan, having grown up in the Flathead Valley before pursuing higher education at the University of Montana in Missoula. David has been working therapeutically with children, adolescents, and their families since 2011 in a variety of settings including wilderness treatment, residential group homes, healthcare facilities, and public schools.

Why do you work here?

I chose Montana Academy because I believe in the school’s mission and have a passion for working with teenagers and their families. I love working with this population because some of the funniest, deepest, and most meaningful conversations I’ve had were with teenagers. It is an honor to be a small part of such an interesting phase of their lives”.

Interests

In his free time David enjoys exploring the outdoors and can commonly be found on the weekends hiking in Glacier National Park or skiing in Whitefish with his wife and two children.

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Derrick Moody, MS


Derrick Moody, MS

Therapist – Team 5

MS Clinical Mental Health from Prescott College BA Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO

Derrick joined in March of 2020. He has worked professionally in youth and young adult development at some level for nearly 20 years. 

Derrick’s experience is broad and began with ten years in the USMC as an intelligence analyst and fulfilling a number of roles as an instructor and mentor for a variety of military programs. After his time in the military, he spent three years as a Program Director for a Boy Scout Camp outside of Boulder, CO Derrick has worked in wilderness therapy, therapeutic boarding schools and has worked in young adult transition programs. Since 2014, Derrick has spent significant time working with individuals with substance abuse histories and he is skilled at drawing from these experiences in his work at Montana Academy. Derrick takes multiple approaches with students and often incorporates the outdoors in his therapeutic work. Derrick is a tremendous team builder and fosters a strong, positive culture on his treatment team.

Why do you work here

Montana Academy allows me to work with an array of individuals; students, parents, teachers, and professionals in a dynamic environment that is both supportive and challenging. I love being a part of a program that promotes growth in everyone involved. 

What are your interests?

Derrick loves spending time with his family and spends as much time with them in the outdoors as possible. He also has a passion for endurance and adventure races. He considers himself a lifelong learner and will likely be in school for the rest of his life.