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.

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Lynn Marshall, PsyD


Lynn Marshall, PsyD

Clinical Director

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Argosy University
Emphasis in Child & Adolescent Development

Since the beginning of her career, Lynn has been focused on child and adolescent development. She specializes in psychological assessment, differential diagnosis, and trauma informed care, in addition to having specific training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, parent-child psychotherapy, and suicide assessment. Lynn uses a strength-based approach to meet the individual needs of neurodiverse learners who may also experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, substance abuse or other forms of maladaptive coping. Lynn focuses on the importance of developing authentic relationships to strengthen personal character, purpose, and emotional maturity. She appreciates the challenge of understanding each student’s unique life story and uses her optimism, passion, humor, and kindness to help find the key components that can support students in building a life they want to live. 

Why do you work here?

Montana Academy provides an opportunity for me to be part of the students everyday routines and interactions. Seeing the students function in multiple environments allows me to build a deep understanding of their strengths and areas of need. Using that knowledge I can create growth experiences within a multidisciplinary team that can be implemented and practiced in all areas of functioning.  The therapeutic boarding school environment offers a unique perspective, as a therapist, to see a student’s functioning in real-time and provide in-the-moment strategies to support the students in utilizing healthy skills.  

What are your interests?

I love being outside; exploring and adventuring with my husband, son and daughter. Some of our favorite activities are skiing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and traveling. I also enjoys relaxing with a good book and learning new things.  

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.

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, 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.