Meet Our Team
Each person on our Salt Lake City staff demonstrates professionalism and experience when approaching addiction. Our entire staff contributes to an atmosphere and environment of safety and respect. For the addicted, their families and those struggling with psychological and emotional challenges, Renaissance Ranch Outpatient staff is here to support you through the bad times while you work toward the good times. Our outpatient drug rehab has a unique approach that integrates clinically driven methods with Gospel principles, offering an enhanced recovery experience through the LDS 12 step program customized to the needs of each client.
Dave Callister, LCSW, Clinical Director
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Dave graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Social Work. In addition to his formal education, he has been in recovery from substance dependence since 1999. During his own struggle with addiction, Dave found light and purpose through the 12-step program, and has been passionate about sharing the message of hope and healing ever since. He has worked with youth, adults, and families suffering from addiction and mental illness at multiple programs including LifeLine For Youth, Lakeview Hospital, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), and Renaissance Ranch Residential and Outpatient Programs. Aside from his work, Dave loves the outdoors, playing golf, spending time with family, and listening to music and playing the guitar.
Tyson Dixon, CEO
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Tyson also has firsthand experience in recovering from the disease of addiction. He has years of service involvement with local recovery programs and has also completed the Licensed Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Utah Valley University and is continuing education at the Argosy University pursuing a Masters in counseling. Tyson is passionately motivated to help others as he was helped to overcome the deadly disease of addiction.
Bryan Hedin, Executive Director Farmington Program
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Bryan has over 5 years working in the recovery field in admissions, marketing, case management, and community outreach. As a Recovery Coach, Bryan works with men on a daily basis offering experience, strength, and hope that comes from the twelve steps. His main focus is to share the same love, and light that recovery provides to him each day. He is passionate about helping men and women achieve emotional, gospel, and physical sobriety, and supporting the recovering addict in finding their light and true selves again.
Mark Kastleman, BCC, BCPC, Program Director
Mark is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with a specialty in addiction recovery and behavior change. As an internationally acclaimed speaker and trainer, Mark has worked with leading neuroscientists and psychologists in developing education and recovery programs used worldwide for pornography and sexual addiction. As an addiction recovery mentor, Mark has helped struggling individuals in over 80 countries.
Mark’s book The Drug of the New Millennium—The Brain Science Behind Internet Pornography Use has been published in four languages and is widely cited and utilized by therapists, counselors and clergy.
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, California, the pornography production capital of the world, Mark was exposed to porn at a young age and instantly hooked. For more than 30 years he struggled before finally sticking to the path of lasting recovery. Mark feels a special love and connection for those who struggle under the crippling burden of pornography and sexual addiction, and a passion for doing all he can to assist them on their recovery journeys.
Alema Harrington CSUDC, Director of Marketing and Media Relations
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Alema Harrington says that he is a broadcaster by profession and works in addiction recovery because it’s his passion. Alema graduated from BYU where he was a member of the 1984 National Championship team and as a broadcaster he has covered the biggest events in Utah Sports including the NBA finals with the Jazz, The final four with the Utes and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Harrington is active in the community and has worked as a volunteer at the youth corrections facilities in Utah teaching classes on addiction recovery. A recovering addict himself, Harrington earned his Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) degree from Utah Valley University in 2013. He is currently writing a book about his journey in recovery. He hopes to inspire purpose for those who have crossed similar paths in life.
Ashleigh Miller, MSW, CSW
Ashleigh earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. She is passionate about understanding and treating mental health issues and addiction. She knows the power of vulnerability in the recovery community and is committed to offer healing and hope to individuals and their families.
Jameson Hedin, Executive Director of Sober Living and SUDCI
I am a recovery coach with Renaissance Ranch. I had a spiritual awakening while attending Renaissance Ranch myself in 2009 after a long battle with drugs and alcohol. I have found joy and fulfillment in seeing other men change through the practice and application of the 12-steps. I have worked with those in early recovery in a professional and non-professional manner since 2010. I have a significant amount of empathy for people who are in the early, intimidating stages of recovery and that is why I decided to work at Renaissance Ranch. I take pride in what we do and enjoy seeing the light come on in the eyes of men who are fighting for their lives like I had to do early on, and just like I continue to do.
Hollie Abbott, Recovery Coach
My name is Hollie Abbott, and I am a Recovery Coach with Renaissance Ranch. I have been in recovery myself for 6 years. I have the privilege of working with other recovering addicts and helping them improve the quality of their lives by working the 12 steps, and I have never had a more fulfilling job. My job at the Ranch has been an answer to my prayers. I love watching women put their lives back together with the help of a loving higher power. I love watching these women learn to love themselves. “I can only keep what I have by giving it away.”
Danell Ranquist, Executive Director, Sandy Women
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My name is Danell Marie Ranquist. I am a recovering drug addict and a Daughter of God. I’m a newlywed and have a handsome 5 year old step son. I am a recovery coach here at Renaissance Ranch Outpatient. It’s my passion working in recovery and having the opportunity to work with addicts/alcoholics who are struggling with addiction. It is priceless to see them blossom, to discover who they really are, to learn to live and love life again as they are able to see their hopes and dreams become possible to accomplish. I have plans to further my education & become a drug counselor. My life has changed from this program and giving back is what it’s all about to me.
Jimmy Jagard, Executive Director of Sandy Program
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Jimmy found his start in recovery at Renaissance Ranch. He has dedicated his life to helping those who were willing to help themselves. He has a beautiful, loving wife and an energetic 2-year-old daughter. Jimmy’s unique experience allows him to connect with those who are still suffering and offer them hope.
Drew Redd, Executive Director Orem Program
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Drew experienced a rebirth of life when introduced to the Renaissance Ranch and Alcoholics Anonymous. After experiencing years of hopelessness and despair he was given the tools to learn to love others, himself, and to trust in his Creator. He now works as a Recovery Coach and shares a message of love, light, and hope through living a gospel program of action.
Claudeen Cox, Reccovery Coach Farmington
My name is Claudean, and I first became familiar with Renaissance Ranch when I enrolled in their program to get help with prescription drug addiction. When I entered their program, I was consumed with guilt and shame because of my addiction. I felt completely unworthy of God’s help and love. I was convinced I would never be able to get well and live a productive life. From the very first day I was at the Ranch, I began to get well. The staff taught me that I was not beyond help, and that God loved me no matter what. I began to understand that addiction is a disease, and not a reflection of who I am as a person. I began to see myself and my life from a totally different perspective. I began to have hope in a brighter future. I now work as a recovery coach in our Farmington branch, and I am happier and healthier than I have been in a very long time. My goal as a Recovery Coach is to help bring hope and healing to those who choose to join us in their own personal quest to conquer alcoholism and addiction. I am living proof that it is absolutely possible to live a happy, joyous and free life after drug and alcohol addiction. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me the strength to get to where I am today.
Ben Andrews, Recovery Coach, Orem Men
My name is Ben A, and I am a recovery coach for Renaissance Ranch Outpatient. After battling alcoholism and drug addiction for years, my sanity and sobriety were restored in 2013 with the help of a spiritual program. For the first time in my life, I am able to say I honestly love myself, and believe I am “worth it”; that is what sobriety has done for me. I hope to carry that message of hope to those who are searching for a better way to live.
Arielle Jensen, Recovery Coach Sandy Women
My name is Arielle Leigh Jensen, and I am a grateful recovering addict, daughter of God, and lover of nature, music, sports, laughing, and living. Coming through the Ranch was one of the best decisions I ever made, and now I have the opportunity to help women awaken to their own self love and recover. I have a strong passion for recovery and believe that with just a little bit of willingness and faith, miracles happen every day.
Adakai Talker, Recovery Coach
My name is Adakai, and I am of Native American descent. I work in the outpatient part of Renaissance Ranch as a recovery coach. My passion is helping those who are struggling with substance abuse. It is my purpose and meaning in this life to inspire and to be a guide unto all whom I come in contact with, and to help those who feel hopeless realize that there is hope no matter how far down the scale you may have gone. I want to show how that life experience will benefit both yourself and others one day. I am a big believer in what we do here at Renaissance Ranch, and of Alcoholics Anonymous.