From Our Executive Director

West Ridge Academy is excited to announce Gary E. Leavitt as the new Executive Director. He takes over the helm following the retirement of Ken Allen, who had led the Academy for nine years.

Gary graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Finance. He worked for Franklin Covey, Novell, Quicknowledge, BizStrata, Drive Marketing, Toolchex and Mycore prior to joining West Ridge Academy.

Gary has more than 25 years of sales, sales management, marketing, and senior management experience. He has also been a professional time management trainer. He has developed marketing programs with associations, sports personalities, sporting events and major corporations. He was also the tournament director for the Franklin Quest Championship, a Senior PGA Tour Golf event. He has been involved in the negotiation of company buyouts, business development agreements, and celebrity marketing agreements.

Gary has been married to his wife, Lisa for 30 years. The couple has two daughters, McKell, age 23 and Alexa, age 20. His hobbies include golf, basketball, rock climbing, running, and anything else that gets him outdoors. He has donated his time to coaching youth sport teams, and to youth organizations such as Junior Achievement, Utah Tippoff Club, Friends of Utah Golf and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Utah/Idaho Chapter.

"I'm eagerly looking forward to getting to know and working with the community-conscious organizations that have supported us for so many years.  Our fiftieth anniversary is a landmark moment we couldn't have reached without you," he says.

Please join us in welcoming Gary to West Ridge Academy. He invites your comments and questions.  Feel free to give him a call at 801-282-1006 or drop an email to



Dedication, Experience, Tenure, Passion

Each member of the West Ridge Academy's staff has their own story, but they all center around a tremendous sense of compassion and love for young people. A majority of our staff have been with West Ridge Academy for a majority of their career.

Amy Whittaker, LCSW, Clinical Director

MSW – Walla Walla College, Washington; BSW – Idaho State University. Worked with troubled youth for the last ten years; Started career working as The Director of Juvenile Probation in Fremont County, Idaho. Enjoy working with families, the criminal justice system, and area schools. Ten years of extensive experience in individual and family therapy with young adults who struggle with oppositional defiant disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, school problems, and poor family relations.

Paul Keene, Director of Academics

Masters of Education from American Intercontinental University. B.S. in Math with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Utah.  He has taught Chemistry, Biology, Physical Science, and all levels of mathematics.

John Stohlton, Director of Business Development

EMPA-Public Administration & BS-Psychology; Brigham Young University; Graduate of Utah Peace Officer Standards of Training; Program Director; Spanish.




West Ridge Academy
5500 Bagley Park Road,
West Jordan, Utah 84081
Call 1-801-282-1004