Our Owners/Leadership Team
Director of Facilities
Fotu C. Soliai, MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical & Operations
Director of Marketing
Meet Our Administrative Team
Fotu C. Soliai, MSW, LCSW – Owner – Director of Clinical and Operations – Interim Executive Director
Doctoral Studies- University of Utah
Master of Social Work -Brigham Young University
Board Member – National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA)
Chief Clinical/Operations Officer for Ashcreek Ranch and Sedona Sky Academy
Fotu is a talented clinician who brings a great spirit of collaboration, innovation and Clinical Sophistication to both academies. Fotu has extensive experience in providing therapy to adolescents, families and couples as well as training staff and developing effective programming. Before joining Ashcreek and Sedona, Fotu has worked in positions included but not limited as an Executive Director, Clinical Director, Clinical supervisor, Clinical consultant, adjunct professor and board member for various non-profits.
Fotu’s clinical expertise, education and unique cultural background has allowed him to develop programs designed to quickly identify systemic dis-functions within all systems, identify strengths and creatively implement solutions that are specific to each system. He expertly weaves differing modalities together with creativity and fun, which allow our students, families and staff to re-establish healthier relationships across systems.
Tammy Behrmann – Owner /Founder – Director of Marketing
Tammy’s career began in 1989 when she began helping teens make changes that last a lifetime. In 1996 she moved to Arizona where she was integral team member in founding and opening her first successful Therapeutic Boarding School.
Then in 1998 she realized her own dream by founding a nationally recognized Girls Therapeutic Boarding School in Lake Montezuma, Arizona. She is also the founder of a Ashcreek Ranch Academy in in Southern Utah – a successful Residential Treatment Center for boys.
Tammy has served as a member of the school board for the local private school her girls attended. Nothing motivates Tammy more than being a part of young people turning their lives around and helping families reunite and heal.
Darren Prince – Owner/Founder – Director of Facilities & Operations
Darren’s career in behavioral health began in 1998 when he accepted a position as Admissions Director and part owner of a successful nationally recognized therapeutic boarding school. Darren was raised on a small farm in Southern Utah, and graduated from the local high school as a leading athlete in Football, Wrestling, Baseball and Track.
He began his professional career in 1989 as an X-Ray Technician for the U.S. Army Reserve, was called to active duty and served in the Gulf War, stationed in Germany. After the war, he spent two years in the Philippines as a missionary for his church, and returned home to receive training in sales and marketing working in the wireless and computer technology fields.
Darren loves to spend his free time coaching his son in football, basketball and wrestling. He also coaches wrestling and football at the local middle and high schools. He has also spent numerous years serving as a scoutmaster and a leader over young men in his church. Darren is completing his communications degree at Dixie State University. Darren and his beautiful wife, Angie, are the proud parents of six wonderful children. Darren is a warm and caring person, who loves being instrumental in making a difference in the lives of youth.
Jason Metzger, MA – Assistant Executive Director – Academic Director
For 20 years, I have had the privilege of helping young people maximize strengths, overcome struggles and reach their true potential. It is my belief that with high expectations, a supportive environment and rich instruction, each individual can be successful.
After beginning my career in education as a Teaching Fellow at the Dunn School in California, I have worked at three independent schools and one charter school as an English and Social Studies Instructor. I have also had the opportunity to mentor students and lead staff as the Assistant Principal at Oak Creek Ranch School.
For the past 9 years, I have helped hundreds of young ladies reconnect with their true selves as an Instructor and Assistant Principal here at Sedona Sky Academy.
Prior to my career as an educator, I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Science, I worked (I use that term lightly) at Park City Ski Resort and I furthered my education with a Maters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. But my greatest accomplishment was marrying my wife, Debbie, 12 years ago. When not at work, I love to spend time with my three boys Max, Ben and Luke enjoying life on the trails and playing fields of Sedona.
It is an honor and great opportunity to be entrusted with helping these young ladies, and I try to challenge each individual with a rigorous curriculum, humorous approach and a compassionate soul. As the poet William Butler Yeats stated, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I can’t think of a better life choice than to inspire the embers of these amazing minds.
Tamara Garden – Clinical Director
Tamara Garden moved from Northwest Indiana to Sedona, Arizona in 2013. Tamara approaches the counseling process with a narrative approach which allows an understanding of the uniqueness of each individual. She then implements specific therapeutic techniques based on each persons’ needs. Some of Tamara’s specialized education includes child development, ADHD in children and adults, disruptive behavior disorders, substance abuse, and bullying. She has over five years of experience dealing with depression and anxiety disorders. She is also EMDR trained by the EMDR Institute which allows her to provide effective therapeutic treatment of trauma.
Tamara is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology as well as her minor in Creative Writing. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is licensed in the state of Arizona.
Having raised three daughters, Tamara is passionate about helping adolescent girls develop sound boundaries and a positive sense of self. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys hiking, traveling, playing the piano, painting, and spending time with her family.
Josh Blade – Program Director
Bio coming soon..
Tarra Hopkins – Residential Manager
My husband and I moved to the Verde Valley in 1990 from Vallejo, California. We have lived here for 25 yrs.
I Started in the caregiver industry in 1998 as an in homecare provider. In 2004 I went to work for a local law enforcement agency as an Animal Control Officer “Camp Verde Marshals Office”.
I came to Sedona Sky in 2013. Working with the girls has been very rewarding for me, I can’t see myself being anywhere else.