Our staff of administrators, therapists, counselors, and academic professionals have years of experience working with troubled teens. Their backgrounds range from social work, teen counseling, and child care administration to behavioral modification therapy, family therapy, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Constant communication and collaboration amongst staff members allow us to contribute our unique perspective and expertise to your son’s stay at Resolution Ranch Academy.
Former NFL player Scott McGarrahan founded Resolution Ranch Academy in March of 2004 with the goal of opening a treatment facility with the goal of helping teenage boys with mental health issues grow and address their problems in a positive, nurturing environment.
NEAL STAAB LCCA
Neal Staab is a licensed child-care administrator with 25+ years of experience in youth residential treatment centers. He is a certified instructor and member of The International Association of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certified Instructors. Neal’s ongoing work at residential care facilities in mental health dealing with depression, anxiety, and life-controlling issues, is invaluable.
Chris Langley MA, LMFT-S, LCCA
Program Director/Clinical Director
Chris oversees the treatment team and intake assessment coordination for all residents. Before coming to Resolution Ranch, Chris worked as a therapist and case manager at a group home for boys with depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and many other behavioral issues.
Ernest Smith, LPC-I
Ernest joined Resolution Ranch Academy in 2018. He currently is facilitating DBT therapy in residential. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group Sessions assist in developing skills such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. Ernest’s choice of modalities is Dialectical Behavior and Solution Focused Therapy. Ernest has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Taylor Conable, MA, LMFT
Taylor heads Equine Therapy at Resolution Ranch Academy. Taylor joined the Resolution Ranch team in July 2020. She received her M.A. in Family Therapy from the University of Houston Clear Lake and her B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M. Taylor has experience working in boarding schools for troubled youth, as a CPS visitation monitor, behavior technician for children with Autism, and as a volunteer coordinator and hotline worker for a domestic violence shelter.
David is the Director of Facility Operations at Resolution Ranch Academy. David joined the Resolution Ranch team in July 2011. His equine and ranch background and his practical experience working with residential mental health facilities in Texas have made David a valuable asset. David also is in charge of organizing and facilitating youth groups, recovery groups, and Church service.
If you always do what you’ve always done, you will get what you always got
Roy has been working with families for over twenty years. He is an ordained pastor, a certified Christian counselor, and a former state leader of Celebrate Recovery. In addition to admissions, Roy leads the dual diagnosis program for troubled youth at Resolution Ranch Academy. He is the proud father of two adult daughters.
Roy began his career at Resolution Ranch Academy in 2008. He left in 2013 to become a full-time minister and rejoined the Ranch team in 2019 as the Director of Admissions/NA Coordinator. Roy enjoys the outdoors, including sports, fishing, and hunting.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Director of Education
Eric Benson was the Director of Education from June 2008 to May 2014. Eric returned as Director of Education in August 2019 after spending five years designing and developing corporate training and eLearning courses and curricula. He has a passion for working at mental health facilities for teens. Eric received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Multidisciplinary Science in 2007 and a Master of Science in Global eLearning from Texas A&M Commerce in 2013.
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”
Benjamin began working at Resolution Ranch Academy in August 2021. He has 7 years of experience working as a youth minister and works concurrently at Milam County Cowboy Church as their youth minister. Before coming to the Ranch, Benjamin worked as a substitute teacher, has experience working with the BGCT and other religious organizations, and serves as part of R.A.I.N.N.’s Speaker’s Bureau. Benjamin graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor with a BA in Humanities and plans to pursue a Master’s of Divinity and Counseling at Truett Theological Seminary in the near future. Read Full Bio
Madison joined Resolution Ranch Academy in November 2021, she worked in the education department before transitioning to Case Manager. She continues to work towards a BA in Recreational Therapy at South University. Madison is passionate about fitness and previously led group and individual training sessions while managing a gym. She is a proud Mom to her son Jett, who she loves spending most of her free time with. Read Full Bio
Haley joined the Resolution Ranch Family in February 2021. She graduated from Portland Community College in 2020 with a degree in General Studies focusing on Early Childhood Education. She went on to work in youth mental health treatment centers. Before coming to the ranch, Haley was a teacher in Early Childhood facilities after serving in The United States Air Force as a Security Forces Patrolman. Read Full Bio
Gary joined Resolution Ranch Academy in May 2015 as a DSP. realized that he was passionate about working at residential treatment facilities for teens. Gary volunteered at the Clements Boys & Girls Club in Killeen, Texas, where most kids were from single-family homes. Gary was able to be that positive role model thru coaching football and basketball. He then continued with his passion at Manor Middle School, where he worked in a Content Mastery classroom, tutoring kids throughout the day. He then moved on to Incentives Residential Treatment Center in Katy, Texas, where he worked in the residential program for youth. Gary also worked at mental health facilities for teens at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center and Integris Mental Health. Read Full Bio
Carla has been with Resolution Ranch Academy, a troubled teens boarding school, since 2005. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Corrections and received her master’s in Counseling Psychology at Tarleton State University in 2005. Carla has a passion for working at mental health facilities for teens.