Jon Carter

Jon Carter

Owner - Operations Director, Admissions

Jon Carter was raised on his family farm located near Heart Mountain, Powell Wyoming, and the current home of Heart Mountain New Beginnings. He had many responsibilities as a young boy from irrigating crops to caring for livestock. Jon has always been an outgoing individual and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He was the president of his 4-H Club, Wyoming State Sheep Showman, wrestling team captain, and a four-year letterman. Jon has worked with youth his whole life, from 4-H junior leaders in High School; to coaching five to eighteen year olds in USA wrestling for nineteen years. Jon is a Bronze Certified Coach with the National Coaches Education Program. He has been a substitute teacher in the local Junior High School, and has been actively involved in the education of his own three children. After receiving his JC degree from Northwest College in 1978, he married his wife Gael and took over the family farm in 1980. During his fifteen year farming career, Jon hosted and mentored several young men through the Work Exchange Abroad Program. He taught young men from Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Poland and Ireland. Jon has raised and worked with horses for most of his life. He has extensive experience riding and packing horses in the surrounding mountains. Jon is always looking for an opportunity to educate and can identify an abundance of flora and fauna in the surrounding areas. He is an avid learner and a jack of all trades. He has knowledge of mechanics, welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, concrete, and is a talented horse trainer. Jon found his calling when he was employed by an area youth program. He lived with the boys on a daily basis and soon discovered he could make a difference in the lives of the young men in his care. Although the job was very demanding, Jon found it to be incredibly gratifying. Although very satisfied with the rewards of the work, Jon felt there was more he could do for the boys and their families. With this in mind, he started Heart Mountain New Beginnings where he can focus on building men of integrity through education, teaching trade skills, work ethic, Christian values. He can support parents through extensive parent education, and help insure success with a unique aftercare program. Jon and Gael started Heart Mountain New Beginning in 2006.

Tyler Davison

Equine Director/Vocational & Spiritual Mentor

Born and raised on a farm/ranch in Powell WY, he is the third generation. He is happily married with two children, a girl that is 15 and a boy that is 17. He has worked with horses and mules his entire life, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the boys. Tyler owned and operated his own farm/ranch from 2000 to 2015. He was the foreman for a brick laying company from 1999 to 2007. He is an elder at the New Life Church of Powell as well as a member of their counseling team and the adult Sunday school teacher. He is an American Certified Biblical Counselor, Track One Training, August 2016. Heart Mountain New Beginnings feels fortunate to have him as a team member and respects the positive influence he brings to our students. Tyler models integrity, work ethic and an enthusiasm for the outdoors that helps him connect with our students.

Julie C. Kipp (Professional services available as needed)

Educational Consultant

Certifications: Wyoming Teaching Certificate, Exceptional Generalist K-12 Education: 1999 Masters Degree in Education, Lesley College. 1994 Special Education Endorsement K-12, MSU-Billings, MT. 1987 Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, MSU-Billings, MT. Professional Experience: District Special Education Case Manager/Parent Coordinator. Computer Lab Teacher, 10 years as a Special Education Teacher, 5 years as an Elementary Teacher. Professional Teaching Standards Board Portfolio Reader, Council of Exceptional Children member.

Rebecca Tillery

Education Director/Teacher

Rebecca Tillery was raised in Clark, Wyoming. During her childhood Rebecca grew to love the outdoors. She spent most weekends riding horses in the mountains with her family. Rebecca went to Powell for middle and high school, where she was actively involved in track and rodeo.
Rebecca was aware that God had given her a gift of being able to teach others. She studied elementary education at Northwest College and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where her husband was stationed in the United States Army. Rebecca did a yearlong internship in a multiage classroom of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.
Rebecca and her husband moved back to Wyoming to raise their family. Rebecca has substituted for the last five years. She feels that this has helped her become an effective teacher, because she has been able to experience many different classrooms, teaching styles, and students. She also has her Wyoming Teaching Certification.
Rebecca feels that God played an important role in leading her to Heart Mountain New Beginnings. She hopes to not only teach students academics, but also be an encourager in their lives.

Gael Carter

Owner - Administrator

Gael was born in Cooperstown, NY and grew up in the rural community of Oneonta, NY. Gael had an early love of horses and began English riding lessons at the age of six. Her parents gave her a horse when she was twelve years old. Jubilee had to be stabled a mile from her home, so Gael quickly learned the value of a bicycle. Gael was entirely responsible for the care of Jubilee and made the trip daily. This experience instilled within Gael the values of responsibly, dedication and hard work. During high school Gael was a four year member of her schools soccer team. As a senior she was named Most Valuable Player of the team which had a record of 14-1. After graduation Gael headed west to Northwest College in Powell, WY to study pre-veterinary medicine. In 1980 she made plans to transfer to Montana State University, but her plans changed when her soon to be husband asked her to marry. Together they took over the family farm on Heart Mountain. They farmed together for fifteen years and were blessed with three wonderful children. Their two oldest children both have Master‘s degrees, are married and live and work in Powell. They both have had their first sons and our first grandchildren. Jon and Gael’s youngest is working on his Journeyman Electrician degree. Gael believes that the family farm environment provides the ideal setting for raising responsible, hard working, well rounded young adults. In 1980 Gael started J Bar G Quarter Horses with the purchase of her first bred registered mare. It wasn’t long before she had a full breeding operation with the purchase of a stallion and several additional mares. At her peak of her operation she managed three stallions and over fifty mares in one season. Gael became a licensed race horse trainer in the late eighties and raced horses in Montana. In 1992 she owned and raised the Champion two-year old filly for the state of Wyoming.

Jesse Fowler


Lorraine Steppe


Lorraine Steppe, MSW, LCSW
I am a fourth-generation Wyoming native with three children, who have successfully launched. They and their spouses brought us five grandchildren. I have spent my adulthood serving youth and their families in activities such as training infant-toddler caregivers, teaching parenting classes, working at a summer camp for foster children, and serving as a youth minister. I love our country and have proudly provided therapy and counseling for combat veterans and their families through the community’s outreach clinic for the VA.

Wyoming’s beautiful outdoors and rugged terrain provides an amazing backdrop for healing, growth and recovery for young men. I am honored and proud to be a part of their lives and a healing member of the team at Heart Mountain New Beginnings.

• Licensed Clinical Social Worker #886, State of Wyoming
• Masters of Social Work and Bachelors in Psychology, University of Wyoming
• Associates Degree in Fine Art, Northwest College
• CPR/First Aid Certificate
• Instructor of Responding and Recognizing Suicide Risk in Primary Care and Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR) for Suicide Training
• Specializes in EMDR and Neurofeedback

Jim Shorb

Music Instructor

Jim started playing both guitar and bass guitar in high school. After retirement, Jim studied music theory at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. He formed the duo, Cimarron, with partner, Susan Watkins in 2011. Cimarron performs covers and original compositions. Jim plays lead guitar, bass guitar, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Jim lives in Cody, Wyoming on the Heart Strings Ranch with his wife, many horses, dog and cats. His main musical influences are The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Beethoven. He enjoys various styles of music including rock,blues and country.