The Team

Our team sees you.

Our team has a lived addiction experience and a desire to help teens break the debilitating habits that derail futures through education and recovery. Walking the road of recovery is something no one should walk alone. So, we will walk alongside you.
BRIAN SPITSBERGEN, Ph.D, LPC, CAADC

BRIAN SPITSBERGEN, Ph.D, LPC, CAADC

Director, Substance Use Disorder & Recovery Support Services
“As a person in long-term recovery, I achieved sobriety at the age of 16. Each day, I live through what it takes to maintain a recovering lifestyle. Treatment and sobriety did not come easy. Despite having some successes, in retrospect, I now realize how fortunate and fragile early recovery was for me — especially when it came to being reintegrated into society once the treatment experience was over. I am vividly aware to this day just how stressful and unprepared I was to deal with a society that on a day-to-day basis was not adequately equipped to deal with some of the emotional and developmental challenges I brought back into the academic environment. At the time when I got sober, there was no support system that existed for a young person in my situation.”

Faculty & Staff

Making sure we select the right people to work with our students is critical to the success of the students and the school.
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Support Organizations

Developing a school of this nature is not done alone. Wellspring would like to thank the following for their time, input and support:

  • City of Farmington Hills
  • Wayne County Substance Use Disorder Provider Network
  • Tri-County PIHP’s
  • Key Michigan legislative officials
  • Wayne County Intermediate School District
  • Oakland County Intermediate School District
  • Michigan International Preparatory Schools
  • Jamie Daniels Foundation
  • Detroit Recovery Project
  • St. Mary Mercy Hospital
  • Greater Detroit Area Health Council
  • Rivers Bend Adolescent Outpatient Programs
  • Michigan Association of Treatment Courts

Alternative Peer Groups

In addition to academic support and development, Wellspring Academy is forming an Alternative Peer Group (APG) for the Academy. The APG serves as a vital component of support for students while at Wellspring Academy. The APG is a group of recovering young people who are actively seeking recovery supports, fellowship, and social and recreational supports — while engaged in an abstinence-based lifestyle.

The APG will include structured activities such as: support meetings, community service activities, recovery-oriented educational opportunities, and less structured events to promote fellowship that may include involvement in young people’s events both onsite and in the community.

Advisory Board

Wellspring Academy is guided by a board of experts that is responsible for defining the school’s mission, ensuring the school remains fiscally sound, providing leadership and representing Wellspring in the greater community.

Sean de Four, LMSW*

Senior VP & Chief Operating Officer
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Brian Spitsbergen, Ph.D, LPC, CAADC*

Division Director
Substance Use Disorder & Recovery Support Services
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Scott L. Crabill, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor of Communication
Oakland University

David M. Gehm

President & CEO
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Jill Haiser

VP of Mission Advancement & Foundation Executive Director
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Tim Kalbfleisch

Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Albert D. Kaul, LMSW, NHA

VP of Human Resources & CPO
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Kris T. Kirby, Ed.S., L.L.P.C

Director of Innovation
Michigan International Prep School

Andrea Logan

President, All Med Medical
Board of Directors, Wellspring Lutheran Services

Joseph Murphy

Young Adult in Recovery

Marn Myers

President Emeritus
Judson Center

Megan E. Noland

Director of Government Affairs
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office

Phil O’Dwyer, Ph.D.

Counseling Dept., Oakland University
Former Mayor, City of Berkley, MI

Kadi Prout, LMSW

Associate Executive Director
Michigan Federation for Children and Families

Jason Sroufe, MA

Division Director, Family Services
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Karen Storck

Board of Directors, Wellspring Lutheran Services

Marie Tolen, LMSW

Campus Director, New Directions
Wellspring Lutheran Services

Tom Willis

Co-Founder & Partner
Phoenix Partners

Steve Zwart, LMSW

VP of Program Development
Wellspring Lutheran Services
* Advisory Board Chair




Wellspring Academy is a program of Wellspring Lutheran Services, an independent nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation; and does not discriminate against any student because of race, gender, creed, religion or sexual orientation.

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