Shepherds Hill Academy is blessed with a wonderful and highly skilled administrative team. From enrollment to graduation our administrative team is here to serve you and your teen. Our administrative team not only guides you through the admissions process, but also performs the responsibility for much of the daily care and watchful oversight of team members who ensure a safe and secure authoritative environment is consistently available for your child.
Trace and Beth Embry have a heart and a passion for the parents and youth of today’s culture. Trace and Beth began their married life in the Chicago area in 1980. Along with being entrepreneurs and prominent business owners, Trace served as a Police Officer in their hometown after graduating the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1978. Trace and Beth felt the Lord’s prompting to full-time ministry and attended college and extensive training to prepare them for working with troubled teens.
Shepherds Hill Academy was founded in 1994. The Embrys live on campus and minister and counsel each resident, along with a large professional staff. Trace and Beth have five children of their own and four grandchildren.
Director of Program Development
Allison studied Counseling Psychology, and Developmental Psychology at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA.
Having experienced her family’s founding of Shepherds Hill Academy in 1994, from a young child Allison has been active in residential care. Working with troubled teens her entire adult life, she held the position of Girls Wilderness Program Supervisor from 2006 to 2013.
Allison has a deep passion for mentoring young girls in biblical truth. Her goal is to help educate teen girls with the truth of God’s word in order to help them regain their self-respect, a love for Christ and discover their purpose and passion for their lives.
She is married, loves the outdoors, and playing competitive sports. Allison also enjoys deepening her walk with Christ. She lovingly shares the wisdom, discernment and knowledge that God has imparted to her for the residents she interacts with on a daily basis.
Boys Wilderness Program Manager
Andrew holds certifications in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard and First Aid with the American Red Cross. He was previously trained and certified in Wilderness First Responder – Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI).
Andrew has a passion for serving the youth of this nation. He sees that many teens have given up hope on living according to biblical principles. Andrew works alongside the teens at Shepherds Hill Academy to offer them hope in the possibility of living out those principles in a practical way.
Andrew enjoys sports, swimming, and NASCAR racing.
Breanna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling and Psychology at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. She has worked with youth since 2009.
She knows the teenage years are the most formative and confusing years for adolescents, and realizes godly guidance is most priceless during this time. Her desire to invest time helping young people stems from the love that was poured into her from others which shaped her into a woman of God.
Breanna is married to her husband, Mike, and they have been married since the beginning of 2013. She enjoys playing sports, soccer, photography, the outdoors and traveling.
Resident Staff Nurse
Denise has been an LPN for over 30 years and received her license from Macon Technical School in Macon, GA.
She has worked as a nurse in hospitals on transitional units, OB-GYN and on post-partum care units. Denise has also worked in personal care homes, family practices, as well as a camp nurse for children and youth and for senior citizens for the last 13 years. She has cared for the resident students of SHA since 2006. She assists in the medical well being of the students, prepares and dispenses medications when necessary.
Denise has been happily married for 30+ years and is the mother of two children and one grandchild. She also enjoys reading, spending time with family, working with children at church and has a deep passion for assisting in the well-being of others.
Girls Wilderness Program Manager
Ginelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Outdoor Leadership and Education from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, GA. Since 2007 Ginelle has worked with youth.
She loves working with teens because their youthful energy and life offers so much to today’s culture. Ginelle wants to teach teens how to harness that energy to be put towards worthwhile things. She desires to serve the youth to equip them to go out and pour into and serve in the lives of others.
In addition, Ginelle loves photography, videography, zip-lining, road trips, coffee and camping.
Director of Operations
Joshua pursued Youth Pastoral Studies at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. He is also a certified instructor for Handle with Care Crisis Intervention and has been trained in Wilderness First Aid and water safety through Red Cross.
He has been working with troubled youth since 2005. Initially, he served at a summer youth camp, and then as a Residential Team member at SHA. He currently serves as Director of Operations and uses his organizational and strategic planning skills for administrative purposes at Shepherds Hill Academy.
Joshua’s passion is for the wayward youth of this culture. Seeing how the negative influences of this culture has impacted our nation’s youth, his hope is that God can use him in the ministry to re-establish a biblical worldview in the hearts and minds of the youth in America.
He and his wife enjoy competitive sports and outdoor activities. Joshua also loves to gain knowledge in Christian apologetics and other world-views through reading and studying.
Nathaniel David Ether
Content & Social Media Strategist
Nate graduated from Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, MN. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies and Christian Studies. He also has a minor in Counseling, and second minor in Psychology.
Nate has been serving youth since 2003. He has enjoyed working with youth since he was a teen himself. He has been involved in Boys Brigade (assistant to the rangers on trips), Vacation Bible School (teacher assistant, teacher, and Assistant Director of VBS), Missions trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (team member), Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child and Tsunami Relief), Feed My Starving Children, Source Ministries, English teacher at an English camp in North East Germany, and also as a youth worker in several different youth groups (Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church and First Alliance Church). It has always been one of his passions to work with youth, and he desires to positively impact the lives of the teens we serve. It is also his desire that he may grow in his own faith from these experiences. His passion for teens is to see them live free of destructive lifestyles.
Nate has one daughter, Elena, who was born in 2014. He enjoys football, soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and camping. He also enjoys learning about other cultures, world religions, worldviews, and languages. In addition, Nate is the CEO of Footprints Academy INC. A non-profit organization who helps children in poverty.
Marketing & Research Coordinator
Terri holds an Associate degree in Business Administration from Central New Mexico Community College – CNM (formally Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute – TVI). She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Management from National American University – NAU.
She has a versatile business administrative background. Her previous experience includes working for major corporations in the Convenient Store and Department of Defense Contracting industries.
Terri truly has a heart for ministry. She joined Shepherds Hill Academy to help with the administrative and marketing efforts. She loves to serve and witness the process of young people breaking free from addictions and negative behaviors as they learn who they are in Christ. She enjoys modeling Christ to the students and offers words of encouragement to them as she observes their transformation throughout their stay at Shepherds Hill Academy.
Outside of serving at Shepherds Hill Academy, she enjoys group Bible studies, family, gardening, skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, reading and movies.
Director of Food Services
Tim brings to Shepherds Hill Academy his 23 years experience of working in hotel operations and various culinary positions. During his career he has obtained multiple Culinary and Business Certifications with the prominent hospitality chain Marriott International.
His experience of working with youth derives from volunteering with church youth groups, youth camps and vacation Bible schools (VBS). Tim also has previous experience working for a men’s rehabilitation center as a chef.
Stepping out in a leap of faith after feeling God was leading him into a new direction of ministry, he was soon lead to Shepherds Hill Academy to serve. Tim thoroughly enjoys cooking for and serving the students at SHA and considers them a blessing in his life.
Tim shares his life with his dog “Gracie.” He plays the keyboard for his church’s Praise and Worship Team. In his spare time, Tim enjoys snow skiing, hiking, tennis and working out.
Tina studied at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She has expertly performed the role of Office Manager within the administration department at Shepherds Hill Academy since 2004.
Besides keeping the office running efficiently, Tina enjoys talking with parents of our current students and keeps the line of communication open between the parents, the students and the staff of Shepherds Hill Academy. She assists parents of potential residents. Tina also plays a big role in supporting the aftercare of Shepherds Hill Academy alumni and their families. Her passion is to help and counsel people with a gentle word of encouragement and active listening. She genuinely cares about the staff, teens and parents of Shepherds Hill Academy.
Tina and her husband, Hap, have 2 sons. Her interests and hobbies include: motorcycling, playing the piano, photography, entertaining, traveling, gardening, making jewelry and reading.