Meet Our Dedicated Staff

Meet the dedicated staff of Ozarks Teen Challenge.  As your rehab and treatment center staff, we consider ourselves servants of Christ. We PLEDGE to nurture and develop each student according to their unique needs. We COMMIT ourselves to faithfully mentor and serve the young men and families that we have the distinct privilege of working alongside.  We DEDICATE ourselves to do so with the same passion, love, and grace that Christ has shown to each of us.


Rev. Michael Buttacy

Executive Director
Rev., M.B.A. & Missouri Recovery Support Specialist

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Michael is a proud husband and father of one boy and one girl who inspire him everyday to work towards life change for the students and families he sees everyday. From a young age, Michael felt called by God to stand in the gap…

Steven Borchert

Program Director
B.S. Wildlife Biology & Missouri Recovery Support Specialist

Steven is a proud husband and father of two boys and two girls.  He grew up in Montana which fed his love for the outdoors and exploring God’s creation.  He is also passionate about running and has led several student marathon teams to attempt the impossible and succeed. His passion for…

Rev. Derrick Gilbert

Discipleship Coordinator
Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor & MRSS-P

At the the age of 21 Derrick walked through the doors of Teen Challenge.  At first, he was skeptical of what Teen Challenge or Christ could do to help him, but it was the staff’s investment in time and relationship building with him that ultimately broke through.  He gave his…

Rev. Adam Holderread

Assistant Discipleship Coordinator
M.S. Criminal Justice, M. Div., & Missouri Recovery Support Specialist

Adam is a native of Illinois and loves spending time with his wife and two kids who inspire him to take joy in the small things everyday.  Adam has been on staff with us since 2010.  During his time with us, Adam has worked both as Support Staff, School Administrator,…

Rev. Scott Dugin

Academic Coordinator
B.S. Bible & Missions

Scott hails to us from Long Island, New York. He and his son currently live in Springfield, Missouri. A passion for discipling youth has led him to his position at Ozarks Teen Challenge.  “Experiencing loss and pain can open doors for great victory.” After experiencing the ugly divorce….

Peggy Niebuhr

Office Manager

Originally from Iowa, Peggy spent 29 years in Illinois as a pastor’s wife, graphic designer and mother of four. Feeling ready for a transition, Peggy felt God’s call to minister in a new capacity. That is when she joined the team here at Ozarks Teen Challenge in 2015 as our…

Wesley Garcia

Direct Care Staff

Wesley grew up in the northeast and is a graduate of Southern California Teen challenge.  After a long battle with addiction and the prayers of friends and family he was able to enter the doors of Teen Challenge in California where God released him from the bondage of addiction to…

Bradley Bond

Kitchen Coordinator/Direct Care Staff

Bradley is a graduate of Pensacola Teen Challenge where God dramatically transformed his life. Bradley then decided to further develop his leadership skills while giving back to the Pensacola Center, that had given him so much, by completing an internship within their wood shop department. He then moved to Missouri…


Nick Dell

Recreation Coordinator
B.S. Church Ministry

Nick hails to us from Lansing, MI. He graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL with a Bachelors of Science degree in Church Ministry…

Mitchell Easter

Admissions Coordinator
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies

Mitchell is a native Texan, avid outdoorsman, husband, and proud father of two boys. The majority of his childhood was spent growing up in Malawi, Africa…

Daniel Jones

Direct Care Staff

Daniel Jones came to us from Kansas City, MO. On January 7th, 2013 he walked through the doors of Ozarks Teen Challenge an angry and broken teenager….

Cindi Gaunt

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Cindi grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. She has been married to her …

Ben Davis

Direct Care Staff

Ben grew up in Northwest Arkansas and enjoys running, playing the piano and art.  After battling depression and suicide attempts as a teenager, he came to Ozarks…