Reflections Academy Inc. opened in 2016. Manning, its owner, has a long history of working in Montana’s private, for-profit teen treatment industry. She has worked for over a decade with the Pullan brothers, accused of sexually abusing residents.
Reflections Academy and Clearview Academy are both accredited by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services. Manning owns Reflections and Mary Theilbar told the Missoulian that she owned Clearview, although her sons help run the program.
Theilbar told the Missoulian on Thursday that she was not yet aware of the lawsuit and therefore had no comment. She said Clearview is a Christian school.
“God started this program,” she said. “People have come to see me from all over the United States.”
Theilbar was not directly involved in the program and was medically out of state for at least part of the time the residents involved in the lawsuit attended school, she said. Residents who pursue Clearview participated in the program at various times from 2012 to 2018.
Theilbar said that in 2013 she was undergoing cancer treatment. At the time, Manning was director of Clearview before leaving in 2015 to open Reflections, she added.
“All I know is the people who work for me were great,” Theilbar said. “I had trained them for years before I had to undergo treatment. They were very good and I consider them a blessing.