Stephanie Johnston, Counselor

Stephanie JohnstonStephanie Johnston is originally from Tampa, Florida.  She misses her ocean and palm trees, but has grown to love what Utah has to offer. She moved to Provo to attend Brigham Young University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling, emphasizing School Counseling, from the University of Phoenix in 2014. While attending school, Stephanie gained counseling experience by working at a treatment center for at-risk youth, and from the unlikely source of managing a pool at the Lehi Legacy Aquatics Center. It was at that pool that Stephanie spent years as a mentor to the youth lifeguards, who eventually inspired her to become a school counselor. Stephanie completed internships at Willowcreek Middle School and Provo High School in 2013 and 2014. She piloted anti-bullying programs, and facilitated group counseling experiences for students dealing with grief. At Provo High, she created the first all-girls assembly designed to inspire girls to believe that they can dream a little bigger and to be a little kinder to each other. She also worked closely with the Regents’ Scholarship to connect students that were on track to receive the scholarship to the scholarship organization. She implemented Provo’s first annual “Regents’ Day” where a scholarship representative met individually with prospective students. Stephanie is very excited to work at AISU because of her own international background; she grew up in a German speaking home as her mother is from Stuttgart, Germany. Stephanie also loves to travel. She was inspired during her time in Mali, Africa about the importance of education.

Lee Basquin, Counselor

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Lee Basquin has had a long time passion for helping others. Lee grew up in a small Southern California town, Moorpark. Early in his life his was involved in many community service activates and charity volunteer work. In high school he was active in sports, performing arts and student leadership, as well as enjoyed going to the beach. He won several California writing awards and helped write a musical before graduating high school. He then went on to study Cinema at the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at California State University, Northridge. After graduating he worked on multiple feature films, television series and commercials. He also helped develop marketing plans for new and established companies. His desire to help students with academic, emotional and social issues led him to study school counseling at the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Capella University. Lee graduated his master’s with distinction and spent time at Majestic Elementary, West Jordan Middle, and West Jordan High School. He developed individual and group counseling sessions, classroom guidance programs and worked with faculty and administration to increase students success. Lee is extremely excited to be a part of AISU and looks forward to working with a school that focuses on the 21st century learning model. You can contact Lee at


Cindy Gardner, Head Secretary

Cindy GardnerCindy Gardner was born in Spokane, Washington. As the daughter of military officer, she lived in many parts of this country, and in Japan. Moving often helped shape her into a true people-person. She graduated from high school in Colorado Springs and then attended Brigham Young University. Cindy graduated from BYU with a BS degree in Social Work and Recreation Education.
Children have always been important in Cindy’s life. In Colorado Springs School District 11, she was a substitute teacher for 15 years in the elementary and high schools. Coaching varsity cheerleading for 3 years at a 5A school was quite a learning experience with many successes and some challenges! When their last child married, she worked full time in the ESL program in an elementary and middle school where she taught foreign students skills to improve their English speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. How she loved those students! Cindy studied Spanish at Pikes Peak Community College and Cuauhnahuac Language Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Cindy and her husband, Kimball, have been married 39 years and are thankful for 4 married children and 11 grandchildren! They recently moved here from Colorado Springs, their life-long home. Cindy loves to read, cook, travel, hike, cycle, ride scooters, kayak, and take care of grandchildren. Spending time with her family is her first love! She is grateful to be at AISU, with such a great staff, amazing students and supportive families!

Sara Casaday, Foreign Student Coordinator

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Elyse Bennett, Registrar





April Todd, Academic Coordinator

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Kelly Casaday, Communications Director

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