Steve Cartisano is the former manager of Challenger Foundation - one of the first Boot camp styled wilderness therapy program.
Where the wilderness program were more outdoor education than real behavior modification program involving punitive methods, he created a new concept which is the basis of wilderness programs today.
After Challenger was forced to shut down, he ran a unnamed program in Costa Rica, later he worked in relationship with Pacific Coast Academy - not to be confused with the academy from the TV-serie.
It remains unclear where he is today - even for his creditors. He has used several names in the past.
- Info: The rise and fall of Steve Cartisano, by Christopher Smith, High Country News, June 10 1996
- Info: Editorial from the Samoan Observor - Troubled American teenagers in Paradise!, by Savea Sano Malifa (2/17/00) (Reprint from teenliberty)
- Info: Wilderness Tragedy, by Lon Woodbury, strugglingteens.com - industry marketing firm