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Michelle was one of the first five staff members who helped create the Hope Center in 2010. She received her graduate degree in Clinical Psychology with a subspecialty in neuropsychology from Western Carolina University in 1999. She has worked as a crisis clinician in various inner city and rural emergency departments, has conducted psychological evaluations for prison inmates, functioned as Juvenile Coordinator and then Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center in Beaufort, South Carolina and was part of the administration team, when she served as the Corporate Compliance Officer at Fairbanks Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Michelle also has a passion for teaching and has taught at Indiana University for nine years in the Department of Psychology, as well as locally at Colorado Mountain College. She is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), bio-feedback and in the administration of neuropsychological testing and interpretation.
Michelle is currently the executive director at the Hope Center where she and her team dedicate themselves to connecting the community and reducing the stigma of mental illness and suicide. Michelle moved to Aspen with her husband and twin boys in the winter of 2009 and now calls the Roaring Fork Valley her home.
As a Florida native who moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2007, I couldn’t pick a more amazing place to call home. Over the last twelve years, I have held a variety of finance-related positions, during which time, I completed my Bachelor’s degree, with a minor emphasis in Accounting and Statistics. Prior to joining the Hope Center in May of 2019 as their Financial Manager, I worked with several small businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. My focus was to assist them in working towards their financial goals, specifically addressing back office procedures, financial analysis, and reporting. Outside of number crunching and analytics, my passion is the outdoors: running half-marathons, skiing, and hiking with my two children.
Ola Verploegh joined the Hope Center in September 2019 as CFO and is excited to help bring long-term financial sustainability and planning to the organization. Ola received a Finance and Accounting degree from Western Washington University in 2002 where he helped develop several mental health programs for the Lifestyle Advisor program, including Western Men Against Violence, Men’s Suicide Prevention program, and the Cycle Therapy bike club. After relocating to the Roaring Fork Vally in 2006 Ola spent 15 years as Financial Planning Analyst for the Aspen Skiing Company and is currently enrolled the MBA program at CSU.
“The Roaring Fork Valley is home and I find peace and connection in the mountains and on the rivers. I have seen first hand the need for improved mental health services, education, and support in our valley and it is an honor to have the opportunity to work for an organization that is making a positive difference in our community every day.”
Andrea earned her PhD from Florida State University and has worked in several inpatient and outpatient locations. Her focus and desire is to work with individuals, couples and families and her clinical background is put into action at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale where she is the on-site School Based Mental Health Clinician.
Callie is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who decided to make the Roaring Fork Valley her home after several years of practicing as a traveling healthcare provider. Originally from Alabama, Callie graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Nurse Practitioner program in August of 2015. Through her traveling contracts, she has worked in a variety of settings, including a state prison, community mental health, and outpatient psychiatry.
Callie has experience treating patients ages 15 and up, and is comfortable working with patients who are pregnant or considering starting a family. She specializes in psychiatric medication management, however also strongly encourages an integrative approach to treating mental health ailments. She enjoys working with clients who struggle with any mental health issue, but has the most experience in treating major depression, anxiety and mood disorders, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders. In her free time, Callie enjoys an active lifestyle and is an avid rock climber. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hope Center and very excited to work with the valley community.
Karmen moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1988. After working in many non-profits and customer related fields, she moved to Denver to pursue a degree in Social Work. Karmen received her MSW from the University of Denver in 2001.While pursuing her degree and thereafter, Karmen worked in several residential treatment centers as a milieu supervisor and a treatment coordinator for adolescent males and females. She developed treatment plans, coordinated clinical service delivery, provided assessment, facilitation of groups, and direct treatment services to clients.
April Brooks joined the Hope Center in 2016 and has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2005. She received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor. Her therapeutic approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Rational Emotive and expressive arts techniques.
April is an artist who works with many mediums, specializing in ceramic and steel sculptures. As a crisis clinician and counselor, she is an asset that is unprecedented to the team. April has gained experience working with all ages in school, clinical and crisis settings. Her area of specialty includes mood disorders, social emotional regulation, suicidality, grief and loss. April is dedicated to connecting the community with resources and reducing the stigma of mental health through an effective therapeutic approach.
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Paula holds a BS in Psychology and Criminology from Arkansas State University, MS in Counseling Psychology from Southwestern A/G University, with post-graduate studies at Henderson State University. Her professional credentials include: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arkansas and Colorado, Distance Credentialed Counselor, and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She is also trained in EMDR, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. Paula has over 15 year’s of experience in a variety of settings: Community Counseling, Hospitals, Residential Treatment Centers, Schools, Military Installations, and other private practice work.
Amanda moved to the valley from her home state of Florida in 2011 and began her involvement with the Hope Center after attending a September Suicide Prevention training in Aspen. Shortly after, she began working full-time for the Aspen Valley Foundation as the Outreach Coordinator until fall of 2013 when she began graduate school.
Amanda graduated from the University of Denver with her Master of Social Work degree. During that time she also worked with RESPONSE as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is dedicated and passionate about social justice and making a difference in her community.
Craig has a passion for helping students improve their mental health so that they can be successful and happy in school and life. He was a Professional School Counselor in high schools and middle schools for ten years in Reno, NV. He also served as the Counseling Department Chair at Damonte Ranch High School for several years. Community involvement is important to Craig and he was a leader is creating the first dual-language school in Reno. He has also been a mentor for the Roaring Fork Pre-Collegiate program in our Valley. Prior to becoming the School Based Clinician at Basalt High School, Craig was a Counselor and Psychology Instructor at Colorado Mountain College. Craig earned his B.A. in Psychology from St. Michael’s College and went on to earn his Masters and PhD in Counseling & Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Jeanette attended the University of Florida initially for her Bachelor’s in psychology while also training with the Alachua County Crisis Center. While attending UF she realized her passion for the visual arts which lead her to pursue a second Bachelors in the Arts and eventually a Masters in Art Therapy at Florida State University. After graduation she spent time applying both art making and therapy in various areas of Florida with youth recovering from addiction, trauma and eating disorders. She then relocated to Colorado and joined the Aspen Hope Center as a School based Clinician with Basalt Middle School where she can continue to use art as a healing tool.
Sarah Glaka was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and recently moved back after serving as a mental health provider in the United States Navy for eight years. Sarah has worked in a variety of different clinics throughout her time in the military, including outpatient mental health and alcohol treatment programs as well as spending her first two years working as a Social Worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Oncology and Hematology department.
Prior to joining the Navy and in between receiving her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University (2006) and working towards her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver (2011), Sarah was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan. Sarah spent her time as a volunteer working in schools, and camps helping students to advance their knowledge and skills in the english language. It was during this time Sarah realized her passion was in working with and helping others, especially young adults. Sarah is excited to be able to do this as the new on-site School Based Mental Health Clinician at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.