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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.
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.
John is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the field of Mental Health for more than 18 years. He received his undergraduate degree at Boston College, and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. John has worked as a Crisis Clinician at The Hope Center for the past seven years, and also sees clients individually for psychotherapy. He specializes in treating adults and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, mood-disorders, substance abuse, chronic illness, major life transitions, grief/loss, trauma and severe and persistent mental illness.
John takes an eclectic approach toward psychotherapy, recognizing that each client is unique and has individual needs. His theoretical base is insight-oriented which focuses on assisting clients in becoming aware of self-defeating patterns in thought and behavior, with the goal of breaking patterns and moving someone towards a more conscious and healthy life. John is trained in various clinically based modalities including: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Drug and Alcohol Interventions and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
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.
Nancy Lou received her MA in Counseling from Regis University in Denver, CO. She is a licensed professional counselor and has worked in the mental health field for over eight years. Nancy Lou has worked as a therapist for children, adolescents and adults in community mental health settings, correctional facilities and in an acute care children’s behavioral health hospital. She is happy to be back in Colorado after traveling and working in different areas of the country. Nancy Lou moved to the Roaring Fork Valley from Anchorage, AK and is honored to be a part of the Hope Center Team.
Patti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has more than 20 years experience in the Mental Health field. She believes that how you think affects the way you feel, which in turn, is why we behave the way we do. She uses a variety of practical strategies and brain research that help her clients gain a better understanding on how to navigate life’s transitions and recover from the disappointments so they can discover personal fulfillment.
In her career as an educator, Patti has vast experience working in various school environments as an administrator, teacher, counselor, and as a national educational consultant. She specializes in helping families in understanding the nature of the divorce process and its consequences.
She also has extensive training in dying, death and grief, as well as trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic loss. Her expertise in these areas now has offered her opportunities in working with Emergency Response Teams, First Responders and our military members and their families, throughout our country and worldwide.
Born and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Susannah is thrilled to be back in the Roaring Fork Valley to join the Hope Center team as Public Information, Outreach and Events Coordinator. As an Adams State University graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Susannah values the dynamic learning opportunity that crisis response provides, and believes in empowering people of all ages and across all sectors to prevent suicide. Her professional goals include clinical licensure in multiple states, research and publication, and private practice. Upstream collaboration creates downstream solutions for individuals, groups and thriving, engaged communities!
Kenny Sanders couldn’t be happier to be a key player on our administrative team! From Port Huron, Michigan, Kenny relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley in Fall 2017 after working with children and youth services. He has worked as a counselor with adopted children and also with autistic children at a daycare service called Camp Cavell in Lexington, Michigan, where he held an administrative role. In Spring 2016, Ken graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Human Environmental Services and a concentration on Management. “Roll Tide, Y’all!” He played college football for two years, enjoys all sports and grew up by the lake so he loves water. Kenny has discovered a love for hiking, when he is not busy fulfilling intake, scheduling, billing and a multitude of other crucial contributions at the Hope Center.
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.
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.