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Help young women overcome a past of tragedy and access a future full of possibility.

About Us


Our staff includes a multi-disciplinary team of master level therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed special education teachers well-practiced in medical and mental health to address a variety of presenting problems and needs.

Excelsior Youth Center Key Staff

Joan Gabrielson
Executive Director, 2005 - Present
Associate Director, 1982 - 2005
Human Resources Director, 1976 - 1982
Counselor, 1973 - 1976
BS - Colorado State University
MBA - University of Colorado at Denver

Carol Beauchamp-Hunter
Associate Director, 2005 - Present
Director of Treatment, 1973 - 2005
Counselor, 3 years
Team and Treatment Coordinator, 17 years
CACIII Certified Addiction Counselor
BA Law Enforcement - Metropolitan State College
MA Psychology, Guidance and Counseling - University of Northern Colorado
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

Elaine Atwater
Quality Improvement Director, 2005 - Present
Unit Supervisor, 1991 - 2005
Treatment Coordinator, 1985 - 1991
Group Living Counselor, 1979 - 1985
BA Psychology - University of Denver


Kathy Graveley
Director of Development, 2002 - Present
BA Education - University of Denver


Deb Huerta
Principal/Special Education Director, 2013 - Present
Special Education Director, Denver Children's Home, 2008 - 2013
Principal, Jefferson Hills Elementary School, 2003 - 2008
School Business Liaison, Littleton Public Schools, 1997 - 2001
Alternative Education Coordinator/Special Education Teacher, Fort Lupton School District, 1980 - 1997 BA Elementary Education/Special Education and Vocational Education- Univeristy of Northern Colorado
Masters in Diverse Learner and Principal Liscensure MAED - Univeristy of Phoenix

Stephanie Parcheta
Director of Human Resources, 2013 - Present 

Tamara K. Phillips
Nurse Manager, 2008 - Present 
BS Human Resources Management
ASN Registered Nurse


Cindy Quincy
Food Service Supervisor, 2012 to Present
Recreation Coordinator, Summer 1994-1995
Group Living Counselor, 1990 - 1996 BA Sociology - University of Denver

Patricia Rivers
Associate Director, Director of Finance, 2012 - Present

Jim Uhernik
Director of Business Development and Admissions, 2010 – Present
Team and Treatment Coordinator, 2002-2009
Treatment Coordinator, 2001-2002
Therapist 2000-2001
Group Living Counselor, 1999-2000
MA, Liberal Studies: Psychology, Regis University, 2002
BS, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1998
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

Mike Walters
Maintenance Supervisor, 1985 - present
Maintenance Assistant, 1983 - 1985
Group Living Counselor, 1979-1981
BS Psychology, Colorado State University


Excelsior Youth Center Treatment Staff
Dr. Al Jackson



Dr. Sheryl Stefaniak
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, 2011 to Present
BA University of Wosconsin, Milwaukee
MD Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency Psychiatry, Univeristy of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Fellowship Child and Adolscent Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Angelica Abston
Therapist, Community Based Services and Day Treatment, 2012 - Present
BA Psychology and Human Growth & Development, University of Alabama
MA Clinical Mental Health, Denver Seminary


Samatha Bader
Shared Therapist for Monarch and Shenandoah Cottages
Group Living Counselor
Campus Counselor
Teacher's Assistant
MA Social Work, University of Denver

Sheryl Schwartz Cook
Treatment Coordinator, Genesis Cottage

Amy Couchman
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Edgepoint Cottage, 2005 to Present
Treatment Coordinator, Genesis, 2000 - 2005
Day Treatment Counselor/Therapist, 1997 - 2000
Group Living Counselor, 1994 - 1997
MA University of Colorado at Denver

Sandy Cunard
Sandy Cunard, MSW, LCSW
Treatment Coordinator Shenandoah Cottage
BA Psychology - UCLA
MSW - New York University


Rachel Chambers
Treatment Coordinator, Monarch Cottage, 2011 - Present
Intervention Unit Counselor, 2008 - 2011
BA Therapeutic Recreation, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse
MA Social Work, University of Denver

Melissa Fountain
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Monarch Cottage, 2002 - Present
Cottage Coordinator
Group Living Counselor
Night Group Living Counselor
BA Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder
MA Counseling, Psycology & Counselor Education, UCD
MA Criminal Justice, UCD

Brianna Harris
Therapist for Genesis and Shalome Cottages
Campus Counselor
School Crisis Counselor
Crossroads Therapist, Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Private Practice, Wheat Ridge
BA Psychology, Metropolitan State College
MA Counseling, Regis University
Post Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Regis University

Wendy Henderson-Bullock
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Monarch Cottage
Education 1992 - 1998 The Naropa University Boulder Colorado
MA Somatic Psychology: Dance/Movement Therapy
Loretto Heights College: Bachelor of Arts in 1987. Major in Dance, Minor in Psychology.

Heather Hurd
Heather Hurd, MA, LPC
Team and Treatment Coordinator, Community Based Services

Tisha Jackson
Treatment Coordinator, TLC, 2012 - Present
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Shenandoah Cottage, 2004-2012
GLC, Monarch Cottage (2001 - 2004)
BA Psychology/Women's Studies
Masters Communications/Counseling, LPC
EMDR Level II Trained

Jaurene James-Blacklock
Treatment Coordinator, Sequoia Cottage, 2000 - Present
DUI Group Facilitator, 2012 - Present
Relaspe Prevention & Recovery Group Facilitator, 2001 - Present
MA Criminal Justice, University fo Central Oklahoma
MA Community Counseling, Argosy University
Certified Addiction Counselor III, Colorado School of Family Therapy

Doug Jisa
Phoenix Unit Manager, 2013 - Present
Scheduling Coordinator
TLC Group Living Counselor
BA Recreation, University of Northern Colorado
People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care

Diane Lindsey
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Sequoia Cottage, 2001 - Present
Treatment Coordinator, Day Treatment, 1990 - 2001
Group Living Staff, Sequoia Cottage, 1988 - 1990
BA Psychology, Fort Hayes State University
MA Counseling Psychology, Leslie College

Matt Louzon
Community Based Coordinator

Mary Mancinelli
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Centennial Cottage

Angie Marks
Treatment Coordinator, Shalom Cottage

Kathy Nadeau
Therapist Community Based Services
Aftercare Coordinator

Demelza Newman
Treatment Coordinator, Centennial Cottage, 2011 - Present
Therapist, 2010 - 2011
Group Living Counselor, 2009 - 2010
BS Sociology, Appalachian State University
MA Somatic Counseling Psychology, Naropa University

Elizabeth Pinkreign, MA, LPC
BS Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
MA Professional Counseling, McKendree University

Robert Sorrentino
Treatment Coordinator, Edgepoint Cottage
MA Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
MA Community Counseling, Regis University
Certificate, Child and Adolscent Therapy, Regis University

Rianna Williams
Day Treatment and Community Based Services Therapist, 2012 - Present
Treatment Coordinator, Summit, 2011 - 2012
Shared Therapist Shenadonah and Monarch, 2008 - 2011
Group Living Counselor, 2005 - 2008
BS Sociology/Criminology
MA School Counseling
EMDR Level 2 Trained

Carrie Wilton, MA LPC
Team & Treatment Coordinator, Treatment Learning Center, 2011 - present
Treatment Coordinator, TLC, 2007 - 2011
Treatment Coordinator, Monarch Cottage, 2000 - 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - Cornell College, Mt Vernon, IA - August 1996
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education - Emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling - University of Colorado, Denver, CO - August 2002
Licensed Professional Counselor - State of Colorado - #3919

Dave Vaale
Campus Supervisor, Intervention Unit Team Leader, 2002 - Present
Group Living Counselor
Invervention Counselor
BS Psychology and Drug & Alcohol Studies

Marty Zaffaroni
Treatment and Team Coordinator, Shenandoah Cottage, 1985 - Present
MA, Lesley University