Our People


Aspen Hope Center Staff

Michelle Muething
MA, LPC

Executive Director

Bailey Allison

Crisis Clinician

April Brooks

Intake Coordinator

John Medveckis
LPC

Crisis Clinician

Tina Olson
M.Ed, LPC

Crisis Clinician

Andrea Pazdera
LMFT, PhD

School-Based Clinician

Karmen Pittenger
MSW

Crisis Clinician

Amanda Smith Fierstein
MSW

CCS School Based Clinician

 
 
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Sandy Iglehart

Board President

Sandy Iglehart is the Board President of the Aspen Hope Center, which she helped found in 2010 after losing her daughter Courtenay, who died from suicide in 2009. Previously, she was on the board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and served for 11 years in Aspen. Her passion to eradicate the shame and stigma surrounding mental health has been a driving force, and continues to fuel her to help others, in honor and memory of her daughter. She is married to Jim, and has two children and three grandchildren living here in this valley. She lives a very active lifestyle and is committed to this community and its well-being.

Samantha Johnston

Board Treasurer

Samantha Johnston is a former firefighter, dog lover, adrenaline junkie, avid traveler, voracious reader, CrossFit cultie and consumer of news, great wine and culinary awesomeness. She is also the General Manager of The Aspen Times and former CEO of the Colorado Press Association. Samantha worked with Advocates-Crisis Support Services in Moffat County for five years providing support and personal advocacy to survivors of suicide and domestic violence. She was also a member of the Bears Ears Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Johnston holds a B.A. in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University and an MBA from Regis University.

Michelle Muething

MA, LPC

Executive Director

Michelle was one of the first five staff members who helped create the Aspen Hope Center in 2010. She received her MA 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, conducted psychological evaluations in Marion County Prison, functioned as Juvenile Coordinator and then Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center in Beaufort, SC and was part of administration as a Corporate Compliance Officer at Fairbanks Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Michelle also enjoys teaching in the field of psychology and taught at Indiana University for nine years in the Department of Psychology. She is trained in CBT, bio-feedback and in the administration of neuropsychological testing and interpretation. At the Hope Center, Michelle's clinical role is in providing therapy to patients in the Roaring Fork Neurology clinic in Basalt, covering the crisis line and providing supervision to staff. As an Executive Director she develops programs, composes grants, raises funds, provides education to the community and keeps collaborations strong through constant outreach. Michelle moved to Aspen with her husband and twin boys in the winter of 2009 and has dedicated herself to the Hope Center and has a vested interest in serving the community where she lives.

Sallie Bernard

Board Secretary

Sallie Bernard has been a board member of the Aspen Hope Center since 2013 and is the Board Secretary. She is the Board President of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation which was established in 2010 to honor the life of her son Jamie Bernard who died from suicide. Sallie is the board president and interim executive director of Ascendigo Autism Services, located in the Roaring Fork Valley, which provides outdoor recreation, enriched community-based opportunities and clinical services for children and adults across the autism spectrum. Sallie also serves on the board of SafeMinds and is an active member of the Cochrane Collaboration's Consumer Network. She spent over 20 years in the marketing business before devoting herself full time to non-profit work in 2005. Sallie resides in Aspen and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.

Bailey Allison

Crisis Clinician

Bailey is a native of the Roaring Fork Valley and has worked in the mental health field for nearly 10 years. Prior to her return to the Roaring Fork Valley, Bailey worked in Portland Oregon and in various locations on the Front Range. Specializing in trauma, PTSD, and developmental psychopathology, Bailey strives to support individuals and families in their journey towards healing. She has worked extensively with children, families, and adults with trauma histories and is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. Bailey is a clinical social worker and believes connection and relationship are the most integral clinical skills a professional helper can have — whether its with individuals in crisis or those who are struggling with trauma, experiencing stress, or just feeling stuck.

Anders Beier, PhD

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April Brooks

Intake Coordinator

April has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 11 years. She is currently working on her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. April is an artist who works with many mediums, specializing in ceramic and steel sculptures. One day her aspiration is to be able to incorporate counseling with an artistic approach. April has been a team member of the staff for over a year, an asset that is unprecedented. As the Intake Coordinator, April is responsible for triaging crisis situations for the clinicians, working directly with the Executive Director on administrative duties, and scheduling therapy clients. She is an integral part of the team and enjoys gaining hands-on clinical experience.

Michael Buglione

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Dr. Robert Davies, M.D.

Dr. Robert Davies graduated from University of Colorado School of Medicine, Boulder in 1989. His areas of specialty include mood and anxiety and he also has a great interest in nontraditional treatments for adolescent substance abuse – including martial arts. Dr. Davies has worked as an instructor at Dartmouth Medical School, Medical College of Pennsylvania and University of Denver to name a few. Currently he is the Associate Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCDHSC and is the Associate Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Davies has been the Medical Director for the Aspen Hope Center since August of 2011.

Jim Geib

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Jim Laing

Originally from Minnesota, Jim moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1995. On a family ski trip to Aspen/Snowmass at the age of 10, he immediately knew where and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Jim has worked for Aspen Skiing Company for the past 20 years with responsibilities ranging from Human Resources to overseeing Retail Operations. Jim is currently VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing all employee related functions for Aspen Skiing Company. Prior to moving to Aspen, Jim worked at Pillsbury and Rollerblade, both headquartered in Minnesota. He also attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Minnesota. Jim is very active in our local community, serving on several Board’s including Roaring Fork Leadership and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. He is an avid alpine and telemark skier, snowboarder and biker. Jim and his wife Laurie have two children, William and Taylor, who both love skiing. Jim’s passion is sharing every aspect of our amazing mountain lifestyle with his family.

John Medveckis

LPC

Crisis Clinician

John is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the field of Mental Health for more than 15 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 is a Crisis Clinician at The Aspen Hope Center, and also sees clients individually for psychotherapy. He specializes in treating adults struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, chronic illness, major life transitions, grief/loss, trauma and mental illness. John takes an eclectic approach towards 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. Trainings include: EMDR, CBT, DBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Drug and Alcohol Interventions, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness/Meditation.

Cavanaugh O'Leary

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Tina Olson

M.Ed, LPC

Crisis Clinician

Tina received her M.Ed. in Community Counseling and her M.S, in Elementary Education. She has 30 years’ experience working with youth in a variety of capacities. Tina has been a Guardian Ad Litem working with the courts, she was an advocate working as a crisis counselor at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo, ND and she worked as a counselor at Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota. Tina has 10 years’ experience as an emergency foster care provider for adolescents, and has also utilized her degree in education, teaching in a variety of grades in both the private and public school settings. Tina relocated to Aspen in 2010 and worked with YouthZone until this past September when she decided to join the team of the Aspen Hope Center.

Andrea Pazdera

LMFT, PhD

School-Based Clinician

Andrea joined the Aspen Hope Center team in July of 2014. Andrea received her M.Ed in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon, and her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is certified as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations, and is a certified Within My Reach Trainer and pre-marital educator by PREP©. Andrea moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011to work for Mind Springs Health in the capacity of Pitkin County Program Director until August 2014 when she joined the Aspen Hope Center. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, Andrea was a faculty member and clinical supervisor at Valdosta State University. Andrea has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has worked clinically in a variety of settings for over 10 years. As a School Based Clinician with the Aspen Hope Center, Andrea provides therapeutic support and intervention to students at Roaring Fork High School.

Karmen Pittenger

MSW

Crisis Clinician

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. She also gained experience as a member of a dynamic multidisciplinary team at Colorado’s State Mental Health hospital, as a psychiatric social worker on an acute adult unit.

In Denver, Karmen interned and worked in several different human service positions including a role as a liaison advocate for women and children who were victims of domestic violence, and as a parent aide with a Family Advocacy organization, to provide services that enabled families to approach self-sufficiency.

Karmen returned to the Aspen Valley in 2003, and began working at The Buddy Program as the Director of Youth and Family Services and remained for almost 10 years. Since her return to the Valley, Karmen continues to be a “Buddy” to a young adult woman now for 7 years and going... and she has volunteered as a Horse Handler for Wind Walkers, an equine assisted therapeutic riding program. In 2013 she joined the Hope Center team as a Crisis Clinician and also serves as the part-time Social Worker for Aspen Valley Hospital.

Patti Presents

Therapist

Patti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has 20 plus 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 had the opportunity of working with Dr. Wallerstein and 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.

Jill Shore

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Jeff Siegel

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Amanda Smith Fierstein

MSW

CCS School Based 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. Recently, she 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. As of August 2015, Amanda is the full-time Intake Coordinator for the Hope Center and her main roles include being the first-contact person for the crisis hotline, as well as organizing day-to-day agency activity.