At Hopelight, hope is the solid foundation of every service we provide! The caring Christian Hopelight team is dedicated to supporting the “whole” person as a unique individual, full of potential. At Hopelight Behavioral Health, we combine the evidence based science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a compassionate personally supportive approach for each and every client. As often as possible, we treat the behavior of the individual within the context of the family to foster and support sustainable positive behavioral change. At Hopelight Behavioral Health, our goal is to empower each and every client to make positive behavioral changes for meaningful personal growth and development.
Shyll Bowen, MEd, BCBA
Behavioral Health Director
Shyll Bowen is director of behavioral health for Hopelight Medical Clinic. She holds a master’s degree in special education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Shyll has worked with children, both typically developing and with special developmental needs, for over 25 years. She has taught and served as a behavioral specialist for children in preschool through high school in both private and public settings in the various locations in the United States and abroad. Shyll provides professional development for teachers and parent training courses. She is also the coordinator of diabetes education services, behavioral support groups, and health coaching for Hopelight Medical Clinic.
Behavioral Health Assistant Director
Heather Schmitt is the Assistant Director of Hopelight Behavioral Health. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education and is in the process of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Heather started working in the field of Special Education 17 years ago and has worked with people with disabilities ranging from 3 years old to 80 years old. The main focus of Heather’s career has been with transition aged young adults (ages 18-21) and elementary aged kids. Heather is passionate about helping people of all ages live happy and healthy lives. Heather and her husband Dave, along with their children, recently moved back to Colorado to join Hopelight’s team. They couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Hopelight family.
Kendra Billen is the newest addition to the BCBA team at Hopelight Behavioral Health. She has worked in the public school system for the past 10 years, specifically working with students with behavior challenges in the school setting. She was a self-contained teacher for for six years, followed by a district-wide Behavior Specialist for two years prior to moving to Colorado. Her last two years have been spent as a Behavior Specialist in a separate school program for St. Vrain Valley School District. Kendra has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Special Education from Texas Christian University; a master's degree in Educational Administration from Dallas Baptist University; and has completed coursework and supervision for her BCBA through the University of North Texas. She believes that, as educators and analysts, we possess great power when it comes to creating behavioral changes in our clients, large and small. With those changes, clients are able to more successfully and more appropriately navigate ever-changing situations in ways that prepare them for their future as adults in our community. There is nothing greater than seeing a client empowered by their own choices that result in positive reinforcement in their environment! She is honored to have been presented with the opportunity to begin her career as a BCBA with such a dynamic team at Hopelight!
Michelle Kramer, OTR/L
Jessica Baird, NCC, LPCC
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Michelle is a pediatric occupational therapist with 20 years of experience working with children and their families. She has a passion for working with kids and enjoys building relationships with the families she works with and supporting the child’s development. She has a special interest and expertise in the areas of ADHD, sensory integration, handwriting, coordination difficulties, fine motor skills and social skills. Michelle is a Colorado native and lives in Lyons with her husband and two daughters.
Mental Health Counselor
Jessica's focus is on supporting clients through a therapeutic process of interpersonal growth and healing in order to have a better quality of life. She believes in a biopsychosocial model approach to therapy which considers the complex interactions of our biological, psychological and social factors that influence our overall health and well being. Completing her Masters in both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling has allowed her to continue working to help others in two very different therapeutic roles.
Sarah Schow, RBT
Senior Registered Behavior Technician
Sarah Schow is Hopelight's lead Behavior Technician. She is a RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) and has completed a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on education, psychology and Bible. Her university minor was in International Studies. Sarah is a native of Colorado and has found her calling in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She loves her work with children who experience behavioral challenges and their families. Sarah is interested in pursuing her certification as a BCBA through further training.
Lead Registered Behavior Technician
Jacob Zimmerman is a Registered Behavior Technician with Hopelight Behavioral Health. After completing a Bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy, Jacob worked for Blue Engine, an education non-profit that places educators in New York City public high school classrooms. Jacob taught Geometry and Algebra to small groups of students in the Bronx, working as part of a larger team of teachers and educators to provide individualized, high-quality instruction and support for students with unique needs. A recent transplant to Colorado, Jacob is strongly committed to helping children and young adults grow and reach their full potential.
Spenser is one of our more recent behavior technicians with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. The focus of his studies were primarily centered around youth counseling and working with at-risk youth. Spenser has also devoted many hours to studies and research at the University of Colorado in Boulder and various types of volunteer work both local and abroad. He has also spent multiple years working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities. Spenser makes it his goal to practice compassion and empathy in all things, while maintaining a passion for travel and keeping an open mind. He is hoping to broaden his horizons and make a difference at Hopelight Behavioral Health.
Registered Behavior Technician
Shelby attended Arizona State University in Tempe and only recently moved to Boulder. She has spent numerous hours interning in Speech Language Pathology. Shelby spent a summer working as a lead teacher with 4-5 year olds and has volunteered as an assistant horseback riding instructor helping children with special needs.
Regan is passionate about helping kids reach their full potential and having fun while doing it. She has previously worked as an art specialist for the Boys' and Girls' Clubs and does respite care for foster children. Regan is a caffeine-dependent who watches indie movies and listens to '70s punk rock music in her free time. She also plays guitar for the worship team at her church. She spent her nurturing years with a great family in Estes Park where she loves to hike and climb. Her long term goals include getting a Master's degree in social work and starting a Green Day cover band.
Geoa has been working with children for the past 8 years and has enjoyed every minute. During this time, she's held many positions including swim instructor, activity leader, preschool aide, center director for before and after school programming plus she completed an internship as a school psychologist. She has a Bachelors in Psychology and is currently a graduate student at UNC working towards her Education Specialist degree with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis.
Erynn will graduate with her BS degree in Counseling Psychology this month. She has worked with a variety of youths both locally and abroad. In her spare time, she loves to travel and play volleyball. She's very excited to join the Hopelight team!
Registered Behavior Technician
Kailee is a recent graduate of UNC where she majored in Audiology and Speech Language Sciences and minored in Psychology. Kailee previously worked with child care centers and non-profits in the Northern Colorado area. In her free time, Kailee likes to read, ski and practice yoga. Currently she is working towards becoming a certified children's yoga teacher.
Kyra is originally from Pueblo Co. She has a BS in Universal Studies with focus areas in Special Education and Physical Education. She has many experiences in the school setting as she worked at a child development center as a student teacher, an elementary school as an Autism Para, and at the high school level as a math teacher. Kyra moved to Longmont in 2016 with her husband and son. She soon began working as a behavior specialist working with adults, she absolutely fell in love with the behavior perspective. She has plans to further her education in behavior and ABA therapy.
Registered Behavior Technician
Originally from PA, Hilary has lived in CO for about six years. She has a passion for working with children and behaviors. Before coming to Hopelight, she worked in a center-based Autism classroom where she was able to start learning about ABA therapy. Hilary is completing her BA in Human Services and has plans to pursue further education in the behavioral field. Her hobbies include hiking, running, camping, cooking, drawing and anything outdoors. She's excited to be part of the Hopelight Team!
Zach received his BSW from CSU in 2012 and moved to Oregon to begin working in the mental health field. He enjoys soaking in natural beauty while walking or hiking. He enjoys music and tends to listen to Ska, reggae and singer/song writer music, but truly enjoys a bit of all types. Zach describes his personality as light-hearted, sensitive and empathetic. He feels that along with his formal training and education, this helps him be a better counselor and listener. His favorite candy is a Snickers bar, and he prefers dogs to cats (although he admits to having met some "cool cats"!). Humor and laughter are a must for Zach. His favorite movie is Dumb and Dumber. The world can be a dark place but laughter helps brighten it. He's glad to be part of the Hopelight team.
Gordie graduated from Naropa University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He loves working in the Hopelight community as a behavior technician. In his free time, he enjoys music, reading, and hiking, and plans to pursue graduate studies in counseling this year.
Lindsey Berglund graduated from her hometown University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2016, but spent most of her college years in Fort Collins where she fell in love with the mountains and all the year-round outdoor activities. She started babysitting at age 12 and worked as a nanny through college before becoming a lead teacher at a daycare center. Currently, she works at Main Street School as a Behavior Coach in a 4th-6th grade classroom, and is very excited to expand her training and experience with Hopelight as a Behavior Technician. She is an avid reader, musician and outdoor enthusiast. She dedicates her spare time to her amazing 501(c)3 skater owned and operated roller derby team where she's known as Iceberg.
Bio coming soon!
Diane Mester, ACE
Devon coordinates day to day activities at Hopelight, including the oversight of billing. He works with insurance companies and Colorado's Health First program to secure funding for treatment at the clinic.
Anita Birt is the LCHN case manager and Hopelight Behavioral Health Administrative Assistant. Anita's career began as a middle/high school teacher before spending two years as a college administrator. She worked ten years at Longmont Medical Research Network as an admin assistant. She is excited to return to the medical field and especially to be part of Hopelight!
Diane developed a love of wellness over 15 years ago and wants to share that passion with others. Her love of God and exercise brought about a desire to merge the two into programs designed to challenge the mind, soul, and body. Diane is a licensed CPA having worked in accounting for 13 years, so she understands the challenges of staying fit in a sedentary work environment. She is certified in group fitness training from ACE and yoga and older adult fitness through AAAI/ISMA. Her other interests include scrapbooking, hiking, golfing, and working in the library and ladies' ministries at the church. Diane and her husband Tim have lived in Longmont for 6 years.
Steve Haskew, MD
Pediatrician, Medical Director
Steve serves as the Medical Director of Hopelight Medical Clinic. He is a Board Certified pediatrician and family medicine provider. Steve is also the medical director for Philmont Boy Scouts Camp. Steve oversees a dedicated staff of providers at Hopelight that gives individualized care and takes the time to listen to their patients.