Our Team

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

Kendra Billen, MEd., BCBA

Heather Schmitt, MEd.

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.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kendra Billen 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. 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!

Behavior Analyst

Heather Schmitt is a Behavior Analyst with Hopelight Behavioral Health. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education and is completing course work in Applied Behavior Analysis. 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.

Sarah Schow

Michelle Kramer, OTR/L

Jessica Baird, NCC, LPCC

Behavior Analyst

Sarah Schow is Hopelight's newest Behavior Analyst.  She has been an 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.

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.

Shelby Leinweber

Geoa Busto

Spenser Gill

Lead 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.

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

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.

Behavior Technician

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.

Erynn Keeney

Kailee Foerster

Gordie Howe

Registered Behavior Technician

Erynn has her Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology. 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. 

Registered Behavior Technician

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

Helen Maroeca

Jessica Donnell

Behavior Technician

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.

Behavior Technician

Helen recently graduated from the University of Utah and is happy to be back in her home state of Colorado! In college she worked as a nanny and at a preschool on campus. She has always loved working with children. She will begin graduate school this fall at the University of Northern Colorado to become a school psychologist. In her free time, Helen loves to read, spend time with her family, and ski!

Behavior Technician

My name is Jessica but most people call me Jess. I went to Hope College in Holland, MI and moved to CO after graduation. I have been calling CO home for 2 years and love to hike, camp and explore all the beautiful places here. A fun fact about me is that I worked as a barista at a coffee shop and got runner up in the company latte art competition (I'm not artistic at all, but I do love latte art and EVERYTHING coffee!).

Lindsey Dothard

Miranda Sadar

Trevor Dahl

Behavior Technician

Coming Soon!

Behavior Technician

My name is Miranda Sadar I am a Colorado native. I am married and hope to start a family in the future. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at Regis University in 2015.  In 2016 I began my Masters in Special Education. I am currently working to complete my Masters program. I have a passion for working with children and the community. My career goals are to take more extensive course work for Applied Behavior Analysis, and to give back to the surrounding communities.

Behavior Technician

Originally from San Jose, CA, Trevor moved to Longmont in 2005. He graduated from Longmont Christian and continued his education at Central Christian College of KS. He was a resident adviser for 3 years while in college and during that time, created a fund-raiser to help raise money for adoptive parents. Prior to coming to work at Hopelight, he spent a year as a Christian camp intern, learning about the outdoors, education and ministry.

Lisa Hancock

Caroline Montgomery

Registered Behavior Technician

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development Psychology in 2018 with a minor in Elementary Education. She really enjoys working with children. In past years she was a Paraprofessional for SVVSD, working with students from elementary school to high school. She also nannied for a couple of families while she was pursuing her degree. Lisa is hoping to earn her Masters degree in Special Education over the next year or two, as well as further education in Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. When she isn't working or studying she enjoys time with her family, watching football, hiking and photography. She also loves playing with her dogs!

Behavior Technician

Caroline attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga and pursued a degree in Human Learning and Development. She has just recently moved to Boulder. For the past three years she has worked at an inclusion preschool and as a babysitter with numerous children. She is very passionate about working with children and is very excited to join the Hopelight team. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and snowboarding. She hopes to attend graduate school in the future to become an Occupational Therapist.

Devon Newburn

Anita Birt

Diane Mester, ACE

Business Manager

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.  

Case Manager

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!

Health Coach

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.