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!
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, BCaBA
Michelle Kramer, OTR/L
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
Sarah Schow is Hopelight's newest BCaBA. 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.
Senior 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.
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.
Jessica Baird, NCC, LPCC
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Registered 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!
Registered 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.
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.
Sydney recently moved to Colorado after working as an English teacher in Thailand for nearly two years. She graduated with a degree in Child Development from Harding University and has spent several years working with adults and children of differing abilities. She is very excited to join the team at Hopelight and to be living so close to the mountains!
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!
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.
Stephanie is in the process of completing her master’s degree in special education and behavioral analysis at the University of Northern Colorado. She grew up in Boulder and is a mother of two. Before working at Hopelight, Stephanie was a preschool teacher who lead a class of 3 and 4-year-olds. She has also worked as a yoga instructor and loves to incorporate physical exercises into treatment.
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.