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

Heather Schmitt

Vanessa Kay

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.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Vanessa grew up in New York state and completed her M.S. in ABA therapy at Elm's College in Massachusetts. As much as Vanessa enjoyed the northeast, she moved to Colorado in search of higher mountains and fewer snow storms. She has spent the past six years working with clients ages 2-58 years in home and community-based settings. Although she has accommodated a wide range of diagnoses, her area of specialty lies in supporting individuals on the Autism spectrum. Much of her time is spent compiling resources and interventions designed to facilitate social skills. Outside of Hopelight, Vanessa can be found wandering the trails with her mini-Australian Shepherd.

Michelle Kramer, OTR/L

Jessica Baird, NCC, LPCC

Connor Hughes

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.

Social Worker

Connor graduated from the University of Alabama in 2016 where she received her BA in Social Work. Connor has experience in preschool settings, case management and support coordination and is currently working on becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. Both Connor and her husband, Cody, grew up in Alabama and moved to Longmont from Lake Charles, LA in January. They love to stay physically active running and participating in outdoor activities. They are having fun trying new things in their new community. Connor hopes to pursue her Master's in Social Work in the near future and is thrilled to be part of the Hopelight family

Sarah Schow, RBT

Jacob Zimmerman

Amanda Short

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. 

Behavior Technician

New Behavioral Therapist Amanda Short lives in Greeley but grew up in Thornton, CO. She has a twin sister as well as a younger sister. She is scheduled to graduate from UNC in December with a degree in psychology. During her first two years as an undergraduate, she worked at an elementary school as she originally planned to be an elementary ed teacher. However, her love for working with children coupled with learning about the brain and behavior caused her to change her major. Her hobbies include playing volleyball and hiking.

Spenser Gill

Shelby Leinweber

Regan Denney

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.

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.

Behavior Technician

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 Busto

Erynn Keeney

Kailee Foerster

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

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!

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 Cash

Hilary Albright

Zach Klipstein

Behavior Technician

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.

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!

Behavior Technician

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.

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.