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, M.Ed., BCBA

Director

Shyll Bowen is the director of Hopelight Behavioral Health.  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 30 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 behavioral support groups, and health coaching for Hopelight Medical Clinic.

Sarah Schow, MA, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Sarah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and was Hopelight's very first Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) when Hopelight Behavioral Health was first founded.  Sarah completed her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on education, psychology and Bible with a minor in International Studies and also completed her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.  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.

Heather Schmitt, M.Ed., BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Heather Schmitt's bio will be coming soon!

Heather Hensley, BCBA

Assistant Behavior Analyst

Heather Hensley moved to Longmont from Fort Worth, Texas in 2018. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught elementary school for the past 13 years. Heather is currently working on her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is excited to work with Hopelight. When Heather is not working, she loves to read, bake, and spend time with her family.

Sydney Nishida, MS.ABA

Behavior Specialist

Sydney graduated with her Masters in the Science of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been in the field for almost 6 years now, providing care and support for all her clients. Sydney is currently working toward her supervision hours to sit for the board certification exam. When Sydney is not working, she enjoys relaxing evenings working on Disney puzzles and playing sudoku, with her cat Riley. She is extremely excited to be part of the Hopelight family and continue her experience here.

Trevor Dahl, BCaBA

Assistant Behavior Analyst

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.

Diva De Leon Coffin, BCaBA

Assistant Case Manager

Diva was born and raised in Saltillo, Mexico. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nebraska and received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Diva has 10 years of experience working with typical and special needs children and adults as an educator and in the human services field. She began her career as a high school Spanish teacher in Denver, then moved on to teach in a Spanish immersion program as a first-grade teacher. After her teaching experience Diva and her husband moved to Cozumel, Mexico to run an orphanage. Diva’s work at the orphanage as the Education Coordinator, among other administrative and childcare duties, is what inspired her to pursue the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Diva and her family moved back to the United States in 2019. She is passionate in working with children and adults and is looking forward to growing both professionally and personally as she begins her work at Hopelight.

Jessica Hus, MSUS

Assistant Case Manager

Jessica moved to Colorado 4 years ago after completing her B.A. in Anthropology at Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Sustainable Solutions at Arizona State University. Upon graduation she began working as a Museum Educator for the CU South Denver Museum, where she fully realized her love for working with children. Motivated by the successful interventions her autistic brother received at a young age, she wanted to have a positive influence on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and began working as a Behavior Technician in Glenwood Springs, CO. New to the Longmont area, she is excited to work with children and families in need in her community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking with her dogs and getting out on the water.

Kim Dahl

Behavior Technician Coordinator

Kim is a Colorado Native who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been working with this community for two years and is passionate to see the growth our clients make. She is currently pursuing her BCaBA certificate with Florida Institute of Technology in order to better serve the children and families within the Hopelight community.

Debby Nickens, MS, LPC

Counseling Center Director

Debby is a Licensed Professional Counselor who enjoys working with children, teens, and adults.  Debby has worked with children and families her entire professional life, first as a Registered Nurse and now as a Counselor.  Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, CBT, Solution Focused Counseling, and EMDR are some of the methods Debby uses with individuals to help resolve issues such as anxiety, depression, behavior problems, inattention, grief, or anger management.  Debby's philosophy is that "We all have bumps in the road and need another caring individual to give us support and she feels honored to be invited into her clients' life to walk along beside them for a time."

Michelle Kramer, OTR/L

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. 

Jamie Givens, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Jamie is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience. Jamie has worked with children in early intervention programs, in the schools, and in outpatient clinics, as well as working with adults in skilled nursing facilities and in the hospital setting. She has experience with children on all ends of the developmental spectrum; from typically developing children with articulation concerns to children with more severe developmental and communication needs. Jamie graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Communicative Disorders and from The University of the District of Columbia with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She is married with 3 children and lives in Broomfield, CO.

Dianeth Clement

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Dee and her husband moved to Colorado in August of 2012. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language and Hearing sciences.  She became a licensed speech language pathology assistant in 2018. Dee has worked with children and adults in the autism spectrum, articulation, learning impairments, language delay, early intervention, and other communication needs. She has also provided services within different settings such as in-home, day programs, clinical and schools.  Dee enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and exploring nature as well as exercising, drawing, and spending time with her family.

Hannah Haley

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Hannah Haley has a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She started her career working in the field of Audiology, and enjoyed helping her patients re-establish their relationships with friends and family through better hearing. Fueled by her love of working with pediatric populations, she completed her certification to be a Speech Pathologist Assistant through Metropolitan State University, Denver. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, going to concerts, traveling, and collecting vintage dresses.

Jon Shannon

Behavior Technician

Jon originally grew up down in Florida and got his bachelor’s degree in Criminal justice from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017. After college he moved out to Colorado and spent the last two years working for a non-profit helping rehabilitate felons back into society, but his true passion has always been working with children. Which is one reason Jon is excited to be coming aboard the Hopelight Behavioral health team as a Behavioral Technician.  When he’s not working, Jon likes to spend his free time up in the mountains with his dog Darla hiking and camping, and if he’s not in the mountains he’s at church where he enjoys teaching in the children and student ministries.

Arielle Middlemist

Behavior Technician

Arielle is currently studying Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she has spent time pursuing research involving childhood behavior and the basis for motivation. Her passion has always been working with children and she has spent time both at home and abroad teaching, as well as founded her own music/art-oriented program for children. Arielle hopes to complete her degree and pursue further studies in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jaryd Benedict

Registered Behavior Technician

Jaryd received his Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Clinical Psychology from Colorado State University. In college, he volunteered with after school programs for children, and he currently works as a Youth Development Specialist for the Boys and Girls Club. In his spare time, he enjoys being outside, reading, and music. He is very excited to join Hopelight to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of youth!

Virginia Moreno

Behavior Technician

Virginia is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor's in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies. She was also a part of the President's Leadership Program during her time at UNC. Virginia plans on continuing her education in a Master’s program for Social Work. During her free time, Virginia likes to read books and spend time with her family and friends. She is very excited to join the Hopelight team.

Kaleigh Birdsell

Behavior Technician

Kaleigh earned her BA in Human Services from Bethel University.  She recently moved back to Colorado after too many years away! Her passion has been to have a positive impact on kids since her first babysitting job as a teenager.  Since then, she has worked with kids from a variety of backgrounds and is excited to be a part of the Hopelight team! In her time off, Kaleigh loves to bake, play the piano, and spend time with her 2 dogs, Kinzie and Emma.

Aubree Grinstead

Behavior Technician

Aubree is from Southern Colorado and is currently pursuing a dual degree in elementary education and special education k-12 through Western Governors University. Aubree is extremely passionate about working with kids and has been working in the significant support needs special education program as a Paraprofessional/Health Technician at Highland High School for the past three years. Aubree aspires to become a significant support needs special education teacher once she earns her degree. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with her family. Aubree is excited to be a part of the Hopelight team!

Brian Coffin

Behavior Technician

Brian grew up on a farm in rural Oklahoma with his parents and four brothers. He moved to Colorado in 2003 to be able to enjoy the outdoor activities the mountains offer including mountain biking, hiking, camping, hunting, climbing, snowboarding, and rafting. Now married with 2 young children, the adventures that he enjoys have taken on a new focus. Brian and his family are passionate to serve the children that need love the most. The passion to serve led the Coffin family to volunteer at local children’s homes, organize international mission trips, and they recently returned from living 6 years in the South of Mexico where Brian served as Director of Operations in an orphanage. Brian holds a degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Brian and his wife dream to someday open an ABA clinic in Mexico, or some other country that struggles to address the needs of families with special needs children.

Alex D'Amore-Braver

Registered Behavior Technician

Alex grew up in southeast Michigan, and then went to school at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He has worked with kids at summer camps, libraries, and day care centers. His mission is to help kids develop skills through engaging their unique passions and learning styles. He loves to garden, cook, play guitar, and spend time outside. He is excited to get to know Colorado and the families at Hopelight!

Joanne Best

Behavior Technician

Joanne originally moved from London to California in 1989, before finally settling in Colorado in 1998. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in US History and Psychology. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program for Applied Behavior Analysis with a specialization in Autism. Joanne spent 16 years working as a full time homeschool Mom, multiple years working in Children’s ministry, and has over 29 years of experience working in the field of Autism. Joanne thrives on assisting her clients reach their highest potential, knowing that this is achieved one step at a time.  In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, shops at thrift stores, and appreciates anything connected to the arts and creativity.

Eli Williams

Behavior Technician

Eli joins us from North Carolina where he has recently graduated with his BA in psychology. He has worked as a mentor in both children’s summer camps and with the Cub Scouts and is excited to be joining the Hopelight team! When not working, Eli enjoys spending time outdoors with his two dogs, who joined him for his cross-country move, and meeting new people.

Melody Kreml

Behavior Technician

Melody is originally from Austin, Texas and moved to Colorado in June of 2014. With a history of several years in social work field with emphasis on Supported Employment, she has pivoted her focus and is a Psychology student pursuing her career in ABA (and a Host Home Provider for adults with disability)! In her free time, she loves playing her instrument (Auto Harp), doing yoga, cooking, and relaxing with her husband and friends. Melody is passionate about the Psychology/ABA field and enjoys working with others.

Lexi Hempstead

Behavior Technician

Lexi Hempstead is a Colorado native although she just moved to Longmont this past June. Lexi graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology. Upon, graduating, Lexi was offered a full-time job in the social work field. Although she dreamed of being a coroner, Lexi soon realized that social work was her true passion. Lexi is so excited to be a part of the Hopelight family!

Anne Schaunaman

Registered Behavior Technician

Anne is a Colorado native with a passion for her home community! She has been married for 6 years and has a little boy in first grade. Anne graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2014 with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in English. Learning excites her and she is a fan of museums, artifacts, and exploring new places.  Her family loves playing games: card games and monopoly being two favorites.  A 15-year veteran of the food service industry, Anne was most recently with the St. Vrain Valley School District as a kitchen manager. Her passion for building relationships with students of all ages helped lead her to the incredible family at Hopelight! Anne looks forward to the opportunity to grow with this team.

Patrick Schaunaman

Behavior Technician

Patrick was born and raised in Texas with a few years spent in rural South Dakota. He graduated from Kingwood High School in 2004. He spent a few years working with special-needs children in after school care programs and has continued to volunteer off and on ever since. He is a devoted and fun-loving father and committed husband. He plans to continue his work and grow his career with the amazing group at Hopelight!

Allie Sharrock

Registered Behavior Technician

Allie was born and raised in Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Psychology and Sociology/Criminology in 2018. After graduation, Allie worked as a case manager in inner city Cincinnati for adults with mental health diagnoses. She then moved to Asheville, North Carolina and worked as a wilderness field instructor with students aged 10-17 who exhibit behavioral concerns. Allie recognized her passion for working with children and hopes to combine her experience to make a difference at Hopelight. When not working, Allie enjoys exploring, playing games, taking pictures, and cuddling with her 2 cats. She is excited to learn more about Longmont and the Hopelight community!

John Allen

Behavior Technician

John graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.  He grew up in Colorado Springs and has lived across the front range and loves living in Colorado.  John and his wife just relocated from Estes Park to Longmont about two and a half years ago and they love it here. He loves sports, working out, watching movies, learning languages and enjoying everything that Colorado has to offer. John’s dream is to become a clinical neuropsychologist someday.

Zoe Parker

Registered Behavior Technician

Zoe moved to Colorado at the end of 2020 from Boston, where she attended Lesley University for her degree in psychology.  She learned about ABA therapy while working in Boston as a caregiver for a child with special needs.  It was from this experience that she decided to work in the field of ABA therapy to help children reach their maximum potential.  Before living in Boston, Zoe traveled through Africa and eventually settled in South Africa for three years. There, she volunteered with numerous orphanages and schools eventually being hired into a permanent position with the volunteer organization. Zoe has always had a passion for working with children with diverse abilities for as long as she can remember and is so excited to be part of the Hopelight!

Luisauny Gomez

Behavior Technician

Luisauny is originally from Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic. But she recently graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Harding University. During her undergraduate career, Luisauny worked with children at a family counseling center, was head of multiple student-led organizations, and conducted two independent research studies with the McNair Scholarship Program. Luisauny hopes to get accepted into a PhD or PsyD program for Clinical Psychology and continue her academic career.

Erin Reynolds

Behavior Technician

Erin recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in both sociology and education. She is excited to be jumping into the field of ABA therapy with Hopelight, as she is passionate about behavioral psychology and working with children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Anders Carlson

Behavior Technician

Anders grew up in Littleton, Colorado before moving to Wisconsin for high school and college.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse majoring in archaeology and minoring in anthropology.  Anders played soccer competitively his entire life and through college and has coached for a few summers.  He loves to travel and has been to countries in Europe, Africa, and South America.

Most recently, he worked in a residential home for children with cognitive or behavioral disabilities ages 7 to 21.  He returned to Colorado at the start of 2021 with the goal to continue working with children, to continue learning, and to further increase his knowledge and ability to be able to help people.  On his time off he likes to volunteer at a wolf sanctuary and to spend his time around animals.

Leslie Sanchez

Behavior Technician

Leslie was born in Florida but moved to Colorado when she was 9 years old. She has been here ever since so she considers herself a Colorado Native. She started her career working with children in 2013 and has realized she has a passion working in this field. Through this time, she has developed many strategies in interacting with the diverse needs of children. In 2018 she earned her certificate as an Assistant Early Childhood Teacher from Front Range Community College. She has also worked as a care provider for adults with physical limitations.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, hiking, and being a part of her church community. She volunteers in her church's Children's ministry in their Preschool department.  Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and she believes this opportunity at Hopelight gives her a hope to be a greater light to all those she encounters in her future.

Alondra Santiesteban

Behavior Technician

Alondra is originally from Colorado and is pursuing a degree in Nursing. She has volunteered at Hopelight clinic, is a nurse assistant, and has worked with children in different settings at Hopelight. Alondra likes spending quality time with friends and family and is excited to be part of the Hopelight behavioral team!

Britni Baldwin

Behavior Technician

Britni is from Louisiana. She moved to Colorado in 2015 and started working with adults with special needs. She is passionate and enjoys helping others. She is excited to grown in her career at Hopelight.

Rachel Haskew

Behavior Technician

Rachel is originally from Colorado and is studying Early Childhood Education at Front Range Community College. Next year she is transferring to Colorado University to pursue her bachelors and later a Master's degree in education. Rachel formerly worked and volunteered as a gymnastics coach in Ohio.  She has always had a passion for working with children and is excited to be on the Hopelight team.

Camden Barrett

Behavior Technician

Camden is originally from Missouri, but after he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harding University in Searcy, AR, he decided it was time to move out west to pursue his dream of working as a Sport Psychologist.  Camden aspires to continue his education and work towards a Master’s degree. After his graduate work, he then wishes to work at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and help fellow athletes become the best versions of themselves. Camden enjoys playing guitar, running, hiking, snowboarding, and art projects. Camden has experience in working with children through late adulthood with varying developmental disabilities and looks forward to joining our team!

Hannah Jones

Behavior Technician

Hannah Jones is originally from Mayfield, Kentucky. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a degree in Elementary Education. Before coming to Hopelight Hannah was a preschool teacher in Searcy. In her free time, she loves reading, creating art, and being outdoors.

Jaiden Rogers

Behavior Technician

Jaiden Rogers is a psychology major at a Colorado college. She plans on becoming a counseling psychologist for adolescents. She enjoys working with kids and plans on furthering her career in child psychology.

Madelyn Sauer

Behavior Technician

Madelyn is a Colorado native, currently getting her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Her passion has always been children, and as the oldest of four children, she has been around them since she was young. She has worked with a variety of different children, from coaching them in dance to nannying for large families. Some of her hobbies include baking, yoga, hiking, and dancing. She also has a love for animals. Madelyn has a passion for helping people, and is so excited to be a part of the Hopelight team!

Samantha Leeper

Behavior Technician

Samantha is originally from Oklahoma and recently graduated with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in English from Harding University in Searcy, AR. She has always had a passion for working with children and has spent some time working and serving with them through church activities and on mission trips. She has always been pulled towards behavioral therapy and cannot wait to dive into ABA. Samantha plans on continuing to further her education and hopes to get accepted into a PhD program in the near future.  Her long term goal is to open her own private practice. In her free time she enjoys watching tv, traveling and spending time with her sister and her dog Daisy.

Natalia Briceno

Behavior Technician

Coming Soon!

Cali Altenritter

Behavior Technician

Cali is a Colorado native. She grew up in Longmont and graduated from Skyline High School in 2015. After attending Front Range Community College for two years, she moved to Minnesota and attended a small christian college for about two years. There she worked with young adults on campus with developmental disabilities. Cali has also had eight years of training and experience in serving in trauma informed care specifically in regards to foster children. From a young age, her heart was heavy for those in need and has continued to have a passion for loving and caring for all those she comes into contact with.

Brenton Louth

Behavior Technician

Brenton, a Colorado native, was raised in beautiful Lafayette.  He inherited his passion for helping others from his mother, who works as a Special Education teacher.  From a young age, he was sure that this was the path on which he would set forth as well.  Brenton attended Front Range Community College, choosing to study Early Childhood Education, with a focus on students with disabilities.  In conjunction with his studies, Brenton made it a point to venture out, seeking new experiences and learning from others, through multiple volunteer and humanitarian missions.  One of the most memorable and impactful of such adventures was living in Vietnam, volunteering at multiple hospitals as a caregiver for children with disabilities.  Currently, Brenton provides residential support as a host home provider for an adult living with developmental disabilities and looks forward to continuing his education and following his passions and goals within the career field.

Robert Hill

Behavior Technician

Coming Soon!

Jennifer Tollefsen

Behavior Technician

Jennifer moved to Longmont, Colorado after attending her first two years of undergrad at UAA in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. She transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder and is currently working on her major in Neuroscience with her undergraduate degree in music. She plans on getting her masters in Health Sciences and then attending medical school to earn her M.D. She looks forward to doing pediatric neuro-research to learn more about developing brain and neurological disorders. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing the violin, piano, guitar, ukulele, cello, viola, or even singing. She also likes to bake, knit, and do needlepoints when she isn’t practicing music.

Hannah Klein

Behavior Technician

Hannah received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies in 2019 from Colorado State University and will be starting her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Regis College this fall. She has a strong passion for children and youth with differing diagnoses and loves celebrating client success. In her free time, Hannah spends time with family and loved ones and enjoys getting lost in a good book.

Emily Smith

Behavior Technician

Coming Soon!

Julia Urbina

Behavior Technician

Julia is from Slidell, Louisiana and she recently graduated from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Before moving to Colorado, she interned at a Child Safety Center in Arkansas and that sparked an interest in working with children. She is hoping to get into Graduate school soon to receive her master’s degree in Social Work.

Kiley Reynolds

Behavior Technician

Kiley is a Colorado Native born and raised. She has just finished her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling at Johnson and Wales Denver. Kiley has always had a passion for Psychology as well as working with children. She has over two years of experience working professionally with children in Poudre Public Schools and Denver Public Schools. Kiley hopes to one day become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist as well as a college level professor. When she is not working Kiley loves to watch educational documentaries, paint, and play volleyball. Kiley is extremely excited to be a part of the Hopelight team!

Ella Roethemeyer

Behavior Technician

Coming Soon!

Steven 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.  

Anita Birt

Business Manager

Anita Birt is the Hopelight Behavioral Health Business Manager.  Anita is the first person any new parent or client speaks to when they first contact Hopelight Behavioral Health.  She talks parent's through the initial intake process and answers preliminary questions as well as handles all of the billing for insurances as well as private pay.  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!