At Hopelight, hope is the solid foundation of every service we provide! The caring 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
Shyll Bowen is the senior 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
Clinic Services Director
Sarah is the director of clinic based services. She 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
School Services Director
Heather is the director of school based services and oversees Steppings Stones School. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Heather began working in the area of special education in the year 2000 as a paraprofessional in a school transition program. Here she found her calling in teaching students of all ages and went on to become an instructor with the same program. She has been blessed since that time to work with many children and adults with a variety of needs and abilities. Heather is passionate about teaching people of all ages as well as working alongside their families in order to provide the best support possible. Heather is a native of Colorado and enjoys spending time with her husband and children in her free time.
Sarah Plunkett, BCBA
Business Development/Intake BCBA
Business Development/ Intake BCBA
Brian Coffin, BCBA
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
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.
Assistant Behavior Analyst
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.
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’ lives 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.
Tory Fry, SLPA
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Tori grew up in Little Rock, AR. She went to Harding University and has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She plans on getting her master’s in Speech Pathology in a few years. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, their dog Lexi, and cat Ellie. Fun fact about Tori: she was a competitive figure skater for 10 years!