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
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.
Kendra Billen, M.Ed., BCBA
Kendra Billen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and 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. 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.
Sarah Schow, MA, BCBA
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.
Jessica Benton, M.Ed., BCaBA
Jessica is a Colorado Native who grew up in multiple areas of the West Coast including Nevada, Idaho and Montana before settling back down in Colorado to begin her career in education. Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University online while working full time as a paraprofessional and behavior technician in Colorado Springs. After graduating, she began her teaching career as a center-based Autism teacher for 3 1/2 years in St. Vrain Valley Schools. During that time, Jessica completed her Master of Arts degree in English Language Learning to better serve the dually identified population of students in her class. Currently, Jessica is completing her second Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University Online. In her spare time Jessica enjoys reading, and baking and going on adventures with her dog and family.
Heather Hensley, BCaBA
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, MA.ABA
Sydney just recently moved to Longmont from Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been in the field for over 5 years. Sydney is now working toward her supervision hours to sit for the board certification exam. She is very excited to learn and grown within the Hopelight Behavioral Health team.
Ava Votta, MS
Ava recently moved to Longmont from the Philadelphia area in August 2020. She graduated from St. Joseph's University with her Masters in Behavior Analysis and has been in the field for over 5 years now. Ava is currently studying to sit for her board certification exam within the next few months. When Ava is not working, she loves to travel, exercise, cook, and spend time with family and friends. She is very excited to start a new adventure with the Hopelight team!
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, SPLA
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.
Lead 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.
Spenser received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology before becoming a Behavior Technician. 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
Miranda Sadar is a Colorado native. She is married with two young boys. Miranda obtained her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts at Regis University in 2015. In 2016 she began her Masters in Special Education and will graduate in May of 2020. Miranda has a passion for working with children and the community. Her career goals are to take more extensive course work for Applied Behavior Analysis, and to give back to the surrounding communities.
Registered Behavior Technician
Samantha Bucki is originally from Milwaukee and moved to Colorado in March of 2018 and really loves it here! She is a Psychology student at UNC in Greeley and plans on starting the School Psychologist program there after graduating. In her free time, she love exploring and hiking with her daughter and friends. Samantha also loves to travel and hopes to make it all around the world in her lifetime.
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 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.
Natalie is a Colorado Native attending Metropolitan University to obtain her degree in Social Work with a minor in Spanish language. Her main goal as a Behavior Technician is to provide support and care to all clients and their families by implementing creative and therapeutic activities. Natalie discovered her passion to help all different kinds of groups of people when she volunteered with the Special Olympics at Skyline High School in 2017. With Social Work, Natalie plans to work with at risk youth, foster care systems, and mental health departments on college campuses to assist students with healthy lifestyles. In her free time, she loves reading, exercise, spending time her family, and volunteering with the undocumented youth in the community to raise money for their future college success. Natalie is so excited to be part of the Hopelight family!
Registered Behavior Technician
Keigan is a Pacific Northwest Native, originally from Washington State. She moved to Northern Colorado in 2018 with her husband who is attending graduate school at UNC and is so happy to call Colorado home! Keigan graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion. She worked as a Preschool Teacher for just over three years before delving into the field of ABA Therapy. Her passion has always been Psychology and Education, as well as serving children and families, and she's so excited to work for such an incredible organization such as Hopelight! When she's not at work Keigan loves to hike, do hot yoga, cook and bake vegan food, explore new places, and spend time with her husband and cat. She feels so blessed to be here at Hopelight!
Registered Behavior Technician
Kimberly 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. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, playing acoustic guitar, spending time with family and traveling. She is excited to join the team at Hopelight and work with the children and families within the community.
Registered Behavior Technician
Jessica is originally from Michigan but moved to Colorado after graduating from Hope College in 2014 with a bachelor’s in Psychology. She is currently attending the University of Northern Colorado for a Master’s in Special education. She is passionate about education, behavior analysis, and working with children in schools and one on one for behavior therapy. In her spare time Jessica enjoys hiking, running, and reading. She one day hopes to run a marathon. Jessica loves being a part of the Hopelight team!
Registered Behavior Technician
Abigail was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in nonprofit management at Ohio State University. During her time there, she worked alongside a clinical sports psychologist, mentored transfer students, was a children’s dive coach, and became an advocate for sexual assault victims. Her true passion is teaching others, specifically children, how to help themselves and empower them to live the quality of life they deserve. This is a huge reason why she is so excited to work with the amazing clients and staff at Hopelight. In her free time, Abigail enjoys being in the mountains, painting, and traveling.
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!
Registered Behavior Technician
Maiga received her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies with a pre-health concentration from Colorado State University. She loves to travel, hike in the mountains, and spend time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of the Hopelight team and make a difference for clients and their families!
Chloe recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. She has taught in the preschool setting for 6 years. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, painting, and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited to be a part of the Hopelight team!
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.
Daniel Morrissey carries two bachelor's degrees from Harding University--one in English Literature and one in Vocational Ministry. He has a diverse professional background which includes 18 months of student-facing experience, including one school year as a special education para-educator. Just prior to joining Hopelight, Daniel spent five years working for OtterBox in a variety of customer service capacities. He has been married since 2013, and together, they have a young boy they adore. Daniel enjoys almost any kind of game, whether athletic, electronic, or of the tabletop variety. He also dabbles in writing and world-building--both for stories and for games, and loves finding ways to incorporate games, writing, and literature into his sessions with his clients.
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.
Allison was raised in Mead, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in May 2020, with a bachelor's in social work. Beginning her work with children in the summer of 2016, Allison eventually ended up being an after-school program Assistant Director. Allison has always had a passion for children and learning environments and is excited to work in the field of Behavioral Therapy. Allison is thrilled to join the Hopelight team!
Registered Behavior Technician
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.
Michayla Van Hemert
Michayla graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work. She is a Colorado native who loves to spend her free time hiking, fishing, kayaking, and watching movies. Working with children is her passion, and she desires to make an impact in children’s lives and help them see the best in themselves. She has always wanted to work with children and has worked with an adoption agency and volunteered at with a neighborhood ministry for low-income youth while obtaining her bachelor’s degree. Some of her future goals include becoming a trauma therapist for children and becoming a foster mom. Michayla feels so blessed to be a part of the Hopelight family and serve the children and families in the community.
Registered Behavior Technician
Kim has worked with children for the past 5 years. She earned her BA in Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where her hometown is. She moved to Colorado in 2017 with her husband. Kim is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis. When she is not working, she loves spending time playing Ticket to Ride with her husband and two dogs. After she graduates with her Master’s degree Kim plans on continuing her work in Behavioral Analysis and becoming licensed in the field.
Maddie is currently a student at the University of Oregon majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Special Education. Ever since elementary school, Maddie has had a passion for working with children with disabilities. She has continued to volunteer time in special education classes, working as a tutor and as a teacher’s assistant. Originally from Maryland, Maddie moved to Longmont in 2014. Having been an active member of Best Buddies, a friendship program for students with disabilities in Maryland, Maddie founded and was the president of the Best Buddies chapter at Niwot High School. Other than spending time with family and friends, Maddie is passionate about dance and fostering rescue dogs. She is incredibly excited to work at Hopelight and create relationships with her clients and their families.
Claudia was raised in Loveland, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2020 with her Bachelors of Social Work. While in high school, Claudia realized she had a passion for working with children when she started to volunteer in elementary schools. In the future, Claudia's goals are to receive her Master’s degree in Criminology!. Outside of work, she likes to run, hike, paint and spend time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to adding onto her skills as a social worker and building meaningful relationships. Claudia is overjoyed to be a part of the Hopelight Team!
Lauren is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but enjoys the months away from school in Colorado with her family. She is a student at UW- Milwaukee, studying Biomedical Sciences and Healthcare Administration. Upon graduation in Spring 2021, Lauren intends to continue her education in Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys anything outdoors, but tubing down the rivers here in Colorado excites her most. As well as the outdoors, she loves spending time with friends, visiting new restaurants, and traveling.
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!
Betsy was adopted with her twin sister at a young age and grew up in Southern California. Betsy received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University before becoming a Behavior Technician. In addition, she has 18 credits in Early Childhood Education. Betsy has always been passionate about children and has worked for years with children of differing abilities. She has extensive nanny work with families of multiples as well as special needs children, adoptive children and has taught preschool. Betsy has also worked as a Nursery Director for her church and has also worked as a behavior technician in Southern California. She has recently moved to Colorado but is bringing her love for children and her passion for their development with her. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys making cards and designing things on her Cricut. She enjoys being able to use her creativity within her work.
Elliott Turner is an educator and musician passionate about working with children to teach themselves to be their own leaders and role models. Elliott has seen firsthand how the power of playing and composing music, alongside psychology, can help develop self-confidence and improve communication skills, particularly students with ADHD and other behavioral issues. He teaches and plays guitar, piano, and string instruments, leads the choir and plays organ at his Church, and composes for anything from jazz band to orchestra. He earned his Master's of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, and his Bachelor's in Music from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Aside from working with kids and creating music, Elliott loves reading philosophy, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Keigan, and cat, Todd.
Toni completed her master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Northern Colorado in the spring of 2014 and has taught varied elementary grade levels from kindergarten to 3rd grade. She is so excited to work one-on-one with kids and help them meet their goals and help them to celebrate their strengths. Toni has lived in Colorado all her life and grew up west of Denver in Lakewood. She lives on the north side of Denver now, and she loves visiting family and going up to the mountains on the weekends. She feels truly fortunate for the opportunity to work with amazing children every day! Toni is happy to join the Hopelight community and looks forward to getting to know our families.
Diva De Leon Coffin
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.
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!
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.
Haylee is originally from Hawaii and moved to Colorado to attend University of Northern Colorado where she attained her bachelor's degree in psychology. Haylee has vast experience in working with children with autism and enjoys engaging with children to help them learn new ways to engage in social situations. Haylee enjoys working with clients and their families at Hopelight!
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.
Hello, my name is Rick. I received my Psychology BA degree from University of Northern Colorado. I have always wanted to work with children, and I planned originally on being a youth and family counselor. I decided to seek out experience working with kiddos and Hopelight has provided that opportunity. I like snowboarding, hiking 14ers, and exploring the Rocky Mountains!
Sarah moved to Colorado from Maryland recently and fell in love with the mountains and the people. Sarah is working on her bachelor's degree in sociology and has experience working with different behavioral and mental health clients over the past few years. Sarah is excited to join Hopelight and looks forward to working with her clients.
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 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!
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.
Lucas grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Northern Colorado later in his life. Lucas has always been passionate about working with kids and making a difference. He moved to Longmont when he met his wife and started volunteering in her special education classroom. Since then Lucas has grown to love working in the field. In his spare time, Lucas likes to cook, travel, hike, and spend time with his wife and dog. He is excited to be at Hopelight and make a difference.
Megan is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology. She hopes to receive her Master’s degree in School Psychology sometime in the near future. She has worked as a Camp Counselor and a Room Leader at her Church, so she loves working alongside children! Some of Megan’s hobbies include singing, dancing, eating, playing with animals, watching movies with friends, hiking, etc. She is beyond excited about working for Hopelight Behavioral Health and building new relationships with people!
Jensen is currently completing his bachelor's degree in Apparel and Merchandising at Colorado State University and hopes to be done in early 2021. Jensen grew up in northern Colorado and has experience working with students with significant support needs and enjoys working with his clients at Hopelight. In his spare time, Jensen enjoys volunteering and running.
Lucas was born and raised in Illinois before he moved with his family out to Colorado. He recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a major in biology. During college, Lucas recognized his desire to work with children through various volunteering commitments, such as tutoring ESL students, coaching a Special Olympics football team, and becoming an after-school mentor for elementary students. He aspires to eventually study medicine. Lucas spends his free time working out, playing basketball, playing video games, and hanging out with his dog. He is elated to join the Hopelight team and make a positive impact on the community.
Sydney is a Colorado native. She is currently attending University of Northern Colorado for her degree in Criminal Justice and looks forward to graduating this year. She plans to pursue a master's degree in Neuropsychology to delve deeper into behavioral studies. Sydney loves kids and has a history working with autism and other behavioral disorders. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and playing video games. Sydney is excited to work with the clients at Hopelight.
Abigail moved to Colorado from North Dakota. She attended the University of North Dakota and earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with double minors in Biology and Rehabilitation & Human Services. Abigail has extensive experience in working with fine and gross motor development, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. She has also worked with clients of all ages who are either on the autism spectrum, had traumatic brain injury, and many other developmental disabilities. Abigail is happy to be at Hopelight to assist new clients and their families.
Douglas received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bridgewater State University before becoming a behavior technician. During school, Doug focused his studies and internships with at-risk youth. After studying psychology in Boston MA, he moved to Colorado to further his career and be with his family. Doug looks forward to studying and pursuing a further education in the psychology field to do family therapy in the future. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, snowboarding, and spending time with his family. Doug feels blessed to have a job where he can make a difference in the community and help others.
Jennifer is a Colorado Native. She is currently attending Metropolitan State University of Denver for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She hopes on completing her degree by Spring 2021. After obtaining her degree, Jennifer plans on continuing her education by obtaining her Master’s in school counseling. One of her biggest passions is to work with children. Her main priority is to help children meet their goals as well as help children be the best versions of themselves. Aside from working, Jennifer loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to travel, and she loves to capture a lot of special moments through photography! Jennifer feels blessed to be part of Hopelight and her growing experience as a behavioral 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.
Lauren was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in the Spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Services. She is currently continuing her education; working for her master’s degree in the Professional Counseling program on the school counseling track at UNC. Lauren hopes to dedicate her life serving her community and working with children to make a positive impact on their futures.
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!
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.
Sanonna just graduated high school and is taking a gap year to gain work experience. She has moved around multiple times throughout her life, but Colorado is her favorite state so far! She has a passion for creativity specifically, music, writing, and photography. She hopes to pursue a degree in Communications and use her work experience to help launch her own business.