Our People

President & CEO - Sharon Raggio
LPC, LMFT, MBA  

Sharon Raggio, CEOSharon’s vision, energy and passion for mental health care have been the motivating factors in Mind Springs Health’s dramatic across-the-board improvements since she joined what was then known as Colorado West in March 2008.  Under Sharon’s leadership, quality of services has dramatically improved, processes have been streamlined and staff training, education and credentials increased.  Mind Springs Health has successfully introduced and maintained an ‘Access and Engagement’ program that has brought Same Day Appointments to clients and accolades to the company for superlative results in treatment effectiveness and completion rates.  Prior to joining Mind Springs Health, Ms. Raggio served as COO at Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group.  She holds a license as a Professional Counselor as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has a Master’s in Business Administration.

Administrative Assistant: Nicci Robbins
nrobbins@mindspringshealth.org

Chief Medical Officer - Jules Rosen

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A native of New York City, Dr. Rosen joined Mind Springs Health as Chief Medical Officer in August 2013.  A noted speaker, author and researcher, Dr. Rosen most recently was the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry Services at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Rosen is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and did his postgraduate work at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI.  He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Rosen has conducted research on pharmacological as well as non-pharmacological treatment of late-life depression and dementia.  He has been honored with many awards, including annual listing in”Best Doctors in the U.S.” and received the Educator of the Year Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Rosen enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, travel and playing the 5-string banjo.

Administrative Assistant: Dennese Brereton
dbrereton@mindspringshealth.org

Chief Financial Officer - John Rattle
Rattle, JohnJohn earned his Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois and his MBA with an emphasis in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver. He has worked in healthcare for nearly 35 years, and specifically with mental health organizations for 25 years. He is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and moved to Colorado in 1983. He loves the western slope and accepted his job at Mind Springs Health to spend more time in the area. In his free time, he enjoys golf, riding his bike as much as possible, hiking, and spending time with his family. He is actively involved in his church and loves singing, laughing, and having fun.
Executive Vice President, Hospital - Kim Boe

ACHE, MM, HRM
kim boeInitially hired as Operations Officer, Kim joined West Springs Hospital in June 2009 and was named Vice President in 2010.  She has a BA in Therapeutic Recreation as well as a Master’s Degree in Management and Human Resources.  Prior to joining West Springs Hospital, Kim spent over 24 years working for a private, for-profit, psychiatric hospital in Casper, Wyoming.  She is focused on providing excellent psychiatric care for our patients.  Quality-driven, she is also available, approachable and committed to customer service.

Administrative Assistant: Jennie Fulton
jfulton@mindspringshealth.org

Executive Vice President, Mental Health Center - Michelle Hoy

MA, LPC, CACIII
michelle hoyMichelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor, level three. Michelle joined the organization in 2004 and oversees all outpatient and residential services in Mesa County. She has worked as a school-based therapist and was embedded in the Department of Human Services. She has worked with individuals of all ages, having started at Mind Springs Health as a therapist, becoming Program Coordinator of Juvenile Justice services then Program Director of outpatient therapy before her current position.

Administrative Assistant: Denyce Abbott
dabbott@mindspringshealth.org

 

Vice President of Marketing - Chriss Flynn

Chriss FlynnCombining her 25+ years of marketing and promotion expertise with her lifelong social services avocation means Chriss is enjoying the best of both worlds at Mind Springs Health. Coloradan by spirit though New Yorker by birth, Chriss spent many years as a marketing, promotion and media strategist/architect for major organizations and television networks like ESPN, HBO and Starz/Encore. She has been a licensed Colorado State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and has an affinity for working in an industry that brings positive change to people’s lives. When not creating marketing plans & programs for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, you can find Chriss near water, inline skating or behind the wheel.

Vice President of Information Technology - Charles Andrews

Andrews_CharlesCharles has over a decade of experience in senior healthcare IT leadership and more than two decades working in the healthcare information technology field. He served as the Regional IT Director for Kootenai health, a health care organization with over 700 inpatient beds in five hospitals in the inland northwest region. There he developed a strategic plan for information technology, launched replacement of existing server infrastructure and oversaw the  electronic health records systems. In addition, his team was bestowed with the Most Wired Innovators Award (2013), rated as the second best IT department in the U.S. by IT Healthcare News (2014) and designated as a Most Wired Hospital (2015).

Prior to his post at Kootenai, Charles spent seven years as Director of Operations for Colorado Mountain Medical in Vail, Colorado. Previous to that, Charles served as a Project Manager for Allscripts and managed corporate transition for over thirty clients.

Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, and a master’s degree in business information technology. Charles has served on the boards of the University of Idaho’s College of Computer Science, the Idaho Health Data Exchange and as chairman of North Idaho College’s Board of Healthcare Information Technology. He is an active member of HFMA and has completed a Master Certification in Business Intelligence Development.

Charles has a wonderful wife and three lovely daughters. In his spare time, he loves river rafting with his family and two border collies, fishing, hunting and enjoying wonderful western Colorado.
Administrative Assistant: Elizabeth Barela
ebarela@mindspringshealth.org

Vice President of Quality and Compliance - David Hayden

MBA, LPC, CAC III

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Joining Mind Springs Health in July 2013, Dave brings 15 years of clinical and administrative experience in community behavioral health care to our organization. His focus is on integrating data-based quality management into best-practice clinical processes in order to provide greater access to high quality care.  Areas of treatment and quality expertise include inpatient & outpatient addictions, forensics, trauma response and severe mental illness.  He is also a state-certified trainer in addiction counseling skills and motivational interviewing.  A Colorado native who has lived on the Front Range and in the San Luis Valley as well as California, Dave is enjoying Western Slope mountain and road cycling as well as the great skiing and fly-fishing opportunities here.

Administrative Assistant: Elizabeth Barela
ebarela@mindspringshealth.org

Vice President of Informatics - Krista McClinton

MS – LPC
krista mcclintonA Licensed Professional Counselor and native of Alabama, Krista has 18 years experience in community mental health.  She joined Mind Springs Health in 1999 as a mental health and emergency services clinician.  She served as Program Director for our Eagle & Vail offices and was named Regional Director in 2011.  She now directs our services and staff in Eagle, Garfield & Pitkin counties.  Krista is also the Colorado Consortium Project Administrator, overseeing the Electronic Health Record for our organization.  She and her newest therapy dog, Sister, have a passion for working in the community mental health field.

Administrative Assistant: Dennese Brereton
dbrereton@mindspringshealth.org

Vice President of Whole Health - Amy Gallagher

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Dr. Amy Gallagher is a licensed psychologist with Whole Health, LLC, a subsidiary of Mind Springs Health. As Director of Integrated Care, she provides support, consultation, and training to community agencies focusing on the integration of mental and behavioral health services. Along with managing a multi-county team of community health workers, she provides supervision to licensed psychologists and integrated care specialists. Her research interests include integrated care initiatives, affective supervision and consultation, and autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Gallagher received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Seattle, WA; a MS in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College (now University) in Baltimore, MD; and a BA in Psychology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Building relationships and adjusting to meet the needs of others are among the core values that Dr. Gallagher integrates into her practice.

Vice President of Development - Roger Sheffield

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As Vice President for Development, Roger Sheffield is the architect of the Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives campaign – funding a significant portion of the new West Springs Hospital. Additionally, he is responsible for creating and implementing a vibrant annual fundraising program which will provide long-term annual philanthropic support of all the operations of Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital. Roger’s career spans over 25 years and encompasses four comprehensive campaigns totaling nearly $250 million.

Previously, Roger has served as the CEO of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation, vice president and chief advancement officer for IES Abroad and Doane College, director of development for Lawrence University and director of annual and special gifts and leadership gifts officer for The Colorado College during their $103 million campaign. While at Citi Smith Barney, he provided, and continues to provide on a pro-bono basis, philanthropic advisement services and family legacy advice to high net worth philanthropists.

Roger holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Nebraska. He previously held a gubernatorial appointment to the Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees and served as an advisor to the Nebraska Governor, US Senator and third district US House member on educational issues.

Roger is vice chair of the Colorado Animal Rescue, CARE, board of directors and serves on YouthEntity’s board of directors. He is a consummate explorer, traveling to over 15 countries including trips to his favorites, Egypt, South Africa and Israel.

Contact: Lora Schwindt, Donor Relations Administrator
lschwindt@mindspringshealth.org

Vice President of Human Resources - Karen Birmingham
Karen Birmingham, VP of Human ResourcesKaren has a Bachelor’s Degree with a dual major in Business Management and Industrial Relations and Personnel (Human Resources). Karen has worked in a variety of Human Resources settings including hotel/casino management. She has over 16 years of HR experience and has been with Mind Springs Health since 2003. Karen enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors.

Regional Director - Tom Gangel

MA
tom gangelTom oversees Mind Springs Health’s services and staff in a 6-county region, providing support to 4,000+ clients a year.  He has been in the mental health field for over 25 years, working in private practice, hospitals and mental health centers.  He has also been a professor at two universities.  Tom joined the organization in 1999 and is committee chairman of the Behavioral Health of the Northwest Community Project, a group that has seen success in creating an ‘integrated community care’ mental health team serving primary care providers in Routt County.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yampa Valley Autism Project.  Tom’s career has been dedicated to the effective delivery of mental health and substance abuse services.

Administrative Assistant: Dennese Brereton
dbrereton@mindspringshealth.org

Regional Director - Jackie Skramstad

LCSW

Skramstad, JackieJackie has been with Mind Springs Health since 2002. She is the regional director for the three county region of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. A graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, she received her BS degree from Santa Clara University and her Master’s degree from San Jose State, both in California. Jackie started her career in California before moving home to Glenwood Springs. Jackie has been in the mental health field for over 25 years. During her time with Mind Springs Health she has been involved with training and implementation of DBT programming. She also has expertise in the area of child and family treatment and emergency services. She values service to her community and is a member of Rotary Club and currently is serving as the assistant governor. Jackie has a passion for hiking, camping and being outdoors.

Administrative Assistant: Tiffany Schooley
tschooley@mindspringshealth.org

Regional Director - Kathy Capps
LPC, LAC
Capps, KathyKathy has been practicing psychotherapy in our community since 2000, working both in private practice and as well as non-profit.  She enjoys working with homeless families and individuals with chronic mental illness.  Her current role allows her the opportunity to continue working with those populations as well as train individuals and communities in Mental Health First Aid.  Just in the past couple of years, Kathy has trained over 200 people in assessing suicidal risk and understanding the signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis.

Administrative Assistant: Denyce Abbott
dabbott@mindspringshealth.org

Regional Director - Felicia Romero

MS, LPC, CAC III
Romero, FeliciaFelicia is a licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor III who joined Mind Springs Health in May 2012 and has been practicing in the field of mental health, substance abuse and victim advocacy for almost a decade. In addition to administrative responsibilities she enjoys working with children and families in an array of evidence-based practices. From a clinical perspective, her interests are mood disorders and substance abuse issues, anxiety disorders, mental health disorders with individuals, families, couples, women’s recovery, children and adolescents.

Director of Psychiatry Practice - Linda Wonders
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Linda oversees/manages the psychiatry practice here at Mind Springs Health. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Human Resources from Mesa State and Weber State University. She has been with Mind Springs Health since 2014. Working in a number of settings as a practice administrator or facility director managing medical offices, she has been in healthcare for over 24 years previously. In her free time, Linda is artistic and adventurous. She ghost writes for health magazines and paints, but also enjoys rock climbing, canyoneering, rafting, reading, and anything adventurous.
Program Director, Craig – Craig Thornhill

LPC
Thornhill, CraigCraig is the Program Director at Mind Springs Health in Craig, Colorado. He has been the organization since 2007, previously working as the Day Treatment Therapist in Routt county and was  promoted to program director in February of 2013. He has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver, with an emphasis in marriage and family and adolescent therapy. Craig is an LPC and has experience in residential and intensive at risk youth and family treatment, as well as crisis work. His current area of focus is community outreach and interagency and community collaboration and coordination.

Program Director, Grand Junction Outpatient - Michele Ames

PsyD., LPC
Ames_Michele-MindSprings-3-2017-WillowPondPhoto-Michele received her doctorate in Organizational Psychology in 2013 and is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with many special populations such as; the homeless, victims of domestic violence, community health, and those with co-occurring disorders of substance use and mental health. She has supervised many people in their journey to obtain licensure and worked with students in their internships for a master’s degree in Counseling. Her clinical interests are with: anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance use disorders. Michele is new to Colorado and enjoys exploring the state and the Grand Valley area.

Program Director, Granby - Matt Carlson

Carlson, MattLPC, LAC

Matt is a dually licensed professional and addiction counselor (LPC, LAC) and the Program Director for our Granby office. He obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently working on a PhD dissertation in Advanced Human Behavior through Capella University. He enjoys spending time with family, climbing mountains, and competing in off-road triathlons.

Program Director, Rangely - Michelle Huber

BS, CAC III

Huber, Michelle

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Regis University and is a Certified Addictions Counselor Level III. She has been with Mind Springs Health since 1997 and currently serves as the Program Director for Rio Blanco County. Michelle provides individual, family and group counseling, as well as serving as a Crisis Clinician. She relishes time with her family, traveling and experiencing new adventures.

Program Director, Steamboat Springs - Gina Toothaker

LPC, CAC III
Toothaker, GinaWhile earning her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education at the University of Colorado/Denver in 1994, Gina worked as an intern at both our Craig and Steamboat offices. She then became a clinician, program coordinator and clinical supervisor before being named Program Director, first in Craig and now in Steamboat Springs. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor level III, she also actively participates on a number of community teams and committees. She is the mother of two teenagers and her passions include health and fitness, reading, dance, and spending time with her family

Program Director, Summit County - Sonia Jackson

Sonia Jackson has over 35 years of diverse experience in SUD, Behavioral Health, and Physical Health environments at all levels of the care continuum.

Jackson began her career in the USAF in 1976. After an Honorable discharge from the USAF, she went on to work in El Paso, Texas at HCA/Columbia Healthcare Systems for 14 years as Director of Inpatient Services and Partial Hospitalization. She then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and worked 16 years at AspenPointe as Director of Acute Services, Director of Quality and Compliance, and Deputy Director. From December 2012 to April 2016, Jackson worked at Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network in Denver, Colorado as Director of Adult Services and interim COO.

Jackson has a progressive track record of designing and managing successful inpatient and outpatient behavioral health and substance use disorder programs in both the profit and non-profit arenas. She has been highly successful building on integration and change management through the use of performance improvement, strategic planning, and the ability to develop and strengthen teams to maximize company efficiency and profitability. She is dedicated to the customer experience, and leveraging every opportunity for community enrichment and collaboration for those served.

Jackson holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Program Director, Vail & Eagle - Kristi Grems

LPC, LAC
Grems, KristiKristi holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. She joined the clinical staff at Mind Springs Health in 2005, and was promoted Program Director for Eagle County in 2014.  Kristi provides counseling for children, adults, and groups.

Program Director, Crisis Intervention Services - Barrett Williams

LPC
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Barrett earned his Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Not far from there, he was born and raised in various cities around Orlando. Seeking a change and the beautiful seasons of Colorado, Barrett moved to Grand Junction. There, he enjoyed working to treat a plethora of issues, especially related to trauma and abuse for individuals, couples, parents, kids, and families. He also worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, in-home, in-school, residential, and even taught classes on self-development at the college level. Sharing his expertise in abuse treatment, he was even published in a well-known trauma treatment manual for children and adolescents. Barrett is currently the Program Director for the Crisis Center at our main campus. In his free time, he enjoys teaching martial arts, hiking, camping, exercising, and spending time with his family.

Program Coordinator, Walden- Jane Bingham

LMFT

Bingham, JaneJane has been with Mind Springs Health since 1995 and has a Master’s degree from Texas Christian University. Jane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with children and adults, and a Colorado- approved provider for domestic violence treatment. A retired Navy veteran, she works with warriors and their families, and has taken a couple of sabbaticals over the years to serve as a military chaplain in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jane enjoys cross country skiing, bird watching and traveling.

Program Coordinator, Oasis Clubhouse - Kara Kyle

LPC

Peer Support Services Manager - Janice Curtis

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Janice is a person in recovery, who has been privileged to be trained by many experts in the field, over many years. She started as a volunteer for Mind Springs Health in 1996. She then served on the Board of Directors for several years, and was contracted to do peer support in 2000. Since 2015, Janice has been employed as the Coordinator and then the Manager of Peer Support Services. She developed the peer program, which is now one of the most robust in the state. She also initiated the addition of peer staff to the Crisis Stabilization Unit, the Mobile Crisis Response Team and in-home Crisis Respite. She is always open to more learning, and has been able to accomplish that in many ways. Since 2002, Janice has been passionately training others to provide peer support, building the peer program, and providing much needed services for many people. She is also a doting grandmother to one granddaughter, one grand puppy, and two grand cats!

Hospital Medical Director - Frank Lotrich
MD
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Operations Director, West Springs Hospital - Brandi Kroese

MBA, CAC III

Kroese, BrandiBrandi joined Mind Springs Health in 2007 as a substance abuse supervisor, became Program Coordinator of the Grand Junction Detox and led The Women’s Recovery Center from 2011-2015. In 2015 Brandi stepped into the roll of West Springs Hospital Operations Director.

Director of Nursing, West Springs Hospital - Deb Sharpe
RN-BSN
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Deb has been a nurse all her life. She knew at age five she would be a nurse! Most of her family are either doctors or nurses so it’s “in her blood”. She earned her Associates in Nursing Science from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO in 1987 and worked as a medical nurse for the first six years of her career, focusing on medical nursing units such as Oncology, ICU, CCU, Burn Unit and Dialysis. All these jobs paved the way into being able to care very confidently for medically ill patients. However, she wanted most of all to enter into the world of psychiatry. She received her first chance while working at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO, where she worked for about 13 years on the psychiatric unit. While there, she and another nurse decided to build a pathway of evaluating psychiatric patients in the ER and admitting them to the psychiatric unit. They presented this to their Medical Director and their system is still in effect today. Seeking another change, Deb taught Nursing at Mesa State College for about 4 ½ years, which satisfied her urge to “grow new nurses” and pass along her skills. While at Mesa State, she achieved another of her goals, attaining her BSN degree.

Missing psychiatry, Deb began picking up shifts at what was then called Colorado West Psychiatric Hospital. Now West Springs Hospital, she is very proud to be here. She currently “has the privilege” to be a part of the Hospital Leadership Team and although she misses working with patients, she gets to continue to “grow and encourage nurses”.

She shows her passion by saying, “West Springs Hospital and Mind Springs Health is a very progressive company with its heart and soul in the right place. We have highly educated and energetic leaders with great vision. It is very exciting for me to know that I am a part of something so BIG that will impact so many who are in need.”

In her free time she enjoys kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, gardening (anything outside), and traveling the world.

QA Improvement RN-Manger, West Springs Hospital - Deborah Tittle

MSNA, RN, NP
Tittle,DebDeborah is a licensed nurse practitioner certified in women’s health care, with a Master’s degree in public health & community nursing administration.  She joined Mind Springs Health in 2010 and has practiced throughout Western Colorado for over twenty years as a clinician and  health care administrator.   Substance abuse recovery is an area of special interest.  She enjoys working with individuals, families and communities to meet their medical needs and maintain wellness through preventive care.