Meet Our Team
I am a Southern CO native and I love the outdoors. I love to snowboard, hike, fish, and camp. My absolute favorites are Texas Hold ’em and riding my Indian motorcycle. I became the Programs Director three years ago. I am a member of the LGBTQ community. I have a bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Leadership and Management.
I am in recovery for opiates. I have been a peer for almost six years.
I love networking with other professionals so that I can better connect people with resources that will improve their situation. I enjoy Accudetox, and facilitating Grief, Walking, Art groups. I work with Parent sin the Dependency and Neglect system. I enjoy being a part of keeping families together.
Poker, riding motorcycles, and the outdoors.
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Peer Support Specialist
I’ve been living in Pueblo for about 25 years with my wife Ava and cats Blacky, Bear, and Trio. We like to stay actively involved with our friends, family, and the Christian community. We also like to travel and usually go on about 3 or 4 trips per year to places we’ve never been before. Since we both enjoy our jobs, one of our goals is to continue working as long as we can until retirement comes. I’ve been happily involved at the Friendly Harbor for 7 years now and love working with my participants. Feel free to come by the Harbor and see me sometime!
I am a recovering alcoholic/addict with 25 years clean and sober. I’ve been living with bipolar disorder since I was a teenager. This combination got me into some serious trouble, and I wound up being incarcerated for 12 years before getting back into society in 2010. During my incarceration, I went through extensive counseling for my issues which largely contributed to my present set of life skills. Before my heavy troubles began, I gained some good experience by graduating from college, working in the mining industry, and successfully managing my life for awhile. I believe these factors make me well qualified to be an effective Peer Support Specialist.
I specialize in working with people who have substance use, mental health, and/or incarceration issues, but will work the best I can with anybody on any issue. As you can see from my lived experience, I’ve been there and done that.
I like walking and bicycling out in God’s great creation. I also enjoy cooking, watching sports, going to the movies, and hanging out around the house with my wife.
To keep life running smoothly – “Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.”
When I was going through my hard-time years, a lot of people stepped up to the plate and helped me out. Now that I’m back on my feet again, it makes me fell happy and fulfilled to help others who are going through their own troubles.
Peer Support Specialist
I feel a lot of passion. Passion for my animals, passions for the people I love, passion for social change and personal growth. But managing passion can be a double edged sword. While it makes you strong and committed, it also makes you vulnerable because you care so much.
A survivor of childhood trauma, Kat has struggled with depression and suicidality since she was 7 years old. This has given her a special interest in providing connectedness and hope to those who also struggle. Kat found a home in peer support after working many years on her recovery. After attaining a master’s degree in social work Kat found she prefers the intimacy of the less formal, peer support environment. A staunch advocate of recovery and growth Kat strives to advance her knowledge and fights to combat stigma. Kat facilitates an Alternatives to Suicide support group and collaborates with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Pueblo County.
WRAP, DBT, Suicidology
Enjoying time with my 3 dogs and 1 cat. Photography, Science Fiction, Crocheting
My story isn’t over;
The ability to connect