Michael Allen

Michael Allen
Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Allen has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, both as a clinician and as an administrator. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification, Michael also earned an MBA from Colorado State University. He joins SummitStone Health Partners after serving as Vice President at AspenPointe in Colorado Springs, where he worked for more than a decade.

Gerry Brew

Gerry Brew
Chief Financial Officer

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Gerry Brew comes to SummitStone after serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administration Officer for Journey Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery in Madison, Wisc. He has been recognized nationally for several awards and affiliations, including the National Leadership Award for Neurology/Brain Foundation, and CEO of the Year Finalist (In Business). Gerry earned his bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College, his MBA from the University of Nebraska and an Executive EMA from the Stanford University AEA Executive Institute. He has also received the designations of Certified Management Accountant and Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.

Cyndi Dodds

Cyndi Dodds
Chief Clinical Officer

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Cyndi has a great passion for behavioral health services. She is the Chief Clinical Officer at SummitStone Health Partners and previously served as the Executive Director for the Namaqua Center in Loveland. Her work has included more than two decades with behavioral health organizations in Northern Colorado. She began her career as a direct service provider at Island Grove Regional Treatment Center in Greeley and then at Larimer County Mental Health Center. She moved into senior leader roles at the Namaqua Center and SummitStone. Cyndi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alliant University in San Diego and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Cyndi serves on the Larimer County Interagency Oversight Group, Colorado Behavior Healthcare Council Health Care Operations Committee and Colorado State University School of Social Work Advisory Board. She has served on the CBHC Conference Committee, CBHC Clinical Outcomes Subcommittee, the Colorado Association of Children and Family Agencies Public Policy Committee, CAFCA Board of Directors, and the Larimer County Federation for Families Board of Directors.

Jessica Russell

Jess Russell
Chief Operations Officer

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Jess Russell, MA, LAC, CFI, is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and holds a certificate in the state of Colorado as a Child and Family Investigator. She has more than 25 years in leadership roles in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Upper Iowa University and holds a Masters in Counseling from Regis University. Jess has had extensive involvement in managing substance use disorder programs including withdrawal management programs and residential treatment programs for men, women and children. Jess has enjoyed volunteering as a Board of Director member and is also an appointed Member of the Colorado Supreme Court Lawyer Well-Being Task Force with the  Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel at the Colorado Supreme Court. More recently Jess was also appointed to the Behavioral Health Entity Implementation and Advisory Committee (BHE-IAC) for the State of Colorado to represent a statutorily required role as an advocacy organization that represents behavioral health consumers. Finally, Jess previously served as a member on the State of Colorado’s Opioid Consortium.

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SummitStone Health Partners

Dr. Lesley Brooks

Lesley Brooks - Chief of Addiction Medicine
Chief of Addiction Medicine

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Dr. Lesley Brooks serves as the Chief of Addiction Medicine for SummitStone Health Partners and as the Assistant Medical Director for the North Colorado Health Alliance in northern Colorado. Dr. Brooks, a board-certified family physician, has practiced full-scope family medicine including prenatal care, chronic pain, and substance use disorder/addiction in northern Colorado for more than a decade. Since her transition to SummitStone Health Partners in 2020, she specializes in substance use and mental health. As the Chief of Addiction Medicine at SummitStone, Dr. Brooks leads the design, development and implementation of Larimer County’s Behavioral Health Services facility, which is set to be open in 2022.

John McKay

John McKay - Chief Cultural Officer
Chief Culture Officer

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John’s career has focused on promoting equitable outcomes for marginalized communities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel College, Kansas, and his master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Kansas. He also holds a Principal Licensure in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. His work in education brought him to recognize the increasing need for advocacy in health equity for diverse identities and cultures, and how viewing our varied communities’ needs through a behavioral healthcare lens can improve outcomes for everyone. John’s extensive experience in team building, systems analysis, and data-driven decision making will help our organization to further our vision of being a place where a diverse mix of talented professionals can accomplish their best work to fulfill our mission of providing unsurpassed behavioral healthcare to our community.

Diane Jesser

Diane Jesser
Director of Human Resources

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Diane Jesser attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Penn. Her decades of experience in human resources includes a background in for-profit restaurants and manufacturing. Ms. Jesser has been with SummitStone Health Partners for more than 10 years. She has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2000.

Tegan Camden

Tegan Camden
Director of Outpatient Services

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Tegan Camden has been a licensed clinical therapist since 2011. Tegan earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bradley University in 2007 and went on to obtain her master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Tegan’s experience includes 10 years with nonprofit community mental health in Illinois prior to moving to Colorado to join the SummitStone Health Partners team. She has extensive history in nonprofit management and building systemic community-based initiatives. She has provided leadership to numerous organizations, teams and committees aimed at improving mental health service delivery methods for children and families.

Nathan Groathouse

Nathan Groathouse
Director of Marketing and Development

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Nathan Groathouse has nearly 18 years of brand marketing and business development experience within the translational medicine and biomedical industries. He joins SummitStone Health Partners after serving as the Executive Director of Brand Marketing and Business Development for a national engineering firm. Previously, Nathan was the Co-Director of a biopharmaceutical manufacturing organization at Colorado State University. In addition to an MBA from CSU, Nathan holds a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Infectious Disease from the University of Wyoming.

Cali Thole

Cali Thole
Director of Forensic Services

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Cali Thole is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Addictions Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience in behavioral health. As Director of Forensic Services, Cali oversees all of SummitStone’s jail-based services, working closely with Larimer County Community Corrections and the police departments in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park. Cali’s experience focuses on developing and implementing progressive programs using best practices to reduce recidivism and provide alternatives to jail for those in the criminal justice system who also have a mental illness. Cali earned her Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clarke College.

Stephanie Madsen-Pixler

Stephanie Madsen-Pixler
Director of Community Based Services

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Stephanie Madsen-Pixler, MSW, LCSW, CAC II, has worked for SummitStone since 1995, moving from case manager to therapist and supervisor of numerous programs across the spectrum of services SummitStone offers. She has been instrumental in the development of the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope, a resource center for people who are homeless, as well as our peer services and ACT teams. Stephanie represents SummitStone with Outreach Fort Collins and the Zero Suicide model.

Fran Keane-Foster

Director of Compliance & Quality Improvement
Director of Compliance & Quality Improvement

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Fran Keane-Foster comes to the SummitStone Health Partners team from Aetna Insurance, where she was the Manager of Products & Regulatory Approvals as well as the Privacy Manager for the Client Regulatory Affairs & Risk Management department. Prior to Aetna, Fran was General Counsel and Privacy Officer of WINHealth Partners, a Wyoming HMO. She has 15 years of healthcare compliance and legal experience which includes work with providers, hospitals, insurance companies and employers. She has her JD degree from Stetson University and an LLM in Healthcare Law and Compliance from Loyola University Chicago. Fran has practiced law in Florida, Colorado and Wyoming.

Cassie Damato

Director of Acute Services
Director of Acute Services

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Cassie Damato joined SummitStone Health Partners in 2010, specializing in trauma-informed practices including Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Informed Art Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She advanced into a leadership role at SummitStone with Crisis Services programming, supervising walk-in and mobile services. Cassie has played an integral leadership role in establishing interdependent, co-owned programs with community partners such as UCHealth, Foothills Gateway and multiple police and EMS services through several Co-Responder programs in the Acute Services Division of SHP. She is a member of the Larimer County Zero Suicide workgroup and serves on the steering committee for the Imagine Zero Coalition. She is a member of the Crisis Counseling and Resilience Enhancement (CARE) team for community disaster response. Cassie also serves on the state Mental Health Advisory Board for Service Standards and Regulations appointed by Governor Jared Polis. Cassie is adept at developing and growing partnerships that further advance SummitStone’s mission to create a seamless behavioral health service system in Larimer County.

Gregg Murphy

Director of Facilities
Director of Facilities

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Gregg Murphy has a diverse professional background in commercial and residential facilities planning, construction and management. He purposely creates facilities to serve people. In addition to project and contractor management, he served as Chief Operating Officer for his own entrepreneurial ventures in a hospitality development and management company, where he oversaw daily operations and led a team of more than 200 employees. Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA, both from Butler University. He comes to SummitStone after serving as Operations Supervisor for The Fort Collins Mission.

Paula Figgs

Paula Figgs
Director of Administrative Operations

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Paula Figgs has a diverse background spanning more than 20 years in healthcare services with both private and public companies. Her experience includes work in physician practices, hospitals, payors and post-acute care. Paula has highly developed expertise in process improvements, business development, strategic planning, revenue cycle management, financial analysis and leadership management. She is skilled in collaboration, driving culture change, coaching and facilitating client satisfaction in rapidly changing settings. She also has experience as an entrepreneur leading a start-up in the financial services arena. Paula graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management from Peru State College, holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and has earned a Certified Medical Practice Executive certification.

Laurie Good

Laurie Good- Director of Finance
Director of Finance

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Laurie Good, MBA, CPA, has more than 25 years of experience in Finance and Operations where she has consistently achieved positive bottom-line results. Having led strategies to increase revenue, control costs, improve business processes and make profitable investment decisions, Laurie is a resourceful agent of change, skilled at enhancing corporate value. She comes to SummitStone after managing a $60 million loan portfolio with Mountain Valley Bank. Prior to that she was responsible for all the financial elements for Steamboat ski area, the AAA Four Diamond Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Condominiums, and Steamboat Central Reservations® including accounting, central cashiering, auditing, pre-sold services, fulfillment, financial reporting, and strategic planning.  She also served as division CFO for Qwest Global Services in Denver, was the director of business operations for Nextel Communications, and prior to that was a financial analyst for Storage Technology Corporation. Good started her career as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Company.  She is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado.  Laurie is actively involved in the community, serving as a board member or volunteer for Northwest Colorado Health, United Way, Arts Council, Hospice, Tax Policy Advisory Board and the Economic Development Council.

Brian Ferrans

Brian Ferrans
Deputy Executive Director

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Brian Ferrans (he/him) has an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Healthcare. He has spent the past twelve years working on improving our systems of care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders across our local behavioral health, criminal justice, and most recently our fire/EMS systems. Brian comes to us from Poudre Fire Authority, where he served as their Community Risk Reduction & Outreach Manager. Brian also served as the Health District’s Director of Community Impact until 2021, working on key behavioral health projects across Larimer County (ex. Solutions to Behavioral Health Service Gaps in Larimer County report, MAT in Jail, CO-SLAW, Changing Minds, Rethinking Addiction etc.). He served as the facilitator and lead of the Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU) Alliance of Larimer County and is a current Co-Lead for the Northern Colorado Collaborative for Addiction and Recovery Support (NOCO-CAReS) committee. During the pandemic, Brian helped to develop and run the COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine site for people experiencing homelessness in Larimer County as part of the Health District’s COVID response. He currently serves as a member on the Larimer County Behavioral Health Policy Advisory Council (BHPAC) and as a board member of Outreach Ft. Collins. Brian also served six years in the Colorado Army National Guard.

Jenn Anderson

Jenn Anderson
Director of Talent Management

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Jenn has extensive experience in Human Resources, specifically in the healthcare field. Most recently, she served in Human Resources leadership roles for in large healthcare systems along the Front Range, and she previously provided consultative services to systems across the country, while working for an organization specializing in employee and physician engagement and retention. Jenn earned her Master’s degree in Career Counseling from Colorado State University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Jenn’s areas of strength include talent mapping and development, employee relations, strategic workforce planning and succession planning.

Jaime Engel

Jaime Engel
Director of Total Rewards

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Jaime has years of experience in Human Resources and comes to SummitStone after a long career with Poudre School District. Jaime earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. She holds a Senior Certified Professional credential (SHRM-SCP), as well as the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR). She has extensive experience in compensation, recruitment, hiring and retention, employee relations and employment law compliance.

Kathy Sisneros

Kathy Sisneros
Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Kathy’s background is in higher education, with the majority of her career spent supporting and leading diversity, equity, inclusion and justice efforts at the unit, department and institutional level. She has a strong understanding of structural ecosystems and the ability to identify important questions, engage key stakeholders, and identify potential solutions. Kathy has experience creating and delivering a wide range of DEIJ content and experience with multicultural organizational development/change, collaboration, and creating a supportive and safe environment for valuable learning to occur. She had dedicated her career to helping organizations become more inclusive and dedicated to working with and advocating for historically minoritized groups.

Kathy attended Eastern New Mexico University and earned a bachelor’s in Communications-Public Relations before achieving a master’s degree in Counseling at Northern Arizona University, and her doctorate in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.