LEADERSHIP STAFF


REBECCA HEA, PSY.D., LP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(University of Denver, 1995)
Start Date: 9/1/93

Dr. Hea has been Executive Director at Denver Children’s Home since October 2010. Her professional background includes trauma informed care, assessments, cultural competence, training and outcome research. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Dr. Hea served DCH in programmatic and executive capacities for over seventeen years. Through her exemplary leadership style and donor relation expertise, Dr. Hea invokes passion for the Home in her interactions with all of DCH’s valued employees and dedicated supporters. Email Rebecca


LYNDSEY DIORIO, LCSW, RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

(Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, 2004)
Start Date: 11/13/07  

Lyndsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. Before becoming the Residential Program Director, she was a full-time therapist at DCH for both Residential and Day Treatment Programs for eight years. Prior to arriving at DCH, Lyndsey worked as a therapist at a treatment facility in Lincoln, Nebraska for dually-diagnosed teenage girls with histories of substance abuse and mental health issues. Email Lyndsey  


SARAH B. FRIEDMAN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

(B.A. Communications, Rowan University)
Start Date: 3/23/15  

Sarah is an experienced development and marketing professional. She has worked or consulted for a wide range of organizations across the nonprofit sector, including Mile High United Way, Warren Village, Rowan University, Drexel University, The Philadelphia Orchestra and WOMEN’S WAY. Sarah’s expertise includes fundraising, special events, communications and marketing. Email Sarah


LAURA GARCIA, FINANCE DIRECTOR

(B.S. Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing and Accounting, Colorado State University, 1989)
Start Date: 9/18/12  

Laura has an extensive background in the field of finance with 25 years of experience working in private, nonprofit and public accounting industries. Her financial expertise allows her to manage Denver Children’s Home’s Business Office with the utmost integrity and accuracy. Laura helps guide operational decisions through a financial lens while streamlining finance procedures for efficiency and consistency. Email Laura


Marisa A. Murgolo, LCSW, Director of Daytime & Community Based Programs

(Masters of Science in Social Work, Columbia University)
Start Date:  04/18/2016

Marisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided and supervised community based interventions for the past 14 years.  She is trained in Multi-systemic Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  Before becoming the Program Director at DCH, she supervised the Community Based Psychiatry team at the University of Colorado Health.  In addition to her clinical work with children, adolescents and families, Marisa also has a strong passion for volunteerism, working with nonprofit agencies on a local and national basis.  Email Marisa


MICHELLE NOVOTNY, PSY.D., CLINICAL TRAINING DIRECTOR & CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGY

(University of Denver, 2006)
Start Date: 02/01/2016

Dr. Novotny maintains a private practice where she treats children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, she teaches a beginning seminar course at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology where she also supervises student clinicians.  Dr. Novotny’s professional interests include trauma, grief and loss, attachment, relationships and transitions, training and supervision. Email Michelle


MARK STONE, M.D., MEDICAL DIRECTOR

(University of Colorado, School of Medicine, 1980) 

Dr. Stone graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in 1980 and went on to complete his internship in Community Medicine and residency at CU. During his last year of training, he was Chief Resident in Psychiatry at Denver General Hospital (now Denver Health). Dr. Stone began his private practice with a specialty in adolescents and worked at Arapahoe Mental Health until he joined Denver Children's Home in 1985 as a psychiatric consultant. Dr. Stone became Medical Director in 1987.  Dr. Stone is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association. He also maintains a private practice treating adults and adolescents.


ANN SYMALLA, BANSBACH ACADEMY PRINCIPAL

(Mankato State University, 1993 and Teacher Licensure Program, University of Colorado at Denver 2006)
Start Date: 8/8/07  

Ann is a professionally licensed special education teacher who has been working with children for over ten years. She began her teaching career at Denver Children’s Home where she taught for four years before returning as a school administrator. Ann is driven to ensure that all children can be successful in school with the support and encouragement they need.  Email Ann


PROGRAM MANAGEMENT STAFF


CAITLIN ARCE, LPC, Community-Based Services PROGRAM MANAGER

(Master’s in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy, Naropa University, 2013)
Start Date: 5/20/15

Caitlin is an Art Therapist and Psychotherapist. Her clinical background includes working with at-risk and traumatized youth in agencies, the legal system, and street outreach settings. Her experience and training focus on trauma-informed experiential modalities, including art therapy, mindfulness, wilderness, and somatic interventions. Caitlin specializes in providing community-based therapeutic services with adolescents and families. Email Caitlin


ANNIE HASKINS, DAYTIME PROGRAM MANAGER

(Master’s in Educational Leadership Candidate, University of Northern Colorado, 2016)
Start Date: 5/3/04

Annie is a professionally licensed special educator who has worked at Denver Children’s Home for 12 years.  She started as a Youth Treatment Counselor in the Brotherhood dorm. After 5 years, she became a licensed Special Education Teacher, highly qualified in Art. She eventually became the Education Coordinator, and most recently, transitioned into the Daytime Program Manager Position. Annie is dedicated to supporting staff and youth at the Denver Children’s Home. Email Annie


MISSY PERKINS, RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM MANAGER

(Master's in Educational Psychology, University of Colorado Denver, 2014)
Start Date: 11/1/14

Missy worked as a Residential Treatment Supervisor at DCH for over a year overseeing three of the five residential dorms before being promoted to Residential Program Manager. As Program Manager, Missy develops and implements programming for the dorms, helps new clients as they adjust to DCH, supports experiential therapies and serves as a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer. Prior to coming to DCH, she worked as a behavioral therapist for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.  Email Missy