LEADERSHIP STAFF


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

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

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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


Marilyn Davis, Finance Director

(BS in Education, Southwestern Assemblies of God University)                                       Start Date: 1/10/18

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Marilyn has served as an accountant for 25 years, and is dedicated to supporting the mission of Denver Children’s Home through sound, efficient financial processes. She leads by example and uses her prior experience to improve process efficiencies and internal controls. 

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LYNDSEY DIORIO, LCSW, RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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

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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  

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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


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ANNIE Haskins, BANSBACH ACADEMY PRINCIPAL

(Master’s in Educational Leadership, 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, then the Daytime Program Manager and recently became the Director of Education. Annie is dedicated to supporting staff and youth at the Denver Children’s Home. Email Annie


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

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

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Marisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided and supervised community based interventions for the past 16 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.


PROGRAM MANAGEMENT STAFF

Emiliano "Em" Archuleta, Admission and Client Services Manager

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Em has been working in facility based mental health for nearly 10 years. 6 years with Denver Children’s Home, he began as a Youth Treatment Counselor in the Residential Program, becoming a Treatment Supervisor in Day Treatment, and ultimately landed managing the admissions process and seeing to the day-to-day needs of all clients. Em is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work with the hope of one day leading a non-profit program for at-risk youth. 

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Joseph Gilltrap, Daytime Program Manager

(BA California State University, San Marcos, 2008; MS Candidate Roger Williams University) Start Date: 3/19/18

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Joe worked as a Sports and Program Manager for Special Olympics in Southern California before becoming the Daytime Program Manager at Denver Children’s Home. Joe has previous experience in residential settings as a supervisor as well as in collaborative school settings. As Daytime Program Manager at Denver Children’s Home, Joe oversees the day to day functions of our Daytime Program in conjunction with Treatment Supervisors.

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MISSY PERKINS, RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM MANAGER

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

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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


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Brittany Watne, Staff Development Manager

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Savannah Wahab, PIVOT Program Manager

(BS in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-8, Grand Canyon University, 2014)

Start Date: 8/18/14

Savannah worked as a Special Education Teacher at Denver Children’s Home for three years prior to changing roles and becoming the PIVOT Program Manager. Savannah has also taught special education for in a behavior development program at a local public school. Savannah addresses four main elements through the PIVOT program including community collaborations, enhanced academic support, family/guardian partnerships, and targeted transitions.