Fire Mountain Leadership Team

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Shari Simmons, LCSW, Executive Director

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Tug Levy, Education Director

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Aidan Longtain, Direct Care Manager

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Aaron Bekkela, MA, LPC, LAC

ADMINISTRATION

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Shari Simmons

LCSW, Executive Director

Shari received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1993 and became a licensed clinical Social Worker in 1995.  She has had a 28-year career as an adolescent therapist and Clinical Director at several residential facilities in Colorado.  As the Clinical Director at Mountain Crest Psychiatric Hospital in Fort Collins, Shari ran the adolescent facility for 10 years and started a teen homeless shelter.

Most recently, she has been a consultant for various treatment programs in the state where she trains staff on trauma-informed care, develops strategic goals and provides tools to enhance programming.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor at CCU and UNR.  Her area of expertise is in mental health and trauma and she considers it a personal mission to train anyone who will listen to these topics so that people who suffer are met with compassion and understanding. She is currently writing a book on trauma for clinicians.  When not working, she is hiking, biking, canoeing or traveling.

View Shari's Book, "Which Way?" here.

MEDICAL TEAM

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Dr. Gary Rosen M.D.

Dr. Gary Rosen is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, consulting at the Fire Mountain Treatment Program.  Originally from East Texas (Port Arthur), Dr. Rosen attended medical school at the University of Texas located in Galveston. Following graduation, he completed his Medical Internship, Adult/General Psychiatry Residency, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships in Phoenix, Arizona, and Houston, Texas.

Having a passion for the mountains, and the western United States, he then moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1986, and has spent his entire career practicing in the Boulder County area. Dr. Rosen has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including area hospitals, clinics, therapeutic schools, day treatment programs and in a traditional outpatient setting.   During his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, running, triathlons, skiing, and playing guitar.

CLINICAL TEAM

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Kristin Thom LCSW, Admissions Coordinator

Born and raised in Wisconsin , Kristin moved to Colorado after spending over 20 years in the Chicago area. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University.

Kristin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an extensive background in mental health including crisis intervention, assessments, verbal de-escalation training, inpatient clinical experience, and private practice. Kristin believes deeply that clients can heal and live full and productive lives, despite the challenges they may currently be facing. She hopes to help guide families through the admission process with compassion, empathy, and understanding. When not working, Kristin loves to spend time outdoors exploring her new home in the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two dogs, Bear and Charley. She is also the very proud mom of 2 adult sons.

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Kelsie Foster MA, Art Therapist

Kelsie came to Colorado from the Finger Lakes region of New York. It was back in upstate New York where she earned her bachelor’s degree in New Media Design. Kelsie then received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

Kelsie utilizes empathy, mindfulness, and expressive arts while working with clients. At Fire Mountain, Kelsie guides the teenagers in creating art focused on the process rather than the product. With art therapy, the purpose is not always to make beautiful creations, but more so to heighten self-understanding, bring out personal meaning, and give an opportunity to release catharsis in a healthy manner. 

She has experience running art-based Dialectical-Behavior Therapy groups with teenagers and adults, applying art therapeutic approaches with all ages of the grief and loss population, and working as an art therapist with teenagers in residential treatment. To have a work-life balance, Kelsie makes time to get outdoors on the trails, create art, attend live bluegrass music, and spend time with her loved ones, including her dog, Barley.

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Noelle Matthews, MSW - Therapist

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Marta Jasinska - Therapist

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Aaron Bekkela, MA, LPC, LAC - Therapist/Program Coordinator

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EDUCATION TEAM

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Tug Levy, Education Director

Tug has always loved connecting with people and understands that helping people connect their lives with meaning and purpose is his true passion. Tug holds a master’s degree in education, and as a professional educator, he taught mostly science, in addition to social studies, health and wellness, and math. He also coached middle school and high school soccer. He believes in an experiential, integrative approach to education. Most of his teaching experience was with students who were from lower socio-economic backgrounds and many who were newly immigrated to the US. Tug has always been drawn to working with “at-risk” youth.

Tug left public education in 2010 and worked for 5 years as a professional mentor in a private, residential treatment program for young men between 18 and 25 years of age, who were struggling to succeed as young adults, often suffering from mood disorder as well as substance and/or screen abuse issues. More recently, Tug spent two years managing Boulder’s Runaway, Homeless Youth program. In these different yet related roles, Tug has gained much knowledge and experience working with people of all walks of life and valuable expertise in working with a variety of significant, often debilitating, personal issues such as anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and motivation issues and addictions. Tug has lived in and around Boulder since 1990, and currently lives at 9000 feet in the mountains west of Boulder. Tug is a volunteer youth hockey coach and serves as president of the all-volunteer Nederland Youth Hockey Association. He enjoys being outdoors recreating, appreciating nature, being a dad, good food, and sports, especially hockey.

OPERATIONS TEAM
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Rebekah Docter, Administrative Assistant

Rebekah is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in French from Central College located in the tiny Dutch town of Pella, Iowa.  During her time there, she lived abroad in Paris to study the French language and culture and then went on to live in Chicago where she worked with inner-city kids at Young Life.  Rebekah also holds a Masters degree in Christian mentoring and counselling with an emphasis in youth ministry leadership. All these experiences brought Rebekah to Estes Park for the first time in 2015, where she taught outdoor education at a local camp. After some time away from Estes, she returned to work at Fire Mountain and is now a local resident.  

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, camping, traveling to all the National Parks, spending time with friends and family, and doing it all with her trusty sidekick Bear.

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Tracey Neff, Cook

Tracey comes to Colorado after living for 27 years in Minnesota, where she obtained a degree in forestry. She is a proud mother of one daughter. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys traveling, cross-country skiing, gardening, botany, and exploring the outdoors. One of her goals when at Fire Mountain is to pass along her joy of plants and the outdoors to others. In the past, Tracey owned her own herb growing and sales business. She utilizes this experience with Fire Mountain’s own indoor herb garden.

DIRECT CARE TEAM

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Aidan Longtain, Direct Care Manager

Born and raised in Boulder County, Aidan currently splits his time between Louisville and Estes Park. He earned a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado and is fascinated by interfaith mediation in conflict zones. Aidan is also an experienced group facilitator and has trained with organizations such as Partners for Youth Empowerment and Authentic World. Aidan, the product of a turbulent adolescence, strives to support each Fire Mountain resident in discovering how facing the suffering and trauma of childhood opens the door to a truly fulfilling adulthood.

A former competitive skateboarder, Aidan thrives in intensity and loves to be challenged. Some of his favorite things include campfires, bears, and quality craftsmanship.

DIRECT CARE STAFF

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