Lindsey Spraker began working at Lifelong in 2010 and became Executive Director in 2016. She has a passion for work with people with disabilities, different abilities, slower learners and those identified as difficult to serve. Lindsey began developing her expertise at fifteen (15) when she was employed at a summer camp for children with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Her experience grew quickly and two years later she was the Director of that summer camp and further developed her passion.
Lindsey received her Bachelor’s degree in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 2009 from the University of Denver and completed her clinical licensure in 2012.
Lindsey's twenty (20) years of professional experience have included day treatment programs, summer camps, residential treatment centers, community programs, and private practice. Lindsey also is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She has provided supervision, consultations, and advanced training to professionals at the major surrounding counties and most recently presented at the First Annual Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management Board Conference in July 2019 and is a current consultant for the Colorado Office of Public Guardianship.
Lindsey has happily lived in Denver since 2007, and when not working she enjoys spending time with her family.
Amy Pacheco decided to switch career paths and pursue her dream career in counseling and helping others, earning her Master of Arts in Counselor Education, Community Mental Health in July 2014 from Adams State University. Amy is passionate about helping people and fostering a more positive culture and understanding about mental health illnesses. Amy has crisis experience from working on an Acute Care Campus as well as answering crisis calls for the statewide crisis and national suicide prevention line. Amy completed her Practicum and Internship at Jefferson Center for Mental Health, working with children, adolescents, and families. In addition, she is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate registered through DORA and is awaiting her final licensure paperwork any day.
Before deciding to switch career paths, Amy worked in Early Childhood Education, for approximately fifteen years. Before that, Amy worked with adolescents and children in inpatient programs at several different mental health organizations. Amy believes in integrated as well as individualized treatment, valuing that each person is unique. Amy encourages people to engage in self-care and practices her own self-care by spending time with her children, relaxing with her pets, and reading, as well as the occasional chocolate treat.
As a young adult in high school, Eve helped her mother who was a Social Worker, facilitate activities with adults in a day program. She realized at that time how much she enjoyed helping and working with people. In 1997, Eve received her Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Recreation with an emphasis in Experiential Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Eve worked with the United States Navy as an assistant director of a recreation facility and as an environmental educator doing experiential education with children and adults. More recently, Eve worked with diverse populations doing individual therapy for a community mental health agency.
In 2016, Eve graduated from Prescott college in Arizona with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is currently working on her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors of Colorado, her family and creating art.
Eve believes that each person’s journey to emotional wellness is unique. She believes that emotional health and happiness are connected to and influenced by our physical, social and spiritual health
Andreya is a California native who moved to Colorado in 2018 to obtain her Master of Social Work degree. Andreya received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Penn University in 2018 and Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 2020. Andreya began her therapist career as an intern at Lifelong in 2019 but has transitioned roles to a full-time mental health therapist in 2020. Andreya has experience working with diverse population including children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and youth and families in need of mental health services. Andreya plans to continue her therapeutic practice by obtaining an LCSW. Andreya is passionate about working with children and teens in the foster care system to ensure the cycle of trauma stops and these young populations grow up to be confident and stable adults. When not working Andreya enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and enjoying time spent with family and friends.
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Jeannette Uriza, bilingual English and Spanish mental health therapist with Lifelong. My passion for serving underprivileged communities goes back to my pre- professional days as a music teacher in my native country when I began to see the connection between families, communities and services or lack of access to opportunities available for families to succeed. Social justice and equity resonate with my own personal values as the foundation for significant and sustainable change in our communities. Mental health services are key in the healing process for those suffering from traumatic experiences and are a vital component for the strengthening of individuals, families and communities.
My educational background includes a master’s in social work from Colorado State University. I am registered as a psychotherapist in the state of Colorado and currently pursuing my clinical license as a social worker.
Outside of the office, I am a mother of two amazing kids and enjoy family time, gardening and cooking family favorite recipes. We enjoy beautiful Colorado outdoors, classical music and learning about other cultures.
Karina Grajeda is a New Mexico native that moved to Colorado in 2020 in search for new roots to plant. Karina received her Bachelor’s degree in 2018 from the University of the Southwest and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice in 2020 from Texas State University. Karina started her career working as a substance abuse counselor for adults on probation in San Marcos, Texas in 2019. Karina has continued to expand her passion in therapy by hopes of earning her DVOMB approval. Karina is also an animal assisted therapist. When not working Karina enjoys spending time with her dog and exploring the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer.
Jennifer Garner is a Certified Addiction Counselor III since 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Colorado State University in Sociology and Criminology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is in graduate school currently working on a Masters in Nutritional Science and Master in Addiction Counseling and Prevention. Jennifer began working at Lifelong in 2020. She has experience working with a diverse client population including medicated assisted treatment, crisis intervention, brief motivational interviewing intervention, detox, long term individual therapy, and group facilitation. Jennifer enjoys working with clients to support them in developing individualized treatment plans to meet their goals. Jennifer has addressed clinical needs through cognitive behavioral therapy, relational therapy, trauma informed care, client focused and strength-based approaches. Jennifer is a Colorado Native and when not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys hiking, waterfalls, and listening to a variety of music.
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Erika DeLeon is a Texas native but moved to Colorado when she was young. She is currently getting her Masters Degree in Social Work at Metropolitan State University. She is also currently working on being a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Erika has 12 years of experience in office management settings and is ready to transition into the world of direct client services. She has a passion for restoration, rehabilitation, and interrupting the cycle of youth criminal involvement.
Erika loves to travel and explore new places. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and her new puppy (to be trained as a therapy dog), Javy.
Jessica Fann graduated from Regis University with a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology in 2010. Her background includes work in legal investigations related to child welfare and family law. She also spent three years as a Child Protection & Adult Protection Caseworker III for the Elbert County Department of Health & Human Services. She has three years of private practice experience. Her clinical interests include child welfare, family therapy, adolescents, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, life skills, parenting skills and education. Jessica also currently holds a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and currently holds an Elementary Education teaching license. This serves her well as she assists families in navigating the educational system and in designing developmentally appropriate educational programs to meet the individual needs of her clients. Jessica desires nothing more than to leave the world a better place than when she found it. Jessica has three children of her own and is happily married. She enjoys time hiking, camping, running, boating, fishing, playing with her dog and giggling with her family.
Jeffrey Jorden began working at Lifelong in 2020, where he conducts domestic violence evaluations and therapy sessions. He has worked in the criminal justice field since 2012, and he a passion for providing services for underserved populations. He has worked as a therapist for domestic violence and sexual offenses, as well as serving those with intellectual disabilities. Jeffrey has also provided supervision and consultation, as well as training in the criminal justice field.
Jeffrey received his Bachelor's degree in 2011 from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Psychology with a minor in French. He obtained his Master's of Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver in 2014. He obtained his licensure in 2016.
Jeffrey has lived in Denver since 2012, and when he is not working, enjoys spending time outdoors, going to festivals, and exercising.
Krista received a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis in 2007, from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Krista has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2008, and she has been a licensed professional counselor since 2017. Before practicing with a specific focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, Krista worked as an early head start teacher, family advocate, residential youth counselor, mental health case manager and child protection caseworker. These opportunities provided valuable experience working with individuals and families affected by poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, special emotional and behavioral needs, mental illness, abuse and trauma, and developmental disabilities. Most recently, Krista has been working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing in home and clinic based behavior consulting and Applied Behavior Analysis services to children and adults affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities. Krista enjoys specializing in functional behavior assessment, parent training, and reducing challenging behaviors to maximize learning and improve or enhance the parent / child relationship.
Dayna earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Metro State and her Masters of Psychology from Northcentral University. She went on to earn her BCBA certification from Florida Institute of Technology. Dayna’s earliest experiences in the field of ABA came in the form of a temporary summer position as a paraprofessional in an ASD classroom. Dayna fell in love with the students and, from there, was able to formulate her education to fit her developing career. Dayna is an avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast, and she hopes to someday apply this passion to the emerging application of behavior analysis in health and fitness. In her free time, Dayna enjoys spending time with her husband and her baby girl, hiking the great Colorado mountains, and visiting natural hot springs.
Erin Montgomery is a Texas native that moved to Colorado in 2016 in search of more adventure. Erin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her undergraduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of North Texas and moved on to earn a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2012 Erin started her career working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and has continued on the same path ever since. Erin specializes in behavior reduction, skill acquisition, functional communication, and social skills. She is constantly searching for creative applications of ABA in the real world. When she is not working with clients, Erin is most likely using the principles of ABA on her two dogs and occasionally with herself when it comes to maintaining healthy habits and staying organized. You may also find her somewhere drinking coffee, spending time with family, hiking, or exploring new places.
Dr. Jesse Owen is a licensed psychologist and Lifelong’s head of psychological assessment. He graduated from the University of Denver in 2005 and works as a professor, private practitioner, and consultant. His professional interests include: psychotherapy research, psychological assessment, and romantic relationships. He focuses his practice on psychological assessment, couple therapy, and work with marginalized populations. He was awarded the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 29 (Society for the Promotion of Psychotherapy), and Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology). He was also awarded Fellow status by APA due to his contributions in psychotherapy research and practice.
Associate Professor & Department Chair - Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver
Director of Research for Celesthealth Solutions
Associate Editor: Psychotherapy
Dr. Kelley Quirk is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience in psychotherapy and psychological assessments. Kelley specializes in working with individuals struggling with learning disabilities, couples and individuals with relational concerns, and LGBT individuals. Kelley earned her Master's degree at Central Michigan University and her Doctoral degree at University of Louisville. She also completed her postdoctoral training at Northwestern University at The Family Institute. Kelley maintains an active research team as a professor at Colorado State University, with projects focused on the effectiveness of psychotherapy and identifying risk factors for divorce and relationship distress. Kelley is also a mindfulness therapist for a wilderness therapy program for young adult cancer survivors. Working with individuals to identify unique strengths and challenges to maximize health and wellness is a core passion of Kelley's work with clients. Outside the office, Kelley enjoys backpacking, half-marathon races, camping, and mindful walks with her dog.
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Matthew Martinich, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado. He obtained his doctorate degree in psychology and his master's degree in psychology from the University of the Rockies. He also has a bachelor's degree in psychology and geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Martinich has published numerous articles and books and provided several professional presentations regarding his interest in religious studies. He also possesses advanced Korean language skills. Dr. Martinich also operates his own private practice, Martinich Enterprises, where he has provided mental health treatment in rural eastern Colorado to families with child protection services involvement since 2013. He has testified as an expert witness in the mental health field in several Colorado jurisdictions. Dr. Martinich conducts Neuropsychological Evaluations for Lifelong as an independent contractor.
Alyssa Landry is a Life Skills Coach who earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Psychology with highest honors. She is currently in training to become a Registered Behavior Technician and has high hopes of earning her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Alyssa has a passion for helping others and showing her clients their full potential. Away from work, you can find Alyssa watching movies, searching for the best foodie hang-outs, and photographing the Colorado sights!
Brandon is a Colorado native who began working with Lifelong while attending school at MSU Denver. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Work program, and a CAC I certification for Addiction Counseling. He plans on applying to graduate school to earn a Master’s in Social Work in the future. Brandon served in the US Army as a Combat Medic and Non-Commissioned Officer. He has extensive experience in both combat environments, and as a clinic administrator in the hospital setting. Brandon sees this career field as more of a calling than a job, and he brings a high level of passion and energy to his work with clients. When Brandon is not working, he loves spending time with his family, being outdoors, going to the gym, and playing with his two Bulldogs.
Diane Dennehy began working as the Office Manager at Lifelong, Inc. in August of 2019. Prior to starting at Lifelong, Inc. Diane worked as an Administrator, Medical Assistant, and X-ray Technologist for 25 years. She worked in the front range and mountain communities from 1993-2008 where she was a supervisor and leader of the primary care teams in a private practice setting. In 2008 she started working in community health, providing care for lower income families and individuals including the homeless population, here she developed her passion to help others in need. She helped administrate and develop a Patient Centered Medical Home with integrated care including primary care, behavioral health, and patient group activities. Diane was part of a pilot program for an Integrated model of care at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Denver and Bent county. There she helped develop and implement primary and behavioral healthcare under one roof and delivery of the two services at the same appointment. She took part in the SIM initiative launched by the Governor’s office to provide quality healthcare while trying to minimize costs, hospitalizations, and readmittance to hospitals.
Diane attended Evergreen Senior High School and graduated from Concorde Career Institute in 1993. She is a Colorado native and enjoys camping, spending time with family, and cheering for the Colorado Rockies