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 passion grew quickly and two years later she was the Director of that summer camp.
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 nineteen (19) 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.
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.
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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.
Alexandra “Alex” Turgeon is a registered psychotherapist who earned her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from the University of Denver in Sociology and Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 2017 from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is currently gaining hours towards licensure. Alex began working at Lifelong in 2018. She has experience working with a diverse client population including children with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s, Anxiety Disorders of Children, and individuals, youth and families in need of mental health services. Alex enjoys working with clients to support them in developing individualized treatment plans to meet their goals. Alex has addressed clinical needs through cognitive behavioral therapy, relational therapy, psycho-education, client focused and strength-based approaches and equine assisted psychotherapy. Alexandra has happily lived in Denver since 2005, and when not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys hiking, skiing and snowboarding
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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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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!
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 trauma-informed 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.
Erika DeLeon is a Texas native but moved to Colorado when she was young. She is currently getting her Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver and intends to continue on to get her Master of Social Work. 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.