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-five (25) years of professional experience have included day treatment programs, summer camps, residential treatment centers, community programs, academia, and private practice. Lindsey has been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work since 2011. She provides supervision, consultations, and advanced training to professionals at the major surrounding counties, presented at the First Annual Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management Board Conference in July 2019 and was a consultant for the Colorado Office of Public Guardianship. She is presenting at the July 2022 DVSOMB Conference as well as the DV Summit in October 2022.
Lindsey has happily lived in Denver since 2007, and when not working she enjoys spending time with her family.
Erika DeLeon is Texas born but moved to Colorado when she was young. She received 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 animals.
Elliot Greive is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and has been working in the mental health field since 2013. He is originally from Northwest Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor's in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2015. He then moved to Denver to attend graduate school, and graduated in 2019 with his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling from The University of Denver. He has worked as a mental health professional in residential centers, partial hospitalization programs, alternative schools, and other outpatient services both in Ohio and Colorado. He has wanted to pursue mental health counseling since he was 15 years old, and learned in 2017 that he wanted to pursue trauma and substance abuse counseling. He has been a LAC since 2021 and has been EMDR trained since 2020. In his spare time, Elliot enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, watching sports, working out, playing music, and spending time with his partner and his friends.
Meaghan McLaughlin graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Meaghan received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of California, Irvine but always knew her passion was for helping people. Prior to working in the field of mental health, Meaghan worked for many years for the California State Legislature and then as a civilian employee for the United States Air Force. Those years gave her valuable experience in working with many different types of people and strengthened her resolve to one day use her natural propensity towards empathy and understanding in the field of mental health. Outside of the office, Meaghan is an artist who spends a lot of time with her dog, Sigmund.
Brandon is born and raised in Colorado and began working with Lifelong while attending school at MSU Denver. He has achieved 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.
Camryn achieved her Certified Addiction Specialist credential in 2020, and She is a CCAR trained Recovery Coach and DUI Facilitator. Before coming to Lifelong, she built programming for an 85 bed, multi-home, sober living and developed the therapeutic program for a women’s recovery center. Recently she assisted as Director of Transgender and Recovery Services for a non-profit LGBTQIA transitional living home in Lakewood, Colorado. Camryn has been in the Addiction Services field for over four years and has a passion for meeting each human where they are at that moment. She plans to enter school to earn her Bachelors in Social Work later this year. Camryn served in the US Army for the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Camryn believes in the innate goodness of every human and works diligently to help each human achieve their goals in freedom from addiction. When Camryn is not working, she spends time with her husband and their two bulladors. Her passion outside of work is cooking, baking, and barbeque.
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.
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.
Dr. Jesse Owen is a licensed psychologist and Lifelong’s head of psychological assessment. He is a Professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Denver and a licensed psychologist with clinical specializations include couple and family therapy and multicultural therapy. He holds various positions aside from being lead psychologist at Lifelong, Inc; Research Director for CelestHealth; Senior Research Advisor for SonderMind; Editor for Psychotherapy. He has co-authored three books: Mindfulness-based practices in therapy: A cultural humility approach; Therapists’ cultural humility; and Research design in counseling. He also has over 180 publications/book chapters. His research focuses on process and outcomes of psychotherapy with a focus on therapist expertise and multicultural orientation. His research has been supported by foundations, federal agencies, and private companies (e.g., John Templeton Foundation, NIMH, DHHS-ACF, and SonderMind).
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.
Dr. Korrie Allen is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, memory and learning, school readiness and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Allen received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and her doctoral degree in Psychology from St. John’s University. She has directed the Educational Services Clinic at University of Denver and was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and on the professional staff at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
Dr. Allen has successfully completed several research projects funded by agencies such as the Commonwealth Health Research Board, U.S. Department of Education, Governor’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and the Society for School Psychology Research. She is extensively involved in applied research that focuses on children with severe behavior problems. Her recent studies evaluated the impact of parent-child interaction training to address aggressive and oppositional behaviors among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has presented at national conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Allen co-edited the book Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the School Setting.
Dr. Allen works clinically across the age-span and has specialties in the areas of learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, anxiety, and parent child interaction training. She will help identify the strengths and challenges your child is experiencing to set them on a path forward at home, school and socially.
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, 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.
Vanessa received her Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration in 2021 from the University of Central Florida. She started her career in healthcare working with the American Heart Association. Vanessa then transitioned to working for her local mental health hospital as a financial counselor and scheduling coordinator. She also volunteers as a Financial Advisor for a collegiate chapter of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.
Working in the mental health hospital, she acquired a deep empathy and passion serving those affected by poverty, substance use, and mental illness. After working in various healthcare settings, she moved to Colorado and has joined us here at Lifelong Inc. as our Office Manager.
When she is not working, Vanessa loves to travel, got to music and art festivals, further her education, and spend time with her friends and family.
Stephanie Gutierrez is a bilingual Visitation Supervisor, Mentor, and Life Skills Coach at Lifelong, Inc. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration of Clinical and Counseling Psychology.
A few years ago, Stephanie obtained the Seal of Biliteracy to represent her mastery in Spanish and English. She has used this skill to volunteer and help those with language barriers.
One of Stephanie’s favorite places to volunteer was at Healing Hearts and Horses for children who have lost a family member in a hospice. During her time at Colorado State University, she completed an internship at Pathways, a Hospice in the Northern side of Colorado. Stephanie has experienced the privilege of working with families after parting ways with their loved ones and supported them through their journey of healing. From this moment on, Stephanie’s passion to work with children and adults grew exponentially! Families in diverse and multicultural environments have taught Stephanie just as much because she enjoys teaching and helping.
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