Lisa Vander Griend, President
Lisa VanderGriend is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist with a BA in Sociology from Davidson College and a Masters in Counseling from Denver Seminary. Lisa works primarily with children ages 2-11 who have experienced trauma and abuse. She also works part time as an adjunct at Denver Seminary, teaching and supervising students in the counseling program. In her spare time, Lisa loves to travel, fly fish, and hike with her dog, Cayenne!
Jamye Rico, Past President
Jamye Rico is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor located at A Children’s Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with her BA in Psychology. She then continued her education at the University of Phoenix – Colorado Springs and completed her Masters degree in Community Counseling. Jamye specializes in working with children and families in both Play and Family Therapy settings.
Jenna Ingram Roe, Secretary
Jenna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. She received her Master of Arts degree from Regis University as well as a Post-Graduate Certification in Child and Adolescent Counseling in 2012. During her graduate studies, Jenna quickly found a love for Play Therapy and decided to pursue trainings and courses in order to become a registered play therapist. Jenna has over 10 years of experience working with teenagers but has also found a passion working with younger children and families. Jenna has worked in a variety of settings. Currently, she works from her private practice, Spark Counseling, located in Castle Rock, CO.
Alyson Hatten, Treasurer
Alyson Hatten is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with specialty training in child and adolescent mental health, play therapy, individuals with chronic or ongoing medical needs, and individuals with developmental differences. She received her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and completed post-graduate training in Child and Adolescent Counseling and Play Therapy at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy. Over the past decade, Alyson has worked in a variety of settings, including academic medial centers, schools, and community mental health centers. She has spent much of her career working on multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with allied health professionals, medical providers, and school personnel.
Dustin Copenhefer, Member-at-Large
Dustin Copenhefer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has been working with children and families for six years. Dustin's experience is in family therapy, play therapy and he has extensive experience working with families involved with the Department of Human Services. Dustin also specializes in working with children and an families in the foster care system, and with the LGBT population. He is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Kristi Gallego, Member-at-Large
As an educator with 5 years experience working with children in international school settings in Madrid, Spain and Beijing, China, Kristi Gallego has experience working with culturally diverse populations. Her fluency in Spanish and ability to converse in French and Mandarin allow for assisting a broad range of individuals and their families. Kristi’s goal is to enhance equity in the service of mental health needs for non-English speaking populations.
Kristi is a recent graduate of the Master’s Program in Counseling & Human Services at UCCS. While there, she discovered her passion for Play Therapy. She is currently pursuing certification as a RPT by attending local workshops and trainings. In April 2013, Kristi assisted in presenting Translating Group Process Into Children’s Language at the Colorado Association for Play Therapy Conference in Denver.
Kristi began her professional counseling career in August as the School Counselor at Mesa Elementary School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District. She enjoys utilizing Play Therapy techniques in group settings.
As a board member for the Colorado Association for Play Therapy, Kristi offers a unique cultural viewpoint, language skills and experience working within an educational setting.
Val Bruno, Member-at-Large
My “before therapist” life was filled with military, law enforcing, regulations, and salutes. I am an Air Force veteran and a mom of two amazing young boys. My husband and I enjoy spending time working out at our Crossfit gym, sitting on our back porch in front of a cozy fire, and loving on our boys.
I’ve spent the last four years practicing counseling in Colorado Springs, focusing most of my attention on working with children and adolescents. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. I love teaching grownups how to love, cherish and connect with their children (and themselves) and make them functioning, thriving, happy members of our community. I thoroughly enjoy integrating models of treatment and personalizing therapy for each client I work with. I work primarily with domestic violence and dependency neglect cases, but I also have a growing population of military families.
Elizabeth Konrath, Member-at-Large
Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She has devoted her career to helping children, adolescents, young adults and adults heal from anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, and loss. Elizabeth has extensive training in trauma, particularly working with children, adolescents, and families whose lives are affected by physical abuse, sexual abuse, family violence, neglect, bullying, and attachment issues related to adoption. Elizabeth is trained in a myriad of therapeutic techniques, she uses an integrated and specialized approach to working with her clients. The majority of her training is in play therapy, expressive therapies, and trauma treatment. More specifically, she uses sand tray, art therapy techniques, mindfulness techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, equine therapy, and family play therapy. Additionally, she is a certified Theraplay ® therapist.
Jessica Lee, Student Representative
Jessica Lee is currently a Marriage and Family Counseling student at Regis University, and is pursuing an additional certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling. Over the past 7 years, she has worked with children and families in various psychiatric, residential and community settings. Additionally, Jessica has worked closely with children in foster care and has a passion to utilize trauma informed approaches through the language of play, with compassion. She has completed professional training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention at TCU’s Institute Of Child Development, and Level 1 Theraplay & Marschak Interaction Method. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking, photography, and camping with her husband and 3 & 4 year old daughters.