Jamye Rico is a Licensed Professional Counselor 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. She has over 16 years of experience working with children and families and she is currently working toward a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credential.
Lisa VanderGriend, President-elect
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 fly fish and hike with her dog, Cayenne!
Jenna Ingram Roe, Secretary
Jenna Ingram Roe received her Master’s 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 in order to become a Registered Play Therapist. Jenna has over 10 years of experience working with teenagers but found a passion for working with Early Childhood children and families. Jenna has worked in the public and private field for the past 3 years. Jenna lives in Larkspur and has a private practice office in Castle Rock. Jenna will continue to pursue hours toward icensure as well as becoming credentialed as a play therapist.
Alyson Hatten, Treasurer
Alyson Hatten is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) 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.
Mary Ellen Hudson, Conference Chair
Mary Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate located in the Denver Metro area. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health fromDenver Seminaryin 2013. During her time at Denver Seminary, she served as the student representative for theColorado Association for Play Therapy. She continues to serve on the board as the event chair. Mary Ellen is in private practice at Child and Adolescent Counseling Center of Denver. She is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.
Kathryn Raley, Member-at-Large
Kathryn Raleygraduated from Regis University in 2012. She has a certificate in working with Youth and Adolescents and a certificate for Transpersonal Counseling. Growing up in Wyoming, she early learned the therapeutic value of an outdoor setting, animals and physical health integral to mental health. She began the program at Regis in 2007 to complete one lifelong goal of working with children and adolescents as a counselor. She says, “The idea of Play as a language assists my conceptualization when working with clients of all ages. When the psych speaks, it is often in the most innocuous and seemingly general context. Listening and responding with the ears of a play therapist often assists me throughout the therapeutic process.” Kathryn lives in Lafayette and is becoming established as an outdoor/wilderness play therapist.
Dustin Baker, Member-at-Large
Dustin Baker 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, non-directive 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. Dustin works in private practice in Colorado Springs.
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.
Sam Torres, Student Representative
Susan Ham "Sam" Torres is currently a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) student intern at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. She is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist and is very grateful to also learn from her amazing colleagues and mentors in the field. Children hold the future of humankind in their little hands and those precious little hands lie in our adult hands for only a short while. Play Therapy is the ideal way to reach children struggling with the challenges of growing up and a wonderful way to help kids and their family units become positive contributors to society and humanity's future. Sam earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, her Master's in Community Counseling at Regis University, and is an LPCC and NCC.