Meet the Team: CEC Counselors, volunteer Board of Directors and Administrative Staff
Hali Nurnberg, MA, LPC / Executive Director Education: Master’s in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Specialties & Techniques: Hali specializes in client-centered, trauma-informed, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and grief therapy techniques Works with: Adolescents and adults Hali's clinical experience includes providing individual and group therapy, serving on alternative court for adolescents with mental health diagnoses, building programs to support communities affected by acts of violence and natural disasters, providing individual and group therapy in the Denver County jail, and providing mental health support in Ghana.
Elane Johnson-Williams, MA, LPC, and Clinical Supervisor Education: Master's in Community Counseling from Adams State University and LPC with training in the Noeticus Clinical Supervisior Trainings Specialties & Techniques: Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR, Children Play Therapy and brief solution focused therapy Works with: Children, adolescents, families, couples and groups Elane has 30 years of experience in human service work, with 5 years serving as an elementary school counselor. Her philosophy of counseling is through alliance of the individual and the therapist; with respect, understanding and compassion, the two work together to resolve issues and enhance the individual's journey.
Lydia Storey-Lopez, MA, LPC, LAC (Bilingual) Education: Master’s in Counseling-Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University, Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and LPC Specialties & Techniques:CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Substance Addiction Therapy Works with: Adults (En Español)Educación: Maestría en Consejería-Salud Mental Clínica, Adams State University, Consejero Licenciado en Adicciones (LAC) y Consejero Profesional Licenciado (LPC) Especialidades y técnicas: Terapia cognitivo-conductual (CBT), Entrevistas motivacionales (MI), Terapia de aceptación y compromiso (ACT) Funciona con: Adultos Lydia's clinical expertise includes working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, crisis counseling, and mental health/substance abuse outpatient therapy. Her philosophy is to assist patients to live to their fullest potential by breaking down barriers and discovering their passions. Lydia is active in the community and loves to take advantage of the beautiful bounty of Western Colorado. Lydia is available for Spanish-speaking individuals.
Lindsey Hodges, MA, LPC Education: Master's in Counseling from the University of South Dakota Specialties & Techniques: Conflict resolution/problem-solving skills, positive self-talk/self-esteem building, resiliency skills, suicide prevention, healthy decision-making, and strengthening interpersonal communication skills Works with: Pre-teens, teens, and young adults Lindsey is a full-time school counselor and a part-time clinical counselor at CEC. Her primary goal when working with clients is to create a welcoming, safe environment with open communication that is client-centered and solution-focused.
Mary MacDonald, MA, LCSW Education: Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Specialties & Techniques: Complex trauma and evidenced based therapy treatments including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and EMDR, with training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and STAIR Therapy which is intended for persons who were sexually, physically, and/or emotionally abused as children Works with: Pre-teens, teens, and young adults Mary has worked in the mental health field for 27 years and has an extensive history working with those who have developed post-traumatic stress disorder after going through a traumatic event.
Laura Edwards, MA, LPCC Education: Master’s in Counseling from Adams State University and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) Specialties & Techniques: Client Centered-CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Integrative Systems and EMDR Works with: Children, teens, and adults Laura’s counseling philosophy is through grace and compassion to work in collaboration with an individual while supporting and guiding them to a pathway of growth and healing. She has 15 years of experience in an educational setting utilizing the concepts of art therapy. As an LPCC, Laura is supervised by CEC LPC Elane Johnson-Williams.
Hannah Wilson, BA / CEC Therapy Intern Education: MA Candidate in Counseling at Northwestern University, and currently training under the clinical supervision of CEC LPC Elane Johnson-Williams Techniques: Hannah strives to create a safe, compassionate environment in which clients feel heard and safe to explore all that they feel. She believes that our inner experiences can guide us toward purpose—she hopes to help her clients connect to this inner wisdom and meaning.
Ben Green, MA Candidate / CEC Therapy Intern Education: MA Candidate in Clinical Counseling at Adams State University, and currently training under the clinical supervision of CEC LPC Shawn Williamson Techniques: Ben specializes in both groups and individual counseling, with a history of working with developmentally challenged individuals. He aspires to work in private practice in the future, and hopes to work with a diverse group of clients while interning at CEC.
Meet the Dynamic Board Member Team committed to strengthening a values driven non-profit and dedicated to CEC's mission of providing counseling services for all.
Penny Frankhouser, Legacy Board Member Penny Worked at CEC for 12 years as Event Planner /Fundraiser and then as Executive Director. In another lifetime, she worked for the state of Colorado as a Trainer for the Department of Human Services. She has dedicated her career with Non-profits for over 35 years either as an employee or as a board member. After meeting the founders of CEC, Sister Pat and Sister Faye, Penny knew that working at CEC would be gratifying. She believes in CEC's mission, and wanted to part of an organization that could provide opportunities that would increase a clients’ feelings of self worth and give them skills to improve their wellness. "CEC has never faltered from that mission and I am still grateful that I have had a chance to be part of their legacy."
Christian Mueller, Board President Christian is the former director of the CEC and starting his second membership with the Board of Directors. Christian worked 30 years for the State of Colorado, the Department of Human Services. He has a life-long interest in access to services and supports to people in need and deeply valued the opportunity of leading CEC for five years. His education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Therapeutic Recreation with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. Christian also enjoys ceramics, the outdoors, and keeping physically active.
Shiela Reiner, Board Vice President Sheila is a born and raised Western Colorado native. She has four children, seven grandchildren and has been married for 29 years. She began her career in county government in 2001. In 2010 she was elected as our Clerk & Recorder. After serving her two allowable terms she was elected Treasurer and Public Trustee. Sheila has served as president of the Colorado County Clerks Association and is currently the Vice President of the Colorado Treasurer and Public Trustee Association.
Bryan Newman, Co-Secretary/Treasurer Bryan is the Chaplain and Manager of Spiritual and Palliative Care for St. Mary's Medical Center. As a lead in the Spiritual Care department, he directed day-to-day operations, taking on more responsibility and eventually becoming a manager. In 2004 he became a Board Certified Chaplain. For Bryan and the other St. Mary's chaplains, their calling means being involved with physicians and other health care providers as they make their daily hospital rounds. Chaplains also respond to ER traumas, code blues, deaths and other crisis events.
Jesse Scott, Co-Secretary/Treasurer Jesse brings experience and passion as a Student Mentor at Colorado Mesa University. With a background in wilderness therapy, community counseling, human services and youth corrections, he's excited to be part of the CEC Board in its efforts to foster community support and increase access to mental health care. Jesse also dedicates his time to youth advocacy and coaching youth skiing for the Powderhorn Racing Club.
Dave Buchanan, Board Member Dave is a veteran journalist, world traveler, and avid outdoorsman who has written about the outdoors - fishing, biking, hunting, rock climbing, skiing - for Grand Junction's Daily Sentinel for many years. He has served on the CEC Board of Directors for three years.
Carol Calacino, Board Member Carol is the Director of Medical Staff Services at St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center. She joined the CEC Board in February 2021. Her genuine concern and love for the Grand Junction community led her to this role. Carol also serves on the Grand Junction Catholic Outreach Empty Bowls committee. Carol and her husband raised two sons and now own a small vineyard and bed-and-breakfast in Palisade.
Catharine Mudd, Board Member Catherine, a retired MCVSD 51 counselor, joined the CEC Board in February 2021. During her career, she often saw the overwhelming need for comprehensive and affordable mental health intervention for the youth and families in our community. Catharine joined the CEC Board to be of service to the organization, and she hopes to offer insights based on her experiences working in the school district. Catharine enjoys reading, skiing, camping, hiking and gardening.
Tonya McFarland, Board Member Tonya is a realtor/property manager and owner of Fusion Property Management and Real Estate, LLC. Prior to this career Tonya spent 13 years working at Hilltop Community Resources because she believes in the value of helping others, human services and mental health. Joining CEC as a Board Member is one way of continuing her interest in human services and mental health. Tonya has an interest in ensuring access to mental health and understanding of mental health, serving as a volunteer is one way to help strengthen both in our community.
Maggie Moorland, Board Member Maggie is a Program Coordinator for the Peer Health Assistance Program at Peer Assistance Services (PAS). A fourth-generation Western Slope native, Maggie is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University and has worked in the nonprofit sector for 16 years. Prior to this role, she worked supporting at-risk youth and seniors with Mesa County Partners and St. Mary's Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs.
Holly Webster, Board Member Holly works at the Grand Junction Housing Authority providing supportive services to families and individuals in affordable housing and understands the need for accessible mental health services. She loves spending time outdoors hiking, running, and camping. Holly has been an active volunteer in the community for non-profits and service clubs for the last twelve years.
Hali Nurnberg, Executive Director Colleen Pahl, Administrative Assistant Jim Lauer, Financial Coordinator Karen Allee, Data Specialist Marie Mitchell-Monroe, Development Coordinator
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