OUR TEAM

It is a privilege to be part of a client’s journey to healing. Knowing that we are helping clients reshape their lives and have a positive effect on our community strengthens our enthusiasm for this unique organization.

Our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers believe in ChildSafe’s mission and vision

Our therapists see new and ongoing clients by appointment.
Please call our main office at 970-472-4133 to get in touch with them or to schedule an intake.

Carol Bennis

Executive Director

Carol is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of ChildSafe Colorado. She guides all fundraising, marketing, and community outreach initiatives. With a B.A. in economics, she brings significant experience from the management consulting, non-profit management, healthcare and financial services industries.

Originally from Cleveland Ohio, Carol and her husband Joe live in Fort Collins and have three grown children. Having moved to Colorado in 2007, she continues to be a dedicated community volunteer.

Val Macri-Lind, MS, LMFT

Clinical Director

EMDR Practitioner​

Val has been a therapist with ChildSafe since 1986 and is a co-founder of ChildSafe. She specializes in play therapy for children who have been sexually abused, and in the treatment of non-offending parents. Val is also ChildSafe's Clinical Director and she supervises and trains staff therapists, plans and coordinates therapy programs, and conducts new client intakes.

On Friday, September 20, 2013 Executive Director Valerie Macri-Lind was honored as the recipient of the Norma Anderson Excellence Award for 2013. Presented by the State of Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Sex Offender Management Award, this award recognizes Val's lifelong commitment to treating sexually abused children.

In April 2011, Val was honored as a recipient of the District Attorney's Victim Service Award of Distinction. She won in the category of Field Practitioners who develop and implement innovative victim service programs and projects. The award "Recognizes an individual or organization that has clearly brought 'new and improved' programs, services, delivery methods or other innovation to enhance victim services for the citizens of Larimer or Jackson Counties."​

Tim Alexander

Business Operations Manager

Tim joined ChildSafe in 2015 after relocating from St. Augustine, FL, where he served as the Operations Director at EPIC Behavioral Healthcare for more than 13 years. Tim manages the administrative functions of ChildSafe, including the finance, information technology, facilities, data/outcome management systems and policies/procedures. He has a combined 21 years of experience in the non-profit, behavioral health and faith-based communities.

Sonali Kovoor-Misra

Development Coordinator

Sonali is a Colorado native who is a recent graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, with a concentration in clinical and counseling psychology. She has a passion for working with children and is hoping to attend a graduate school program to become a full-time therapist for those who have experienced trauma. Sonali coordinates ChildSafe’s social media accounts, fundraising events, and donor relations. ​

Sam Swain

Administrative Assistant

Sam attended Colorado State University and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a concentration in Clinical Counseling. She has previous experience in working with at-risk-youth and young adults, and is hoping to pursue graduate school to one day become a licensed therapist.

Jana Carson, MS

Trauma Specialist

Bilingual Therapist / Terapeuta Bilingue

Jana graduated from Colorado State University in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She works with individuals, couples, and families, and has experience working with Spanish-speakers and people with trauma histories. She views mental health treatment through an Internal Family Systems lens, helping clients find, understand, show compassion towards, and heal the different parts of themselves. She is also a PACT Level I and Gottman Level II trained therapist.

Jana se graduó de la Universidad Estatal de Colorado en 2018 con una Maestría en Terapia para Familias y Parejas. Ella hace terapia individual, familiar y de pareja, y tiene experiencia trabajando con hablantes de Español y personas con historias traumáticas. Ella ve el tratamiento de salud mental por el modo de Sistemas de Familiares Internos, ayudando a los clientes a encontrar, comprender, mostrar compasión hacia, y ayudar a sanar las diferentes partes de sí mismos. Ella también es capacitada en Nivel I de PACT y Nivel II de Gottman.

Marian Febvre, MEd, LPC

Trauma Specialist

EMDR Practitioner​

Marian has been a therapist with ChildSafe since 1998. She specializes in therapy for adolescents who have been sexually abused, non-offending parents of abuse victims, and adults abused as children. She has many previous years of experience teaching adolescents and helping at-risk students.​​

Melissa Garcia, MS, LPC

Trauma Specialist

Neurofeedback
EMDR Practitioner​

Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2010. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2015. She has a professional background in working with children and teens who have experienced trauma. She also has experience working closely with caregivers to help their children heal. Melissa is EMDR trained and is a Neurofeedback practitioner. She is trained in CBT, play therapy, DBT, and sand tray therapy. She also co-facilitates the Caregivers' Group and often teaches the Parenting Class.​​

Sarah Klein, MA, LPCC

Trauma Specialist

EMDR Practitioner​

Sarah is a 2016 Naropa University graduate and received her master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a focus in Art Therapy. She takes a mindfulness-based approach to mental health treatment and specializes in trauma-informed art therapy. Sarah has extensive, professional experience with art therapy in schools, private practices, and hospice settings. She uses verbal, art, sand trays, and play therapy with both children and adults who have experienced some sort of trauma.

Brianna Kurt-Hurst, MA, LPCC, NCC ​

Trauma Specialist

Brianna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Colorado Mesa University in 2015. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Northern Colorado in 2018. She has a professional background in working with adults with disabilities who have experienced trauma. Brianna is EMDR trained as well as CBT and play therapy. She specializes in working with individuals who have a disability, traumatic brain injury or other developmental delays.

Kristin Mjelde, MA, LPC

Trauma Specialist
Neurofeedback
EMDR Practicioner

Kristin is a Colorado native who received her Master's degree in clinical counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014. Kristin is a licensed professional counselor and is passionate about working with young children through play therapy. She is also a Neurofeedback practitioner and helps co-facilitate the elementary and middle school girls groups.​​

Sandi Robbins, MA, LPC

Trauma Specialist
Neurofeedback
EMDR Practicioner

Sandi has been with ChildSafe since 2011; she graduated from Regis University with specialized training in children and adolescent counseling. She is a nationally certified counselor and trained in EMDR. Although she works with all populations, her clinical focus largely involves "tweens", adolescents, and young adults. She also co-facilitates the adolescent girls' group.​

Brian Williams, MA, LPC

Trauma Specialist
EMDR Practitioner

Brian has his BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and his MA in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg VA. Brian recently moved back to Colorado after working as a counselor in Virginia for seven years. Brian has worked extensively with at-risk children, teens, and families. Brian also has experience with bereavement counseling, attachment based therapy, and psycho-education.

Chester

Therapy Dog

Chester was brought to Colorado after being rescued from an overcrowded shelter in Texas. He was adopted at three months old and quickly began his training to be a therapy dog. Chester first took a basic obedient class before turning to more advanced training. Over the summer of 2018 he passed his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam and his Community Canine Good Citizen (or advanced, CGCA) exam. Chester spends most days at ChildSafe. He loves all the clients, but is particularly fond of children. Whether they want to take him for a walk, play with a toy with him, or just snuggle him, he is there for them. When Chester isn't working he loves playing with his dog siblings, begging for treats, snuggling with whoever is willing, and going on adventures.

Board of Directors​

ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a Board of Directors that makes policy and manages the organization's operations. Among the Board's important functions are strategic planning, financial oversight, and fundraising.

Directors serve three-year terms and are chosen for their proven knowledge, special accomplishments, and differing perspectives.

Brandee Eide, President
Graphic Designer
BeiDesign, LLC

Taylor Dunn, Vice President
Broker Associate
Dunn Real Estate and Management

Kristi Hess, Past President
Human Resources Director
Bohemian Companies

Drew Mattox, Treasurer
CPA
Plante Moran

Mishelle Baun, Secretary
Media Coordinator
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Erik Broman
Real Estate Broker
Realtec Commercial Real Estate

Jason Odstrcil
Partner
New York Life and NYLIFE Securities

Mike Samelson
Attorney
Wick & Trautwein, LLC

Ryan Will
Founder and Partner
Keystone Real Estate

Matt Goodwin
Financial Advisor
Goodwin Financial