Our staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers believe in ChildSafe’s mission and vision. 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 therapists see new and ongoing clients by appointment. Please view their individual contact information to get in touch with them.
Lisa Poppaw - Executive Director
Before being hired as the Executive Director of ChildSafe, Lisa Poppaw spent several years volunteering and working for nonprofits, most recently as the Northern Colorado Regional Director at Manufacturer's Edge, and prior to that as the Executive Director of the Foundation on Aging for Larimer County. She served eight years on the Fort Collins City Council and was a member of the Poudre Fire Authority board of directors, the Fort Collins Housing Authority board of commissioners, the Legislative Review Committee, and the Ethics Review Board for the City. She has her bachelor's degree in English and is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Val Macri-Lind, MS, LMFT - EMDR Practitioner, Clinical Director
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
Prior to his position as the Business Operations Manager with ChildSafe, Tim Alexander served as the Operations Director at EPIC Behavioral Healthcare in St. Augustine, FL. His 13 years there included managing the Administration functions of the counseling center, Information Technology, Electronic Health Records, Facilities, Data and Outcome management systems, Process Improvement, Policies and Procedures, Utilization Review, and Health & Safety. He has a combined 19 years experience in the business and faith-based community.
Gracie Parrick - Billing Coordinator
Gracie is a CU Boulder graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She has been managing patient care and administration practices in the medical industry for over 5 years. She has experience with medical billing, insurance companies, medical provider communication and coordination, and pre-authorization requirements. She currently serves as ChildSafe’s Billing Coordinator.
Sonali Kovoor-Misra – Development Assistant
Sonali is a Colorado native who is currently a Colorado State University senior 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, specifically children and teens.
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.
Kristin Fuller, LPC, MA, NCC - Trauma Specialist, Neurofeedback, EMDR Practitioner
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.
Melissa Garcia, MS, LPCC - 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
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.
Sandi Robbins, MA, LPC - Trauma Specialist, Neurofeedback, EMDR Practitioner
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.
Mila Walkowiak, MA, LPCC, NCC - Trauma Specialist, Neurofeedback, EMDR Practitioner
Mila joined ChildSafe in 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University, where she also completed the Family Therapy program. Mila is trained in neurofeedback, EMDR, CBT, ACT, SFBT, as well as art and play therapy. Mila provides counseling services for children, adolescents and adults. She also teaches parenting classes, facilities the Art Process group and co-facilitates the survivors' group and the middle school girls group.
Brian Williams, MA, LPC - Trauma Specialist, Neurofeedback, 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.
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 two-year terms and are chosen for their proven knowledge, special accomplishments, and differing perspectives.
2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kristi Hess, President
Human Resources Director
Brandee Eide, Vice President
Jordan Butts, Past President
Vice President-Real Estate Banking
Colorado Business Bank
Todd Galbate, Secretary
Drew Mattox, Treasurer
Baun Business Communications
Real Estate Broker
Realtec Commercial Real Estate
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Dunn Real Estate and Management
Director of Sales and Marketing
Organic Alternatives LLC
New York Life and NYLIFE Securities
Wick & Trautwein, LLC
Dohn Construction, Inc.