Gretchen Read, LCSW
Masters in Social Work, Colorado State University, 1992.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy, Colorado State University, 1979.
Gretchen Read started her Social Work career as a Child Welfare Supervisor, providing oversight to caseworkers, other professionals and technical staff who provided protection and a multitude of services to abused, neglected, abandoned, and at-risk children, adolescents and their families. Gretchen currently is providing behavior therapy services as a Licensed Clinical to those with intellectual disabilities and facing some type of mental health challenges.
Gretchen is a Colorado native who spends her leisure time enjoying the outdoors as much as possible and being with her family.
Dominique Guillen, MSW
Dominique began her social work career in 2015 serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has worked with the IDD community as a direct support professional, case manager, and program coordinator. She has also worked as a crisis counselor for survivors of sexual assault, a placement coordinator for children in foster care, and a therapist in an outpatient psychiatric facility.
Dominique enjoys combining her passions of supporting individuals with IDD and clinical social work. She employs a strengths-based, person-centered, systemic lens to her work and values a mind-body approach to treatment.
Dominique was born and raised in Colorado and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs and her partner and taking dance classes.
Tiffany Montaño, BA, MSW Intern
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Public Policy, Minor in Legal Studies, University of Denver, 2011.
Master of Social Work Candidate, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2019.
Tiffany started her social work career working with at-risk youth in a high school in New Orleans through AmeriCorps. After moving back to Denver, she continued to work with at-risk youth and families until an opportunity to work in the intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) field presented itself. Since then, she has discovered a passion for working with people with I/DD, and has served the roles of residential program coordinator, case manager, trainer, and now MSW intern in behavioral therapy.
Tiffany enjoys applying her experiences with this variety of perspectives within the I/DD system to her everyday practice. She continues to care deeply about working with families and whole support-systems to provide wraparound services. Tiffany applies a strengths-based perspective to all she does.
Shana Cunningham has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado since 2008 and has been practicing in the field of social work since 2003. For the past 10 years, Shana honed her expertise in providing behavioral therapy to adults and children on the Autism spectrum with cognitive limitations and co-occurring mental health disorders. Shana believes that her true joy is working with adults and children with Autism, and specifically those who communicate non-verbally and display aggressive behaviors. Shana feels it is also important to support those caring for those clients.
Shana enjoys providing therapy in different settings including in the home, community, and office, based upon an individual’s needs and concerns. Shana believes strongly in working with individuals’ strengths. For many, this includes capitalizing on visual strengths. Shana has specific training and expertise in behavioral therapy and TEACCH-based strategies.
In her free time, Shana enjoys spending time with her family outside in the beautiful Colorado sun.
Kearie A Newman, LPC
Kearie Newman earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden
University in 2010 with honors. She has over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient settings, private practice, and psychiatric facilities. Kearie has run social skills groups, facilitated Sib Shops, and provided play therapy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Disorders over the course of her career. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups across the life span in a variety of areas including sex offender treatment, individuals with special needs, depression, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, behavior and discipline challenges, self-harm behavior, anger and stress management, trauma and abuse, family and relationship issues, suicide
assessment and risk reduction, group psychotherapy, self-image and self-esteem issues. Kearie’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. She is particularly concerned with the impact of loss and trauma and improving interventions to support trauma recovery for better emotional, physical and relationship health. She has worked in an outpatient sex offender program that treated juvenile sex offenders and victims of sexual abuse. She completed a pre-doctoral internship for her doctoral degree in 2015-2016 at Marcy Correctional Facility and Central New York Psychiatric Center, working primarily with the adult sex offender units. Following the internship, she accepted a full-time position with Central New York Psychiatric Center and worked for 4 years in the Psychology Department. The duties of this position included working under the auspices of the New York State Office of Mental Health in a maximum-secure confined forensic
hospital that treated individuals with sexual behavioral disorders, mental illness, and severe personality behavioral disorders. Inpatient psychological services included psychological assessment/evaluation, individual and group therapy, and treatment planning. This was while implementing a scientist-practitioner model that emphasized the application of relevant assessment technologies and empirically-supported clinical interventions for individuals who have sexually offended and whom may have co-existing personality or mental health disorders.
Jolene Martorano-Pagnotta, LAC, MFTC
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Regis University, 2016.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, Regis University, 2006.
Addiction Counseling, School of Family Therapy, 2015.
Jolene worked in a residential facility for 12 years serving individuals who have an intellectual disability and/or sexual offending behavior. She has served as a direct care staff and continues to provide host home services. She provides classes for sex offense treatment and evaluations for a local school in Colorado. Jolene is a SOMB full operating treatment provider and evaluator and she continues to be part of a non-profit advocacy group for offenders.
For the past two years, she has provided services in the community. Her passion is working with individuals who have an intellectual disability, families, and couples. Jolene enjoys being part of the experience of seeing individuals and families grow, heal, and reach their potential.
During her spare time, Jolene enjoys spending time with family, camping, and boating.
Kate Veeder, LCSW
Master of Social Work, Colorado State University, 2012.
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Northern Iowa, 2006.
Minor in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Kate has been working alongside Colorado's mental health & intellectual / developmental disability (IDD) systems since 2008. She has served our communities in a variety of roles including therapist, direct care, host home provider, supported living services, director, board chair, and volunteer.
Kate started her Social Work career providing substance abuse counseling; individual, family, and group therapy; residential services; as well as Autism-specific services across Iowa, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Kate enjoys supporting people in living up to their potential while participating in the world how they desire through practical skill application. Kate also excels at developing and delivering community education programming.
Dr. Kalis has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, a Masters Degree in Social Work, and has conducted numerous seminars and trainings for employers, agencies, federal and state governments, and educators who work with individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Kalis has practiced in many settings including residential facilities, mental health hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community mental health centers. He has worked with elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, universities, and students.
He has experience as an expert witness in court and has provided court-ordered evaluations and treatment. His professional interests include family dynamics, developmental and learning disabilities, mental illness, and diagnostic and evaluative procedures for individuals with hidden disabilities.
His research has focused on understanding and treating individuals with cognitive disabilities who have multiple barriers.
On weekends, you will often find Dr. Kalis and his family enjoying the Colorado landscape in a tent, hiking, or biking.