In with the new
The Samaritan Center of the Rockies is experiencing a renaissance. Founded in 1997, several staff members had been providing counseling services to children, teens and adults since its inception. In the last year, however, many changes have taken place and the new staff is eager and able to take on crises as well as ongoing counseling support in the community.
Last week, the board of directors hosted a get-together with staff that has moved on and the new staff beginning their careers at The Samaritan Center. New and retired board members also showed up for the event. The board is now being led by Jim Haeffner.
“We had our get-together to introduce the new staff and honor those who gave so much to the center,” said board member Heather Campbell, who organized the event with Karen Baird. “It’s a celebration of comings and goings.”
The Samaritan Center of the Rockies is a nonprofit, community-based program that provides professionally trained counseling, educational and consultation resources for individuals, families and community organizations. Using the insight and experience of modern psychotherapy along with the wisdom and strength of various spiritual traditions, the Samaritan Center offers a healing environment for the community.
Dr. Judy Caligiuri worked at the Samaritan Center for many years with Ruth Walker and Randy Simmonds. Caligiuri is on full-time staff with Red Canyon High School. Ruth Walker has retired from counseling, but continues to participate in the Center as clinical supervisor. Simmonds heads up HorizonQuest, a branch of the Samaritan Center that holds retreats at Yarmony Creek Ranch in McCoy. Simmonds was the founder of the Samaritan Center of the Rockies. Mary Lamb Lucas has gone into private practice and Katie Hansl moved out of state to be closer to family.
The excitement of the group was palpable with the introduction of the new counselors and staff members. Elizabeth Myers has taken over as executive director from the outgoing Julie Papa Keith. Kim Matthews has entered to help write grants. Counselor Kris Snayd is starting shortly; she has nine years of counseling experience with children and her specialty is art therapy. Kate Glerup is moving to the valley from Summit County. She’ll be working full time with mostly teenagers, and she is a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Dr. Mike Newbury, a local psychiatrist, is also beginning an affiliation with the organization. He has special medical certification in addiction and will be working closely with Glerup. Vanessa Lewis works part time at the center to balance her time at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
“I am tremendously excited by what is happening at the Samaritan Center,” Myers said. “With three therapists on staff as well at Dr. Mike Newberry, our consulting psychiatrist, we are now able to help everyone that comes through our door, no matter their need and financial situation. With the financial support of our very generous donors and grantors, I know that our mission of helping others is welcomed in our valley. We are so blessed. How can we not be excited?”
For more information on The Samaritan Center of the Rockies, call (970) 926-8558 or visit http://www.samaritan-vail.org.
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