Shayna Miller is the Executive Director at Alternative Homes for Youth and has been with the agency since 2001. Ms. Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor Level III. Shayna received her Master's degree from Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and received her Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Shayna is a Full Operating Level SOMB Juvenile Treatment Provider and Supervisor. She is an adjunct faculty member at Regis University in the Master's of Counseling program.
Ben Smith, MA
Ben Smith has a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Clinical Counseling. Ben currently serves as the agency's Program Director. His role is to supervise the Direct Care staff and Program Managers. Mr. Smith has been working with children and adolescents for over seven years where he started as a residential treatment staff. He has been with Alternative Homes for Youth since 2010 where he started as Program Manager.
Chief Financial Officer/Business Manager
Mike Phillips joined AHFY in June 2014 to serve as the CFO/Business Manager for the Organization. Prior to joining AHFY, Mr. Phillips spent many years in banking providing trust and investment management services in Colorado, Arizona and California. Mr. Phillips graduated from the University of Colorado, moved to Greeley in 1987, and has served on numerous community and non-profit boards.
Emily Griffith, BA
Transitions Program Manager
Emily Griffith received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, emphasis in Community Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado. Ms. Griffith began her career with Alternative Homes for Youth in 2010 as an Intern then was hired as Direct Care staff for the Transitions Program. She was then promoted her current position as the Program Manager and is the agency’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer. Ms. Griffith oversees the Transition Program for post graduate clients that are beginning their reintegration into the community by attending college, practicing sober living, developing life skills and creating new community connections. She is the agency’s liaison with my community collaborations including Weld Food Bank, Wise Acres and Aims Community College.
Staff appreciation at the Rockies Game
Staff appreciation picnic
Milieu Shift Managers
Arvind Karwan, PhD.
Dr. Arvind Karwan provides therapy and assessment services for Alternative Homes for Youth. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University’s APA-approved program. Over the past decade, Dr. Karwan has provided services to adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of settings, including multiple juvenile detention centers, residential treatment centers, and college/community counseling centers. Dr. Karwan has worked with youth and families facing many different life challenges, including trauma/PTSD, sexual behavior problems, drug and alcohol issues, gang-related issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
Kimberly Pulver earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Psychology at Walden University in 2013. Ms. Pulver has been working with juveniles for over 12 years. Kimberly has worked for Alternative Homes for Youth since 2005 in various capacities including Youth Advisor, Team Lead, Supervisor and her current position, Case Manager. Through the past year Ms. Pulver has expanded her expertise by offering support services for youth transitioning to independent living. Her program is outlined in the Outpatient Services tab.
Danielle Sisneros, MA, LPC
Danielle Sisneros received her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2006. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 16 years experience working with adolescents and families. She specializes in serving youth who may be struggling with PTSD, neglect and abuse, sexual and behavioral issues, and drug and alcohol addiction. Danielle utilizes a strength-based, holistic approach to empower youth and their families to achieve their goals. Danielle is highly effective at working with young adults and enjoys engaging people in the process of positive change.
Staff Appreciation Bowling
Kathi Sutton received her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Art Therapy from Naropa University in 2013. For most of the past twenty-five years, Ms. Sutton has supported the emotional and developmental well-being of challenged children, youth and families in many settings, both clinical and educational. She specializes in the use of art process to address the effects of trauma and challenged attachment. Her approach is strengths-based, focusing on the modeling of as well as the creation of nurturing, healthy relationship as the vehicle for healing mental health issues.
Kathi Sutton, MA, ATR, LPP
Megan Foutch, MA, LPP
Megan Foutch has a Master's Degree in counseling: clinical mental health from Regis University in 2016. Megan earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado in 2012. Ms. Foutch comes to Alternative Homes for Youth with experience in residential treatment centers. Megan completed her graduate level internship at Alternative Homes for Youth before she joined the clinical team.