Our Staff

The AHFY team consists of about 33 employees including Youth Advisors, Therapists, Managers and Directors.  The AHFY team is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of AHFY youth and families.

Leadership Team

Arvind Karwan, Ph.D.

Executive Director - Clinical Services

Arvind Karwan, Ph.D.

Executive Director - Clinical Services

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.

Ben Smith, MA

Executive Director - Program Services

Ben Smith, MA

Executive Director - Program Services

Ben Smith has been with AHFY since 2010 and has been working in mental health for over a decade. He currently oversees the agency’s milieu programming and educational services. Mr. Smith has a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. He strives to implement programming that is behaviorally sound, diverse in activities, and trauma informed.

Mike Phillips

Executive Director of Operations

Mike Phillips

Executive Director of Operations

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

Assistant Program Director

Emily Griffith, BA

Assistant Program Director

Emily Griffith received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, emphasis in Community Rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado. Mrs. Griffith began her career with Alternative Homes for Youth in 2010 as an Intern then was hired as Direct Care staff for the Post Graduate Program. She was then promoted to leadership team and is also the agency’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer. Mrs. Griffith oversees the 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 many community collaborations including Weld Food Bank, Wise Acres and Aims Community College.

Clinicians

Charlotte Cotter, MSW, SWP

Therapist

Charlotte Cotter, MSW, SWP

Therapist

Charlotte Cotter has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Denver. Charlotte earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a double minor in Law and Sociology. Charlotte comes to Alternative Homes for Youth with experience in acute psychiatric care for adolescents, drugs and alcohol, suicidality, and trauma. Charlotte completed two internships: one at Denver Health and another within Denver Public Schools prior to joining the team at AHFY. Charlotte utilizes a strengths-based and client-centered approach when working with youth and their families to empower them in achieving their goals.

Ryan Jones, MA, LPP

Therapist

Ryan Jones, MA, LPP

Therapist

Ryan Jones received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. Mr. Jones spent two years working at Alternative Homes for Youth as a Direct Care Staff from 2013-2015 before becoming part of the clinical staff in 2017. For the last decade Mr. Jones has worked and volunteered in a variety of youth treatment centers, after school programs and youth mentoring programs. Mr. Jones uses a cognitive behavioral approach while viewing the whole family system as an integral part to healing and growth. The challenges and daily opportunities for growth are what continue to increase Mr. Jones’s passion for the mental health field.

Kathi Sutton, MA, ATR, LPP

Art Therapist

Kathi Sutton, MA, ATR, LPP

Art Therapist

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.

Support Staff

Kimberly Pulver

Case Manager/Transitions Coordinator

Kimberly Pulver

Case Manager/Transitions Coordinator

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.

Tammie Miller

Special Education Teacher/Coordinator

Tammie Miller

Special Education Teacher/Coordinator

Teacher

Jimmie Shannon

Support Services Coordinator

Jimmie Shannon

Support Services Coordinator

Support Services Coordinator

Emilie

Milieu Shift Manager

Emilie

Milieu Shift Manager

Milieu Shift Manager

Jonathan

Milieu Shift Manager

Jonathan

Milieu Shift Manager

Milieu Shift Manager

Yolanda

Milieu Shift Manager

Yolanda

Milieu Shift Manager

Milieu Shift Manager

Vickie Brown

Human Resources/ Administrative Assistant

Vickie Brown

Human Resources/ Administrative Assistant

Human Resources/Administrative Assistant