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

Shayna Miller, LPC, CACIII

Executive Director

Shayna Miller, LPC, CACIII

Executive Director

Shayna Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor III. She earned her Master's degree from Naropa University in 2000 and has worked with juveniles for over 20 years. Ms. Miller has extensive experience working with juveniles with substance abuse challenges, sexual offending behaviors and survivors of trauma. Shayna is trained in EMDR levels 1 and 2. Ms. Miller is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University in the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy.

Arvind Karwan, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Arvind Karwan, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

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.

Mike Phillips

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Phillips

Chief Financial Officer

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

Program Director

Emily Griffith, BA

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.

Taylor Wilson, M.S.

Program Director

Taylor Wilson, M.S.

Program Director

Taylor has been with AHFY since 2017. She was promoted to Program Manger in 2018 and Program Director in 2020.

Tonya Wheeler

Director of Education

Tonya Wheeler

Director of Education

Tonya earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Colorado Christian University in 2010 and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Concordia University in 2015. She has been a licensed Professional Educator for ten years, having taught and tutored all grade levels kindergarten through the twelfth grade in both private and public education settings. In addition, she is a certified handwriting specialist and received training in supporting students with dyslexia in the general education classroom. She is passionate about differentiating instruction for all students, utilizing assessment data to inform instructional methods, and maximizing learning outcomes through the delivery of high quality standards-based instruction.

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.

Support Staff

Kimberly Wallace

Case Manager/Transitions Coordinator

Kimberly Wallace

Case Manager/Transitions Coordinator

Kimberly Wallace 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. Wallace 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 several years Ms. Wallace has expanded her expertise by offering support services for youth transitioning to independent living. Her program is outlined in the Outpatient Services tab.

Jimmie Shannon

Support Services Coordinator

Jimmie Shannon

Support Services Coordinator

Support Services Coordinator

Vickie Brown

Human Resources/ Administrative Assistant

Vickie Brown

Human Resources/ Administrative Assistant

Human Resources/Administrative Assistant