Mara Lehnert, CACIII, Interventionist
Founder and Executive Director
Mara Lehnert is a Certified Addictions Counselor III in the state of Colorado and is the Founder and CEO of Choice House LLC. Mara is also the Founder and Owner of The Recovery Choice, which offers intervention services. Prior to the opening of her new companies in January 2012, Mara was the Director of Intervention Services and Marketing for Harmony Foundation Inc., and was employed by Harmony since 2005. Mara holds the unique DORA credential of being a State of Colorado Certified Intervention Trainer, specializing in the “Love First” method of intervention. She obtained that credential by providing a long resume of professional expertise as an interventionist and in order to teach classes at the Odyssey Training School for Counselors in Denver, Colorado. Mara has personally conducted over 600 successful Interventions in the past eight years. A speaker at both national and international conferences, Mara continues to educate the community on the life-saving process of structured and professional Intervention. Along with her responsibilities as CEO of Choice House, Mara continues to act as a consultant and interventionist working with families and individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction.
Prior to her work in this field, Mara was a highly successful entrepreneur in the Boulder business community as CEO and owner of Mara’s Interiors Inc. Her 17-year career as a business owner included recognition as one of the top 25 woman-owned businesses for 9 consecutive years. The Boulder Daily Camera acknowledged Mara for her work with adopted families from the Battered Women’s Shelter, and Women’s News magazine honored her with the featured article and cover of the magazine.
In January of 2013, Mara was the recipient of the first ever “Golden Heart” award, presented to her by Psychotherapy Associates at the International Winter Symposium Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mara’s decision to change careers and dedicate her life to helping others get and stay clean and sober is driven by her passion and personal experience in her own recovery journey. Her dedication and passion for the clients at Choice House greatly impacts their journeys towards successful and happy sobriety. Read Mara’s story from the Boulder Daily Camera.
Quddus Fujita Maus, MA, Counseling Psychology
Quddus Maus is the Clinical Director of Choice House and the Primary Therapist at The Lookout Boulder. Quddus is a Registered Psychotherapist in the State of Colorado. Quddus has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He is currently teaching a Therapeutic Relationship class at Naropa University for the Graduate School of Psychology and is the Therapeutic Groups Director for the Colorado Sex Addiction Center
Quddus has worked for many years in the human services field, including Bilingual Case Management at the Ozone House in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Angel Heart Children’s Shelter in Austin, Texas. Most recently, he has worked with addictions at both AIM House and Northstar Transitions in Boulder.
Quddus believes the healing process is a journey which must involve the whole being: mind, body and spirit. He also views the individual through a “systems” based lens. Quddus has been a very active member in the Twelve Step community for more than eight years and views his therapeutic work as a service to the community.
Quddus describes himself as a world citizen and has lived in several states and spent close to a decade living in Latin America. He lives with his wife and children in Boulder.
Director of Admissions
Jordan Hamilton has been the Director of Admissions for the Choice House companies since June 2013, and then assumed that same role for The Lookout Boulder in August, 2015. In July, 2016 he was again promoted into a supervisory role, overseeing staff and the operations at all three programs to insure ongoing growth, efficiency, and quality control.
Jordan joined the Choice House team in early 2013 after a four-year career as a men’s supervisor at the well-known Jaywalker Lodge program in Carbondale, Colorado, along with a simultaneous position at Saint Paul’s Sober Living, also in Carbondale. His responsibilities included admissions, crisis management, and a multitude of other tasks that come with working with men in early recovery.
From 2013 until 2016, he acted in the role of the on-site resident manager at Choice House and because of his talent working with addicts and their families, Jordan was quickly promoted to Director of Admissions.
Because of his experience, knowledge, and overall extensive talents, Jordan’s role in company has expanded exponentially since his hiring in 2013.
Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and in his free time he enjoys riding motorcycles, snowboarding, running with his dog, and spending time in the Colorado backcountry. He sets an inspirational example for the men in our programs through compassionate leadership and by living a strong program of recovery himself.
Patty Sunfield, MA, LPC, LAC, Intuitive
Clinical Director and Clinical Therapist
Patty has been a counselor for 15 years and joins the team at Ladies’ Choice ready to share her expertise and passion to help women live active, sober lifestyles with skills and confidence towards a renewed mental clarity and empowerment. Patty Sunfield is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Certified Solution Focused Brief Therapist and Gestalt Therapist and is highly trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Patty uses her training in craniosacral therapy to support a client-centered, mind-body approach to health and healing.
Most recently, Patty was as a clinical therapist at Lutheran Hospital / West Pines and Mental Health Partners. She brings her experience in leading Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), inpatient hospitalization, rehabilitation, and completing hundreds of patient clinical assessments. Her background includes work with dual diagnosis, chemical dependency, major mental illness, women and children, divorce mediation, emergency mental health, DUI education, the Vedas, mindfulness skills, and self-empowerment seminars.
Patty is a Boulder native, a world traveler, a mother, a lover of nature, and a yoga and meditation practitioner. She attributes her life today to more than 25 years of recovery since 1988 and a strong commitment to helping others overcome life’s difficulties and addictions.