our team

meet the choice house team

Jordan Hamilton Choice House Executive Director - The Lookout

Jordan Hamilton

Executive Director, Co-Owner

Jordan Hamilton has nearly a decade of experience in the addictions and recovery field. After joining Choice House in 2013 to serve as the director of admissions, he took the helm as executive director for Choice House in July 2017. Today he works to ensure the growth, operational efficiency, and quality control of the Choice House programs.

Before becoming part of the Choice House team, Jordan spent four years as a men’s supervisor at other well-respected residential treatment facilities in Colorado, where he spearheaded admissions and crisis management, as well as performing a multitude of other tasks involved with working with men in early recovery.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Jordan spends his free time 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.

 

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Tyler Richardson

Co-Owner

Tyler Richardson has worked in the addiction and mental health field since 2007. An entrepreneur and investor, Tyler was previously on the executive management team at another residential facility in Colorado, where his treatment industry experience included director positions in admissions, marketing, and alumni development. Today he joins Jordan Hamilton as a managing member of Choice House, where he provides administrative leadership and management advisory services and hosts 12-step intensive workshops to guide others to being recovered.

Tyler studied business administration at Southern Utah University. When he’s not supporting others in their recovery efforts, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family in Northern Colorado, serving at church, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors: golfing, fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, and cycling.

 

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Jeff Hamilton

Co-Owner, CFO

Jeff Hamilton adds a voice to the Choice House team, representing families and caregivers who want to assist in the recovery of loved ones. As a parent providing support to sons who were entangled in the web of addiction, Jeff’s recovery journey is slightly different. His involvement at Choice is the culmination of his experience with addiction recovery from a related support perspective and his belief that there’s not much traffic on the extra mile of helping others.

As an active CPA with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University, Jeff has taken a nontraditional path in the world of public accounting due to his interest in the people side of business. He has served as the CFO of various companies such as Royal Robbins, 5.11 Tactical, Noble Outfitters, Regional Hand Center, and Vecchio Trees.

Jeff is happily married to Karen and together they enjoy many outdoor activities, international humanitarian service, community volunteerism, and family experiences. (And in case you were wondering, Jeff is indeed Jordan’s dad.)

 

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Jill Krush,
MS, LPC, NCC, CAC III

Chief Clinical Officer

A master’s-level, licensed professional counselor and EMDR-certified specialist, Jill Krush specializes in treating depression and anxiety, stress management, and helping individuals, couples, and families heal from trauma and substance abuse issues.

With more than 11 years’ experience in counseling, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of expertise include healing from trauma; working with teens, families, couples, and parents; substance use and abuse, codependency, women’s issues, and depression and anxiety.

An interactive, solution-focused therapist, Jill’s approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to personalize treatment for the individual. With compassion and understanding, Jill works with each person to help them build on their strengths and attain personal growth.

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Jill maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

 

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Josh Miller

Director of Referent & Family Communications

Josh Miller joins Choice House as Director of Referent and Family Communication and brings a wealth of relevant experience with him. Starting in 2012, Josh has worked in direct care, admissions, marketing, and program development, along with serving in a variety of roles making Josh an ideal candidate to represent Choice House. Josh’s passion and values align with our Mission and are informed by his own recovery experience. Active in the recovery community at large, Josh’s first love will always be seeing young men in recovery get connected to a new way of life and the people to live it with. After years of working with families and individuals in crisis, Josh is a passionate advocate for connecting people with the best available resources.

Additionally, Josh is a candidate for his Master’s in Counseling and is committed to bettering himself for the benefit of our families. Josh and his wife Carly relocated to Colorado a year ago and love the community here. If he’s not at the office, you can probably find Josh, his wife, and their three dogs somewhere in the mountains.

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Mike Lyons, MA, LPC, CSATc

Clinical Director

Mike graduated from Regis University's Clinical Counseling program in 2010 and has been working in the addiction counseling field ever since. He has worked in intensive residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient settings as both a counselor and clinical supervisor. Mike works with clients in his private practice in his spare time, specializing in treating co-occurring disorders and is also in the process of earning his CSAT (certified sex addiction therapist) credentialing.

Mike utilizes a Client-Centered/ Humanistic orientation that emphasizes trust, authenticity, and connection, while also pulling from various modalities including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Solution-Focused and Strengths-Based approaches and techniques. In his spare time, Mike loves being outdoors and can be found snowboarding, hiking or running.

 

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Alex Colins

Chief Operating Officer

An East coast native, Alex knows first-hand what the road to recovery entails. He brings several years of experience and has held multiple roles in the recovery field before joining Choice House in June of 2018 as the Director of Operations.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s in psychology, Alex can be found hanging out with NFL MVP Matt Ryan (okay, it may have been in 2001 but still worth mentioning), powerlifting, and coaching middle school football.

 

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Kate Lowell

Financial and Office Coordinator 

 

Kate Lowell graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and is currently working on her Masters in Human Resources. During her undergraduate she worked with several college professors researching addiction, sex trafficking, and different forms of therapy. While working with college students who struggle with substance abuse she discovered a passion for helping those in need. Marrying her two interests of Human Resources and addiction therapy she chose a career working in addiction centers; which led her to Choice House. Now as the Administrative Coordinator here at Choice House, Kate is fortunate enough to support the staff who work tirelessly to lead Men towards recovery.

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Kyle Eggemeyer

Admissions Coordinator

Growing up in Alaska, Kyle holds a passion for the great outdoors. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S. concentrating in Addictive Disorders & Recovery Studies, Industrial Engineering, and Mathematics. As a Choice House alum, Kyle intimately knows the roads of addiction & recovery and appreciates the opportunity to guide others along their path with empathy, compassion, and grit.

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James B. Shuler,
DO, MS, FACOEP, FAWM, FASAM

Medical Director

Jim has lived in the northern Colorado front-range since the mid 1960's. He did his undergraduate work at Colorado State University and attended medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. After that, he began his residency in Emergency Medicine at MSU-Sparrow and returned to Colorado to begin his career. During that time, he traveled the US extensively while working at various ED's and did further training in his second of two subspecialties, Wilderness Medicine, where he eventually gained fellowship status with the Wilderness Medical Society.

In 2008 he fell victim to his own addiction and began the life-long recovery process. In late 2012 this culminated in inpatient treatment, and Choice House was part of that recovery journey. While reinventing his career, he filled-in part-time at Harmony as a member of their medical team. Since then he has been training in Addiction Medicine. He now consults and works in many addiction treatment settings including Front Range Clinics, Denver Recovery Group and Choice House where he shares his journey as part of the treatment process of addiction recovery.

Jim is married to his wife, Sonja and they have two wonderful daughters, McKenna and Sydney and two step-children, Zoe and Max. Together, they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and travel.

 

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Dustin Hoegerl

Resident Manager of Sober Living

Born and raised in California, moved to Colorado to become closer to family. I love sports, and played football, baseball and soccer growing up. I enjoy the outdoors these days in Colorado. Fishing, camping, hiking. There's something about connecting with other addicts that fills me up. I enjoy helping where I can. The biggest lesson I've learned in being in this industry is being open, willing and honest. Life is a beautiful thing and anything is possible once you lay that groundwork.

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Josh Hamlin

Activities & Admissions Coordinator

Josh comes to Choice House with extensive experience in the recovery field both in southern California and Colorado. Josh has held numerous positions at highly regarded treatment centers ranging from Family Program Manager to Admissions Coordinator at treatment centers from California to Colorado.

His passion for recovery goes far beyond his professional career. In 2008, Josh began his own personal journey with sobriety. A California native who was a college football player and became a professional surfer, Josh knows first-hand about using outdoor activities to help enhance your recovery experience. Using outdoor activities has helped him gain the tools necessary to rebuild the life he lost to addiction. In his free time, you can catch Josh traveling, surfing or snowboarding with his wife and two daughters.

 

Lawrence Connally, MS, LAC, LPCC

Lawrence Connally,
MS, LAC, LPCC

IOP Therapist

Lawrence Connally, Licensed Addictions Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, is bent towards inspiring and aspiring to bring the inherent good that is in each client to the fore, and rather than selling, preaching, or dictating the change that must take place, works to empower and engage our clients to set their own agenda for change and in doing so, allows them to work through their ambivalence to change and explore their own strategies for overcoming barriers.

Lawrence earned his Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and has worked in the area of Christian Counseling and the provision of Pastoral Services for over 20 years. He enjoys down time with children and grandchildren, travel and vacationing, and utilizing Colorado’s National Parks for outings.

 

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Belle Abramson,
MA, LPC, CAC III

Primary Therapist

Belle Abramson, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor III, is passionate about helping clients uncover hidden resources, overcome obstacles and embrace their life’s purpose. Her approach is to weave the best of traditional psychotherapy with mindfulness-based therapy and techniques. She brings to her work a gentle sense of humor, deep compassion, inner wisdom and a healthy respect for practical results and accountability.

Belle earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School and has offered Transformational Counseling Services in Boulder since 2003. She enjoys salsa dancing, connecting with friends, and walking in the great open spaces Colorado has to offer.

 

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Matt Bynum, LPCC

Primary Therapist

Matt Bynum, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, is passionate about helping clients discover their resilience, values, and strengths. His approach utilizes evidence-based practices such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and experiential education to his work. He brings humor, honesty, and compassion in his approach with clients.

Matt holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University. In addition to serving as a primary therapist at the Lookout, he is part of a group psychotherapy practice in Boulder. He has over 15 years of experience in outdoor education working with adults and adolescents. In his free time, Matt loves to rock climb, mountain bike, and meditate.

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Gregory Pabst

Case Manager

Originally from Maryland, Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration from the University of Baltimore and is currently pursuing a master’s in social work at the University of Denver. Greg’s prior work in health care includes both hospital and long-term care settings.

Along the journey of his own recovery experience, Greg has witnessed first-hand the tragic outcomes that addiction disorder exacts. His passion and commitment to offer hope and healing to those seeking recovery and their loved ones have been forged by his faith and the unwavering love of his family and friends.

In his spare time, Greg enjoys working out, hiking, skiing, and dining out at new restaurants in the area.

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Ian McDonald

Sober Living Case Manager

Originally from Pensacola Florida, Ian began his journey in recovery at the age of 19 shortly after moving to Colorado. Ian has pursued a career in the Recovery field beginning in 2016. He uses his personal experience and passion for service when helping our clients begin their own recovery journey. His philosophy when helping our clients is to help foster personal empowerment, community and responsibility.

In his personal life Ian enjoys playing board games with friends, playing music, and rock climbing.

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Gabriel Krush

Residential Manager

Gabriel first started in the behavioral health field in 2015, working as a direct support professional for adults with disabilities, and later, in memory care settings. After beginning his own personal recovery journey, Gabriel joined the Choice House team in 2018 as a technician. Gabriel enjoys being an active member of the local recovery community, and spending time with his wife and family.

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Page Bassett

Behavioral Health Technician

Page Bassett channels her passion for helping people into the field of mental health and addictions. With two years of experience gained in the area of detox and one year in residential inpatient therapy, she loves to watch people change and grow in a healthy direction. And while she appreciates the importance of the recovery process, she strives to keep the process itself lighthearted and the lines of communication open.

Page has a bachelor’s degree in human services with a concentration in addiction. In addition, she’s currently pursuing a second bachelor of science degree in nursing. In her free time, Page enjoys photography (nature and action sports in particular), camping, hiking, four-wheeling, climbing, and exploring the outdoors with her two dogs, Izzy the pitbull terrier and Zion the husky.

 

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Michael Bell

Behavioral Health Technician

As a 2014 alumnus of Choice House himself, Michael understands exactly what it’s like to be in residents’ shoes and is able to form a personal connection with them. He has worked in the drug recovery field for the past four years and has helped numerous individuals on their journey to sobriety. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance and is actively pursuing his CAC II. Outside of Choice House, you can find Michael hiking, fly fishing, riding his Harley and spending time with his dog, Lady.

 

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Steve Valenta

Program Manager

Stephen is a Colorado native, as well as a Choice House Alum from 2014. Recently living in the Aspen Valley, Stephen relocated to come be a part of the Choice House team as the Sober Living Program Manager. With over 5 years of experience working in detox and inpatient facilities Steve brings a dedication and passion for helping others achieve recovery. Through his personal experience he strives to model a new lifestyle for our clients and help them find their way into this new way of life. When not working you can find Steve at the gym, watching sports, in a 12-step meeting, or hanging with friends and family.

 

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Speros Palmer

Executive Chef 

A Boulder native, Speros is the first of his lineage born in the United States. His family migrated to Colorado from the island of Lefkas in Greece. Influenced by his rich heritage and Greek culture, Speros prepares fresh, delicious & nutritious home-cooked, Mediterranean-style meals for our clients.

Speros also knows first hand what it takes to be in recovery. He brings a great presence and healing energy to our facilities.

 

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David Huff

Recovery and Transformation Coach

I am a graduate of the University of Colorado (1976) with BA in philosophy. I am a certified Human Potential Coach (2017), as well as an ACC Accredited Coach with the International Coach Federation and certified as a Recovery Coach thru the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. I am an alcoholic and drug addict and have been continuously clean and sober for over 35 years, during which time I have worked with other addicted persons to help move them towards their own recovery and awakening.

Decades of personal recovery (including 33 years of daily meditation practice) have informed my current belief and experience that transformation/awakening/evolution is possible for anyone and everyone, and that the changes we seek already exist within us. As a coach it is my intention to help facilitate that awareness and change in others. In 2016 I made the decision to move my health and well-being to a new level through a systematic development of Body, Mind, and Power by engaging in Coach Training with the Human Potential Development Institute. This curriculum required 60 units of education and training and 100 hours of Coaching. In 2019 I fulfilled the requirements for accreditation through the International Coach Federation. In 2020 I was certified as a Recovery Coach through a CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and also received certification as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher the School of Positive Transformation. When I saw how effective this training was as a change agent in my own life, and how it improved my ability to communicate and work with others, I made the decision to devote more of my time to a career in coaching. I currently have over 130 hours of paid coaching in a private practice. 90% of my clients have been in various stages of recovery from alcohol and/or other addictive substances and behaviors. In addition to Recovery Coaching I have developed a 4-week workshop that I call Meditation 101, and which I am currently taking into three different treatment facilities. Finally, I am pleased to sit on the Board of Directors of a recovery center located in Colorado.

My verbal and written communication skills are excellent and I am well versed in report writing and documentation of activities. I have a strong working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook. I am a compassionate, competent and confidant coach, with a strong grasp of how to effectively work with other addicts. It would be an honor to share my years of experience and education with the clients of your organization.

Activities: Avid snowboarder. Daily yoga practice.
Sincerely,
David Huff
Recovery and Transformation Coach
https://davidhuffrecoverycoach.com
303-522-7742

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Kristie McNelly

HR Director

Kristie is a University of Colorado at Boulder School of Business graduate and experienced HR professional.  With over 10 years in the Boulder area working with small to large employers, she came to us as an HR Advisor when we founded Choice House back in 2017.  Since then, she has joined the team as a full-time staff member and brings a wealth of business knowledge, along with her never-ending care and concern for the wellbeing of Choice House’s clients and employees.

When she is not at Choice House, Kristie continues to advise other local companies through her HR Consulting business and spending plenty of family time with her husband and 4-year old son.

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Jamie Jasinski

IOP Therapist

James, "Jamie," is a candidate for Licensed Addictions Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. He believes recovery is life-long and is based in values, boundaries, connection and discipline. Jamie utilizes Gestalt-based approaches that hope to empower clients to move from the head to the heart. He has a strong background in trauma-informed care, mindfulness, DBT, and existential approaches. His sense of humor, knowledge of 12-step, and experience of family systems are all strengths offered to clients in the program.

Jamie earned a Masters of Arts in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. In addition to being a primary therapist at Choice House IOP, he also is in private practice in the Front Range region. He has a background in equine assisted therapy, wilderness therapy, and almost 20 years of white water river guiding. Jamie loves his time with his three dogs, being on the river, and riding his motorcycle.

 

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Nick Franke

IOP & Residential Therapist

Nick Franke, Licensed Professional Counselor, graduated from Regis University's Clinical Counseling program in 2018. He has worked in the addiction and co-occurring counseling field since 2016, in various capacities, including inpatient and outpatient admissions, utilization review, and as an intensive outpatient/outpatient behavioral health counselor.

Nick approaches clients through a Person-centered therapeutic lens and incorporates various evidenced-based modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

In his spare moments, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, hiking, running, and discovering lesser known hip-hop artists.

 

get in touch

To learn more about the Choice admissions process, please contact our admissions coordinator at 720-577-4422 or hello@choicehouse.com