meet the choice house team
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.
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.
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.)
Mary Ann McCain, MA, LPC, CAC III
Song of the Wolf Facilitator
With more than 35 years of experience working in mental health and with individuals struggling with addiction, Mary Ann McCain is a skilled therapist with expertise in a range of treatment modalities. Within the Choice community, she integrates psychotherapy, basic attendance, and energy work to help clients heal and grow.
Director of Operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chelsey Summers, MA, NCC, LPC
Chelsey Summers has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in Denver. A National Certified Counselor (NCC), she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and currently working toward becoming a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC). Chelsey has ample experience working with individuals in a range of settings including inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient settings, and residential treatment settings.
Prior to joining Choice House, she worked as a primary therapist at AspenRidge Recovery in Colorado, where she helped men and women address their addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her English bulldog, Gumbo.
Michael Seeley, LPC
Michael has a master's degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation with California Southern University on Understanding Addiction from a Complex Trauma Perspective. Michael has an extensive background working with complex trauma, especially as it relates to substance use disorders.
Michael has over 25 years experience working in mental health and substance abuse treatment. He has experience working with individuals, couples and families, and groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Michael's theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis in
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.
MA, LPC, CAC III
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.
Eric Crowley, MFTC
Eric has a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University. Eric began his journey to being a therapist when he worked as a Mental Health Specialist in the U.S Army where he gained valuable experience working with combat veterans. In addition to working with the men at the Choice House IOP program, he co-facilitates the Family program and also has a private practice, where he works with couples and families. With a lifetime of experience working with those who suffer from mental health and addiction issues, Eric uses warmth, humor and insight to help those he works with gain a sense of purpose and direction.
Matt Bynum, LPCC
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.
James B. Shuler,
DO, MS, FACOEP, FAWM, FASAM
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.
Mike Lyons, MA, LPC, CSATc
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.
Mark Lanier, MA
Director of Admissions
With more than 10 years’ experience in the world of mental health and recovery care, Mark Lanier thrives on being involved in each client’s journey to sobriety and watching them flourish while gaining insight into their behavior.
Before joining Choice House, Mark lived in southeast Asia for a decade, which instilled in him a love for learning about new cultures and languages, as well as an appreciation for all of life’s experiences, both the expected and unexpected. Today he brings that same intellectual curiosity to the healthcare field, where he supports men in their recovery, setting boundaries, support program schedules and participation in recovery meetings.
Mark has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology. A music enthusiast and fan of all things tech-related, Mark likes running, foreign films, and dogs.
Behavioral Health Technician
Alec has been working in the addiction field since 2016. In his current role as program manager of Choice House, Alec applies his passion for approaching each individual as unique in their needs and strengths. Alec meets our clients right where they are and in service of personal values, such as compassion, interpersonal connection, empowerment, and helping people find increased freedom from addiction. Alec’s goal is to support and serve all clients in identifying and processing any barriers to living their most authentic and full lives. For fun, Alec loves traveling and being outside. Some of his favorite activities include hiking, yoga, skiing, playing golf and a variety of sports.
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.
A Boulder native and CU graduate, Nico is right at home in the Choice House community. He has a passion for helping others find healing and the inspiration to live a sober lifestyle. Nico has been working in the drug treatment field since 2015, where he has witnessed powerful transformations in many individuals. He now serves as the Residential Manager at Choice House and loves fishing, hunting biking and skiing in his free time.
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.
Behavioral Health Technician
Gaige is originally from Oklahoma and joined the Choice House and Lookout team in 2017. He is very passionate and has devoted his life to helping others struggling with addiction and mental illness; he knows firsthand how important sober community is in the path to recovery. In his free time, Gaige enjoys being in the outdoors riding his bike, and hiking.
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.
Activities and Alumni Coordinator
Alex Cable has worked in the addictions and recovery field for more than five years. He joined our team in May 2018 as a Behavioral Technician and in March 2019 was promoted to Activities and Alumni Coordinator. He currently oversees the planning and execution of all our activities for all of our programs, as well as managing and coordinating alumni events and furthering the growth of our alumni program.
Alex is currently also in school, pursuing a degree in psychology. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and sometimes he makes the attempt to play golf with his friends.
Liz is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist. She has a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Throughout her career journey, she has worked with combat veterans and incarcerated individuals to help them through issues such as grief, existential issues, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and addiction.
Liz runs weekly art therapy workshops at Choice House, where she works extensively with participants throughout the addiction recovery process. The use of art therapy allows individuals to delve into difficult issues and engage in powerful self-care through creative meditation. Outside of work, Liz is a passionate artist, outdoor enthusiast and stepmom to two boys.
Bob is a true Boulderite, having lived here for the past 30 years. He keeps the Choice House facilities in top condition and makes it a beautiful and safe place for our residents to stay. A talented musician, Bob plays in a rock band in his free time - and even gives lessons to Choice House participants!