our team

meet the choice house team

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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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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 and Family Communication

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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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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Kyle Eggemeyer

Admissions Director

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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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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Rourke Weaver

Program Director- Aftercare

Rourke is the current Director of Outdoor Programming overseeing weekly and multi-day activities in both residential and Sober Living environments. Rourke has extensive experience in leading groups and wilderness programming. Rourke has spent the past 12 years working in Recovery with The Phoenix, Red Rock Recovery Center and Spero Recovery Center.

Rourke continues to have a deep passion for the outdoors and working with those in or seeking recovery. Truly enjoying the process of building strong teams, meaningful programming and honest connections that allows for a strong bridge from active addiction to long-term recovery.

Beyond the outdoors Rourke is an advocate for Treatment, Recovery and Recovery Support Services where he has, and continues to, engage in the discussion around substance use disorder (SUD), crafting legislating and organizing stakeholders to fight for better regulation and better funding for both Treatment and Recovery. Rourke was the Attorney General Appointed Co-Chair of the Recover Ready Colorado work group and Former President and Founder of Colorado Recovery Residencies.

Rourke brings a deep background in leading and instructing both Back Country / Urban Sports leading in disciplines such as: Snowboarding, Skiing, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mounting Biking, Cross Fit / Olympic Lifting and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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Stacy Wallace, MA, LPCC

Primary Therapist

Stacy Wallace has a combine 15 years of professional experience in both Human Behavior and Business. She is a strategic thought leader fueled by her desire to empower humans to operate at their maximum potential.

Stacy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Auburn University (2006), a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University (2012), and completed course work in Organizational Learning, Performance & Change Master’s Program from Colorado State University (2020). She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the State of Colorado.

An Alabama native, Stacy is passionate about living a wellness focused lifestyle incorporating nature, music, friendship and adventure in Colorado. You’ll usually find her watching Auburn Sports, looking for new ways to expand mind-body-spirt connection, cooking, or snuggling with her beautiful Boston Terrier, Frank.

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Cat Carranza, MSW, LSW

Primary Therapist

Cat Carranza is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a master’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has been working in substance use and mental health residential treatment since 2015 and shows up as an advocate for her clients.

When it comes to recovery, Cat values addressing the interrelated nature of mental health and addiction. With the goal of providing client-centered collaborative treatment, she incorporates evidence-based practices of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing and believes a strengths-based approach can be a powerful tool for change. Cat is passionate about the emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual in sobriety and utilizes mindfulness and movement practices to promote healing.

Outside of the office, Cat enjoys time spent with her dogs, board games, and values fun as a key piece to enjoying long-term recovery.

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Gregory Pabst, MSW Intern

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, CCAR

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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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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James J. Jasinski, MA, LPCC

Lead 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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Tessa Burris, MA, LPC

Primary Therapist

Tessa is an outdoor enthusiast that loves to take her dog, Luna, on all types of adventures. In 2016 Tessa saw the Colorado mountains for the first time and knew she had to live here! She even created a setup to allow her and her dog to car camp and explore new areas while she worked remotely as a mental health professional. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tessa holds a Master's degree in Human Relations, is a Licensed Professional Counselor OK and is currently pursuing her LAC in Colorado. She has an extensive background in trauma and addiction, working in both nonprofit and private community mental health settings. While working for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections providing services to inmates and people on probation, she found her passion -- helping clients identify the disconnect between their mind and body and repair it. In Fall 2019, she became a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist and received a grant to provide Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy to clients at a substance use outpatient facility. She believes we all have stories worth sharing and wants to assist others in finding their way of expressing themselves.

 

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DJ Bishop, MA, LPC

Consulting Clinician

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Kiemel Lamb, MM, MT-BC.

Music Therapist

Kiemel Lamb is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has been working in the field for the past nine years. Kiemel is originally from Alabama and received her bachelor's degree in 2012. After moving to Colorado in 2015, she obtained her Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State. Throughout the years, Kiemel has worked with both individuals and groups providing music therapy in a variety of settings. Kiemel utilizes a play-based approach and incorporates songwriting, movement, instrument play, musical games, and recording projects within sessions. When not making music, you can usually find Kiemel weightlifting or outdoors enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.

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Jennifer Lake

Psychiatric NP

I have been an RN for many years. For 20 years I worked as a therapist after graduating from Naropa University in Boulder. My favorite work as a therapist was with an adolescent treatment center in Lakewood as a family therapist. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduating from New Mexico State University, for the past 13 years. I started out working with Mental Health Partners. I then worked at The Depression Center on the Anschutz campus and am now in private practice. I have been with Choice House for the past 2 years.

While I enjoy private practice working with a team of professionals all with the same goal is inspiring. The men we work with at Choice House never cease to amaze me for different reasons, each being an individual with different gifts, resilience and desire to live their lives in a way that matters to them. I enjoy the work I do as I can help people feel better and prefer working with a person so we can decide together what would be the most helpful for him/her/them.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking and backpacking, cross country skiing and cooking with my husband. Painting is one of the things I enjoy and I plan on taking more classes. I love all animals. Having close friends and family is one of the most important parts of my life and gives me great pleasure. I do believe that each of us does the best we can in every moment. This belief informs my professional and personal life.

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Tommy Hill, MA, LPCC

Primary Therapist

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Cody Rodriguez, MSW Intern

Behavioral Health Technician

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Charlie DeBruyn

Case Manager

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Cynthia Wendling

Primary Therapist

Cindy Wendling is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 15 years of experience in the Mental Health field. Cindy holds an International Disaster Psychology masters degree from the University of Denver, working alongside immigrants and refugees for many years. Cindy comes to us with an extensive background (both personally and professionally) working with addiction and trauma within the school, home, community and wilderness settings. Cindy is an EMDR certified therapist, a certified yoga instructor and a student of the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies. Cindy walks with experience in Somatic based therapies, mindfulness practices and several trauma informed approaches.

You can often find Cindy outside playing and connecting with the land, spending time with horses, or exploring with her awesome dog. Cindy believes in balancing the serious with play and always finding time to laugh.

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Phil Nutt

Admissions and Development

Phil was born and raised in Jackson, MS, and will greet you with a “sir” or “ma’am” on your first call with him. Seeking recovery and a new life with the help of his family at 19, Phil moved to Colorado after one year at a music school in Nashville. He fell in love with the mountains and the friends he made whom he discovered purpose with. Over the past 10 years, Phil has graduated from Leeds School of Business here in Boulder with a finance degree, repaired his relationships damaged by addiction, and become a man in recovery who endeavors to help other men find what he has.

When Phil isn’t at Choice House leading our men by example and walking with our families through difficult decisions, you can find him fishing, golfing, or talking to his two sisters on the phone.

get in touch

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