Faculty and Staff Directory
|Cyndi Dodds, MS, LMFT
Chief Operations Officer, SummitStone Health Partners
Cyndi has a great passion for behavioral health services. She is currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer for SummitStone Health Partners and previously served as the Executive Director for the Namaqua Center in Loveland. Her work has included over two decades at behavioral organizations in Northern Colorado. She began her career as a direct service provider at Island Grove Regional Treatment Center in Greeley and then at Larimer County Mental Health Center. She moved into senior leader roles at Namaqua Center and Larimer Center for Mental Health/SummitStone Health Partners. Cyndi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alliant University in San Diego and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Cyndi serves on the Larimer County Interagency Oversight Group and the Colorado State University School of Social Work Advisory Board. She has served on the Colorado Behavior Healthcare Council (CBHC) Conference Committee, the Colorado Association of Children and Family Agencies (CAFCA) Public Policy Committee and the Colorado Association of Children and Family Agencies (CAFCA) Board of Directors.
Teri is a Colorado / Fort Collins native. She attended Colorado State University, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Upon graduating, she was hired by the 8th Judicial District Probation Department as a Probation Officer. During her time as a probation officer she supervised high risk juvenile offenders. She was promoted to a Probation Supervisor in 1999; during her 16 years as a Probation Supervisor she has supervised the Juvenile unit, the Presentence Report and Alcohol Evaluation units and is currently supervising the Intake and Alcohol Evaluation units. Teri is married to Chad and they have 3 children and reside in the Wellington area.
|James Kuemmerle, MSW, MS, LCSW
James is a 1994 MSW graduate of Indiana University who originally hails from western Pennsylvania. He also possesses a Masters of Science Degree in Emergency Management from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Jim has been a licensed clinical social worker for nearly 20 years and has worked in a variety of clinical and management positions in urban, suburban, rural, and frontier communities. He is very involved with the Boys Scouts of America as a scoutmaster and membership chairperson for his local district. He was recently announced as a member of the 2016 Leadership Northern Colorado class. Jim has served as volunteer first responder for nearly 17 years in the different communities where he has resided. He is also active in his son’s middle school where he serves as the Vice President of the Weld Central Middle School Boosters Club.
Executive Director, CO Chapter National Association of Social Workers
Heather McLaughlin is the Executive Director of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Heather works to promote, develop and protect NASW-CO members, the profession of social work and social work values. Heather spent 20 years working in Longmont, Broomfield and Boulder as a non-profit program director and executive director, as well as a public school community liaison. She has also held positions in public health policy, violence prevention and mental health programs in the San Francisco, Boston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. Heather has supervised social work interns throughout her career. Heather holds Master's degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Deputy Division Manager, Children, Youth and Family Services for Larimer County, CO
Angela Mead, M.S.W., is the Deputy Division Manager with Larimer County Department of Human Services. She has worked in Child Welfare for 34 years as a caseworker, supervisor, and administrator acquiring experience in child protection, juvenile justice, family preservation programs, short-term residential care for adolescents, program development, and implementation. She has extensive experience in the area of child welfare course development and training. In addition, she has been actively involved in serving on various community boards and assisting in the development of many programs to benefit families of Larimer County.
Health Systems Director, Columbine Health Systems
Since 1983, I have worked with older adults in various settings including, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, in-home care, and adult day programs. I have worked with many, many more of their family members and friends. Over the past 25 years, I have been employed at Columbine Health Systems, since 1998, as the Health Systems Director. Columbine Health Systems offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, home care, non-medical home care, medical equipment, in-patient and out-patient therapy, pharmacy services, and a health club. Over the past 32 years, I have been involved in numerous boards and associations for older adults, their caregivers, and the greater community. Giving back to the community gives meaning to my life. I am currently the immediate past chair for the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and board member for the MCR and PVH Foundation and Senior Alternatives in Transportation, CSU College of Health & Human Sciences Executive Leadership Council, and Inaugural Member of Women Investing in Strategies for Health Care. My husband Lee works at Platte River Power Authority in accounting. We have been married for 31 years and have a 16 year old daughter, Emily. Spending time with my family, hiking, and playing my string bass and giving back to my community keep me happy and healthy!
|Carri Ratazzi, MSW
Program Director and Geriatric Care Manager, Older Adult and Caregiver Services, Lutheran Family Services
Carri Ratazzi is the Program Director and Professional Aging Life Care Manger for Older Adult and Caregiver Services of Lutheran Family Services, a Geriatric Care Management and Mental Health Counseling agency. Carri has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver where her focus of study was community social work, including health, disability and eldercare policy. Carri has worked in various capacities in the field of gerontology, including as Director for Quality Care at a home health agency and the Program Director for a CNA training program. Carri is most passionate about guiding older adults and families through the complexities of aging services so that they can continue to live their best lives. Carri is skilled at simplifying language and processes so that families have the information they need to make informed decisions with confidence.
|David Rout, MSW
Executive Director, Homeless Gear
David Rout is the Executive Director of Homeless Gear, a Fort Collins-based nonprofit that provides a continuum of services to people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. He grew up and attended college in New Jersey, lived in Washington, D.C., and moved to Fort Collins with his wife, Emily, in 2009. He completed his Masters in Social Work at Colorado State University; during that time, he completed internships with Hand Up (a program that provides employment-focused case management to job seekers who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness) and Homeless Gear. He joined the staff of Homeless Gear in 2012 and became the Executive Director in 2014.
|Laura Schwartz, MSW, LCSW
Salud Family Health Centers
Laura is currently the Center Director for Salud Family Health Centers in Fort Collins. Laura provides senior leadership at the two Salud Clinic locations in Fort Collins, and directs all aspects of the health care delivery system at both sites. Prior to her position at Salud, Laura worked for the Health District of Northern Larimer County. During her tenure, she led a team of professionals and directed the newly created Integrated Care Program. Throughout her career, Laura has worked with a variety of populations as a direct service provider as well as a director. Laura is passionate about staff development and effective leadership. She is a graduate of the Regional Institute of Health and Environmental Leadership’s (RIHEL) Advanced Leadership Training Program, and serves as a coach and mentor for fellows in the leadership training program. In addition, she completed a coaching certificate program through the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence in 2016. Laura has provided supervision, coaching and mentoring to students from various graduate and undergraduate programs, including social work. She has facilitated internship experiences and education for social work students since 1999. Laura participates in numerous committees, advisory boards and partnerships, at the local, regional and state-wide level. In addition, in 2016, Laura had the opportunity to serve on the Coloradoan Editorial Board. Laura speaks Spanish, and is passionate about working with people from different cultures and communities. Laura completed her Master’s Degree in Social work at the University of Denver in 1996. Laura is originally from New Jersey, but has lived in Colorado since 1992. Laura has two children, ages 17 and 14.
|Molly Wickstrom, LCSW
Children's Hospital of Colorado
Molly Wickstrom is a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Molly has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Her emphasis was on Children and Family and Child Welfare tracks. She has had her License in Clinical Social Work for 13 years. Molly has 11 years previous experience in Child Welfare to include 8 years as a supervisor. She has 2 years of experience in school social work. Molly has been employed at Children’s Hospital in her current role for over a year. Molly has had social work interns throughout her career and has facilitated internship programs in her current and previous roles.