Jim is a native of Buffalo, NY who has served the recovery community in a professional capacity for almost 20 years. Jim has constantly sought to open the path to treatment for families and individuals. His experience in addiction treatment has touched all phases of the continuum of care, from establishing the first LGBT recovery residence in Minneapolis, to leading families through the process of intervention as Chief Operating Officer of Addiction Intervention Resources, to multiple leadership roles at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. As Chief Executive Officer at the Harmony Foundation, Colorado’s oldest residential treatment program, Jim has focused on increasing Harmony’s capacity to meet the unique needs of people who struggle with substance use disorder. His greatest honor is helping people find new ways to manage life.
Work at Harmony brought Jim and his family to Colorado, where they have set down roots in Allenspark. His passion for community engagement led him to a position on the Estes Park Restorative Justice board, supporting alternate opportunities for people to make amends to their community. Jim and his husband Peter are pleased to be apart of the Estes Valley and excited to be new Coloradans.
Gina is a graduate from Florida State University with a degree in Health Education and master’s from University of West Florida in Health Education and Management. She has over two decades of experience working in the field of prevention, intervention, addiction treatment and recovery. Her background in health communications and health promotions has evolved in both the public and private sectors working in local, regional and national organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning in Florida, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Colorado.
She has worked in marketing and business development for residential treatment programs in Virginia, Florida and Colorado. Currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Harmony Foundation, Gina provides leadership and oversight to brand management, digital marketing communications, outreach support and alumni services.
She is an industry leader speaking about Ethics, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, Marketing, Business Development and Leadership best practices. Co-founder of the Colorado Professional Liaison Association (CO-PLA), and currently a board member for Colorado Recovery and Bar Zero, Gina believes that change happens when others stretch across the divide and work together.
Dr. Michael Rountree is Board Certified in Family and Addiction Medicine. He has been a practicing provider for 25 years, offering direct client care services in a variety of settings including Community Health Centers, Rural and Tribal Health communities and the US military. He served as an active duty Army Medical Officer in Iraq and most recently was the Medical Director for the Veteran’s Administration Community Clinic in Loveland, CO. Dr. Rountree is a graduate of the St. George University, School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, completed his residency at United Hospital Center, Family Medicine in Clarksburg, WV and a fellowship at University of Wisconsin/Veteran Administration in Addiction Medicine.
He lives in Estes Park with his wife, Patricia and daughter, Emma Jo.
Alyssa is a graduate of Colorado State University with an undergraduate and graduate degree in Social Work. She has been a member of the Harmony Foundation team since November of 2009, in varying roles including: Counseling Tech, Client Financial Assistant, Admissions Specialist, Utilization Review Case Manager, Director of Admissions, and now Director of Case Management. Every client brings their own unique situation and set of challenges. It’s amazing to see the growth and physical transformation that can occur in such a short period of time.
“I’m passionate about helping others. Case Management plays such an important role in someone’s long term recovery success; it’s exciting to be part of a team that problem solves, explores new resources and are the people who can really help set a client up for success. Harmony is such a beautiful and serene environment and I love how we are always growing our services, yet keeping the history of Harmony present.”
Ross is a graduate of Pipestone Area Vo-Tech with a degree in Construction Management and holds an undergraduate degree from University of Phoenix in Business. Ross spent twenty-eight years working for Schwann Food Company as District General Manager. He is currently Director of Facilities for Harmony Foundation. He provides operational oversight of Housekeeping, Dietary, and Maintenance.
“I work at Harmony because it allows me to do what I love to do each and every day. It also allows me to be part of something special in the way we do what we can every day to help change lives.”
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC OUTREACH AND CASE MANAGEMENT
Karen is a graduate from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Psychology and Masters from Southern Methodist University in Counseling. Karen is currently a fully Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and an LPC-Intern, working towards full licensure.
Karen has an extensive background in corporate sales and sales leadership. Karen’s passion to help others that suffer from drug/alcohol addiction drove her to complete a Masters of Counseling, and become a professional in the pursuit of helping others to recover. Karen most recently assisted in the opening of an all-women’s intensive outpatient treatment center in Dallas, Texas, working closely with the client’s and families in order to provide the optimal care for healing.
“I feel blessed to be able to work for an organization like Harmony. Collaborating with other professionals to find the best possible care and outcomes for our client’s is my top priority.”
An alumnus of the program, Justin has over 12 years of experience in the addiction treatment and recovery field. Utilizing his own personal recovery and his experience in both admissions and aftercare, Justin has helped individuals and families find the right resources to support their recovery journey.
Justin has been a member of the Harmony team since August 2014. Currently working toward his CAC I and CAC II certification, he leads a team of 6 dedicated admissions staff and works collaboratively with Harmony staff, families and professional referrals in ushering clients into treatment at Harmony.
“The thing I enjoy the most about Harmony is the smaller facility feel with a full spectrum of care being available. Working for an organization that puts client care and mission as a priority is a pleasure.”
Laurie received a Master’s in Management from Regis University and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Denver. She has spent 20 years in the field of Human Resources serving in a variety of leadership positions. She brings best practices from the transportation, financial services, and consulting industries.
Laurie is passionate about cultivating a workplace where employees can do their best every day.
Michael’s journey into the addiction treatment and recovery world began with her own drug and alcohol addiction and subsequent treatment in December of 2015. Michael went on to get her CPFS Certification (Colorado Peer and Family Specialist) as well as her Recovery Coach Trainer Certification through CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery). Michael serves as Co-President on the National Board for TPAS (Treatment Professionals for Alumni Services) and is also Co-Chair for the Colorado Chapter of TPAS. Michael produces a podcast titled “Monday State of Mind” that focuses on how recovery tools can benefit everyone’s state of mind. Lastly, Michael is a published author of her book she co-authored with two other people in the recovery world titled, “Drowning in Addiction: Sink or Swim.” Michael is passionate about recovery and chooses to recover out loud.
“Words do not do justice for how much I love Harmony. Harmony is where I got sober. Harmony is sacred. When people leave Harmony they want to come back and connect. Harmony Alumni build incredible bonds with other clients while they are in treatment. It’s extremely special. I understand from personal experience how important feeling a-part-of is. It lights me up to be able to make sure connection happens once our clients leave campus and become Alumni. ”
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