JG 2019

Jim Geckler

President/CEO

Jim is a native of Buffalo, NY who has served the recovery community in a professional capacity for almost 20 years. Throughout his career, Jim has sought to  remove the stigma of recovery and 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, before finding his home at the Harmony Foundation in 2015.

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. Jim is proud of the work done by the Harmony team to modernize and expand services, including a robust Alumni Recovery Support Network and a thriving Intensive Outpatient Program. Jim has guided improvements to the Harmony campus, updating client housing and public spaces, bookstore, adding a mindfully constructed 12 Step trail, a disc golf course, and a labyrinth.

Jim’s 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. Most recently Jim was honored to be invited to join the national board for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS), a nonprofit group setting the bar for alumni services. The Harmony Foundation was a founding member of TPAS and as Director of Alumni services while at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Jim supported the mission of TPAS.

Work at Harmony brought Jim and his family to Colorado, where they have set down roots in Allenspark. Jim and his husband Peter are pleased to be a part of the Estes Valley community and excited to be Coloradans.

Email: jgeckler@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Ross Bisson

Chief Operating Officer

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.”

Email: rbisson@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Laurie Verhoeff

Senior Director of Employee Experience

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.

Email: lverhoeff@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Dr. Michael Rountree, MD

Senior MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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.

Email: mrountree@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Marianne Dungan, RN, MSN

Director of Nursing

Marianne Dungan has a Diploma Degree from the St. Francis College of Nursing, a B.S.N. degree from the Methodist College of Nursing and a M.S.N. degree from Grand Canyon University.  Practicing as an RN for more than 30 years, Marianne has worked in almost every aspect of healthcare, however, her true passion is working with people for sustained recovery from the diseases of drug and alcohol addiction & behavioral health diagnosis.

Marianne began her career in healthcare at the age of 18 as a certified nursing assistant in a medical surgical unit and after graduation working as an RN in neurological intensive care.  Marianne then practiced as staff nurse, charge nurse, preceptor and advanced to clinical innovation and professional education positions within behavioral health services, and various administration positions at UnityPoint Health System based in Peoria, Illinois.

She has served multiple terms and the president of the Central Illinois Psychiatric Nurses’ Association.  She is a published author and has given presentations locally and nationally to inform and decrease the stigma surrounding behavioral health, wellness, and through psychiatric nursing modalities. Her professional experience includes acute care, emergency care, out-patient care, liaison consultation in the community as well as the general hospital, professional mental health counseling and interdisciplinary professional education.

Marianne most recently was the Director of Salud Family Health Center in Estes Park Colorado. She and her family moved to a family home in Estes Park in 2018.

Karen Cramer, MS, LPCC, LCDC, NCC

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.”

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Justin Barclay

Director of Client Support Services

An alumnus of the program, Justin has over 16 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. He leads multiple dedicated work groups including Admissions, Administrative Services, and Utilization Review. These teams work collaboratively with Harmony staff, families, and professional referrals in ushering clients into treatment as well as advocating for the appropriate level of care that is needed. In addition to these teams, Justin also works collaboratively with our insurance partners in managing our In Network contracts. Lastly, Justin oversaw the implementation of our new telephone communications platform, Nextiva, within the organization and presently manages and maintains the system.

“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.”

Email: jbarclay@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Michael Maassel, BA, CPFS

Director of Alumni and Recovery Support Services

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. She hosts a podcast titled “Monday State of Mind” that focuses on how recovery tools can benefit everyone’s state of mind. Lastly, she 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. ”