JG 2019

Jim Geckler

President/CEO

Jim is a native of Buffalo, New York, who has served the recovery community in a professional capacity for over 15 years. From establishing the first LGBT sober house in Minneapolis for St Paul Sober Living to filling the role of COO at Addiction Intervention Resources, one of the country’s premier intervention and family consulting groups, and most recently as a senior leader at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Jim has sought to open the path to treatment.  Jim’s passion for expanding access to treatment for all people seeking recovery will help guide the next steps of Harmony’s growth.

A recent transplant to Colorado, Jim has set down roots in Allenspark and is enjoying watching moose, elk, bobcat, and several unidentified creatures trek by the house. Jim and his husband Peter are excited to be new members of the community.

Email: jgeckler@harmonyfoundationinc.com

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Gina De Peralta Thorne, MS

Chief Marketing Officer

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.

Email: gthorne@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Dr. Michael Rountree, MD

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

Alyssa Hansen, MSW

DIRECTOR OF CASE MANAGEMENT

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.”

Email: ahansen@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Ross Bisson

DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES

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

Karen Cramer, MS, LPCC, LCDC, NCC

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC OUTREACH

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 Front End Operations

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.”

Email: jbarclay@harmonyfoundationinc.com

Laurie Verhoeff

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

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

Michael Arnold

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 as well as her Recovery Coach Trainer Certification through CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery). Michael serves as co-chair for TPAS (Treatment Professionals for Alumni Services) national collaborative committee. 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. ”