Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Rebecca Richey, Psy.D. (2017-2018)

Dr. Rebecca Richey graduated with her Doctor of Psychology degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2013. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Integrated Health Care Leadership at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. After completion of her fellowship, Dr. Richey continued to work in the School of Medicine's Behavioral Health and Wellness Program as the Assistant Clinical Director. She is currently the Executive Director of Denver Psychological Associates, a group practice focused on providing cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and diagnostic evaluations for children and adults. She is also the Clinical Director of Integrated Family Wellness Teaching and Training Center, an educational non-profit built to strengthen communities by educating the public as well as healthcare workers about matters of family wellness. Prior to this career, Dr. Richey was a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. 

Past President: Olga Vera, Ph.D. (2017-2018)






President-Elect: Athena Baca-Chieza, Psy.D. (2018-2019)

Dr. Baca-Chieza is the Associate Clinical Director of Training and Workforce Development at Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), an FQHC that provides integrated primary care services to approximately 50,000 patients a year in the Denver Metro area. Dr. Baca-Chieza received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2006. She completed a health psychology internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, with an emphasis in oncology and women’s health in 2005. In 2006 she went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program in conjunction with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center that focused on psychosocial oncology in adult BMT and oncology patients. Following her fellowship, she remained a full-time staff member of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI) at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, CO until 2013. Dr. Baca-Chieza worked from 2013-2014 at the South TX VA Health Administration in San Antonio, TX as a primary care psychologist in Integrated Primary Care, but her love for Colorado prompted her return to the state in 2014.

Dr. Baca-Chieza’s clinical interests include working with underserved, indigent, and Latino populations; working with patients who have chronic and terminal illness; and providing education and support to oncology nurses/staff, as well as medical staff who provide care to chronic disease populations. Dr. Baca-Chieza is an integral member of the MCPN Pain Treatment/Education initiatives for patients and staff. She has been involved in training psychologists for over 10 years and has a passion for guiding the clinical and professional development of predoctoral and postdoctoral students in healthcare settings. In her new role at MPCN, Dr. Baca-Chieza is developing a medical residency program in Family Medicine, as well as organizing and strengthening the integrated primary care rotations for the NP and PA programs that rotate through at MCPN in collaboration with local and national universities. Dr. Baca-Chieza is fluently bi-lingual in Spanish and is a founding member of the COLORES de Cancer initiative (Colorado Latino Outreach and Resource, Education, & Support). She is the proud mother of two daughters, and her husband is a nurse in Vascular Surgery at The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. They love every part of their lives in beautiful Colorado and are thrilled to be a part of the health care community in this vibrant and diverse state.

 Secretary: Erin Baurle, Psy.D. (2017-2019)

Dr. Erin Baurle currently serves as the Secretary of the Colorado Psychological Association. She is also a member of the Early Career Psychology Committee. Dr. Baurle, specializes in health psychology and works at Metro Community Provider Network. She also has a private practice and enjoys working to improve quality of life for individuals, couples and families across the lifespan. 


Treasurer: Kristin Orlowski, Ph.D. (2017-2019)

My name is Kristin Orlowski, Ph.D. I am an Early Career Licensed Psychologist in Colorado and have served on the Executive Board of Colorado Psychological Association since 2014, currently serving in the Treasurer position. I am passionate about continuing my service to the psychological community and particularly find interest in the areas of Integrated Health Care, Early Career, and Legislative concerns related to psychology.




 Presidential Advisor: Mimi McFaul, Psy.D. (2017-2018)

Mimi is a clinical psychologist who traces her way to the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) via a winding career path in correctional institutions, behavioral health systems improvement and a mental health technology start-up.She most recently served as Vice President of Campus Partnerships at Grit Digital Health, creating a mental health fitness center for college students from concept to product. She also served for more than 10 years as the Director of Mental Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Mimi is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado Denver. She joined NMHIC because of her her steadfast belief that there are significant innovation opportunities for the mental health and substance use fields, and a sense of urgency that tells her it’s now or never.  


 Julie Jacobs, Psy.D., J.D. (2015-2018)

Dr. Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and attorney who practices in mental health provider law. She received her B.S. cum laude in Psychology from the University of Florida and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Prior to attending law school, Dr. Jacobs practiced for 12 years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, including private practice, college counseling centers, and the United States Air Force. Several years ago, she decided to change the path of her career and focus on helping mental health providers understand the interaction between law and mental health practice. This decision brought her to Boulder, where she obtained her J.D. at the University of Colorado Law School (ranking in the top 6% of her graduating class).

Dr. Jacobs uses her own experiences as the basis for understanding the needs of her clients, particularly in mental health provider law. Her focus is on optimizing the work of mental health providers by addressing issues of risk management, ethical decision-making, and licensure defense. She currently works as an attorney in Boulder, Colorado, and has established a small legal practice focused on the needs of mental health providers. Dr. Jacobs has served on the Colorado Psychological Association Board of Directors since August 2015, and as the Chair of the Colorado Psychological Association Legislative Committee since July 2016. She also offers educational programs for mental health providers on a variety of topics related to mental health practice and law.

In addition to her legal practice, Dr. Jacobs also works as a Risk Management Consultant for The Trust.  Through The Trust Practice and Risk Management Association (TrustPARMA) and The Trust’s Advocate 800 Service, Dr. Jacobs provides ethics and risk management consultations to psychologists insured through The Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance Program. She also present workshops, webinars, and other educational content related to professional psychology on behalf of The Trust.  

SAMD Representatives

Reine Evereteze, Psy.D.

SAMD Chair Reine Evereteze, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Lakewood. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, and a psychology doctorate from the University of Denver (DU).  Prior to going into private practice, Reine was a supervising staff psychologist for the state in a residential behavioral facility working with individual challenged by severe mental illness and often accompanying intellectual difficulties resulting from traumatic brain injuries.  She has also spent much of her professional career working with seniors and of color underserved populations in community mental health settings. Reine is originally from Massachusetts and traveled to Colorado with her husband shortly after graduating from college.  She is the mother of three adult children two of whom reside outside of Colorado. Reine is an avid cyclist and enthusiastic social activist. 



Brian Beaumund, Psy.D. (2017-2020)

Brian Beaumund is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been a CPA member since 2014, a board member since 2017and The Colorado Psychologist submission editor since 2015. He earned his PsyD from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. He provides therapy and assessment services in his private practice in the Southeastern Denver area, and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.  




 Z. Benek Altayli, Psy.D. (2017-2018)

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a PsyD from Colorado School of Professional Psychology, with a special interest in psychological trauma. I am an APA Division 56 member, in addition to my CPA membership. For the past ten years I have been serving as the Director of Mental Health Services at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). In this position, I supervise our clinical staff of five clinicians and a director of clinical training. Additionally, I create and manage the budget for my unit, provide psychological assessment and psychotherapy services for UCCS students, and provide clinical supervision for masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral level psychology trainees. I serve on various committees on campus (e.g. emergency preparedness advisory committees, UCCS staff and faculty ethics committee, and Student Response Team). I volunteered for Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team to deploy to Louisiana in fall 2016. I intend to serve in the Colorado Psychological Association Board as a Member At-Large for a year with a diverse set of perspectives, experiences, and skill sets to contribute to our professional organization.

Angela Green, Psy.D. (2016-2019)

Andrea Liner, Psy.D. (2016-2019)

Sandra Mann, Psy.D. (2017-2020)

Dr. Sandra T. Mann, PsyD graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder, and spent several years as a research assistant evaluating educational programs for at-risk youth at RMC Research Corporation. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Psychology Degree (PsyD) from The George Washington University (GWU) in 2009, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at GWU, emphasizing teaching, supervision, and clinic administration. She eventually served as the Assistant Clinical Director of the Center Clinic, a university training clinic offering reduced fee services to the Washington, DC community.

Dr. Mann moved back to Denver, Colorado in 2014 to be closer to family as she and her partner raised their 2 young children. Since then, she has served as Director of Clinical Training for a large master’s level internship program and postgraduate fellowship at Maria Droste Counseling Center (MDCC). MDCC is an established non-profit with the mission of making mental health services accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay or otherwise access care. This role has enabled her to continue to engage with novice clinicians, supporting their early development as mental health professionals. Additionally, she holds a small private practice within The Therapist Group, a group of clinicians from various mental health fields who support the mission of MDCC through providing supervision to interns and fellows and reduced fee mental health services to the community. In her practice, she works psychodynamically with a diverse range of patients and presenting problems, including those challenged by depression, anxiety, relationships, systemic oppression, or those diagnosed with heart failure and who may be recipients of heart transplant. Alongside her clinical and administrative responsibilities she engages in scholarship related to training and supervision in health service psychology.

Dr. Mann became a member of The Colorado Psychological Association after returning to Denver, and a Board Member-at-large in 2017, after she stepped down as founding president of a young women’s group. In addition to engaging with other non-profits which address social justice issues, women’s issues, and medical research, Dr. Mann hopes to help preserve and develop opportunities for psychologists in Colorado to respond effectively to the needs of our community.

Shawna Urbanski, Psy.D. (2015-2018)

Shawna Urbanski, PsyD has been a member of the Colorado Psychological Association since 2005.  She began as a student member while earning her doctorate through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology through the University of Denver. During her graduate school days, she held a position as a student member of the Communication Committee.  Upon returning to Colorado in 2010 (after completing her internship in Connecticut), she re-joined the Communication Committee through CPA as the TCP Submission Coordinator.  A position she held until June 2014.  In July 2013 she took on the additional position of the Communication Committee Chair, which she held until July of 2017.  In 2015, she became an At-Large Board Member of CPA.  Throughout her time at CPA she has advocated for increased communication between leadership and members. She worked actively with CPA leaders and our management company to create a website that is both user-friendly and provides members increased opportunities for informal communication and networking.  Since 2015, she has helped organize the CPA team at the annual National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) walk and loves the opportunity to connect with members on a personal basis. 

Dr. Urbanski works at a Behavioral Medicine Specialist through Kaiser Permanente and enjoys her time outside of work volunteering with local community theater, being one of the organizers for Ignite Denver and exploring Colorado’s hiking trails with her two four-legged friends (who join her each year for NAMI). 

Non-Metro Representatives

Nathaan T. Demers, Psy.D. Programming Committee Chair (2015-2018)

Nathaan is passionate about people. This passion has led him to an enriching career as a clinical psychologist, filled with a number of twists and turns working across a variety of settings. He earned his bachelors degree from Middlebury College and Psy.D. from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. He has experience in therapeutic boarding schools, community mental health, medical ICU’s, integrated care, and college counseling. Prior to his current role, he was a Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance Associate at the WICHE-Mental Health Program, a nonprofit working to bring quality mental health services to rural and underserved areas in the Western 15 states and American Territories in the Pacific

Nathaan is an active traveler and athlete - these aspects of his life have inspired him to think beyond the traditional confines of mental health care. In his current role, he is the Vice President and Director of Clinical Programs at Grit Digital Health, developing an implementing innovative ways to increase mental health literacy, help seeking behaviors, and connection to quality services. Grit’s first two undertakings are and YOU at College, both of which have demonstrated significant reach and impact in supporting the behavioral health needs of their target communities. 

Casey L. Wolfington, Psy.D. (2015-2018)

APA Council Representative

Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D.* (2017-2019)

Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D. is the founder of an active private practice in Denver, Colorado, PhoenixRISE, with specialty offerings in identity development (considering intersections of target and non-target status identities), sexual minority competency as well as transgender and gender variant issues with adults, adolescents and children.  She has previously instructed courses as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Denver in the Psy.D. program and the International Disaster Psychology Master’s program focused on arenas of development and culture, LGBTIQQ cultural competency, and cross cultural analysis.

Dr. Burgamy is the current Colorado Representative to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives and a member of the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.  She has previously served as the Diversity Division Chair of CPA.  Dr. Burgamy has been a member of the Board of Directors for Urban Peak, a non-profit organization in Colorado serving youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, since 2008.


Shane Saenz ** (2017-2018)

Shane Saenz is the current Chair for the Colorado Psychological Association for Graduate Students (COPAGS). He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2013. He earned his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston University with an emphasis in Sport Psychology before continuing at the University of Denver where he is pursuing a doctorate Clinical Psychology. He has experience working with children and adults of all ages in both clinical and sport psychology.


* CPA membership nominates, APA Colorado members elect

**COPAGS nominates and elects

Executive Director

Kim Gill


Jeannie Vanderburg- Capstone Group

The Colorado Psychologist 

Lead Editor: Catherine Greisch Psy.D.

Content Editor: 

Submissions Editor: Brian Beaumund, Psy.D.

Format Editor: Krystine Jackson Brean, Psy.D.