Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: 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.


 

Past President: Rebecca Richey, Psy.D. (2018-2019)

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.  


President-Elect: Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D. (2018-2019)

Rick Ginsberg has been practicing as a psychologist in Colorado since 2002 after having received his degree from the University of Denver Counseling Psychology program the previous year. Serving as the Director of Wellness at the University of Denver shortly after graduating, he opened a private practice, Ginsberg Counseling, in 2002. Since then, Ginsberg also founded an organizational development consulting firm, Beacon View Consulting, in 2005 and continue to operate both entities.

In 2007 Dr. Ginsberg was elected as a Board Member At-Large for CPA and served on the board for six years until 2013. Upon election he served as the Program Committee chair for a year, became member of the Legislative Committee, and then chaired the latter committee from 2009-2013, helping to craft and push through state legislation pertinent to mental health practitioners and their clients, including leading the sunset process for the state Mental Health Practice Act in 2013.

Since 2013, he has served in a dual appointment from CPA and APA as Colorado’s Federal Advocacy Coordinator, organizing state efforts on federal mental health issues and advocating for issues such as mental health access and reimbursement with the United States Congress and specifically Colorado’s Congressional delegation.


Secretary: Yajaira Johnson-Esparza, Ph.D. (2018-2019)

Dr. Yajaira Johnson-Esparza is the Director Medication Assisted Treatment at Salud Family Health Centers, a large Federally Qualified Health Center system that provides integrated primary care services. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico and she is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy fellow. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. She specializes in Integrated Primary Care Psychology and is involved in direct patient care, training and supervision, primary care research, and program development. Her primary areas of interest include working with underserved and Spanish-speaking immigrant populations. Additional areas of research interest include health disparities, social determinants of health, Latino health, an integrated primary care.


 

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: Angela Green, Psy.D. (2018-2019)

 


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. 

 


AT LARGE MEMBERS

Erin Baurle, Psy.D. (2018-2021)

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. 





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.  

 

 

 


Odessia Knowles, Ph.D. (2019-2021)

I am a Licensed Psychologist Candidate in the state of Colorado. I am a graduate of the Combined (Clinical, Counseling, School) Psychology doctoral program at Utah State University. I currently work at a nonprofit agency which provides services to families impacted by intergenerational trauma, and I have a small private practice as well. Additionally, I am a Board Member with the Hyde Learning Academy, a nonprofit that provides a holistic approach to educating underrepresented minority children. My membership with CPA began in 2017, months after relocating to the Denver area. During my time with CPA I have served as the Chair of the Community Service Committee, and I am honored to be nominated to serve as a Board Member At-Large for CPA. My vision for CPA is to further advance the work of professionals that came before me, strengthen advocacy efforts, and increase the voice of inclusivity, multiculturalism, and diversity.


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 is passionate that mental health services should not be a luxury only some can afford. When she moved back to Denver, Colorado in 2014, she connected with 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. She is currently Chief Executive Officer at MDCC, guiding the organization as it continues to serve the Denver metro area in relevant and sustainable ways. She serves as both a board member of MDCC and as a member of The Therapist Group (TTG), 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. Dr. Mann previously served as Director of Clinical Training, overseeing a large master’s level internship program and postgraduate fellowship at MDCC. Dr. Mann is committed to excellence in training and service delivery and has engaged in scholarship related to training and supervision in health service psychology.

Dr. Mann became a member of The Colorado Psychological Association in 2015, and a Board Member-at-large in 2017, after she stepped down as founding president of a local 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.


Non-Metro Representatives

Z. Benek Altayli, Psy.D. (2018-2019)

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.


Cassie V. Comeau, Ph.D. (2018-2021)

I am excited for the opportunity to serve Colorado’s mental health community through board participation with the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA). I am currently a member of CPA, but have not served in any other capacity for the organization. If chosen to participate on the board I would personally and professionally uphold all of the values outlined in the CPA mission. Specifically I am passionate about fostering professional development, advocating for the profession, promoting innovative healthcare through scientific practice and public education. My vision for CPA is to help create an effective and strategic organization that supports mental health practitioners in all areas of the state, in all sectors of healthcare. As a non metro member, and as a professional working in rural integrated health care, I see part of my obligation as connecting the organization to rural areas of Colorado and to providers who lack the systemic supports of the more urban metro area.


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.


COPAGS Chair

Sally McGregor, MC, LPCC** (2018-2019)


Sally received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University in 2012. She went on to earn her Masters of Counseling from Arizona State University in 2016, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver. Following serving as COPAGS Programming chair last year, Sally is thrilled to be continuing on as a board member. Her professional interests include trauma, complex trauma, topics surrounding navigating early adulthood, and issues surrounding identity development. Sally is also passionate about working with expatriates, third culture kids, adult third culture kids, and global nomads.

 

 

* CPA membership nominates, APA Colorado members elect

**COPAGS nominates and elects


Executive Director

 

Kim Gill



 

 

 


 


Lobbyist


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.