CeDAR has brought together some of the finest minds in addiction treatment. Our multidisciplinary management team is dedicated to reforming and refining our practices to remain the industry innovators.
Gary Kushner has over twenty-seven years experience managing various forms of behavioral health treatment services through hospital programs. He has been with the University of Colorado Health for over 16 years as Manager of Outpatient and Community-Based Psychiatric Programs, Director of Operations and now Executive Director of CeDAR. Gary has been involved in several start-up programs for inpatient psychiatry, substance use disorder, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient and community programs, as well as private practice.
He has an MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor. Gary is committed to developing and managing evidenced based – behavioral health programs that are effective, innovative, accessible and patient-centered by integrating a variety of treatment models in concert with proven support systems to meet patient needs.
Susan Dearing-Bond is a Certified FundRaising Executive (CFRE) with over 25 years experience in non-profit management and economic development throughout Colorado and Southwest Michigan. She is responsible for leading and strengthening CeDAR’s comprehensive fundraising program in support of the organization’s mission and goals. She is an active member of the national/international Association of Fundraising Professionals as well as the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Susan is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has participated in the University of Colorado’s Executive Development in Residence program and the University of Notre Dame’s Organizational Management program.
Dr. Laura Martin is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist. She graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1997 and completed her Residency in Psychiatry at University of Denver School of Medicine in 2002. She is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry's Division of Psychopharmacology at University of Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Martin has lectured extensively, authored numerous articles in peer review journals, and has been an investigator on research grants studying the effects of nicotine in the brain and tobacco cessation. She is also a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Jonathan Ritvo offers patients over 30 years of nationally recognized care. Trained at Harvard Medical School and the UCHealth Sciences Center, he is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and one of metro Denver's Top Doctors (5280 magazine). Dr. Ritvo has held numerous leadership positions in the addiction psychiatry residency program at the University of Colorado Hospital. He also has served as chair of the American Psychiatric Association's committee on training and education. Dr. Ritvo is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
“I work at CeDAR because I love the teaching and learning environment, the collegiality and professionalism of the staff and the opportunity to get to know and work with patient over an extended period of time.”
Rev. Herrington is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Leta pastored parishes in Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois, served as Pastoral Counselor/licensed therapist for over 20 years, and is former Director of Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Services (IL). Leta earned her Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (KY) and Doctor of Ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA).
Since joining the multi-disciplinary staff of CeDAR with its 12-Step, holistic, gender-specific, and trauma-informed treatment, Leta has worked to develop an approach and curriculum that addresses patients' often distorted and destructive belief systems, their understandings of a Higher Power, a means of identifying deeper parts of one's true self, and ways of recognizing and accessing one's Higher Power/Help that are integral to patients' immediate and ongoing recovery and life.
Jay Voigt has worked in the mental health and addictions fields since 2003. He earned a Master in Counselor Education from Pennsylvania State University in 2005. He is a licensed professional counselor and certified addictions counselor. His clinical interests include addiction treatment, trauma, attachment and co-occurring disorders. He is responsible for the program development of CeDAR's Outpatient Clinic, CeDAR’s Outpatient Addiction Medicine Service, University of Colorado Hospital Community Based Psychiatry and the UCH Outpatient Psychiatry clinic; as well as the supervision of the treatment teams.
Matthew Jarvis has been working in the mental health field since 2004. He has been a clinician at CeDAR since 2008. Matthew obtained his bachelor’s degree in Human Services (Addictions) from Metro State University. He also obtained a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Matthew is a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and an LPC candidate (LPCC). Matthew is trained and certified in Solution Focused Therapy, Matrix model, DBT, and the 12 steps, Helping Men Recover, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention as well as many other evidence-based practices. He is very active in the recovery community, a strong advocate for mental health services and reducing social stigma. Matthew has long-term experience working in a variety of treatment settings, including Intensive Outpatient and Residential, Private Practice, Therapeutic Communities, and Sober Living homes.
Theresa “Trese” Moore has been working in the Mental Health Nursing field for over 25 years. She graduated from the Carlow University Nursing Program Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation, she received recognition for Leadership in Nursing as determined by the Nursing Professors of the Program. Trese enlisted in the United States Army and was on active duty for 5 years. During this time, she studied an Army sponsored Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Program and received her certification. Over the years that followed, Trese has worked in many different settings in Mental Health Nursing from acute inpatient settings to emergency departments. She began work at CeDAR when its doors opened in 2005 as a staff nurse. Trese has been certified as an Addictions Registered Nurse since 2010 through the International Nurses Society on Addictions.
“What I like about working in this area is watching our patients get well and get back to the person they truly are. Once their addiction is treated, the progress toward health is dramatic and remarkable. Who wouldn’t want to work in a job like that?”
Howard Bryant is currently enrolled at Metro State University in Denver and is earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. Mr. Bryant is an alumnus of CeDAR (2011) and appreciates the foundation for recovery he received at CeDAR. He is grateful for the many advantages of working with an interdisciplinary team within the University of Colorado Hospital system. He feels privileged to be part of changing and improving patient lives at CeDAR.
Brie Neil has been working in fields of mental health and addiction treatment since 2006. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. Ms. Neil has experience working with severe and chronic mental health issues and addiction in the criminal justice system, outpatient and inpatient settings. She is passionate about her work at CeDAR because it gives her the opportunity to empower others to take back their lives.
Stephen Mitchell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist holding a Ph.D. from St. Louis University, School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine and a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. He has in-depth experience working in numerous integrated care clinics providing mental health counseling. CeDAR’s integrated model of treatment and recognition of the role trauma and attachment losses play in addiction and mental health problems are what drew Dr. Mitchell to become part of the CeDAR team.
Meredith Wodrich earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy at Mount Mary College. Her Master of Science degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato, with an emphasis on activity-based therapy techniques. Meredith a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Minnesota and is currently working to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado. Meredith had been in the field for over 23 years. She specializes in family systems, co-occurring disorders, and trauma-informed care. Meredith served as clinical director of an outpatient clinic in Minnesota prior to coming to CeDAR.
Michael Lyons earned his Master’s degree in 2010 from Regis University in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2013. While his formal training is primarily in mental health counseling, his passion is in treating co-occurring disorders. Mr. Lyons utilizes a Client-Centered approach, but also integrates different modalities such as DBT/ CBT techniques, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, to best fit each client’s personal needs and clinical picture.
Dr. LaTisha Bader graduated from the University of North Texas in 2007 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed addiction counselor and has specialized training in sports psychology. At CeDAR, she manages the Professional’s Program, the Ascent track for elite athletes, and she compliments the multi-disciplinary team of professionals that provide individualized care for patients. She brings years of experience working in the field of addiction, specifically with professionals, executives, and athletes. She also serves as Senior Clinical Instructor for the University of Colorado Hospital Department of Psychiatry.
Cindy Hudson was one of the first staff members at CeDAR, left in 2007 to pursue other goals and returned to CeDAR in 2013 as a Case Manager in the Women’s Unit. She is now the Learning and Development Lead. Ms. Hudson is a native of Denver, Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained her master’s in Counseling at the University of West Georgia. Ms. Hudson has worked in the field of addiction treatment since the late 1970’s. She has been a biofeedback specialist, addiction counselor, group facilitator, family program coordinator, worked in drug testing, worked in a program promoting health among physicians and worked with patients with chronic pain. In her free time, Ms. Hudson explores the mountains of Colorado and beyond. She is also interested in theater, and creative writing.
Kathy White's experience in the healthcare field began at the Little Company of Mary Hospital. She contributed years of volunteer hours and discovered an enjoyment of the healthcare environment. From that time, Ms. White knew this was the field that she wanted to work in. Years later, she found her niche working with outpatient and community based psychiatric practices. Working behind the scenes, Ms. White was able to ensure that the revenue cycle ran smoothly. She currently provides the same service at CeDAR and works to ensure that our systems function optimally. It is her pleasure to have a role in creating a positive experience for our patient's and their families.