The Mile High Team

Providing recovering people an exceptional continuing care experience. 

Mile High Continuing Care Team Members

We’re a group of passionate people helping you find and maintain your recovery.

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

At Mile High Continuing Care our staff is passionate about the recovery process and committed to giving our clients the best opportunity to succeed. We strive to make our staff role models.

Brice is the executive director for Mile High, and is an active member of Denver’s recovery community.

He believes that life is about “things to do and people to do them with”.  In a previous life, he owned a live music bar and was surrounded by active alcoholism and addiction and now is surrounded by recovery.

Brice is a realtor and the president of a 501c3 non-profit called Musicians Recovery Project which raises money for treatment for those with limited resources in early recovery.

Sarah Zurbin Clinical Director Mile High Continuing Care

Sarah Zubrin

Clinical Director

Sarah Zubrin

Clinical Director 

Sarah is a Licensed Addictions Counselor, with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

As a Colorado native you can find her outside of work rock climbing, hiking, skiing, camping, and walking her dogs. Sarah has been working in the mental health field for over a decade and has extensive experience in the co-occurring field.

She has many years of experience working with at-risk adolescents, young adults, adults, and their families in both outpatient and residential settings. Recently she has been working as a clinical supervisor for addiction counselors in training and working clinically in the full continuum of care.

Sarah has a deep level of compassion and passion for the recovery community and believes that recovery is possible for every client that walks through the doors. With a truly integrated approach to treatment co-occurring disorders are addressed simultaneously. She also believes fully that working with families to help change the family culture is an essential part of the process. She works both individually and in groups to help every client develop sustainable long-term recovery skills.

Krista Stansbury Director of Operations Mile High Continuing Care

Krista Stansbury

Director of Operations

Krista Stansbury

Director of Operations

Krista grew up right here in the mountains of Colorado. She attended Metropolitan State University and received a Bachelor of Biology and Chemistry with an emphasis on Micro and Molecular Biology as well as Organic Chemistry.

Her personal experience with addiction has given her an understanding of addiction and passion for being part of Denver’s recovery community. She finds great joy in watching others recover.

She is proud to be part of the Mile High Continuing Care family.

  Scott Kiger Admissions Manager Miles High Continuing Care

Scott Kiger

Admissions

Scott Kiger

Admissions 

Scott is a CCAR trained recovery coach and is very active in 12 step service work in the Denver recovery community.

He enjoys helping clients find their way in recovery as well as in other areas of life.

Scott uses his practice of zazen meditation in his recovery and encourages others to find their own spiritual path.

He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm aboard the USS Forrestal CV/AVT-59. Scott enjoys many kinds of outdoor activities such as snowboarding, camping, fishing and crabbing in his hometown in southern Maryland.

Jill Johanningmeier Admissions Manager Miles High Continuing Care

Jill Johanningmeier

Admissions

Jill Johanningmeier

Admissions 

Jill is a Denver native and a single mother to an amazing teenage daughter. Survivor of alcoholism and drug addiction by way of 12 step recovery, it is her passion to help others.

She is active in the Denver recovery community, involved in twelve step recreation leagues, on the committee for hospitals and institutions for cocaine anonymous and a CCAR trained recovery coach.

She is the residential director for the Mile High Sober Living women’s program and a live in house manager.

“I love being a part of someone’s recovery journey, seeing lives transform and helping others to thrive, not just survive, is such a beautiful thing!” – Jill

Recovery Engagement

Allison Harden MS

Recovery Engagement

Allison Harden MS

Recovery Engagement

Allison has spent all of her recovery journey in the Denver metro area.

She has been involved in many strength-based pathways throughout her journey, along with a daily foundation of the 12-step program of recovery.

This foundation has taught her to build community, find peace, and to be of service to those still challenged by living sober.

In 2018, she completed her Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) peer recovery coach training.

She is married and has two children and spends lots of time walking Izzy, their little Shih Tzu Poodle. Allison loves yoga, working out, all types of music, golf, and camping every chance she gets.

Melanie Stritch Community Outreach/Business Development Mile High Continuing Care

Melanie Stritch

Community Outreach/Business Development

Melanie Stritch

Community Outreach/Business Development

Melanie has a strong background of community outreach in the Denver non-profit
sector.

She was also the face of the Denver ordinance 301 Caring 4 Denver campaign. She shared her story of surviving alcoholism and focused on fighting stigma associated with being in recovery. Melanie is determined to keep ‘fighting stigma’ and support those with their recovery engagement.


Melanie spends her time away from work coaching youth soccer, riding her bike, sitting
in her rocking chair on her porch with a good book and time with her family.

Paul Lovato

Primary Therapist

Paul has a B.S. with an emphasis in addictions. He is also a licensed CAC III addictions counselor. Paul has over 25 years in the field of addiction with experience as a clinical supervisor.

Paul also has his own private practice and has therapeutic experience in co-occurring disorders and trauma.

In addition, he has over 31 years of experience in the 12-step program of recovery. Paul believes that every alcoholic and addict can recover, with the right course of action.

As a Colorado Native he loves the outdoors and enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking and snowboarding along with many other activities.

Kathy Hawkins LPC. LAC.

Kathy Hawkins LPC. LAC.

Primary Therapist

Kathy Hawkins  LPC, LAC

Primary Therapist

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and a mindfulness based transpersonal psychotherapist. She is trained in EMDR, is an AcuDetox Specialist (auricular acupuncture), and a Reiki Master.

In addition to specializing in trauma, anxiety, and substance use recovery, Kathy supervises masters level and post grad individuals working towards licensure. Her trans-personal foundation adds to her eclectic therapy style.

She believes in a body/mind/spirit model of healing and incorporates a variety of different approaches including somatic experiencing, Hakomi, and expressive arts therapies.

She frequently borrows from Buddhist and Stoic philosophies to help individuals deal with life’s challenges in a pragmatic and present moment fashion.

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly E. Vause

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly graduated from Middlebury College and completed a Master’s degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. Currently she works with children, teens and adults in outpatient mental health services.

For those in recovery, she has experience using medication-assisted treatment. In general Holly has a deep appreciation for holistic care including conservative use of medication, beneficial nutrition, daily routines and physical movement to support mental health wellness and recovery.

She has co-authored several published articles for The American Journal of Psychiatry and The Nurse Practitioner.

Emanuel Hermosillo

Emanuel Hermosillo

PsyD Doctoral Student

Emanuel Hermosillo

PsyD Doctoral Student 

Emanuel is a first year PsyD doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.

For the past three years, Emanuel has worked primarily in research concerning neurocognitive assessments.

He is passionate about community mental health and helping others with their mental health concerns.

Mile High Continuing Care Team Members

We’re a group of passionate people helping you find and maintain your recovery.

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

At Mile High Continuing Care our staff is passionate about the recovery process and committed to giving our clients the best opportunity to succeed. We strive to make our staff role models.

Brice is the executive director for Mile High, and is an active member of Denver’s recovery community.

He believes that life is about “things to do and people to do them with”.  In a previous life, he owned a live music bar and was surrounded by active alcoholism and addiction and now is surrounded by recovery. He is a realtor and the president of a 501c3 non-profit called Musicians Recovery Project which raises money for treatment for those with limited resources in early recovery.

Sarah Zurbin Clinical Director Mile High Continuing Care

Sarah Zubrin

Clinical Director

Sarah Zubrin

Clinical Director 

Sarah is a Licensed Addictions Counselor, with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

As a Colorado native you can find her outside of work rock climbing, hiking, skiing, camping, and walking her dogs. Sarah has been working in the mental health field for over a decade and has extensive experience in the co-occurring field.

She has many years of experience working with at-risk adolescents, young adults, adults, and their families in both outpatient and residential settings. Recently she has been working as a clinical supervisor for addiction counselors in training and working clinically in the full continuum of care.

Sarah has a deep level of compassion and passion for the recovery community and believes that recovery is possible for every client that walks through the doors. With a truly integrated approach to treatment co-occurring disorders are addressed simultaneously. She also believes fully that working with families to help change the family culture is an essential part of the process. She works both individually and in groups to help every client develop sustainable long-term recovery skills.

Krista Stansbury Director of Operations Mile High Continuing Care

Krista Stansbury

Director of Operations

Krista Stansbury

Director of Operations

Krista grew up right here in the mountains of Colorado. She attended Metropolitan State University and received a Bachelor of Biology and Chemistry with an emphasis on Micro and Molecular Biology as well as Organic Chemistry.

Her personal experience with addiction has given her an understanding of addiction and passion for being part of Denver’s recovery community. She finds great joy in watching others recover.

She is proud to be part of the Mile High Continuing Care family.

Scott Kiger Admissions Mile High Continuing Care

Scott Kiger

Admissions

Scott Kiger

Admissions 

Scott is a CCAR trained recovery coach and is very active in 12 step service work in the Denver recovery community.

He enjoys helping clients find their way in recovery as well as in other areas of life.

Scott uses his practice of zazen meditation in his recovery and encourages others to find their own spiritual path.

He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm aboard the USS Forrestal CV/AVT-59. Scott enjoys many kinds of outdoor activities such as snowboarding, camping, fishing and crabbing in his hometown in southern Maryland.

Jill Johanningmeier Admissions Miles High Continuing Care

Jill Johanningmeier

Admissions

Jill Johanningmeier

Admissions 

Jill is a Denver native and a single mother to an amazing teenage daughter. Survivor of alcoholism and drug addiction by way of 12 step recovery, it is her passion to help others.

She is active in the Denver recovery community, involved in twelve step recreation leagues, on the committee for hospitals and institutions for cocaine anonymous and a CCAR trained recovery coach.

She is the residential director for the Mile High Sober Living women’s program and a live in house manager.

“I love being a part of someone’s recovery journey, seeing lives transform and helping others to thrive, not just survive, is such a beautiful thing!” – Jill

Recovery Engagement

Allison Harden MS

Recovery Engagement

Allison Harden MS

Recovery Engagement

Allison has spent all of her recovery journey in the Denver metro area.

She has been involved in many strength-based pathways throughout her journey, along with a daily foundation of the 12-step program of recovery.

This foundation has taught her to build community, find peace, and to be of service to those still challenged by living sober.

In 2018, she completed her Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) peer recovery coach training.

She is married and has two children and spends lots of time walking Izzy, their little Shih Tzu Poodle. Allison loves yoga, working out, all types of music, golf, and camping every chance she gets.

Melanie Stritch Community Outreach/Business Development Mile High Continuing Care

Melanie Stritch

Community Outreach/Business Development

Melanie Stritch

Community Outreach/Business Development

Melanie has a strong background of community outreach in the Denver non-profit sector.

She was also the face of the Denver ordinance 301 Caring 4 Denver campaign. She shared her story of surviving alcoholism and focused on fighting stigma associated with being in recovery.

Melanie is determined to keep ‘fighting stigma’ and support those with their recovery  engagement.

Melanie spends her time away from work coaching youth soccer, riding her bike, sitting
in her rocking chair on her porch with a good book and time with her 

Paul Lovato Primary Therapist Mile High Continuing Care

Paul Lovato

Primary Therapist

Paul Lovato

Primary Therapist

Paul has a B.S. with an emphasis in addictions. He is also a licensed CAC III addictions counselor. Paul has over 25 years in the field of addiction with experience as a clinical supervisor.

Paul also has his own private practice and has therapeutic experience in co-occurring disorders and trauma.

In addition, he has over 31 years of experience in the 12-step program of recovery. Paul believes that every alcoholic and addict can recover, with the right course of action.

As a Colorado Native he loves the outdoors and enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking and snowboarding along with many other activities.

Kathy Hawkins Primary Therapist Mile High Continuing Care

Kathy Hawkins

Primary Therapist

Kathy Hawkins

Primary Therapist

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and a mindfulness based transpersonal psychotherapist. She is trained in EMDR, is an AcuDetox Specialist (auricular acupuncture), and a Reiki Master.

In addition to specializing in trauma, anxiety, and substance use recovery, Kathy supervises masters level and post grad individuals working towards licensure. Her trans-personal foundation adds to her eclectic therapy style.

She believes in a body/mind/spirit model of healing and incorporates a variety of different approaches including somatic experiencing, Hakomi, and expressive arts therapies. She frequently borrows from Buddhist and Stoic philosophies to help individuals deal with life’s challenges in a pragmatic and present moment fashion.

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly E. Vause

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly graduated from Middlebury College and completed a Master’s degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. Currently she works with children, teens and adults in outpatient mental health services.

For those in recovery, she has experience using medication-assisted treatment. In general Holly has a deep appreciation for holistic care including conservative use of medication, beneficial nutrition, daily routines and physical movement to support mental health wellness and recovery.

She has co-authored several published articles for The American Journal of Psychiatry and The Nurse Practitioner.

Emanuel Hermosillo

Emanuel Hermosillo

PsyD Doctoral Student

Emanuel Hermosillo

PsyD Doctoral Student 

Emanuel is a first year PsyD doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.

For the past three years, Emanuel has worked primarily in research concerning neurocognitive assessments. He is passionate about community mental health and helping others with their mental health concerns

 

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