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Heather Aberg, LCSW, Bereavement Counselor

Heather Aberg, LCSW, Bereavement Counselor

Heather has worked for Mount Evans since 1999, counseling bereaved children, adolescents, and adults. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. Heather lives in south Evergreen with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking, skating, camping, skiing, and spending time with her family. “I live and work in the warmest and most beautiful community. What a wonderful organization to work for -- the volunteers, employees, and clients are so kind and thoughtful. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world!”

Ashley Collins, Camp Comfort Coordinator

Ashley Collins, Camp Comfort Coordinator

Ashley Collins is the Camp Comfort Coordinator for Mount Evans. She began volunteering with the program in 2016 before being hired on in 2017. Her primary role is to help coordinate the camps and run therapy groups for Camp Comfort. Ashley received her Bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and her Master's degree in social work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Her work experience includes two years working with Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, four years with Ken Caryl Ranch Metro District as the before & after school Program Director and Teen Camp Coordinator and three years with JeffCO Public School as a school social worker. Ashley lives in Arvada with her husband, Eric and dog, Simon. She enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening and cooking. Ashley says, "When I volunteered with Camp Comfort I absolutely loved the experience. The campers, volunteers, mission and vision of the camp is wonderful and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the work that is being done to serve kids and their families."

Stephanie Heitkemper, Program & Volunteer Director, Camp Comfort

Stephanie Heitkemper, Program & Volunteer Director, Camp Comfort

Stephanie Heitkemper is our Program and Volunteer Director for Camp Comfort. Stephanie earned a B.S. in Psychology and Human Services from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia before earning her M.A. in Marriage Family Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Stephanie previously worked as a Family Services Coordinator at a bereavement center in Turlock, California and she now has her own practice in Northglenn, Colorado. Stephanie is married and she and her husband have two silly boxers named Moose and Olive. She enjoys skiing, cooking and traveling with her husband. Stephanie says, "I'm thrilled to be working at Mount Evans. I have experience running a children's bereavement day camp and working with grieving children and their families is my passion! I'm looking forward to connecting with the community as well as facilitating a safe, positive experience for children to explore their grief."

Nancy Nelson, RScP, Chaplain

Nancy Nelson, RScP, Chaplain

After living in Kansas City for 45 years, Nancy moved to Evergreen in 2009 to live and hike in the beautiful mountains she’s always loved. Nancy is a licensed Practitioner in the United Centers for Spiritual Living and serves as a spiritual counselor in the Prayer and Care Center of Mile Hi Church in Lakewood. She attended Rocky Mountain Center for Education and Training and completed four units of pastoral education to become certified in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. She feels blessed and honored to work with the incredible staff at Mount Evans and is committed to bringing the presence of love, companionship and compassion to all of our patients. “My life has been deeply enriched through my work at Mt. Evans.”

Mary Noonan, MA, Social Worker

Mary Noonan, MA, Social Worker

Mary serves as a social worker for Mount Evans' hospice patients and their families. She received a BSW from Iowa State University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Norwich University. She has lived in Colorado since leaving the Midwest in 1985, and in Evergreen with her family since 1991. She enjoys many different activities including cycling, swimming and traveling with family and friends. Prior to joining Mount Evans in 2008, she worked in a variety of mental health settings as well as early childhood/parent education as a psychotherapist/consultant. All of that has culminated in her working in what she says is the best job she’s ever had. “The people are compassionate, bright, and hard working … something every Midwesterner appreciates.”

Jen Pearson, MA, LPC, Bereavement Counselor

Jen Pearson, MA, LPC, Bereavement Counselor

Jen received a BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 1994. She began her counseling career living in Summit County and working for the mental health center in Frisco. "It was such a fantastic training ground where I first discovered that my strengths lie in the field of grief, trauma, death, dying, and transitions. With many long time clinicians to work with, I had many mentors." In 1998, Jen moved to Evergreen with her husband and 2-year-old daughter and started a private practice in Denver. Now with an 18-year-old in college and a 14-year-old in high school, it is a perfect time to embrace working both at Mount Evans and private practice. " I love coming to work everyday and seeing people who are committed and passionate about their lives and careers."

Kristy Plenter,  LCSW, Palliative Care

Kristy Plenter, LCSW, Palliative Care

Kristy Plenter joined the team at Mount Evans in April of 2017, as a Palliative Care Social Worker and Community Relations Specialist. Kristy’s experience includes working with patients along the continuum of care from the hospital ICU setting to out-patient clinics. She specialized in heart and lung transplant at the University of Colorado Hospital and most recently, was with the Donor Alliance, helping to save lives through organ and tissue donation. Kristy earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Metropolitan State University in Denver and her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas. She grew up in Littleton, CO and now resides in Evergreen, CO with her husband and two dogs. Kristy enjoys the beauty, wildlife and uniqueness of the Evergreen community and she says, "I am so grateful to be able to serve the people in my own community; it is a true privilege to provide support to families during difficult times. The commitment and compassion of the staff and volunteers is extraordinary and I am honored to be a part of the team at Mount Evans."

Jennifer Piwnicki, Camp Director, Camp Comfort

Jennifer Piwnicki, Camp Director, Camp Comfort

Jennifer Piwnicki is our Camp Director for Camp Comfort. Jennifer completed her Master's degree in Couple and Family Counseling at the University of Colorado at Denver, after volunteering in the bereavement department at Camp Comfort. Jennifer says, "I felt an immediate connection with the Mount Evans Home Health & Hospice community after moving to Evergreen and becoming a volunteer. The hopefulness and resiliency demonstrated by grieving community members and the opportunity to provide compassionate support to adults and children are what inspired me to further my education in Couple and Family Counseling. I'm thrilled to be back at Camp Comfort as the Camp Director."

Wendy Snow, LSW, Social Worker

Wendy Snow, LSW, Social Worker

Wendy provides social-work services to hospice patients and their families throughout our four-county service area. She also facilitates Caregiver Skills classes for the Mountain Caregivers Resource Group, of which Mount Evans is a member. Wendy received her B.A. from Lake Erie College and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver. Before starting at Mount Evans in 1992, she worked at the Denver Regional Council of Governments Office on Aging. She and her husband, Chedd, live in Golden. Wendy enjoys walking with her Black Lab, gardening, reading, and gatherings with their four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. She says, “I love having the opportunity to work with dedicated, skilled staff and volunteers to serve our mountain communities.”

Rhiannon Sullivan, MSW, Social Worker for Home Health and Mountain Journey

Rhiannon Sullivan, MSW, Social Worker for Home Health and Mountain Journey

Rhiannon Sullivan, social worker for Home Health and the Mountain Journey program, has been involved with Mount Evans since 2010. She began as a volunteer and was so inspired by the amazing services Mount Evans offers the mountain community that she returned to school in 2013 to obtain a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Gerontology and Health & Wellness from Denver University. Before that, she worked for an educational nonprofit in Texas and served as a translator (French). Other roles have included parent and caregiver. She lives in Evergreen with her family and loves to hike, mountain bike, and ski with her husband and children. Rhiannon says, “I am so blessed to work at Mount Evans. To be surrounded by people who love what they do is truly an inspiring gift.”