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Faculty and Staff

Forest Heights Lodge is very proud of our faculty and staff.  Some of our core staff  members have been  with us for 10, 20 and up to 35 years!

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Linda Clefisch, LCSW, BCD – Executive Director

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work – Wartburg College 1972
  • Master in Social Work – University of Denver 1978
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Outstanding Alumni Citation Award – Wartburg College 2008

Linda brings a wealth of experience and training to the children, families and staff at Forest Heights Lodge having served as the Executive Director since 1995. Prior to that she worked at the Lodge in a variety of positions including student intern, Youth Treatment Counselor and Director of Outpatient Services. She has also worked as a consultant for Oregon Children’s Services and Pikes Peak Mental Health, and has developed training and consulting materials about treatment planning for children with special needs. As an individual and family therapist, Linda specializes in working with children dealing with separation, loss and trauma within a developmental and relationship model. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee since 1978.

Jody Hans Olson, MA – Assistant Director

  • Bachelor of Arts in Special Education & Physical Education – Augustana University 1980
  • Master of Arts in Special Education – University of Colorado 1990
  • Certified Instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • State of Colorado Professional Teacher License – Highly Qualified in Physical Education and Educationally Handicapped

Jody has worked in residential treatment and special education for over 35 years and has served with the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) as an advisor to the Board. Jody began his work with the Lodge as a Youth Treatment Counselor and then as a teacher in the school program. After a five year period of working in public education as a special education teacher, he returned to the Lodge as the Assistant Director. He works directly with the staff and boys on a daily basis. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee from 1982-1989 and 1994 to present.

Michael Rollin, MD - Medical Director

  • Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems - Stanford University 2001
  • Medical Doctor - University of Colorado School of Medicine 2006
  • Residency in General Psychiatry - University of Colorado School of Medicine 2006-2009
  • Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry - University of Colorado School of Medicine 2009-2011

Diplomate in General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. Rollin is a board-certified psychiatrist for children, adolescents, and adults. He has served as attending psychiatrist and Medical Director for Forest Heights Lodge since June 2017. In this role, he works directly with Forest Heights Lodge students, participates in dialogue with families and coordinates with clinical, milieu and school staff regarding diagnostic formulation and treatment planning, including medication management when appropriate. 

Dr. Rollin has been affiliated with the Lodge since 2017.

Rich Mangen, Psy.D. – Psychologist

  • Master of Science in Special Education – Southern Connecticut State University 1976
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology – University of Denver 1984
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology – The Menninger Foundation 1986

Rich has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Colorado since 1987, specializing in child and adolescent psychology, psychological assessment, and developmental neuropsychology. Prior to earning his doctoral degree, Rich was a Special Education teacher. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and taught and supervised students in psychological and cognitive assessment, neuropsychology, and psychotherapy. Rich has served on the Boards of the Colorado Neuropsychological Society and the Colorado Assessment Society. As the psychologist at Forest Heights Lodge, Dr. Mangen’s responsibilities include consulting with the clinical and milieu staff, participating in treatment planning of the children, providing psychotherapy to children, and administering psychological testing.

Affiliated with Forest Heights Lodge since 2010.

Jim Orsund, LCSW – Director of Social Services

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – University of Northern Colorado 1993
  • Master of Social Work – University of Michigan 2001

Jim began his career at Forest Heights Lodge as a Youth Treatment Counselor and quickly moved into a Residence Coordinator position. After five years, Jim left the Lodge to seek a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan, returning in 2001 as the Director of Social Services. He is a case coordinator and family therapist in addition to doing a variety of quality improvement and administrative tasks. He also facilitates Social Communication Group Therapy and is an individual therapist. In individual therapy, he utilizes play therapy, CBT and EMDR. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee from 1994-1999 and 2001 to present.

Lisa Thoennes, MA – Director of Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education – MacMurray College 1987
  • Master of Arts in Special Education – University of Missouri 1995
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Concordia University 2010
  • Doctoral Candidate in Education - University of Phoenix

Lisa joined the Lodge’s team in June of 2012. She brings with her over 30 years of experience working with special education, emotionally disturbed and at-risk youth in Illinois, Colorado and Kansas. At the Lodge, Lisa directs both the school and the special education program. Lisa is an asset to families and school districts throughout the U.S. for management and implementation of Individualized Education Planning. She is also trained in Lindamood Bell reading intervention and provides ongoing program development with a special emphasis on curriculum and individualized services. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee since 2012.

Mark Henninger, MNM- Director of Residence

  • Master of Nonprofit Management - Regis University 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology - University of Nebraska 2000

Mark has been working at Forest Heights Lodge since 2000 first as a Youth Treatment Counselor and then as a Residence Coordinator before becoming the Director of Residence. Mark supervises the milieu staff including Youth Treatment Counselors, Kitchen staff and Medical Services Coordinator. While in graduate school, Mark focused on mentoring and developing staff, mental health advocacy and nonprofit business practices. Mark has utilized his energy and creativity to engage the students in activities that increase self-esteem and promote resilient relationships. Prior to working at Forest Heights Lodge, Mark has experience as an EMT, Wilderness First Responder, climbing instructor and Colorado backpack guide.  His prior experience has prepared him to direct activities such as trips to Great Sand Dunes National Park and the ski program at Forest Heights Lodge.

Forest Heights Lodge employee since 2000.

Scott Lindmeier, BA – Assistant Director of Residence

  • Bachelor of Arts in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services – University of Northern Iowa 2006

Scott joined Forest Heights Lodge in 2008. He has worked as a Youth Treatment Counselor and a Residence Coordinator in the milieu. He has been the Assistant Residence Director since March of 2017. He has 11 years of experience working in Residential Treatment. Scott assists with overseeing the kids and staff in the residence. He works with student council and coordinates the Summer Activity Groups during the summer months. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee since 2008.

Steve Dieter, LPC – Clinical Therapist

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Kent State University 1993
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – Regis University 2003

Steve joined Forest Heights Lodge in June 2016 as Clinical Therapist, and he interned at the Lodge in 2003. Steve has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including residential care, foster care, child welfare and outpatient private practice. In addition, Steve has experience with providing clinical supervision and as an administrator. Steve is passionate about helping parents and children enhance their relationships, and helping children learn about themselves and grow. Steve is a case coordinator and individual therapist, and facilitates Group Therapy/Social Skills Group. As an individual therapist, he is trained in EMDR, CBT/TF-CBT and play therapy. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee since 2016.

Angela Frederick, MHA – Medical Services Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Metropolitan State University 2006
  • Master of Health Administration – University of Phoenix 2010

Angela joined Forest Heights Lodge in April of 2016. She has 18 years of experience working with children in residential treatment. Angela’s experience includes direct child care, residential management and fundraising. Angela is responsible for medication management, medical appointments and works closely with Dr. Rollin and Dr. Jendry to ensure the best medical care for each child. She is the CPR/First Aid trainer for Forest Heights Lodge employees. 

Forest Heights Lodge employee since 2016.

Ron Jendry, MD – Pediatrician

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology – University of Illinois 1972
  • Medical Degree – University of Illinois 1976

Dr. Jendry has been Forest Heights Lodge’s consulting pediatrician for over 22 years. Dr. Jendry oversees medication administration with the Medical Director, conducts admissions and yearly physical examinations, oversees the care of children who are physically ill and interprets and communicates any medical findings reported by doctors outside the facility. Dr. Jendry belongs to the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. He has admitting privileges at several Denver area hospitals and has served as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Colorado Health Sciences Center. 

Dr. Jendry has been affiliated with the Lodge since 1990.

DID YOU KNOW?

Our residents live in one big house with 24/7 supervision by highly qualified staff.