Faculty & Staff

Leadership Team

Jody Hans Olson, MA – Executive Director

Jody has worked in residential treatment and special education for over 40 years.  Jody began his work with the Lodge in 1982 as a Youth Treatment Counselor and then as a teacher.  After a five year period of working in public education as a special education teacher, he returned to the Lodge in 1994 as the Assistant Director. He was appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of Executive Director in 2019.

Steven Dieter, MA, LPC – Director of Clinical Services

Steven Dieter is the Director of Clinical Services for Forest Heights Lodge.  Throughout his 27 year career Steve has helped families and children grow their connections to one another, and to the world around them.  Steve believes that there is no greater supportive connection than the one between a child and their parent or caregiver, which organizes his approach to emotional and mental health. Many factors influence emotional development and expression, and not every type of therapy works for everyone.  Knowing this, Steve has pursued training in multiple modalities of therapy including, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Internal Family Systems Theory, EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and play therapy.  


Steve lives in Denver with his wife and has a grown stepdaughter.  When doing things other than his work, you can find him enjoying the Colorado outdoors, or at home playing backgammon and listening to music.

Mark Henninger, MNM - Director of Operations

Mark began working at Forest Heights Lodge in 2000 and currently serves as the Director of Operations.  Mark graduated with honors from the College of Business and Economics at Regis University in 2016.  Mark’s graduate work in strategic leadership and management partnered with 24 years of experience supervising and mentoring teams has prepared him to align the business component of an organization with missional benefit to the community.  Previously at Forest Heights Mark has served as a Youth Treatment Counselor, Residence Coordinator and the Director of Residence.  Mark has utilized his energy and creativity to engage kids in activities that increase self-esteem and promote resilient relationships. 

 

Mark is passionate about the benefits of being outdoors in the mountains of Colorado and enjoys spending time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and traveling with his family

Rigby

 

Rigby is our therapy dog in training. He is an F1 Goldendoodle from Selah Mountain Dogs in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  He was selected after completing temperament testing that indicated his personality is well suited for working with people. We are very thankful to Selah Mountain Dogs as they very generously donated a portion of the breeding fee to Forest Heights. Rigby loves kids and people, and his tail is always wagging around new folks.  He is diligently working on his obedience training, which will be followed by training to be certified as a Therapy Dog.