This is a  staff list for Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc. in Aurora, CO

(a/k/a Excelsior Youth Center)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

 

Please don’t place your loved one in Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Joan Gabrielson Executive Director Gabrielson has had various positions at this program since 1973.  Gabrielson is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional, nor social worker.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Carol Beauchamp-Hunter Associate Director Hunter has had various positions at this program since 1973.  Carol Beauchamp-Hunter's license as a registered psychotherapist in CO was cancelled in 1995.  Beauchamp-Hunter is a licensed professional counselor and certified addiction counselor in Colorado.  She has held those licenses since 1995.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Arnold Goldstein Associate Director Goldstein has had various accounting positions at this program since 1987.  Arnold Goldstein is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional, nor social worker.  He was formerly licensed as a psychologist but the license lapsed in 1979.  He is not a licensed professional in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Jim Uhernik Admissions Uhernik has had various positions at this program since 1999.  Uhernik is a licensed professional counselor and has been since 2004.  However, he has worked for this program since 1999 and was not licensed at time of hiring nor during his first 5 years of employment at this program.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Jann Clevenger Principal Clevenger has had various positions at this program since 1988.  Clevenger is not a licensed professional in Colorado and holds no professional licenses in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Jim Winter Program Coordinator Winter has had various positions at this program since 1974.  Winter is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional, nor social worker.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Elaine Atwater Quality Improvement Dir. Atwater has had various positions at this program since 1979.  Atwater is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional nor social worker.  She was licensed as a registered psychotherapist in 1995, but, she lost (lapsed) her license in 2005.  She has not been licensed to work in the field since 2005.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Vivian Zlobec Director of HR Zlobec has had various positions at this program since 1983.  Zlobec holds no professional licenses in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Kathy Gravely Director of Dev. Gravely has worked for Excelsior since 2002 in the same position.  Gravely is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional nor social worker.  She has never been licensed in Colorado.  Source: https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Susan Hebert CEO Hebert is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional nor social worker.  She has never been licensed in Colorado.  Source: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx
Silvia Hodlewsky CFO HEAL does not perform license and professional qualification searches on office, maintenance, nor food service staff unless they have direct authority over and/or contact with clients.
Deb Huerta Principal/Education Dir. Debra Sue Huerta (may be a different person) is a licensed educator with principal credentials in CO and has been since 2011.  Source: https://www.colorado.gov/cde/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx.  Her license number is 7459.  File complaints regarding Huerta with the Department of Education by e-mailing: CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us 
Matt Louzon Dir. of Comm. Based Svc
Name Public Address
Matthew E Louzon Conifer, CO 80433-8640

Credential Information
License Number License Method License Type License Status Original Issue Date Effective Date Expiration Date
NLC.0006447 Original Registered Psychotherapist Cancelled 02/03/2000 07/01/2005 06/20/2006

Source: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

Matthew E. Louzon is a licensed professional counselor in CO and has been since 2006.  His license number is LPC.0004364.  You can file complaints about Louzon here: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Activities/Complaint.aspx
Stephanie Parcheta Dir. of Human Resources Parcheta is not a licensed counselor, therapist, mental health professional nor social worker.  She has never been licensed in Colorado.  Source: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx
Tamara K. Phillips Nurse Tamara Kacey Phillips (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in CO and has been since 2003.  Her license # is RN.0165225.   You can file complaints about Phillips here: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Activities/Complaint.aspx
Karen Rosen Director of Dev. Karen Ann Rosen (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in CO and has been since 1986.  Her license # is RN.0083181.   You can file complaints about Rosen here: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Activities/Complaint.aspx
Marty Zaffaroni Dir. of Bus. Dev.
Name Public Address
Martin J. Zaffaroni % EXCELSIOR YOUTH CTRS INC
15001 E OXFORD AVE
AURORA, CO 80014

Credential Information
License Number License Method License Type License Status Original Issue Date Effective Date Expiration Date
LPP.0001039 Original Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor Active 08/14/2006 09/01/2015 08/31/2017

You can file complaints about Zaffaroni here: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Activities/Complaint.aspx
     
     
     
     
NO OTHER NAMES NO OTHER TITLES There is no additional information on staff at this location at this time.*
*(Excelsior Youth Centers, Inc., like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
HEAL has received two e-mail reports from survivors.  Both reports allege abuse.  One survivor was in the program in 1998 and the other in 2011.  We are working to obtain additional information on this program.
This program is accredited by the COA (Council on Accreditation).  COA also accredited confirmedly abusive and now closed Pathway Family Center.  COA does not have a proven track record of insuring client safety standards.
Staff Review: January, 2015:

Excelsior Youth Center Reviews | Glassdoor “Overnight Cottage Counselor ” Work/Life Balance Culture & Values Career Opportunities Comp & Benefits Senior Management Former Employee - Overnight Cottage Counselor in Aurora, CO Former Employee - Overnight Cottage Counselor in Aurora, CO

"Pros--Before I left we were told that the more dangerous girls were going to be transferred out, so it'll be a little bit safer. Your purpose is to help the girls. A lot of new experiences. Over time is always available and encouraged Decent health care options with HSAs available.

Cons-- Overtime is basically mandatory. Hiring staff say you'll get off work around 10, 10:30 am when really it's 12 most days and you have to be back in less than 12 hours. Too many bosses to answer to who don't agree on employee methods. All unit managers handle their cottages differently so there is no standard. Staff disregard cottage restrictions. Staff fail to communicate well. Supervisors are overworked and can't be … everywhere at once. They don't care if you're sick. If you call in the requested four hours in advance, they will guilt you and threaten your job to make you go to work.. Unit managers undermine counselors authority in regards to rules (i.e. changing a rule they made after staff spent hours telling the girls "no". Unit managers also fail to take predetermined meetings seriously and didn't show up multiple times then set a double standard for counselors who miss staff meetings. This job was depressing. High stress. Contacting girls parents every time they rand away or had to be physically managed. Physically managed was sometimes referred to as "Keeping you safe" and I felt that it is an inappropriate euphemism. There were no real consequences for the girls who didn't follow rules. They always got what they want. The Intervention Unit rarely responded to calls when the cottage was in crisis. Personally, I was rarely healthy anymore after being hired here. I was always sick and always stressed.Show More Advice to Management This facility is basically meant to reform these violent, criminal girls into girls who can cope with their pasts and move forward to a productive and happy future while understanding and following laws and rules. Don't treat the staff like clients."

Source: http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Excelsior-Youth-Center-Reviews-E246638.htm
Staff Review: December, 2014

Excelsior Youth Center Reviews | Glassdoor Dec 17, 2014 Helpful (1) “Teacher Assistant ”

"I have been working at Excelsior Youth Center full-time (Less than a year) Pros-- Get experience in school/treatment facilities Meet new people in the same profession

Cons-- Horrible follow thru Dangerous environment No real consequences for threatening behavior low pay Principal micromanages the school high turn over so no one knows what they are doing over half the time No structure Very abusive environment No teaching and real treatment ( more like a daycare) Advice to Management Get it together- treat your staff better- pay your TA's a little more money or give more appreciation "

Source: http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Excelsior-Youth-Center-Reviews-E246638.htm
Staff Review: February, 2014

Excelsior Youth Center Reviews | Glassdoor "Way too stressful environment, They pay you a lot less than other treatment centers. Heavy work load. Always required to stay later than your scheduled shift. Staff doesn't back each other up, no rules are concrete for the girls. Each staff member enforces their own set of rules . Therapists set unrealistic goals for the girls. There is no effective discipline system in place. No room for advancement."

Source: http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Excelsior-Youth-Center-Reviews-E246638.htm

Iconic Excelsior youth center shutting after decades in Aurora and roots that go back a century “This was a very difficult decision given the strong legacy of care Excelsior has brought to Colorado since its founding in 1973,” said CEO Susan J. Hébert in a letter to clients and partners of the organization By KARA MASON, Staff Writer, Updated: September 29, 2017 4:05 pm AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook812Share to TwitterShare to Google+Share to LinkedIn15Share to Email Follow @AuroraSentinel Jessica Austgen, a teaching artist from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, has her class stretch for the sky during warm ups, Oct. 17 at the Excelsior Youth Center. DCPA is partnering up with the Excelsior Youth Center and holds weekly improv workshops to enhance self-esteem, increase teamwork and improve self-expression among its students. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Jessica Austgen, a teaching artist from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, has her class stretch for the sky during warm ups, Oct. 17 at the Excelsior Youth Center. DCPA is partnering up with the Excelsior Youth Center and holds weekly improv workshops to enhance self-esteem, increase teamwork and improve self-expression among its students. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Jessica Austgen (right), a teaching artist from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, encourages her students to communicate, listen and have confidence in speaking through an exercise called "translator", Oct. 17 at the Excelsior Youth Center. DCPA is partnering up with the Excelsior Youth Center and holds weekly improv workshops to enhance self-esteem, increase teamwork and improve self-expression among its students. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Jessica Austgen, a teaching artist from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, encourages her students to listen to each other and make bigger characters during an activity called "driving", Oct. 17 at the Excelsior Youth Center. DCPA is partnering up with the Excelsior Youth Center and holds weekly improv workshops to enhance self-esteem, increase teamwork and improve self-expression among its students. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) AURORA | After more than four decades and a local history that goes back more than a century, Aurora-based  Excelsior, which offers services for youth facing social, emotional and behavioral issues, will end all of its clinical programs and begin a “wind-down” process to end the non-profit organization at the end of November, officials said. “This was a very difficult decision given the strong legacy of care Excelsior has brought to Colorado since its founding in 1973,” said CEO Susan J. Hébert in a letter to clients and partners of the organization. Over the past three years Excelsior has transformed from a residential treatment facility to offering a network of community-based services. But now, Hébert said there just isn’t enough funding to keep operating the organization. “Unfortunately, the costs of operating our programs are not adequately covered by Medicaid ‘fee-for-service’ reimbursement and other more sustainable payer models could not be developed quickly enough to sustain our organization going forward,” Hébert said in the letter. “We understand and deeply regret the impact this decision will have on our communities.” Programs will continue through November, and Hébert said therapists will work closely with its clients to establish some kind of plan for after the organization shuts its doors. “It’s an especially challenging time in our state and in our country to sustain the missions of nonprofits serving the growing mental and behavioral health needs of children, youth and families,” Hébert said. “I believe it will take all of us, as leaders in our own state, to champion the cause of our most vulnerable, youngest citizens who deserve their best chances in life for health and wellbeing. More public dollars are needed for early intervention and prevention of childhood and youth trauma, both to save lives and lower the much higher costs of ‘downstream’ services.” In 2016 alone the organization reported it served 523 youth and nearly 400 families through its programs. Excelsior has held an Aurora address since 1973, but the organization has deep roots in the Denver metro area. In 1912, the Catholic Order of the Good Shepherd Sisters opened a home for young girls in Denver. There, they would do laundry for the railroad and local hotels. In 1968, the Sisters moved the home to Aurora. But a short five years later the home closed because there weren’t enough resources to keep it running. Then, local community leaders were able to swoop in and save the home. Since the organization evolved into serving both girls and boys up until the age of 24 with an array of services. Tags: Aurora, Colorado, excelsior, feed  Source: http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/iconic-excelsior-youth-center-shutting-after-decades-in-aurora-and-roots-that-go-back-a-century/
 

 

 Last Updated: October 11th, 2017

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