Meet the Staff

Director

 

Sandra Sims, PsyD

Sandra Sims, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
ssims@mines.edu
Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Sandra received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She went on to earn her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Florida Tech. Her background encompasses work in community mental health, juvenile and criminal court systems, managed care, private practice and employee assistance programs. She has been at Mines since 2004 and truly enjoys this amazing community. For fun and renewal, Colorado camping and outdoor endeavors take the prize.

Associate Director

 

Jennifer Hannon, LCSW

Jennifer Hannon, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
jhannon@mines.edu
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Kansas. After graduation, she spent time backpacking across Europe and immersing herself in different cultures. Jennifer went on to earn her master’s degree in clinical social work from Loyola University Chicago. She began her career working in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings in Chicago and later in Denver. Jennifer has over 20 years of clinical experience providing treatment for a variety of mental health conditions and has been at Mines since 2007. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends, having fun in the mountains, traveling, and walking the family dog (aka “the beast”). Jennifer is proud to be working with the Mines community and our extraordinary students!

Assistant Director of Training

Sterling Fabinski, LCSW, LAC

Sterling Fabinski, LCSW, LAC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor
email: sfabinski@mines.edu
Sterling Fabinski grew up in southwest Wyoming and moved to Denver, Colorado in 1996. She attended technical school to become a CAD drafter and was employed by a precast concrete company where she met her husband. She later decided to leave the construction industry and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2005. Sterling is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor and has over 15 years of clinical experience in providing mental health and substance abuse treatment to adolescents, adults, couples and families. Sterling has a love for travel, having spent time in Thailand, Italy, China and Mexico. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids, walking her dog on the trails around Golden as well as skiing at Eldora and Winter Park.

Counselors

Dorothy Demers, LPC

Dorothy Demers, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
email: ddemers@mines.edu
Dorothy grew up in Crested Butte, CO and received her BA from Middlebury College in 2008 where she also competed on the varsity ski team. After taking time to work and adventure in Vermont, Montana and Colorado, Dorothy received her master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2015 and is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado. Professionally, she is passionate about working in higher education and takes special interest in men’s issues, student athletes, substance use concerns, international and graduate student challenges, and providing integrated health care. Personally, Dorothy enjoys getting outside to ski, hike, raft, as well as travel, gardening, and goofing off with her young son and partner.

Rick Cohen, LPC

Rick Cohen
Licensed Professional Counselor
email: rcohen1@mines.edu 
Originally from Chicago, Rick has been a licensed professional counselor for over 20 years, working with children, teens and adults in hospitals, schools and outpatient clinics. Rick moved to Boulder in 1993 to pursue the Colorado lifestyle- skiing, rock climbing and hiking. He worked as an outpatient therapist in Boulder and founded the Family Institute in Arvada in 2006. Rick has lived in beautiful Golden since 2005, raising his 2 boys, and spending much of his time hiking, gardening, playing guitar and traveling to tropical destinations.

Justin Male, LPC

Justin Male
Licensed Professional Counselor
email: jmale@mines.edu 
Originally from California, Justin is proud to call Colorado his home. After completing his Master’s Degree at Azusa Pacific University in 2005, Justin has been blessed to reside in this beautiful state. Over the last 15 years, Justin has had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings providing individual, family and group psychotherapy, behavioral intervention, social skills training and executive function coaching. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Justin has specialized in working with neuro-diverse populations including individuals impacted by ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has additionally specialized in providing treatment for young adults who struggle with digital media overuse. Justin recognizes the unique challenges impacting today’s college students and is passionate about supporting young adults during this transformative time in their lives. He is a strong believer in practical application and helping individuals gain the necessary skills to realize positive change and personal growth. In his free time, Justin enjoys spending quality time with his wonderful wife and three kids, playing guitar, attending Rockies games, fly fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.

Kallie Henderson

Kallie Henderson
Clinical Intern
email: khenderson1@mines.edu
Kallie was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from American University in Washington DC and moved to Colorado to have better access to the great outdoors. Kallie has lived in Denver for about four years, immersing herself in the activities she loves most, including skiing, camping, and hiking. In Denver, Kallie worked on the Colorado statewide crisis line and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which inspired her to apply to and attend the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Kallie is now in her concentration year, where her studies are focused on clinical mental health. As Kallie continues to work on the front-lines of mental health support on the crisis line, she is thrilled by the opportunity to be a clinical social work intern at the Colorado School of Mines Counseling Center. Kallie is extremely passionate about collaborative support, harm reduction, and suicide prevention.

Ami Ortiz

Ami Ortiz
Clinical Intern
email: ortiz@mines.edu
Ami was born and raised in Israel to New Yorker parents. At the age of 18, he attended Houghton College in New York, and later transferred and graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with his bachelor’s in psychology. Ami is now attending the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work with the goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In his free time, he enjoys hiking/camping, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

Alexandrea Martin

Alexandrea Martin
Clinical Intern
email: alexandreamartin@mines.edu

Outreach Coordinator

Lauren Jensen, LCSW

Lauren Jensen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
email: laurenrkjensen@mines.edu
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Outreach Coordinator at the Mines Counseling Center, advisor to the Active Minds @ Mines student club on campus, and co-supervises the Mines Betsy’s Friends Peer Education Program. One of Lauren’s favorite parts of her job is facilitating the Mindful Mondays program on campus – as she believes in the value of incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives for greater well-being. She also loves teaching and talking about mental health prevention and advocacy.

Lauren lived and worked in Guatemala in between undergrad and grad school where she learned her love of other cultures, Guatemalan coffee, and working with people in their unique environments. She joined the Mines Counseling Center in 2016 and oversees outreach events within the department, including Wellness Skills Seminars, Wellness Workshops, and other educational outreach programming.

Case Manager

 

Julie Price

Julie Price
email: jmprice@mines.edu
Julie joined the Mines Wellness Center staff in 2012 as the Office Manager, then shifted to the Counseling Center Case Manager in 2018. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and attended college at the Art Institute of Colorado gaining an Associate’s Degree in Photography. Along with photography, Julie enjoys Pilates, snowboarding and being walked by her dog ^.^

Office Manager

 

Jeremiah Harberg

Jeremiah Harberg
email: jharberg@mines.edu 
Jeremiah is an outdoor enthusiast – turned – indoor administrator passionate about making students feel welcomed through professionalism and caring. He has worked at Mines since 2015 and has more than a decade of experience working with students in a mental healthcare setting. As the front desk manager, he is responsible for greeting students, scheduling dental and counseling visits, and answering Wellness Center department inquiries. When he isn’t working, you’ll find Jeremiah backpacking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, playing City Skylines and binging on Netflix Sci-Fi.