Meet the Staff

Director

 

Sandra Sims, PsyD

Sandra Sims, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
email: 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
email: 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, LPC
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, LPC
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.

Lucy Mull, LCSW, LAC

Lucy Mull, LCSW, LAC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addition Counselor
email: lmull@mines.edu 
Originally from the Green Mountain State of Vermont, Lucy received her BA from Gordon College on the North Shore of Boston and her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. Lucy has experience providing individual and group therapy and has specialized in substance use and trauma treatment. Lucy especially enjoys working with college students, and she interned at Wellesley College for her final graduate internship. Lucy also particularly enjoys using somatic therapy techniques that include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and mindfulness exercises. In her free time, Lucy goes backpacking, hiking, Nordic or downhill skiing, and dabbles in casual local birding. 

Kimberlee Yalango, Ph.D.

Kimberlee Yalango, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
email: kyalango@mines.edu
Kim was raised in a small town in Pennsylvania where she grew up loving the outdoors. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Denver. Her clinical training and experience has primarily been at university counseling centers and she strongly values supporting young adults as they explore and develop their identities. Kim is passionate about social justice and increasing her own cultural awareness and humility as a therapist. She enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ community, first generation college students, and eating disorders/body image.  In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking/camping, reading, cooking new dishes, and seeing live music.

Kristin Williams, LPC

Kristin Williams, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
email: kawilliams@mines.edu
Kristin is originally from West Virginia, and moved west to Colorado in 2004 for the endless days of sunshine. Kristin completed her Masters degree from Denver Seminary in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado. Having worked in higher education for most of her career, Kristin has a passion for working alongside students in helping them in their identity development, career planning decisions and direction, and dealing with transitions, motivation, and relationships. Kristin focuses on helping individuals understand and move through issues that keep them from achieving the level of health and wellbeing they desire in their lives. In her free time, Kristin loves all things outdoors including skiing, hiking, tennis, and paddle boarding. You can also find her plotting her next travel adventure, and spending time with her husband and kids around Golden.

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.

Clinical Outreach Coordinator

 

Katey Parsons, LPC

Katey Parsons, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
email: kateyparsons@mines.edu
While Katey was born and raised in Northwest Indiana, she spent many of her young adult years in Missouri. Katey earned her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Missouri State University, where she was a student athlete on the women’s cross country and track team; then attained her master’s degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia and eventually her LPC. In 2009 Katey was the last of her family to finally migrate to beautiful Colorado where she opened a private practice and worked part time at a small non-profit counseling agency. Most recently Katey has worked for Jefferson Center as the Red Rocks Community College Clinician from 2013-2021, providing counseling to the students, outreach and educational programming to the RRCC campus, and co-founded the RRCC Peer Counseling Program.  Clinically, Katey has specialized in trauma therapy and those with suicidal thoughts. Kate is trained in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing) CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality).  Katey is also a Certified Peer Educator Trainer through the Bacchus Initiative of NASPA and a Mental Health First Aid Trainer since 2017.

In her spare time Katey enjoys chasing after her young son, spending time with family, skiing, hiking, following College Football and Basketball as well as the Broncos and Nuggets, and playing as much softball in the summer as her knees and schedule allow.

Clinical Interns

BreAnn Sandoval

BreAnn Sandoval, MSW Candidate
MSW Clinical Intern
email: bsandoval@mines.edu 
BreAnn is a Colorado Native. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her Bachelor’s in Sociology with an Emphasis in Family Studies and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. BreAnn previously worked as an intern at MSU Denver’s Access Center as an AC Coordinator providing accommodations and Case Management to students with disabilities. She is currently a Case Manager at Denver Health Medical Center where she assists with discharge planning. BreAnn values connecting with others and has an interest in mental health and counseling. In her free time, BreAnn enjoys spending time with family and friends, journaling, paddle boarding, country concerts and spoiling her French Bulldog Bruno.

Holland McLean

Holland McLean, MSW Candidate
MSW Clinical Intern
email: hollandmclean@mines.edu 
Raised in the Carolinas, Holland attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina for her Bachelor’s degree. After graduation, she spent two years working at a therapeutic boarding school in New England, serving middle and high school students both residentially and academically. Holland is new to Colorado and is attending University of Denver for a Master of Social Work degree. She is eager to learn from the Counseling Center and the Mines community during her internship! To recharge, Holland loves live music, exploring new coffee shops, hiking, and movies.

Sarah Stearns

Sarah Stearns, MSW Candidate
MSW Clinical Intern
email: sstearns@mines.edu 
Originally from Madison Wisconsin, Sarah attended the University of Oregon for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Ethics. While in college Sarah interned at a preschool in a day shelter, which is where she realized she wanted to pursue a career in social work. Sarah went on to continue teaching preschool for a year after she graduated college and before she started applying for social work programs. Now, Sarah is attending the University of Denver for their two-year MSW program and she hopes to continue gaining clinic experience after she gets her MSW to go on to get her LCSW. Sarah is so excited about the unique chances she will be given with her internship at MINES and is looking forward to working with a new age group as well as a more diverse population. To recharge Sarah loves to paint, read, and loves being outdoors! She is looking forward to all the amazing hikes Colorado has to offer as well as all of the skiing!