Meet the Staff

Director

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
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 a variety of hospital mental health settings, both in Chicago and later in Denver. She relishes spending time in the mountains, traveling, having fun and laughing. Jennifer has been at Mines since 2007.

 

Counselors

Kate Kelsey, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
email: kkelsey@mines.edu

Kate is a licensed therapist and has been practicing in the mental health field for over ten years. While she has practiced therapy in various settings throughout her career, she is especially passionate about working with students and has worked at Mines since 2014. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Kate moved to Colorado in 2005 and received her master’s degree with a specialization in couples and family therapy from the University of Colorado, Denver. She enjoys travelling, reading, yoga, gardening and spending time with her family.

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.

Erin Tierno, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
email: etierno@mines.edu 

After growing up on both the west and east coasts, Erin completed her BA at Smith College in Massachusetts, but spent her junior year “abroad” at CU-Boulder. Erin next landed in NYC where she received her master’s degree in Social Work from NYU, worked for many years in community mental health, and then developed a private practice specializing in anxiety, dating & relationships, fertility & family building, and LGBTQ+ issues. When the opportunity arose, Erin jumped at the chance to move back to Colorado and has recently completed phase 1 of reassimilation by adopting a rescue puppy.

Sterling Fabinski, LCSW, CACII
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 Certified Addiction Counselor II 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.

Outreach Coordinator

Lauren Jensen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
email: laurenrkjensen@mines.edu

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her degree from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver in 2008. Lauren grew up in Beloit, Kansas and she has a background working in women’s empowerment and child advocacy agencies as well as integrated health care. Lauren lived and worked in Guatemala after her undergraduate experience where she learned her love of other cultures, Guatemalan coffee, and working with people in their unique environments. Lauren is genuinely excited about joining the Counseling Center team and for the opportunity to serve as the Outreach Coordinator to expand services for the benefit of the students at Mines.

Case Manager

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 Mashore
email: jmashore@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.