Michelle Dibos, Community Engagement Director

Michelle Dibos joined Eagle Valley Behavioral Health in September of 2019 as a Community Engagement Director due to her commitment to raising the community’s voice and strengthening collaborative partnerships. She is a human services professional with ample experience providing responsive services and programs that help enhance the lives of vulnerable populations, with a specific focus on the Latinx community. Most recently, Michelle worked in Eagle County Human Services managing Early Head Start and other whole-family and early childhood programs aimed at helping clients achieve self-sufficiency, empowerment and healthy family dynamics. 

Originally from Peru, Michelle came for a three-month student exchange program ten years ago, when she decided to make the Vail Valley her home. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies from Colorado Mountain College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Human Services Administration from Antioch University. Michelle’s background in systems building initiatives, strategic partnerships and issues of equity and justice will be a great asset to Eagle Valley Behavioral Health’s efforts in ensuring services are inclusive and responsive to the needs of the whole community.

Outside of her role with Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, Michelle volunteers in the Board of Directors of Mountain Youth and Neighborhood Navigators, and she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family exploring all that the valley has to offer. 
 

Dana Erpelding, Operations Director 

Dana Erpelding is a Colorado native who spent her childhood visiting the Vail Valley dreaming of a day when she might make our community her permanent home. This dream came true in 2018 when she moved from the Denver area to become the Deputy Director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. Over the past year, she has been engaged in local behavioral health initiatives and worked with various community partners to develop a project plan and cost summary for addressing gaps in our community’s behavioral health system. This formed the foundation of EVBH initiatives to be accomplished over the next ten years. 

Dana has a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science and a Masters Degree in Information and Learning Technologies from the University of Colorado School of Education and Human Development.  She has over 16 years of experience in strategic planning, project management, fiscal oversight, performance improvement and policy analysis and development. She has a passion for engaging diverse stakeholders to build collaborative approaches to solving complex, systemic challenges.  Prior to moving to the Vail Valley, Dana worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in various roles including as the Director of the Laboratory Services Division and Director of the Center for Health and Environmental Data. In her various roles at CDPHE she improved operational systems to more effectively implement public health programming, built strong, collaborative relationships with health professionals, policymakers and other key community stakeholders, oversaw data analysis and reporting efforts, developed and evaluated prevention and educational campaigns, developed rules, policies and testified on behalf of legislation to improve the health of our state.

 Outside of her role with Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, Dana is on the Board of Directors of the Hope Center and she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her family.

 

Chris Lindley, Executive Director

Chris Lindley is the former director of Eagle County Public Health and Environment. Lindley has been instrumental in leading the local behavioral health initiative by building a collaborative approach to addressing gaps in care. He was recently awarded the local Chief’s Community Partnership Award 2019 for vision, passion and can-do attitude in bringing the Hope Center to the Eagle River Valley.

Lindley holds a master’s of public health, a master’s in the science of epidemiology and a master’s of business administration. He was a unit commander and environmental science officer of preventive medicine in the 793rd Medical Detachment of the US Army Medical Reserves. Among many awards and a presidential commendation, he received the Bronze Star Medal for saving multiple lives during a suicide bomber attack that demanded the treatment of 91 injured soldiers while leading troops in Iraq.

Lindley is the founder of two successful fitness and wellness companies across 10 locations, including Endorphin in Eagle. He was a professional firefighter in Denver, where he graduated from the fire academy as class valedictorian and a top recruit. He was assigned to the busiest fire station in the state with more than 6,500 calls a year and was a member of the swift water, high angle, collapse, and underwater rescue special operations, teams. He was also the Prevention Services director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), during which he directed Colorado's wellness, workplace and public health prevention strategies; supported research, educational campaigns, policy efforts and federal/state initiatives; and built strong coalitions with public health professionals, policymakers, CDPHE partners, residents and key stakeholders.  

His experience and connections will greatly serve Eagle Valley Behavioral Health moving forward. 

Gerry Lopez, Youth Engagement Coordinator

Gerry Lopez has led many youth initiatives around Eagle County. Helping local youth find their passions, and connecting them to efforts that revolved around their passions thus helping other youth believe in themselves and empower them to take their first step in building themselves into the person they want to be. 

Lopez holds an associates degree with a focus in business administration, and is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in business administration locally at Colorado Mountain College. Gerry comes in with a world of experience not just from the youth perspective, but from the LatinX community as well. A native of Mexico, Lopez came to the United States at the age of six and has lived here in the Eagle River Valley ever since. 

Outside of Gerry's EVBH role he sits on the board of both Speak Up Reach Out and Red Ribbon Project. Gerry is also a youth adviser for Eagle River Youth Coalition. 

Gerry's diverse experiences will help bring insight to Eagle Valley Behavioral Health to help guide efforts. 
 

Mike Richards, Data Systems & Analytics Director

Mike Richards has a strong technical spirit and a love of Colorado which he never minds bringing together. Mike is an accomplished technical leader with over 16 years of Management Information Technology experience in both the public and private sector(s). A Colorado native, Mike accepted the opportunity to swim for the University of North Dakota where he received a degree in Management Information Systems. Since graduation in 2002 he has worked and lived in the Vail Valley taking full advantage of everything the area offers. Immediately after graduation he started a successful web development and software consulting company providing unique, relevant and sustainable tech solutions to small and medium sized businesses.  

Most recently Mike focused his attention and efforts to public sector solutions specifically for the Town of Vail as a Senior Systems Engineer. Since 2011, Mike has built, managed and deployed numerous custom web applications and web solutions. Additionally, he worked with key decisions makers and relevant vendors to provide technical direction for software applications and technology initiatives. He has an extensive project management list for the Town of Vail.

Mike has a deep understanding of technology platforms, integration and how things should work. He prides himself on his ability to act as a conduit between highly technical concepts and everyday organizational goals. Mike has a very strong worth ethic and willingness to always go above and beyond in all situations. His experience will be a great asset when tackling Eagle Valley Behavioral Health technology initiatives.
 

Casey Wolfington, Behavioral Health Clinical Services Director

Dr. Casey Wolfington is a licensed psychologist and the former Clinical Director of Bright Future Foundation. Dr. Wolfington has been on the forefront of behavioral health workforce development strategies within Eagle County for the past eleven years. During this time, Dr. Wolfington founded, developed, and supervised several student-training programs, including the creation and accreditation of Colorado’s only rural APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship Consortium. As of 2018, over 40 masters and doctoral students have completed their clinical training through Dr. Wolfington’s behavioral health training programs and under her supervision. Of these, 30% of trainees have either remained in or returned to our community and currently provide mental health services in Eagle County. In 2018, Dr. Wolfington received the Excellence in Training award from both faculty and students at the University of Denver.

Dr. Wolfington received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver with a focus on treatment and assessment of children and adolescents with an emphasis on trauma. Dr. Wolfington completed her postdoctoral training at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, as the hospital’s first Vollbracht Psychology Fellow. Dr. Wolfington has also provided psychological services through her independent practice since 2008. In this avenue, her work focused on providing psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Primary areas of focus include individual and family therapeutic services with a specific emphasis on the treatment of psychological trauma, self-harm, infertility/post-partum concerns, eating disorders, and complex mood disorders. Dr. Wolfington provides consultation and evaluation services to community organizations and develops/implements outreach initiatives to increase community involvement and awareness. Dr. Wolfington also provides expert testimony, as requested, and has been endorsed across Colorado for testimony in the areas of: domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, psychological trauma, child attachment, posttraumatic stress, victim dynamics, and the impact of violence and abuse on children.

Dr. Wolfington’s experience with strategic behavioral health programming with be an incredible asset to EVBH and the community.  

 

Eagle Valley Behavioral Health was established to serve as the backbone organization to lead the community collaboration in transforming the Eagle Valley behavioral health system.