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Meet the Team

Mountain Valley employs between 150 and 155 staff members at any given time. Our personnel policies do not allow the release of names and personal information without a specific release from each individual. All direct care employees are provided with a minimum of 40 hours of job specific training at the beginning of employment and annual in-service training of about 20 hours per year. New direct care employee training includes an overview of developmental disabilities, values related to service delivery, customer service, reporting requirements regarding suspicion of abuse or neglect, and human resources issues. Additionally, job specific training such as CPR/First Aid, medication administration, gastroenterology services, and emergency control and restraint techniques is provided to each in accordance with the accreditation, licensing, and State certification requirements. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities regularly audit compliance with credentialing and staff training requirements. Due to the size of the staff, normal employee turnover, and cost containment activities that currently provide for an administrative review prior to replacement of some vacancies created through employee attrition, actual numbers of employees within several departments vary during the course of the year.

Administrative Team

Bruce Christensen

Bruce Christensen

Executive Director

Bruce has a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas with a Major in Social Sciences. He has completed Graduate level coursework in Regional and Community Planning and Special Education. Bruce came to Mountain Valley Developmental Services in 1979 and has served as the Executive Director ever since. He has extensive experience in local and regional planning and policy development for human services organizations. Bruce also brings expertise in the development and administration of services for children and adults with disabilities, proficiency in the development and assessment of program evaluation systems, expertise with governmental contract administration and funding mechanisms, demonstrated skill in organizational development and the ability to successfully maintain collaborative relationships with volunteer boards of directors.

Specific responsibilities include: overall supervision of the development and operation of Case Management services, Early Childhood Developmental, Vocational Training, Supported Employment, Community Living, and Family Support programs; assurance of effective and efficient utilization of staff of 180 employees; development and administration of an annual budget of $8.9 million;   procurement of funding for the operation of the organization’s programs; ongoing evaluation of operations to ensure effectiveness and compliance with governmental and accreditation requirements; contract administration; and the oversight and management of capital assets.
E-mail: bruce@mtnvalley.org

Sara Sims

Sara Sims

Associate Director

After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Sara moved to Glenwood Springs, CO in 1994.  She worked for a short time with adolescents in a Residential Treatment Facility, and then joined the family at Mountain Valley as an adult Case Manager in 1995.  Sara worked in that capacity for 5 years and then moved into the position of Director of Child and Family Services.  She was then also promoted to the Associate Director in the Spring of 2015.  She enjoys getting to know the families whom the agency serves, and does an amazing job of gently walking them through their daily celebrations and struggles.  Sara feels that the culture of Mountain Valley is an extension of her personal life: flexible, understanding, expectant, and perseverant.
E-mail: sara@mtnvalley.org

Ksana Oglesby

Ksana Oglesby

Finance Director

Ksana graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Saint Mary of-the-Woods College with Major in Accounting.  She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.  Ksana worked in public accounting in Glenwood Springs for eight years before moving into the governmental/nonprofit sector, spending five years with Aspen Valley Hospital.  During her tenure at the hospital she implemented numerous changes to financial policies which increased accuracy and efficiency and enhanced internal controls.

With her background in accounting and nonprofits, Mountain Valley Developmental Services was a natural fit and Ksana took on the role of CFO for the organization in the summer of 2015.

A self-proclaimed geek, Ksana enjoys talking accounting with anyone who will listen.  Her philosophy is that financial information should be easily understood by all affected parties.  To that end she has continues to put into effect changes to the financial management and reporting systems at Mountain Valley Developmental Services to make the data more transparent to non-financial users.

Ksana is a CPA, holds a CGMA designation through the AICPA and a CHFP designation through the HFMA.  She serves on a number of accounting and financial boards, including as president of the local chapter of the Colorado Society of CPAs.
E-mail: ksana@mtnvalley.org

Michelle Szydlowski

Michelle Szydlowski

Residential Director

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut with a Major in Psychology and Neuroscience, a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Chicago at Illinois and a professional certificate in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology.  Michelle came to Mountain Valley Developmental Services in 2010 as the Assistant Residential Director.  She was promoted to the Residential Director in 2011.  She has extensive experience with Autism and challenging behavior and provides behavioral consultation and assessment to adults with I/DD and challenging behavior.  She has been instrumental creating policies and procedures to increase the efficiency and quality of services and supports provided in residential settings.  Her focus has been on person centered thinking and how to infuse this practice into the daily routines of our employees and the individuals we support.

Specific responsibilities include:  overall supervision of the Residential Services Program including our Group Homes, Apartments, Host Homes, Family Care Giver and SLS services; assurance of effective and efficient utilization of staff of 110 employees; quality assurance and state regulation compliance with the Division for Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Department of Public Safety; ensuring all programmatic needs of adults receiving services are met; establish and maintain an effective and efficient organizational structure for the residential services program; maintains licensure for all residential facilities; and assist with strategic planning and program development.

E-mail:michelle@mtnvalley.org

John Klausz

John Klausz

Director of Adult and Employment Services

John has a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Masters degree in History. However, he didn’t find his true vocation until he began working with individuals with developmental disabilities in 1996. His introduction to the field was at the direct support level working for an agency in New York, The Center for Developmental Disabilities. In the course of his 10 years with The Center, John supervised a 60 person team in the Supported Employment program.  Then John lead the Center’s Day Habilitation program helping individuals participate in daily community based activities supported by staff. In 2006, John moved to Colorado to accept a position with Mesa Developmental Services in Grand Junction. As the Vocational Services Director, his responsibilities included overseeing staff supporting individuals as they participated in different day hab and vocational programs.

In 2012, John began working with Mountain Valley Developmental Services. He currently leads a department providing day habilitation services to approximately 100 individuals. These services vary from providing work experience in a greenhouse or our downtown store, helping individuals maintain community based jobs, and providing enriching and educational activities both in the community and at our agency. We provide a full spectrum of services to meet the varied interests and needs of those we support as they seek to define their own lives in their own manner.
E-mail: john@mtnvalley.org

Brenda Scrimsher

Brenda Scrimsher

Support Services Director

Brenda graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Criminology, minor in Abnormal Psychology in 1976. After graduation, Brenda started working for Big Lakes Developmental Services in Manhattan, Kansas and had a case load of the most severely involved adults in the day program setting. She worked with behavioral issues as well as ADL’s, and pre-vocational job skills. She was promoted to the Vocational Evaluator and Case Manager position in the same agency. After almost 5 years there, Brenda was contacted to apply for the Adult Director position here at Mountain valley Developmental Services. For the first year she worked as the Adult Director over the residential and adult day program services. The agency was growing at that time, so she then became the Vocational Director. Brenda oversaw all in house vocational services including the implementation of the grant bringing Mountain Valley two large green houses. She supervised the move of the very large facility from Parker, CO to Glenwood Springs. Brenda also helped establish new day program services for Glenwood Springs and the Vail area.

After approximately 14 years as the Vocational Director, Brenda was promoted to the Support Services Director and has supervised the Case Managers for adult and children services for the past eight years.  In addition to her services as supervisor, Brenda manages the Human Rights Committee, is the lead for internal investigations, and is a resource for all staff in the agency for issues of confidentiality, rights, and behavioral concerns. Brenda has been with MVDS since 1981 and really enjoys her work. Along with being an employee with MVDS Brenda has been a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for over 15 years. This is an international accreditation organization that conducts surveys all over the United States and Canada. For the past 8 years Brenda have been a SIS Trainer for the state of Colorado, and an independent contractor for the state in teaching staff how to conduct the SIS Assessment, conducting re-certifications for staff throughout Colorado, conducting the SIS Interviews statewide, and reviewing support levels when the state has questions about the accuracy of a person’s support level.
E-mail: brenda@mtnvalley.org

Sarah Brotherson

Sarah Brotherson

Director of Children and Family Services

Sarah Brotherson graduated from Kansas State University with two Bachelor of Science degrees, a Major in Social Sciences and a Major in Life Span Human Development.  Upon graduation in 2004, Sarah moved to Glenwood Springs, CO.  At that time, she began her career with Mountain Valley Developmental Services as a Case Manager in the adult program.  She then transitioned into a Case Manager in the Early Intervention Program.  In 2013 she began working as the Placement Manager, as well, managing the waitlists for adult services and making disability determinations for new individuals interested in receiving services.  In 2015, Sarah was promoted to the Director of Child and Family Services position.

Sarah also assists with internal investigations and sits on several community councils, providing information and support for children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

E-mail: sarahbrotherson@mtnvalley.org

Lisa-Scott

Lisa Scott

Eagle and Lake County Program Administrator

Lisa came to work for Mountain Valley in March of 2013. It was her love of the mountains and skiing that brought her to Colorado from Michigan, and she now calls the Vail Valley home. Lisa graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in social work, and spent the first 8 years of her career working at an inpatient mental health facility as a clinical social worker in Northern Michigan. Since moving to Colorado she has completed her masters degree in psychology and is currently working on her P.H.D in psychology. After starting as an adult case manager at MVDS, she took the Administrator position for Eagle and Lake County in December of 2013.
E-mail: lisa@mtnvalley.org

Janet Jesse

Janet Jesse

Office Manager

Janet graduated from Johnson and Wales College, Providence, Rhode Island in 1980 with a degree in Dietetic Technology. After working as Nutritional Director at the Schwartz Children’s Clinic in New Bedford, Massachusetts she moved to South Florida where she worked as a medical secretary for several years. Janet relocated to Colorado in 1990 where she worked in our residential program before becoming the Office Assistant and finally being promoted to Office Manager.

The Office Manager is responsible for ensuring that the main agency office is run in an efficient and professional manner. Janet it responsible for all IT services at MVDS including network servers and computers, phone systems and data management. She also supervises the housekeeping services at the agency to assure a healthy and safe environment for clients, staff and visitors.
E-mail: janet@mtnvalley.org

 

Admin Team December 10, 2014
Mountain Valley Developmental Services
700 Mt. Sopris Dr.,
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: (970) 945-2306 or (800) 626-6450
info@mtnvalley.org