WICHE Staff -- Mental Health Program

  • Gina Brimmer

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    Senior Consultant
    Behavioral Health Program
    720.708.9321
  • Brittany Copithorn

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      Brittany Copithorn has been with the WICHE Mental Health Program since July 2014. As a Project Coordinator, her primary responsibility is recruiting Behavioral Health staff for the Hawaii Department of Education. She also aids in some administrative work as needed. Prior to WICHE, she was in sales and marketing. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications at Colorado State University. Brittany is a Colorado native with two young girls and loves hiking, biking, snowboarding and rafting. 

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    Project Coordinator
    Behavioral Health Program
    720.280.7266
  • John Gomez

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    Director of Operations
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0288
  • Andie Hancock

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      Andie Hancock is a Budget Coordinator for the WICHE Mental Health Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and has 35 years of experience in administration. She previously worked for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department for 34 years and learned everything from flowers to financials!

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    Budget Coordinator
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0309
  • Rebecca Helfand

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      Rebecca Helfand received her Ph.D. in psychology from Baylor University before moving to Colorado as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado's Institute for Behavioral Genetics. Prior to joining the WICHE Behavioral Health Program team, Rebecca worked for the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the State of Colorado Department of Human Services. In her four years with OBH, she worked on a variety of projects with other state agencies, namely the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Healthcare Policy, and Financing. Rebecca served as the director of the Data and Evaluation unit within OBH where she supervised a team of twelve people, affording her the opportunity to work on projects throughout the OBH office.

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    Program Director
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0205
  • April Hendrickson

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      April Hendrickson is a Research and Technical Assistance Associate with WICHE’s Mental Health Program. Ms. Hendrickson works with states throughout the West to evaluate and improve mental health and substance use/abuse services. Her expertise includes designing and executing program evaluation plans, principles of effective prevention programs, managing and analyzing data, report writing, and providing evaluation technical assistance and training to clients. Prior to joining WICHE, Ms. Hendrickson was a Researcher at OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social science research organization in Denver, CO. While with OMNI, Ms. Hendrickson led a broad range of evaluations and collaborated with numerous non-profits, foundations, organizations, and government agencies on a variety of projects. She also led the Online Survey Committee and Data Management Committee and served on the Spanish Committee, Data Dashboard Committee, and Research Ethics Committee. Prior to OMNI, Ms. Hendrickson worked for the ISA Group, a behavioral science research company in Alexandria, VA, where she performed a range of quantitative and qualitative research activities for behavioral health, substance use prevention, and workplace health promotion projects. She received a M.A. in psychology from American University and a B.A. from Rollins College. Ms. Hendrickson is also a Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist-II and is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

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    Research and Technical Assistance Associate
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0298
  • Hannah Koch

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      Hannah Koch is a Research and Technical Assistance Associate with the WICHE Mental Health Program and is also a licensed psychologist. She earned her bachelor's degree with honors at the University of Chicago in psychology and biological sciences and her doctorate at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a focus area in couples therapy and systems theory. Dr. Koch's work with the WICHE Mental Health Program includes a variety of behavioral health research initiatives, including evaluating evidence based programs such as Assertive Community Treatment and campus sexual violence prevention. Dr. Koch has worked in a variety of clinical settings with varied populations, including clients with severe and persistent mental illness at a community mental health center and patients with blood cancers at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Koch has extensive experience in university counseling centers. Through her work at the University of Colorado Boulder Counseling and Psychological Services and the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center, Dr. Koch gained experience in both crisis intervention and outreach, including creating and implementing healthy relationships programming. She also served as a research project coordinator for a nation-wide study of romantic relationship development and assisted with a study investigating family stability over time. Dr. Koch is a trained victim advocate for sexual assault survivors, and her primary research interests are in healthy romantic relationship development. Dr. Koch is also adjunct faculty at the University of Denver where she teaches several graduate-level courses in clinical interventions.

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    Research and Technical Assistance Associate
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0254
  • Debra Kupfer

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    Senior Consultant
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.263.6517
  • Dennis Mohatt

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      Dennis Mohatt is the Vice President for Behavioral Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). He directs the WICHE Mental Health Program and the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research. Dennis has over 30 years of public mental health services. His work has included direct clinical care, clinical supervision, and CEO tenure in a rural CMHC serving Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Additionally, he led an effort in the early 1990s, funded by HRSA, to successfully integrate mental health and primary care in multiple rural family practice settings. During the late 1990s, Dennis served as the Deputy Director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a position where he also served as the state's commissioner of mental health. His duties included executive management of multiple state HHS divisions including: child welfare, juvenile justice, public health, mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, services for the older adults, public assistance, Medicaid, services for the visually impaired, and public institutions. Since 2001, Dennis has led WICHE's efforts in behavioral health. He has served as a member of the National Rural Health Advisory Committee, and led many national efforts relating to rural mental health including his role as the Chief Consultant to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He is actively engaged in efforts focused on improving services to Veterans, Guard, and Reserve as well as their families; rural mental health policy; workforce development, and increasing adoption of integrated approaches to behavioral and primary care practice. His graduate training was supported by a NIMH Fellowship and focused on rural community-clinical psychology. 

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    Vice President for Behavioral Health
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0256
  • Bethany Rigles

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    Research and Technical Assistance Associate
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0226
  • Liza Tupa

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      Liza Tupa is the Director of Education and Research for the WICHE Mental Health Program. A licensed clinical psychologist, her career has focused on public behavioral health service delivery. She has expertise in behavioral health service delivery systems in Colorado and other western states, program evaluation, behavioral health policy, management and leadership, and a variety of clinical issues. She has worked in a variety of public behavioral health systems, including community mental health center, Department of Corrections, and a state psychiatric institute. Prior to joining WICHE, Dr. Tupa served as Deputy Director of Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health, providing leadership in community behavioral health programming and public services planning, procurement, and regulation. Her work there included developing budget requests and proposed legislation, performance improvement, supporting homelessness and institutional transition initiatives for individuals with behavioral health issues, and working closely with the legislative branch of Colorado’s state government as well as with a range of other state departments and agencies. Earlier in her career she served in several leadership roles at a state psychiatric inpatient hospital, including as a unit psychologist, APA-Accredited Psychology Internship Training Director, quality assurance researcher, and ultimately as Associate Director. Dr. Tupa’s graduate training had a dual focus on clinical work and research, with research specialization in program and assessment tool evaluation. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Psychology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, studying public mental health service delivery and mental health case law. Her professional experience includes numerous clinical trainings, teaching college level psychology, and local and national presentations in the areas of behavioral health systems, communication skills training and assessment, critical incident stress debriefings, and recovery- focused mental health service delivery.

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    Director of Education and Research
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0224
  • Darlene Williams

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      Darlene Williams is an Administrative Assistant III for the WICHE Mental Health Program. She brings over 25 years of experience serving the non-profit and quasi-governmental sector. She has served in several capacities for agricultural, heritage, multicultural, arts and health service organizations as administrator, events and project manager, and corporate secretary. As an arts educator, mentor and consultant, she has extensive experience working in a variety of public and private educational settings in urban, rural and remote communities throughout Western Canada. Long active in the community, Ms. Williams has served on a number of non-profit boards, leading initiatives to increase the accessibility of arts education for everyone.

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    Administrative Assistant III
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0311
  • Stefanie Winfield

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    Research and Technical Assistance Associate
    Behavioral Health Program
    303.541.0225