Meet Our Staff

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director

Colleen Bergman, MA

Director of Programs

Kathi Brown, MS

Advocate Manager

Cathy Hyde, MA

Administrative Assistant

 Karen Kaminski, Ph.D. was hired as Development and Grant Coordinator August 10, 2018, Stepping in as interim Executive Director in May 2019

Karen  earned her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Technology from the University of Wyoming in 2000.  Her emphasis is on experiential learning, instructional design, methods of training, and critical thinking and problem solving.  Her M.S. is in Instructional Design and Technology

Her work experience includes: Associate Professor in a Master of Education – Adult Education and Training at Colorado State University – 20 years with 8 of those years serving as Chair of the program; Development Associate for Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center writing grants and providing development support as well as facilitating experiential programs; Contract work facilitating leadership, team building, communication, and group dynamics workshops; professional ski instructor/adaptive ski instructor.

Contact Karen at (970) 413-9390 or email her at casacd_dgc@mtncasa.org

 Colleen Bergman was hired as Advocate Manager on March 10, 2008. During her 10 years at CASA of the Continental Divide she has worked in the roles of Senior Advocate Manager, Interim Executive Director and more recently Director of Programs.

Colleen received her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of Duluth Minnesota in 1999 and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado in 2003.

Colleen’s work experience includes: Counselor and Case Manager for Adults with Disabilities, Program Manager of a Semi-Independent Living Program, Counselor at an Residential Treatment Center for children 8-12 years old, Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Therapist (individual and groups) and Program Supervisor for a private probation/DRC in the 5th Judicial District.

Contact Colleen at (970) 513-9390 or email her at colleenb@mtncasa.org

 Kathi Brown was hired as Advocate Manager, August 6, 2018.

Kathi Brown received her Baccalaureate of Arts in Criminal Justice, Baccalaureate of Science in Mass Communications and her Masters’ Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Social Psychology. 

Her work experience includes: Case manager for federal inmates’ halfway house, Children’s Program Manager for a domestic violence shelter, Public Relations Specialist and Program Manager for a state agency advocating on behalf of women and girls, a program consultant for a local foundation, and a child welfare supervisor.

Contact Kathi at (970) 513-9390 or email her at casacd_am1@mtncasa.org

Cathy was hired as the Administrative Assistant for CASA in January 2017. She is a long-term resident of Summit County with 25 years in the county. She lives in Dillon with her husband, Brian, and their 7 year old German Shephard, Sasha. Cathy has a BA with dual majors in History and Library Science and Media and a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Library Science and Media. In her free-time she enjoys spending time in the beautiful scenery of the mountains. Her hobbies include family history and genealogy, reading, and assorted crafts and puzzles. The majority of her time is spent with family enjoying music and movies. 

Dear Friends & Stakeholders —
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of CASA of the Continental Divide’s
Executive Director, Mr. Doug DeLong. While Doug was with us but a short time, his kind heart
and ready smile will be missed and his passing leaves a void in our hearts.
Please join us in remembering his goodness and hold the DeLong family near your heart in the
days, weeks, and months to come.
As we mourn a life taken too soon, we honor Doug’s memory and his lifetime dedication to
young people by confidently moving forward with the good work of CASA. Dr. Karen Kaminski
has been serving as CASACD’s Development Coordinator and has graciously accepted the
role of Interim Executive Director to lead CASACD through this time of transition.
Sincerely,
Tom Marmins & April-Dawn Knudsen
Co-Chair Board of Directors 
CASA of the Continental Divide 

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