Meet Our Staff

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D. was hired as Development and Grant Coordinator August 10, 2018 and moved into the Executive Director on July 1, 2019.

Karen Kaminski, Ph.D. 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.  She brings over 40 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations helping them expand their services, increase development and fundraising, and enhance programs. 

Her work experience includes: Associate Professor and Chair of the Master of Education – Adult Education and Training at Colorado State University; Development Associate for Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; 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

Colleen Bergman, MA

Director of Programs

Colleen Bergman was hired as Advocate Manager on March 10, 2008.

Colleen Bergman received her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and Communication in 1999 and a Masters’ Degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2003.

Her work experience includes: Counselor for Adults with Disabilities, Program Manager of a semi-independent living program, counselor at a Residential Treatment Center for children 8-12 years old, drug/alcohol counselor, Dialectical Behavior Therapy therapist (individual and groups) and Program Supervisor of a private probation/DRC in the 5th Judicial District, Interim Executive Director, and grant writing and management.

Contact Colleen at (970) 513-9390 or email her at

Kathi Brown, MS

Advocate Manager

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.

Cathy Hyde, MA

Development and Events Coordinator

Catherine Hyde was hired as an Administrative Assistant on January 24, 2017 and was promoted to Development and Events Coordinator on July 1, 2019.

Cathy Hyde received her Baccalaureate of Arts with dual majors in History and Library Science and Media, and her Masters’ Degree in Education with a concentration in Library Science and Media. Both degrees focused on curriculum building for differentiated instruction and problem solving.
Her work experience includes; Clerical and administrative support to management in nonprofit, real estate, property management, personal fitness, and small business enterprises; Assistant Manager in retail.

Susan Tiefenbach

Administrative Assistant

Susan was hired as the Administrative Assistant for CASA in August 2019. She lived several years in Colorado Springs then moved to Summit County in 2008 with her husband Tim. Susan has a Certificate in Computers and Information Technology from McGill University in Montreal. She had a long career in the Telecommunications industry in both Canada and the United States. In her free-time she enjoys the outdoors sailing, skiing, hiking and spending time with her husband and friends.

Melissa Keil

Program Assistant

Melissa joined CASAcd in August 2019 as a part-time assistant to our program staff. Melissa has a degree in business and brings expertise in graphic design.

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.
Tom Marmins & April-Dawn Knudsen
Co-Chair Board of Directors 
CASA of the Continental Divide 

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