Staff Bios

Carl Baccellieri, MA, LPC


Carl’s approach to leadership and client care is much like his approach to psychotherapy - stay focused on what really matters, and support people to share their best self with the world.  Carl has a knack for seeing things on a system-wide level and believes that "how we do anything, is how we do everything.”  He’s been with Living Well Transitions since 2008, working directly with both clients and parents, and helping design our therapeutic offerings before making the jump into the Executive Director role.  Before coming to LWT, he provided therapy to disadvantaged youths, adolescents and their host families in the foster care system, while also exhibiting nationally as a jewelry designer.  He has a master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy, advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and serves as a leadership coach for Naropa’s Authentic Leadership Center.  By far, his greatest teacher in authentic leadership is his teenage daughter, Amaya.  In his free time he enjoys time in nature, travel, tea ceremony and dancing in community.

Tyson Rittenmeyer MA, LPC,


Tyson’s connection with the Living Well Transitions mission dates back to 2007, when he began his clinical work as a Life Skills Counselor. Due to his experience in many clinical roles as well as his extensive tenure, his presence in the organization brings an invaluable level of historical knowledge to the current staff.  Tyson is committed, adaptable and courageous, and he incorporates his family systems expertise and unique music therapy training into the work with LWT clients and families.  His ability to mix humor and insightfulness helps create a work environment that is playful and steeped in trust.  When Tyson is not spending time with his wife and dog, he might be playing guitar, mountain biking or backpacking.

Jill Dawson, MA, LPC


Jill joined the Living Well Transitions team after graduating with her master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in 2008 and, since then, she’s held nearly every role in our clinical department. She has served hundreds of clients, parents, and other staff members with her groundedness, genuine care, and insightfulness. After having a baby in 2015, Jill stepped into the Director of Program Development role and is working behind the scenes to help keep LWT true to its roots and core philosophies and on the cutting edge of effective treatment, training, communication, and leadership. Offering everything from a warm hug to creative ideas to timely execution of tasks, Jill brings a wide-range of strengths to all the work she does at LWT. Outside of work, Jill delights in dancing with friends, baking goodies to share, and going on adventures with her son and husband.

Deara Ball




Deara transitioned to a role in marketing and admissions after working for several years as a therapist in a variety of settings, including a public high school, a boarding school and a wilderness therapy program. While exploring her new responsibilities, she quickly realized that her role as Director of Admissions and Marketing combines her clinical skills with her background in journalism. Her ability to make connections with people, while also gathering necessary information, is crucial to ensuring prospective clients are well suited for the unique Living Well Transitions model. Deara received her master’s degree from Indiana University, before spending five years working in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC. Deara is an enthusiastic pet owner, spending much of her free time with her two dogs, Sophie and Chuck and her cat Squeakers. Aside from caring for her animals, Deara loves dancing, reading and hiking around Boulder.  

Erin Kudal


Erin brings lightness and ease to each interaction she has with prospective clients of Living Well Transitions. With a personality as bubbly as the fizzy water she loves, her positive energy and compassionate nature allow her to hold clients and their parents with warmth and presence. Erin graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of Colorado and spent a number of years in the event planning industry. Having gained a sense of clarity and direction through life experiences, Erin shifted her career path to the helping profession, where she can support and guide the young adults and families with whom she works. She is a Boulder native, so her intimate knowledge of the community and its offerings helps clients new to the area feel right at home.  Erin loves reading and building her library, yoga, laughing, and spending time with family, friends and her furry kiddos Tony, Cody aka "Rocco," Bonnie and Ma. 

Katrina Doumbia


Co-workers describe Katrina as the “mama bear” and “glue” of Living Well Transitions.  Katrina offers a welcoming presence, big heart, and endless enthusiasm for wearing many hats in her role as Director of Operations.  She feels right at home at LWT, having grown up in Boulder and having received a BA in Psychology from Brown University.  When she’s not at work, Katrina supports her two teenage sons in their various pursuits (soccer, badminton, trail running, mountain biking, triple jumping…and more soccer).  When both the LWT and mom hats are hung up, she can be found dancing, singing, hiking, spending time with friends, dreaming of travel, and watching even more soccer.  

Ryan Dawson, MA, LPC


Ryan is committed to helping young people better cope with their lives in a quickly changing world and culture.  He studied psychology at the University of Washington, then moved to beautiful Boulder Colorado to study the psychological orientation derived from the Eastern traditions at Naropa University.  It is from this background that he offers both the cutting-edge and innovative, as well as the wisdom that has stood the test of centuries. Specifically, his approach serves young people as they navigate the often, stormy transitions to adulthood. Ryan is compassionate, knowledgeable, and committed to providing an experience that empowers clients to do what truly matters in their life and helps them feel more connected to the ones they love.

Janelle Skogstad, MA, LPCC


Janelle’s attentiveness and curiosity engenders a sense of safety for clients; supporting and empowering each client’s journey. Her ability to think of details outside the box is what makes her able to care for clients with heart, intuition, and creativity. Janelle’s love and connection to nature guides the way in which she authentically reflects the world to her clients. She has an MA in Counseling/Art Therapy from Naropa University and a background in fine art, which allows her to provide a creative therapeutic perspective throughout her work. Janelle has a genuine commitment for teaching and mentoring clients towards their goals and values, while providing unique life experiences with fierce authenticity. In her downtime, Janelle enjoys spending time with her dog Lily; she has a passion for cooking/baking, nature hikes, dancing and spending time creating new artwork. 

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Katie Markley,  MA, LPC, LAC


Katie can best be described as valuing the relationships she builds with her clients and relaying the genuine sense that their lives matter.  She is warm, creative, and deeply caring, but also brings courage into her work with clients, crafting a style that is compassionately direct.  Katie has been with LWT for several years and is trained in Art Therapy, addictions counseling, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She is also a trauma specialist using EMDR and body-centered psychotherapy to aid clients in understanding how to regulate their nervous system.  Helping clients develop healthy boundaries, learn tools to manage distress, and develop skills to increase their interpersonal effectiveness are elements Katie often brings into her work.  Outside of work she enjoys rock climbing, beekeeping, and going on rambles with her dog, Luna.

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Bonnie Fischnaller, MA

Life Skills Counselor


Both in her education and work with young adults, Bonnie supports the learning of those around her with humor, patience, and inquiry, finding great
value in the many forms learning can take. Bonnie brings a depth of experience with almost seven years of year-round work as a wilderness therapy instructor in Northeastern Utah and over twelve years of experience in the helping profession. She has a grounded but playful and inviting presence. Bonnie has her masters degree in Somatic Counseling , with an emphasis in Body
Psychotherapy. She is also receiving training to become certified in Somatic Experiencing, a body-based approach to healing trauma. Beyond her work and studies, Bonnie is an avid adventurer and enjoys playing outside with her dogs and the people she loves.

H. Steven Lawley, MA


Steve has the uncanny ability to bring “the fire” out of even the most resistant clients.  He inspires trust and confidence through his adaptability to the needs of his clients, provides insightful clinical observations and interventions, and models regulation skills with a steady, grounded presence. Steve brings a breadth of work and life experience that includes almost 10 years of experience as an Editor for the American Psychological Association, advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. Outside of LWT, Steve is committed to advancing community engagement in youth sports, and coaches for one of Colorado’s premier soccer clubs, FC Boulder. In addition to soccer fields, Steve can also be spotted on the slopes, skate parks, bike trails, and hockey rinks throughout Colorado.

Gail Margolis, MA


Gail is compassionate and cares deeply about our clients. She naturally builds supportive relationships and is skilled at connecting with all kinds of people. Gail is fierce about her connection to truth and alignment, is transparent in her interactions, and takes the time to truly listen. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and has a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Gail also has a private psychotherapy practice on a farm, where she spends much of her time basking in the beauty of nature and connecting with plants. Gail is an avid astrologer and budding herbalist. She brings a wealth of knowledge about a wide range of topics to share with our clients.


Lauren Ciovacco, MA


Lauren's charismatic and engaging personality lend him the natural tools to connect with people from all walks of life. For as long as Lauren can remember, he has always been fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the human
experience. Counseling, coupled with contemplative practice and scientific
inquiry, led him to discover in all humans, neuroses arise out of an inherent and natural wisdom. Through this perspective Lauren brings the gift of non-judgement and an ability to see sanity and brilliance in all people. Lauren has worked with children and adults and counseled on issues ranging from domestic violence to
addiction. He is trained in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology. Considering himself an autodidact, his free time is spent voraciously reading texts on the topics of physics, quantum mechanics, evolution, neuroscience and biology, as well as Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and all fields of psychology

Jenny Polston, MA

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Jenny is very passionate about her work with clients. She has her masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling and over seventeen years of experience with youth, teens, and young adults in multiple therapeutic settings. Jenny provides a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space, so that individuals can grow while being their true authentic self.  Jenny also practices herbalism and nutrition which provides clients with a holistic healing model that addresses mental and physical well-being. When she’s not working, Jenny can be found in the garden, skiing on the slopes, or playing with her family out in nature. 

Caroline Sell

Landing Pad Staff

Caroline attends Naropa University, and is completing her BA in Art Therapy. She has been working at Living Well since November of 2016 and enjoys helping to cultivate a safe transition for the incoming clients. Her aspiration in life is to work with young adults to support a healthy and grounded transition from adolescence to adulthood. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cat and making art. 




Virginia Sanford

Landing Pad staff


Virginia entered the mental health profession four years ago after working in adventure education for many years. Working with adolescents in wilderness therapy illuminated Virginia’s passion and commitment to facilitating growth and change through the natural world. Virginia brings a sense of curiosity, warmth, and a genuine desire for connection to her work. Virginia is currently pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health at University of Colorado Denver. When she is not working or juggling the realities of being a graduate student, Virginia can be found climbing, hiking, and reveling in the beauty of the Colorado mountains.

Nicole Sylvestre, MA

Landing Pad Staff


Nicole is dedicated to helping people uncover their true nature by cultivating self-awareness and self-love. Nicole holds a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. She has a particular passion for somatic-oriented therapy, having studied somatic trauma resolution with The Somatic Institute, healing the nervous system with Pathways for Healing School, as well as having a decade of experience in dance/movement/yoga interventions. Nicole attends to clients' needs holistically: addressing the body through nutrition and movement, the mind through psychoeducation and DBT skills, and the spirit through facilitating connection to self and other.  Nicole has 7 years of experience working with a variety of populations as a therapist, mentor, and coach, and particularly loves working with young adults. In her free time, Nicole makes herbal medicine, goes on photography hikes in the mountains, and hangs out with her cat Quincy.

Tamara Sell



*Denotes Contracted Therapist