Young people ages 14-26 years are invited to complete this anonymous survey. The survey is focused on personal wellbeing and community factors. Thanks for your input! The data will be used to inform future priorities of the Wellbeing Initiative.
Please only fill out the survey if you live in or near these communities in Colorado:
- Castle Rock
- Castle Pines
- Greenwood Village
- Highlands Ranch
- Lone Tree
The Wellbeing Initiative at St. Andrew
Bridget Beatty, MPH
Director of Wellbeing
The Wellbeing Initiative is focused on improving mental health and social connectedness among young people (ages 14-26 years). A community board of directors, including young people, will develop a strategic plan.
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Rev. Mark Feldmeir
Rev. Mark Feldmeir has served as Senior Pastor at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch since 2014. He previously led United Methodist congregations in San Diego and Orange County, CA. Mark has served on the Adjunct Faculty at Claremont School of Theology, and is author of four books, including his most recent work, “A House Divided: Engaging the Issues Through the Politics of Compassion (2020).” Mark received his bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from the University of California, Riverside, and his master’s in divinity from Claremont School of Theology. He’s married to Lori, and has three children, Alyson, Casey and Matt. He enjoys cycling, fly fishing, downhill skiing and camping in the Colorado high country.
Hannah Giron was born and raised in Colorado. She first attended Mountain Vista High School, and now is a junior at Highlands Ranch High School. Hannah runs track for the school, plus she loves to play volleyball and soccer for fun. In past summers, Hannah volunteered at two churches as a small group leader for week-long camps. In terms of mental health, she has had many personal experiences that now drive her to help others in the same position. In Hannah’s free time, she loves to listen to all types of music, hang out with friends, and do art.
Amy Kaylor Hogsett
Amy Kaylor Hogsett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked as a therapist at a residential treatment center (2001 – 2002) and school social worker in Douglas County Schools (2003 – present). She has had the immense privilege of being a “Jag” at Rock Canyon High School since 2017. She loves living and working in this community. Amy was born and raised in southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UC-San Diego, and a master’s degree from San Diego State University. She has been married since 2004 and has two wonderful children, ages 13 and 11. When not working at school, Amy spends time with family, traveling, volunteering with horses, and working on various creative projects.
Elliot Jamison-Macchia is a sophomore at Valor Christian High School, majoring in musical theater and the humanities. He likes to thrift flip and paint jeans with cool patterns. He was born in San Francisco, but has lived in Highlands Ranch for most of his life. Elliot has a little sister whom he loves dearly, and a cat which he loves almost as much.
Harrison Knauert is a student at Metropolitan State University (Denver), starting in spring 2022. He loves basketball, philosophy, and hanging out with friends.
Megan Lee is a native Coloradan. She loves being outdoors, and healthy living is a cornerstone of her approach to life, whether through cooking for her family or as a behavioral health therapist. Megan attended the University of Colorado-Denver for both undergraduate and graduate school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience treating serious mental illness, first episode psychosis, behavioral health crises, and issues of transition-aged youth. She currently serves as Program Manager of the statewide crisis system, Colorado Crisis Services, at the Colorado Department of Human Services. Megan has two sons — three years old and three weeks old (as of this writing) — a wonderful husband, and a rambunctious chocolate lab.
Ruby Martinez holds a M.S. degree in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Administration, a post M.S. certificate with an emphasis in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. Dr. Martinez held numerous nursing positions at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan before taking a faculty position at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing. Dr. Martinez taught psychiatric nursing in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and conducted research on ethnic minority run away teenagers. At the University of Colorado she received several teaching awards and retired from CU as Associate Professor Emeriti. From 2006 through 2009, Dr. Martinez practiced as a nurse manager at Denver Health on both the adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatry units and later provided psychiatric care in the Denver Jail. In her career, Dr. Martinez served on the Center for Mental Health Services-SAMHSA and was a founding member of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association. At present, she serves as Board President for the CO Center for Nursing Excellence, recently completed two terms on the Nurse Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Health Care, and served on the Town of Castle Rock Public Safety Commission. Dr. Martinez continues to care for people in a long standing private practice serving diverse populations. She practices part time with AllHealth Network, a community mental health center over the past 7 years. In spring 2020, Dr. Martinez was awarded the Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
Braden McCollam is currently a junior at Rock Canyon High School. At Rock Canyon, Braden is a peer counselor, peer and core leader for Sources of Strength (a youth suicide prevention project), part of the leadership team for Be The Light (a peer lead Christian club), and a per leader for the Student Advocacy Resource Team. Outside of school, Braden is a server and enjoys volunteering in the children’s ministry at his church. In his free time, Braden enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his friends and family.
Allison McVey is a Colorado native, born and raised on a farm/ranch in a small community in Southeast Colorado. Growing up, she participated in 4-H, raised her own goat herd, played all the sports, joined all the clubs, and was a consummate overachiever. She attended Colorado State University as a Boettcher Foundation Scholar, where she studied biochemistry and psychology. She went on to complete master’s degrees in statistics and forensic psychology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She most recently attended the University of Denver in the doctoral program for Applied Developmental Psychology. She currently resides in Greenwood Village with her wife and their “fur babies.” She works remotely for Vanderbilt University. By trade, she is a psychologist specializing in adolescent development. However, she is also a carpenter, photographer, Green Bay Packers fan, animal lover, proud aunt, and has an addiction to learning to new things. Her greatest passion in life has always been the advancement of community mental health, and exploring ways to encourage health, happiness, and success in the next generation. She could not be more excited to be a part of this community and initiative.
Ratan Mehrotra is Director of Solution Architecture-Professional Services Delivery for Oracle. He has more than 20 years of global business and technology consulting. His expertise includes delivery of cloud-based solutions, process improvement, consulting teams, and methodologies. He also specializes in lead solution architecture practice for distribution, manufacturing and retail vertical. He holds an MBA (master’s in business administration) in marketing. Outside of professional work, Ratan is passionate about supporting education, cultural competence and youth empowerment initiatives. He likes to play tennis and is keenly interested in quantum-physics. He lives in Highlands Ranch with his wife Surabhi, kids Reva and Aryan, and their family dog Kumo.
Cori Reid is the Laboratory Support Specialist at the Colorado State Public Health Lab. She has been working nonstop on the COVID response for the past two years, and prior to that worked in education. She has a passion for education, public health, and forming and supporting diverse communities. Cori grew up as an active member of St Andrew. She and her husband Spencer are now adult volunteers with youth group activities involving TAG, Confirmation and Clifton Ministries.
Rev. Doug Slaughter, Ph.D.
Doug is a retired United Methodist minister having served for 36 years in clinical and church settings. He served as senior pastor in Nebraska, Utah and Colorado churches. He has a master’s degree in divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and served for 15 months as a student-chaplain at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Grant Hospital in Chicago. He was previously licensed as a Professional Counselor by the State of Colorado and had a clinical practice with individuals, couples and families for 11 years. Doug holds a Ph.D. granted by both The Iliff School of Theology and The University of Denver in Religious and Theological Studies. His dissertation title was: “The Stepfamily: a pastoral-theological interpretation”. He worked as an outpatient counselor at Bethesda Mental Hospital for four years, and served as Executive Director of The Samaritan Center for Counseling and Training (now called Centus Counseling, Consulting & Education) in Denver for seven years. Since 2018, Doug has served as an honorary member of the Board of Trustees at The Iliff School of Theology. He also holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School and is experienced in developing and operating organizations. Doug and his wife Jan are nearing their 38th wedding anniversary and have three stepchildren and six grandchildren.
Greg Weaver is an I.T. Professional with over 25 years of experience in IT Service Delivery. He is currently working for a technology company that provides entertainment and broadband services, primarily to aviation and maritime businesses. Prior to his current role, he spent over 20 years working for a fortune 200 engineering company. Greg holds a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Greg and his wife have lived in Highlands Ranch for the last 10 years, raising two daughters who attended local public schools. His oldest daughter is now pursuing nursing, and his younger daughter will head off to college in fall 2022. Greg is an avid skier and mountain biker who generally loves to spend time outdoors, one of the driving factors for his family’s move to Colorado from Virginia. Greg has been a member of a men’s group, Evyrman, for the past four years meeting bi-weekly. Evryman focuses on helping men to live fuller and more connected lives by supporting each other. This group and its impact have led to a passion for mental health and mindfulness.
Lana Banbury is Executive Director of Operations for St. Andrew United Methodist Church. She is a Colorado-licensed attorney, certified business coach and board facilitator with The Alternative Board. In previous roles, Lana served as business owner, general counsel, operations officer, and corporate and transactional attorney advising business owners on running, exiting or expanding their businesses. Her current role at St. Andrew is her favorite allowing her to serve God – and her church community – using her gifts and skills. Lana is the mother of two adult daughters and has been married to Bowen for nearly 30 years. She loves to play tennis, travel, work puzzles, spend time with family and friends, and has recently taken up running. Lana and Bowen raised their daughters in Denver and moved to Highlands Ranch in 2016. Originally from Detroit, Lana has also lived in Honolulu and Brasilito, Costa Rica. Lana holds a juris doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor of arts degree in public policy from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Bridget Beatty is Director of Wellbeing for St. Andrew United Methodist Church. In her previous role, Bridget served as executive director of a statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve access to health care services (primary, behavioral and dental) for young people in low-income communities. She has worked in K-12 public education, higher education, health care and the nonprofit sector. She is a proud alumna of Gonzaga University, and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Denver. Bridget was born and raised in Denver. Her partner Tim grew up in Summit County, and their two children are fourth-generation Coloradans. Their “home away from home” is a family cabin in Buena Vista. Bridget and her family recently returned to Highlands Ranch after living in New Zealand. She enjoys the outdoors and quality time with family and friends.
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