Our Staff

Our staff includes Masters-level employees, and several staff members are in recovery themselves.  This experience leads to empathetic, understanding employees that truly want to help our clients succeed on their journey to recovery and sobriety.

 William A. Dolan, LCSW, CACIII
Executive Director

Bill attended the University of Denver where he earned his master’s degree in Social Work in 1980. He began working in the addictions field in 1981. Bill began working for Sobriety House in August of 1981 as the Clinical Supervisor. His primary treatment orientation is the 12 steps and cognitive behavioral therapy.  He is an Associate Fellow in the Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and is a Certified Addiction Counselor III.  In 1998, Bill was hired as the Executive Director of Sobriety House. He has a passion for recovering people in general and veterans in particular. In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family and dogs and outdoor activities.

Crystal Colussi, LCSW, LAC
Counselor/Social Worker/Deputy Director

Crystal began her early career in the corporate business world, and received her undergraduate (BS) in Finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2001. After several years, she made a decision to change career paths to Social Work and received her MSW (Clinical Families Track) from the University of Denver in 2011. She began her training in the addictions field through internship at Arapahoe House in 2010. Her primary treatment philosophy is Existential Therapy, but she also frequently utilizes Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy as well as several other evidence-based treatments. Crystal began working for Sobriety House in 2012 as a counselor, and now, in addition to continued partial clinical duties, works on the administrative side as the Deputy Director. She has a passion for helping addicts and alcoholics, as well as for new mothers who experience Postpartum Depression. In her free time, the activities she enjoys include reading, hiking, camping, skiing, watching certain TV series, and spending time with her inner circle of family and friends.

Sylvia Berger, MA, CAC III
Clinical Supervisor

Sylvia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and Sociology from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado in 2001. She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California in 2005. She began working in the addictions field in 2007. Prior to this, she worked with social services and at-risk youth. Her primary treatment philosophies are Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sylvia began working for Sobriety House in 2007 as a counselor, and is currently the Clinical Supervisor. She is in the process of completing the requirements to become a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She has a passion for women’s issues and the development of the whole self. In her free time, the activities that she enjoys include spending time with family and friends, movies, reading, cooking and being in nature.

Bob Nelson, CAC III

Bob has been with Sobriety House since 1993, as a CAC trainee. By 1998, he was a CAC III counselor. His primary treatment philosophy when working with clients is Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). He has a passion for working with dual diagnosis clients.

In his spare time, Bob’s interests include native cultures, primitive survival skills, and art.

Dawn E. DarnellDawn E. Darnell, MA, CH.t,
Counselor/Case Manager

Dawn graduated from Naropa University with her Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in 2014.  She has worked in the addictions field since 2012 with internships at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado and Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health.  Dawn is also a certified Hypnotherapist.  Dawn uses Buddhist Psychotherapy, Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with clients.  She began working at Sobriety House as a counselor in 2014.  Currently, Dawn is working towards her LPC and LAC.

In her free time, Dawn has a passion for playing the ukulele and doing origami.

Jacob FryeJacob Frye
Counselor, CAC (IT)

Program Alumni (2009)

Jacob began working for Sobriety House in 2009, as the Operations Manager of The Phoenix Concept. In 2014, he started the CAC certifications and made the switch to the clinical staff in 2015. He is in the process of completing the CAC I hours, pursuing CAC III, as well as training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. His primary treatment philosophies include 12 Step, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

As a Colorado native, Jacob is passionate about the outdoors and our natural resources. He is a music enthusiast (it’s his therapy), as well as an avid hockey fan. (Go Leafs!)

Jill Sorensen, MA

Jill attended Colorado Christian University and earned her degree in Counseling Psychology in 2015.  She has been working in the addictions field since 2011.  Jill primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when working with clients.  In 2015, Jill began working with Sobriety House as a counselor, which is her current position.  Additionally, Jill is in the process of obtaining her LAC and LPC.  She has a passion for clients with dual diagnoses.

When not working, Jill enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her son.

Laura Monteleone, MA, LPC

Laura attended Notre Dame de Namur and earned a BS in Human Services in 2006.  She then went on to the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where she completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2012.

Her primary treatment philosophy when working with clients is person-centered.

Laura began working for Sobriety House in 2015 as a counselor, and is currently still in that role

She is in the process of completing the Certified Addiction Counseling credential, LAC.

In her free time, the activities she enjoys are hiking, yoga, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

Cristy Spears
Intake Coordinator

Cristy started working at Sobriety House in 2011 as a Weekend House Manager and moved into the Intake Coordinator position in 2012. She has been working towards a CAC 1 and has had training in interventions.

She has a passion for giving people that are suffering from alcoholism and addiction hope that they can find a new way to live at Sobriety House!

She enjoys going to the Hot Springs whenever she can, playing her Flute, photography and yoga!

Jeannette Judish

Jeannette has worked as an Accountant in a wide variety of professional and non profit environments and joined the Sobriety House family in 2010.

She is passionate about supporting Sobriety House’s mission of helping those who are seeking freedom from addiction.

Jeannette’s many activities include reading, gardening, folklore, playing Celtic harp, and imposing order on an unruly universe.

Megan Farabaugh, MSW
Outreach and Integration Specialist

Megan earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Valdosta State University in Georgia in May of 2016.  While in that program, she completed internships at an elementary school, a shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence, and Habitat for Humanity.  She began working for Sobriety House in November of 2016 after moving to Colorado, and she has loved every minute of her job and living in this beautiful state!

She is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado and hopes to earn her LSW soon.

She really enjoys working with a variety of individuals and populations, but substance abuse and homelessness are ones she is most passionate about.

In her free time, Megan enjoys baking, traveling, reading, and volunteering.

Loretta Dewey
House Manager

Loretta is an alum of the Sobriety House program since 2001.  She began working for Sobriety House in 2002 as a House Manager at Stepping Stone.  Currently, she is the lead House Manager at the Sobriety House main campus.  Loretta has a passion for helping those with addiction find sobriety, recovery, and growth.  When not working, Loretta enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to cultural events, and reading.

Adrian Githenji
Lead House Manager at Phoenix Concept

Adrian is a graduate of Sobriety House’s residential program.  After completing the program, Adrian took a position as a cook for two years before transitioning into house management.  He is currently working on CAC I certification.  Adrian feels that it is his purpose to work with and help people in any way that he is capable.  It gives him a sense of fulfillment.

One of Adrian’s main interests is wearable art, especially shoes!  His collection is large and continues to grow!

Bob Crouch
House Manager

Bob entered Sobriety House as a client in July of 2015. After completing both the Intensive and Transitional Residential Programs, he was offered a House Manager position at Phoenix Concept. He needed all of about five seconds to decide, and committed to their offer on the spot. He began working at that downtown Denver residence in early April of 2016, and is still living and working there today.

Since joining the SoHo team, he has taken the Red Cross course in Adult First Aid, CPR and AED. In November 2016, he successfully completed the CDPHE approved course for Qualified Medication Administration Personnel.

Active in Denver’s sober community, Bob attends as many Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step meetings as he can fit into his schedule, and works his 12-step program with both a Sponsor and a Sponsee. In his Home Group meeting he is a Trusted Servant, helping with setting up for meetings, serving as Chairperson, making coffee, passing out Anniversary Chips to fellow attendees, or wherever else he may be useful.

His lifelong avocations include art, playing guitar and writing. As a Sobriety House client he took Second Place in the 2015 Bad Poetry Contest!

Mr. Crouch looks forward to years of productive service with Sobriety House, as well as with any others who are also on a life journey through recovery and sobriety.

Darin Valdez
House Manager

Darin attended CU Boulder and earned his Business degree in 1994.  Darin began his recovery journey at Sobriety House.  He has been clean and sober for three years, and he feels so blessed to have been given his life back.  In 2014, he began working at Sobriety House as a cook.  He has since moved into the position of House Manager.  He has a passion for helping others begin their journey to sobriety.  He is currently working on his CAC II certification so that he can continue to pass on his experience to those who wish to have the same freedom.  In his spare time, Darin enjoys attending 12-step programs, video production, and playing the violin.

Paul Sponsel
Maintenance/House Manager at Gaylord Apartments

Paul has been clean and sober since April 1st, 2002.  He began working at Sobriety House soon after.  He has been living at the Gaylord Apartments for over 15 years and has been Sobriety House’s maintenance man for just as long.  He stays busy keeping our historical buildings in good shape!