Washington County, the road to many opportunities, is located in the center of Northeastern Colorado. The county is the hub for the Northeastern Colorado Regional Airport with a 7000-foot runway to accommodate aircraft such as a 727 and a 737. The county is ideally situated along Highways 34 and 63 with Interstae 76 and 70 easily and quickly accessible. Denver is a quick hour and a half away.
Regional Operations Director
Karl Cline, MA - Click here for more about Karl
Regional Operations Manager
Kortnie Mendoza, MBA - Click here for more about Kortnie
Meet the Washington County Staff
Ashley Gilken, MA, NCC
Areas of expertise include these populations: Children, Families, Adolescents and Adults
Treatment expertise includes: Case Management, Individual, Group and Family Therapy
Issue of expertise include: Mental Health Assessments, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Issues, Impulse Control Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Trauma, Crisis Evaluation and Intervention, Sexual Abuse Victims and Personality Disorders.
Ashley began working for Centennial in December 2011. Her desire to work as a therapist with children and families stems from her work with adolescents.
Prior to receiving her Master's degree, she worked as a youth counselor for three years at the Cathedral Home in Laramie, Wyoming. During this time she supported at-risk youth, aged 10-21 in residential treatment who struggled with behavioral and emotional problems. Ashley assisted the youth in meeting monthly treatment goals, learning new social skills and independent living skills, and finding local resources in their home communities to assist in a successful return home. Working with this population inspired her to seek out her Master's degree in Family Therapy.
For Ashley's counseling intership, she chose to return to the Cathedral Home and continue service youth and their families. Throughout her intership she conducted individual, family and group therapy sessions. She coordinated with different organizations such as the shcool system, court system, foster placements and child protective services to guarantee the best care for her clients. The adolescents she worked with came from a number of diverse backgrounds and were experiencing family concerns, behavioral and emotional problems, substance abuse and trauma related issues.
Ashley is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the American Counseling Association, Psi Chi (National Psychology Honor Society) and Chi Sigma Iota (International Counseling Honor Society).
Brenda Carlsen, BA
Treatment Expertise: Brenda provides case management and group treatment services to adolescents, adults and the elderly. She is bilingual.
Brenda began working at Centennial Mental Health Center in 1989 with the community Support Program (CSP), working with severely and persistently mentally ill adults. When she first started, Brenda was doing primarily case management and now is involved insix skills training or therapy groups per week and also do some individual therapy.
Brenda is trained in QMAP for medication management. She continues to provide case management services to the clients as well as asssit them with accessing resources in the community, managming benefits, dealing with medication issues and getting through crisis situations.
Darlene was raised in Loveland Colorado and worked in the accounting field before moving to Santa Cruz California where she earned her AA Degree from Cabrillo College. Darlene also attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned the following certificates in Human Services Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Studies, and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Training. After returning to Colorado, Darlene earned her CAC III. She is currently working on her a Bachelor Degree in Psychology.
Darlene has worked in many different settings. Women and Adolescent Inpatient programs, DUI Education/Therapy groups, Men's Correctional Facilities, has served as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate and has worked at a locked psychiatric facility.
She moved to northeast Colorado to be closer to family and she is looking forward to working with CMHC.
Kathleen Sandberg, MSW, LCSW
Areas of expertise include these populations: Children, Adolescents, Adults and the Elderly
Treatment expertise includes: Individual and Play Therapy, Mental Health Assessments and Case Management
Oscar graduated from Fort Morgan High School in 2009. While attending High School he participated in Varsity football and baseball. Oscar was also Vice President of the Accounting Club.
Oscar was born in San Jose, California and has lived in Fort Morgan since 1993. Since graduation from High School, Oscar has worked at Pioneer Elementary in Fort Morgan as a para-professional for three years. Oscar joined the Centennial team as a Mentor in June 2012. Oscar is new to the role but has a passion for working with youth and serving as a positive role model in the lives of children he works with. Oscar looks forward to working the the youth in the community and making Washington County a better place to live and play!