Realizing Treatment Innovation
Committed to excellence, growth, and advocacy
Successfully addressing complex behavioral health problems requires significant treatment sophistication. The leading doctors, clinicians, and wellness professionals who choose to live out their calling at FoundrySteamboat are unified by a mission of excellence and continuous innovation.They are experienced practitioners, thinkers, and collaborators using time-tested practices and recent advancements to give clients and families more effective care and deeper knowledge with which to manage their conditions.
This team is committed to delivering the highest quality of personalized care to each Foundry Steamboat client and promulgating theTrauma-Integrated Care model. They are key contributors to the field of behavioral healthcare and leading policy advocates whose contributions are shared regularly with colleagues and audiences across the country. Their multidisciplinary expertise in somatic medicine, addiction medicine, psychology, and wellness afford clients an especially comprehensive and well-rounded treatment approach that maximizes the value of care.
Born in Boulder, CO Scott’s family moved to Steamboat Springs, CO in 1974 when he was two years old and he began skiing that winter. Scott was training with the US Ski Team out of high school when injury cut short his racing career and sent him to college. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995 and soon thereafter began working for the Auburn Foundry; a family owned grey iron casting manufacturing company his great grandfather had started during the early 1900’s in Auburn, Indiana. This time afforded him valuable work experience with a multi national organization that had manufacturing facilities in four different countries providing castings to the auto industry worldwide.
However, Scott’s greatest life achievement has been his acknowledgment of addiction and subsequent recovery. Substance abuse threatened not only his career but also his life at various times until he finally surrendered and sought help. A basic tenet of recovery is to share your experience, strength, and hope with other addicts in hopes that they too can receive help and find freedom from addiction. Scott’s journey did not come without some detours and transgressions but like so many other’s it is these experiences that have strengthened his foundation for continuous
recovery. His varied professional career and an interest in travel produced an array of unique experiences but it was in Steamboat Springs where Scott was finally able to put together a lasting program of recovery. He credits a close connection to nature and a community of passionate health and wellness providers for providing an atmosphere conducive to surrender and growth. Foundry is Scott’s attempt to share his experience, strength, and hope with as many struggling
addicts as possible.
The Foundry Leadership Team
Chief executive officer
Ben’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 6/15/96, Ben has been a part of the recovery movement in almost every way imaginable; from a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson. In 2007 Ben left his position as a HR director inside of a Denver based S&P 500 firm to help start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport, now “The Phoenix”. As an original board member and then their first full time employee, Ben was instrumental in building this organization that has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. In 2012 Cort joined the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) where he ran the marketing, business development and admissions departments for their substance abuse treatment services known as CeDAR. He left that role in 2017 to consult inside of the treatment community, athletics and organized labor. Throughout this time Ben has remained active in the discussion around marijuana, assisting several states efforts to hold back Big Marijuana and always advocating for recovery. These efforts keep him close to the national discussion and make him a frequent guest in the media. Ben has earned a reputation as being pro-logic and recovery oriented rather than anti anything. Cort is considered a subject matter expert on ethical treatment practices, having written widely adopted curriculum on the subject and frequently discusses the topic on national platforms and media. He is also utilized by professional sports leagues, clubs and collegiate athletic programs to determine appropriate treatment for their athletes, coaches and their families as well as develop recovery-oriented policies. Ben is a Jr Fellow at the University of Florida inside of their drug policy institute, a board member for NALGAP (National Association of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender treatment providers and their allies), a Board member at SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and faculty at numerous institutes. He is a published author (Weed Inc, HCI/Simon and Schuster 2017). His TED talk “Surprising Truths about Legalizing Cannabis” has been viewed over 2 million times. In November of 2019 Ben moved from a consulting role with the Foundry Steamboat Springs to CEO. When not working or hanging out with his wife and three kids Ben can be found chasing trout with his flyrod or buried deep in a book.
Dr. Michael Barnes
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor who serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at the Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He provides administrative and clinical oversight for all residential and outpatient programs. Dr. Barnes comes to the Foundry after serving for five years as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation) at the University of Colorado Hospital and 10 years as a full time clinical professor in Counseling. Most recently he served as the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor in the MA Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Barnes has developed trauma integrated clinical models for the treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and trauma and he speaks nationally on Families, Trauma, and Addiction. Dr. Barnes received his BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. Dr. Barnes is an avid road cyclist and a beginning mountain biker. He also enjoys skiing, hiking/camping, fishing, Colorado Rockies Baseball, and Florida State Football. As a native of Hollidaysburg, PA (about 90 miles east of Pittsburgh) he also enjoys following Pitt Football and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.
Chief Operating Officer
Tom Walker brings more than two decades of behavioral healthcare management expertise and personal recovery experience to Foundry Steamboat and the Colorado recovery community. Walker’s experiences providing direct counseling care, representing programs as an outreach professional, and co-founding a successful Washington DC area intensive outpatient practice inform his expansive knowledge of behavioral healthcare theory, practice, and operation. Walker’s recovery career includes roles as a business consultant, staunch ally and advocate for individuals and families, and a board member for recovery-supportive nonprofit and community organizations. Tom’s belief in the importance of recovery-oriented systems of care and trauma-informed treatment drew him to Foundry Steamboat, where he can fulfill his calling by advancing its Trauma-Integrated Care model. Tom’s recreational therapies include all forms of motorsport, hiking, snowboarding, and reveling in the outdoors. He lives with his wife Leigh, son Colton, and dog Whipple.
Dr. Jim Shuler
Dr. Shuler has lived in Colorado since age 6, growing up in the Fort Collins area. He attended Colorado Timberline Academy in Durango for high school and after that became an MP in the United States Army. After that, he returned to Fort Collins where he was self-employed in a couple of different ventures before attending College at Colorado State University where he did a double major in Botany and Zoology. After graduating, he attended medical school at Des Moines University where he also received a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. He then attended internship residency in emergency medicine at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. He returned to Colorado and practiced emergency medicine in a wide variety of emergency departments including locum tenens work in multiple states and started an urgent care business with other partners. Dr. Shuler’s passion for addiction medicine arose from his own recovery from alcoholism over a decade ago. He began his training at Harmony Foundation and worked under and with several addiction medicine specialists in a variety of practices over the past 6 years. He is currently dual board-certified in addiction and emergency medicine with a subspecialty fellowship in wilderness medicine. He currently lives with his wife in Lafayette, Colorado and has two girls, ages 19 and 22, and two step-children ages 19 and 25. He is the Medical Director for inpatient addiction treatment at the Foundry in Steamboat, Colorado, and the Lookout in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, he is a regional medical director for Front Range Clinics, devoted to outpatient addiction treatment and works with the Denver Recovery Group, another outpatient addiction treatment facility. His hobbies include gourmet cooking, as much travel as possible, and a variety of outdoor activities in Colorado.
Jasmine Aranda, LPC, LAC, ADS
Clinical Compliance Director
Jasmine, a lover of the great outdoors, can be found riding her bike up some pass in Colorado or out hiking in the wilderness. The outdoors, however, is not her only passion. She is very dedicated to those suffering from addiction, as she understands what it is like to find oneself in the menacing grip of addiction, not knowing how you got there and doubtful as to whether you can find your way out. Her understanding and belief in those struggling with the obsessive, compulsive illness fuel her to ensure those receiving treatment are getting a compassionate, individualized, professional, high-quality treatment experience that is effective. It is, for this reason, she works at Foundry Treatment Center - Steamboat. Jasmine believes Foundry Treatment Center - Steamboat provides high quality treatment, fosters hope as well as aids clients in beginning the journey of life long recovery. As for Jasmine’s experience, she has worked in the field of addiction for well over twenty-five years. She has worked with individuals both in an outpatient and inpatient setting; those seeking treatment on a voluntary basis and those who find themselves court-ordered to treatment. Jasmine has experience treating those who struggle with various forms of addiction, co-occurring disorders and trauma. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor through the State of Colorado. In addition, she is a National Addiction Certification II from NAADAC, an Acupuncture Detox Specialist, and EMDR trained.
Scott has been an integral part of the Foundry Treatment Center team since the beginning of 2016 and brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to his position of Executive Director. Prior to his work with the Foundry, Scott oversaw day-to-day operations at treatment programs across Colorado, including Outpatient and Residential care. His initial role with the Foundry was as Director of Admissions, where he assisted families and individuals in accessing quality care (both inside and outside of Foundry programming). Scott’s position quickly evolved to include multiple aspects of the program; coordinating continuing care with outside providers, staffing, and Business Development. In December of 2018, Scott transitioned to an Operations position within the company; combining his previous work experience with the unique perspective gained while managing admissions. Scott now oversees day-to-day operations in Steamboat Springs, working alongside the clinical & medical departments to ensure the highest possible quality of care.
Community Relations Manager
Amanda joined the Foundry in September 2015 and loves being part of a team that provides hope for so many. She is grateful for the opportunities to grow her professional and personal skill sets as part of the Foundry Steamboat Team. Amanda started her behavioral healthcare career in Continuity Oversight, supporting clinical, medical, wellness, and leadership colleagues. As Operations & Compliance Manager, she played a vital role in developing procedures and implementing Foundry’s Environment of Care Program. She then became involved in program development, case management, admissions, and intake. As Foundry Steamboat’s Human Resources Manager, Amanda applied expertise in mindfulness and self-care to improve the workplace environment for all employees, help colleagues advance their goals, and reduce compassion fatigue. Amanda continued to develop productive relationships with staff, community, and provider partners as Foundry Steamboat’s Community Relations Manager. Amanda is passionate about helping individuals discover and pursue their true potential and believes that Foundry Steamboat’s exceptional leadership team, caregivers, and programming supports the growth of treatment professionals and the healing of clients and families.
Cait is the Wellness Director for the Foundry’s residential program and is an ACE Certified Health Coach. Cait grew up in Colorado and played soccer for Aurora University in Aurora, IL. Cait got her degree in Fitness and Health promotion while attending Aurora University and has experience in various types of health and wellness careers including personal training and as an Exercise Physiologist. After moving to the mountains in 2012, she took a hiatus from the health and wellness field and worked at a guest ranch for two years in Granby before moving with her husband and dog to Steamboat Springs. For her first two years in Steamboat she worked in the hospitality industry before deciding to get back to her true passion in the health and wellness industry. Cait has been at Foundry Treatment Center since 2016, starting as an Addiction Tech before becoming the Wellness Director in 2018. Cait and her family have made Steamboat their home and enjoy all of the activities the town has to offer, especially snowboarding, hiking and fly-fishing.
Business Development Manager
Melanie Stritch is an advocate for the suffering addict, alcoholic and family unit. With a lifetime of lived experience with addiction and recovery, Melanie has a deep understanding of how addiction impacts the family system. For the past three years she has worked in the field of addiction recovery as a community liaison. Her knowledge of treatment providers inside and outside of Colorado helps families identify the most appropriate level of treatment to meet the specific need of their loved one. Melanie is originally from North Carolina and moved to Colorado in 2006. Even though she now calls Colorado home, her connection to North Carolina is strong. When Melanie is not working, she is busy with her 12-year-old son and his blossoming future as a hockey player. Melanie is in long-term recovery herself and is dedicated both personally and professionally to break the stigma around addiction.
Human Resource Administrator, Accounting Assistant
Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Amanda was introduced to Colorado during a family ski trip. When it came time to choose a college, she headed west again and graduated from Colorado State University. After earning her master's degree and spending some time back on the east coast, she and her husband moved to Steamboat Springs where they spent six years enjoying mountain living. Amanda was introduced to Foundry in 2019 when she began working as an Administrative Assistant. After a transition to Lakewood, CO, she now continues her work with Foundry remotely. Amanda is passionate about helping people discover, appreciate, and apply the talents and gifts that make them unique. To that end, she is a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach and works with individuals to implement a strengths-based mindset in all aspects of life. As the Human Resource Administrator, Amanda is excited to bring her own talents to this role with a special focus on employee growth, development, and engagement. She and her husband are proud Aunt and Uncle to five amazing kids. They love to cook, bike, hike, and enjoy all that the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer.
Patrick McMillen is a man who has taken a long and winding path to where he is today. To any of his family and friends who were there during his last days of his active drug and alcohol abuse, it would have been fair to assume that he was not going to find his way to sobriety. Patrick will tell anyone who will listen that it is by the grace of God that he is even alive today, let alone that he is in a position to appreciate a life dedicated to the recovery of his mind, body and spirit. Several in-patient treatment centers, countless trips to detox, and the legal troubles that are part and parcel of that lifestyle left little doubt as to Patrick’s ever-deepening journey into the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction. Throughout it all there were people who would not give up, who saw what Patrick couldn’t see, that he was a good and decent man who needed help. It is in the spirit of those people who would not give up on him that Patrick now strives to live a life of service to the God of his understanding, and to the people that he comes in contact with each day. Having spent over 26 years interacting with people of all stripes in and around recovery, Patrick understands that anyone among us who is afflicted with the diseases of alcoholism and addiction can experience a life in recovery, and that they often need a little help to begin their journey.
Residential Operations Manager
Amy Thorne brings two decades of business management and operations experience to Foundry Steamboat. As Residential Operations Manager, Amy helps to ensure that the Foundry Steamboat treatment milieu offers clients and staff the resources and environment needed to support the program’s trauma-integrated model of care. In addition, Amy manages and guides the treatment campus's maintenance and development, including ongoing optimization of its grounds, physical plant, and amenities. Contributing her expertise to the field of behavioral healthcare brings Amy great joy. Like so many people, Amy has felt the pain of seeing close friends and family members suffer the effects of active substance use disorders. Witnessing Foundry Steamboat clients becoming healthier, happier and establishing a foothold in recovery is the most rewarding aspect of her work. Born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, Amy has called Steamboat Springs home for more than twenty years. Like many Coloradans, Amy is inspired and energized by spending time immersed in the state’s natural beauty. Amy is a life-long snowboarder and avid bicyclist. She is also an active and involved parent and enjoys cooking for family and friends.
Scott has been an Executive Chef for 15 years and his background has been in Hotels and Resorts. He has enjoyed the change of pace and 1 on 1 interactions he has on a daily basis. If you ask Scott what his favorite thing to make is, his reply will be different depending on the season!
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