WICHE Staff -- Mental Health Program

  • Brittany Copithorn

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      Brittany Copithorn has been with the WICHE Mental Health Program since July 2014. As a Project Coordinator, her primary responsibility is recruiting Behavioral Health staff for the Hawaii Department of Education. She also aids in some administrative work as needed. Prior to WICHE, she was in sales and marketing. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications at Colorado State University. Brittany is a Colorado native with two young girls and loves hiking, biking, snowboarding and rafting. 

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    Project Coordinator
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    720.280.7266
  • Ken Cole

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      Ken Cole is the Director of Operations for the WICHE Mental Health Program and provides consultation and technical assistance to WICHE member states. Mr. Cole has more than 25 years of experience in public sector fiscal and policy analysis of publicly funded programs, including acute and behavioral health programs. Prior to joining WICHE, Mr. Cole served as Deputy Director of the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and Division Director of the OBH Mental Health Institutes. Mr. Cole managed both Colorado state psychiatric hospitals from 2007 through 2012 and led the implementation of Lean process improvement methodologies, resulting in improved outcomes for patients. In 2012, with Colorado’s Mental Health Commissioner, Mr. Cole led the development of a $30 million plan, funded by the Colorado Legislature, to strengthen Colorado’s mental health care. Mr. Cole's lengthy tenure with OBH, also included serving as Interim Director, Deputy Director, Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer. This OBH experience included regular and detailed involvement in the management and oversight of Colorado's behavioral health care programs and services as well as fiscal management for Colorado’s Medicaid Mental Health Capitation program. Prior to 2001, Mr. Cole was the Business Manager for the Colorado Division of State and Veterans Nursing Homes. Mr. Cole began his public sector work in 1990 at the Colorado Legislative Council and then worked for the Colorado Joint Budget Committee from 1994 to 1996.

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    Director of Operations
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.913.7452
  • Andie Hancock

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      Andie Hancock is a Budget Coordinator for the WICHE Mental Health Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and has 35 years of experience in administration. She previously worked for the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department for 34 years and learned everything from flowers to financials!

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    Budget Coordinator
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.541.0309
  • April Hendrickson

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      April Hendrickson is a Program Evaluation and Research Associate with WICHE’s Mental Health Program. Ms. Hendrickson works with states throughout the West to evaluate and improve mental health and substance use/abuse services. Her expertise includes designing and executing program evaluation plans, principles of effective prevention programs, managing and analyzing data, report writing, and providing evaluation technical assistance and training to clients. Prior to joining WICHE, Ms. Hendrickson was a Researcher at OMNI Institute, a nonprofit social science research organization in Denver, CO. While with OMNI, Ms. Hendrickson led a broad range of evaluations and collaborated with numerous non-profits, foundations, organizations, and government agencies on a variety of projects. She also led the Online Survey Committee and Data Management Committee and served on the Spanish Committee, Data Dashboard Committee, and Research Ethics Committee. Prior to OMNI, Ms. Hendrickson worked for the ISA Group, a behavioral science research company in Alexandria, VA, where she performed a range of quantitative and qualitative research activities for behavioral health, substance use prevention, and workplace health promotion projects. She received a M.A. in psychology from American University and a B.A. from Rollins College. Ms. Hendrickson is also a Colorado Certified Prevention Specialist-II and is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

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    Program Evaluation and Research Associate
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.541.0298
  • Hannah Koch

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      Hannah Koch is a Research and Technical Assistance Associate with the WICHE Mental Health Program and is also a licensed psychologist. She earned her bachelor's degree with honors at the University of Chicago in psychology and biological sciences and her doctorate at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a focus area in couples therapy and systems theory. Dr. Koch's work with the WICHE Mental Health Program includes a variety of behavioral health research initiatives, including evaluating evidence based programs such as Assertive Community Treatment and campus sexual violence prevention. Dr. Koch has worked in a variety of clinical settings with varied populations, including clients with severe and persistent mental illness at a community mental health center and patients with blood cancers at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Koch has extensive experience in university counseling centers. Through her work at the University of Colorado-Boulder Counseling and Psychological Services and the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center, Dr. Koch gained experience in both crisis intervention and outreach, including creating and implementing healthy relationships programming. She also served as a research project coordinator for a nation-wide study of romantic relationship development and assisted with a study investigating family stability over time. Dr. Koch is a trained victim advocate for sexual assault survivors, and her primary research interests are in healthy romantic relationship development. Dr. Koch is also adjunct faculty at the University of Denver where she teaches several graduate-level courses in clinical interventions.

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    Research and Technical Assistance Associate
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.541.0254
  • Dennis Mohatt

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      Dennis Mohatt is the Vice President for Behavioral Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). He directs the WICHE Mental Health Program and the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research. Dennis has over 30 years of public mental health services. His work has included direct clinical care, clinical supervision, and CEO tenure in a rural CMHC serving Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Additionally, he led an effort in the early 1990s, funded by HRSA, to successfully integrate mental health and primary care in multiple rural family practice settings. During the late 1990s, Dennis served as the Deputy Director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a position where he also served as the state's commissioner of mental health. His duties included executive management of multiple state HHS divisions including: child welfare, juvenile justice, public health, mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, services for the older adults, public assistance, Medicaid, services for the visually impaired, and public institutions. Since 2001, Dennis has led WICHE's efforts in behavioral health. He has served as a member of the National Rural Health Advisory Committee, and led many national efforts relating to rural mental health including his role as the Chief Consultant to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He is actively engaged in efforts focused on improving services to Veterans, Guard, and Reserve as well as their families; rural mental health policy; workforce development, and increasing adoption of integrated approaches to behavioral and primary care practice. His graduate training was supported by a NIMH Fellowship and focused on rural community-clinical psychology. 

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    Vice President for Behavioral Health
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.541.0256
  • Liza Tupa

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    Director of Education and Research
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.541.0224
  • Darlene Williams

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      Darlene Williams is an Administrative Assistant III for the WICHE Mental Health Program. She brings over 25 years of experience serving the non-profit and quasi-governmental sector. She has served in several capacities for agricultural, heritage, multicultural, arts and health service organizations as administrator, events and project manager, and corporate secretary. As an arts educator, mentor and consultant, she has extensive experience working in a variety of public and private educational settings in urban, rural and remote communities throughout Western Canada. Long active in the community, Ms. Williams has served on a number of non-profit boards, leading initiatives to increase the accessibility of arts education for everyone.

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    Administrative Assistant III
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.541.0311
  • Mimi Windemuller

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      Mimi Windemuller is a Project Manager for the WICHE Mental Health Program. She started with the organization in January 2012 as a consultant to help promote and expand Supported Employment and Supported Education to Community Mental Health Centers in Colorado. After undergoing Supported Employment trainer training at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, she expanded her work into other evidence-based practices (EBPs) in Colorado, Arizona, and South Dakota. While working with the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, she helped facilitate the state’s acceptance into the Johnson & Johnson Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program for Supported Employment. Currently, she manages a project in Arizona focused on the training, implementation, and evaluation of four EBPs (Assertive Community Treatment, Supported Employment, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Consumer Operated Services). Prior to joining WICHE, Mimi brings more than 20 years of combined experience in marketing communications, training, and business management in both the corporate and private sector. She has utilized her background to work with stakeholders at all levels to support and promote various behavioral health programs. In addition to project management, she offers a variety of skills including developing training and informational materials, collaborating with state and behavioral health agencies on TA needs, presenting training modules, and fidelity evaluation and reporting.

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    Project Manager
    Mental Health Program Current Projects
    303.906.2702