Our passionate and devoted team of addiction treatment professionals recognize how deeply their role affects a Jaywalker’s experience. We foster an exceptional work environment for our staff of experts—one that allows them to effectively create a impactful, healing environment for the needs of a Jaywalker. All clinical and administrative staff at Jaywalker Lodge have extensive experience in the field of addiction and mental health treatment; many are grateful participants in their own recovery from the disease of alcohol and drug addiction.
Prior to opening Jaywalker Lodge on April 14, 2005, founder Bob Ferguson served for over 10 years in senior leadership positions at three of the premier residential programs in the addiction treatment field:
In his role as Founder and CEO, Bob oversees Jaywalker’s leadership team and day to day operations. In addition, Bob continues to serve as Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Bob lives with his wife and two children in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Above all, Bob is most grateful for his own recovery from addiction which began in February 1992.
Bill is the Chief Executive Officer of Jaywalker Lodge and oversees day-to-day operations at the company. A Jaywalker alumnus with a passion for recovery, Bill has served as a consultant and trusted advisor to Jaywalker’s executive leadership team since 2013. A seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in public and private companies, Bill most recently served as a partner at a leading national firm providing CFO services to small and mid-size companies.
Since 2013, Bill has been a member of the board for Mind Springs Behavioral Health, Inc., which provides high-quality mental health and substance abuse treatment services with 13 locations throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains. In addition, he sits on the board of directors for A Way Out, a local non-profit that provides referrals and treatment scholarships for those battling substance abuse in the Roaring Fork Valley.
From 2008 through 2013, Bill was the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Sport Obermeyer, where he was responsible for running the operations of the company’s ski apparel business and real estate companies. Prior to Obermeyer, Bill was the Chief Financial Officer for the Aspen Public Schools from 2003 through 2008. Previously, Bill held the roles of Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for a division of First Data Corporation. Bill started his career as Vice President for strategic planning and corporate finance at Manufacturers Hanover Trust.
Bill has a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude in Finance from Long Island University.
Stefan grew up in Northern Iowa before moving to Colorado to study psychology at the University of Denver. Post college, Stefan worked in the banking industry for several years before starting his own recovery journey in 2007. Stefan is a graduate of Jaywalker Lodge, and it was during his own treatment experience that he became interested in pursuing a career in addiction treatment. Stefan holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Regis University and is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado. Stefan has wide-ranging experience in the field of addiction recovery including: working as a recovery coach, therapist, and program director. Stefan also has extensive experience designing and implementing addiction treatment and recovery support programs. Helping people engage in effective treatment, build a solid foundation for real world recovery and participate in a life of true fulfillment are his specialties. In his free time, Stefan enjoys playing in the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and spending quality time with his wife and their two children.
Kenneth C. Gooding (“KC”) is Jaywalker’s Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the senior leadership team. KC oversees Jaywalker’s strategic partnerships, brand development, and clinical outreach and also supervises the admissions, marketing and alumni relations teams.
Prior to joining Jaywalker, KC has served in high level roles in the addiction treatment industry including Business Development Executive at 449 Recovery in Mission Viejo, California, National Director of Business Development at New Method Wellness in San Juan Capistrano, California and National Business Development Representative with Burning Tree Programs in Dallas Texas. KC served these organizations as a brand ambassador, executive level admissions counselor, family support specialist, and professional relations manager. In addition, KC has created and promoted multiple large-scale events within the behavioral health field including the Recovery Open, Recovery Cup and most recently the inaugural Winter Marketing Summit.
KC has served as state captain for multiple advocacy efforts within the state of California and in Washington, DC. He is a member of the NAADAC public policy committee, NAATP membership committee, served as State of California Lead ASA, and as the president of The California Alliance for State Advocacy (CASA). He actively coordinates legislative involvement at the local, state, and national level. As a dedicated advocate for our industry, he is an invaluable ally for our communities, our families, and our nation at large. KC will reside in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Peter was raised in New Jersey where he grew up with a love for music and skiing in the Northeast. He attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate where he pursued these passions further. Upon graduation he moved back to the New York area where he worked in finance for 11 years and received his M.B.A from William Paterson University. During this time he also pursued a career playing guitar in bands in New York City. Peter came to Jaywalker in 2017 ready for a new start and has been an active member of our community ever since. As the Chief Operating Officers, is responsible for all administrative functions of the company including finance, human resources and operations. Prior to his current role, Peter was the Director of Operations overseeing the implementation of our policies and procedures, managed our Technician staff and worked closely with our clinical team. In his spare time he enjoys playing his guitars, traveling, and spending time in the mountains. He lives in Carbondale with his wife Lauren.
Dr. Bushong, Medical Director and staff psychiatrist at Jaywalker is ABPM board-certified in Addiction Medicine, and a board-certified Child and Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Dr. Bushong also speaks the “language of the heart” as an enthusiastic participant in long-term recovery who began his own journey in 2001. A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Bushong attended medical school at The University of Texas and completed his General Psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine. “Dr. B” spent three years at McLean Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as a Clinical Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Clinical Research Fellow.
Prior to coming to Jaywalker, Dr. Bushong worked in private practice in Houston for 21 years, and concurrently held a number of clinical positions including Medical Director of a pediatric neuropsychiatry inpatient unit; outpatient psychiatry and psychoanalysis; and a psychiatric consultant to the Center for Recovering Families at Houston’s Council on Recovery where he was awarded the Jay Waggoner Service Award honoring his personal commitment to service. While in Houston he served 12 years as a board member for Archway Academy, Houston’s flagship recovery high school.
Dr. B moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011 and worked as a staff psychiatrist for Mind Springs Health before transitioning to private practice in Aspen in 2016. He has been consultant to Jaywalker Lodge for several years prior to being appointed Medical Director in September 2019.
Working in private practice for over 20 years, Dr. Nedlin is licensed in Colorado, New York, and Florida where she has provided clinical services to individuals, children, couples, families, and family businesses. Currently, she maintains a private practice while also working as a therapist at Jaywalker. Dr. Nedlin received her Ph.D. in Family & Marriage therapy and Masters degree in Forensic Psychology. She is also a clinical member of the American Psychological Association and a Clinical Fellow of The American Association of Family & Marriage. Dr. Nedlin embraces Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with a Client-Directed Outcome Informed (CDOI) approach. CBT is a blend of two therapies: cognitive therapy (CT) and behavioral therapy. CT focuses on a person’s thoughts and beliefs, and aims to alter one’s unhealthy thinking to be more adaptive and healthy. Behavioral therapy focuses on changing unhealthy behavior patterns. She has had the privilege of witnessing dramatic transformations using CBT with clients and is applying her experience and compassion with clients at Jaywalker. Effective therapy provides a process for helping clients to better understand, and manage their complex emotional lives and relationships. Dr. Nedlin works with clients to: Reduce feelings of depression, inferiority, and anxiety; Build on their own strengths to improve perspective; Build a set of healthy thinking patterns and healthier coping responses to stressful situations while also increasing compassion and healthy self-esteem. Dr. Nedlin provides between-session worksheets to build retention and reinforce coping skills and techniques. When not working, Dr. Nedlin enjoys spending time with her family and friends hiking, listening to music, bike riding, going to the theater and traveling.
Jay Fullam received his Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University and graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Marketing. Jay has been working in the field of addictions for the last decade in a number of capacities. Prior to joining the Jaywalker team, he worked as a primary mentor at AIM House transitional living program, as a therapist at the Harmony Foundation in Estes Park, and helped found the Redpoint Center; a community based intensive outpatient in Longmont, CO. As an active member of the recovery community, Jay has witnessed the profound effectiveness of the open-community model in his life and the lives of many others. As a therapist, Jay believes in doing his own personal work alongside his clients. His own experience with mindfulness in recovery has lead him to believe in the value of connecting to ones own inherent goodness. In addition, he believes that by connecting with community, the natural world, and ones purpose anyone can achieve long lasting sobriety. Jay is a dedicated Ironman athlete and avid fly fisherman.
Robert Bell received his Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. Robert has worked in a number of different roles since receiving his Masters, including his experience as a substance use clinician with Behavioral Treatment Services with Boulder County probation and providing executive functioning coaching through College Coaching Services in Boulder, Colorado. Through the process of providing Humanistic and client-based therapy, Robert has been able to cultivate his therapeutic modality by integrating his personal experience in recovery with his training in CBT and Motivational Interviewing. This combination of therapeutic styles helps create a compassionate, safe, and judgment free environment for clients to help develop self-acceptance and connection with self and others in recovery.
Chris received his MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, CA in 2006. Chris cut his teeth in the counseling world as an Outward Bound Instructor in Colorado, 1988-1998. Chris has had a variety of careers that an after 4 years teaching middle school science. Chris went back to school in 2003 and wrote his master’s thesis on rites of passage. Chris has most recently been in private practice in AZ. Prior to that Chris spent 11 years at Sierra Tucson, a residential treatment center outside of Tucson. Chris has worked in variety of roles, Primary Therapist (addictions, mood, trauma), Family Therapist, and Adventure Therapist. While in Arizona Chris worked with rites of passage programs for young men and served on the board of directors of what use to be the Desert Men’s Council.
Chris’s area of interest and specialty is in the field of trauma. Chris is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is a SEP (Somatic Experience Practitioner). He sees many Jaywalker clients who have been too many treatment centers but never addressed underlying trauma that is often driving substance abuse. While the clients cannot change the past, they can change their relationship to it. This is paramount to their recovery
Chris’s outdoor pursuits include international climbing and guiding, an 18,000-mile bicycle ride to the tip of South America, and multiple ascents of the big walls of Yosemite. In his free time Chris enjoys rock-climbing, mountain biking, fishing, and skiing. Chris is married and has 3 adult children. He is passionate about Jaywalkers blending of clinical treatment and outdoor adventures.
In 2007 I came to Jaywalker Lodge seeking treatment for alcoholism and addiction. I fell in love with not only Jaywalker but Carbondale and The Roaring Fork Valley. After completing treatment I stayed, worked on my sobriety and the friendships I made while at Jaywalker. After two years of continuous sobriety I applied to and was accepted into The Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, MN. I received my Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling in 2011. After graduation I was hired by The Right Door, an outpatient treatment facility in Aspen, CO. From January 2011 until September 2012 I worked with members of The Roaring Fork Community seeking outpatient counseling and group therapy for issues related to addiction. I came to Jaywalker Lodge at the end of September 2012 to supervise The Landing Program at Jaywalker Lodge. In addition to my work as a counselor I am an avid skier, multiple time marathon finisher and Ironman Triathlete and strive to bring the message to all of our clients at Jaywalker Lodge that in sobriety, “anything is possible!”
Natalie grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley, completed a BA at University of Denver and received her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. After working as a family therapist and outpatient counselor on the Eastern Slope of Colorado, she returned to the valley she calls home. She has training in DBT, CBT, somatic-based and trauma focused interventions, as well as a heavy focus on mindfulness as it relates to developing a recovery program. She has a passion for supporting people in developing balanced life experiences and healthy relationships. In her free time, Natalie enjoys fly fishing, hiking and backpacking, gardening, meditation and yoga, cooking, writing poetry, and being in nature.
Pat was first introduced to both Jaywalker and 12-Step Recovery in 2009, when he reached out for help with his drug and alcohol addiction. Following completion of Jaywalker’s Solutions program, he returned to his home in Durango, Colorado, where he acquired a job writing for a local newspaper, finished his bachelor’s degree, and became an active participant in the sober community. Wanting to pursue a career in a helping profession, Pat returned to school at The Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, where he gained valuable experience working in Hazelden’s Men’s primary and extended care programs. He also spent time working at The Retreat, a renowned, intensive 12-Step immersion program. Pat graduated with his Master’s in addiction counseling in 2013,became a Minnesota Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and began work as a counselor at a Twin Cities based methadone clinic. It was a not-so-secret fact that Pat longed for an excuse to return to Colorado. His dream came true when, in April, 2014, he was hired as a counselor in Jaywalker’s Lodge program. A Colorado Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC-II), Pat brings a skill set that includes training in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and 12-Step Facilitation. Pat believes in the importance and value of learning to enjoy life in sobriety and, when he is able, makes it a point to participate in client outings and expeditions. Pat is an active member of the local recovery community. He credits his sobriety with helping him to reconnect with his family, establish meaningful and lasting friendships, and rediscover his love of the outdoors, particularly hiking, camping, backpacking and skiing.
Lenny has spent the past 28 years promoting the personal and academic development of adolescents and adults from varied backgrounds in clinical, wilderness, and urban settings. Over the course of these years, he has developed professional, administrative, and managerial skills in the Outdoor Adventure, Clinical Substance Abuse Treatment, and Education fields. Lenny began his clinical work in alcohol and substance abuse counseling in 1983 at Beech Hill Hospital in Dublin, NH. During his 9 years at Beech Hill Hospital he was instrumental in the development and implementation of an innovative adolescent wilderness treatment program as part of a joint venture with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. Lenny eventually rose to Clinical Director of the Beech Hill/Outward Bound program before leaving in 1992 to direct intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment programs for adults in Rutland and Brattleboro, Vermont. Lenny moved to New York City in 1994 to direct the New York City Outward Bound Center’s adventure education programs. He spent 10 years working to improve the academic skills of NYC’s public school students by developing and overseeing exciting and innovative literacy programs for students and training programs for teachers. Since moving to Colorado in 2004 Lenny has continued to focus on serving the community, and in May 2009 joined the staff at Storm King Case Management in Glenwood Springs, Colorado as a Clinical Case Manager–a position he continues to hold on a part time, as needed basis. Lenny spent a year at Aspen Counseling Center, from July 2010 to July 2011, providing all of the DUI education and therapy for the upper Roaring Fork Valley. In July 2011, Lenny joined Jaywalker Lodge, a private treatment facility for substance addiction in Carbondale, Colorado as a consultant. Lenny currently directs the Intensive Outpatient Programs for Jaywalker Lodge. Lenny also maintains a limited private practice working with substance abuse and addiction clients. Lenny received his Master’s Degree in Education in 1988 from Cambridge College. He received his CAC III certification in Colorado in March 2010. Lenny lives in Carbondale, Colorado and lives with his wife, Lara and their four cats.
Jacquie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor, Level III. Jacquie has a Master of Arts Degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition she has a background in education and received a Master of Science from SUNY Cortland. Prior to working at Jaywalker Lodge, Jacquie was the Program Director and psychotherapist for Pyramid Peaks Counseling Center in Carbondale, Colorado. She had a private practice in Boulder and was employed as a counselor at the Boulder County Addiction Recovery Center. She has worked with adults, adolescents and their families. She has extensive training and experience using methods such as Tension Releasing Exercises, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and BodyMind Psychotherapy. Jacquie enjoys swimming, playing golf and relaxing with good friends. The four seasons in the mountains brings numerous opportunities to be out in nature.
Marcy was born and raised in Idaho where she spent her childhood camping, fishing, and exploring the mountains around West Yellowstone, Island Park and McCall. She attended Washington State University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. She then completed a second graduate program at Washington State University where she earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology.
Marcy has been counseling for 20 years and has worked as a counselor at Washington State University College, at a community mental agency, and as a clinician/Program Manager at a men’s medium security prison where she helped open and run the Behavioral Health Unit to treat offenders with mental illness. Marcy then spent two years living in New Zealand where she worked as a licensed psychologist at a Special Treatment Unit facilitating a treatment program for high-risk offenders. After returning to the U.S., Marcy opened a private practice where she has worked the past ten years with individuals, couples and teens.
Marcy’s approach to counseling is through positive psychology which focuses on client’s strengths and positive aspects. She also uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), trauma therapy, and other modalities as appropriate given client needs.
Marcy has lived in the mountains of Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Colorado, along with time on the South Island in New Zealand. She loves nature, hiking, camping, gardening, reading, music, ATV riding and also competes in silhouette shooting. Marcy’s philosophy of life is growth oriented and always strives to reach her full potential while using her gifts, talents and abilities to help her clients do the same.
Trevor, a Colorado native, grew up in Grand Junction with his parents and his younger brother. Trevor grew up raising animals for 4-H, playing basketball, lacrosse, and exploring the outdoors with his family. Addiction began to take its toll shortly after dropping out of college and he was admitted into Jaywalker in the spring of 2014. After completing treatment Trevor continued sobriety by the help of AA and its strong community. Trevor completed an Associated Degree in Outdoor Education at Colorado Mountain College and has lived in the valley since then. He worked for the church as their Youth Coordinator before returning here and becoming the Medications Coordinator. Trevor is currently pursuing his certification as an Addiction Counselor and is newly married to “a woman way out of his league, (his words)”. Trevor contributes all that he has in life to two things; giving up his will to a Power greater than himself, and serving others with unconditional love.
Stuart was born and raised in the small town of West Yellowstone MT. He is the youngest of two children. He spent his early life in the great outdoors around Hebgen lake with his brother Peter, and many life long friends. At 12 years old he developed a a passion of hunting with his Dad Blair. Around 13 years old Stuart began using drugs and alcohol regularly. His addiction pulled him away from his family and friends and all things he loved. His addiction transformed him into someone he never thought he would be. After multiple treatment centers and relapses through his 20’s. Stuart made his way to Jaywalker by recommendation of a family friend who had also came to Jaywalker. Stuart began his journey at Jaywalker in 2019. He went through The Lodge, Solutions, Out Patient and attend trauma specialty program in Bowling Green, Kentucky. During his time at Jaywalker Stuart developed a passion for recovery and helping others in their recovery journey. He enjoys working for Jaywalker so he can give back to the place that gave him so much. Stuart spends his free time in the mountains, lakes, and rivers of Colorado, and traveling to see his brother Peter.
Lauri comes to Jaywalker Lodge from Estes Park, Co where she lived for over 30 years. Lauri loves to travel and has been to all 50 states and Africa. Next is Asia! She also enjoys hiking and bike riding and is a huge Bronco fan! Lauri has been in the insurance field for over 9 years and loves it. It is her goal to have the process go smoothly for our clients and to leave no insurance claim unresolved!
Jill moved from New York City to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2001 for a teaching position after completing her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, she continues to tutor, specifically with students with reading challenges. She enjoys sharing her love for hiking, skiing, cooking and community volunteering with her husband, Eric, and son, Eli. They happily share their home with a rescue cat and former classroom frog. Jill is excited to bring her experience as an educator and prior job as a concierge to the Jaywalker team.
Forrest Diddams hails from the California Bay Area. Forrest was very active during his early life playing sports, riding dirt bikes, and spending time with his peers. Forrest fell pray to addiction at the age of 12, and finally found his way to Jaywalker Lodge at age 23. Forrest spent a year progressing through the Jaywalker continuum before accepting a position as a technician at the Lodge program in 2018. His passion for helping others has shown through his hard work and dedication to his own recovery. Forrest is excited and dedicated to sharing his experience in order to help others find their way to recovery.
Greg grew up New Jersey where he spent most of his time playing lacrosse, basketball, and football. In late middle school Greg was introduced to alcohol, which changed his priorities. He continued playing sports but his addiction progressed throughout high school. Greg started college at Providence College before he had his first treatment experience. After treatment, Greg went finished school at the University of Colorado Boulder and then entered into a sales position in New York City. Greg’s sobriety did not continue in New York and this relapse ultimately lead him to Jaywalker. He went through the entire continuum of Jaywalker and has committed to a life of sobriety and helping others. After he finished the Jaywalker program, he was eager to work for the place that helped him get his life back. He started as a day time technician and now works as the Lodge Coordinator. Greg enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and hiking in his free time.
Jackson was born and raised in Tyler, Texas where he enjoyed a childhood filled with sports, friends and family. After college, alcoholism and addiction took over his life in a way that threatened each of these areas of his life which he valued so deeply. After nearly a decade of enormous struggle in his personal and professional life, in October of 2018, Jackson found his way to Jaywalker to undergo treatment.
Within the Jaywalker community, he was able to rediscover the joy of friendship and an adventurous lifestyle which have both become cornerstones of his recovery. Unlike his previous experiences with treatment and sobriety, at Jaywalker, Jackson found men whom he felt he could look up to and model his own recovery after. As a result of this life changing experience, Jackson is passionate about maintaining and enhancing the alumni community which played such a vital role in his recovery.
Jackson is an active member of the recovery community in the Roaring Fork Valley and continues to take every opportunity to sponsor young men. He is also an avid golfer and skier and has fully embraced the lifestyle Colorado has to offer, as well as the life of a man in recovery.
Brian was born and raised just outside of Chicago, spending time in his youth visiting family and skiing at Snowmass Resort (one of the four Aspen ski areas). Brian left the Midwest to study at the University of Northern Colorado, where he received his B.A. in Social Sciences. While studying in college, he worked part-time at an Italian restaurant where he learned basic culinary technique. Looking to further expand his culinary experience, Brian moved to Aspen and continued learning at the Ritz-Carlton under the tutelage of Chef Matthew Zubrod, a 14-year veteran of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and James Beard recipient. Brian brings a healthy enthusiasm for skiing, a friendly attitude and a refined culinary skill set to Jaywalker Lodge.
Lynn has served as Expedition Director at Jaywalker Lodge since August of 2005. He has a BS in Recreation Management From the University of Montana and an MA in Education from The Claremont Graduate University. His work as Expedition Director is an extension of his personal passion for helping others experience the life transforming possibilities in the outdoors. It is in those environments and experiences where we meet our frailty and strength head on. Engaging oneself in that challenge is where lives begin a process of change. Lynn enjoys road biking, skiing and rock climbing, but mostly rock climbing.
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