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 and currently serves as Chairman 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 baking 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.
Pat was raised in Denver, Colorado with one younger sister. He attended the University of Colorado and worked in his family’s business for 10 years before beginning his life in recovery at Jaywalker Lodge in 2009. After graduating from Jaywalker Lodge in 2009, Pat stayed in the Carbondale community volunteering, working, and continuing his education where he built on his professional background of product design, production, logistics, operations management, marketing, and business development. Since 2011, Pat has worked in all programs within the Jaywalker continuum of care and currently oversees the Marketing, Admissions, and Alumni Division as a member of the Executive Team. Pat’s valuable history with Jaywalker Lodge and prior professional experience make him the ideal leader for business development in our specialized industry. Pat is a dynamic resident in the Roaring Fork Valley, both in the recovery community as well as his personal life. He is an active member and volunteer with the Carbondale Fire Department and a regular at Sopris Crossfit. A few of the many activities he enjoys in the valley are snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and dog.
Kortney grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley living the typical mountain life. After graduating from Basalt High School, she attended Mesa State College where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics. After college, Kortney craved the mountain life style, so she returned home to the Roaring Fork Valley. Kortney joined the Jaywalker Lodge team in December of 2011 and brings a passion for life and the outdoors. A few of the many activities she enjoys are skiing, mountain biking, hiking with her dog, fishing and Crossfit.
Dr. Bushong is a board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who began his own recovery 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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
Griffin was born and raised primarily with his Father in San Antonio, Texas, and spent much of his holiday time in Southern California with his Mother. His childhood was filled with plenty of activities (sports, hunting, music, art) which helped shape him into the man he is today. Beginning at around age 14, he started to experiment with both drugs and alcohol. However, what initially seemed “normal” and par for the course of a South Texas teenager, proved to be the beginnings of alcoholism and addiction. After multiple failed attempts at college, and an early entrance into fatherhood, he collapsed in 2010 at age 24 and sought his first treatment. Griffin first came to recovery in 2010. Between 2010 and 2013 he had tried just about every way possible to bring about sustainable sobriety into his life but was unable to do so. As the relapses continued, his addiction became increasingly more chronic. After finding himself homeless in Austin, Texas, Griffin arrived at Jaywalker Lodge with a “last chance” mindset. The combination of Jaywalker’s clinical approach, 12-Step community integration, and experiential therapies proved profoundly effective, and he is proud to say that he has not taken a single drink or drug since June 10th, 2013. Just after discharge from Jaywalker, Griffin realized he had a huge passion for working with others suffering from addiction in a professional capacity and thus began a career in the recovery field. He began by working for an Aspen-based community mental health organization in a local detox, and from there progressed to crisis and intervention work, case-management and admissions, and ultimately counseling. After receiving his CAC II (Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II) he worked as the primary counselor for the Eagle County DUI and Drug Court programs in the Vail Valley. In 2016, Griffin recognized that he wanted to return to where it all began at Jaywalker Lodge. After beginning in a Clinical Support role, Griffin took over the MIOP – Modified Intensive Outpatient Program which has allowed him to grow and expand his talents. In MIOP, Griffin is able to work with men as they reintegrate back into life, and help move them through the challenges that early recovery poses. Griffin continues to participate as an active member of the recovery community by attending meetings and sponsoring other men. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, biking, and watching his beloved San Antonio Spurs. Recovery has offered him the ability to build a sober foundation, establish a career, and mature as a father, son, brother, and friend.
Henry was born in Aspen, Colorado, and grew up in the roaring fork valley. After entering recovery in 2013, he started work in the substance use treatment industry through a community mental health detox center in Aspen. A few years later, after his previous place of employment shut down, he became employed with Jaywalker Lodge, and soon after received his CAC II certification. He is currently pursuing his degree in Psychology, and hopes to continue helping others on their own recovery path both personally and professionally.
Marshal grew up in Austin, Texas with his mom and dad, a beloved brother and sister and various animals of all makes and models. Marshal, a true sportsman played baseball, football and wrestled throughout his school years. He is an expert hunter and fisherman and spent many hours enjoying the outdoors with his family. He is also a certified master scuba diver and enjoys diving in warm clear waters where ever he can find them. After graduating from high school, Marshal attended Texas Tech University and Texas State University preparing for a degree in Architecture but was side-tracked by addictions that could have ruined his life. Marshal, however, lives by the famous quote by Margaret Thatcher, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” With the support of his family and friends, Marshal fought his addiction multiple times, including two programs at Jaywalker, where he was finally able to gain long-term recovery. Marshal is committed to maintaining his sobriety and to helping others win their own battles with the disease of addiction. Marshal’s sense of humor and caring nature make him ideally suited to support those in treatment. When he is not working at the Lodge, you’ll find Marshal snowboarding, hiking, fishing and spending time with his extensive network of friends, his dog, Duke and new kitten, Khaleesi. Marshal also attends Colorado Mountain College where he is working toward an Associates Degree in Business.
Stephen is a Colorado native, born and raised in Aurora, CO. His early years were centered around athletics and activities, traveling the US with a competitive soccer team, as well as numerous trips with family, camping and hiking. Stephen’s addiction began at the early age of 9, and was a constant in his life from that point on. His early adult life prior to recovery was filled with legal trouble, trauma, and depression. His multiple attempts at sobriety ended with several failed attempts, landing him at the doors of Jaywalker in May of 2015, where he began to turn his life around and grow into the man he is today. Once completing the Jaywalker program, Stephen made the choice to call Carbondale home, and embarked on his journey to give back and inspire other men walking through the doors of Jaywalker, like those who had done for him. His life goal and passion are to help others achieve their own sobriety and regain control their lives. In his spare time Stephen can be found in various activities including: playing and watching sports, snowboarding, golfing, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful scenery the Carbondale area has to offer.
Ryan started his life in the addiction field as a patient. As a “distinguished” alumnus of six different treatment centers, it’s safe to say the Ryan does not have a “one and done” recovery story. Undeniably, part of Ryan’s passion for his work stems from the reality that for the majority of his fight to find recovery he was never afforded a personalized intervention experience customized to his specific needs. This resulted in participating time and again in treatment programs that were not a good fit for him. That is until he found Jaywalker Lodge in 2012. Since finding long term recovery, Ryan has made helping others struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health challenges his personal and professional passion. Ryan has worked at every level of the addiction continuum- from helping folks in the acute detoxification stage, to supporting clients in finding appropriate primary care treatment, and working as a recovery coach and residential manager in extended care and transitional living settings, Ryan truly has a depth of experience that’s invaluable to the clients and families he works with. Ryan’s personal journey, professional experience, addiction counselor training, and interventionist training make him well qualified for his role as Director of Admissions here at Jaywalker Lodge. In his spare time Ryan loves spending time with his wife and their dogs in the majestic Roaring Fork Valley. His hobbies include: fly fishing, hiking, skiing, biking, and golfing.
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 Director of Operations, Peter oversees the implementation of our policies and procedures, manages our Technician staff and works closely with our clinical team. In his spare time he enjoys playing his guitars, traveling, and spending time in the mountains. He currently lives in Carbondale with his girlfriend Lauren.
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!
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.
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.
Originally from North Central Illinois, Penny and her family spent many summers vacationing in Colorado. The dream of living in the Roaring Fork Valley came true when they moved here in February 2011. Penny has spent the majority of her working career in customer service. She brings a true passion and love for helping people to Jaywalker Lodge. Penny and her husband reside in Glenwood Springs along with their daughter and two sons. Penny loves all that this valley and Colorado have to offer. Penny says, “It feels as if every day is a vacation day, living in this beautiful valley.” In her spare time, she can usually be found with her camera out taking landscape and flower photographs. She also enjoys spending her time hiking, gardening, learning to snowboard, spending time with her family and exploring the back roads of Colorado.
Having grown up in the sunshine of Jacksonville, Florida (as well as on the beaches of the British Virgin Islands and the heat of Yucatan peninsula in Mexico) Daniel was a stranger to the wonders of snow and the beauty of the Rocky Mountain landscape. Not to mention the serenity, life affirming and outdoor opportunities that Jaywalker and the Carbondale area offer.
After finding Jaywalker Lodge in 2017 and addressing his addiction to alcohol as he progressed from the Landing , the Lodge , Solutions, and through to the Sober Living program Daniel discovered that a life of sobriety ,the diverse seasonal outdoor life of Colorado and it’s landscape go hand in hand. He has found his passion in sharing this and helping others find the same life of sobriety, camaraderie and peace of mind that he has found at Jaywalker Lodge. He has earned his CAC I and is currently working on his level II. At the top of the list of his favorite things to do (and share) are snowboarding, mountain biking, sessions at cross fit, and hiking the mountain trails with his dog Bella.
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