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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Staff at ARTS

Behavioral Healthcare for Adults, Adolescents and Families



              Kristen Dixion, MA, LPC



Kristen Dixion, MA, LPC is the Executive Director for Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS), University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Dependence. Kristen is actively involved the Denver Drug Strategy Commission, Colorado Providers Association, Signal Board, and the Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council. She has a 16 year career in research, evaluation, and clinical care. Kristen returned to ARTS to assist with the implementation of the electronic health record system as the Director of Data, Evaluation and Policy. Kristen served as the Associate Director of Data and Evaluation at the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). She was the Colorado representative for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) during her tenure at OBH. Previous to OBH, Kristen worked for the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC) in the Central Region. She started her career at ARTS as a Multi Systemic (MST) family therapist and Evaluation Clinic Coordinator at Synergy Outpatient. Her professional experience began as a clinician at Colorado AIDS Project. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts degree in Education, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut.




              Susan Turowski-Reher



Susan Turowski-Reher is the Director of Finance and Information Technology for Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BS in Computer Information Systems (CIS). She joined the University of Colorado as a Post Award Administrator for the Office of Grants and Contracts. She was promoted to Post Award Manager before transferring to the ARTS management staff in December 2007. Susan brings to ARTS extensive experience in financial services and in the implementation of information systems. She is responsible for the fiscal, administrative, human resources, and information technology of all the ARTS programs.




 Angi Wold, MS



Angi Wold, M.S., is the Director of Operations for Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS), University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Dependence. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1997 and her Master’s degree in Integrated Sciences from the University of Colorado in 2005. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health/substance abuse field. She began her career at ARTS in 1999, working at Synergy Outpatient Services, the adolescent outpatient component of ARTS, where she worked as a Research Coordinator and was responsible for the management of federal- and state-funded grants. In 2011, Ms. Wold joined the ARTS management team as a Project Manager and began the implementation of an electronic health record system. Ms. Wold was promoted in 2013 to Director of Operations. She is a member of ARTS’ Executive Committee, and is actively involved in work group and planning committees with Signal Behavioral Health Network, Colorado Behavioral Health Council and the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health.




               Irene Arguelles



Irene Arguelles, Director of Synergy Adolescent Services




               Angela Bonaguidi



Angela Bonaguidi, is a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Denver, School of Medicine. She is the Director of Adult Outpatient at Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS), within the Department of Psychiatry. ARTS administers Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid and alcohol dependence and provides substance abuse treatment to over 1300 patients in four locations. Angela attended the University of Denver for degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. Her studies began with attachment relationship theories and developed into broader sociological and physiological patterns of addiction that impact adolescents, adults and families. Her work brought her to ARTS, where she held positions as a medication assisted treatment counselor, infectious disease coordinator and clinical supervisor. Angela is licensed as a Master’s of Social Work and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. She became the director of Adult Outpatient in 2014.




               Ken Gaipa, LCSW, LAC, MAC



Kenneth Gaipa is the Director of Peer-I since March of 1994. Mr. Gaipa is a Senior Instructor with the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Dependence. Peer-I is a component of Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS). Prior to his employment with the University, Mr. Gaipa worked in the field of chemical dependency/mental health services in both administrative and clinical capacities for over twenty-three years in the New York City Metropolitan area. Mr. Gaipa has extensive experience in various treatment modalities that offered brief and long-term treatment in both residential and non-residential settings. He has worked with various groups in the Criminal Justice system developing treatment alternatives for non-violent offenders. Mr. Gaipa’s background includes experience as a clinician, clinical supervisor and also worked in administrative positions for several non-profit agencies. In addition, Mr. Gaipa has also developed programming/treatment services in managed care settings in accordance with mental health/substance abuse benefit guidelines. Mr. Gaipa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified by the Department of Regulatory Agencies as a Licensed Addiction Counselor and is also credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) with the NAADAC Certification Commission. Mr. Gaipa is a strong advocate of the therapeutic community as a viable treatment approach to treat individuals with chronic histories of substance dependence and related anti-social personality disorders. The therapeutic community environment has the ability to utilize an integrated behavioral health model “whole person” and family members impacted by the disease of addiction. Clients admitted to therapeutic community treatment settings are often in need of “rehabilitative” as well as “habilitative” services because they present severe deficiencies in all major areas of social functioning. Mr. Gaipa believes the intensity, structure, accountability and duration of the therapeutic community program allows for the erosion of anti-social behaviors and attitudes that are entrenched. The therapeutic community milieu fosters the internalization of new values and ways of relating that are functional and pro-social. The therapeutic community allows clients to acquire basic living skills and practical experience in the utilization of recovery skills.




               Daniele Wolff



Daniele Wolff, Director of the Haven




               Kimberly Creedon



Kimberly Creedon received her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law. She has experience in private practice, as well as, in-house for several insurance carriers specializing in litigation including insurance defense, tort and property. Mrs. Creedon is actively involved with Run for a Reason, Horizons, Colorado Academy, and Lambuth House. Currently, Mrs. Creedon is the Associate Director of Development for Addiction Research and Treatment Services. She is serving a three year term as the Secretary of The ARTS Foundation. Mrs. Creedon resides in Denver, Colorado.




               Amy Neustadt



As Director of Development, Amy provides leadership and coordination of all grant-writing efforts for ARTS programs (The Haven, Peer I, Synergy, and Adult Outpatient), including federal, state and foundation grants. In this role, she also writes foundation grants on behalf of Friends of the Haven, a nonprofit organization that advocates and raises money for the Haven and Baby Haven programs. Amy joined ARTS in February 2012. She has more than 10 years of experience in grant-writing and grants and program management. Previously, she served as Program Officer at the Colorado Health Foundation in the Health Coverage area, Principal of Amy Neustadt Consulting, LLC (a grant-writing independent business) and the Research and Program Director of the Family Planning Section within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago