Meet the Team

OUR CLINICIANS

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Peggy Hayes MS, LMFT

Executive Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Peggy Hayes joined Solutions for Life as the executive director in November 2010. As the leader of the organization, Peggy develops, plans, and implements strategies for program continuation and growth while ensuring that all mental health activities and services meet the needs of the community. Over the past ten years, Peggy has collaborated with numerous local service organizations to improve and expand mental health services for Converse and Niobrara county residents. Peggy began her journey in mental health at the University of Wyoming, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Health and Human Development with a specialty in marriage and family therapy from Montana State University in 1998. Since then, she has made it her mission to increase access for mental health services to rural area populations throughout the state of Wyoming..

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Joanne Brown-Vossler / MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Joanne earned her Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Cambridge. Massachusetts. She obtained her certification as a trauma professional from the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Joanne specializes in women’s issues, domestic violence and abuse, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anger management for adults.

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Elisabeth Butts / MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Elisabeth received her master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She specializes in individual child therapy, play therapy, adolescent group therapy and EDMR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) therapy. Elisabeth began working at Solutions for Life in August, 2008

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Krista Fenner / MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Krista has been a staff therapist at Solutions for Life for 3 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Spanish, and Mass Communication from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. Krista has extensive experience working in both outpatient and residential treatment facilities with both children and adults.

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Terilyn Mayland / MS, PAT

Provisional Addiction Therapist

Terilyn graduated in 2013 with her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She specializes in addiction , and individual therapy for both children and adults. Terilyn joined Solutions for Life in 2013 and is the primary clinician at our Glenrock location.

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Katie Stich / MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Katie received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee then went on to earn her master’s degree in professional counseling from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Katie began working at Solutions for Life in 2018.  Her specialty areas include individual, family and couples therapy as well as creative arts. Katie facilitates our summer youth program as our art therapy groups.

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Magaly Guerrero / PCSW

Provisional Clinical Social Worker

Magaly earned her master’s degree in social work with specialization in mental health and substance abuse from the University in Texas in Arlington in 2017. While in Texas, she worked for a hospice and psychiatric treatment facility which provided her the opportunity to work with a widely diverse population. She relocated to Douglas, Wyoming in September 2019 from Amarillo, Texas and is fluent in both the English and Spanish language.

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Karla Penfield / CSW

Certified Social Worker 

Karla, a Douglas native, earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wyoming in 2004. While earning her degree, she worked for a local group home for troubled youth for several years. In January 2017 she joined the Solutions for Life team as a case manager, and, shortly thereafter, transitioned to a certified social worker position after completing her board examination. Karla is currently working on her master’s degree in social work from the university of central Florida and is on track to graduate in the spring of 2022.

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Hope Phelon / LCSW 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hope graduated from Colorado State University in 1992 with a master’s degree in social work with specialization in all mental health disorders, anger management, domestic violence and abuse, personality disorders, women’s issues, and several others. Hope has worked in rural area mental health care for nearly 30 years and genuinely loves what she does. Hope is the primary clinician at Solutions for Life’s Lusk location.

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Don Fast / MA, LAT, PMFT

Licensed Addiction Therapist

Provisional Marriage and Family Therapist

Don received his Master's degree in counseling in 1999 from Colorado Christian University and his Master's in addictionology from Casper College in 2003. In 2020, he earned his Master's certification in marriage and family therapy from Grand Canyon University. In the past, Don has worked as the treatment coordinator for the Natrona county adult drug court program and was the supervisor for the men's residential substance abuse program at Central Wyoming Counseling Center (CWCC). He joined the Solutions for Life team in 2020 and is the primary facilitator for our Intensive Outpatient treatment Program (IOP).

OUR PSYCHIATRIC PROVIDERS

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Nichole Taylor

PMHNP-BC, APRN

Nichole Taylor has lived in Wyoming for the last 20 years and is dedicated to helping members of rural communities with their mental health. Nichole acquired her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Wyoming.

Nicole was awarded the Jonas Scholar Award in 2016 and the Susan McCabe Psychiatric Mental Health Graduate Award in 2018. Nichole is licensed to treat psychiatric disorders of pediatrics, adolescents, and adults.

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Dr. Frank Del Real

Psychiatrist

Dr. Del Real Frank is currently the Medical Director at Central Wyoming Counseling Center in Casper, Wyoming (CWCC) as well as a part-time provider at Solutions for Life. Dr. Del Real specializes in treating adults suffering from psychiatric and addictions disorders.

Dr. Del Real attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego where he received his M.D. degree. He then completed his residency in Psychiatry at Harbor, UCLA Medical Center. He has practiced as a psychiatrist for over 28 years.

CASE MANAGERS

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Gretchen Kassner / BS

Case Manager, Group Home Coordinator and Peer Support Specialist

 

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Kara MItchell / BS, MBA

Case Manager and Peer Support Specialist

PROVIDER SUPPORT STAFF

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Emily Long / LPN

Staff Nurse

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Jacquline Brown

Medical Assistant

OFFICE STAFF

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Tammie Tjalma

Business Office Manager

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Judy Murillo

Accounting Specialist

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Sarah Snow

Billing Specialist

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Catherine Tackett

Receptionist

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Eber Rodriguez

Receptionist 

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Patricia Goodwin

Receptionist / Lusk Office

GROUP HOME STAFF

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Tami Weber

Lead Mental Health Technician 

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Roman Moss

Mental Health Technician

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Barbara Denielson

Mental Health Technician

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Wendy Hill

Mental Health Technician

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Kelly Ross

Mental Health Technician