Meet The Team

Ester Quilici

ESTER QUILICI, LADC, NCAC II, SAP, CPA

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operations Officer

DOROTHY J DEXTER, MBA, CPA, CGMA

DOROTHY J. DEXTER, MBA, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer
DR. Christopher Highley

DR. CHRISTOPHER HIGHLY, DO

Medical Director
Judith First- Program Manager Western Region

JUDITH RICKETTS-STOOKEY, LADC, SCADC

Western Regional Programs Manager
Heather DeAngel - LCSW

HEATHER DEANGELI, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

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Heather DeAngeli is a native Nevadan who prides herself on serving her community. She obtained both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work with Distinction from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has twelve years of experience in mental health working in various residential, outpatient, and forensic settings. Her therapeutic style incorporates building an authentic relationship with her clients in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. Heather is a trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (DBT) and will be an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist as of early January 2020. Heather has experience in working with populations experiencing chronic suicidality, substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and intense emotion dysregulation. Outside of the office Heather enjoys traveling, reading, taking pictures, and spending time with friends, family, and dogs.
Theresa Green

Theresa Green

Human Resources Coordinator
Molly Wilson, BAS Revenue Cycle Analyst

Alan Larkin

 Revenue Cycle Analyst

Dorothy Vance

Dorothy Vance

Account Manager
Heather H Care Coordinator

HEATHER HARZKE, CDAC

Veterans Care Coordinator
Footprints Counseling
Lovia Vi Larkin

LOVIA “VI” LARKIN

Housing Coordinator
Betti Magney

Betti Magney

Executive Assistant
Abbey Gardner Case Manager

Abbey Gardner

Intake Coordinator

Carla Farnworth- APRN

CARLA FARNWORTH

MSN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Shad Tilotson NP-C

SHAD TILLOTSON, APRN, NANP-C

Family Medical Practitioner

Vitality Center Elko

Barbara Caskey

BARBARA CASKEY, M.A. LADC, LADC-GS

Counselor

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Barbara Caskey, M.A. LADC, LADC-GS

I have been with Vitality Unlimited for over 11 years. I was born in Nebraska, where I graduated from the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program in 1988 from the University of Nebraska. I lived in Austin, Texas, and worked for the State and Travis County developing sentencing alternative programs, including various drug and alcohol treatment programs. I was the director of a Foster Family Treatment program in Pasadena, California; was a mental health intern in South Lake Tahoe; and am now living and loving it in Elko, Nevada. Throughout my career, I have predominately worked in non-profit social service programs. Today I work at Vitality Unlimited as an Outpatient and Residential Counselor.

James Judd JD- Counselor

JAMES JUDD “JD”, M.A LADC

Counselor
Carmen Martin- Counselor

CARMEN MARTIN

D.U.I. Evaluator
Sandy- Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor

Sandy

Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor
Amy Jo- Behavioral Health Technician

Amy Jo

Behavioral Health Technician
Dori- Behavioral Health Technicians

Dori

Behavioral Health Technician

Jenny- Behavioral Health Technician

Jenny

Behavioral Health Technician
Sheila-Behavioral Health Technician

Sheila

Behavioral Health Technician
Stacy -Behavioral Health Technician

Stacy

Behavioral Health Technician
Maria Solis- Receptionist

Maria Solis

Receptionist
Brittany McNamara & Misty Koch

Brittany McNamara & Misty Koch

Cooks

Greg Ford - Maintenance

Greg Ford

Maintenance

Vitality Integrated Programs Elko

Tea Carrell

Tea Carrell

Office Coordinator

Bethany Young, LCSW

Bethany Young, LCSW

Therapist

TAYLA HADLEY, CPC, LADC

Counselor

Rhenda Wilson

RHENDA WILSON, RN

Nikki-Fellows-Targeted-Case-ManagerPeer-Services-Coordinator

Nikki Fellows

Targeted Case Manager
Peer Support Coordinator

Sarah-Noteware-Targeted-Case-Manager

Sarah Noteware

Targeted Case Manager

Sarah-Noteware-Targeted-Case-Manager

Jessica Paszek CDAC-I

Targeted Case Manager

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Current Role: TCM, CDAC-I, and MFT Practicum Student

Degrees/ Certificates, Licenses or Education: I have my B.A. in Psychology with a minor/ certificate in Substance Abuse Treatment. I am working towards my License in Drug and Alcohol Counseling as well as my M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Goals and Aspirations: My goals are to finish my Master program, finish my hours for both CDAC and MFT, and get additional credentialing in human sexuality and neurofeedback. My ultimate goal would be to establish more resources here in Elko County so that we may serve more Nevadans in need.

Biggest Achievement: My personal self-growth and focusing on my health (mental and physical).

Why did you choose Vitality? After COVID hit, I came to Elko to get away from the big cities. I realized that I needed to be here and after talking to people in the community (judges, business owners, first responders), I realized that I needed to get back to doing what I’m passionate about; and Vitality was the perfect place to do that since they are really putting down roots and building this community up.

 

Joined Vitality Unlimited July 2020

Christina Beier. MFT-I, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist

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Christina Beier, MFT-I is a proud Nevadan born and raised, who is excited to bring her love of helping people, couples and families to the Elko area. Using a systemic, trauma informed approach, Christina views each client encounter as an opportunity for connection, growth and healing.  Christina understands that every person and family story is different and brings with her a variety of educational and clinical experience. She is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Crisis and Trauma Counseling and Messiah College with a Master of Arts degree in Marriage Couples and Family Counseling. Christina is very excited to join the team at Vitality Integrated Programs and looks forward to becoming a part of the vibrant Elko, NV community.

MELBA MUELLER PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

MELBA MUELLER

Peer Support Specialist
TONYA GARFIELD PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

TONYA GARFIELD

Peer Support Specialist

Sheena Faulkner

Medical Assistant
MEGAN PETERSON CNA AND RECEPTIONIST

MEGAN PETERSON, CNA

Receptionist

Vitality Carson City

Charles Stookey - M.A.

Charles Stookey, MA LADC

Counselor

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Charlie Stookey received his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology at University of Nevada Reno in 1991. He was licensed in 1989 by the state of Nevada. He has taught both undergraduates and graduate courses in addiction at UNR. He has practiced in Hospital settings, residential treatment settings, and Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient. He has counseled in Prison and in Reservations.
Jim Dyer CADAC1

JAMES DYER, CADC-I

Counselor
Rose Pullen BHT

Rose Pullen

Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor
Vicki Reid

Vicki Reid

Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor
Bailey Wilson - BHT

Bailey Wilson

Peer Support Specialist

Matt Jonez- BHT

Matt Jonez

Behavioral Health Technician
Virginia Keppinger

Virginia Keppinger

Behavioral Health Technician
Mikaelyn Klien BHT

Mikaelyn Klien

Behavioral Health Technician
Leslie Ramos- BHT

Leslie Ramos

Behavioral Health Technician
Serena Dillard- BHT

Serena Dillard

Behavioral Health Technician
Amanda Running Wolf- BHT

Amanda Running Wolf, CNA

Behavioral Health Technician

Vitality Integrated Programs Carson City

Donelle Belarde Peer Support Specialist

DONELLE BELARDE

Office Coordinator

 

 

Winta-Haile-LCSW

WINTA HAILE, LCSW

Therapist
Briseida Lozano BA, TCM

Briseida Lozano, BA

Targeted Case Manager

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Vitality is amazing, I love all the resources we provide. I was born and raised in Carson City, Nevada. I am the youngest out of seven and I really do enjoy that. I have 12 nephews and 3 nieces, so you can already imagine how crazy our holiday parties are, crazy but fun. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. One of my favorite things to do is traveling. I absolutely love getting to know more places, learning about their culture and lifestyle. I love nature, so whenever I get the chance I try to go on hikes and explore. Random facts about me are, I love Disneyland, Dutch Bros. and my favorite color is Pink. You may call me “Breezy”.
Keegan Pollakm CPC-I

Keegan Pollak, MA, CPCI

Therapist

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I’m originally from Ponca City, Oklahoma, and part of the Ponca tribe there. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State and recently graduated with my master’s at University of Arkansas. I moved to Reno to be with my partner and move closer to the West Coast, which is something I also wanted to do. I have a background in teaching and college athletics which ultimately led me to pursue a counseling degree. My clinical areas of interests are trauma and anxiety. In my free time, I enjoy running, kayaking, hiking, and playing with my dog, Rudy. I am very happy to be here so thank you so much for the opportunity!
Lindsay Stecher

Lindsay Stecher, LADC-P

Counselor
Danielle Schmidt

Danielle Schmitt

Targeted Case Manager

Melanie Gatlin

Melanie Gatlin

Receptionist

Founder

Dorothy North Founder

Dorothy North

Founder of Vitality Unlimited

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In Memoriam
June 22, 1943 – January 23, 2015
Friend – Leader – Visionary