Executive Leadership

Karen O. Yarberry, M.A., L.P.C.
Executive Director

Karen is celebrating 36 years of working with Colorado’s children, youth, and families in a variety of residential, inpatient, and day treatment settings.  Being Executive Director at Jefferson Hills since 1995, she is passionate about improving the continuum of care for our at-risk children, integrating quality services, and partnering with entities for maximum benefit and resources.  She has been leading Jefferson Hills through significant changes and new, innovative business ventures that foster business growth.  She has been active on numerous State committees, task forces, and projects.  Karen thoroughly assesses and meets the community need while staying true to and furthering the mission of Jefferson Hills.  She works continually re-inventing the organization to meet the changing needs in the new business environment and strategically positioning Jefferson Hills to meet the demands of the future.

Michael R. Barrows LCSW CAC III
Deputy Director

With the expansion of programming, Mike has been promoted to overseeing clinical services throughout Jefferson Hills.  Previously, Mike was the Clinical Program Director at our Aurora site, overseeing the Staff Secure Residential program and the Child/Youth Crisis Stabilization Unit.  Mike, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Addictions Counselor III, has been with Jefferson Hills since January 2015, coming to us with 27 years’ experience with mental health centers and residential child care facilities in Colorado. Mike also worked for Jefferson Hills as the Program Manager for the Offense Specific Units in Aurora from 1998 to 2006.  Between these two times, Mike was the Clinical Director for the Division of Youth Corrections at Mount View Youth Services Center.  Mike is also trained as a trainer for the Evidenced Based Practice, Motivational Interviewing.  Focuses for Mike include providing safe/secure, quality,  evidence-based practices and programs for the children/youth and staff.   He has earned a reputation for being a positive, respected, and collaborative leader with strong decision-making and follow-through skills.

Patty Rivers, M.S., C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer

Starting with Jefferson Hills in April 2014, Patty brings her 20 years of experience to Jefferson Hills, having been in charge of financial management of residential, day treatment, community-based, facility school programs in Colorado, as well as serving as the CFO at a large tribal hospital and health consortium based in Juneau, Alaska. Patty’s strategic and forward-thinking mentality and skill provides Jefferson Hills with the needed expertise in the changing healthcare environment.

David Molineux, M.Ed.
Director of Education

David has overseen the education services at all Jefferson Hills programs since 2001.  With over 25 years’ experience of providing education and vocational services to youth at risk in the UK and in the US, David has developed new education programs in the Denver, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs areas.  He was also the first facility school director representative on the CDE Board for the past three years.

Chelsie Bachir, LPC
Clinical Program Director

Chelsie started her employment with Jefferson Hills in 2013 as a Clinical Therapist in the Aurora Residential Treatment program. She was promoted to Clinical Manager of the Lakewood facility in 2017 to help promote a more positive and collaborative working environment for the New Vistas program, Crisis Stabilization Unit, and Day Treatment. After achieving growth in the clinical performance and successful audits from multiple monitoring agencies, she took the role of Clinical Program Director and now oversees middle management and the medical department as a member of the Executive Leadership team. Beginning her career in behavioral health in 2009 as a Milieu Counselor, Chelsie focuses on helping every level of staff succeed in their mission to provide quality care to our children/youth.