Meet the SungateKids Team
Before beginning her role as the Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator at SungateKids in 2019, Mariel worked as an Intensive In-Home Family Therapist and Residential Social Worker. Mariel uses her unique skill set to guarantee that families never feel alone or unheard during the Forensic Interview process, and that they leave SungateKids with the information and tools necessary to begin healing. In addition, she
supports successful collaboration between outside agencies to ensure the investigation process is completed with the best interest of the families’ in mind, and that the diverse needs of our community are met.
Mariel is a proud dog lover who enjoys skiing and hiking in the mountains, and listening to live music.
Lisa is a graduate of Colorado State University at Pueblo and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and a minor in Social Work. Lisa has received special training in working with victims of sexual abuse and offense-specific treatment for perpetrators.
Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in Children and Youth: Risks and Healthy Development and is working on her Doctorate of Psychology at the University of Denver. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy and Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Diana is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law with the firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs and with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver (now Colorado Legal Services) prior to her career in nonprofit management. She served as the Executive Director of the Central Visitation Program before joining SungateKids.
That volunteer stint turned into a paid staff position in 2000 and ultimately into her role as Assistant Director. Leslie holds a B.S. in Communications from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Speech Pathology from California State University.
At Sungate Kids, she is a Prevention Specialist offering presentations of SungateKids SafeKids abuse prevention and education program.
A native of West Michigan, Steffanie moved to Colorado in 2011 and enjoys being outside, swimming, hiking, cooking with her husband.