Staff

Building Hope Program Manager 

Betsy Casey is Building Hope's full time program manager.  Betsy was born and raised in Summit County. She has a deep love for the community and is passionate about working toward improved mental health in Summit.  She began her work with Building Hope shortly after her Mom, long-time Summit County resident, Patti Casey, took her own life and has been working on Building Hope since its inception. Betsy is passionate about creating innovative ways to reduce stigma, increase access to care and improve the emotional health of our community.

Prior to working with Building Hope, Betsy work at the University of Colorado Hospital's dual-diagnosis psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facility CeDAR (Center for Dependency Addiction and Rehabilitation) coordinating and managing inpatient admissions.  Before CeDAR Betsy worked at a national non-profit, Phoenix Multisport, that creates supportive, active, sober communities for those who are in recovery from alcohol abuse and or drug addiction managing their grants program, fundraising, marketing, program development and evaluation. 

Betsy has a Bachelor's in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree. She is dedicated to furthering Building Hope's mission and deeply honored to work with the many community partners that has made Building Hope so successful. 

Email: betsyc@summitfirc.org

Executive Committee

Building Hope has a dedicated Executive Committee which meets monthly and provides specific guidance around programmatic decisions and strategic direction of Building Hope. 

  • Jeanne Bistranin – Executive Director, Summit Foundation
  • Tim Casey – Patti Casey Memorial Fund (Board Chair)
  • Cassie Comeau – Behavioral Health Director Summit Community Care Clinic
  • Cary Cooper – Community Advocate 
  • Tamara Drangstveit – Executive Director, Family Intercultural Resource Center
  • Shannon Hayes – Town of Breckenridge
  • Jules Rosen – Chief Medical Director, Mind Springs Health
  • John Warner - Former Mayor of Breckenridge, Community Advocate (Vice Board Chair)
  • Amy Wineland – Director of Public Health, Summit County Government

Advisory Board

Building Hope has a robust Advisory Board including representatives from all major community partners, local advocates, and mental health consumers with lived experience. We are very grateful to all of our Advisory Board members for their contributions and service to Building Hope. Asterisk* indicates Executive Committee Members

  • Tracy Bartels - Vail Resorts
  • Jeanne Bistranin – Executive Director, Summit Foundation*
  • Gini Bradley - Community Organizer/Consultant
  • Tim Casey – Patti Casey Memorial Fund*
  • Cassie Comeau – Behavioral Health Director Summit Community Care Clinic*
  • Cary Cooper – Community Advocate*
  • Tamara Drangstveit – Executive Director, Family Intercultural Resource Center*
  • Deb Edwards – Breckenridge Grand Vacations
  • Jaime FitzSimons – Summit County Sheriff
  • Father Tema Godwinnnamezie – Centura, St Anthony’s Medical Center
  • Shannon Hayes – Town of Breckenridge*
  • Jules Rosen – Chief Medical Director, Mind Springs Health*
  • Gary Martinez – Community Advocate
  • Julie McCluskie – Director of Communication and Engagement, Summit School District
  • Oyuki Munoz – Community Advocate
  • Betty Sarber – National Alliance on Mental Illness High County Chapter
  • Karn Stiegelmeier – County Commissioner
  • Sarah Vaine – Assistant County Manager, Summit County Government
  • John Warner – Community Advocate, Mayor
  • Amy Wineland – Director of Public Health, Summit County Government*

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible"

- George Chakiris

"I have always believed that hope is the stubborn thing inside of us that insists that despite all evidence to the contrary, something better awaits us"

- Barack Obama

" Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."

- Emily Dickinson

"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen, there will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be given wings to fly."

- Patrick Overton

"The biggest lie to buy into is to think that you’re alone... You’re not. Hope is always closer than you know. You’re more loved than you feel. And you’re stronger than you realize."

- Bethany Morris

"Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message of "you’re not alone".

- Unknown

"Small acts, when multiplied by millons of people, can transform the world."

- Howard Zinn

"Ah, kindness, what a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world."

- Anonymous

"I realized that there are a lot of other people out there who can relate to what I’ve been though. So I’ve become more comfortable with sharing some of my story and letting people know that I have been through hardship too."

- Emily Steingart (Faces of Hope)

"I struggle, but I continue to choose the high road. When I share I feel a little bit lighter because I’m being honest with myself."

- Emily Steingart (Faces of Hope)

"Life is fragile and I now know it is also unpredictable. Glenn’s death has underscored a core belief of mine that we are able to overcome most all of what life throws in our paths by acknowledging it, accepting it, feeling it and knowing that we will, with time, feel the warmth of the sun and another beautiful day."

- Marsha Cooper (Faces of Hope)

"I think the point of ‘normalizing’ it (mental health) is that many many others feel that shadow so we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. It doesn’t mean that myself or anyone else suffering has done something wrong. It just is."

- Sam Higby (Faces of Hope)

"Nothing missed and no regrets. Live on in peace, health and happiness. Look for meaning where you can and cherish the mystery when you can’t."

- Same Higby (Faces of Hope)

"I have come to terms with the diagnosis and don’t let it affect my self-worth. Its not any different than any other illness that can cause a chemical imbalance such as high blood pressure or diabetes. When it’s our brain, it's just a little harder to understand."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

"You might feel that nobody can understand what you’re going through, and I believe you are right. Nobody else can really understand what you’re thinking or why you’re feeling a certain way. But I think its important to know that you are loved."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

"There is help out there – you just need to ask for help first and truly seek and accept the help that is offered, even if you don’t really understand how you are going to get better. But have the faith that you will."

- Marilyn Hogan (Faces of Hope)

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