Michael is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in youth and human service administration. His counseling experiences have included working with children, adolescents, and adults in coping with a variety of relationship problems, mental health, and substance use disorders.
Michael has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults both in public and non-profit organizations. In addition to his direct counseling experiences he has served as quality assurance and clinical director of a large residential treatment center serving adolescent females, clinical director of a boys boarding school, served as clinical director for various outpatient organizations, provided clinical supervision to numerous therapist employed with outpatient and residential treatment programs, facilitated court ordered domestic violence treatment groups, and has owned and operated numerous programs for children, adolescents and adults.
In addition to his direct counseling experience, Michael has held numerous administrative management positions in the private and public sectors and has also held multiple roles in community leadership through various committees.
Nate Wilson was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Woodland Park, CO. Nate experienced many hard times growing up in high school including drug addiction, criminal behavior and mental health struggles. Nate has been clean for 11 years from meth and heroin, and been abstinent from alcohol for 4 years. Since Nate has turned his life around he has developed a passion for helping youth who are in a similar position that Nate was. Since choosing a better path, Nate has become certified as a personal trainer, peer recovery coach and started a mentorship program within New Visions Recovery Solutions. Nate has recently become a Fit and Healthy columnist for the Pikes Peak Courier and has also published a book about his journey through addiction and recovery called “Zero to Hero: The tale of my recovery from drug addiction and psychosis.” Nate enjoys spending time with his family, working out daily, writing, and helping others.
Hello, my name is Raelene Howard. I have struggled with multiple disorders, substance abuse and mental health issues for the better half of my life. By the grace of God, I was able to overcome my addiction and the urges to use substances to self medicate 3 1/2 years ago. I found my way from living in a car to living in a loving home. I found my way out of abusive relationships and “friendships”, into meaningful, healthy and loving relationships. I was led back to my faith and my relationship with the Lord is stronger than ever. I am beyond blessed to work with youth who are struggling, and to be a voice of reason, guidance and just a good friend. My mission is to impact the kids that I work with, giving them the hope necessary to get them back on the right track. In recovery, support is one of the biggest tools for success, and I love that I get to be that for the youth in our community.
Quinton Blanche is a Colorado Native with an Entrepreneur’s Heart. His passions are helping others create a healthy and fun lifestyle through a Lifestyle Travel Club, while also pursuing singing and songwriting in the RnB Genre. He aims to inspire the people around him while making a difference in his community through motivational speaking and leadership. His favorite quote is “We all are born looking like our parents but we die looking like our choices.” This quote inspires him to get the most from everyday while making choices that will help him to be the best he can be.
Rob Decker: Husband, Father, Personal Trainer/ Health Coach, Business owner, Speaker, Youth Mentor, Best Selling Author, recovery/life skills coach.
My primary objective is to share my story of a failed suicide attempt that led to a relationship with God. I suffered many years of depression, anger and confusion and fed that with drugs, alcohol and bad relationships. To eventually turn it into a story of forgiveness, understanding and love. I desire to inspire, encourage and give hope to those who have had similar battles and that means helping the youth before they make a seriously awful turn in this life