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Meet Our Team

Our highly qualified team specializes in addiction treatment for teens and is dedicated to the success of your child. We invite you read more about our team and to contact us with any questions.

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Founder and Executive Director

Upon graduating from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Huey worked as a therapist, Clinical Director, and Business Development Director in residential treatment. Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of adoptees in residential treatment (he is adopted himself).

He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey founded Calo. Calo grew to a 200 plus employee organization with about the same numbers of teen clients served each year. He sold Calo and retired in June of 2015.

He came out of retirement in 2017 and founded Kokua Recovery, trauma-informed residential drug and alcohol treatment with sites in Colorado.

Kokua Recovery heals the trauma that leads to addiction. Teens learn how to find sobriety in a safe and nurturing residential setting.

Family Therapist
Courtney Kershaw is originally from the Midwest and relocated to Colorado after graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Anderson University. During her time in Colorado, she completed a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family therapy at University of Colorado Denver. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families in addiction at both in-patient and in-home settings. She loves connecting with people and helping families find new ways of communicating with and understanding each other. She also enjoys Colorado’s active lifestyle, and is excited about Kokua’s ability to connect youth to the outdoors and promoting healing through nature.
Clinical Director

David Petersen is an independent consultant, trained & licensed in clinical social work and addictions counseling. He assists individuals, families, agencies and organizations through training, counseling and consultation. Helping to restore lives in the worst of circumstances, with family wellness as a peak priority is David’s true vocation. Facts and accomplishments:

– Fluent Spanish speaker in clinical, social and pastoral works.

– Clinical Interventionist and creator of a consensus-driven intervention methodology.

– Former board member in state NAADAC and NASW endeavors including public policy and professional development.

– Author of Dark Horse: A Heroin Memoir, a recently published autobiography.

– Presenter in the areas of Family, Community, Clinical and Pastoral Opioid Response.

– Critical Incident Debriefing Specialist.

– Outdoor enthusiast and Master Educator in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

– Field Educator and mentor to many behavioral clinicians.

– First and only ex-offender ever privileged to work in Colorado’s Correctional health programs.

– Producer of Heroin Truth podcast (SoundCloud)

– Producer of David Petersen, Clinical Interventionist (YouTube)

– Streaming into a 43rd year of transcendence out of severely disordered opioid use

– Skillful & Unflagging advocate and defender for minor dependent children.

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Admissions Coordinator

Cheltsea’s journey in the mental health industry began 18 years ago as a field guide for a wilderness therapy program in southern Utah. She has held several positions in three different youth programs since then. Her goal is to continue as a therapist after she completes her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a mother of two, Cheltsea enjoys talking to parents and helping them feel confident in their decision to choose the right program for their child. She has a passion for the outdoors and believes in the power of connecting to the natural world. That’s what she loves about Kokua Recovery. The adventures at Kokua give youth a chance to experience nature in an exciting way and learn from what it has to offer. Cheltsea’s own life adventures include mtn. biking, kayaking, rock climbing, primitive living skills and dancing.

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Nurse

Jenna Allen, RN as been in Greeley Colorado since 1991. She came to Greeley to pursue her education at the University of Northern Colorado and obtained a Bachelors of Science degree. Many years later she returned to school to become a Registered Nurse. Jenna’s background includes working with a variety of patients ranging from individuals with disabilities, the elderly, adults, pediatrics, and adolescents. She has worked in home settings, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. She was working in an acute care mental hospital with adolescents prior to becoming part of the Kokua team. Jenna has a passion for working with kids and being a part of their healing journey. She has been directly impacted by alcoholism and has seen first hand how addiction, not only affects the individual but the persons entire support system and families. She knows Kokua Recovery is a place for healing that provides a healthy path to sobriety for our clients along with repairing broken connections that have occurred due to their addictions. Jenna is excited to be a part of the caring, compassionate, and professional staff that makes up Kokua Recovery.

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Office Manager

Janea Baker has 17 years’ experience in as an Administrative Assistant bringing strong skills and experience to Kokua Recovery. 10 of those years were in an executive capacity supporting Superintendent’s in the public education sector. She has a passion for working youth, even indirectly, and sees how her experience can impact the life of adolescent’s seeking recovery. Janea has been touched with addiction and found a rich and fulfilling life in recovery with a message of hope. Outside of work she supports other women who seek recovery, as well as other volunteer opportunities in the community.