Our Staff

our staff

Elizabeth-smElizabeth Ryan, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, has been in the mental health field since 1980, shortly after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Maryland. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1989 at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, Maryland. She has worked both in public services, as a Child Protective Services caseworker, and in the private sector, most recently in private practice before joining the Franciscan Community Counseling team. Working with individuals, families, and couples, her specialty areas include depression, and stress-related issues, self-esteem issues, trauma, relationship issues, women’s issues, pain management, and addictions. She holds a Colorado State LCSW license and is a Level II-trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner.

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Judith Ann Schaeffer, Ph.D. earned her degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and completed her residency at St. Joseph Youth and Children Unit, St. Joseph Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee. Before coming to Franciscan Communtiy Counseling, where she serves as a part-time staff psychologist, she was on the staff of the TMJ Clinic and Pain Management Center of St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Hammond, Indiana. She has published in various journals as well as authored Transference and Countertransference in Non-Analytical Therapy: Double-Edged Swords (New York: University Press of America, Inc., 2007) and “Mother-Daughter Relationships” (Human Development).

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Robyn-smRobyn Chapel, MSW, LCSW graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, in 1978, after which she worked on the pediatric psychiatric unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center. In 1982 she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked as a School Social Worker for 6 years. She has worked at Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, contracted with the Mental Health Clinic at Peterson Air Force Base and has been in private practice since 1995. Her specialty areas are children and adults with trauma depression, and anxiety. She holds a Colorado State License and is a Level II trained EMDR practitioner.

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John-Henson-photo-smJohn Henson has a master’s degree in Community Counseling and has been licensed by the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2008. John retired in 2007, from the State of Colorado after spending 30 years in the law enforcement profession. He has experience working with adolescent issues as well as difficult personality disorders. He has received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He also has been trained by the Department of Defense for trauma work including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). John spent several years working with our military heroes and their families. The last few years he has been developing and conducting group therapy for substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues.

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our board of directors

Dr. George R. Athey
Sr. Marilyn Uhing, OSF
Robert Moyers
Gail Hickert
Elizabeth Ryan
Matthew Gendron
Dan Burich


Internships are provided to Doctorate level students. Supervision can be arranged with one of the appropriate level professionals. Candidates must apply and pass an interview process. Licensed staff at FCC supervises Psy.D and Ph.D candidates from various schools.

Please call Elizabeth Ryan at (719) 955-7009 or e-mail her at lizr@stfrancis.org for more information.