New Executive Director Appointed

Mount Saint Vincent, a leading treatment provider for children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse or neglect, announced that Kirk Ward, LCSW, was named the agency’s executive director. He had been serving as the interim executive director since late August of 2015.

Ward has worked in numerous capacities at Mount Saint Vincent since 1984. In 1999, he was named clinical director. He has more than 30 years of experience working with children who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, or chronic neglect. As a child trauma expert, he is frequently asked to speak on the subject. Ward also performs clinical assessments of children throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

As the executive director, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operations of Mount Saint Vincent, including the residential services, school program, day treatment services, and behavioral health programs. He is responsible for care and utilization management, provider relations, training and education, compliance, and quality improvement to improve clinical outcomes.

Ward earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, and completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and history from the University of Colorado. He was named a CTA Fellow by The ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas, which means he joins the ranks of 30 people around the world who are specialists in the treatment of traumatized children.

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Mount Saint Vincent Hires Intake Coordinator

Mount Saint Vincent has hired Alysha Quinn, MSW, as its intake coordinator. She will oversee the child intake process for the agency’s residential and day treatment programs.

Quinn has more than seven years of experience in the human services field, including managing a crisis center hotline, providing case management for women’s shelters, and facilitating in-home therapy for at-risk children and their families. She also provided outpatient therapy at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

“My goal is to help children find a placement where they can succeed, and Mount Saint Vincent is well known for providing high quality services,” said Quinn. “I am also eager to learn more about trauma-informed care and how Mount Saint Vincent uses this approach to meet children’s needs.”

Quinn holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in social work in from the University of Denver.

Welcome, Alysha!


What was the first job you ever had?
My first job was working as a server at a Mexican restaurant called Tijuana Flats.

What will your coworkers be surprised to learn about you?
I enjoy all kinds of crafts. Last month learned to crochet by watching YouTube videos.

What’s the nicest compliment you ever received?
I once got a promotion and commented on how lucky I was. My supervisor said, “It’s not luck. You worked hard and you deserve it.”

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