Mike InsalataEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mike Insalata has been helping, guiding, and teaching people with developmental disabilities for over 13 years. His passion developed as an undergraduate at Western Michigan University where he studied behavior analysis with a focus on children on the autism spectrum. He went on to receive his master’s degree in behavior analysis from Northeastern University in Boston and his MBA from Metropolitan State University in Denver. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mike worked in the United Arab Emirates and most recently in Bahrain where he was the Clinical Director for a center for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. He also worked at The Joshua School as the Director of Behavioral Programming, for the New England Center for Children in Boston, and as a private behavior therapist in the Denver area.
Meghan PipalASSISTANT SUPERVISOR
Meghan Pipal grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago where she received her B.S. in Education from Olivet Nazarene University and her M.A. in Special Education from Trinity Christian College. She spent two years teaching high school special education and working alongside adult clients at Elim Christian Services in Illinois before she and her husband married and moved to Colorado in 2016. Meghan worked at The Joshua School in Denver until December of 2020, teaching daily living and job skills to transition-age students with autism and developmental disabilities. Her passion for supporting others in living a dignified and purposeful life is one of the many things that drew her to Treeline Pass.
Chris EltringhamBEHAVIOR ANALYST
Chris began working at Treeline Pass in February of 2022. He had previously worked as the director of the Shining Stars program at the Wyckoff YMCA in New Jersey. The Shining star program provides various classes such as cooking, fitness, social groups, art, etc. to individuals with special needs. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s University and his master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. Chris is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst that likes to spends most of his free time outdoors on hiking trails with his wife and two dogs, rock climbing, or mountaineering.
Kathleen RobertsCREATIVE DIRECTOR
Kathleen Roberts is a Colorado Native with four children, four grandchildren, and a passion for creativity. She is the owner of Hodge Podge Boutique, in Parker, Colorado. She also donates her handmade art to raise money for Fragile X Syndrome and volunteers her time and expertise at the X-Drive Classic Golf Tournament. Her objective for Treeline Pass is to inspire creativity in those with autism and developmental disabilities in order to help them reach their full potential, cultivating self confidence, building skills, and fostering independence.
Nicole CovneySPOKESPERSON, ADVOCATE and FUNDRAISER
Nicole Covney is a hairstylist, wife, and mother of three children. In her spare time, she loves to work out and attend her kids’ events. During her reign as Mrs. Colorado America 2020, she is honored to represent her home state advocating for adults with developmental disabilities, specifically for Treeline Pass. Nicole is a tireless and talented advocate, fundraiser, and spokesperson for our organization. She has forged connections with state legislators on our behalf and expertly used every available platform to spread awareness and advance our cause. Nicole also has a passion for educating elementary students on the effects of bullying and produced an anti-bullying public service announcement to be used an educational tool in elementary schools.
Laura AyresADVOCACY & RESOURCE DIRECTOR
Laura Ayres is married to Brad and a mother to 2 adult sons, one of whom has Fragile X Syndrome. Laura graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Elementary Education. Laura helped start the Special Education Advisory Committee/SEAC in Cherry Creeks Schools and served on the Board for 17 years. She worked for PEAK Parent Center and is currently a Certified Nurse Assistant for her son. Laura serves on the board for the Family Support Council at Developmental Pathways and as the leader for Colorado Fragile X, which was chartered in 2010.
Richard TrebusMEDICAID CONSULTANT
Richard Trebus is a midwestern native (St. Louis) who transitioned to Colorado in 2008 from North Florida. He is the founder of Split Arrow Consulting, an organization dedicated to supporting the development of nonprofit and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) service organizations. Richard started his career working with L’Arche Jacksonville. L’Arche is a worldwide federation of people, with and without intellectual disabilities, working together for a world where all belong. Richard has a passion for supporting human service organizations to harness their power to transform lives and create meaningful change. Richard lives in Boulder and is the proud father of two adult children.
Board of Directors
Kari AnsayFOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT
Kari Ansay Is the mother of five children, two of whom have Fragile X Syndrome. She graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in Mass Communication. Before getting married and focusing on raising her family, she was the Community Outreach Manager for the Dumb Friends League. Kari started the Parent Association for The Joshua School (TJS) and has served as the President for the last ten years. She and her husband, Matt created The X Drive Classic Golf Tournament and have raised over $330,000 since 2014 to support programming at TJS and Treeline Pass.
Gabe KorolukFOUNDER & BOARD TREASURER
Gabe Koroluk manages several privately held investment portfolios for wealthy individuals. He is also the father of two children; his oldest is diagnosed with Coffin-Siris Syndrome. Gabe currently serves as the Treasurer for the Board of Freedom Service Dogs of America (FSD) – a nonprofit whose mission is to unleash the potential of dogs by transforming them into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. Gabe graduated Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University with a BA in Economics and Mathematics.
Amy WarrenFOUNDER & BOARD SECRETARY
Amy Warren is a freelance copywriter and mother to two, including a child with autism and complex medical needs. She is a former lead teacher in public schools with a B.S. from Texas A&M University. In 2006, she co-founded GLOW Kids, a non-profit character-building service organization for preschoolers with current, active chapters nationwide. Amy also has experience in grant writing and nonprofit event planning.
Nicole FrankBOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nicole Frank is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with an MA in Clinical Psychology. She began her career in autism treatment in 2003 at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, in the pediatric inpatient psychiatric unit. In 2006, she moved to San Diego to serve as program supervisor for a private autism treatment company. She became the Director of Early Intervention at The Joshua School in Denver in 2010. During her 6 years there, she developed insurance management protocols, ABA treatment programs, and many staff development and leadership initiatives. She stepped down in 2016 to focus on her three children and husband. She currently provides consultation to autism non-profits in the Denver area and also sits on the board of The Rise School of Denver.
John HermannBOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Hermann is a go-to market specialist for Amazon Web Services and former Microsoft channel exec. Currently he consults clients on their infrastructure, cloud service strategies, and is a technology veteran of 22 years. John serves as tournament co-chair for the “X-Drive Classic” golf tournament, which raises awareness of Fragile X Syndrome and supports programming at The Joshua School and Treeline Pass. He is also active in missions with Cherry Hills Community Church. John and his wife, Kristi have two sons, and he holds a B.A. in Communications from Indiana University.
Theresa RichterBOARD OF DIRECTORS
Theresa Richter is a co-founder of The Joshua School (TJS), a non-profit school for people with autism and developmental disabilities. She taught students at the school for over 10 years and developed a successful transition program for students to acquire real life work experience in the community in fields that interest them the most. Theresa has retired from The Joshua School and is pursuing new interests and enjoying the time she spends with her grandchildren.
Stephanie PikeBOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stephanie Pike is a mother of 3 children with experience as a Contracting/Marketing Coordinator and National Account Representative in the healthcare field and not-for-profit industry. She has a B.S. in Health Care Management and Marketing from Metropolitan State University. She served as the president of the parent association at her children’s school and the Fundraising Chair at her church for four years. She also volunteers and does pro bono event planning for a non-profit children’s organization. She was inspired by the passion and dedication of the parents founding Treeline Pass and is excited to create a unique and groundbreaking program for adults with special needs.
John Broadbent BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Broadbent is a lawyer who works in the Corporate and Government Relations practices of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, a law firm based in Denver. He previously worked in various capacities on Wall Street and in corporate development. His personal background of having overcome significant, easily apparent physical disabilities to achieve career success has taught him much about networking, building relationships, and proving oneself to others that are especially critical for individuals with disabilities to find employment. John earned a BA with Distinction from Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado Law School.
Lea ZieglerBOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lea Ziegler is a bilingual special education leader in the Denver area. Lea’s personal childhood experience of education as a great equalizer ignited her fierce dedication to ensuring that all students can access a meaningful education. She has been in the educational field since 2014, and has worked in a multitude of educational settings. Now a licensed teacher and principal, Lea is currently a Multi-Intensive Center Director for STRIVE Prep, where she coaches and supervises a team of special educators. Lea’s specialty is in creating and implementing culturally responsive instructional practices. Lea graduated magna cum laude from University of Colorado – Denver with a BA in Education and Human Development. In the spring, Lea will graduate with her MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Denver. Lea is excited to partner with Treeline Pass to expand the reach of its services.