AWO Board

Who are we?

  • A Way Out is a non-profit organization based in the Western Slope of Colorado that provides counseling referrals, addiction assessments, solution oriented programs, and financial aid to motivated alcoholics, addicts and their families. A Way Out’s focus is to support primarily those in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties who are unable to secure an appropriate level of care to overcome their addiction(s).
  • As a result of our ongoing efforts, many who are motivated to change and who want help can find it. We focus on providing the expertise and accountability necessary to empower men, women and teens with addictive behaviors to thrive in recovery.
  • A Way Out was formed to help people who cannot seem to break the addiction cycle and who truly want to find a new way of life. The organization is comprised of caring individuals committed to helping people find a full life in sobriety.

Board of Directors

  • Bill Anuszewski
  • Don Bird
  • John Brune
  • Caroline Cochener
  • Michael Connolly
  • Andrew Drazin
  • Robert Ferguson
  • Robert Musser

Advisory Board

  • Jeanne Andlinger
  • Dr. Michael Barnes
  • Eben Clark, Esq.
  • Dr. Alan Nelson
  • Hon. Judge Kathryn Sullivan


  • Elizabeth Means, Executive Director
  • Lenny Beaulieu, Clinical Director
  • Beth Berkeley, Family Program
  • Breton McNamara, Aftercare Coordinator
  • Dr. Alan Nelson, Psychiatrist
  • Dena Southerlan, Counselor
  • Amy Vespa, Trauma Counseling
  • Jonah West, Web Coordinator
View the 2016 Annual Report (PDF)
  • “Thank you so much for granting us the opportunity to attend the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program. It was an amazing experience for our entire family. We are very grateful.”

  • "I desperately needed help but could not afford the treatment I needed. A Way Out helped me get the support I so desperately needed."

  • "Thanks to A Way Out I have a quality of sobriety that I never could have imagined."

  • "I have struggled with self-esteem and eating issues, drug addiction and alcohol dependency my whole life. I had tried to stay clean and sober from drugs and alcohol but to no avail. A Way Out believed in me so much."

  • "A Way Out has provided me with direction and support to lean into my future, and my fears, and to keep on moving through them."

  • "A Way Out’s support has given me hope and I have stayed sober, since treatment, which is nothing short of a miracle."

  • "Never in a million years did I believe that I would be able to go back to school, stay sober, and be okay with my life and myself. I never had that kind of security inside before working with A Way Out."

  • "The direction of my life has taken a complete 180, and I am forever grateful."

  • "Thank you a thousand times for your support, you saved my life."

  • "My friends in Alcoholics Anonymous were there for me, but I was too scared to go back. A Way Out encouraged me to get into Alcoholics Anonymous again for support and it was the best thing anyone could have done for me."

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