AWO Board

Who are we?

  • A Way Out is a non-profit organization based in Western Colorado. We  provide:  Free Substance Use Disorder/Mental Health Assessments, Addiction Counseling, Streamlined Navigation & Referral to a Primary Addiction Treatment Program, a Year of Case-Managed Aftercare, and Transitional Housing for AWO qualifying clients. Our in-depth Solution Oriented Aftercare Program supports and engages individuals for a minimum of 12 months in  gaining life-skills, attending alumni program social activities, becoming a Peer Specialist, and re-gaining self-sufficiency and joy.
  • AWO supports people and their families in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties who are motivated to make a change.
  • We focus on those who are unable to secure an appropriate level and intensity of care to overcome their addiction(s).
  • As a result of our ongoing efforts, most who are motivated to change and who want help – can obtain 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 to break the addiction cycle on their own 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
  • Jill Costigan
  • 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, MA – Executive Director
  • Kim Reil, LPC, CAC II – Clinical Manager
  • Beth Berkeley, LPC, CAC II – Family Engagement Program
  • Dena Southerlan, LCSW, LAC – Counselor, Tele-Counseling
  • Delfina Huergo, LPC – Bilingual Counselor
  • Dawn Sutton – Peer Specialist, Alumni Coordinator
View the 2017 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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