Three Strands is comprised of a world-class team of dedicated professionals who excel in their arenas. Each Team Member has been handpicked to deliver the best care possible to our clients and their families. We call our Team “family” and you will notice this unmistakable characteristic from the moment you begin engaging with us!
Patrick Hawkins, Program Director
Patrick graduated from the College of St Catherine in Minnesota and is a licensed addiction counselor. He has been treating young men and their families since 1995. Patrick worked at another nationally recognized program for 22 years, in a variety of capacities including clinical director for the 14 years. He is a well-respected member of the addiction treatment and wilderness therapy field. With over a thousand days in the wilderness guiding clients, Patrick has a deep understanding of the power the wilderness can bring to transforming people’s lives.
An active member of his community, Patrick is married and the father of two children. When he is not in the woods guiding clients, at the campus working with them, at a conference learning or teaching, or on the road sharing his enthusiasm for Three Strands, he usually can be found in the blind or in the field chasing ducks or pheasants with his two black labs.
Ray Barlow, Admissions Director
Ray has over 20 years’ experience working in the wilderness and has helped countless people overcome the obstacles standing in the way of their success. He has worked as a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Over his career, Ray has received many training and certifications including Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Risk Management, Motivational Interviewing, 12 Step Recovery, Gorski Relapse Prevention Model, Stages of Change Model, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Systemic Family Intervention, Clinical First Responder, and ARISE Interventions. Ray also has extensive training and experience in wilderness skills and wilderness survival.
Kathy Sullivan, LPC, CAC III, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Clinical Director
Kathy comes to Three Strands bringing 36 years of clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings and modalities, most recently as Parole Mental Health Clinician with the Colorado Department of Corrections. Kathy's experience in directing diversion programs in the criminal justice system; instructing graduate courses in addiction and mental health; extensive knowledge around diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders; curriculum development; mental health crisis management; victim offender mediation; as well as working with families caught in the cycle of addiction have prepared her for the role of Clinical Director.
Kathy's current clinical interests lie in addressing trauma and its relationship to the addiction process, with special interest in Equine Assisted Therapy. Through the use of evidence-based trauma informed care principles, and the vast opportunities offered at Three Strands for clients to experientially grow and change, Kathy is excited to instill Hope, Grit, and Healing into the lives of those clients who come for our wilderness treatment program.
David Wilkinson, MD, Medical Director
David is a board certified emergency medicine physician in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Colorado and Hawaii. He is affiliated with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Lisa Wilkinson, NP, Nurse Practitioner
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Lisa helps clients achieve optimum mental health. Her comprehensive approach to working clients enhances communication and positive outcomes using a combination of therapeutic lifestyle changes, supplements, and prescriptive medications.
Hans Aschinger, President
Hans is a big-hearted entrepreneur who has started ventures in a variety of sectors, including a multi-state nonprofit that helped at-risk teens connect with outdoor activities during a critical growth period of their lives. Hans learned to appreciate the power of the wilderness early on after spending time challenging himself personally with his mentor, the renowned mountaineer Andy Politz. In 2019, he founded Three Strands after a family member was diagnosed with substance use disorder and Hans was inspired to expand the wilderness-approach using many of the biggest names in treatment.
Jamie Nagel, Vice President
Jamie has been an entrepreneur his entire career and has a passion for the cowboy life he loves to share that with people. He attended Colorado State in Farm and Ranch Management and his family raises show pigs, dairy goats, and rabbits. Jamie has been involved with the Christian ministry Young Life since he was a boy and has been a board member of Young Life Northern Colorado for 14 years. He is a role model for the young men as someone who is a successful entrepreneur and leader of multiple organizations and centered by his experience living on his farm for over 30 years.
Matt Larock, LCSW, LAC, Primary Therapist
Matt is both a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed addiction counselor as well as a level II Somatic Experience trauma practitioner. He has worked with teens, parents, children and young adults in both community mental health centers, his private practice and in the Steamboat schools. He’s run Strategies for Self Improvement and Change groups, as well as, Extended Outpatient recovery classes in community mental health. Matt has co-led winter and summer wilderness therapy groups for at-risk youth and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School. His approach is relatable, comfortable, humorous and effective. He puts even the most reluctant clients at ease. And when a client can go from armoring up to opening up, healthy changes and choices can finally take root for the long term.
Maggie McCutchan, Marketing Manager
Maggie is passionate about marketing and brand building for mission-based organizations. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University, Maggie worked to help men and women coming out of homelessness by developing a job development program. She has partnered with companies across the country developing national and local marketing strategies social media platforms. As a Colorado native, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and spending time with her family and church community.
Travis Sewell, Food Service + Client Support Manager
Travis has been perfecting his cooking skills with a passion since 1992—inside kitchens and also outside at basecamps and campsites. For the last 30 years, he has taken on leadership roles in training and teaching young people. While teaching and managing the ropes course for Union Public Schools, Travis also owned Crossroads Adventure Company taking youth groups up to Colorado from Tulsa, OK to hike, ride horses, climb, rappel, and raft. He has also worked with other programs such as Boys Town of Missouri, Hillcrest Hospital in Oklahoma City, Shepherd’s Fold Ranch and Vision Quest East Coast Wagon Train where he rode horseback from Pennsylvania to Florida. Travis is passionate about strengthening our clients’ bodies with healthy meals and teaching them how to maintain a nutritious diet.
Jeff Berens, Program Coordinator
Jeff graduated from Minnesota State University at Mankato and first began making a difference in the lives of teens as the Director of the Community Youth Corp with the city of Steamboat Springs. He then continued with Saint Michael’s School, a residential treatment facility for at-risk populations where he started the Therapeutic Activities Program. Jeff enjoys living the mountain lifestyle and spends his time rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, skydiving and taking week-long treks into the backcountry.
Steve Mills, Ranch Manager