Don Moseley - Executive Director
Don Moseley has been the Executive Director of Ralston House since 2006. Under his leadership, Ralston House has increased its scope of services, now serving children and teens at three sites - Arvada, Northglenn and Lakewood. Mr. Moseley’s experience with non-profit organizations goes back to 1981. He has worked with victims of crime, homeless families, abused and neglected children and youth, and adults suffering with long-term mental illness. He currently serves on the Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team, the Jefferson County Fatality Review Committee, the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative Board and the Colorado Human Trafficking Council. He was a member of the First Judicial District’s Crime Victim Compensation Board for six years and served on the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement Board for the First Judicial District. He also served on the Colorado Children’s Alliance Board. Before coming to Ralston House, Mr. Moseley worked at Family Tree as managing director of Gemini Center for youth, House of Hope homeless shelter and the Gifts and Community Support Program. His experience includes working with Victim Outreach Information, Samaritan House, Mount Saint Vincent Home and Adams County Mental Health Center. He was executive director of the Mongu Nutrition Center for three years in Zambia, Africa. Mr. Moseley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and is a Colorado Trust Fellow.
Linda Mikow - 1st Judicial District Manager
Linda Mikow, M.A., L.P.C., has been a Forensic Interviewer/Therapist since 2002, and has conducted more than 3,000 forensic interviews. She joined Ralston House in 2006; prior to that she worked at the Jefferson County Children’s Alliance. Through the Colorado Children’s Alliance, Linda is a trainer for forensic interviewers statewide. Linda has more than 20 years of experience working with abused children and their families. Previous jobs include Family Tree Women In Crisis, Cleo Wallace Center and Excelsior Youth Center. Linda also worked as a Research Clinician at the University of Denver, where she conducted developmental assessments and trauma assessments of children who were exposed to domestic violence and facilitated a parenting program with their mothers. She has presented on forensic interviewing topics at national and local conferences. Linda has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado.
Tricia Kelly - 17th Judicial District Manager
Tricia Kelly, M.A., L.P.C., joined the staff as a Victim/Family Support Advocate in 2006 and became a Forensic Interviewer/Therapist in 2010. In 2016, she took on a supervisory position. Tricia has been assisting children and families for more than ten years. Prior to working at Ralston House, she was employed as a Behavioral Health Specialist in a metro hospital emergency department, and as such, provided intervention and psychiatric triage (assessment, diagnoses, and determination of level of care) to patients with chemical dependency/abuse histories, suicidal ideation or experience symptoms of depression, psychosis, mania, anxiety, and dementia. Tricia also has experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching Criminal Justice and Crisis Intervention. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado.
Susana Avelar - Bilingual Forensic Interviewer/Therapist
Susana Avelar, BA, joined Ralston House in 2015 as a Spanish bilingual Victim/Family Support Advocate and became a Forensic Interviewer/Therapist in 2016. Susana graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. She began working in victim assistance in 2006 as a Legal Advocate and then as a Bilingual Counselor. She has assisted victims with protection orders, provided court accompaniment, case management, crisis counseling and facilitated a legal clinic for immigrant victims of crime. Prior to coming to Ralston House, Susana worked for Adams County Human Services in Child Protection Intake, where she conducted assessments of child abuse and neglect which included concerns of physical abuse, domestic violence and drug exposure.
Karla Hallacy - Forensic Interviewer/Therapist
Karla Hallacy, M.A., L.P.C., joined Ralston House in 2008 and has conducted over 2,000 forensic interviews. She has presented on forensic interviewing topics at local, state and national conferences. Prior to Ralston House, Ms. Hallacy worked at Family Tree as a therapist for the Gemini adolescent program and the Community Family Resource Team providing intensive in-home services for adolescents and families. Karla has experience as a case manager for Family Tree’s Housing and Family Services program and for Volunteers of America’s Brandon Center, working with homeless women and children. She has been working with adolescents and adults since 1996, including therapy for women and children survivors of domestic violence and adolescents struggling with substance abuse. Ms. Hallacy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado.
Misty Horton - Victim/Family Support Advocate
Misty Horton joined Ralston House in October 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Fort Lewis College. Misty began her advocacy work at a sexual assault hotline in Durango, Colorado. She then transitioned to Community Education Coordinator, teaching prevention education for Kindergarten through college in La Plata County. Misty has also worked as an Intake Caseworker for Jefferson County, assessing allegations of child abuse and neglect. While at Jefferson County, Misty specialized in assessment for high risk victims of Human Trafficking. Misty has completed training in crisis intervention, addictions counseling, victim’s advocacy and child maltreatment.
Jill Johnson - Bilingual Victim/Family Support Advocate and Intern Coordinator
Jill Johnson, MSW, is a bilingual Victim/Family Support Advocate for Ralston House. She has worked with children who are victims of abuse and neglect since 2003, by providing crisis intervention, behavior modification, education, and counseling. Jill has also interned at Seeking Common Ground, assisting with program and volunteer management, as well as grant writing and speaking presentations about peace education for national and international high school students. Additionally, Jill has had the opportunity to participate in experiential learning of social work in Mexico. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Ms. Johnson joined Ralston House in 2011.
Tina Kettles - Forensic Interviewer/Therapist
Tina Kettles joined Ralston House in the summer of 2012 as an intern through the Colorado Christian University Master of Arts in Counseling Program. After graduating in 2013, she joined the Ralston House staff as a Victim/Family Support Advocate and is now a trained forensic interviewer/therapist. Tina also received her Bachelor’s degree from CCU in Psychology. Tina has worked for Transition Counseling, a lay counseling ministry of Grace Church. She grew up in Adams County, Colorado, and has coached volleyball and mentored players from age 12 to college level. Tina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado.
Janae Moe - Victim/Family Support Advocate
Janae Moe joined Ralston House in August 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Dakota and has been doing advocacy work for over 15 years. Prior to joining Ralston House, Janae provided direct services to victims of crime and tragedy as a Victim Advocate for Thornton/Northglenn Victim Services and as a Victim/Witness Coordinator for the State Attorney’s Office in North Dakota. She also worked as a caseworker for Jefferson County Adult Protection Services.
Paola Ontiveros - Bilingual/Bicultural Forensic Interviewer
Paola joined Ralston House in June 2018 as a bilingual Victim/Family Support Advocate. Paola holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with immigrants and victims of crimes. Paola has experience providing case management to immigrants, and victims of various crimes. She was an immigration paralegal for three years and then interned at the Human trafficking program with the Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance. She has worked as a court advocate for victims of domestic violence through Gateway Domestic Violence Services. Additionally, Paola worked as a Victim Advocate Specialist with the Thornton/ Northglenn Police Departments by providing crisis intervention and resources to victims of crime and tragedy.
Alicia Montero - Bilingual/Bicultural Victim/Family Support Advocate
Alicia Montero joined Ralston House in August 2018 as a bilingual Victim/Family Support Advocate. Alicia holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to working at Ralston House, she was employed in Police Administration at the Arvada Police Department and served as a police dispatcher at the Golden Police Department. Alicia also has experience as an Adjunct Instructor, an IT Project Manager, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner. She grew up in the Ciudad Juarez, Mexico-El Paso, TX region.
Tara Roesener - Development Manager
Tara Roesener joined Ralston House in March 2016 as the Development Officer. She has more than two decades of fundraising and development experience. Tara most recently worked for the Colorado Health Network, Inc. and is looking forward to being a part of the Ralston House team and especially working with individual and corporate donors and stakeholders in our community who are committed to preventing child abuse.
Elizabeth O'Laughlin - Administrative Specialist
Elizabeth O’Laughlin, M.A., joined Ralston House in 2014. She began serving victims of crime and trauma as a volunteer advocate with Victim Outreach, Inc. in 2003. Elizabeth has worked with children and teens that have been abused as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Jefferson/Gilpin counties. She serves as Vice President of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization that supports education for women. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Organizational Management and is trained in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Jennifer Kemps - Special Events Associate
Jennifer Kemps joined Ralston House in July 2018 to help oversee the community events involving and benefiting Ralston House. Jennifer has been planning and implementing events for more than 15 years. She has experience in developing brand awareness campaigns, event management, and creating unforgettable onsite engaging experiences for guests.