Founders Award

Founders AwardThe Founders Award was created in 1999 in honor of those who founded this agency, to recognize individuals, foundations, corporations, community organizations and others who have made outstanding contributions that further the mission of Peer Assistance Services.


Clare Hooper, Board Member and Founder, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. (posthumously)
Joe Valdez, Pharmacist/Owner La Jara Pharmaceutical Center, Inc.
Senator Pat Steadman, Denver Legislator Colorado General Assembly


Don Davis, MS, Board Member and Treasurer, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. (posthumously)
Christie Donner, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
Mary Weber, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, Specialty Coordinator, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program; Endowed Professor in Psychiatric Nursing, University of Colorado College of Nursing


Kelly Perez, Human Services Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor
Jeannie Ritter, Mental Health Ambassador, Mental Health Center of Denver
Tonya Wheeler, Executive Director, Advocates for Recovery


Jeff Downing, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, National Jewish Health
John Fabiano, Broader Horizons  (posthumously)
Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy; President, Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force


Randi C. Wood, LCSW, DCSW, CEAP, Director of Colorado State Employee Assistance Program
Eric Goplerud, PhD, NORC, the University of Chicago


Kerry B. Broderick, M.D.
CeDAR—Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation
Howie Madigan
The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor of Colorado


Division of Behavioral Health
Colorado Nurses Association


Joe Stommel, MS
Representative Anne L. McGihon, MSW, JD
Tony’s Market


Robert Aukerman, MSW
Harold Bober, RPh, PhD (posthumously)


Jan Bender, RPh
Crossroads Turning Points, Inc.
Michelle Sandel, DVM
Troy Fox, DDS
Carmelita Muñiz


Colorado Dental Association
Vforge, Inc.
Phillip Aragon, BS
Michael L. Johnson, RPh
Clare Sandekian, MS, RN, CNS, CAC III


Joann Adkins, BSN, RN
Howard Landesman, DDS, M.Ed
Thomas Crowley, MD
Robin Mower, PharmD
Russ Brakel, BS
Jody Gingery, M. Ed, RN


Brett Kessler, DDS
David Thompson, PhD
Pam Gillen, RN, ND
John Jones, Parole Officer
Talbott Recovery Campus


Jane Klein, RN
Kim Laudenslager, RDH
Val Kalnins, RPh
DeVonna Anthony, NCAC II, CAC III


John Bauman, DDS
Lola Fehr, RN
Roger Portfolio, RPh
Addiction Research and Treatment Services


Gene Bloom, DDS
Tom Stock, RPh
The Harmony Foundation


St. Anthony Hospitals
Kelly Fulton, RN
Valley Hope Association