Ali Holder- GSSW Grant Administrator
My name is Ali Holder and I greatly enjoy being a part of the CLIMB team at DU! I manage all fiscal activities for the OWEP grant and my work includes administering all financial transactions and advising the team on specific policies and procedures that must be followed for a federal grant. Before joining GSSW, I worked in both private and public sector finance, and my most recent position was as a Financial Analyst for Denver Public Schools. In my free time, I am working on completing my MBA at the Daniels College of Business, love to ride my bike, and enjoy spending time with my friends, family, boyfriend, and our French Bulldog, Winnie.
Aneesha Bharwani- Assistant Dean for Field Education
As the Assistant Dean for Field Education, I am excited to be a part of the CLIMB team. Field Education has been my passion and my career since 2011. A well-planned internship experience can be transformative, and I enjoy helping students and agency supervisors be thoughtful in how they design and approach this experience. My career prior to joining higher education was primarily focused on victim services, with an emphasis on crisis intervention and interpersonal violence. Currently, I enjoy training on the topics of leadership and supervision. In my spare time, you can find me on the tennis court or at one of Denver’s many ice cream shops.
Cheri Barger, MSW, LCSW - Western Colorado MSW Program Field Coordinator
I currently act as Field Education Coordinator and Field Liaison for the Western Colorado MSW program in Glenwood Springs, CO. Outside of my work with the University, I am an active social worker in our community. I have a passion for helping families navigate the difficult road of divorce and separation. I also enjoy being a SAFE Home Study Evaluator for the State of Colorado, helping families become certified to adopt and foster children. In my free time, you’ll can find me playing my Ukulele or underwater, diving the amazing oceans of our world and hunting lionfish.
Erin Poole, MS- CLIMB Stipend Program Manager
Hi! I’m Erin and I’m the Program Manager for both CLIMB stipends. I like to say that CLIMB is part of my DU DNA since I started working on the funding proposal for the initial grant the 1st week I started at DU. Three years later, I’m really proud of the program that we’ve built and the CLIMB team feels like my family. As a CLIMB student or Field Supervisor, you will be in contact with me a lot throughout the year. I am your primary point of contact for all things CLIMB, so do not hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email. When I’m not working on the CLIMB stipends, my area of expertise is health disparities research with American Indians and Alaska Natives. I am also an avid hiker, biker, world traveler, yogi, and Italian wine connoisseur.
Michele Hanna, PhD, MSW- Associate Professor, CLIMB Stipend Program PI
As the PI for the CLIMB Stipend Program, I overseas all aspects of the grant programs. In addition, I coordinates the administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and teach the required Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Integrated Behavioral Health in winter quarter. At GSSW, I am the coordinator of the Child Welfare Concentration and Faculty Liaison for the Title VI-E Stipend Program. I also serve on the Commission on Accreditation (COA) at CSWE and serves as the Faculty Accreditation Coordinator for GSSW.
Michael Talamantes, LCSW- Clinical Professor, Program PI
Michael Talamantes, LCSW, is a Clinical Professor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Graduate School of Social Work where he has been a faculty member since 2013. He is the coordinator of the health and wellness concentration and also of the dual degree MSW/MPH program, which is a collaborative program with the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health. He was a GSSW field instructor for over 20 years and a Clinical Social Worker at the University of Colorado Hospital on the liver transplant team for 21 years. He is the Co-PI of HRSA's 1.92 million dollar Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant (CLIMB) which was awarded to GSSW in 2017 and Co-PI of HRSA’s Opioid Workforce Expansion Program which was awarded to GSSW in 2019. Talamantes is a Disparities Scholar from the National Institutes of Health Translational Health Disparities Conference in 2014 and a Behavioral Health Training fellow from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA) (2017).
Patty Schroeder- Senior Grant Administrator
I’ve been a part of the Climb Team since the first year of the grant award in 2017, helping to assure that your Stipends are set-up and paid in a timely manner. I oversee the Climb budget and provide budgeting and financial guidance to the project team as needed. I have been a member of the GSSW community since 2000, and love the faculty and staff that make GSSW such a great place to work. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and hiking in the mountains with my Aussie Riley.
Rachel Forbes, MSW- Associate Professor of the Practice of Social work and the Director of the Western Colorado MSW Program located in Glenwood Springs, CO
I coordinate and teach the Advanced Social Work practice concentration at GSSW. I am the Co-Chair of the CSWE Committee for Environmental Justice and a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Colorado Regional Health Alliance. My research interests include environmental justice and rural social work practice. When not teaching and practicing social work, I can be found camping with my family.
Rebekah Yohannes- Program Assistant
I am the program assistant for the CLIMB stipend program. I am also a junior at DU studying biochemistry on the pre med track. Integrated Behavioral Health is relevant to this journey so I am excited to learn more about it while working with everyone in this program. In my free time I like to play tennis and spend time with my friends and family.