Our People

SHAWN B. YOUNG, M.A., M.F.A.

Founder/CEO

Recognizing the strong relationship among money, stress and health,
has devoted the past decade to creating and delivering educational programs, seminars and workshops focused on life skill development, specifically targeted at helping people make changes to their financial and health behaviors. Based on extensive research into behavioral and neuro economics, and the physical and psychological effects of financial stress on individuals, families and organizations, Shawn created the Financial Health Institute in 2012.

Over the last 14 years, his organizations, programs and efforts have helped over 55,000 people across the United States. Shawn has been a featured presenter and trainer for hundreds of agencies and conferences across the U.S. He has also been featured on two occasions at Forbes.com. Shawn holds Master’s Degrees from the
University of Arkansas and Michigan State University.

JOANNE MCLAIN, PHD.

Director of Curriculum Design & Research

Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, writer and artist. She designs curriculum for online, in person, and blended courses. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. Her experience includes six years with a rural Department of Human Services, where she was the Deputy Director and managed family programs including services for families involved in child welfare, adult protection, and all benefits programs.

She has been a mental health and substance abuse counselor in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, nursing homes, a volunteer fire department, emergency rooms, and inpatient units. Joanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado Denver.

MICHAEL D. KILGORE, B.S.

Director of Operations and Program Delivery

Michael has dedicated his career to human services and is passionate about providing opportunities for creative behavioral transformation. As a team member since 2015, Michael has facilitated hundreds of live classes and has contributed to the modification of FHI curriculum for veterans, teenagers, people in recovery, traumatic brain injury survivors, those incarcerated, and human services staff. He is FHI’s trainer of facilitators. 

Michael’s keen interest in supporting disadvantaged individuals was again demonstrated in 2017 with the launch of a customized program for the intellectual and developmentally disabled community. The ResourceAbility Program was created, through the collaborative efforts of the team, and continues to expand its reach by serving adults and transitioning young adults throughout the front range of Colorado. Michael is excited about ResourceAbility extending services beyond individuals with I/DD to the whole disability community.  

Michael previously served in multiple executive leadership roles where he advanced national culture change organizations, while creating successful educational programs, and personally mentoring disadvantaged teens and adults.  His engaging presentation skills and creative wisdom enable individual learning, employee operational efficiencies and sustainable organizational growth. Michael’s experience with international (Cuba, Russia, Uganda, and military), national, and local cultures enhance his personable training delivery.

PETER D. JOHNSON, B.S.

Operations Assistant and Facilitator

Having had an Accounting Practice for over 30 years and direct involvement in a number of businesses, Pete has a vast knowledge of business operations and organization. His teaching background began with the U.S.A.F Intelligence School and then nine years at Aurora Community College.

His passion for teaching is reflected in engaging and challenging classes with the FHI curriculum. He has a business degree in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado.

KELLEY PRESLEY, MLIS

Curriculum Development Specialist

Kelley was raised in a household filled with books, and as a result, she grew up with a great love of reading and learning. After earning her Bachelor’s, she spent a number of years working in a variety of organizations occupying administrative and customer service roles. Kelley is very skilled in an administrative function, as well as providing exceptional customer service to all. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San José State University’s online graduate program.

Kelley’s driving motivation in life is to help people. Kelley is an FHI-trained facilitator, and has facilitated a number of ResourceAbility trainings. In her online graduate program, Kelley worked with San José State University, training new incoming students on how to use the school’s preferred video conferencing platform. In addition to training new students, Kelley also worked with SJSU faculty to support their virtual live lectures in the video conferencing platform with live technical assistance. For her, working with FHI is the beautiful synthesis of her desire to help people and her love of learning.

SUZANNE LAZNICKA

Program Development Specialist

Suzanne designs curriculum helping people learn how to create the life they want to live. She is an evangelist for stress-free living, health, and prosperity. Currently her focus is partnering with I/DD community members in improving their financial health and providing program development support to the Financial Health Institute projects.

Suzanne has developed programs for nonprofits, government, human services, corrections, healthcare, small businesses, as well as fortune 500 corporations. Her educational background includes a masters’ degree in Human Performance Technology, a bachelors’ degree in Communication Disorders, and certification in Lean/Six Sigma. Additionally, she is a certified healthcare professional.

STEPHEN STEWART, MA

Curriculum Development Specialist

Stephen is a curriculum designer, student advisor and doting cat-dad. He works closely with the FHI team to develop online, face-to-face, and blended courses. He has several years of experience as both a corporate training coordinator and a university instructor. Stephen gets excited about all aspects of learning – be it as the student, instructor, or researcher. He is fascinated by technology and is always looking for innovative ways to improve learning or other processes for everyone involved. He earned a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University.

SONDRA TRIBBLE-BENTLEY

Facilitator, Curriculum Development Specialist

Sondra has vast experience as a Business Development Associate II, Case Manager, Residential and Substance Abuse Counselors, Sexual Abuse Counselor and a Retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class. Her experiences have allowed her to work with many diverse groups of people. Sondra holds a Master’s Degree in Licensed Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling-LPC /LAC and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

CEITURIN THOMAS

Curriculum Development Specialist

Ceiturin is new to the human services field but is passionate about community activism and progressive change. They recently graduated from CU Boulder with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, and a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. They enjoy drawing and create some of the illustrations used in FHI courses. They also help design online courses and compile research to be used in grant proposals and future course content.

JENICA KEYS

Operations and Administrative Specialist, Facilitator

Jenica Keys is a facilitator at FHI. While she is new to working in the human services field, she is incredibly passionate about finding new ways to get involved in the community. Jenica has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from MSU of Denver, as well as prior experience as a pre-school teacher and working with after-school elementary programs.

She previously owned her own small business helping 22+ various local businesses with their office management and accounting needs. In her free time, you can find Jenica at the dog park with her pup Sweetpea or riding bikes with family and friends.

RUTH NEWELL

Facilitator

Ruth is passionate about helping young adults and all age groups who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities develop and improve their skills, and plan for their best possible future. Ruth is a certified PATH Plan Facilitator for students & adults with intellectual disabilities, a Restoration to Competency Educator for justice involved individuals, and a High-Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator.

Her professional experience includes working as a surgical/laser nurse, Clinical Laser Application Specialist, and Director of a Minimally Invasive Surgery Center before having her son.

Through the birth of Rick, her very dynamic and convivial son, Ruth became an active supporter and volunteer in the statewide disability’s community. Rick’s accomplishments include being the first student with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to attend Metropolitan State University and complete two accredited certificates through the Hospitality Department, graduating with honors.

LAUREN REBHANDL

Business Development Associate

Lauren is a Business Development Associate at FHI. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from Georgia College and State University, and has lived in the Denver area since graduating college. While she is new to the human services field, she has always had a passion for helping her community and raising awareness for those in need.  

Lauren’s professional background is in customer service, television advertising sales, and social media marketing. In her spare time, you can find Lauren hiking, enjoying happy hour with friends, or spending time with her cat Chandler.

LIANNE MAY

Customer Learning Experience Specialist

Lianne is a customer learning experience specialist at FHI. She has a passion for learning, making genuine connections, and helping people to her best ability. Lianne has spent many years in customer service-based roles, as well as teaching, volunteering with and mentoring students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  

Lianne has spent a majority of her university career studying elementary education with an emphasis on global and linguistic diversity, but has decided to start the journey of entering the field of child protective services.

JANINE WESTLUND

Facilitator

Janine is passionate about advocacy for inclusion for all people in all communities. Her career has been dedicated to training, coaching, and leading others in the education field for the past 35 years. With a focus on behavior management and social/emotional development, she has provided support and expertise to parents, educators, and self-advocates. Through this support, she offers hope for each individual to thrive and reach their fullest potential.

Her personal passion and drive come from the love and pride of being Rachel’s sister. Janine is thankful to have been an older sister to the most beautiful human who challenged her to look at others through eyes of love and acceptance, despite any disabilities. This challenge led Janine to complete a degree in special education and dedicate her life to advocating for others. She is thrilled to be a part of FHI to grow and learn alongside others in this colorful world.

MARY BETH FACCIOLI, LCSW, MLIS

Consultant

Mary Beth Faccioli, LCSW, MLIS, is a licensed clinical social worker with decades of experience as a trainer and instructional designer. Mary Beth provides consulting services to support organizations with online learning for staff and clients.

Her background includes work with treatment centers, non-profits, government agencies, and academic institutions. Mary Beth specializes in strengths-based, person-centered services, while taking a broad view of involved teams, organizations, and larger systems that impact performance and learning