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Dr. Bagwell is an Associate Professor in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, following a 20-year career as a firefighter/paramedic.  Dr. Bagwell spent five years in New York City, one of which was spent working with a team providing psychological services to members of the New York Police Department following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  He has presented locally and nationally on topics that include workplace violence, Critical Incident Stress Management, trauma, treating claustrophobic firefighters, and perception of threat and de-escalation of violence strategies for first responders, employers and mental health clinicians.  Dr. Bagwell also coordinates MSU Denver’s Fire and Emergency Response Administration degree program, and teaches Theory and Practice of Counseling, Small Group Dynamics, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Conflict Resolution and other Human Services courses.



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236

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Lynann “Annie” Butler is an Associate Professor In the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Addictions Counselor Level III and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She founded Professional Counseling Services, Inc. in Denver in 2002, providing a six-week intervention program for students facing suspension from high schools in five different school districts. She has worked in the field since 1991, and has shared her “wisdom, mistakes and humor with students” at MSU Denver since 2002. In 2012, she was the Human Services nominee for the US Professor of the Year Award, and has also received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty Senate at MSU Denver.  On her recent sabbatical, she traveled to Laos to research Hmong refugees and the Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul, MN, the largest comprehensive museum about the “secret war” in Southeast Asia, which began in 1963.  She has recently completed and submitted Walking With Tigers, a book about a Hmong refugee whom she first met while recruiting guest speakers for her classroom.



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Kelly Felice is an Associate Professor Emeritus for Human Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Felice spent years in management in the corporate sector before founding and serving as executive director of a nonprofit foundation supporting students of color in attaining a college education. She held four additional interim director positions. She also directed a national Americorps program for 5 years, raising more than $5 million in support of education, mental health and political causes. She received her nonprofit education at MSU Denver and served as an affiliate faculty member for 7 years, a visiting assistant professor for 5 years and assistant professor for 6 years.  She received tenure in 2011. “I am committed through my teaching to provide the best prepared new leaders for the nonprofit sector, as well as informed citizens and activists for our community.” In her spare time, she knits and plans her travels, and keeps up with her musical influences, which include Green Day, the Dixie Chicks and Queen.  Prof. Felice is currently retired and not teaching any classes.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
236

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Campus Box Number:
12

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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
236

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Campus Box Number:
12

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Dr. Tara Hammar is a Lecturer in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She obtained her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University and her doctorate in Human Development from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hammar began her teaching career as a public school kindergarten teacher before accepting a Lecturer position in the School of Human Ecology at ECU. As a doctoral candidate at UCONN, she supervised a Parent Education program, evaluated a statewide mentoring initiative and taught undergraduate courses in the School of Family Studies. Dr. Hammar relocated to Denver in 2005 and worked as a child and adolescent therapist for several years.  She also worked as the Treatment Leader of a local day treatment program serving traumatized children and adolescents. During that time, she began teaching at Metro as an affiliate faculty in the Department of Human Services. Her current research interests include experiential therapies, trauma-informed care and program evaluation. 



Position Role:
Faculty

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WC

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236

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Kevin Hammons is a faculty member in the Fire and Emergency Response Administration’s Bachelor of Science degree program. He retired as a Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal from the Aurora Fire Department in 2007, and he retired as a fire and explosion investigator at IRIS Fire Investigations in 2017. Kevin has an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Organizational Management.  He has held certifications as a CFO (Chief Fire Officer), an EFO (Executive Fire Officer), and MIFireE (Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers). During his fire department career, Kevin served as a Paramedic, Fire Investigator, SWAT Medic, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Planning & Development Officer, PIO (Press Information Officer), IAO (Internal Affairs Officer), and OEM (Office of Emergency Management) Preparedness Coordinator. Kevin has provided services for schools, colleges, fire departments, police departments, government agencies, and private businesses.  He has presented specialized-training in the United States and internationally. 



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
236

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Dr. Tricia Hudson-Matthew is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Addiction Studies in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in High Risk Youth from MSU Denver, a master’s degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado and a Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision from Argosy University. She is a certified play therapist and her current clinical work in private practice focuses on children aged five years+. She also works with substance abuse individuals and couples, assisting them in their relational journey. Her scholarly interests include ethics between therapist and clients, mental health and addictions. Dr. Hudson-Matthew is thrilled to be “living my life’s dream by assisting others in the process of transforming their lives.”  She joined MSU Denver in 2010 and loves to help students in their transformation process, as they pursue their life dreams. You’ll find her passionately teaching courses in the core requirements, concentrations and electives in the Human Service curriculum.



Position Role:
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236

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Dr. Antonio F. Ledesma is an Associate Professor of Human Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He holds master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Social Work and a doctorate in Human Communication. Dr. Ledesma teaches courses in counseling/psychotherapy theory and application skill development with an emphasis in the client-therapist dialogical process, multicultural issues in the delivery of human services, psychopathology and the mental health clinician and interpersonal conflict de-solving interventions.  He has taught multicultural coursework on the undergraduate and graduate level since 1990.  Dr. Ledesma also chaired the MSU Denver’s Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee, which was charged with overseeing the proposal and review of Multicultural courses meeting the Curriculum Guidelines for graduation requirement criteria.  He has been involved with establishment of a multicultural course requirement since 1992, when the institution initiated the MC graduation requirement.  A clinical practice area of his involves co-facilitating men’s support groups with a focus on assisting men on their relational journey, i.e., helping men to communicate more effectively in their interpersonal relationships with the women and children in their lives. An alum of MSU Denver, Dr. Antonio F. Ledesma graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and has taught on the undergraduate and graduate level since 1988.



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236

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Dr. Shawn C. Worthy is a Professor in the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University. He studied at the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University, where he was awarded a masters and then doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He began his career as an instructor at Northern Illinois before working in many clinical settings for behavioral and therapeutic services.. He joined MSU Denver in 1995, receiving tenure in 2002. He served as Human Services Department Chair in 2005 and Interim Vice President of Student Services in 2006 and has also worked as the Director of Mentoring and Summer Bridge Programs with Student Services. He currently serves at the MSU Denver NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, as well.

Worthy has done research and published work extensively about sports psychology on how all levels of skiers cope with fear. He is also involved with work to eliminate domestic violence relating to adolescents. He has researched, published and presented at many conferences and workshops striving to understand diversity as it pertains to engaging people of color. He has also worked as a clinician and psychotherapist at the Children’s Hospital of Denver and The Urban League of Denver.



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