About Us

The Leader in Behavioral Health Discovery & Innovation Since 1961

At Compass Behavioral Health, our mission is to realign individuals towards the right direction to recovery and balance. We offer a wide variety of quality and professional services. Each program is designed to help achieve optimal social and emotional wellbeing for the entire individual. As a leader in helping others discover improved behavioral health, we are constantly evolving with the needs of our supportive community, which expands throughout 13 counties in Southwest Kansas.

We are built on a foundation of compassion, and believe it is our purpose to:

  • Exceed expectations by responding to the changing needs of our communities.
  • Integrate services for the whole person.
  • Deliver timely, quality care.
  • Lead the profession in discovery and innovation.
  • Employ and retain exceptional staff.
  • Continue to be a viable business entity.

Our Organization

Compass Behavioral Health is comprised of a comprehensive staff that ranges from case managers and APRNs to behavioral health assistants, therapists, children’s services staff, crisis house staff and many more. Each member of our team is educated and trained to the best of our ability to provide quality services to our clients.

Compass is proud to have the following Board Members who represent our 13 counties.
  • Van Z Hampton, Chairperson (2003)
  • Wade Dixon, Vice Chairperson (2002)
  • Gary Skibbe, Vice Chairperson (2016)
  • Orene Martin, Secretary (1985)
  • Louise Ehmke Treasurer (1986)
  • Dr. Bill Clifford (2015)
  • Jennifer Meng (2019)
  • Rosemary Bachman (2011)
  • Dave Horner (2019)
  • Mark Busch (2016)
  • Dr. Dori Hilker-Ridge (2019)
  • Bill Carr (2019)
  • Dorothy Ziesch (2011)
  • Shari Housman (2015)
  • Don Button (2012)
  • Jerry Jo Deckert (2013)
  • Cody Morris (2019)
  • Jim Rodenbeek (1975)
  • Alena Ballinger (2019)
  • Arlene Doll (2019)
  • Shelly Graff (2019)
  • Stephanie Keller (2015)
  • Clara Walker (2019)
*The year in parenthesis denotes the year each member was appointed to Compass Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors.

Compass extends many thanks to our Board members and their dedication to helping us better serve those with behavioral health needs.
Lisa Southern, Executive Director - Compass Behavioral Health

Lisa Southern, Executive Director

I was appointed as the Executive Director by the Compass Board of Directors in May 2017. I have been with Compass since 1994 in various positions ~ Crisis Services Therapist, LSH Liaison, BHS Program Manager and Region I Program Director. I have always enjoyed my professional career with Compass and tell everyone I how much I love Compass and the great work we do. We are a team, a very strong team of experienced and caring professionals. I consider it an honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization. Compass is committed to any change that is needed and welcome feedback on how to better serve the people of throughout the thirteen counties (and beyond). Compass Behavioral Health is a premier community behavioral health center that wants to help people achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life. Untreated behavioral health conditions can really take a heavy toll on life’s everyday experiences, choices and responsibilities. For me, leadership is about the people I interact with and how to help them be more successful ~ this applies to all Compass staff and the clients we are here to help.

Office Managers

  • Sheila Clanton, Garden City Outpatient
  • Lisa Emick, Garden City Community Support Services
  • Abby McGuire, Dodge City Outpatient
  • Misty Maloney, Community Support Services
  • Rebecca Murphy, Scott City Outpatient
  • Christy Wooley, Ulysses Outpatient Office

Children’s Services

  • Rebecca Huber, Garden City
  • Richard Falcon, Dodge City
  • Amber Winkler, Ulysses
  • Jenny Yeadon, Scott City

Adult Services

  • Nicole Butler, Dodge City Community Support Services
  • Christine Skeen, Garden City Community Support Services

Unified Services

  • Renee Geyer, Grant Coordinator
  • Melissa Parker, Quality Improvement Manager
  • Callie Mauk, Utilization Review Specialist
  • Chris Konda, IT
  • Lisa Kay-Garcia, IT/EMR
  • Kris Kelling, IT

Directors

  • Lisa Southern, Executive Director, Human Resources
  • Jamie Warren, Finance Director
  • Max Meschberger, Regional Director
  • Megan Garcia, Regional Director
  • Vicki Broz, Regional Director
  • Fernando Rodriguez-Infante, Regional Director
  • Khristy Guebara, Community Support Services Director
  • Marla Lira, Community Based Services Director

 

Khristy Guebara, APRN

Khristy Guebara is a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since 2003. Her primary practice is with adults who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. Khristy is currently the Director of both our Garden City and Dodge City Community Support Services Programs. She has experience in both the inpatient and outpatient treatment setting. Khristy is also responsible for the Compass Haven House, a program for children in crisis or state/police protective custody. When Khristy is not working, she very much enjoys her time with her kids and grandkids.

Tracy Davies, DNP, APRN, AGNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Davies is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who is passionate about caring for the whole person. Coping with chronic health problems can take a toll on a person’s mental health. Working with medically complex clients, she has helped people find wellness in the context of chronic health problems. She is a strong advocate for involving her clients in their treatment by talking to them about the challenges they encounter along the path to wellness. Dr. Davies consults and coordinates creative treatment plans along with other members of the client’s healthcare team both within Compass Behavioral Health and with outside providers. Dr. Davies welcomes people of all ages, including children from the age of six years. Her clinical interests are in geriatrics and long-term care, adults and children with autistic disorder, people who have intellectual disabilities, and people who have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, just to name a few. Dr. Davies strongly advocates the application of evidence-based practice principles when recommending treatment options. To keep current, she maintains national board certification in both physical and mental health care, attends educational conferences, and researches scientific journals. Dr. Davies is available for diagnostic evaluations, consultations, second opinions, and longer-term medication management. She can help reduce the cost of mental health treatment by recommending effective, lower cost alternative treatment options, simplifying drug regimens, and connecting clients with resources to improve self-management of medical and psychiatric disorders, and accessing specialized services including genetic testing to evaluate psychiatric drug metabolism.
Michael Southern, APRN
Michael Southern is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Southwest Kansas. He provides services for both Children and Adults. He helps with evaluating and treating anxiety, depression, impulses, anger, ADHD, psychosis, mood disorders, and much more.
Shivanna Kumar, M.D
Dr. Kumar is a general Psychiatrist with a wide range of experience in the field of psychiatry for the past 40 years. Dr. Kumar has worked in multiple settings including private practice, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. He was a staff psychiatrist at Compass from 1994 through 2001. During this time he also served as a staff psychiatrist at St. Catherine Hospital Behavioral Health Services.  He then moved to Oklahoma and worked as a staff psychiatrist at Jack C. Montgomery Veteran Administration Medical Center providing clinical care to Veterans. Dr. Kumar has since returned to Compass where he meets with clients ages 18 and older. He has years of experience with several populations including, but not limited to, Veterans, Geriatric, and those with severe and persistent mental illness.
John Farr, APRN
John Farr is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who has been in that role for just over three years. He has been a registered nurse (RN) since 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Mississippi College. His first nursing journey was through the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a local hospital where he learned to use clinical skills in an intensive environment. Through his full time employment in the ICU he was also in the PMHNP program at Delta State University due to his passion for mental health. Prior to finishing the program, he left his ICU job to pursue the mental health field. He gained experience as an RN at a community mental health clinic in Jackson, MS. In May 2016 he graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and started practicing at that community mental health outpatient facility. He practiced there full time for just over a year and a half and now does part time on weekends. There, he manages psychiatric illnesses specific to each individual, diagnoses clients with mental health illnesses during psychiatric evaluations, and provides medication management for many psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. John currently is employed part time during the week at a local University where he utilizes those same skills for individuals of all ages in an impoverished area in downtown Jackson, MS. Once a month he will round at the children’s behavioral health inpatient unit for the University Hospital.
Chelsea Gray, APRN
Chelsea Gray is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who recognizes the importance of a team-based approach to treating patients across the lifespan. She has a passion for correctional psychiatry and a special interest in caring for individuals with substance use disorders. She provides evidence-based, compassionate care with the goal of improving the quality of life of her patients and their loved ones. Chelsea graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. Prior to working at Compass Behavioral Health, she worked as a registered nurse for 9 years in a variety of settings. She has experience in long-term care, acute care, obstetrics, and hemodialysis. She also has experience in nursing administration, quality improvement, and risk management.
Megan Garcia, Region I Director, LSCSW, LMAC
Megan is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master Addiction Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University. She began her career at Compass in 2011 as therapist. During this time, Megan did therapy, crisis services, competency to stand trial, integrated mental health services in Syracuse, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and addictions work. Megan is currently the director for Region 1. She still engages in therapy, competency to stand trial, DBT and addictions counseling on a smaller scale. During her time away from the office, Megan teaches an occasional class for KU. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, reading, sports and traveling.
Carol Lightner, LSCSW
Carol Lightner, LSCSW
Carol is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master’s in social work from the University of Kansas. Carol specializes in working with children, families and older adults. Carol has many years of Clinical experience and often assists other licensed professionals who are seeking supervision for a clinical license or students who are pursuing a graduate degree. While not at work, Carol enjoys spending time with family.
Dawn Mesa, LSCSW
Dawn Mesa, LSCSW, LCAC
Dawn is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University. She has been a therapist with Compass Behavioral Health since 2010. Dawn helped to establish the Batterer’s Intervention Program (BIP) with Compass Behavioral Health. In addition to working with this program, Dawn enjoys working with adolescents and adults for a wide variety of issues. She has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is being trained as an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) Master Trainer. Dawn participates in multiple community service groups and boards. Dawn is married to Chris Mesa. They have 5 adult daughters and 3 grandchildren. Her interests include spending time with family and friends, reading, shopping and cheering on the KU Jayhawks.
Rebecca Huber, LMSW
Rebecca is licensed as a Masters Level Social Worker and has been practicing as a therapist for a few years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work—both from Wichita State University. Rebecca is very familiar with Southwest Kansas as this is her home turf—she was born and raised in the Ingalls and Garden City area and moved back in 2012. She started at Compass in 2015. Rebecca is the supervisor of the Children’s Case Management Department. Rebecca has been able to grow professionally by taking on other specialties including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. Her strength is in providing services to children and families as this is her passion. She enjoys the work she does as every day is different from the last just as every client and family is different from the last. When she is “off duty” as a therapist, she loves to spend time with her family watching movies or playing board games (mostly kid movies and games for her 13-year-old stepdaughter and 5-year-old boy).
Wendy Murray, LMSW
Wendy Murray, LMSW
Wendy  is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker and has been practicing as a therapist for 15 years, having been licensed for 26 years.  She received her Bachelor‘s Degree from Spring Arbor College in Michigan in 1992 and her Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas in 1994.  Wendy spent 9 ½ years at SRS in Garden City in the Children and Family Services unit  as a foster care worker for 1 year and then as the Supervisor for 8 ½ years.  From this, came her strong desire to  help children and families who have experienced abuse /neglect and those who are in the foster care system.  Wendy also has an interest in helping those with ADHD and Depression.  Wendy spent the last 13 years supervising the Children’s Case Management department.  Wendy has returned to a full time therapist position which is a perfect fit with her lifelong interest in helping children and their families. Wendy enjoys spending time with her 18 year old son, her husband, her parents who live locally and her 6 grandchildren.  The dogs are pretty important too.  She loves hiking, reading, and spending time at the lake.
Cheyenne Christian, LMSW, LMAC
Cheyenne is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker and Master’s Addiction Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Cheyenne is familiar with Southwest Kansas as she was born and raised in Garden City. Following college, Cheyenne moved back to live closer to family, especially her sweet nephews. She has worked in a variety of areas in Compass including Summer Group for three years and completing both her foundation as well as clinical practicums here. Her interests include individual therapy for a variety of struggles, addictions counseling, competency to stand trial evaluations, Youth Mental Health First Aid and working with adolescents and older populations. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her three angelic dogs, her husband and traveling.
Jennifer Seeman, LMSW
Jennifer is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kansas State University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas (although she will always be a Wildcat in her heart). Jennifer was born and raised in Garden City. She returned to Garden City in 2013 after her husband got out of the Army. Jennifer began working for Compass in 2013. She worked as a case manager at the Therapeutic Education Program. She completed her foundation and clinical practicums with Compass. She has been providing individual therapy to all ages for the past two years, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Play Therapy techniques. After two years of individual therapy, Jennifer is now the program supervisor at the Therapeutic Education Program. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her two children, husband, and pets.
Callie Mauk, LMSW
Callie is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker. She received Bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from Newman University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Callie is still relatively new to Garden City, having moved from her hometown of Wichita, Kansas in 2019. She began working in community-based children's mental health services about 5 years ago and has since worked with survivors of domestic violence, homeless populations, and adults pursuing education at all levels. Callie is passionate about helping adolescents and adults cope with change and overcome challenges. In her spare time, Callie enjoys reading, binge-watching Netflix, and spending quality time with her family and a very good boy named Bandit.
Kaitlyn Fernandez, LMSW
Kaitlyn is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Kaitlyn is familiar with Southwest Kansas and was born and raised in Dodge City. Kaitlyn has worked for Compass since 2018 as a Mental Health Assistant and Case Manager for children and adolescents. She also completed both of her practicums at Compass Behavioral Health and has experience working with people of all ages. Kaitlyn is passionate about early intervention with children and adolescents. Kaitlyn has been on the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team at Compass Behavioral Health since 2018, and she provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy within individual and group settings. She also likes to work with anyone who has a desire to overcome challenges. In her free time, Kaitlyn loves spending time with her husband, kids, and fur babies, being outdoors, and traveling.
Holly Mancillas, LMSW
Holly is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker and Master’s Level Addiction Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Holly is a life-long resident of Finney County. She has experience working with adolescents, child welfare, patients who are on medicated assisted treatment, and emotional health conditions. Holly is married and a happy mom to 2 daughters and 1 dog. She enjoys spending time with family, shopping, reading, organizing, and watching movies. She is passionate about helping individuals reach their desired quality of life, values identifying and embracing an individual’s strengths.
Melissa Parker, LMLP
Melissa is licensed as a Masters Level Psychologist and has been practicing as a therapist for over 10 years. She is currently the Quality Improvement Manager for Compass Behavioral Health and as such takes on very few clients. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology—both from Fort Hays State University. Melissa is very familiar with Southwest Kansas as this is her home turf—she was born and raised in Garden City and moved back in 2008 (surprising many people, mostly herself) to pursue her career with Compass Behavioral Health. Melissa truly enjoys community outreach opportunities—specifically, providing education about mental health to people within a community setting. Over the years, her interests have expanded, and she has been able to grow professionally by taking on several specialties which including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health First Aid, Psychological Testing, Critical Incident Stress and Debriefings. Her strength is in providing individual therapy to adults and adolescents; she desires to help them build a life worth living. Her ultimate passion is providing immediate care to those who have just experienced a tragedy. When she is “off duty” as a therapist, she LOVES to travel and enjoys continuing to learn what it takes to be a mother to a pretty cute little guy.
Fernando Rodriguez, LMFT - Compass Behavioral Health
Fernando Rodriguez, Region III Director,  LMFT
Fernando Rodriguez is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Fernando is very familiar with Garden City as this is his hometown. He received his Master’s Degree in 2010 from Friend’s University in Wichita, Kansas and has worked for Compass Behavioral Health for many years. Fernando is a vital component of the Batterer’s Intervention Program for Compass Behavioral Health. His areas of specialties are Individual & Family Therapy, Marital Therapy and working with Adolescents. While Fernando is not at work, he enjoys soccer and spending time with his family.
Julia Boone, LSCSW
Julia received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Wichita State University (1980) and Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas (1990). Julia brings a wealth and variety of experience to Compass. Julia moved to southwestern Kansas after 25 years of employment with the Wichita Public School System. During that time, she facilitated various group therapy/psychoeducation groups, and individual counseling for middle and high school students placed in special school. Julia has worked in private practice settings, various group homes, a psychiatric hospital, and taught social work classes for Neuman University. Though having grown up in the southeastern part of the United States, she has grown attached to the southwest frontier region of Kansas.  Julia has four grown children and six grandchildren. She works with all age groups.
Lusi Esquivel, LMSW
Lusi is a graduate from The University of Kansas, with a Master’s degree in Social Work, May 2018. She also attended Fort Hays State University, May 2012, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker in the state of Kansas. Lusi joined Compass in 2006 working out of the Community Support Service program in Garden City, where she gained experience as a Vocational Case Manager, Adult Bilingual Case Manager, Targeted Case Manager, Strength Based Team Lead, Dialectical Behavior Therapy provider, Psychoeducation Group Coordinator, and group leader. Some of her strengths is serving the Spanish speaking population in the community, working with adults who experience a co-occurring disorder, and integrating art into treatment. Lusi works 3 days a week at the Dodge City Outpatient Office and 2 days a week at the Ulysses Outpatient Office. Lusi grew up in Western Kansas, and has four daughters, two energetic grandsons, and three sassy granddaughters. When not working, Lusi enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, baking, sewing, and painting.
Denae Hoyt, LMSW
Denae is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker who has been practicing for over 10 years. She received her Masters Degree from Newman University in 2008. She grew up in South Central Kansas and knew from a young age that her purpose was to help others. Denae moved to Ulysses with her spouse after getting married in 2019. Denae has experience in mental health from working at the Iroquois Center for Human Development in Greensburg, KS as an attendant care/personal attendant, case manager with the CBS program and supervising the SPMI population with the Transitional Living Houses along with crisis management services -- all while working at the Iroquois Center for 8 years in the Children’s & Adult-SPMI Departments. Denae has experience in working with a wide array of people from young children ranging in ages from toddlers to the geriatrics. Denae has worked in a few of the inpatient psychiatric units within the area starting with the geriatric population at the Life Care Unit in Kinsley, KS and then the adult population at BHS Unit at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Garden City, KS. Denae has also worked in the school setting as a K-12th Grade Student Services Director- with teaching character education, therapy and preparing seniors for college. Denae also worked at Pratt Regional Medical Center (PRMC) as the LMSW Social Services Social Worker for 4 plus years where her duties were to help patients & families with planning a safe discharge to their individual home or to other skilled nursing facilities or hospitals. While at PRMC, Denae had many duties as a LMSW which included assisting in several departments within the hospital- the ER, LDRP, Medical and ICU floors making sure that patients had proper medical equipment to safely discharge from the hospital. In Denae’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband ranching with the cattle and their small herd of horses. Denae loves a good day of branding cattle and has a passion for her foundation performance bred horses. Another side hobby of Denae’s, includes spending time outside working with her full-blooded Irish Wolfhounds & Miniature Australian Sheppard.
Vicki Broz, Region II Director, LMSW, LMAC
Vicki Broz, Region II Director, LMSW, LMAC
Vicki’s area of specialty are crisis & intake appointments only, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Grief & Loss, Suicide Prevention & Intervention, Critical Incident Debriefings, Addictions, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy.
Leslie Goertzen LSCSW, LMAC
Leslie Goertzen LSCSW, LMAC
Leslie is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master’s Addiction Counselor who graduated from Wichita State University with a Master’s Degree of Social Work. 
Leslie’s primary area of focus is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and working with adolescents and adults who are at risk for self-harm and suicide. She also treats people who might suffer from depression, anxiety, and addiction, among others. In 2014, she was intensively trained to be a DBT therapist and has since provided this treatment. As Leslie being the leader of the DBT team at the Dodge City outpatient clinic, she ensures procedures are being followed and client care is the primary focus within treatment. Leslie is also a trainer for Mental Health First Aid where she providers training to the public and agencies who would like to learn how to respond when someone is having a mental health crisis or issue.
Janese Boger, LMSWC
Janese Boger, LMSW
Janese’s areas of specialty are Youth age 13 and older, Adults. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Anger management, Parent-Adolescent issues, Adjustment Disorders, Addictions, Treatment Resistant, Court-Ordered, Court Services and Probation/Parole, Sex Offenders.
Kathleen Warner-Long, LCPC
Kathleen Warner-Long, LCPC
Kathleen’s area of specialty are Adolescent, Children, Adults, Couples, Part time hours only Attachment Disorders, Trauma, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Women’s and Men’s Issues.
Paulina Zacapa-Reyes, LPC
Paulina Zacapa-Reyes, LPC
Paulina’s area of specialty are
  • Ages 8 – Geriatric, Bilingual, Sacred Heart School Counselor, Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Stress Reduction, Women’s Issues, School Issues, EMDR

Brooke Cooper, LPC
Originally from Texas, Brooke has lived in Georgia, North Carolina, and now Kansas. Brooke has a master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She also has a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Houston Graduate School of Theology (2008), and is currently working on her PhD in Counseling and Psychological Studies. Person-Centered theorist Carl Rogers and Existential theorist Irvin Yalom inspire and validate Brooke’s therapeutic approach. Her experience in ministry and military life has well-prepared Brooke for her role as a therapist, and specifically, the intensity of crisis’ work. Brooke has continually served hurting people and learned the therapeutic value of authenticity, unconditional regard for others, and how to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. While previously working as an intern therapist for St. Francis near Ft. Riley, Brooke encountered severe client stories and became adept at Crisis and Trauma Intervention. Brooke offers a non-judgmental space, welcoming of any race, culture, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. She enjoys working with all age groups, and utilizes techniques from Affirmative Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Maria Cooper, LPC
Maria is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), having earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Previously in private practice, she is now happily part of a great team at Compass. Maria values your story, race, culture, religion, gender and sexual orientation, and enjoys working with all ages. You are a unique individual, and her therapy approach will be designed for you and your specific needs. She understands that embracing vulnerability and seeking counseling takes a lot of courage, and she holds your story with honor, empathy and hope. She works alongside you as you process past or present traumas, adjust to life transitions, explore your identity or purpose, or struggle with chronic emotional, mental, or behavioral issues. She has a daughter, three sons, and one grandson. Born and raised in Colorado, she came to Kansas for her undergraduate degree in 1993. Maria attended Sterling College, with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education with an Emphasis in Youth and Family Ministries. She lived in Wichita and Eldorado prior to moving to Dodge City in 2002. In her spare time, Maria enjoys time with her loved ones, reading, refinishing furniture, building projects, playing the piano and travelling.
Lusi Esquivel, LMSW
Lusi is a graduate from The University of Kansas, with a Master’s degree in Social Work, May 2018. She also attended Fort Hays State University, May 2012, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker in the state of Kansas. Lusi joined Compass in 2006 working out of the Community Support Service program in Garden City, where she gained experience as a Vocational Case Manager, Adult Bilingual Case Manager, Targeted Case Manager, Strength Based Team Lead, Dialectical Behavior Therapy provider, Psychoeducation Group Coordinator, and group leader. Some of her strengths is serving the Spanish speaking population in the community, working with adults who experience a co-occurring disorder, and integrating art into treatment. Lusi works 3 days a week at the Dodge City Outpatient Office and 2 days a week at the Ulysses Outpatient Office. Lusi grew up in Western Kansas, and has four daughters, two energetic grandsons, and three sassy granddaughters. When not working, Lusi enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, baking, sewing, and painting.
Tanya Tavares, LPC
Tanya is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), having earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2019. Tanya completed her Master’s level internship and practicum here at Compass Behavioral Health and is now happily part of the full-time Clinical team. Tanya considers collaborating and creating strong therapeutic relationships with clients the foundation to any successful therapy experience. Tanya believes firmly in using unconditional positive regard to approach every client with respect and authenticity. Tanya uses an evidence-based approach that is a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Existential approaches to therapy to create a blend of techniques and approaches that benefit a wide range of individuals. Her holistic style will help you develop a plan and discover new ways to learn, grow, and manifest change in your life. Some populations of interest include: Children and Adolescents (birth-18), Adults (all ages), Depression, Anxiety, Conduct Issues, Adjustment Disorders, and Trauma-based Disorders. Tanya also incorporates Play Therapy techniques in her work with children and adolescents which allows for children to use a more natural language (the language of play) when they may be at loss for words to express themselves. Born and raised in Hawai’i, Tanya has a deep respect for all cultures and believes each culture has much to do with who we are today. While far from the beach, Tanya now calls Dodge City her home and her coworkers her family.
Max Meschberger, Region IV Director, LCP, LMLP, LCMFT
Max is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, a Licensed Masters Level Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Sterling College and his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fort Hays State University. Max began his first stint of employment with Compass in 1983. Max held three positions for Compass from 1983 to 2012: therapist, Director of the Garden City Outpatient Office and Director of inpatient Behavioral Health Services. Max then worked in marketing and Director of Siena Medical Clinic for St Catherine Hospital from 2012 to 2018. In July of 2018, Max returned to Compass as Region IV Director. Max’ area of interest and experience are marital therapy, individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Donna Julian, LSCSW
Donna is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Wichita State University with a master’s degree in social work. She works with all ages and backgrounds. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Donna spent most of her life in central Kansas except for a 10-year stint in the Panhandle of Oklahoma. She is married, has three grown children and 5 grandsons. In her spare time, she enjoys family and doing mission work.
Caitlin Jermark, LMSW
Caitlin is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Caitlin is originally from Dighton and is excited to be back in the community. She is passionate about helping people. Life can be overwhelming and it’s not uncommon to need compassion, connection, and understanding. Caitlin can help bring healing to her clients so they can know themselves as whole and safe. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Jamie Fernandez, RN (DCCSS)
  • Pat Harris, LPN (DCOP)
  • Jan Davis, RN (GCCSS)
  • Alishea Hahn, RN (GCOP)
  • Adriana Chairez-Fraire, CNA (GCOP)

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