Meet Our People
Esther Fretz, Ph.D.
As the Executive Director, Esther has been leading the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center for over 20 years. With her unique feel about our clients, students and staff, she encourages and inspires anyone that crosses her path. Always with her eye on growth, Esther continues to help the Center expand its reach to help more stroke families. When she isn't at the stroke center, she's enjoys time on her front porch or doing yard work.
Linda has been in this role for over 8 years. She will often have the answers to any question and is the first friendly face seen at the front desk when coming to The Center! Linda is a caregiver for her husband and in her spare time, spoils her 3 grandchildren.
Carly Lancaster, LCSW
Licensed Clincal Social Worker
Yvonne has given of her time and services to the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center in many ways over the years. Currently, she oversees the development and growth of the organization, working in tandem with our Executive Director. Yvonne is a favorite of our clients since she always has a moment for them. In her spare time, she enjoys her children and grandchildren and is always up for a good book!
Carly is from Columbia, Missouri where she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Human Development and Family Sciences. She completed her Master's of Social Work at the University of Denver, concentrating on Health and Wellness and Animal-Assisted Social Work. At the Center, she develops programs, leads support groups, and facilitates individual counseling and skill-building sessions. In her spare time, she loves to sing, travel, and see live music. She is currently training Samu, the Bernese Mountain Dog, as her first therapy animal.
Lindsey Robison, LSW
Licensed Social Worker
Lindsey was born and raised in small town Iowa. She moved to Fort Collins in 2009, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. She completed her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Denver, concentrating on Mental Health. At the Center, Lindsey leads stroke survivor and caregiver support groups, facilitates individual counseling and skill-building sessions, and participates in event planning. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with friends and family, her cat, and two dogs. She also enjoys seeing live music, hiking, and traveling.
Rachael Hornbostel, MSW
Rachael is originally from Atlanta, Georgia where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. She moved to Denver shortly after graduation where she worked in higher education for five years before going back to school. Rachael completed her Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver, with a concentration in mental health. Outside of work, Rachael enjoys hiking, snowboarding, reading, and traveling abroad.