Meet Our People

Esther Fretz, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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 is poised to lead The Center for years to come. When she isn't at the stroke center, she's enjoys time on her front porch or doing yard work.

Linda Veres
Office Manager

Linda has been in this role for over five 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. 

Yvonne Baca
Marketing/Outreach Coordinator

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 Lancaster, LCSW
Program Director
Licensed Clincal Social Worker

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 leads Mindfulness, caregiver 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.

Our Interns

Kate Panning
Social Work Intern

Rachael Hornbostel

Social Work Intern

Kate was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She went to school at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she studied Social Work and Education.  Kate spent her last four years working at a multi-service non-profit providing food support and housing services to immigrant and refugee families.  She has also spent time working at a non-profit for folks with disabilities and at the ALS Association.  She just moved to Colorado to pursue her Master's in Social Work at the University of Denver with a concentration in Health & Wellness.  She is new to the city and excited to explore!  Kate loves concerts, road trips, tennis, good food, and movies! 

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 is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver. Outside of work and classes, Rachael enjoys hiking, snowboarding, reading, and traveling abroad.

Rui Han
Social Work Intern

Rui was born and raised in China. He came to the States when he was 19. He went to school at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Finance. He joined the US Army in 2014, completed combat training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and advanced individual training as a Behavioral Health Specialist at Fort Sam, San Antonio. He was stationed at Yongsan, Korea for his first duty station working in Outpatient Behavioral Health at 121 Combat Support Hospital. He worked in Inpatient Behavioral Health at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson in Colorado as a Psychological Technician. Then he moved to Baumholder, Germany working as a Team Chief for 254th Combat Operational Stress Control Unit. He is currently pursing his Master of Social Work degree at University of Denver. Outside of work, Rui enjoys hiking, working out in the gym and watching NBA.

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Littleton, CO 80120


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