Our Team

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Marsha Alston

Past President
Dr. Andrew Pitts

Vice President
Larry Olsen

Lesa Stellke

Jack Stiegelmar

General Members

Jim Brennan

Key Leadership

Cindy Dutton

Director of Residential and Therapeutic Services

Cindy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development from Western Illinois University. She started her career in 1991 as a Case Manager with a foster care agency in Chicago, Illinois. Cindy moved to Colorado in 2000 and was hired as a Resource Coordinator for Developmental Pathways in 2005. After transferring to a Program Manager position with Continuum of Colorado, Cindy found her niche. Cindy currently oversees the residential sites and nursing team. She strives to tailor residential options to best support individuals and their families.


Tom Knost

Director of Activities and Employment Services

Tom Knost received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Cincinnati in 1997. After graduation, he worked in the mental health field with children and adolescents in Ohio, Arizona, and Colorado. Tom came to work for Continuum of Colorado in 2003 and has had the opportunity to support many of the different programs Continuum has to offer. He was promoted to director in 2013, and values the opportunity to be part of an agency that is committed to supporting individuals in the manner in which they would like to be supported.


Allie Kolstad

Director of Marketing and Customer Experience

Allie started out her career as a case manager for children in the mental health field in Milwaukee. Wanting to expand her international experience, she volunteered with a start-up nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic, focusing on early education for children living in extreme poverty, and later accepted a full-time role with them as International Volunteer Manager. Realizing her passion for the nonprofit field and working with marginalized populations, she decided to move back to the U.S. and further her education. Allie joined Continuum of Colorado in March 2014 as a Personal Care Supervisor, and then moved to the Regional Manager position of the department. In October 2018, she was promoted to Director of Marketing and Customer Experience. Allie has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and watching Wisconsin sports (Go Pack Go!).


Alexa Lanpher

Vice President of Continuum of Colorado

A native of Colorado, Alexa discovered at an early age her passion for helping others achieve their goals. This passion stuck with her through college, where she earned a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University. While at Continuum, Alexa has served on several state committees to update the rules and regulations governing service providers. While Alexa has held several positions within Continuum’s management team over the past 20 years, her focus has always remained on providing creative supports to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive in their community.


Matt VanAuken

President of Continuum of Colorado & Interim Chief Executive Officer

Matt brings over 20 years of multi-unit and executive leadership and management experience to our organization. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master in Business Administration (MBA), Healthcare Management from Western Governors’ University. Matt currently serves as the chairperson for the El Paso County Human Services Advisory Committee, is a Governor appointed member of the Colorado State Board of Health, and board member for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Matt is also an active participant in Alliance Association, and the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). Previously, he worked as the Director for Children, Youth and Families for Jefferson County Human Services, Vice President of Operations for Hard Rock Café, and Vice President of Operations for Olive Garden. Matt lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two beautiful children.

Matt VanAuken

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