EAS Staff

Meet the team!


Cheryl Albaugh, EAS Specialist


Cheryl Albaugh
EAS Specialist

Cheryl joined EAS in 1999 after working in the Fort Collins non-profit community for many years. She manages the primary operations of EAS, ensuring compliance with PSD's Mental Health and Substance Use benefit plan, maintaining client confidentiality, and protecting personal health information, which is a cornerstone of EAS. In 2017, Cheryl was awarded the well-deserved distinction of Classified Employee of the Year at PSD.


Barb Fisher, EAS Manager and Counselor


Barb Fisher, PhD, LMFT
EAS Manager and Counselor

Prior to joining EAS, Barb was the Co-Director of the Rocky Mountain Marriage and Family Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.  In that capacity, she supervised therapists, worked with individuals, couples and families and provided an Employee Assistance Program for a local company. She has been a Professor of graduate education at Colorado State and Purdue Universities and served on the national and state boards of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy. At PSD, Barb is part of the Employee Health and Wellness (EH&W) team that diligently focuses on providing integrated care for the physical and mental health of employees and their family members. Barb has 25 years of experience in the field of employee assistance programs and joined PSD in 2015. Barb works with adolescents, adults, couples and families from a systemic, solution focused, cognitive-behavioral perspective. In addition, she is a certified EMDR practitioner.


Kathy Forrest, EAS Counselor


Kathy Forrest, LPC, CAS
EAS Counselor

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Specialist with over 30 years of experience providing behavioral health services in Colorado. Kathy has devoted much of her career to community mental health as a therapist, and eventually as a director.  She loves working with clients from all backgrounds and has supported clients struggling with stress, anxiety, grief, substance use and depressive symptoms, as well as crisis situations. Kathy utilizes evidence-based practices such as Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and other strategies that help us be our best selves in the 8 Dimensions of Wellness (Emotional, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, and Social). Kathy's approach to counseling is one of respect, compassion, encouragement, and problem-solving in the context of a person's culture, relationships and the constant change all around us.  Kathy believes that life presents all of us with challenges at times that we must navigate so we can find the joy and meaning we seek.


Renee Gilkey, EAS Counselor


Renee Gilkey, PsyD, LP
EAS Counselor

Renee is a Licensed Psychologist who Joined the EAS Team in January 2022 after 12 years working in university counseling centers. Most recently, she served as the Associate Director and Training Director at the University of Northern Colorado Counseling Center. In this role, Renee provided clinical services to college students and faculty and staff through the University’s Employee Assistance Program, coordinated and provided trainings and clinical supervision to graduate students,  and managed daily operations of the center. Renee is passionate about helping others and approaches therapy through a relational, multicultural and integrative lens, utilizing evidence-based approaches to assist clients in creating lasting change. She is an EMDR practitioner and has experience in working with relational concerns, anxiety, depression, identity-related issues, eating disorders, substance use issues, work and career-related concerns, women’s issues, grief and loss and trauma-focused work. Renee wholeheartedly seeks to connect and create collaborative working relationships with clients, meeting them where they are at, with compassion, empathy, and genuineness.


Corie Helms, EAS Counselor


Corie Helms, LCSW, CAS
EAS Counselor

Corie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 20 years of experience in the field. Corie has been Clinical Director of Outpatient Programs and Behavioral Health Supervisor at two large behavioral health facilities in Northern Colorado for the last several years.  Previous work has included crisis assessment and intervention, field placement work and supervision with CSU students, adoption home studies, work with survivors of domestic violence and providing prevention education. Corie's therapeutic approach is to create a non-judgmental, collaborative, and empowering space to treat the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Corie utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT, and EMDR.


Cierra Ortiz, EAS Administrative Office Assistant


Cierra Ortiz
EAS Administrative Office Assistant

Cierra started with EAS in May 2022. She is passionate about mental health and being of help in her community. She has previously worked on projects with the City Fort Collins and coached/taught after-school programs for ten years. She graduated from CSU in 2020 with a degree in Communication Studies, after completing her academic career with Poudre School District. Working with the organization that made her who she is today is meaningful, and she looks forward to growing with EAS and supporting the PSD community.

Contact Information

EAS phone: 970.488-4925 | Fax: 970.488.4933 | eas@psdschools.org

Location (Map)
2850 McClelland Drive, Suite 2200 
Fort Collins, CO  80525

Primary Contact /Administrative Office Assistant
Cierra Ortiz | 970.488-4925 (phone) | 970.488.4933 (fax) | EAS@psdschools.org

EAS Specialist (benefits/claims)
Cheryl Albaugh | 970.488-4925 (phone) | 970.488.4933 (fax) | EAS@psdschools.org

Barb Fisher, EAS Manager and Counselor
Kathy Forrest, EAS Counselor
Renee Gilkey, EAS Counselor
Corie Helms, EAS Counselor