Our staff.

Michelle Heinen Executive Director

Michelle C. Heinen
Executive Director

Decades in the classroom affirm my belief that all children are capable of learning when the right services and supports are in place. I am an “accidental advocate” who has navigated the mental health system for my own two children. I am passionate about the power of peer support and am blessed to be able to “pay it forward” each day, supporting families like mine!

Erin Fausset Family Support Specialist

Erin Fausset

Family Support Specialist

I have my bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as associate degrees in Psychology and Human Resources. I have two children and have lived in the Cheyenne area for most of my life. I am very family orientated, as I find it is important to build good relationships in order to maintain a happy and stable life. In my spare time, I enjoy home projects, baking, reading a good book, and spending time with my family.

Danelle Medina Family Support Specialist

Danelle Medina

Family Support Specialist

I am married and have two daughters, and two fur babies. One daughter that is 14 and the other one is 12 who has special needs. Ever since my daughter was diagnosed, I had no idea where to start through the maze of finding out information or where to turn next. I enjoy helping other families’ supporting them through difficult times. I am super excited to be working with the wonderful team at UPLIFT and to help families with their very complicated journeys, share resources, and help build connections.

Jennifer Wood Family Support Partner

Jennifer Wood

Family Support Partner

I have over ten years’ experience working with children with autism and other special needs. I am currently going to school working on a degree in Psychology. I have two children that I adore with all my heart and they teach me something new every day. My son has autism. I understand this diagnosis comes with some challenges and feels like a roller coaster sometimes. I look forward to working with you and learning more of your story!

Cheryl Besel Office Staff

Cheryl Besel

Office Staff

I am the Accountant for Uplift. I am married and have four grown boys. My children live in various parts of the United States and between them we have 10 grandchildren. We also have three “fur babies” at home who keep us active. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Uplift family. The entire team at Uplift has so much passion for our children and their families who are facing difficult situations at home and school. Support comes in many forms and Uplift is here to help and provide those needs.


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