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OUR TEAM

Learn about our passionate team of counselors and facilitators.

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Kathryn Ames

CEO & Facilitator

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Kelly Deaton Landen

Facilitator

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Arianne Heaton

Facilitator

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Amy Mangano

Facilitator

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Nate Moeller

Facilitator

KATHRYN AMES, MA, NCC, LPC

Kathryn is the founder of Thru the Game and has been working with teenagers for 26 years. She was a 3-sport athlete in high school and served as captain for field hockey and lacrosse. Recently, she was inducted into her high school hall of fame for swimming. After playing four years of division one lacrosse at James Madison University, she moved to Colorado in 1994 where she served two years as a VISTA/AMERICORP Volunteer and coached in several top lacrosse programs including East High School, Cherry Creek High School, and Regis Jesuit High School. She won Colorado High School Coach of the Year in 2016 and Continental League Coach of the Year in 2018. In addition to the high school lacrosse, she spent many years coaching for Cherry Creek Youth Sports and Team 180 club.

Kathryn earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Communication at JMU before going on to earn her masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado in Denver. She worked for several years with high-risk youth in central Denver, before taking time off to raise her own children and start a business to provide protective clothing for kids. Kathryn has her professional license and is currently working with high school students in a school counseling role. She also sees kids individually in her private practice. 

 

Other accolades include: 2001 Counselor of the Year, Ladies Who Launch 2008 Female Entrepreneur, Department Chair for Boys Counseling at Regis Jesuit, 2019 Educator of the year from CU, and 2020 Cura Personalis Award at Regis Jesuit High School.

Kathryn lives her most prized roles at home as mother and wife. She has 3 beautiful teenagers and a husband of 23 years. As a recent cancer survivor, she was inspired to learn more and enhance her practice. She earned certifications in Mindfulness and Nutritional & Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. Additionally, she completed other courses including: Treating Complex Trauma, Enhancing and Improving Executive Function, CBT for Insomnia, Telehealth and Anxiety, and Therapy in a Post Pandemic World. Kathryn is solution-focused and believes in empowering youth so that they are equipped to deal with life’s challenges. When Kathryn presents, she is able to offer perspectives from her various life roles. Bringing more awareness and education around mental health is her true passion.
 

 

Arianne Heaton

Arianne Heaton was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Growing up, being an athlete was just who she was and what she did. After seeing Brandi Chastain rip off her jersey after winning the 1999 World Cup against China, Arianne set her personal goal of playing college soccer at the Division I level.

Arianne found herself in Florida on a full ride scholarship for DI soccer at Jacksonville University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. After starting every game of her college career, Arianne moved back to Denver and completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver.

She finds herself particularly enthusiastic about the field of sports counseling and mental health treatment for athletes and athletic organizations, especially in regards to anxiety, depression, identity development, grief, eating disorders, and career counseling. Arianne has experience working at the University of Colorado in Boulder at the Career Center, partnering with the Athletic Department to assist students and athletes with career exploration. After that, Arianne took a job as a Primary Therapist at the Eating Recovery Center of Denver, an IP/RES/PHP facility that offers a full spectrum of eating disorder treatments for adults.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Arianne encourages a wellness based approach- balance of physical activity, nutrition and sleep, time management, and mental well being, which allows individuals to nurture their own personal health. In her spare time, Arianne enjoys being outside golfing, gardening, fishing, skiing, and checking out the local coffee shops and Colorado breweries.

 

 
 

KELLY DEATON LANDEN, MA, NBCT

Kelly Deaton Landen is a National Board-Certified Teacher in English/Language Arts for adolescents and has been involved with education and sports her entire life. She has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents as an English teacher and a basketball and volleyball coach. Kelly played basketball and volleyball growing up when she wasn’t in school or working at her mother’s daycare center. Kelly went to the University of Denver to pursue teaching with a full ride scholarship to play basketball. She Graduated Cum Laude from DU with honors. During her freshmen year, she received the Pioneer Sportswoman Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and made the NCAA All-Academic Team for four years. Kelly taught and coached at the middle school and high school levels. While teaching, she earned her Masters degree in counseling to add to repertoire.

At the high school where she worked for over 20 years, she began the first high school advisory program in the Cherry Creek School District. Kelly acted as the advisory coordinator for six years, writing and implementing curriculum for over 2,000 students with her team. The main focus of the advisory program was to create greater connections within a school community to support both the educational and mental health needs of all students. Since then, the Cherry Creek School District has started to implement an advisory program in all of their schools.

As a teacher, Kelly has spent a great deal of her time training other teachers in curriculum and co-teaching for English Language Learners, was featured in the district training video, and presented at workshops. She worked in a school with a highly diverse population, including over 50 languages and 100 countries where she became well-versed in diversity, equity, and inclusivity. She wrote and received multiple grants for diversity in her classroom library and received her Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Colorado Education Certification in 2021.

Besides spending time with her own two children and supporting them in their education and sports, Kelly’s greatest passion is working with and educating adolescents in mind, body, and spirit. Ultimately, Kelly believes that what she does through teaching and coaching is preparing young adults for a healthy and fulfilled life.

AMY MANGANO, MA, EdD

Amy is a mother of two teenage boys, former Division 1 tennis player. She started her journey at age 7, participating in as many youth sports as possible in grade school. By high school, Amy narrowed her focus to tennis year-around and played on the local, middle states and national levels. She was able to earn a singles and doubles spot on the Providence College tennis team playing in the NCAA/Big East/New England Conferences where she served as captain in her junior and senior years. When Amy’s career ride was coming to a close, she reflected on the fact that all of her hard work landed that incredible fortune of tennis and academics but was now needed to focus on her career path. The most difficult realization was knowing that she worked for 17 years both on and off court and now would not be on a pro circuit and would need to redefine herself.

 

Amy came home to Pennsylvania in August of 1992, coached a local girls tennis team and went back to school to earn her Masters Degree in counseling. Like tennis, Amy dedicated herself to graduate school full-time, working full-time and earning her degree by August of 1994. Amy has since worked in PA public school system for over 26 years and served as a guidance counselor, supervisor of guidance, assistant principal, principal and supervisor of special education. In addition, she hold certificates and degrees in supervision, principalship, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

 

Amy feels her call to action is creating an environment where all kids belong, feel included, and are encouraged to follow their interests in any direction they choose. Her goal is to help shape the lives of youth by teaching courage, compassion, and connection so that they can acquire the skills of grit and resilience to pursue what they want to achieve. Amy draws on her years of personal and professional experience to teach and inspire our youth.

 

NATE MOELLER, MA

Nate Moeller has dedicated his life to working with high school students and athletes. He has been a counselor at Regis Jesuit High School for the past seven years. Prior to working at Regis, Nate worked at several schools in the Cherry Creek School District where he helped underrepresented students prepare for college and also coached tennis at Grandview High School at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level. He also served as the Head JV Boys Tennis Coach at Regis and has enjoyed being part of a program that has won two state championships in the past three years.

While growing up, Nate played competitive soccer, basketball, and tennis. He never reached his full potential, due to his generalized anxiety and performance anxiety. Nate had the talent to play varsity basketball and tennis while attending Cherry Creek High School, but unfortunately did not address his anxiety until later in life. He has learned how to overcome his anxiety through sports psychology, taking better care of his body and mind, and positive self-talk. He has been able to teach his students and student athletes how they can also overcome issues with their own mental health on and off the field.

Nate earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University and went on to receive his masters in school counseling from The University of Phoenix. He continues to further his education and has recently completed a course on optimal brain health. In his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife and his 3 month old baby boy. He plays in several competitive tennis leagues and enjoys fly fishing every free minute he has.