Learn about our passionate team of counselors and facilitators.
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.
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.
ARIANNE HEATON, MA, LPC
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.
KYLE WOODSON, MA, LPC
Kyle Woodson is a Colorado Native who was born into a competitive, athletic, military family. Inspired by his father and older brother, Kyle began playing soccer and basketball at four years old. After years of being a multi-sport athlete, Kyle chose to pursue his passions for soccer.
Soccer taught Kyle many valuable life lessons, enabled him to travel the country, and allowed him to become a two time national champion. In college, soccer guided Kyle towards psychology by helping him to understand the important relationship between mental health and performance. After graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology, Kyle went on to complete his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and become a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Kyle is passionate about mental health treatment for athletes and adolescents especially in regards to anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, multiculturalism, and LGBTQ+ issues. Kyle has clinical experience from the Children’s Hospital Colorado, The Eating Recovery Center, and currently works at the Denver Mental Health Collective.
As a therapist, Kyle believes in the power of thoughts and using core values to create a meaningful life. When he is not destroying thought distortions or playing soccer, he enjoys reading, playing sports, video games, hiking, skiing, watching TV, and trying new things.
SIMONE DELOACH, LCDC, M.MFT
Simone Deloach is a Texas born and raised professional who has been working in the mental health community for 8 years. A self proclaimed fish out water, her first sport, ironically, was swimming. As her love of competition and team activities grew, she became a highly sought after year-round dual sport athlete, throughout her K-12 years, participating in both swimming and basketball.
Simone dreamed of becoming a Marine Biologist, wishing to save the world "one ocean at a time." However, the moment she set foot on the campus of Indiana University, all that changed. She knew those aspirations would need adjusting as IU and the city of Bloomington, home of the basketball powerhouse Hoosiers, became the place for her. Proudly, the Texas Native led Indiana Women's basketball for four years. And as a senior captain, completed the historic 2014 season with an invitation and three rounds in the National Womens NIT.
Upon graduating the opportunity to play overseas came and Simone traveled to Langan Germany to assist a well-respected team break a few more records. After injury of a meniscus tear in her knee, Simone returned home to face the realization that "the ball really does stop bouncing." However, all was not lost as her bachelor of science degree in Human Development and Family studies helped guide her to passions in helping others, specifically children and families. Her interest grew and furthering her education in a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Abilene Christian University lead her to a passionate career and expanded her work experiences.
It has been four years since graduating from her Master's program and a lot has transpired since her first athletic experiences. Although researching the oceans of our planet was not the place she invested her early years, Simone believes that helping others with their lived experiences is equally as important in the work of saving the world. This time instead of it being one ocean at a time, it is one heart and mind at a time.
RYAN TAYLOR, MS
Ryan has been teaching and coaching teens for over 21 years. His passion for sports began early when his parents enrolled him in taekwondo in at 6 years old, soon after he began wrestling. Sports were a calming and therapeutic aspect of Ryan’s youth. He was a 3-sport athlete, long jump and triple jump state champion, and a Colorado State Player of the Year in football. He was inducted into his high school hall of fame for football and track & field. He played division II football and was a member of the 1997 National Championship team at the University of Colorado. Ryan has 19 years’ experience as a head coach in track & field and football. He was the 2016 and 2017 Continental League Coach of the Year.
Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in K-12 Physical Education before going on to earn his masters in Sports Administration, both at the University of Northern Colorado. Ryan has taught and coached in highly diverse city schools that served over 85% students of color and other underserved student demographics. As a Health Education teacher, most of Ryan’s time is focused around Mental & Emotional health because this current generation is dealing with higher rates of anxiety and depression than any generation before. Over the past decade he has put extensive time into efforts in equity & inclusion.
Ryan takes pride in his roll as a husband and father of 5 amazing children. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Michelle, for 13 years.
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.