At Kids Crossing, our staff are still kids at heart:
Lee Oesterle, MSW, LCSW
Masters Level Social Work and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lee has been working in the Child Welfare system since 1978. Before receiving his Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver in 1980, Lee worked in group homes with adolescent boys. From 1980 to 1988, Lee was a Team Leader and then the Clinical Director of Chins Up Youth Care Homes. In 1988 Lee began his private practice and continues that practice on a part-time basis. In 1992, Jan and Larry Faubion asked Lee to be the Executive Director of the child placement agency they were starting – Kids Crossing.
Lee was the Executive Director from 1992 to 2013. In May of 2013, Lee was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in the mountains. After months of rehabilitation at Craig Hospital, Lee returned to work as the Clinical Director of Kids Crossing. This role proved more conducive to his continued healing and recovery. In 2015, Lee was again asked to be the Executive Director.
Tiffany Gonzales is Kids Crossing’s Director of Operations. Tiffany graduated from Alabama State University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in social work, and earned her master’s degree in social work from Newman University in 2011. She has been working in the human services field for over 12 years as a home coordinator, caseworker, placement supervisor and now Director of Operations. Tiffany enjoys spending time with her daughter and hanging out with good people.
Ben Schoch is the Placement Coordinator with the Colorado Springs office. Ben is a Colorado native who graduated from CSU-Pueblo and has held a variety of jobs within the human services field. He has worked at Kids Crossing for the greater part of a decade and enjoys working directly with families and youth to problem solve and offer support. In addition to his role as Placement Coordinator, Ben teaches foster parent CORE classes and several other trainings throughout the year. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends while enjoying an active lifestyle.
Gladys Offutt is a home coordinator with the Colorado Springs office. Gladys graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the fall of 2011, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Kids Crossing is her first experience in the social work field, and she has been with us since 2012. She enjoys working with children and is constantly surprised by their resilience. In her free time, Gladys enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and drawing.
Karen McKay is a home coordinator with the Colorado Springs office. She has been with Kids Crossing since 2006 and has enjoyed working with so many talented and big-hearted individuals throughout the years. Karen graduated from UCCS in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends when she is not working.
Claudia Hernandez is a Home Coordinator at Kids Crossing. She joined the Kids Crossing team in May 2016 as an intern. then was hired as Case Aide and then began her job as a Home Coordinator. Claudia graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work in October 2016 from Brandman University. Claudia will like to continue her education in Social Work and will pursue her Masters in the near future. Helping children and families is her calling and passion! Claudia has some experience working with children and families. She was a Recreational Counselor at the Boys and Girls Club and worked at the Family Visitation Center. In her free time Claudia enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, gardening and photography. Aside from the outdoor activities, Claudia enjoys doing arts and crafts. Particularly, recycled art. There is not a year that passes in which Claudia is not exploring her creative side.
Abby Vigil is the newest home coordinator with the Colorado Springs office. Abby graduated from the Colorado State University-Pueblo in the fall of 2016, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Before Kids Crossing, Abby worked in the criminal justice field, and then joined Kids Crossing in 2017. She enjoys working with families and loves being a person of support to those in the community. In her free time, Abby enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and being outdoors.
Sarah Bailey is the recruitment and retention specialist with the Colorado Springs and Denver office. She graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in marine science. Before entering the social work field she trained dolphins for the US Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. In 2011, she moved to Colorado with her husband to be near her family. She started with Kids Crossing in 2011 as a home coordinator. In her free time she spends time with her family and is having fun raising her little girls.