Staff

All professional treatment staff are licensed and/or certified by their respective State Licensing Boards. All paraprofessional treatment staff meets federal and State regulatory requirements.

Dorothy Conger

Executive Director for Pioneer Counseling, Therapist

Dorothy (Dory) Conger is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wyoming. Born in Ohio, she graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Dory moved to Wyoming in 1980 to pursue her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wyoming. Finding herself short of funds, she took her Master’s Degree and put it to good use at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, where she remained for 10 years providing psychological services. She followed the wave of clients leaving the State Hospital in the 1990’s, going to work for Pioneer Counseling Services in their new Community Living Integration Program (CLIP). Dory continues to lead the CLIP team, providing both direct services to clients and administrative support to the staff and Agency. In her spare time Dory enjoys yardwork and genealogy research.


Vicki Vreeland

Case Manager

Received my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Wyoming I have worked for Pioneer Counseling for 8 years as a Case worker.


Jerry Sharkey

Jerry graduated from what is now known as San Diego State University with a Bachelor in Accounting. He went on to obtain a CPA certificate and worked privately and in government for approximately 45 years. He also was involved as the Information Security Officer for Policy for a large government entity. He retired as the Business Manager for Pioneer in December, 2013 after 6 years. In July, 2016 he returned as a Special Assistant to the Executive Director for Financial operations and continues in that post today.


Andrea Bertagnoli

Case Manager, Residential Coordinator

Andrea “Andie” Bertagnolli: BA in Social Science from University of Wyoming. I have worked at CLIP for 8 years as a case manager. I am also the residential manager of both group homes, our crisis center and “ILC” apartment complex.


Logan Smith

Case Manager

Logan graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has been providing case management services, and helping our clients maintain the highest level of independence as possible since 2008.


Liana Rasmussen

Case Manager

Liana has worked in the mental health field for 27 years. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Walden University in 2017 She has been working for Pioneer for 7 years. She is currently licensed as a Provisional Clinical Social Worker.


Vicki Wood

Outpatient Coordinator, Therapist

LCSW, LAT, BS/ Bachelors of Science/ Brigham Young University, in 1990 MSW/ Masters in Social Work / University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2004 Licensed Clinical Social Worker, since 2006 License Addictions Counselor since 2011 I started my career as a mental health professional in Lusk Wyoming. I worked as an outpatient therapist in a satellite office. I stayed there for approximately nine months. I then relocated to Evanston, Wyoming and was employed with Pioneer Counseling from January 2005, through May 2013, during this time I worked at the CLIP, Community Living Integration Program, as a mental health therapist. I was asked to head up the Crisis Program, and manage that program for 2 ½, years. When this program closed I moved to the outpatient office and worked with both outpatient and CLIP. In May 2013, I moved to a position at the Wyoming State Hospital. There I worked on Johnson Hall as the Case Manager Supervisor. After a year and a half I was offered a position here at Pioneer Counseling as the Outpatient Coordinator, which I gladly accepted. Since that time I have been developing our Substance Abuse Program, Youth Programs Common Psychiatric Clinic and Outpatient Programs. I am proud to be part of Pioneer Counseling and feel it a privilege to serve the people of Evanston, Wyoming. Experience / Training Children, adolescent, adults, families, substance abuse populations, and persistently mentally ill populations. MRT, CBT, BSFT, PTSD, Motivational Interviewing, OCD Treatment, Domestic Violence, Co-Occurring Disorders Mindfulness Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Domestic Violence, Perpetrators, Suicide Prevention, Treating Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Adults.


Tara Mecham

Lead Case Manager

Tara graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Before coming to Pioneer she worked with various agencies in Utah advocating for domestic violence victims for 6 years. She has been with Pioneer for 14+ years, working specifically with the SPMI population of the CLIP program.


Mindee Marler

Therapist

Mindee graduated from the Weber State University with a Bachelor’s Degree. She went on to obtain a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of North Dakota in May 2012. She is licensed as a PCSW.


Yuri Freeman

Therapist

Yuri Freeman went to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado and received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English in 2002. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004 from UNC. Yuri moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming after college and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2005, working with children, adolescents, and families at two different youth and family centers in Cheyenne. She then worked with drug court with substance abuse adult clients, providing individual, family, and group therapy, as well as going to the jail to complete substance abuse evaluations. Yuri then worked at the behavioral health inpatient unit of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, and provided outpatient services there as well. Yuri took a break from working full time to be a full time mom to three beautiful children. She then worked part time as a case manager helping clients on the Wyoming community and supports waiver for developmental disabilities. In late 2016 Yuri moved to Evanston, Wyoming for a fresh start and a safer, smaller community for her children. Yuri has worked in Evanston as a mental health therapist working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and SMI clients. Yuri began working as a therapist at the Community Living Integration Program of Pioneer Counseling in April 2019. Yuri loves living in Evanston and her children are thriving here.