Our Team


Leadership

Bentley Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Bentley Smith is the Chief Executive Officer for Support, Inc. and joined the organization in 2013.  Bentley has an Undergraduate Degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Regis University.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Bentley’s early career was concentrated in finance and accounting oriented functions, which ultimately evolved into more operational and management roles over time.  With over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, he is passionate about providing solutions for people to achieve their greatest potential, and brings that passion to Support, Inc.

When you don’t see Bentley at Support, Inc., you will find him spending time with his wife and two dogs, hiking in the mountains, or doing just about anything else that Colorado has to offer.

Curt Mower

Director of Clinical Services

Curt Mower is a Behavior Analyst who works with teachers, clinicians, and organizational leaders to create positive workplace cultures and effective treatment programs for adults, children, and their families.

Curt knows the importance of bringing a scientific, systematic approach to behavioral health program design and understands the demands integrating various approaches and theoretical backgrounds of diverse groups of professionals.

Curt has worked in inpatient, outpatient, educational, and residential settings as a direct care staff, supervisor, manager, and director. He has been fortunate to have opportunities to present his work with data-driven decision making, quality improvement, and trauma-informed applied behavior analysis at conferences and workshops.

Curt earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Auburn University in 2004. He developed the Internship Program at Devereux Colorado that won a 2016 Community Partner of the Year Award from the University of Denver Counseling Psychology Department & College of Education.

Currently, Curt is the Director of Clinical Services at Support, Inc. where he has developed a trauma-informed approach to providing care and treatment to individuals with IDD that combines an understanding of mental health and behavioral treatments.

Curt is also frequently requested to provide clinical training and consultation to organizations in Colorado.

Nicholas Manning

Director of People Operations

Nicholas earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashford University. Currently, Nicholas is finishing up his Doctorate of Business Administration from Northcentral University with an expected graduation date of November 2020.

Nicholas came to Support Inc. in May of 2015 as an Associate Director of Residential Services. His passion for the Support Inc. community and professional/scholastic direction has lead Nicholas to a role in leading the company’s Human Resources department. Nicholas’ career in human services began in 2004, as he took a position as a direct service provider working with adolescents. With over 12 years of experience leading teams within the human service industry, he developed a passion to lead teams to positive outcomes.

When Nicholas is not at the office, he is spending time with his wife and 4 children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys coaching his children in their own sporting activities.

Brian Farestad

Vice President of Operations

Brian Farestad is the Director of Operations for Support, Inc. and joined the organization in 2017. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Brian began his career as a Direct Support Professional, working with adolescents who experienced severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Brian quickly found his niche in this environment as he not only found meaning and enjoyment working with the clients themselves, but also in being part of a treatment team of professionals. This drew Brian towards the operations side of management, and as his career progressed, he found himself overseeing larger groups of people and serving more diverse populations. Twenty years later Brian still gets a kick out of watching people get the help they need, the pride in the eyes of people and teams who provide that help, and ultimately watching people work together to grow and succeed.

Outside of work, Brian enjoys spending time with his friends and family, at home or outdoors, in his preferred tri-state area of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Brian is also a rabid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoys catching his favorite teams when they come to town or traveling to see them play in other cities throughout the country with his Pennsylvania high school buddies.

Carole Gaynor

Director of Finance 

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Carole graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a BBA in Accounting and Finance.  Lived in NC for 5 years, 4 of those working for a regional CPA firm.  Afterwards, Carole moved to Florida where, the last 5 years Carole lived there, she worked for a not for profit called Quest, Inc.  Quest, at the time, served approximately 1000+ individuals with developmental disabilities and its services included Residential, Adult Day Care, Training and Employment Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, ABA school for children with autism, and independent/supported living.

In 2010, Carole and her family relocated to Colorado, where she completed an MBA in Financial Accounting Management, and worked mostly in the hospitality industry, and in governmental with a national CPA firm.  Currently, Carole, her husband, and two sons enjoy the cooler weather (compared to FL) and the outdoor adventure opportunities that Colorado has to offer.


Management

Cindy Cridlebaugh

Director of Intake

Cindy oversees the admissions function for all regions and is based in the Aurora office. Send Email

Danyelle Grajeda

Associate Director of Operations

Danyelle oversees residential services in the Denver Metro Area and is based in the Aurora office. Send Email

Elizabeth Hildebrand

Associate Director of Operations

Elizabeth oversees residential services in the Colorado Springs and Denver Metro Area and is based in the Aurora office. Send Email

Debra Neely

Director of Special Projects

Debby oversees technology and other related projects and is based in the Aurora office. Send Email

Erik Nielson

Director of Operations

Erik oversees residential services in the Denver Metro Area and is based in the Aurora office. Send Email

Becca Peloquin

Associate Director of Residential Services

Becca oversees residential services in the Denver metro area and is based in the Aurora office. Send Email

Brian Slusarz

Associate Director of Operations

Brian oversees all northern region services and is based out of the Loveland office. Send Email

Brandon Thibodeau

Associate Director of Day Services

Brandon oversees day services in the Denver Metro Area. Send Email

Laura Viers

Associate Director of Quality Assurance

Laura oversees the quality assurance function for all services. Send Email