Executive Bios

David G. Murphy, MA

CEO

David Murphy received his master degree in rehabilitation consulting in 1968 from the University of Northern Colorado.  Prior to being named CEO of Arapahoe House, he was the director of operations for Arapahoe House and also served as the deputy director for the Recovery Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to assist Arapahoe House with fundraising and public relations.  David serves on the board of directors of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and is vice president of the Community Housing Development Association.  David has over 20 years of experience in developing, coordinating, and administering nonprofit organizations.

Art Schut, MA

Deputy Director

Art comes to Colorado from Iowa where he served as president and CEO of the Mid-eastern Council on Chemical Abuse (MECCA) since 1982. Art has been a consultant and advocate regarding public policy at the local, state and federal levels and has served as the president of both the Iowa Substance Abuse Program Directors’ Association and the State Associations of Addiction Services.  He was the recipient of the State Associations of Addiction Services National Excellence in Leadership Award in 2007 and was most recently honored by the United Way for his service on their board of directors.

Ron Stanley, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Ron began working at Arapahoe House in April, 2005 as controller.  He has many years of experience in nonprofit organizations including auditing as a CPA, as well serving organizations in controller, associate executive director, and CFO positions.  He holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MBA in healthcare management from Western International University.

Sylvia V. Francis, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Francis has over 22 years of experience in human resource management. Prior to joining Arapahoe House in 1993, she was regional human resource director for Weight Watchers, Inc. and human resources and operations manager for May D&F.  Ms Francis is the founder of the Human Resources Exchange (HRX), a group of human resource directors and managers in the behavioral sciences field, who gather to discuss issues specific to the field. In addition, Ms Francis is a professional member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and actively involved in the Colorado Human Resources Association (CHRA) as a member of the board of directors and current vice president. Ms. Francis graduated with a bachelor of science degree in human environmental sciences from the University of North Carolina and has been a senior professional in human resources (SPHR) since 1996.

Catherine Hoich, LPC, CAC III

Director of Program Services

Catherine Hoich holds a master’s degree in agency counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is a licensed professional counselor and a Certified Addiction Counselor, level III.  Catherine held administrative positions as director of adult and family services and program manager of Adolescent and Family Services at Arapahoe House, overseeing both clinical and  programmatic aspects of the agency.  Prior to joining Arapahoe House in 1998, Catherine worked in several adolescent residential programs providing treatment services to high-risk youth and their families.  She has served as principal investigator or project director for three multi-year research or services projects funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Aleah Horstman, Ph.D.

Director of Development

Aleah Horstman has beenwith Arapahoe House since December 2008.  She has been in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years and previously worked with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Metro State College in Denver, Girls Count, and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.  In 2006, Aleah received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. She also serves as president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter.

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