Meet the Team
Mary Sterritt, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Director, Colorado Daylight Partnership
Mary brings her years of experience providing mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing persons of all ages, directly and through program development, management and systems work to her role as manager of the Colorado Daylight Partnership. She provides consultation, trainings and technical assistance to CDP Learning Collaborative agencies. She is overseeing the implementation of tele behavioral health services which will provide the option of direct services in ASL to deaf persons at their local mental health center where there is no ASL provider. Through the course of her career, she has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, provided school based services in residential and mainstream deaf programs, provided consultation, training and clinical supervision. Mary is a licensed clinical social worker.
Ami Garry, MSW
Ami is the Executive Director for Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment: DOVE. In the past she worked as a Mental Health Therapist through the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Deaf Counseling Service. Ami has been very involved with the Colorado Daylight Partnership (CDP) from the very beginning when she served as the co-chair of the Colorado Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force which developed Colorado’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Mental Health & Substance Abuse Action Plan.
Ami has worked with the Colorado Daylight Partnership since 2009 as consultant and trainer to the Learning Collaborative, Family/Consumer Advocacy Network and Core team. Ami has always been passionate on focusing advancing access for deaf and hard of hearing Coloradans. She is the 2015 recipient of the Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Leadership in Domestic Violence Victim Advocacy from Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV).
Cliff Moers, an administrator at the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)/Department of Human Services, has been part of the Colorado Daylight Partnership from the beginning. CCDHH, with funding from the Division of Behavioral Health, was able to create a task force to study for gaps within the mental health and substance abuse services that serve deaf and hard of hearing clients. This study resulted in a comprehensive action plan for capacity building within this system and a $520,000 grant from the Statewide Strategic Use Fund from the Department of Human Services, which is derived from an appropriation of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, for implementation of Action Plan. Cliff currently serves as a government liaison for the Colorado Daylight Partnership.
Anita Saranga Coen, MSW, LCSW
Anita is the independent program evaluator for the Colorado Daylight Partnership. The CDP Program Evaluation Component works to 1) document the effectiveness of and satisfaction with its program interventions such as training, support, and technical assistance; 2) support the CDP’s efforts to meet its goals by documenting progress and needs of staff and stakeholders, including providing information for grant development; and 3) work with Learning Collaborative Agencies, CDP staff, and state leadership to implement effective data collection and reporting related to documenting the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing consumers of public mental health and substance use services. Anita has over 25 years of experience managing system, consumer, and family level program evaluation efforts in the human and criminal justice systems. She is currently the principal of Focus Research & Evaluation, an independent consulting practice. Until starting her consultancy in 2001, Ms. Coen was the director of Program Evaluation and Research for the Colorado Division of Mental Health, where she supervised the state’s routine data management and evaluation unit.