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Darwin Irvine, Executive Director, LAT/LPC

 

Darwin, a Wyoming Native from Lander, just began his 38th year as Executive Director at Big Horn Basin Counseling Center. Darwin is a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors, he has served as a past president for the Wyoming Association of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Directors Association as well as being a past president for Lions International.  Prior to working for Big Horn Basin Counseling he spent four years as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a neuropsychiatric technician, med-vac, as well as worked naval Psychiatric Wards where returning POW from Vietnam were treated.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his four children, ten horses, dog and cat, as well as being out on the open road on his Harley-Davidson. Favorite past times include country music as well as 60's rock and roll.

Ralph Louis, PhD

Ralph, a clinical Psychologist licensed by the State of Wyoming and nationally certified as a Health Service provider in Psychology by the Council for the Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Ralph was honorably discharged from the US Army, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University, and obtained a doctorate from the University of Wyoming. Ralph has worked at Big Horn Basin Counseling Services for over 25 years.

Dorthy Baker, LCSW

Dorthy is a Wyoming native and graduated from the University of Wyoming as a hospital lab tech.  Dorthy began providing foster care for the State of California when living there and adopted their first child, as well.  The family moved to Riverton, Wyoming.  Dorthy provided foster care for more than 25 children (in both California and Wyoming), and adopted four children over the years in California and Wyoming.  As a natural result of adoption and fostering, Dorthy wanted to know more about child development, attachment problems, and family dysfunction patterns, so she re-enrolled at UW (Casper Campus) in the Social Work program.  She earned a second bachelor’s degree in 1993 and began commuting to Denver for graduate school at the University of Denver.  She graduated from the University of Denver in June, 1994 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with focus on Child, Youth, and Family.  She relocated to Lovell in 1995 and has been providing counseling services for Big Horn Basin Counseling since then (22+ years to date).  She still enjoys the challenges of family dynamics, attachment disorders, and childhood problems, but also works with persons with various personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.  She has had clients as young as 2 years old and as old as 94.  Dorthy is supportive, practical and behavior-focused to help clients make healthy changes in their daily lives.

Debbie Franko Lane, MSRN

Debbie Franko Lane is a licensed Registered Nurse with a Masters Degree in Nursing, majoring in Adult Psychiatry. She graduated from Mercy College of Detroit with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Wayne State University with her Masters Degree. Debbie has been a Psychiatric Clinical Specialist for the past 41 years, and has served in numerous capacities throughout her career, including Executive Director of a Community Mental Health Agency in Wyoming, a Unit Coordinator for inpatient psychiatric services, and a psychiatric nurse case manager in a community mental health center. Debbie also was instrumental in bringing NAMI's Family-To-Family Program to Wyoming and she opened the HOPE House in Cody, WY in 1995. She has also practiced as a clinical instructor for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Debbie moved from Detroit, Michigan to Cody, Wyoming in 1991 and has resided in Wyoming since that time.

Tiana Ellison, MS, LCP, NCC

Tiana is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Wyoming and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Family Studies/Child Development from Arizona State University and a Masters of Science in Community Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix, Phoenix Campus. She uses DBT treatment therapy for clients who struggle with substance abuse or borderline personality disorders. Tiana treats adults, couples, adolescents, and children. 


Administrative Assistants

Autumn Snyder-Executive Administrative Assistant - Lovell Office

Lydia Wood-Administrative Assistant - Lovell Office

Amber Spenny-Administrative Assistant - Lovell Office

Tonya Scott-Administrative Assistant - Basin Office