Our Program Team
Ryan Beerwinkle, M.A., L.P.C.
Ryan loves to work with leaders who find themselves in difficult transitions in life. He often serves clients who feel stuck or burnt out in their relationships (jobs, marriages, family, etc.) and are not sure how to take the next right step. Ryan believes that the very paradoxes and wounds that we feel conflicted by and trapped in are often the starting place for healing and moving into the next season of development and growth.
Ryan grew up in rural western Oklahoma as a part of the Mennonite community there. He received a Bachelor’s in Theology with emphasis in preaching from Ozark Christian College. After church planting and ministry experience in California, Australia, and Ireland, Ryan moved to Denver with his wife Kelli.
They both received a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. In addition to his work with Christian leaders at QuietWaters Ministries, Ryan works with his wife Kelli at their private practice helping clients near the University of Denver. Ryan specializes in grief and trauma therapy. Additionally, he works with premarital couples and early interventional contexts for couples, through helping them find a way to acknowledge and care for each other’s deepest needs.
Ryan utilizes a number of therapies, including EMDR and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He helps clients develop a deeper and stronger understanding of their identity and story, which includes the pain, paradox, and burnout they have experienced. This deeper understanding of who you are in relationship to God and your pain empowers you internally to take action that will positively impact yourself, your family, and your organization.
Crystal Boecker, M.A., C.S.D.
Crystal is a certified Spiritual Director having received a 2 year training through Denver Seminary and a 5 year training In Ignatian Spirituality and the Ignatian Exercises through the Lanteri Center in Denver. She also serves with Global Services Network providing Spiritual direction and formation services for those serving in ministry around the globe. She has extensive experience with individual and couples formation intensives.
Crystal graduated in 1996 from Colorado Christian University with a Masters in counseling under the teaching of Dan Allender and Larry Crabb. She is also a classically certified Pilates instructor and offers mind, body and prayer connection through Prayer and Pilates retreats locally and around the world.
Crystal Boecker has served as a missionary with Cru International (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 27 years in a variety of capacities in 3 different countries. The bulk of those years were serving in East Asia. Her most recent role has been in the area of leadership development and staff care. She has served doing leadership intensives for the staff of several mission organizations from 6 different countries.
She is a supervisor of spiritual directors in training at Denver Seminary and has offered Spiritual Direction to missionaries, leaders and students through Azmera ministries, CRU, the Lanteri center and Denver Seminary.
She is married to Brian Boecker and they have 2 adopted adult daughters, Bayley and Isabella.
Mauricio Carbone, M.A., L.P.C.
Mauricio Carbone is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received his Masters of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2017. He comes with extensive experience in the counseling field which he obtained in Argentina. There he served as the Associate Pastor and Director of a Christian Residential Program for people suffering from various behavioral health issues. Alongside counseling, since moving to the United States, he has served as Senior Pastor in two monolingual Spanish speaking churches in Colorado. These were two very different communities which had great need. His counseling experience includes group interventions, family and couples therapy, alongside child play therapy. Mauricio has experience in psychodrama and can provide services from a more experiential approach.
Mauricio is currently working as the Local Outreach Director at Mission Hills Church, with the objective of making God’s love known through different programs that reach those experiencing severe need in the community and its surroundings, with an emphasis on the Spanish-Speaking community.
He states that it has been a privilege to serve in ministry for over 20 years. His ultimate desire is to use his skills and experience in both counseling and the pastoral field to positively impact those that come in search of help. Mauricio is married and has 3 wonderful children. In their spare time, they love to spend time together enjoying the beautiful outdoors, camping, boating, and traveling.
David Cartwright, M.A., L.P.C.
David is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing formally for over two decades. Prior to that he served as a college chaplain at Colorado Christian University where he also has and continues to teach. He has taught for over 20 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Before that he served as a full-time pastor in N. Nevada for 12 years serving family and youth. David also draws from clinical experience from working in a psychiatric hospital for close to 10 years. With a background in counseling, teaching and pastoral care he draws from a broad range of experience as to what he brings to the counseling experience. David is a trauma informed therapist who has been certified in EMDR. His focus is in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, emotional regulation and stress management, also life adjustment transitions. He loves working with the individual along with couples.
David has been married for 49 years to Tina and they have 4 children and 11 granddaughters (yes, 11). He believes when you do something right you just keep doing it (no offense to the boys). He loves to spend time with his granddaughters and engaging in activities such as dancing, horseback riding, walks, playing music or simply just chatting!!
Marcia Cunningham, M.A., L.P.C.
Marcia Cunningham is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her M.A. degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2009. She served as adjunct faculty in the Counseling Department at Denver Seminary, and as an Assessment Counselor for the students of Denver Seminary. Marcia worked in a church practice setting where she counseled individuals and marital couples, led numerous grief groups including groups on grief due to suicide, and supervised counseling interns. She has worked for Heartland Hospice, counseling both the patients and their families, as well as in an organization for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Marcia has a special interest in grief, trauma, and crisis counseling with individuals and couples. She has advanced training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, the Gottman Core Principles Couples Training, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Marcia believes that spirituality and mental health are intrinsically interwoven, and she considers it an honor to work with clients on their journey to become the people God created them to be. Marcia is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Marcia and her husband Randy have traveled to over 30 countries, including Uganda and Tanzania where their daughter served as a missionary. In addition to travel, she enjoys hiking, gardening, quilting, and spending time with their daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Christine Denlinger, M.A., L.P.C.
Christine Denlinger is a licensed professional counselor and currently maintains a counseling practice in the Denver area. Prior to moving to Denver 14 years ago, Christine and her husband Jeff lived in the Philippines for 2 years and Venezuela for 12 years where they were church planting missionaries with an international mission agency. Growing up in Costa Rica as the daughter of missionaries, combined with her missionary experience as an adult, Christine has a heart for ministry and continues to be involved in missions through counseling, consulting and pastoral care for missionaries and pastors. Due to her cross-cultural experience in Latin America, she is also fluent in Spanish.
In her current private practice, Christine works with individuals and couples struggling with a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, infidelity and relational difficulties. Christine is passionate about facilitating growth in others and helping people find reconciliation in their relationships. She believes that all people can gain insight and learn skills that will help them live more joyfully and with greater resilience. Christine received her MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2005 and her BA in Behavioral Science from Messiah College in 1984. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Christine has been married for 30 years and has 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Nathaniel Gustafson, M.Div., M.A., L.P.C.C.
Nathaniel is a counselor working with LiveFree Counseling in Castle Rock, CO. His passion is helping couples heal historic wounds, identify and calm problematic communication patterns, and work toward renewed love in the marriage. Nathaniel is also a life coach with Redemptive Living. Redemptive Living works with individuals and couples who face the painful fallout of betrayal.
Nathaniel obtained a M. Div. in 2002 from Western Seminary and spent over a decade in the pastorate. Nathaniel served at three churches in various roles (youth, associate, and senior). He is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America. Nathaniel brings a unique perspective having grown up as a pastor’s kid as well as having served as a pastor. In 2019, Nathaniel completed a M.A. in Counseling from Denver Seminary. He is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for treating trauma. Nathaniel also has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for helping couples.
In his off time, Nathaniel engages the worlds of his four children and is his wife’s biggest fan. Nathaniel occasionally finds time to hike and fly fish in the Colorado Rockies.
Kim Jones, M.A., L.P.C.
Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 1997. She maintains a counseling practice working with individuals and couples and runs support groups for Anxiety/Depression and Weight loss maintenance. Kim holds Certificates in Life Coach Training, Prepare and Enrich relationship Training and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kim’s experience and training allows her to help others navigate through life’s difficulties and stresses. She enjoys connecting with and empowering people to resolve issues, so that they can move toward desired change and healing in their lives and relationships. Kim and her husband have served in international missions throughout their lives and have a passion for people serving in ministry. Kim enjoys taking time away to rest and doing outdoor activities with her family.
Hud McWilliams, M.A., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Dr. Hud McWilliams received his M. A. and Ed. S degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ed. D. in counseling from North Texas State University. Hud served for nine years as a professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University and for six years was Academic Dean and professor at the Center for Advanced Biblical Studies in California and Dallas. Hud is currently the Senior Resource Pastor for Christian Associates, a church planting organization focused on Europe. He is a pastor to the pastors of 60 church plants/missional initiatives, providing resources, training, seminary counseling and teaching resources.
In 1999, he moved to his present position from Fellowship Bible Church in Richardson, Texas, where he was on the pastoral staff for five years and the lead pastor for four. Prior to his time in Richardson, Hud was on the pastoral staff of Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas, Texas. Serving on the pastoral staff for 10 years, he was the founder and Director of the Counseling Ministry and a member of the Elder Board. He has been a licensed psychologist in Texas since 1975, and in Colorado since 2000. Hud has been in private practice for over 40 years. While in the Dallas area, he was a professional counseling resource for local evangelical pastors.
Rachel Moses, M.A., L.P.C.
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her M.A. in Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2007. She maintains a counseling practice working with individuals and couples. She is a seminar director for Prepare and Enrich relationship Training, trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). She works largely with anxiety, depression, trauma and grief in her private practice. She also has extensive experience with individuals/families that have neurological disorders like ADD, ADHD and Autism spectrum.
Prior to her counseling practice Rachel spent 5 years as a missionary in Munich, Germany working with a para church organization. It was this experience that gave her the desire and heart to work with those who serve and are experiencing burnout, trauma or relational difficulties.
Rachel is married and has 3 lively kids.
Brannon Pruet, Ph.D., L.P.C., C.A.S.
Brannon Pruet has been working in the mental health field across the United States for the past twenty-six years. Moving to CO in 1998, Brannon has served as a clinician in two community mental health centers as a case worker and a residential counselor. In addition, he has extensive inpatient psychiatric experience as a counselor/therapist in various metropolitan hospitals providing 1:1 psychotherapy, milieu management, and group therapy facilitation. For 15 years, Brannon has offered crisis assessment services/behavioral health management in the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital. In 2015, Brannon helped launch the clinical services at Sandstone Care where he has worked in the capacity of adolescent and young adult primary therapist, program director and lead mental health therapist. Dr. Pruet opened an Aurora based private practice in 2006.
Brannon received his doctorate in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. He received his Master’s degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary and his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Medicine/History from Auburn University. In addition, he has completed significant graduate theological studies at Duke University. Dr. Pruet is an ordained evangelical Christian minister through New Horizon Ministry since 2006. Moreover, Brannon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado and a Certified Addiction Specialist, as well. Dr. Pruet is a member of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies. In the community, he has been historically affiliated with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). With NAMI’s help Brannon seeks to remove the stigma of mental illness, to lobby for legislative changes regarding behavioral health issues, and to provide quality, affordable psychiatric care for the Denver metro area. For his efforts, Brannon received a Hero in the Fight Award in 2007.
Due to his wealth of experience in acute psychiatric settings, Brannon treats a variety of chronic and persistent mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar, PTSD, Major Depression, and Anxiety Disorders. In addition, he works with individuals suffering from substance abuse and addiction problems as well as with those with bereavement and grief issues. Brannon also offers couple, marital, and family counseling. In terms of a theoretical approach, Dr. Pruet utilizes an eclectic fusion of Cognitive Behavioral, Client-Centered, EMDR, and Solution-Focused methodologies. Most importantly, Brannon’s Christian faith forms the foundation of his practice. Thus, he adopts a biblical worldview and believes that nurturing the spirit is integral to healing both the body and the mind.
David L. Ragsdale, M.A., L.P.C.
David L. Ragsdale is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado and for the last 30 years he has helped individuals, couples, and families strengthen their lives and relationships. Ragsdale received his MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary. His post-graduate work has included Marriage and Family Therapy certifications with the Menninger School of Psychiatry. He is a member in good standing with associations such as the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Board of Christian Counselors. Ragsdale has advanced training in treating anxiety, depression and trauma with treatment modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). He has extensive experience in treating sexual addiction, marital affair recovery and providing Marriage Intensives to men and women around the country. His life coaching services have been a catalyst for helping people discover their best in the workplace while balancing their careers with other life goals. For 20 years (since 2001) he served QuietWaters Ministries as the Director of Counseling and Team Training and has provided ministry coaching to Christian leaders across the country promoting marriage and family wellness, leadership excellence and organizational effectiveness. His consulting services and training foster sustainable change, culture shifts and redemptive outcomes for the organizations his clients serve.
Tom Varney, Th.M, D.Phil, L.P.C.
Dr. Tom Varney received his Th.M. in Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary and his DPhil. in Religion and Society from Oxford Graduate School. He has over 25 years of experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in both Counseling and Bible/Theology, and 15 years of pastoral experience. Tom served as Dean of the Graduate Counseling Program and Professor of Counseling at Colorado Christian University. Currently, he continues his ministry as a Licensed Professional Counselor (25 years) and as an Affiliate Professor at CCU. He is also Certified in Grief Recovery work.
Tom’s rare combination of counseling, teaching, administrative, and pastoral experience has given him the ability to effectively address and process a broad range of personal and professional issues that impact spiritual life and ministry, which makes him a great fit for the quality spiritual direction QuietWaters seeks to provide.
In this season of life, Tom enjoys spending time with family, especially his two grandchildren. He is married to Vickey (39 years) and has three sons. In his spare time, he also enjoys reading and taking long walks with his Australian Shepherd.
Vioneth Villatoro-Ramirez, M.A., L.P.C.
Vioneth Villatoro-Ramirez has a Masters degree in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling from Denver Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. She is trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Vioneth also holds a Masters degree in Christian Ministry from the Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala.
In her current practice, Vioneth works with a variety of issues such as conflict resolution, depression, anxiety and problems in marriage relationships. Her passion as a psychotherapist is to help individuals and couples, particularly couples involved in Christian Ministry. Her objective is that the ministers of God experience in their marriage the restoration that comes from a loving and merciful God who always is willing to give a second chance to whom comes with a sincere heart looking for help.
Vioneth has served for more than twenty years in Christian Ministry. Before moving to the United States in 2005, Vioneth and her husband Wilmer Ramirez served for twelve years as professors at the Central American Theological Seminary (SETECA) in the city of Guatemala, where both also received their master’s degrees in Bible, theology and Christian Ministry. From Guatemala, Vioneth taught God’s word to the Spanish-speaking world through the Radio Cultural TGN and through conferences, seminars and workshops, traveling throughout Guatemala, Central America, Panama, United States and Mexico. Also through the publications of materials to aid women and marriage and being counsel for the National Women’s Council of the IECA of Guatemala.
Currently, Wilmer and Vioneth lead the Hispanic Initiatives of Denver Seminary where Vioneth is one of the professors of the IDEAL Institute and the founder and current Director of the OASIS women’s program, which provides a safe space for the development of the women involved in the Christian Ministry and is speaker at women and couples retreats. Vioneth is the Director of Prepare-Enrich trainings in Spanish and is the first person in the United States to train Prepare-Enrich facilitators through Denver Seminary’s Hispanic Initiatives. Vioneth and her husband Wilmer have been married for nearly 20 years and are parents of Wilmer Esteban and Krista Sofia who have been very supportive in their Ministry and are involved in Youth Ministry in their local Church Mission Hills Church in Littleton, Colorado where they currently reside.