The team

Our team is a compassionate, qualified team supporting the trans community in Colorado.


Cass Daniels, LSW, Program Manager

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Cass attended the University of Michigan receiving his bachelor of arts in history and secondary education. He spent several years working in middle schools and high schools before returning to the University of Denver, receiving a masters in social work. Cass is passionate about supporting and affirming the transgender and gender-expansive community and their allies as he identifies as a trans-masculine individual. When he is not engaged in social justice activities or providing group and individual therapy, he enjoys snowboarding, reading and spending time with his wife, daughter and labradoodle.

Kaitie Vader, LPCc, Behavioral Health Specialist
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Kaitie learned their values of community, connection and continued learning while growing up in a small mountain town in Colorado. During their undergraduate education, Kaitie found a passion for working with youth in behavioral health, and received a masters degree in multicultural clinical mental health counseling at University of Colorado Denver. Kaitie’s favorite part of their work is honoring every individual’s unique story, and exploring the intersections of identities and cultures. They enjoy traveling, hiking and trying new restaurants.

Letitia Cullens, TCR Intern 

Letitia was raised in Griffith, Indiana and completed her Bachelors of Psychology at Governors State University in the south burbs of Chicago. While working on her bachelor’s degree she gained experience with numerous populations including veterans, individuals experiencing homelessness, and survivors of sexual assault through an internship and volunteer opportunities. After graduation Letitia desired to experience life outside of the Chicagoland area, and her love of the mountains and the proximity to the National Parks brought her out west. She is currently working on her Masters of Counseling with a Multicultural Focus at the University of Colorado Denver. Outside of the mental health field Letitia loves traveling, hiking, and photography, as well as going to antique stores and estate sales to keep her collection of antique cameras and photographs growing.

Meredith Guarco, TCR Intern 

Born in New Yorker and a Colorado transplant, Meredith is an MA candidate in Multicultural Clinical Mental Health at the University of Colorado, Denver. She has experience working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds in clinical settings. Meredith is passionate about advocating for marginalized populations and is thrilled to be part of the Denver ELEMENT and TCR community. She enjoys trail running, reading, and spending time with her two rescue dogs.


Taylor Palen, LSW, Clinical Case Manager

Taylor grew up in New York State and received a Masters of Social Work at the University of Kansas. Since 2012, Taylor has specialized in supporting individuals living with HIV and chronic physical and mental health conditions. She is passionate about advocating for access to services in order to reduce healthcare disparities among historically marginalized communities. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys exploring the great outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Guss Keyes, LPCc, Pro-Bono Therapist

Guss has been living in Denver for the past six years. He studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Oklahoma and completed his masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. He enjoys reading, napping with his cats and cooking for loved ones. He has plans of obtaining a PhD in psychology but right now is enjoying working with the community. With a background in mental health and working with variety of people, Guss is most passionate about working with gender-variant populations.

Melissa Crocker, MAIS, Employment Specialist
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Melissa grew up in Lafayette, CO and is proud to call Colorado home. After studying Spanish, Latin American studies, and history at Colorado State University, Melissa completed a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, combining women, gender, and sexuality studies and contemporary Hispanic studies, along with a graduate certificate in college and university teaching from Oregon State University. Melissa has a passion for working with individuals with intersecting identities from historically marginalized communities, and believes in finding the beauty in our struggles. Melissa also enjoys reading, building community, and soaking up the Colorado sunshine.

Daniel Harbert, PrEP Case Manager 

From south Denver, Dan is a graduate of University of Northern Colorado with a bachelors in sociology. In his spare time he enjoys the gym and mountain activities including skiing and camping. He also loves travel and experiencing different culture

Madi Boyett, TCR Intern
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Madi was born and raised in Northwest Florida and completed their Bachelors of Arts in Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies at the University of Vermont. After their undergraduate education, they worked in the field of community mental health and emergency housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. Madi has worked with various populations, including queer youth, adults and youth experiencing homelessness, and survivors of domestic violence. Madi found their passion for mental health work through a lens of social justice and moved to Denver to pursue their Master of Social Work degree at the University of Denver. They enjoy traveling, going to new coffee shops, experiencing what Colorado has to offer, and spending time with their friends, family and cat.