Our Crew


The Urban Edge team comprises wilderness therapy, aftercare, and clinical professionals who share the belief that mentorship is a key to young adult success.

How We Got Started

Urban Edge was founded, after seeing a need for a different kind of program – one offering a “semblance of real life.”  For the right type of client, a highly individualized program that allows someone to find success on their own terms, helps maintain the changes and progress made, even after moving onward.

Why Denver?

A city offers a balance between professional and personal growth, where clients have the opportunities to thrive both personally and professionally. Not only does Denver offer nature (and all its glory), but it’s a hub filled with progressive companies, the nation’s top schools and one of the best places in the US for young people to succeed.

Andrew Moskovitz
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Andrew Moskovitz

Andrew’s behavioral health interest started in the field.  As a client.  Since his experience in wilderness, Andrew has travelled the world, worked in the wilderness therapy field, assisted in psychological research at CU, worked for Children’s Hospital of Colorado in their acute inpatient unit, worked in admissions for a group of adolescent therapeutic programs and finally, co-founded a young adult program in Northern Idaho before returning to Denver to open Urban Edge.

Andrew believes in creating a program where clients have room to fail without feeling like they’ve lost themselves.  That “ownership” understanding infiltrates the Urban Edge model.

“Every person is capable of change. Part of real change is self-discovery. When detrimental issues and life challenges are addressed, personal characteristics are uncovered, revealing an aware, healthy, solution oriented person.”

Books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, East of Eden, The View from The Center of The Universe, Waking Up, Outlander, Catcher in the Rye, Power of Myth, Zen Mind Beginners Mind, Leaves of Grass, A Walk in the Woods

Music: Lettuce, Tycho,  Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Cherub, Beach House, The Drums, Paul Simon, STS9, Sam Bush, Schubert, Railroad Earth, Dumpsta Funk, Two Fresh, Karl Denson, Soulive, Al Green, Emancipator, Capital Cities

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and our pup, Traveling, Climbing, Hiking, Fly fishing, Seeing live music, Skiing, Snowboarding, Cooking

Quote: “Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about — and pays off on — what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it).”Thomas L. Friedman


Nate
Program Director

Marc Ruiz

Marc’s interests in helping people overcome their mental health challenges began with learning to manage his own mental health challenge: depression. It wasn’t until he began his journey working in the Utah wilderness as a therapeutic field instructor that he became educated on his own challenges. Since that time, he has continued to work in the mental health field in several different areas: as a substance abuse counselor, a residential behavioral counselor and a program director for a different transitional program abroad.

After years in this industry, Marc ascribes to there being no “right,” just a “right for you.” In alignment with the Urban Edge model, he believes in the uniqueness of each person, family dynamic and therapeutic efforts tailored to each individual need.

Marc has degrees in both Philosophy and Biblical Studies. He has an ongoing love for cognitive behavioral therapy.

Books: Moby Dick, Charles Dickens, Travel’s with Charley, Choice Theory, The Four Agreements, the Bible, The Giver, the works of Plato and the works of Socrates.

Music: Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Iron & Wine, Eminem, Anderson .Paak, Sufjan Stevens, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Pedrito Martinez and Cesaria Evora.

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, backpacking, cliff jumping, working out, climbing gyms and writing.

Quotes: 

“We are what we believe we are.”

— C. S. Lewis

“It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.”

— John Steinbeck

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

— Ernest Hemingway

“Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.”

— The Apostle Paul


Clay Garrett
Co-Founder & Lead Mentor

Clay Garrett

Clay’s interest in natural history and outdoor pursuits led him to southern Utah nearly a decade ago, where he discovered a new passion working for a therapeutic wilderness program. Following two years working in the field with both adolescents and adults, Clay joined their leadership team where he quickly came to appreciate not only the skill with which the team managed their labyrinth of an operation, but more so their genuine support and caring for their staff, their clients, and their client’s families. In years following, Clay worked as Program Director for a young adult residential program, in WA, and as Director of Development and Programming for a young adult mentoring program in Sandpoint, ID.

Prior to his tenure in the realm of behavioral health, Clay worked for 12 years as a zoo herpetologist, traveling in the southwestern U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru. He is a widely published writer and artist, with dozens of scientific papers, and several hundred illustrations to his credit. Clay also spent ten years in publishing, where he served as Editor for AFH, Inc., Partner and Editor for Canyonlands Publishing Group, LLC, and Partner and Co-Director for Hyroglyf New Media LLC. When Clay is not working, he enjoys spending time with friends, and together they explore much of what the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Clay is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys catching, writing about, and painting trout.


Elliott
Mentor

Elliott Burke

Born and raised in Colorado, Elliott embraced his appreciation for the outdoors at a very young age. He found his love for the mountains while skiing, mountain biking, and climbing all over the world. After graduating high school he discovered he could further his outdoor enjoyment by pursuing a career in Adventure Education to create opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors. Since graduating from Fort Lewis College, he has instructed for Outward Bound, Big City Mountaineers, and Aspiro Adventure Therapy. While he still spends most of his free time in Colorado’s mountainous backyard, his professional focus has shifted from guiding to focusing on interpersonal growth and community development.

BooksBrain on Fire, Dune, Station Eleven, The Monkey Wrench Gang

Music: Anderson Paak, J-Cole, Flatbush Zombies, Mac Miller, Tash Sultana, A$AP Rocky, Bear’s Den, The Lil Smokies, Greensky Bluegrass, and Elephant Revival

Hobbies: Traveling, Skiing, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canyoneering, Watching the Colorado Avalanche

Quotes: 

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

– Yogi Berra

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

– Dr. Seuss


Kim
Consulting Therapist - Family Workshops - Alumni Travel

Kim Mlinarik, LMHC, CDP

Kim is a licensed mental health counselor and addictions counselor.  She has been working with individuals and families for over 19 years, and has served as the Clinical Director and Therapist for a therapeutic wilderness program, and a young adult transitional program. 

Kim also enjoys exploring different cultures around the world. She guides international trips focused on personal growth and transformation, using the inspiration of the experience as a catalyst for participants to step into their dreams. She is an active hiker, snowboarder and yoga enthusiast, and enjoys camping and the beauty and magic of nature. 


Lisa
Primary Therapist

Lisa Lamoreaux, LPC, MA

Lisa’s approach in working with individuals is client-centered, and systemic. She believes every person is the master of their own experience, and her role as therapist is to support clients on their journey as they find answers, and work through issues causing them distress. She also sees individuals as part of a larger system, and believes that often times focusing on the system is  fundamental to fostering effective change.  She specializes in in the treatment of psychological  trauma, and its subsequent issues including anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. She has extensive experience working with life transitions, attachment issues, family system concerns, and developmental disabilities. Modalities include:  Art Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT),  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Systemic Theory.


Erin Elisse
Marketing Director

Erin Elisse

Erin has spent the past 10+ years in digital marketing.  She promotes Urban Edge through strategy, keeping up the website, blog writing, press releases, emails, webinars, catalog creation, social platforms, networking, partnerships, media inquiries, community building and other business development opportunities.

Erin has her degree in English Literature with a strong emphasis in semiotics.  She is currently working on her first novel.

Books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Anything Paul Auster, Tolstoy, Barthes, The Count of Monte Cristo, Written On The Body, Atlas Shrugged, Murakami, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Music: Yann Tiersen, Bibio, Sylvan Esso, Lord Huron, Destroyer, Snakadaktal, Youth Lagoon, Majical Cloudz, Lambchop, Rubblebucket, Moderat, Red House Painters, Sam Amidon, First Aid Kit, Memoryhouse, Sufjan Stevens, Little Wings, Kishi Bashi, Wild Beasts, Chet Faker, STS9

Hobbies: Writing, Traveling, Photography, Gardening, Cooking, Baking, Climbing mountains, Skiing, Snowboarding, X-country skiing, Spending time with my husband and our pup (really #1)

Quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abe Lincoln


Chase Garrett
Mentor

Molly Miller

Molly graduated from University of Milwaukee Wisconsin with a degree in Psychology. She began her career by implementing ABA therapy for children diagnosed with Autism. After moving to Denver in 2013, she shifted her focus to adult’s mental health recovery by providing resources and support as a clinical case manager.

Books: Anatomy of Peace, The Four Agreements, Choice Theory, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, The Knight in Rusty Armor, The Alchemist, The Tao of Pooh

Music: Radiohead, Phish, Arcade Fire, Greensky Bluegrass, Odesza, Tycho, Emancipator, Modest Mouse, Gorillaz, Santigold, Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem.

Hobbies: Hiking, snowboarding, camping and biking.

Quote: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.” – Charles Swindoll