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
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

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.


“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

Nick Peterson
Client Life and Community Outreach Director

Nick Peterson

Nick is a graduate of Western State Colorado University. He started his working career at summer camps in Pennsylvania (where he grew up), and began his OBH career in 2007, working as a field instructor for a therapeutic wilderness program. From there, Nick dedicated much time and effort to helping Autism Spectrum clients, and subsequently worked with numerous organizations developing recreation programming and day-treatment initiatives.

Nick most recently hails from Asheville, NC. He enjoys traveling and adventure sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and skiing. Also a musician, Nick has demonstrated his percussive talents at dozens of venues across the southern U.S. Down time for Nick looks like enjoying time with his dog Duke, rooting for his home teams (Pittsburgh), gardening, and just about any form of creative art.

Assistant Program Director

Aubre Jean

As a natural leader and empath, Aubre’anna has chosen a career working with children and young adults in education, leadership, and mental health. She grew up riding horses throughout the forests of Indiana, where she found herself connecting with nature and horses as healers. This deep connection encouraged her to follow her passions in her studies as she majored in Outdoor Recreation, Resource Management, and Equine Therapy from Indiana University.

Following her education, she was an Environmental Educator in the Virgin Islands, The Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. As her career progressed, she pursued her passion for helping others in a residential treatment facility. Here she had the opportunity to mentor at-risk youth in seeking treatment through Equine Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation. This role allowed her to share what she loves and contribute to a positive impact in the lives of the youth. Aubre’anna’s view of success is that of living a life of service.

BooksThe Four Agreements, The Alchemist, Be Here Now, The Secret Language of Birthdays, Everything Belongs, Dancing the Dream, Seat of the Soul, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, The Mastery of Love, The Secret

Music: Modest Mouse, Emancipator, Led Zeppelin, Gorillaz, The Beatles, Radiohead, Alt-J, Incubus, Band of Horses, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Bjork, Deftones, Erykah Badu, The Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, M.I.A., Norah Jones, Outkast, Pink Floyd, Queen, Thievery Corporation, Ratatat, STS9, TLC, Xavier Rudd, SBTRKT, Explosions in the Sky, CLozee, Jimi Hendrix

Hobbies: hiking, climbing 14ers, biking and longboarding around Boulder, camping, dancing and hula hooping to live music, playing music (the djembe, didgeridoo, harmonica, and wooden flute), photography, scrapbooking, card making, making dream catchers, deep spiritual conversations, long walks in nature alone, meditation, healing arts, volunteering with the homeless population and working with rescue horses.


“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“For until ye become as a savior, as a help to some soul that has lost hope, lost its way, ye do not fully comprehend the God within, the God without.”

– Edgar Cayce

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. 

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

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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