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Center For Autism 


A Christmas in July Gala Fashion Show was presented by Project: Inspire Cooperative on July 17, 2021. The Show was held at Pueblo Diversified Industries; half of the proceeds from this fundraiser were donated to Soaring Eagles Center for Autism.

La Doris Burton, the owner of Designs by La Doris and the director of Project: Inspire Cooperative; she provided most of the fashions worn by the modals. LaDoris is the 2021 recipient of the SBDC’s Small Business of the Year.

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Project: Inspire Cooperative is the expression of the belief that people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are just that—people. People like you and me who want to work hard, play hard and make money. A simple dream that is readily available for most but systematically unavailable for those who are a shade different than the average person.

People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities own and operate Project: Inspire Cooperative.


by Elisa Perez


How do I begin to tell you about my beautiful daughter Lily? She came into this world 18 years ago. When she was a baby, we faced may challenges and didn’t understand why she cried so much. We took her to different 

As time went on, we notice other behaviors that didn’t seem appropriate like difficulty eating solid foods, head banging and tantrums. Eventually, she was diagnosed as developmentally delayed and autistic.

We started her in pre-school at three, and I think it was the best thing we could’ve done. She loved it and it helped limit those behaviors. 

doctors but usually received the same answer, that she was most likely very susceptible to colic, and we had to try different formulas to see which worked best.

As time went on, she did make progress but not as much as I had hoped until we stated her at Soaring Eagles Center for Autism (SECA). Since she stated working with the fabulous staff at SECA, she has progressed tremendously. She is a smart, sweet, strong, polite, funny and most of all loving. I’m so grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful daughter. She also has a 13-year-old little brother who’s practically her big brother and boy does she love him! He’s been a great example to her and such a huge help to us both. I couldn’t be happier to have such wonderful children.

The wonderful staff at SECA have gone above and beyond to help her reach her goals and help us both through his journey. I can’t thank them enough for their guidance with her transition into adulthood. They have helped us every step of the way and I’m not sure what we would’ve done without them. I’m so thankful that we have such a great program here in Pueblo West. We appreciate you so much!!

Dennis Regan Stars In Comedy Night 2021

Dennis Regan started doing stand-up comedy in his early thirties. In 1987, he had his first pen mick night at the Coconuts Comedy Club in north Miami. Four months later he won a local contest. The following month a local night club owner paid him $30 a set to do his 10-minute stand-up routine on the weekends.

He started doing stand-up comedy when he moved to New York City the following year. He began doing the late night showed and started breaking into a main line-up for all the important comedy clubs.

His multiple television appearances included the Late Shows with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Showtime and Comedy Central.

From his first appearance at the Coconuts Comedy Club he said, “I love it!” “I still love it!” “Can’t think of anything I would rather do for a living.”



Dr. Karen W. Colvin

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating 20 years of service at Soaring Eagles Center for Autism (SECA). We have come so far since that one room we worked out of Monday through Thursday 20 years ago. I remember that we had to pack up each Thursday because the room was used as the church’s children’s room on the weekends.

As I look back over the years, I am warmed by the hundreds of lives we have touch in Colorado and other states. I never thought that this fledgling center would grow into an over 10,000 square foot facility serving clients from Denver to the New Mexico border, with multiple behavioral and social skills specialists.

I appreciate every business, organization, foundation, and individuals who came along side us to support our efforts. From the time we began, this community has supported our work with donations and volunteer hours and many other in-kind services. I know that we could have never done this great work alone.

I also appreciate our amazing Soaring Eagles staff. There have been hundreds that have come through our center over the past 20 years. Some were meant to pass through for a season while others became foundational pillars in building this organization; but all together, this dedicated team has helped SECA become a state-of-the-art center for autism and other developmental disabilities.

Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to our amazing Board of Directors. I have served on many boards through the years but none of them excel in the dedication that we are blessed to have on our SECA Board of Directors. I have never work with a more sound, stable, and wise group of people.

We look forward to many more years of service to this community. Overall, it took a village to building Soaring Eagles Center for Autism and I believe our village is outstanding!

Blessings to you all!
Karen W Colvin M.S., M.D Executive Director, SECA


Valerie Harris began her career at Soaring Eagles Center for Autism (SECA) as a volunteer to earn volunteer hours for high school.

While earning credits for her high school class, she discovered she loved being part of SECA and was going to pursue a career at SECA.

 Valerie said, “It’s great, rewarding work and I love doing it. Every day is a different day, but I am always excited for what’s in store.”As a Behavioral Line Staff Aid, she helps clients with daily living skills and relationship development. “This is so important,” she said, “so that they can learn to be more independent and prosper within their own lives.”

Valerie graduated from East High School and plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development.

When not working, she likes to spend with her boyfriend, friends, and family. She also enjoys watching movies, relaxing, and listening to music.

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To further her vocational choice, she entered the Teen Mentorship program the following summer and continued in it until she was 18.

When she turned 18, she applied for a position at SECA, and has been working as a Behavioral Line Staff Aid for four years.

The reason she chose to work in this field is because during her first year of volunteering she discovered she had a passion for helping people with autism. Valerie said, “It’s great, rewarding work and I love doing it. Every day is a different day, but I am always excited for what’s in store.”

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As we continue to build services for our clients, “Amazon Smile” is another way to help us reach our goals. We continue to work to build our Adult Community Center and to expand service for our children on the autism spectrum. Please help us by choosing “Soaring Eagles Center for Autism” when you shop at AmazonSmile.

Thank you,

Our Leadership Team

Karen W. Colvin M.S.,M.D.-Exec. Dir. Lead Therapist
Mona Ortega-Medina, B.A., M.S., Asst. Director

Betty Nufer – Development Director

Lynzee Griggs B.C.B.A., M.S., Cert. Beh. Aut-Senior Therapist

Velvet Entz, B.A., M.Ed., Behavioral Consultant Assistant

Janet Baer, B.S., Administrative Asst., Editor

Monique Maes - Receptionist


Terry Zupan
Karen W. Colvin, M.D.
Betty Nufer

Shelly Harwood-Even
Mona Ortega-Medina, B.A., M.S. 

Martha Drake, M.S., CCC-SLP

Andrea Aragon        

Judy Leonard, A.A.S.
Reggie Garcia – Vice President

Elizabeth Riffle

J.R. Chavez, President

Mitch Brown


John Hardy, M.D.

Michael Jordan