Meet the Directors


Ashley Bueghly


Ashley Bueghly MSW is our Behavior Services Director and developed the Family Life Center. She received her MSW in November 2021 and has been providing therapeutic services to this population alongside Chris Anderson for the past six years. Ashley believes that counseling is the container for building a solid relationship with her clients. Her approach is interactive, warm, and accepting. She specializes in trauma-informed care and grief. When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Ashley helps her clients, who include children, adults, and families, to find healthy perspectives of themselves and strengthen their relationships.
Area(s) of Expertise: Trauma Recovery, Grief and Loss, Parenting


Chris Anderson


Ms. Chris Anderson Ph.D. ACSW LCSW CCTP CDTK is the founder as well as Executive Director and Clinical Director of Soul Dogs Inc. Chris started Soul Dogs, Inc. with the dream of utilizing animals as healing agents for those struggling with trauma. She received her MSW in 1978 and Ph.D. in 2010. She has been a therapist for 43 years. Additionally, she develops programs and nonprofit agencies to meet the needs of the underserved and disenfranchised. She supervises all clinicians and ensures all programs at Soul Dogs, Inc. are therapeutic and ethical. Her areas of expertise include attachment disorder, adoption, trauma-informed therapy, sexual behavior problems, and mental health. She has published two articles on adoption in The Qualitative Report, a peer-reviewed online journal. Chris is an adoptee and was an intensive foster care parent from 1998-2003 and a host home provider (adult foster care for individuals with intellectual disabilities) from 2006-2021. Chris is the birth mother of three and grandmother of three with another on the way; she is foster grandmother to a 17-year-old girl and remains a [foster] mom to her father who unfortunately has been incarcerated for 12 years.
Area(s) of Expertise: Adoption/Adoption Trauma, Attachment Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Health

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Joel Schneider


Joel Schneider is a University of Colorado- Boulder graduate who didn’t find his real calling until 2010 when he began working with adolescents with behavioral and mental health issues. Since then he’s been a direct care staff, case coordinator, employment specialist, job coach, director, and adult waiver case manager. Joel has a passion for supported employment and finding individuals with I/DD the jobs where they can feel connection, support, and happiness. He’s always been a strong communicator and is always happy to share our mission and passion with any organization looking to further support the I/DD community. Joel will strive to ensure that his staff are knowledgeable, compassionate, and empowered to provide the best services possible. Joel hopes you will come join us when you are ready.

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Renee Roemer


Renee Roemer is the Day Program/ Animal Service Director at Soul Dogs Inc. She is passionate about connecting individuals with animals within the program as well as outside of the program. Renee works with our dog trainers and clients each day to work on helping clients to develop skills needed to properly work with and handle animals, in the hope that they will be able to apply the skills both while at Soul Dogs as well as in the community. Renee also works to help connect individuals with first hand experiences in the community. Renee is working towards being a nationally certified dog trainer as well as CARAT assessor for animal behavior.