New Behavioral Health Counselor

Contact: Erin Berge, Regional Marketing Director
Volunteers of America, Western Colorado
Cell: (970) 275-1220 | Email: eberge@voa.org

Senior CommUnity Care PACE Welcomes New Behavioral Health Counselor
April 5, 2018 – MONTROSE, Colo. – Volunteers of America and Senior CommUnity Care PACE (SCC-PACE) is pleased to announce Jed Kovach, LCSW, as the program’s new full-time Behavioral Health Counselor. Kovach will share his time between the program’s two day center sites in Montrose and Eckert.
“Frail older adults is a new population for me to work with in therapy, and I am very excited to learn more about effective mental health treatment with this age group,” Kovach said. His focus for the majority of his twenty-five year career has been working with children, youth and their families.
Prior to accepting the position, Kovach worked part time for the SCC-PACE through a partnership with the Center for Mental Health since 2017.
“It was a great introductory experience. With what I observed early on, I desired to be hired at SCC-PACE full-time. Overall, SCC-PACE seems like a very solid and committed organization. The program’s participants have been great to me so far and I love working with them.”
Kovach has a dual goal for his new position. “I want to become the best behavioral counselor I can be to our participants and helping in the process of nurturing a behavioral health discipline practicing at both Western Slope SCC-PACE locations.
There are many therapy models and techniques one could use, and many qualities that make a good behavioral health counselor. What I see as the most essential element is establishing and maintaining an open and trusting relationship between therapist and client. This is the one thing that can promote the most healing in a person,” he said.

SCC-PACE Executive Director Cindy Simmers said, “I am so honored to have Jed be a part of our SCC-PACE and Volunteers of America family and team, and that he reached out to us for this opportunity.  He brings tremendous value with the services that we provide to our seniors.”
Kovach grew up in a large family in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the University of Delaware for his undergraduate degree and Widener University outside of Philadelphia for his master’s degree in social work. He moved to Colorado in 2004 after several of his siblings moved to the state. For most of that time, he lived in Montrose. Kovach also served as an Associate Pastor for twelve years in an interdenominational church in Wilmington, DE during the 1980’s.
Kovach enjoys many things about life in Western Colorado.
“I appreciate the grandeur of the mountains, the fresh air, the culture, wonderful people, and lots and lots of outdoor activities,” he said. “It is also great to be living close to my mother and brother in Gunnison and another brother in Woodland Park.” He maintains fond memories of the East Coast beaches and Philly cheesesteaks.
Kovach is an avid reader and musician, singer and songwriter and has been playing the guitar since age 13. He is part of a musical trio called Jedi George that plays around the area. He also enjoys biking, hiking and following men’s college basketball.
“Family and friends are very important to me,” he said. “I have been in a committed relationship with my partner Nancy, a schoolteacher, for almost six years. I have two adult daughters – Emily, 35 and Lauren, 32 who both live in Philadelphia.” Kovach also has a 4-year-old granddaughter Ruby and is close to his mother, two brothers and four sisters. His beloved father passed away in 2012.
“My favorite quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson. ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us,’” he said.
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About Volunteers of America
Senior CommUniy Care PACE is a program of Volunteers of America. Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2 million people each year.

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