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Meet A Cognitive Connection

At A Cognitive Connection, our passionate team is dedicated to helping the members of the community with all aspects of cognitive and behavioral brain function. We’ve invested in our education to be able to provide you with an unmatched level of expertise, and help improve your quality of life. With us by your side throughout your self-development journey, you’ll gain not only a support system, but also a helpful team of experts.

Our Mission & Values

A Cognitive Connection is a safe place for people to receive care from an understanding, supportive team. We operate under four values, regardless of what program you’re in, to make sure that all of our clients receive the same level of prestigious care.


Our team promises to consistently provide moral and transparent care for our clients. We believe having integrity is an essential part of truly helping and supporting the people of the community.


Through all of our programs, we’ll always be honest with our clients about the goals of our services and their treatment plans. We also promote openness to help strengthen the bond between client and provider.


Having self-discipline allows the members of our team to continually invest in our clients, regardless of adversities in the way. We’ll always practice patience and understanding with you.


Many people hesitate finding help because they’re afraid of judgement. With A Cognitive Connection, we empathize with our clients and will always treat them with the respect they deserve.

Meet the Team


Carol VanNess

Looking back, Carol sees how she was always meant to found A Cognitive Connection. Being inspired by her son, who has ADHD, she began to take parenting classes to better learn how to serve him. She immediately became fascinated with how the brain works and wanted to learn more about child psychology. She now has a Masters in Special Education and is in the process of receiving her PhD in Developmental Psychology.

Carol created A Cognitive Connection because she believes that learning individualized ways to help those with disabilities is a crucial part to ensuring that those individuals live a fulfilling and rewarding life. The entire team is passionate about helping the people of Colorado, and goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.


Desarae Walker

After receiving her Masters from the University of Colorado, Desarae was introduced to cognitive brain training. She was so enamored with the program, that she decided to pursue a career in the field. Taking on a holistic approach with her clients, Desarae integrates the NeuroOptimal brain training system into her practice. This allows her to directly communicate with a patient’s central nervous system and help restore balance to the body.

She has been working with clients of all ages for over a decade helping them improve multiple areas of their lives. From emotional issues to learning struggles, Desarae is here to offer you support and tools to help you create long-lasting life improvements. She’s passionate about her clients and will always go above and beyond for their success.


Janis Bickers

After serving in the United States Army for five years as an officer, Janis worked for an insurance company for nearly 10 years. When she was introduced to cognitive brain training in 2005, she knew she had found her calling. She saw how an individualized brain training program could transform an individual’s life to help them create a more successful, fulfilling future.

Janis continually invests in her education to be able to better serve her clients. She’s able to provide services both in your home and in the office that aim to help improve motor function, cognition and social engagement skills. By addressing these areas, Janis can significantly improve your or your loved one’s quality of life.


Rhonda Williams

Prior to becoming a part of the A Cognitive Connection team in 2018, Rhonda cared for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, post-operative patients and those in hospice care. Over the years, she’s helped with a wide array of duties, whether that be with transportation or exploring community activities.

As a behavioral and cognitive counselor, Rhonda is able to thoroughly assess the unique needs of each person she sees and create a holistic treatment plan for them. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or for a loved one, Rhonda is available and eager to help you accomplish your goals.


Consuelo Earl

During her time earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Colorado, Consuelo worked in the cognitive psychology research lab. Throughout her work, she was exposed to fascinating areas of study including clinical psychology, geropsychology, depression management, and suicide prevention. Her love of psychology and helping her community has continued to grow since her time at UCCS.

Consuelo is passionate about mental health and has dedicated her resources to learning more about how she can help improve people’s mental well-being. She combines her passion for herbal medicine and knowledge of nutrition to improve her clients’ cerebral functioning and intellectual acuity. Consuelo holds a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling from New Hope Christian College where she worked in the counseling center and taught undergraduate psychology courses. We appreciate her also being a conversant Spanish speaker to help serve a wider range of our community.

a photo of Keith Green from A Cognitive Connection

Keith Green

Upon completing his undergraduate degree at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and serving 5 years on active duty, Keith went on to receive his Master of Social Work (MSW). After earning his MSW, Keith became a child and family therapist, finding joy in seeing families come together and heal. Since then, Keith has worked with clients of all ages to help them achieve the goals they set for themselves. At A Cognitive Connection, Keith engages with clients on a personal level, to really get to know them and therefore be able to provide the assistance and resources they need to be successful. I look forward to helping you any way I can!

Become A Part Of Our Family

A Cognitive Connection was founded on the belief that individuals can live a fulfilling and rewarding life, regardless of their physical and mental capabilities. If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a brain injury or you’re searching for a center who can help your child with their social skills, A Cognitive Connection is the place for you! Over the years, we’ve invested in our education to be able to bring top-tier programs to the Colorado Springs community. If you’re ready to take the next step and learn more about how we can help you, contact us today!