Meet RIO and Counselors

Meet the Rio Team

Silvas, Alexis


Alexis Silvas   

Restorative Justice

Ms. Alexis Silvas works in the RIO dept. as our Restorative Justice Coordinator. Ms. Alexis is now in her 4th year here at KCAA. Ms. Alexis got her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Law Enforcement and Law. Ms. Alexis then went to on to get her Masters in Criminology from Regis University. Ms. Alexis has coached for three years at KCAA- coaching both volleyball and girls basketball. This year she will also serve as KCAA’s Athletic Director. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.




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Roberto Lopez-Vega            

Restorative Justice


Hello, my name is Roberto J. Lopez-Vega, I was born and raised in Southern California (Los Angeles) and moved to beautiful Denver Colorado in 2011. I have two wonderful children: a 10-year-old and a two-year-old. Both are adorable but challenging in their ways (I wouldn’t have it any other way). We are still adjusting to the winter seasons, but when it is not snowing, my family and I like to enjoy water-related sports and activities. Colorado is a beautiful state, and I hope to advance my professional career here where I can also enjoy all the amenities Colorado has to offer.


I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, in 2011. In 2013, I received my Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. I am presently pursuing my PsyD degree from California Southern University.


My professional background primarily consists of over seven years working with adolescents in various settings such as drug and alcohol non-profit organizations, Colorado Division of Youth Corrections and Denver Public Schools. All settings have involved working with families of multiple backgrounds thus I am well experienced in supporting individuals from different walks life.


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Restorative Justice

Matt Silvas is a recent graduate of Colorado State University where he studied Political Science and Criminology. He has spent the last 5 years helping student-athletes develop their basketball talent while also providing mentorship for on and off-the-court issues. With a desire to help students succeed in all areas of their lives, he hopes to one day implement restorative practices on both a state and national level by working with school districts to ensure every child stays in the classroom and reaches their full potential. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing acoustic guitar, reading American History books, hiking, and playing basketball.


Marcy SmithMarcie Smith

Restorative Justice

Marcie has a B.S. in Community Resources and Children’s Issues, she seeks to empower children, teens, and adults with age appropriate life/coping skills so they can help themselves and others reach their full potential thru kindness, restorative practices, mindfulness, practices in making good prudent decisions.  She is the author of a mindfulness curriculum for kids called “The Rocket Project” for grades 3 -8 and has integrated mindfulness practices in classroom management as a long term substitute teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing mindfulness thru movement, music, and writing. With her creative fun spirit she likes to help people understand that mindfulness is much more than meditation… but a healthy functional way of life.

Meet the Counseling Team

Ibonne Pineda

Ibonne PinedaMiddle School Counselor- Bilingual (Spanish)

As the KCAA Middle School Counselor, Ms. Pineda works with students on academics, post-secondary readiness and personal/social development. This is her 8th year as a middle school counselor.

Ms. Pineda is originally from the greater Los Angeles area, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a minor in Education and Applied Psychology, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Master’s degree in School Counseling from San Diego State University. Her past work experience includes behavioral therapy with students with disabilities, and K-12 tutoring. In her spare time, Ibonne likes to hike, visit new places, and spend time with her family.

Ms. Pineda is available to meet with students either before or after school, or during recess. If you have an urgent concern, please get a pass from your teacher before stopping by 223C. She is here to make sure your students gain the necessary knowledge, attitude, and skills that will prepare them to be successful in middle school.


Shaheen, Madi HS CounselorMadiha Shaheen

High School Counselor

Ms. Shaheen is a DPS East High School Alum and a returning High School Counselor at KCAA; her passion for living the DPS values are inherent in her work, and her passion for post-secondary readiness are evident around initiatives of Advanced Placement, SAT, Concurrent Enrollment and other college and career avenues.  She enjoys working with all students to support their overall success.

In her free time, Ms. Shaheen enjoys outdoor recreation including snowboarding, mountain biking and whitewater sports.

Desi Sanchez

Desiree Sanchez

Social Worker

Ms. Desie received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications at Creighton University. She received her Master of Social Work at Boston College. This is her third year at KCAA, where she loves to support students and families.

_________________________________________________________________________________________Beth Hyde-May

Beth Hyde-May


Ms. Beth Hyde-May received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from VA Tech.  She received her Master of Arts degree, Specialist level, in School Psychology, at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  This is her second year at KCAA and her seventh year with DPS.  She has also worked as a School Psychologist for the South Central BOCES, in Houston, TX, and Anchorage, AK.   She loves supporting students and their families at KCAA.   In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, visiting new places, and spending time with family and friends.