B o a r d o f D i r e c t o r s
Anne Talbot, Psy.D. is a native of England and the founding member of Options in Psychology, LLC . She is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in neuropsychology and a broad range of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents and children.
Dr. Talbot a Bachelor of Science from Boston College Magna Cum Laude, a Master of Science from the University of Colorado, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She has a broad range of experience working in a variety of medical and mental health settings both as a clinician and an administrator in Boston, Denver and Boulder, Colorado and New York.
Dr. Talbot is well-rounded in the performing and visual arts. She completed a short documentary culled from her travels to Bosnia with Elaine Hanson, Psy.D., J.D. In the summer of 2004, Dr. Talbot accompanied Dr. Hanson and students from the University of Denver involved in an international trauma program through the University of Denver. Dr. Talbot wrote and directed the documentary, Bosnian Spring: Transformation of Cleansing from film she shot in Bosnia and Croatia in 2004. She has traveled extensively and makes yearly trips to various parts of the world.
Katy Anderson is an attorney at Chaloupka, Holyoke, Snyder, Chaloupka, & Longoria, PC, LLO in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where her practice focuses on family law, criminal defense, and general litigation. Katy obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in English, Spanish, and Economics at Creighton University and her Juris Doctor at the University Of Nebraska College Of Law. A native to the Panhandle, Katy was raised on her family’s farm and ranch in Sioux County and graduated from Morrill High School.
Katy’s appreciation for the arts began as a child when she would tag along with her mother to art classes and shows where her mother exhibited her watercolor paintings. During college, Katy had the opportunity to spend a summer in Málaga, Spain where she lived steps away from the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. While in Spain, Katy spent much of her time soaking in the Spanish art and culture, from observing Gothic architecture and Moorish mosques to attending a flamenco show in the caves of Granada. Having very little artistic talent herself, Katy attempts to be creative through interior decorating and fashion.
Being a board member of the Ancova Empowerment Project is very exciting. Through her involvement with the legal system, Katy sees a need for more programs which provide positive mentorship for youth in our community. The purpose of AEP is to empower its participants by helping them to create and market unique, original art. There is no other program like it in the Scottsbluff area.
Dave Calkins is a guitarist, singer, pianist, conductor, producer, composer and filmmaker who brings an eclectic blend of classical, jazz, rock, flamenco and Indian classical styles to his music and films. He has released more than three dozen recordings as a solo artist and producer, and his films include documentaries, features, and music productions. He has been conductor, producer and artistic director of Orchestra 21; the Expedition and Explorations series of recordings and films; Scottsbluff Chamber Ensemble and is now head of Ancova Empowerment Project.
He was a featured singer and conductor at the NAMN Conference in Los Angeles, (sponsored by Yamaha), and conducted the world premiere of the first staged performance of John Rutter's choral opera "Wind in the Willows" in Jackson, Wyoming. He was also featured in a solo concert at that conference. He has performed three times at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, twice as guitarist-composer and once to debut his original musical theater work "Precipice," in September 2008. He released his film "Debut: The Road to Carnegie Hall" at Carnegie Hall in April 2006.
His first film "Wilderness Journeys," was under contract with National Public Television from 2001 through 2004 which played in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. His other music films include "Journey to the Passage," which was partially shot in Yellowstone Park, and "Music of the Isles," which was filmed in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. He produced and composed music for Dr. Anne Talbot's film "Bosnian Spring: Transformation of Cleansing," which was shot in Sarajevo and debuted at the International Seminar on Psychological Trauma at the University of Denver. He released the feature film "Alexandra the Great" in 2005 and has three feature films in production: "St. Peter's Crew," "Both Sides of Midnight," and "Precipice." All recordings and films are distributed internationally by CMG Distribution.
Calkins has also been featured on numerous television and radio shows. He continues to teach music and film, and many of his students have become professional performers with appearances on the New York stage as well as on national television. He studied with Nicholas Laurienti at the Denver Opera Company at the Manhattan School of Music, and with Grammy Award-winning singer George Shirley. He has a Master's degree in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming.
Vinny Iyer has always had a desire to learn a variety of different subjects, and has always had a passion for justice; both of these traits led him to the practice of law.
Vinny went to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he received his Bachelor of Arts. While at Creighton, Vinny majored in music performance (classical guitar) and theory, co-majored in political science, and completed the pre-medical program in 4 years.
After Creighton, Vinny attended the University of Nebraska–Omaha to study music composition where he learned counterpoint, orchestration, and advanced music theory. During this time, Vinny also played with his band while teaching music theory and guitar lessons.
Eventually, Vinny’s passion lead him to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2011. Additionally, Vinny completed the litigation skills program of concentrated study with a criminal emphasis. While enrolled in law school, Vinny Iyer served as a clerk with Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver and Spier Law Firm. In this role, he primarily handled personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, which would later become his focus at Falgien Warr & Iyer, P.C. Upon graduating from law school, he worked as a senior analyst contract attorney, auditing foreclosure and mortgage procedures for a multinational bank. He then represented clients through his own contract defense firm and at Clear Creek Consulting, wherein he helped individuals and businesses resolve tax liabilities with Federal and State taxing authorities. Subsequently, Vinny was hired as an attorney at The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya, LLC where he focused on personal injury cases.
Vinny is a founding partner of Falgien, Warr & Iyer, P.C. where his primary focus is on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.
Joey Taylor is a California native who was raised primarily in Scottsbluff, NE. Upon graduating from high school Joey attended the University of Northern Colorado as a musical-theater major. After leaving Colorado he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. For the past five years he has worked as an extras casting director for film, television, commercials, and music videos. Casting credits include Another Period, Battlecreek, 20th Century Women, Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk, the Perfect Illusion music video for Lady Gaga, and many more. At this time he has stepped down as a casting director and is working as a scheduler and in billing for Options in Psychology while attending school for social work and still pursuing his acting career in Los Angeles.
Samantha Faron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner at Bluffs Middle School in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She joined AEP in the fall of 2018.
Samantha is originally from Auburn, Indiana. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Psychology and minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Social Work from St. Ambrose University. She also competed for the university’s women’s soccer team during undergraduate studies.
Her past professional experiences include working for City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation with higher-needs children, a settlement house, a Family Medical Center, and a Research Graduate and Teaching Assistant. Furthermore, Samantha studied abroad and lived with an Ecuadorian family. Upon graduation, she worked at a non-profit community mental health center as a therapist then joined a private practice with Options in Psychology, LLC.
Samantha enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families using a strengths-based approach rooted in empowerment framework. Her special interests include trauma and family-based healing. She is also currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers-Nebraska Chapter, an Advisory Board member of the Nebraska Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC), a member of the Panhandle Human Trafficking Task Force, and sub-committee member for the 2019 3E Community Resolution.