Dr. Nick Colarelli grew up in a farming and mining community in southern Colorado. After graduating from Regis College with degrees in Philosophy and Education, receiving a Masters’ degree in Psychology from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern, he had the privilege of working as a staff psychologist at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Nick led a research project that investigated and ultimately demonstrated how effective the psychiatric ward caregivers were at restoring chronic schizophrenics to functionality compared to professional providers. Nick returned to St. Louis in 1964 and worked in private practice at Psychological Associates for 2 years before becoming a member of the graduate psychology faculty at St. Louis University. He taught in the clinical program, directed doctoral research, and initiated a program in Organizational Psychology over a 7 year period. Later, Nick founded CMA, a consulting business, and left the University to devote his time to consulting with healthcare, business, religious, nonprofit, and governmental organizations with a focus on selection and development of executives, strategic planning and executive team development. Nick especially appreciated helping family businesses deal with succession issues and the integration of family and business values.
Nick and his wife, Margaret Ann, raised 5 children, and enjoy their 13 grandchildren. After retiring and moving back to Colorado, Nick and Margaret Ann founded a family foundation to enable their family to work together in service of others. Together the family inaugurated Fostering Hope, a program that creates an “extended family” from business and faith community volunteers. These volunteers form a network of support and assistance for foster families and youth that have suffered abuse and neglect, changing the typical trajectory for foster youth to one of becoming productive citizens.