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The Resource Center for Separating & Divorcing Families

Director, Faculty & Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor was named executive director of the RCSDF in April 2013. Previously, she was the director of the Honoring Families Initiative at IAALS.

Melinda Taylor joined IAALS after working eight years as a district court administrator for the 17th Judicial District. As a district administrator, she coached more than 160 employees and 30 judicial officers, coordinated the activities of Adams and Broomfield counties, provided case flow management in conjunction with the Clerk's Office, and developed and implemented new policies in conjunction with judges and court staff.

During this time, Ms.Taylor became involved with the IAALS, working with the research manager and the Colorado Judicial Branch to implement the Colorado Civil Access Pilot Project.

Before working as a district administrator, Ms.Taylor worked for the Colorado Judicial Branch State Court Administrator's Office (SCAO) in judicial education and policy analysis in the family area. As a judicial education coordinator, she planned the annual Judicial Conference and Family Law Conference, planned, developed, and administered a comprehensive communications and education program for Colorado judges, and performed budget oversight and resource acquisition for judicial education programs.

Office Manager

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Jeffrey Polatis

Jeffrey Polatis was named office manager of the RCSDF in June of 2013. Previously, he was the staff assistant of the Honoring Families Initiative at IAALS. He has also worked as a court judicial assistant to Hon. Anne M. Mansfield and as an auxiliary clerk at Denver District Court.

In 2008, Mr. Polatis earned his A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Arapahoe Community College. In 2010, he earned his B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in History from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 2014, he earned his M.S.L.A. from the University of Denver Strum College of Law with a concentration in law firm administration. Most recently, he has been accepted to the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business where he will be working on his M.B.A.

Msw supervisor

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Denise Breinig-Glunz

Denise Breinig-Glunz is the social work supervisor at the RCSDF. She earned her MSW from Smith College in 1992, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Ms. Breinig-Glunz has a part-time private practice in Centennial, Colorado with an emphasis on children and families. From 2010-2013, she worked as a field placement liaison for the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work.

She is active in the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work and served as the Education Co-Chair. Ms.Breinig-Glunz's other areas of expertise include adolescent day treatment, crisis intervention, foster care, and Head Start.

Attorney supervisor

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Beth Henson

Beth Henson is the attorney supervisor at the RCSDF. She is currently an attorney mediator whose practice is limited to family law conflict resolution and family law appeals. Ms. Henson has served on the Executive Council for the Family Law Section from 2000-2013, and was co-chair of the Family Law Section Legislative Committee from 2001 - 2003.

Ms. Henson served on the Board of Directors for the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee ("MDIC") starting in 1998, concluding with her role as President of the MDIC from 2003 - 2004. She has been named as a Colorado Super Lawyer for 2009 - 2013, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Family Law Mediation for 2007 - 2014. Ms. Henson has been a contributing author to several domestic relations laws, and has testified in front of state senate and house of representatives committees regarding proposed laws.

She is a frequent lecturer and author on family law topics. Ms. Henson was the 2007 recipient of the MDIC President's Award for work done on behalf of the children of Colorado.

Psychology supervisor

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Kirk Thoreson

Kirk L. Thoreson is the psychology supervisor at the RCSDF. He received his Psy.D. from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and his BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Mr. Thorenson's areas of expertise include specialty focuses in psychological assessment and child and family therapy. He teaches courses on family systems and couples and family therapy at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and works in private practice.